Archives for November 2016


Something’s a Brewin’!

vintage-1495129_1280Just yesterday I received my ‘Dottie Angel‘ Simplicity patterns, which I plan to adapt to create my new Tickety line of dresses and also use as inspirations as I reconstruct vintage dresses, as they come in.

If you are not familiar with ‘Dottie Angel’, as I was not until very recently, she is widely considered the founder of ‘Granny Chic’.

As far as I am aware, she is no longer blogging or creating under the ‘Dottie Angel’ moniker, which is such a shame, as I am just jumping onto that bandwagon and I hate being late to the party.

You can get a taste of what she brought to the world by visiting her blog over here. All of the attached links seem to be dead.

I have also recently received a book authored by Tif Fussel (Dottie Angel) and Rachelle Blondel (Ted & Angus, who also seems to be currently inactive). I purchased mine from Amazon, and you can too by visiting this link.

It is a super terrific trip into a world of craft and collecting and I am so happy to have added it to my collection. It contains a number of how-to’s and is overflowing with pictures of frilly things and and floral prints. All the inspiration you need to start you on your journey into Granny Chic.

I found that it validated a lot of my collections that I have felt guilty for having around for so many years. My religious iconography, in particular. I am not religious, by any means, but I have been an avid collector of catholic iconography for many years. I own portraits, crosses, and rosaries galore. Much of which is housed in treasure boxes kept on dusty shelves. Now, I feel like I have the permission to finally display more of my collection.

I felt very inspired, after flipping through the Granny Chic book, to immediately go thrifty for vintage sheets and fabrics that I could repurpose into the colourful pillows and lampshades depicted in the book.

Some years ago, I got rid of ALL of my fabrics, some of which was literally irreplaceable. I had been holding onto that fabric for many years and wasn’t actively using it for anything. Such a shame. It had travelled with me from one end of this country to other.. twice!

I really regret holding not holding onto it.

In the future, I will be more selective of what fabrics make it into my stash. I will be more careful about how my fabric is stored and organized and I will make every attempt to actively utilize my fabrics for creative projects, so that it doesn’t lay around, untouched, for years at a time.

I donated my unused fabrics and I really hope that they went on to find a crafty home where they could be utilized for all the creative projects that I never had time for. Dresses, stuffies, totes, and more…

I also recently bought some absolutely brilliant pattern making books, that I would love to tell you about.

The ‘Pattern Making Primer‘ has to be my favourite of the books that I bought. The examples of clothing and patterns shown within its pages are much more modern than what you would find in most of these pattern making books. At least that has been my experience.

It takes you through all elements of pattern making and clothing, visiting methods of implementing yokes, different sleeve styles, different cuts and fits of all manner of tops, skirts and dresses. As I said, the accompanying pictured styles are beautifully modern and chic.

The book also provides you with pattern blocks that you can use as you set out on your own projects and patten making endeavours.

The second book that I would like to mention is ‘How to Use, Adapt & Design Sewing Patterns‘, which I think I will really enjoy, as it directly addresses how to adapt store bought patterns. As an example, the ‘Dottie Angel’ patterns that I purchased from Simplicity are in the misses size category and I would like to adapt them to fit a women’s large to accommodate everyone. I will also like to discover the ability to significantly customize these patterns, to make them my own, so I am not at risk of plagiarizing someone else’s creation. A big no no!

So what about you! All of you ladies out there in the community!

What’s your style? What has been yanking your crank lately??? Are you jumping on the ‘Granny Chic’ bandwagon with me or is it all just old hat to you?

Do you have someone who particularly inspires you?? I would love to hear about what get your juices flowing in the comments below.

Remember, my goal moving forward is to take Granny Chic to the next level.

Granny Chic meets Indie Punk Rock!!

I think that it is a marriage made in heaven and a joining that has been waiting to happen. I see vintage frocks with huge cotton pockets, fringed with rick rack and lace, topped with vintage denim vests that are adorned with feminist enamel pins and punk rock embroidered patches, bright coloured leggings and lace-up boots!

What a dream!

Tell me what you think??


What the Fuck is Granny Chic!??

John Webster interior with ecclectic retro furnishings including cat portraits and crochet pillows:

Have I been living under a stone?! I have never heard of this term, and yet, it completely represents my style and taste so well!

The picture above is not my living room, but I could easily laze the days away in this room with my cats, my knitting, and a good book.

I stumbled upon the term while searching for vintage sewing patterns on Etsy that I could adapt for some some projects that I have in mind for Tickety. The term so perfectly represents the aesthetic, I am amazed I didn’t come up with it myself.

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A Little Peek…


As I mentioned in my last post, the “new and improved” Tickety Boutique will be seeking out an inventory and an image that is a lot edgier than it had been in the past.

I am hoping to bring my feminism and social interests to the forefront and I also intend to bring together the stories of individuals who are doing the same to you, here, in one great place!

I have maintained my connections overseas with my dress supplier that many of you have come to know and love. Now that I will no longer be operating out of the brick-and-mortar shop, I will have more time to spend with each garment. I will use this time to modernize and tastefully add-to these garments before they are presented to you in the Tickety Boutique.

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Hello Ladies.. So happy to see you here.

It’s been a long while since I’ve last blogged in this space. I needed to take a step back from some of my projects to relax and reflect upon what I was doing and how I was going about doing it.

When I first started this blog, it was to eventually be associated with my online shop, the Tickety Boutique, which I had been running as a brick-and-mortar store, prior to my very sudden decision to bring it online.

In hindsight, I realize that it was a rather manic decision that I was not able to sustain. Eventually, my initial energy and enthusiasm waned, as I was faced with some of the hurdles of bringing my once thriving business onto the web.

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