A Beginners Guide to Granny Chic

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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, since I am just jumping onto that bandwagon and I hate being late to the party.

You can get a taste of what she brought into 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 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 forever. I own portraits, crucifixes, and rosaries galore. Much of which is kept in treasure boxes 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 thrifting 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 so 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, ever again.

I donated my unused fabrics and I really hope that they went on to find a crafty home somewhere where they could be used 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 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 styles are beautifully pictured, modern and chic.

The book also provides 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 medium or large to accommodate everyone. I would also like to discover the ability to significantly customize these patterns, to make them my own. 

So what about you!

What’s your style? What has been really 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 creative juices flowing in the comments below.

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Allisonxo is a she/her identifying feminist from Toronto, Canada who is a lifelong crafter and lover of vegan food and thrifting.

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