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Vanessa, You are so lucky to have found that dress, I don't even really know you and I think it is very you. I just love a bargain and that dress sure is a perfect bargain. Love the beach photos.
Have a wonderful day,

harmony and rosie

Your Hugo is quite a card, that's just the sort of thing my husband would say too. Funny things men, aren't they?! As for that charity shop dress, that really is something and for £6 I'm not surprised you're as happy as Larry, I would be too (not that there's ever anything like that in my local).

Your gingham dress is coming along beautifully, very expertly done around the neckline I might add so I'm looking forward to seeing the finished article, I love gingham and if it's red even better.
Kate x


Vanessa, I love the dresses, and the crocheted blankets, and the beach and the puppies!!!
Looking forward to your knit dress, also.

I did see Jane's post! ☺ Beautiful project, I agree!

Have a lovely week!

Teresa Kasner

Dear Vanessa, loved your post, the seaside, the dress, the doggies and you and your dress.. and of course the funny thing Hugo said. Gotta love 'em! Hope you pop over to my blog to see my photos of the 4th of July parade we had here in our little town yesterday.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)


What a wonderful way to spend a weekend and what wonderful bargains.

'Ah' and men do have a simply way of making us poor ladies chuckle - invisible zip!

I hope the top tip worked nicely?

Have a lovely day,

Nina x


Dear Vanessa,

You are right: when I saw Jane B's Liberated Ladies I felt as if, for one or two seconds, all was well with the world. It is a stunning representation of femininity and the colours are swoonable - yes, yes I've just made up a word!

I really like the look of your red gingham dress in the making; you are so clever. Do you manage to make all these beauties in the evenings after you've finished working? You are so productive.

Good on you, Hugo ;-) Tell him he made me chuckle too.


I love your charity shop dress, what a great find! It does really suit you and the so does the hat - and I love those beach photos. Your sewing is amazing too - the fabrics you choose are always lovely. Have a happy day.
Helen x

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

I miss living near the beach, it looks like a lovely day out :-)

Magic Cochin

You're very lucky that I didn't spot that grey and white dress first! It was obviously menat for you!

What a lovely day you had on Sunday! Exciting things have been happening under the beautiful Black Cochin hen... too cute for words!!!!


Judi A.

Thought of you when I received an email today about a book called "I Am Cute: 25 Simple Designs to Sew." by Sato Watanabe. The email is from "SEW DAILY" created by Interweave. I did find it on Amazon, as well in the Interweave store. May be something you'd be interested in. I do like your sewing venture, but that charity store find is a treasure. Truly does look like it was mad just for you! :-)


I like the way your Hugo thinks ;D

As requested, pictures of mini-wire Wilbur over at knitsofacto soon, I promise :)


Goodness! So many lovely dresses - I adore your version of the Portfolio - it's beautiful and really lovely fabric. And doesn't that binding on the half-finished gingham dress look gorgeous - I'm leaving in a dressmaking mood - thank you! And thank you also for your lovely comment on my shirring post. x


Both dresses are just so nice ... and I love the knitted one as well ... happy gardening too! x


Très joli modèle

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon