New Season, New Beginnings!

8 May


Exciting new things going on in Custard House this week!
First of all here is a big congratulations to the amazing, locally produced Pretty Nostalgic Magazine who celebrates their first Global issue (7) this month. Congratulations! Here is the cover with one of my designs on it! This is an exciting new collection shot in a Bluebell Wood and is absolutely stunning in its styling (and I’m pretty chuffed about my designs as well!)
Secondly I have been been lucky enough to work in France every month where I get to have a play with some of the locally produced fabrics and to indulge in dyeing which helps as the sunlight there has been so beautiful.
Custards next stall is going to be alive and kicking at The Chipping Sodbury Fair on Saturday 25th July alongside the amazing Sumptuous Designerwear. If you are available please pop by and say hello to Cathy and I and check out our new Designer ranges.
Catch you soon!


Party Party Party! Thrifty Style Book Launch Party 20.10.12

21 Oct

Party at full swing!

Thank you all to those who came to join me last night to help me celebrate the launch of my new book Thrifty Style! It was a really fun night full of great conversation, fabulous themed cakes and stunning views of the Bristol Cityscape Harbourside. Thank you to Ali from Bristol Vintage and Alia from Hundreds and Thousands Cakes for helping me provide the perfect atmosphere for the party of my dreams! Keep on recycling

Creatively Recycling

15 Oct

Creatively Recycling have featured my new book!  To read the full post click here.

Creatively Recycling feature individuals and companies who creatively recycle and I’m delighted to be featured. Do check out their website – I’m in good company!  They also have some exciting news that 2013 will be the year that they hold their first Creatively Recycling Fair – definitely one to look out for.

Thanks again for the lovely review.

Janine x

Christmas at the Orangery

11 Oct

I’m thrilled to be exhibiting at this year’s Christmas at the Orangery. On Saturday, 15th December between 10 and 5pm you’ll find me at Bradbury Hall, Henleaze.  There are some lovely exhibitors. They’ve even written about me (thank you, Rachel Goodchild) – you can read the whole post here.  Oh and the entrance fee is only £1 (free to under 16s).

On the day I’ll be demonstrating some clever sewing techniques as well as fabulous ways to embellish and upscale your vintage finds. I’ll also be signing copies of my new book, “Thrifty Style” (a perfect Christmas present for the vintage lover and seamstress in your life). Come along and ask me about vintage, styling, eco design and personal shopping. See you there!

Natasha Bailie Vintage Clothing Co.

10 Oct

Do you know Natasha Bailie? She’s a dedicated vintage-devotee with an online store for fashionistas in search of quality vintage pieces with retro styling.  She runs a fab vintage blog and she’s just reviewed my new book!

Read the full piece here.

At Natasha Bailie Vintage Clothing Co. each piece for sale is carefully sourced from vintage fairs, antique stores and private collections. Her Singapore vintage clothing emporium is an Aladdin’s cave of jewel colours, magnificent tulle and timeless shapes, and every piece is one-of-a-kind, so you won’t bump into a fellow Betty stealing your style!

Thanks for the lovely review Natasha.

Janine x

Thrift My Style

9 Oct

The lovely Sharon at Thrift My Style has blogged about my new book!

Read the full piece here.

Sharon’s been blogging since 2008 and Thrift My Style is her diary of thrifted now and forever pieces lovingly chosen from boot sales, charity shops, eBay and vintage fairs.  They are sourced from her current inspirations and obsessions of the moment. Enjoy and be inspired!  Huge thanks for the lovely review.

Janine x

Competition Winners!

7 Oct

Congratulations to the WINNERS of my competition!

The 5 winners  who each get a copy of my new book “Thrifty Style” are:

1. Charlie KB of House of Istria

2. Katy May

3. emmimarjukka

4. Walter Softee

5. Frances

Well done all. Please email me at with your address details and I’ll get your copy to you ASAP. Happy Sewing!

Janine x


4 Oct

Don’t forget to enter my competition to win a copy of my book “Thrifty Style” – Clever Ways to Re-Vamp Your Wardrobe.

To celebrate its release on Tuesday, I’m running a competition to win one of 5 copies.

To enter, all you have to do is one of the following: either follow my blog (pop your email address into the subscription box on the right hand side), follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page. Pop a comment below this post to tell me which and after midnight on 6th October, I’ll choose 5 winners at random.

Thrifty Style by Janine Chisholm

2 Oct

It’s happened!  My book, “Thrifty Style – Clever ways to revamp your wardrobe” is officially out today.

The book is for you whether you trawl markets for pre-loved clothing in need of repair, or simply want to update your existing wardrobe.  You can take it one step further by not just mending, but creating fashionable, unique items of clothing by reworking your old ones.  The book’s not just for experienced seamstresses either, I teach you how to sew with easy to follow instructions, step-by-step artworks and three free full-size pull-out patterns. I also give you advice on vintage clothes so you can make your wardrobe as unique and cost-effective as possible.

To celebrate the release, I’m running a competition to win one of 5 copies of my book.  To enter, all you have to do is one of the following: either follow my blog (pop your email address into the subscription box on the right hand side), follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page.  Pop a comment below this post to tell me which and after midnight on 6th October, I’ll choose 5 winners at random.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did writing it.

Janine x

Bristol Vintage

30 Sep

The lovely Ali at Bristol Vintage has posted about my book!

Read the full piece here.

Bristol Vintage is the place to go to for vintage crockery, bunting, jugs of wildflowers and wind-up gramophones.  They plan, design and style weddings, parties, picnics, media events and premieres.  They offer prop hire, can source vintage items for you and they run the annual, and incredibly popular Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair. I exhibited at the fair last year and loved it – tons of vintage gorgeousness for the discerning vintage crowd.  Everything from vintage-inspired veils to handmade shoes, and plenty of beautiful upscaled, reworked and designer dresses – right up my street. If you get a chance to go to next year’s Fair, I recommend it (and it’s not just for brides!).