About


I'm Abi, a twenty something, retro lingerie designer, business owner & dressmaker from Shrewsbury, UK. I studied Contour Fashion Design at DeMontfort university and went on to launch my own lingerie business, My Retro Closet, combining my favourite reproduction brands with my own handmade range of vintage inspired nightwear & lingerie.


I started The Crafty Pinup sewing blog in April 2016 as a way to claim back some selfish sewing time in hopes that creating a blog would spur me on to keep creating. I blog about my dressmaking, patterns hacks/tutorials & sewing inspiration. I like to review a wide range of sewing patterns from vintage to retro reproduction & the odd modern one too, showcasing a variety skills and styles. I also like to dabble in topics promoting positive mental health and sharing my tips on a happy work/life balance.

Join me on my dressmaking journey as I build my own handmade wardrobe, develop my skills as a seamstress and share my makes with the world! You can also find me on YouTube where I share lots of sewing inspiration, monthly sewing plans, sew alongs & more.

Would you like to work with me on The Crafty Pinup blog or YouTube channel? To see where my blog has been featured, check out my Press page. Please visit my Work With Me page for more information or Contact me today.

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