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Measuring for a Bra


Kitten von Mew by Ade Pitman - RAF Fancy 2011

Sometimes it does shock me, the lack of women who get measured for a bra.

My eyes were first opened when I used to host a Body Confidence Course for women. Part of this would be looking at how our clothing, body language and posture can have a huge effect on how we feel about ourselves and make us look larger than we really are.

The beauty of a well fitting bra is that it can help to ‘proportionalise’ (Cambridge, please add that to the dictionary) our bodies. So many of us wear bras that are too small that give a weird ‘mono-boob’. We have 2 breasticles ladies, divide and conquer!

I have recently been upgraded by Mother Nature herself to a respectable 36D, which is ample enough for anyone. Whether you are blessed with flapper girl bee stings or wibbly wobbly vampire biscuits, make the most of what you have.

I have never been afraid of getting measured for brassieres and it is because of my well fitting bras that my nipples aren’t currently tucked into my socks. If prudish about going into a lingerie section and asking for a measure (they now do it with you wearing your current bra, which I find a little strange), then there are plenty of places online that can help. Just remember that different makes of bra can fit slightly differently. Don’t trust any website that says “stick breast infront of webcam thankyou please and weez tell you real nice size…” A good guide you can use to measure yourself at home is this…

Measure under your bust in inches. If it is an odd number (31″, 33″, 35″…) add 5″ to the number and 4″ if it is an even measurement (32″, 34″, 36″…). Write it down.

Measure across you bust at the largest point (if your nips are still at that level, this is usually central).  If your bust is the same size as your under bust measurement, you are typically a size A cup. 1 inch more is a B cup, 2 inches more is a C cup etc.

So…If you are 33″ under your bust, you add 5″, which makes a total of 38″. If you measure across your bust and it is 40″, you would be a 38C.

We change bra sizes throughout our lives, whether due to the ‘Crimson Tide’, pregnancy, weight gain and weight loss or other factors, so try and measure yourself at least every couple of years.

Right, so what are you waiting for? Breast foot forward and all that…

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THE FACE OF ‘FRIENDS OF THE 40S’!


Friends of the Forties - Kitten von Mew Banner

Well if the banner isn’t a hint enough for you then I will try another tactic…”JEEPERS CREEPERS, YOU MEAN I’M THE FACE OF AN INCREDIBLE WEBSITE DEDICATED TO 40’S EVENTS AND LIFESTYLE?!” Yes indeedy.

From entertainers to venues, attractions and traders, Friends of the 40’s is the source of all your vintage needs…and I’m the lucky girl who’s mug will be glamorously slapped all over their scrumptious pages! Mwuah ha ha ha!!!  Thank you for all your kindness and support team! Also a huge ‘WOOHOO!’ to Candee who’s images they are using!

Thank you Shona from Heyday Online!


Kitten von Mew in Fleur Dress from Heyday Online

A little teaser of the dress I will be wearing to my Mad Hen’s Tea Party in April, when I will be dressing as Alice. The Fleur Dress lends itself beautifully and is sooooooo comfy. I will post more pictures as and when I have them taken, but for now I must get back to swishing around the office in a patriotic haze…excuse me…

Enchanted Woodland Tea Party


Kitten von Mew - Deer Makeup

On Saturday we went to Candee’s Birthday tea party, which was an enchanted woodland theme! I had been planning costumes ever since she invited us and either thought Unicorn or Enchanted Fawn. I went with the latter and Mr. Mew as Mr. Tumnus!

I had bought some gorgeous handmade leather antlers just for the occasion and transformed a cheap angel fancy dress costume into something a little more mythical. I added an autumnal decoration and hair flowers to my headress too!

Richard borrowed a pair of my horns that were made by a lady who created some of the masks for the film Labyrinth and I made him a pair of fur trousers!

The best part of both costumes were…hoof boots! I had had a look online for hoof shoes, but at around £250 a pair I decided to make my own. After a mortifying shopping trip to New Look for some £10 chavvy platform boots (I shudder as I remembering trying them on and gazing at the far lovelier vintage styles that were mocking me from the shelves), I build up the toe in a hoof-like affair with plastic from a rasberry punnet and papermache. After drying, painted the toes with acrylic paint and finished with glittery PVA to protect it.

Meanwhile, I had ordered 2 fabulously furry cushion covers online, which made perfect leg covers for both my boots and Richards! After sticking the tube of fluffy cushion cover fabric around the edges of the shoes, there wasn’t much to do but look ABSOLUTELY AWESOME IN THEM!

My DIY Hoof Boot Stages!

Candee had done a great job with the decor and everyone had given a helping hand with food, so the place looked like the inside of Fanny Craddock’s brain. It was amazing and I was most impressed with Jacob’s hedgehog chocolate cake and the amazing tiered woodland cake below…

Woodland Themed Birthday Cake!

For gifts, we had decided to get creative and whilst Mr. Mew made an amazing light box (Im sure he will post it on his Facebook Page!), I made an Alice in Wonderland pendant out of a Victorian pocket watch case, pewter and copper figures and a little imagination…

Pocket Watch Necklace by Kitten von Mew

I will be doing these on a commission basis too, but Candee got the first one 🙂

‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ Filming


Kitten von Mew at Volupte 2012

Kitten von Mew at Volupte

On Sunday evening, Mr Mew and I headed to London for the filming of Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is! This fantastic BBC programme follows antique experts in trying to find bargains at flea markets, carboots and antique shops, then selling them on for a profit.

I first met Katherine Higgins (one of the antique experts of the show) at a publicity shoot for Vintage at Goodwood and we hit it off straight away with a love of vintage clothing, hats and Art Deco!

Kitten von Mew and Katherine Higgins, Vintage at Goodwood Publicity Shoot

Kitten von Mew and Katherine Higgins, Vintage at Goodwood Publicity Shoot

Katherine and I kept in touch at odd intervals and vowed to do something else together. The opportunity finally came with the Antiques Roadshow last year, where I showcased my Art Deco 3 piece suite! Katherine wasn’t going to do the show (filmed at Charlecote Park), but suddenly there she was on the day! We had a great time chatting between takes and it felt like we were old friends.

Kitten von Mew Antique Roadshow 2011

I won’t give the episode away too much, but we filmed in the Volupte Club in London, which is a gorgeous Burlesque supper club. I dressed in my Songbird outfit of canary yellow and pink and brought out my ostrich feather fans, which were then placed on a nearby table. After fanning them out and discussing the shot, we realised that smoke was slowly filling the room like an early 90’s rock video and the ruddy things were on fire! Luckily (although a dreadful smell), the cindered area was picked and fluffed out and barely noticeable after a while. With all the hairspray that must have landed on them in the past 7 years, I thought they would have gone up like a roman candle, so I was very lucky.

We all had a great laugh whilst filming and I had given Katherine one of my pincushion corsages as a gift when she arrived. The complete darling wore it for the entire filming and it really suited her!

Katherine Higgings Wearing Kitten von Mew's Corsage Pincushion

Katherine Higgins Wearing Kitten von Mew's Corsage Pincushion

The programme will be aired this autumn at 5.15pm on the BBC!

Vintage Valentine’s Day Gifts


It seems that most people with a love of vintage also are old romantics too. We have an appreciation of traditional values, old fashioned courting and the appreciation of manners and wooing.

For those who are still struggling with ideas for Valentine’s gifts, whether you are already in a relationship or planning a surprise attack of romance, hopefully I can help a little!

So… Firstly roses. Traditional, beautiful and unfortunately expensive at this time of year. People seem to think that a dozen red roses is a must have, but a single red rose can say just as much as it’s 11 counterparts. So save the pennies for something else and opt for 1 flower to symbolise the only love in your life.

Romantic meal for two? Depending on what your finances are like, you could opt for the first restaurant you went to together, make an epic paella together (a wonderful culinary bonding technique) or a carpet picnic for two! Imagine sticking on an old film like Some Like It Hot, laying down a rug and some candles on the floor and a feast of nibbles. Just make sure you have a fantastically norish dessert too!

So, onto a Valentine’s Day Card! You will find original vintage Victorian, 1930’s and 1940’s cards at antiques markets and online (Ebay etc) for anything from £2.50 to £6.00. If you think how much you usually pay for a card, that is pretty fantastic, don’t you think? And heaps more meaningful than a modern card too! Even if it has a romantic message written inside from the original recipient, just add your name! When you start giving each other vintage cards, you can put them out every year as Valentine decorations too.

Valentine Gifts for Women…It is always lovely to receive presents…as long as they aren’t your classic body paint and naff cuddly toys from the supermarket. Vintage girls love romantic gestures, sweetheart brooches, love letters, theatre tickets, a new hat or some special repro lingerie from What Katie Did! Why not get your gal a 1940’s sweetheart pin or lucite brooch? Maybe a vintage locket with both your photos inside! Think old fashioned romance!

Valentines Gifts for Men…Difficult if you don’t want to get too mushy, but perhaps buy him a 1940’s mug and serve him breakfast in bed, a special tie bar and vintage tie, or perhaps a vintage style photo of you in pinup lingerie taken by the amazing Kate Donovan! Imagine his face as he unwraps a cheeky photo of you in seamed stockings and your hair all done up! Kate can do all your hair, makeup and styling, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the experience.

So there you have it. Hopefully some of this has given you some ideas. Just don’t forget that although we are caught up in an amazing world of emails and instant text messages, there is NOTHING like receiving a handwritten love letter or card through the post. So please, make the effort this year whether you are sending it to your loved one’s work place or the home you both live in! Slip it into their shoe, briefcase, lunchbox or letterbox.

Kitten von Mew taken by Candee Photography 2011

Kitten von Mew’s Etsy Store!


My Etsy Store is now….open!

My wardrobes are bulging so I’m making room for even more exciting 40 and 50s fashion frolics, so some of my well loved but hardly worn pieces are up for grabs.
Here’s your chance to own a piece of me, or rather my wardrobe.

Joking aside, I hope to add more things, including my pincushions, and that everything goes to good homes. Some of it is repro, some of it is vintage and all of it has been loved and cherished.

I will be starting to sell a few Burlesque bits that I no longer use over the coming months, but for now I will be listing clothing. There are currently 15 pieces on there, so please take a look and you can always make me an offer. Also, if there is anything you are looking for in particular, let me know as I may have it.

I have listed some Vivien of Holloway stuff at silly prices too!

K x