Thursday, 26 March 2015

Moonchild goes to Woodstock

Don't you just love the boho styling of this fab window display created by my colleague Libby at the Sue Ryder Vintage store in Peterborough?  I love this display, more photos on my main blog here 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

My Dad is a Buttoneer!

 All family members are fully trained to keep their eyes peeled at all times for interesting vintage sewing bits & bobs.  So was thrilled when Dad found this jar of buttons at a jumble sale.  Now happily sorted (& yes, that DOES say something about me!!), was super pleased to find some lovely Art Deco buttons in the stash xx

Friday, 13 March 2015

Vintage 40s Style Halter Top made from Upcycled Scarf


I have recently been upcycling lots & lots of vintage scarves for the Saved by Sue Ryder project.  These two 1940s style tops were made following instructions in an original vintage 1940s Smart Accessories booklet by Vogue.  For more details of this project, please visit my main blog here

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Big Scarf Sewing Project

As part of the Saved by Sue Ryder initiative, I have recently been sewing lots & lots of upcycled scarf clothing.  Above is a selection of vintage scarves from which I sorted colour group "bags" of scarves to see what inspiration struck!  More about this in my main blog here


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Private Life of a Doll's House

Did anyone else watch this fascinating programme on BBC4 last night?  I love tiny dolls & their houses & was fascinated by Lauren Child's programme.  More on my website here.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Please Visit Soon

Today is the day I am launching my own website at karenvallerius.co.uk

I will be listing vintage sewing & knitting patterns as well as vintage textiles & fashion while I get on with publishing my own sewing patterns

Busy building links to pinterest, facebook etc - please stop by - hope to see you soon, Karen xx

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Odd bods

Not voodoo or anything untoward, just that today I am working on my larger cloth doll sewing patterns ... this is a very low tech process which involves me photocopying then adjusting my paper patterns, slightly longer legs maybe (in my dreams!), or different shaped head.  I want to create a boudoir doll with bendable legs so she can sit on a shelf.  I think I am getting there with body that I want her to have - legs, arms, torso & head pieces currently drying as I used a dissolvable pen on white linen to mark my latest pattern version.  Will update progress soon x.