Sunday, 4 October 2015

Experimenting with Collars

Following on from my steampunk velvet jacket, I am busy experimenting with different collar patterns as I want to replicate the 30s velvet cloak style stand up collar.  I thought it would be fun to add a flamboyant collar to this pretty beaded lace jacket.  I used some acetate taffeta in a pretty soft old gold colour & added a large frill collar - move over Elizabeth I !! - and a large bow tie fastening on the front.  OK, not for everyday wear but I thought this would be fun for fancy dress or theatrical use.  

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Vintage Buttons & Braid

This favourite navy coat was beginning to look a bit, well, DULL, so I raided my vintage sewing supplies.  The gorgeous folkloric braid had been bought by my Mum sometime back in the 70s and the jolly red buttons came from a huge biscuit tin of buttons from my Nan (which reminds me of the Peter Kay joke about the joy on discovering a huge biscuit tin at your Nan's and the disappointment when you find it only contains buttons!!)



Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Reworked Steampunk Hippy Velvet Jacket

My new(ish) overlocker (serger) is leading to much sewing fun as I am re-working my way through crates of vintage textiles ... this hippy 70s velvet skirt has been reinvented as a 30s style little loose fitting jacket (my design) with a padded stand up collar inspired by an original 30s evening cape ... corsage trim made from the scraps ... if you look closely, you will see there is a bud dangling from the flower attached by an overlocked chain of thread.

This was the 30s velvet cloak which inspired me ... the collar on this was stuffed with kapok & it was also ruched ... looking at the photo now I can see I was quite restrained with the collar on the jacket!!!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Gardening not stitching ....

Yes sometimes I have to stop sewing & do some other stuff ... garden is now nearly ready for the winter, most plants trimmed & herbaceous perennials divided into new clumps (even if I did fall over while trying to slice the spade through the roots!) ... and finally got my act together to give the summerhouse a fresh coat of paint ...

Monday, 14 September 2015

Vintage Rocks Jewel Box

Don't think I have shared my customised Vintage Rocks jewel box before .... as you can see I was let loose with a tub of PVA glue, some ink stamps & the scrap bag x

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Skirting the issue ... reworking a 90s grunge floral midi

I loved the deep aqua floral design fabric of this vintage 90s grunge midi skirt, but the skirt had seen better days so was destined for reworking.  On the plus side it had some nice tucks running round the hemline so I didn't want to cut those off when shortening.  As the original waist elastic had perished I decided to shorten from the waistline.  I used the fabric which I cut away to make a wide sash belt which I think gives a nice finish to the skirt.  Rather than use belt loops to secure this, I worked two buttonholes in the sash belt on the centre back (now super easy peasy with my lovely new Pfaff!) & then stitched the original buttons onto the back of the skirt.  Really pleased how this looks, and the sash can easily be used as a hair tie as well!  I put the skirt onto the mannequin who was still wearing a vintage 50s net petticoat from an earlier photo session & really liked the look of the net below the skirt.  More net petticoats on my vintage shopping list!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Reworked Vintage Bead Necklaces

I love vintage beads, even if they are broken they can be reworked into new jewellery.  Last year I sold several necklaces at a couple of antiques fairs I attended.  I like the random effect of using vintage beads in glass, resin, plastic & metal.