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

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.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Ugly Duckling Blouse Makeover

Remember those two unloved 80s blouses from the sale rail in my previous post?  Well, they both had a rather dramatic makeover.  The jade blouse was slashed under the bustline, sleeves removed and a scarf stitched to the bottom to make a tie front for summer wear.  While the mauve blouse had some ruching stitched round the waistline; sleeves shortened with more ruching & lace trim; and a collar cut from a lace doiley - I was aiming for a more fitted 1940s look.
This was a great experiment as these blouses had absolutely nothing to lose ... in spite of that, pleased with the outcome.  More unloved clothing makeovers coming soon

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Silk purses and 80s blouses

 I grabbed a couple of very unappealing 80s blouses as I left the Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro shop the other day - both of them for upcycling. I also took a couple of crochet lace doilies, maybe I can make them into lace collars?  Anyway, the blouses are quite hideous really (and yes, I did wear such garments back in the day ... ) so watch out for my progress! 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro in Peterborough

Well, really exciting news is that I have started volunteering at the Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro shop in Peterborough.  The wonderful team there have worked so hard to set up a sewing room (there is even a choice of sewing machines!!) and I will be helping them on Mondays doing repairs & upcycling of clothing.  It is so wonderful to be working with Sam & Beth & the other members of the team & we are all full of ideas, literally ideas falling over themselves as we discuss various projects.  Some of the main ones are 50s style circle skirts; upcycling ideas for 80s dropped waist dresses; could we create 50s style petticoats from 80s party frocks?; 80s Princess Di hat makeovers; scarf upcycling into halters, crop tops, skirts & kimonos; shorts for festival wear & bright coloured jumpsuits ... you can see we will be busy sewing bees!!
I am so grateful for the opportunity to have free reign with upcycling ideas & will be posting new makeovers regularly.  If anyone out there has any good upcycling ideas, please let me know.  THANK YOU.  Karen xxx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Vintage Scarves Upcycle Projects

I have got boxes of vintage scarves to upcyle ... the bundle above has been stitched into a romantic boho skirt & top outfit, the top is based on the 30s hankie bra in an older post ... instructions coming soon xx