Ultimate Vintage Upcycle

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Super Duper Quickie…..

…. have just set up my ‘business’ facebook page Ultimate Vintage Upcycle.

Until I have a real, honest to God website I’m starting here. Not convinced I have set it up right BUT it’s a start nevertheless!

From small acorns grow great oaks (we hope)

Welcome ANY tips on setting up a fledgling business to sell via the world wide web 😉

Thanks x

£1 = 1 tie = 4 Doobries!

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In a self set challenge I purchased an Italian silk tie in a local charity shop for the princely sum of one English Pound! It was the ducks that attracted me ….. Theres a whole story about ducks and my youngest daughter but that’s for another day but it is a QUACKERS little tale! 

Following a skype session I brazenly stole the idea for making a coin/card purse from the fat end of a tie but what to do with the remaining tie? As you know I hate waste, hence the upcycling of vintage fabrics.

so here are the doobries …..

1. Coin/card purse

2. Flower to attach to either a bag, hair or just a pretty decoration

3. Wallet for my Blackberry

4. Pin cushion …… Well it had to be didn’t it, after all I am a needle woman!

Any other ideas for tie makes? I’m sure with some more thought I will come up with more but I happily welcome your ideas too. These were an utter joy to make. All hand sewn, sitting quietly in the evening winding down chatting away to my man.

Ahhhhh! The simple pleasures 

Weekly Photo Challenge … The Hues of You

Aruba Sunset

As an artiste dahling … a fabric artist …. needle woman to be more exact, I love love colour and texture. They are the foundations and corner stones of my Creative Church.

Like many creatives (and general population) I think and dream in colour, and in my head pictures come before words. To boot I am an emotional being and my moods have colours (to me that is).

I know that many see reds, oranges and hot hues as ‘angry’ colours. However, for me they are ‘warming’ and ‘soul filling’.

This picture as taken at my dear friends ‘gaff’ in Aruba. The same piece of sky tells a different story every single evening always a new colour and texture so when I saw the theme this week I thougth time to lose my novice status here and jump in both feet with my first weekly photo challenge.

Nature NEVER fails to amaze me with it’s creativity, ability to surprise and touch my soul. Hence, this particular picture speaks to me of the move form a dark rather gloomy mood, melting into my warm space before the refreshing burst of life giving bright blues….. note dear reader a wee grey/black cloud amongst the blue? A niggling doubt that isn’t winning in my mind as the fresh blue still manages to dominate it’s effect of shouting ‘look at me’!

Army Stands Guard …

.. For me, my growing army brings feelings of great satisfaction. 

Not only do they guard my precious textiles but everytime I walk into what was our daughters bedroom ( was, as in she went off on a hoolie to the caribbean to stay with my darling friend at Coral Reef Beach, Aruba) I smile at those stylish old stylie guys.  Once a pair of barkcloth curtains they are bit by bit growing into my very own army!

As much as I love them they will have to be sold, for some reason the bank manager is very insistent on the mortgage being paid which is a dreadful bore!

You can see the bedroom rather resembles a girl cave, full of my favourite things and I am happy to report my much needed stock for Judy’s Vintage Fair in Spitalfields on 2nd November is beginning to shape up. Eldest daughter has also been hard at it so her little cottage is brimming too. Come the day we will have plenty of fare for the fair!

Keep your fingers crossed for us please, our tiny fledgling business may, with a kind wind behind us and an appreciative audience with money in their wallets could launch us in the direction we have dreamed of for so very long now.

As my faithful and kind readers I feel it only right that I whisper to you, and only you the new name we have decided upon, so sssssshush for now, just between me and thee:

ULTIMATE VINTAGE CYCLING by sewinloveuk

Next a proper, grown up website to sell our beauties. Feeling both excited and pretty darn scared, a healthy mix I am told.

Have a super weekend lovely people and hope your weather forecast is better than ours….. Rain, rain and more rain.  (Yep, the Brits really do always talk about the weather) x

 

What Bright Spark ….

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Decided to do such a delicate belt for the up and coming kimono! DANG I need to kick myself up the you know what!!!

This delicious vintage fabric is coming together beautifully between other projects albeit very delicate. Am employing the many skills my wonderfully talented Mum taught me over the years to ensure a lovely hand finish as well as an item that can actually be worn and not just admired! 

I have used a pattern made by Moi! Again Mum is in the picture here, she bought me a little kimono many years ago while on a trip to Canada and although it would only fit my thigh now it was the perfect template. It will be quite simple to grade up and down as these lovely garments are cleverly crafted, just a bit of simple math! Believe me I’m loving simple at the moment, got a few too many balls in the air and all my own fault. Oops!

As for the belt …. I am trying to turn it through with my silly arthritic thumbs and wishing I had made it a yard wide!!!! 

Although not yet complete I have posted some pictures of the journey this far. Am hoping to have a finished article before you by the weekend. 

Happy sewing and crafting dear creative souls if nothing on the go then just have a HAPPY THURSDAY x

Purple Brocade …. Buy Of The Decade!

This is off to DD1, her favourite colour. X

This is off to DD1, her favourite colour. X

Don’t think for one second a deal can’t be found on the internationally known bidding site. 

It can and here is my evidence Ma Lord!

Very heavy weight satin brocade that sat in a lovely ladys Mums house for over 30 years. Can you believe it is in such fantastic condition still?

6 meters all in perfect condition and an absolute steal. In fact I do rather feel like I mugged her but she was happy and willing to sell…… Surprise I was happy and willing to buy!

hey Murdock …. I love it when a plan comes together 😉

Pinny Power …. Not Just For The More Mature (anymore)

THE pocket, all essential to nanna's the world over.... It's where that crumpled note of money live's until she can sneak it  into your hand while she says SUSH! How fab are nannna's and grandads!?

THE pocket, all essential to nanna’s the world over…. It’s where that crumpled note of money live’s until she can sneak it into your hand while she says SUSH! How fab are nannna’s and grandads!?

Nice firm fabric that can be yanked about without fear of it ripping.

Nice firm fabric that can be yanked about without fear of it ripping.

In a bid for yet another quick make for my vintage fair debut in November, I cut out a very simple Pinny that as you already know dear reader is made from genuine vintage fabric. I found some gorgeous bright and vivid green velvet ribbon that was amongst my poptatic finds that had come all the way from Malta. 

I have very deliberately made this pinny for a more curvy lady as we do rather get over looked. There is an assumption we want to wear saggy and shapeless clothes, which if you are curvy or have a curvy woman know is total tosh!

Therefore the waist tie is deeper and has a nice firm interfacing to hold its shape, the only change I would make is the length, it’s a bit too long for my liking. That said because it is a colour fast, heavy weight cotton is super practical for real use, not just looking pretty. 

Next job today is to make a pattern for a kimono and I look forward to sharing it with you here. 

Thanks for taking the time to red and my wish is you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend my dear reader. X

 

Well Willen, Wondering What I Do?

Began life as a discarded bedspread

Began life as a discarded bedspread

Waste nothing ...

Waste nothing …

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Ends up remodelled for many more years use..... No landfill insight for this sweetie!

Ends up remodelled for many more years use….. No landfill insight for this sweetie!

Especially for the manager at Willen Hospice charity shop, think her name is Carrie Anne? Sorry if I got that wrong. 

As an example of what happens to the bits I buy from you I thought I should whip something up and post it here for you to have a looksie. 

You can see where ever possible I will upcycle as much of the original article as possible. Hence, the unpicking of the lovely trim on this huge bedspread that after washing went gloriously fluffy!

Item 1 for your perusal was quickly made up in my head as I wanted to use some of that trim as well as the fabric, then after kicking my Hubby out of the kitchen so I could get cutting the made up idea becomes something real. Hope you like it!?

Over the coming week you will see lots more items that you will recognise as having come from your donated stock so keep an eye out here. 

Look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks, but not 28th…… Daughter has her graduation. Yeeha! Proud Mum, had to have a little boast. 

 

 

 

Vintage Fabric Take Over …

Dear Reader,

You have followed my obssessive journey the past few days with the OCD like collecting of vintage fabrics and I felt as a form of confession and in turn personal spiritual freedom from the weight of my purchases, I should picture them here.

That get it out of your head and into the real world thing that is said to be cathartic …. so here goes.

Just a minor draw back however, I’m holding out on you, there is more in the post (eeeek), should arrive early next week.

BUT in justification of the over-buying, some of the fabrics due to arrive are from France, are very rare AND I didn’t technically buy them. Uh Ha! Gorgeous Husband found them and sought the nod from me, then purchased. So I didn’t really buy those one’s did I?

Promise to self, cross my heart and hope to die have no internet for a few days if I don’t chain myself to my sewing machine and actually create!!! HONESTLY 🙂

Willen Will Break The Bank!

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Took a run over to Willen Hospice charity shop today to return the curtains. As suspected, not only did I spend the refund but a further £9.00 on top!

As complete confirmation of my obsession, a knitting pattern I DON’T KNIT! Well it was so lovely.

A little black and gold ensemble from I’m guessing the 1960’s for was it £15 or £20. Either way a steal for such a wonderful thing, sadly not in my size, so that has been left at the shop for another lucky person to buy. My black, silver and gold will keep me happy.

Spot a book there Del? Yep a book …. Nice pictures 🙂

For some reason I have been a bit embarrassed to ever mention that I am hindered by Agoraphobia but today I really saw the funny side of this mainly annoying condition. I think mine needs renaming ….. Selective agoraphobia. Funny how I can get out for fabric and vintage aye? Gosh when my man comes home I think he will be wishing my condition weren’t so selective as any jaunt out may be quite short but boy can I spend even in the most restrictive of time frames!!!

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