Oh Come All Ye Faithful …. Creatives

We’re artists you know dahling! (Dahling should be said the Edina from Ab Fab way).

How on Gods green earth did I ever live without an over locker!!!???

DD1 has a new to her sofa that is a distinctly uninteresting colour but most functional. She requested some scatter cushions, to which I agreed and then promptly did nothing about 🙂

Whilst visiting this weekend past I allowed DD1 the honour of choosing some fabric from my vintage stash …… Uh Ha I am a toptatstic Mum sometimes. My eldest also an Artist Dahling, chose a vintage Laura Ashley and a French barkcloth. The latter is a bit delicate being at least 60 years old but hey oh let’s see how it lasts.

She did also choose an even older poppy fabric but for some reason I just couldn’t make myself take my scissors to it …. Bad Mum now 😉

Anyways, 4 varying sized feather cushions also from stash are now fashionably dressed in vintage ready for relocation to Northamptonshire. With the advent of my wonderful overlocker the task took a whole hour. Pretty darn chuffed.

As for the Oh Come All Ye Faithful title ….. Seemed seasonably appropriate and that’s the long and short of it but as you too are an Artist Dahling I know you will understand the meanderings and frivolities of a creative mind 🙂

Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned ….

… And keep on sinning! Bad Gal 😦

Here dearest reader I lay before you my confession for the day, the week,  ok the year!

In the workplace I am a highly disciplined person. To do lists that are tackled by priority, meet targets and deadlines as NT would I believe attest to. So how come in my home life does chaos rein?

Could it be the Gemini in me? That old two-sided personality … Or maybe the only child syndrome?

The attention span of a gnat quite frankly. Well in truth if things are going well I see it through to the bitter end BUT I can be given to tantrum if things go against me. Not the stamping, hissing type of a teen but the obstinate, petulant sort of a toddler!

Case in point … Hidden in the airing cupboard is a real kimono that I know Del will remember as she offered words of wisdom when I hit my wall.  I miss calculated on the belt, as a result just couldn’t turn it through (fabric isvery very old and quite delicate). Rather than be a grown up and listen to my buddy by Re cutting a wider version I hid it! There it has sat for a year … OMG a year!  It’s so close to finished but oh no Mrs cut off her nose to spite her face, there it still sits.

Fragile package by the cupboard in which NOBODY is allowed to go is a couple of cork boards to decorate as Del did.  So loved the effect I thought YEP I’m going to do a couple of them for DD2 for her photos BUT because I couldn’t find my staple gun, there they sit wrapped …. This one in my defence is just a couple of weeks old.

On the wardrobe door is the DD1 blanket which is a work in progress, as is the one hour kimono whose neckline is driving me berserk.  Theres the tantrum talk again 🙂 All I need to is bind the neck and front edge. Sewing machine is set up, have lovely satin bias from Walthamstow BUT it annoyed me so can’t bring myself to touch it.  What’s that all about LOSER!

How shameful is it that I have stash taking up valuable space in DD2 bedroom? Big bottom drawer MINE, top of wardrobe MINE ….. Drawer is Walthamstow, wardrobe is the carefully collected vintage fabrics. Not sure what caused that particular fit of sulks…. Think my brain finds it too painful to deal with so has erased the memory 😉

Attention span so pathetic I even meandered off from the actual pics you need as evidence and took pics of bling and stuff just because they please me.  Whilst I say I like order and method me thinks I am also a serial liar (to myself) if I spot a bit of blingage or a doobrie that makes me smile I have to fill a space and believe me, space is limited in my little piece of England.  Praise the Lord I married a man who accepts my foibles else I would have been a divorcee time ago!

The crochet heart thing started last night. DD2 has a much-loved cardigan that she just won’t bin so I started some granny square mid DD1 blanket action …. They are cool but then I thought what else could I do so You Tube got it.  There I found my desire, very quick but super effective crochet hearts. 7 in half an hour and more have followed this morning. Started stitching to the dying cardigan and at this point am very happy with the result, just a few more to do. Then it popped into my head, ENT kimono, sitting cut out in my living room. Now I love this lady like a sister so should be highly motivated to get it done so why the failure …… It’s Georgette like the kimono of failed neckline!

I lay before you my confession to being a serial starter and non finisher IF things don’t go my way.

Have fingers and toes crossed that I don’t stand alone in this affliction? I seek your absolution dear reader. Am I forgiven?

Happy Sunday x

Update picture .... The hearts and granny squares start the rescue :)

Update picture …. The hearts and granny squares start the rescue 🙂

 

I Will Stick To Sewing But …..

Egg head

Egg head

Its a blue wabbit!

Its a blue wabbit!

Rachel can do the knitting! A non knitter she as you may know from my previous blog had the right size needles BUT as they say a bad workman (that would be me moaning) blames his tools…. Rachel used standard sewing thread for the face and it is soooooo much better then my winking wabbit!  Way to go Rachel, see there is a craft for everyone. 🙂

I make an apron for R yesterday. She admired the fabric a while ago. I had bought it as genuine vintage but on its arrival it so WASN’T….. Initially a bit cross but when R admired it I made a mental note. mojo on the rise I got stuck in yesterday. Hope to have a picture of said item on it ‘s new owner soon but for now here’s the unmodelled apron.

R will be hostess with mostess at Christmas

R will be hostess with mostess at Christmas

Apron in genuine NOT fabric

Apron in genuine NOT fabric

With the rising mojo I have been meaning to make a simple winter maxi skirt for ages now, finally did it today. A jaw dropping 45 minutes beginning to end I immediately put it on with a super warm woolie as it’s turned pretty darned nips here in Blighty. Although a very basic design this will get worn loads. Just love a comfy, stretchy maxi for lolling around the house in.

Tomorrow, cutting out a pattern for a tunic top, a more challenging pattern. By that I mean more time consuming. Will share here with you first of course my dear reader ! X

Back of comfy 45 minute maxi skirt

Back of comfy 45 minute maxi skirt

image

Recover(y)… get it …. cushions, covers???

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Don’t worry if you don’t…. think I am still a bit silly in the head following the ‘flu’ from hell!

SPITALFIELDS did go ahead last week despite the dreaded lurgie and it was a fantastic day. The hours flew by, so many interesting people to chat to. As a launch pad for our Ultimate Vintage Upcycle business, now on facebook…. it really was a great place.

The market was teeming with tourists who simply loved what we are doing with the sourcing genuine vintage fabrics and then upcycling them into cushions, tote bags, bunting, ornaments and the likes. Many business cards were taken and we even gathered some VERY useful emails. All very exciting. We even made some sales to boot!

We now know that the Sunday market would have better suited our stall as it has a very large foot fall of Londoners who are out to shop rather than peruse. Not that I am grumbling, the whole day was fun and we learned so much and we feel even more able to move our little venture forward. This would have started on 4th November had I not been totally struck down but as we so often say, everything happens for a reason. My reason was a definate need to draw breath and re-focus, which I have done and now with renewed vigour am prepping for next week and a big push.

I do hope you will swing by my facebook page to see what I have for sale. I would be especially grateful if you could point your friends and colleagues to the site as well…. the more the merrier!

Shipping will be international, I don’t intend to limit myself to these shores.

The pictures of the day, well we hope you like them. In for a penny, in for a pound we decided to go the whole hog and dress in a vintage inspired way. Think you will agree that DD1 victory roll is AWESOME!

Please do share the new facebook page with your friends….. the more the merrier 😉

Ultimate Vintage Upcycle

image1

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

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 ….

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

 

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 🙂

Previous Older Entries

Beach Clean Art

picking up the plastics

Tanglewood Knots

Crochet Stories and Yarns

LucyAnn &Luna craft

crafting,dachshunds including other bits & bobs

James Wallman

Author, futurist, keynote speaker

Honey Hi Stitches

Stitched Art & Designs

Fancy Miscellany

Costuming adventures

Hooks Needles and Kittens

Where my kittens test out all my creative ideas.

repeated originals

A repository of fashion

Little bit of tidbits

Pleasing & informational bits!

Ms. Mouse Cleans House

Cleaning house physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Enjoying a RTW FAST since 2015! Addicted to sewing since the 70's! In a few words, I want to try everything, learn everything and talk about it with you!

Pootle and make

a sewing blog

Sew RED-y

Sew obsessed, sew excited, sew red-y to create!

Curvy Sewing Collective

A Plus Size Sewing Community

Fuck Off Bunting.

successful and unsuccessful craft experiments

ayarnyrobin

my crochet life and more

The Life of Lise

My life as a Stay at Home Mom and Doctors Wife

Sewchet

Sewing, crochet, crafts, accessories, baking, tutorials,

FabriCate & Mira

Sharing the Love and Art of Sewing

bay witch musings

thoughts on parenting, paganism, science, books, witchcraft, nature, feminism, unitarian universalism, herbalism, cooking, conservation, crafting, the state of humanity, and life by the sea

THE COMPULSIVE SEAMSTRESS

It's a compulsion, I just have to sew, sew, sew!

Linny J Creations

Creativity is the oxygen that I breathe.

The Monthly Stitch

Come sew with us...

gentlestitches

the future is in our hands

sewinloveuk

Think and Dream in Colour... Be Creative

O' Canada

Reflections on Canadian Culture From Below the Border

Calico Laine Textiles

Dressmaking, Fabrics and Haberdashery from Calico Laine

Crochet Again

A crochet hook, yarn and a little creativity. Dog hair optional.

one cool site

WordPress blogging tips & tutorials

My Love Affair With....

Leaving a trail through the adventure of life.

A Quiet Riot

Unusual arts and textiles with a bit of sparkle...

Dance Like a Robot

Sharing the crochet love. And some robots.

Pleasant Plushies

...one skein at a time

handmade & home

be creative every day

Three Times the Fun

I don't suffer from insanity ... I enjoy every minute of it!

Pattern Paradise

Crochet Classics for Today's Living

%d bloggers like this: