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 🙂

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 😉

Readers … Your Expert Guidance is Needed

I told a little fib, its 3m! Definitely has some man made in it but can clearly see a cotton weft .

I told a little fib, its 3m! Definitely has some man made in it but can clearly see a cotton weft .

50's crepe

I have posted to WeSewRetro.com the same plea… HEEEEEEEELP!

…I confess it’s my own fault BUT I have more genuine vintage fabric than any sane human being should have. To the point that my up and coming vintage fair on 2 November at Spitalfields Old Market could potentially be awash with cushion families.

Now they say why fix what isn’t broke ~ my families sell VERY well but I do have some fabrics, this one in particular that really should become something else.

It is a wonderful 1050’s crepe bought from The Polished Button and it is even more lovely in the ‘flesh’. From memory I think I bought 2 m.

IDEA 1 : Full apron, made from one of my many vintage patterns

IDEA 2 : A little girls ‘party’ dress again from a vintage pattern

What do you think?  Do you think it lends itself to something else? I would love to hear your ideas as I am on a creative juice overflow…. hence this plea for help!

 

Howdy!

ebay trader the vintage pattern shop has thousands of patterns from many era's.... this is circa 1940's

ebay trader the vintage pattern shop has thousands of patterns from many era’s…. this is circa 1940’s

Failure to comply with my own rule of blog each Sunday has led to an overwhelming feeling of bloguilt today!

I am battling with a vintage creation. A wonderful little clutch bag and maybe even a hat, think I have successfully deciphered the pattern but the vintage fabric isn’t being quite so compliant. I found an odd vintage curtain in the loveliest fabric and now know after cutting that I will in future put my fusible facing onto the fabric BEFORE cutting. Dabnabit, it slid all over the place ….. I think my dog was privy to a few unsavoury words as I chased it about.(fabric not the dog)

As a seasoned seamstress I knew full well to put it away for the day lest I take my hissy mood out on the make …. which I must confess I have done before. Outcome, everything goes even further south.

May get a bit done tomorrow but my priority is a private lesson with 2 utterly delightful ladies who have little ones who have dwarfism. This brings such challenges for them as they want for the gorgeous little ones to be dressed snazzily but off the shelf just doesn’t work. Whilst they learn tomorrow, I too shall be learning not having yet had the opportunity to teach this specialist area. I am expecting it to be fascinating as I so want to be able to pass some skills along that will in turn allow these devoted Mum’s to use their creative juices for there little loved ones.

Look forward to telling you all more about that at another time.

Vintage News

Vintage Sewing Gold ... guide to regrading vintage patterns

Vintage Sewing Gold … guide to regrading vintage patterns

I have previously mentioned thevintagepatternshop.com but I have to share more news with you.

On my quest to find inspiring and beautiful things to make from my stash of vintage fabric and vintage haberdashery I ordered a pattern for a 1940’s hat and clutch purse.

They arrived today and yet again the info booklet that has come with it is perfect for the translation from 1940’s speak and standards into our 21st century world.

This time however, in addition was some information on a 60 page guide that they have put together for those of us who love vintage patterns but sometime struggle with regrading to our modern day figures. The guide is in a friendly format and explains how to make the appropriate adjustments to your vintage pattern in an appropriate and professional way. WOWZA! 

Vintage sewing gold …… these can be purchased on ebay and the attached picture provides the information you need should you feel the need to reach out to the helping hand that is Sonny!

Crisis Averted … WOWZA Day

Thanks to the wonders of the www AND the efficacy of the administrator address of swap partner safely in my possession so no further fears of letting Team GB down. PHEW!

Not only did this all come good BUT my sewing workshops have been so warmly received that I have another full workshop, a private tuition, a commission for a specialist piece for a Mencap production and requests galore for exciting and challenging workshops. Can’t wait …. life just gets better every day and this here blogging thingie is THE BEST for self confidence. So many interesting, intelligent and exciting people following, commenting.

THANK YOU!

Wednesday wonder ….. my day off WOOHOO!  Vintage fabric has arrived and is begging to become a maxi skirt and who am I to deny it this reasonable request. All being cool will make it’s dream come true tomorrow and this time I’m actually sewing for me, not the skinny daughter :0)

 

 

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