Saturday, 21 May 2016

GIVEAWAY - Red Poppy Pin

I made these big, bold, red poppy brooches last week for a school performance.

They're about 3 inches or 7.5cm across and they were worn on white shirts, so they really stood out, I can tell you!

In my humble opinion, they were wonderful and the girls seemed to love them.
They loved taking them home with them too...

As this is as good an excuse for a giveaway as any, I'll make and send their very own poppy pin to the person who can guess the number of the poppies made in this batch.

I'll keep this giveaway open till Friday 27 May and if more than one people guess the correct number of poppy pins made, I'll make a mini rafflecopter draw.
Just leave a comment with your guess and you're in the running. As simple as that!

Small Print:
 If no-one guesses the correct number I'll give it to the one who comes closest to it.

Linked to:
 Annemarie's Haakblog, I Heart Naptime

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

White Camelia

This is a new kind of flower I attempted, in a style totally different to any I have made before. 
I was asked by C for a camelia-type flower -but on the flat side- and this is the result of that request.

The larger one is 6 inches wide and will be sewn directly onto C's wedding dress and the smaller flower which measures about 5 inches across is a hair flower, attached to a bobby pin - which you can see in the picture directly below. 

 What's totally different in this flower compared to all my other flowers is that I have not singed the edges of the organza. This may sound completely trivial but, in fact, it means that the flat organza material will remain a flat piece of material without any further manipulation and it also means that the petals will fray with use.

Which is why I have never attempted to use un-singed organza petals to make flowers before.
Which is ironic really if you think that I like the shabby chic, deshabille look....

But, while I'd happily fray cotton or silk or any number of other fabrics, there's just something about organza that's too pristine and elegant in my mind to spoil or mess with.
I did enjoy making this though and I love how it turned out. I just may play around with the fraying organza idea in the future.

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Vintage Betty Boop Pattern

This is a vintage Betty Boop sewing pattern I'm planning on tackling soon.

I believe it's from the 50s but couldn't find a date for it. 
(Does anyone have a date for this pattern? Please let me know.)

When finished it makes a 19 inch Betty Boop doll. 

Should be fun!

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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Snow White Flower Bobby Pins

These are a pair of snow white flower bobby pins that set off for their voyage over the Atlantic Ocean today.

Which somehow got me singing this catchy late 1980s hit song - in french, no less.....

Linked to:
Annemarie's Haakblog

Monday, 2 May 2016

Something New

I'm currently making this supersized, billowy, exuberant flower and it's made me fall in love with big flowers all over again......

Friday, 22 April 2016

1940s Vogue Hat And Bag Pattern

Yet another lovely vintage pattern on my #VintagePledge to-sew list.
Vogue 9837 from the 1940s.

I've seen the bag around a lot but not the hat.
I find it quite pretty but it's not something I'd wear. 
Maybe I'll give the hat a miss this time....

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Delicate Blooms

These champagne and ivory flowers are always such a joy to make.

They're delicate and ethereal and they posses an almost fragile quality that I find absolutely hard to describe. 

A picture can only show so much and to me these are so much more than what the pictures can show.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Vintage Veil Patterns

Some of my vintage veil patterns. McCall 1490 is from the 1930s, Butterick 3753 is from 1970s and Vogue 9822 from the 1980s.
Aren't they lovely?

Sunday, 10 April 2016


Seamwork April 2016 Issue - Sewing With Intention

I took the plunge today and joined Seamwork*.
I've been following the issues as they come out for a while now and I finally decided that it's time to commit and subscribe.
Now all I have to do is choose which 2 patterns to start with!

*For those of you who don't already knowSeamwork is a monthly online sewing magazine full of great articles, techniques, creative ideas and general inspiration.  If you have a subscription -$6 per month- you also get to download 2 patterns a month that you can choose from the Seamwork pattern collection.

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