Thursday, 11 February 2016

Black & White

A little black and white organza brooch with tulle leaves.

This is actually one I made a couple of years back for myself  and, surprisingly, I managed to keep it. I tend to give them away in the end, despite all my intentions of keeping them....
But, really, how many can you keep?
 I've still got this one.
I love how light and airy it is.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Purple & Brown Flower Keyring

Yep, another keyring.....
This time I took two different purples and brown and mixed them up together. The outcome is the flower you see above and below with a petal contrast that's more vivid than my usual flowers (with the notable exception of these), which I really like.

The flower is quite big but it's not heavy because the fabric weighs next to nothing to begin with.The beading in the centre is really the thing to watch when making these, as that's where any danger of making them weigh more lies.

Weight is always a concern when I'm making these flowers. I know that my keyring is already pretty heavy with all sorts of keys, so I don't want any extra weight on it. That's why I try to make these flower keyrings as light as possible.

But the airy nature of the fabric itself ensures that the resulting flower is very lightweight.
(The leaves -admitedly- may add some weight, depending on the type of fabric used. These are a fabulous, crisp, red linen which is a dream to sew and not too bulky.)

My cousin's keys are currently safely kept on this particular keyring as it has already gone to it's new home.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Thin Man

The 1934 movie The Thin Man with Myrna Loy and Robert Powell, is one of those films that epitomize 1930s Hollywood for me: the women are ultra-glamorous, the fashion is amazing (with astounding gowns and amazing all-round attire) and the quips and witty dialogue just keep coming.

Myrna and Robert are a delight to watch in this fast-paced detective comedy. 
Both movie-goers and critics of the time thought so too, which meant that another 5 'thin man' movies followed the original 1934 film.

The film was based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett and although he never wrote a sequel to the book, he was commissioned to write the sequels to the original movie.

The whole film is said to have been shot in sixteen (or eighteen) days and the co-stars had only the nicest things to say about each other. William Powell is quoted as having said "When we did a scene together, we forgot about technique, camera angles, and microphones. We weren't acting. We were just two people in perfect harmony."
Which is probably why their on-screen rapport and charm is so captivating.

I've got some great black and white stills of the movie which I will also be sharing with you soon.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Magenta And Burgundy Flowers

These are some new fabric flowers I've been working on lately.
They're really a version of this flower but much smaller in scale and I've been trying to make them closed tighter, more like a bud than a fully open flower.

The fabric is new and I adore it! Not only is it in two shades of purple, magenta and burgundy, but it also singes like a dream and makes wonderful petals which in turn can make all sorts of wonderful flowers.

I made these into men's boutonnieres but I'm sure they will also make the cutest floral bobby pins.

And a brooch for the lapel of my winter coat....

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Pink And Coral

Pink and coral organza flower hair combs with a sparkly rhinestone centre. The flowers measure almost 6cm across (making both flower and comb measure about 7.5 cm) and the comb is 3.5 cm wide.

They're very easy to wear on long or short hair and they can be used to style your hair or simply adorn it. 

Have you ever worn a hair comb before?
I found some great hair styling tips with hair combs that you may enjoy. Just have a look here, here and here.

Monday, 25 January 2016

The Vintage Pattern Pledge 2016

I'm so happy that Marie and Kerry decided to keep the vintage pattern pledge going for 2016!
If you haven't seen/followed it before, the idea is that you join in and take a -public- pledge that will commit you to start sewing or sew more with vintage patterns - or even reproductions of vintage patterns.
This is exactly the kind of motivation and inspiration that I need to stop merely planning to make some of my beloved vintage sewing patterns and actually do it.
Last year was my first time following and I managed to make one of my vintage bag patterns and this 1970s turban.
This year I'm determined to sew through all of these vintage bag patterns , to make a hat and a pair of gloves from some great patterns I will be sharing with you soon and also to make some items from my Women's Institute Of Domestic Arts And  Sciences books.

For all the details head on over to #VintagePledge 2016.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Red Poppy Bangle

This is my very latest: a red poppy flower bangle.
Twin, petite, fabric poppy flowers with lustrous black glass bead centres on a heavy duty elastic cord.

I made this bangle specificaly for me. And I LOVE it!
I've been wearing it since it was finished yesterday morning and I've already got a couple of orders for it!

It's really easy to wear. You just slip it on.
I like it to rest fairly low on my hand but since the elastic cord is so rigid and sturdy, there is no fear of it falling off.

I'm planning on making one in black with an extra sparkly centre and one in lilac with the same black beads as the red one, also for me.
I have a feeling that they will be easy to wear in both winter and summer.

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