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Dress from a duvet cover - pattern free :) Funky Dresses, Summer Dresses, Sewing Clothes, Refashion, Dressmaking, Shirt Style, Free Pattern, Duvet Covers, Upcycle

Funky dress - upcycled of course

It has become a bit of a habit around birthdays for me to have a chat with my sister to consider what I want/need and eventually revert back to fabric. She is a star and pops along to local charity shops and hunts till she finds me some fabulous fabric that I can upcycle for myself. Yay - permission to indulge absoloutely granted. This year was no different so I was presented with this fantastic polka dot fabric! I love it! I wasn't too sure what to make but then decided to go for a…

patchwork quilted bag - home sewn! Home Sew, Quilted Bag, Daydream, Diaper Bag, Upcycle, Diy Ideas, Crafting, Make It Yourself, Sewing

Patchwork love :)

At Christmas my lovely friend Ellie gifted me a beautiful collection of liberty fabric patches. I had a great time adoring the lovely prints and colours and put them to one side awaiting some inspiration about what to do with them. Last week I saw a gorgeous patchwork bag that had been shared on my wall and decided to fashion something similar to this. I was supposed to be sitting down and sewing for my shop however felt totally like sewing for me so off I went! Here are my lovely patches…

A cute upcycled sewn tote bag - vintage fabric Upcycle, Tote Bag, Sewing, Creative, Fabric, Cute, Blog, Vintage, Tejido

Getting stuck back in

This week has been about getting going again. It is crazy how Christmas takes over and suddenly it's nearly the middle of January and you still haven't actually achieved anything. I started my week with a surprise visit to my older sister who has just returned from 2.5 years in sunny Australia. I'm not sure how overjoyed she has been to return to the UK with this crazy weather but we are all very happy to have her back close to us again. A couple of days being spoilt at my parents house and…

Vintage dress upcycled to fit me Vintage Dresses, Upcycle, Vintage Fashion, Fitness, Creative, Blog, Inspiration, Clothes, Vintage Gowns

Searching for inspiration

I have been quiet on the stitching front this week - somehow lacking inspiration and the ability to get going with new projects. I don't know about the rest of you crafters out there but every now and again I feel that I just have no idea what to do next - or if I do I lack the motivation somehow. Usually this is fixed by being around other creative people and spotting some fabulous fabric. So today - before I disengage with society for another round of night shifts - I headed out to…

Pleating tutorial Tutorial Sewing, Sewing Tutorials, Learn To Sew, Creativity, Learning, Blog, Crafts, Repurpose, Manualidades

Pleats tutorial

Hi all What a rainy weekend it has turned out to be! I have spent much of my time at work so am hoping it will rain itself out as I head towards some much needed time off! Though I would take some time this morning to blog my tutorial on pleats. I love pleats - they are cute and look gorgeous when done right. I love the shape they add to clothes and as you saw in my last post I've started to use them in bags as well. They can be adapted to any style you like and any shape or size so for me…

Weekender bag from a duvet cover! Weekender, Bean Bag Chair, Duvet Covers, Upcycle, Stripes, Sewing, Blog, Furniture, Home Decor

Weekender bag from a duvet cover!

I was recently lent a pattern to make a weekender bag. Now I have a sewing machine that works I am finding my enthusiasm for trying more challenging projects is growing. So I sat down a few weeks ago to begin the challenge. I decided to use the same striped fabric that I had used for my cushions earlier in the month - basically because I just loved it so much! The whole bag is quilted including the straps which made it a lot more time consuming than I had originally anticipated. But I got my…

DAYDREAMS AND SUNSHINE: Tablecloth skirt Sewing Crafts, Sunshine, Creativity, Craft Ideas, Skirts, Blog, Repurpose, Skirt

Tablecloth skirt

I bought this table cloth from a charity shop a week or so ago for £3.50. More than perhaps I would like to spend on a tablecloth 2nd hand but I couldn't leave it behind! I love those yellow flowers too much! I knew immediately what I would be doing with it so as soon as I had a spare evening I got going! To start I folded the circular cloth into half and repeated until it was folded in 8ths. I measured how long I would like the skirt to be and then cut the point off so the cloth equaled to…

Backpack Reuse, Upcycle, Sunshine, Backpack, Sewing, Creative, Projects, Blog, Log Projects

Projects!!

So in the last few weeks I have done my first craft fair, fixed my sewing machine and set up my etsy shop in amongst that and a few handmade Christmas gifts I have been super quiet on the blog! Sorry about that! After doing a bunch of projects over and over again to produce enough stock to fill a table I decided I needed to try some new things. I want to keep trying to improve my sewing skills and techniques so want to constantly try new and exciting things. I have recently discovered a love…

Pleated bag from reclaimed fabric Upcycle, Ballet Skirt, Sewing, Skirts, Fabric, How To Make, Bags, Crafts, Fashion

This week it's all about the bags

Well I've been back at the machine again - I think it was cross about being neglected for all those days last week as today it played up like crazy. Broken needles, broken threads, light bulbs going but I took a break for lunch and all seemed to return to normal. I have come to the conclusion that machinery objects to me being hungry and I must remember to squirrel snacks up into the attic with me when I start a sewing session. I've been making bags this week and have been experimenting with…

Suede love and saying hi Love, Sewing, Style, Fashion, Amor, Swag, Moda, Dressmaking, Couture

Suede love and saying hi

It's been a while! I've been sticking my head in the books and also stitching away for a fabulous wedding. Here are the 3 bridesmaids in the dresses I made. It was really a most beautiful day and the bride looked stunning. So now I have submitted a few assignments I have returned to the sewing machine for a days chilled out sewing. Recently I got given some suede scraps to use - for me scraps are teeny tiny bits of fabric that it is hard to decide what to make with. I guess when you start…

Jacket free sewing pattern #jacket #blue #sewing #pattern Sewing Patterns Free, Free Sewing, Ruffle Blouse, Jacket, Blog, Women, Fashion, Moda, Women's

Slouch cardigan

A lovely afternoon spent wandering resulted in me discovering some fantastically blue fabric in a charity shop. It was reduced to only a pound so I went for it and began to plan the fabulous things I would make from it. Pinterest to the ready and off I went. I found this fantastic pattern for a super comfy slouch cardigan. If you decide you fancy giving it a go you can find the pattern here from True Bias. The pattern seemed pretty straight forward so off I went - 2 simple rectangles, a bit…

First pair of trousers! Upcycle, Trousers, Pairs, Sewing, Fun, Blog, Fashion, Trouser Pants, Moda

First pair of trousers!!!

Finally I found some lovely light fabric that I could use to create a pair of trousers. Now I have to be honest trousers are kinda scary for me. Skirts are so easily adjustable - tops can be fitted or loose and flowing but trousers have all sorts of funny complexities that have scared me off for a long time. I decided to follow a pattern because although I love the idea of folding a pair of trousers I love in half and going from there I just wasn't convinced that my understanding of trouser…

kimono top sewn from a prima pattern - upcycled Upcycle, Kimono Top, Sewing, Pattern, Blog, Tops, Dressmaking, Upcycling, Couture

Kimono Top

I am continuing to love the crochet but this weekend had a bit of free time and was given some patterns. I had a good look through and saw a kimono style top. I have always stuck to quite plain tops leaning towards brighter patterns in skirts. Recently though I am travelling around mainly via scooter so find myself in jeans. This has left me feeling a bit dull in the clothes that I wear. Jeans and plain-ish tops are the style for me at the minute so a cute kimono top might just brighten…

kimono top sewn from a prima pattern - upcycled Upcycle, Kimono Top, Sewing, Pattern, Blog, Jackets, Tops, Fashion, Down Jackets

Kimono Top

I am continuing to love the crochet but this weekend had a bit of free time and was given some patterns. I had a good look through and saw a kimono style top. I have always stuck to quite plain tops leaning towards brighter patterns in skirts. Recently though I am travelling around mainly via scooter so find myself in jeans. This has left me feeling a bit dull in the clothes that I wear. Jeans and plain-ish tops are the style for me at the minute so a cute kimono top might just brighten…

Upcycled hen party! Weddings! Eco! Upcycle, Weddings, Creative, Party, Blog, Upcycling, Repurpose, Wedding, Parties

Upcycled Hen!

Hen Parties are known for their shiny fabrics and garish accessories all bought for a bargain price at the local fancy dress shop and quickly disposed of throughout the course of the evening/weekend. I was asked to do something a little different and make some bits and pieces for a hen party that wasn't quite so plastic. We had a little chat about what she wanted and I set about stitching. It was really fun to make something different to the things I usually make with a personal touch that…

Upcycled hen party! Creativity, Sewing, Party, Blog, Repurpose, Dressmaking, Couture, Sew, Parties

Upcycled Hen!

Hen Parties are known for their shiny fabrics and garish accessories all bought for a bargain price at the local fancy dress shop and quickly disposed of throughout the course of the evening/weekend. I was asked to do something a little different and make some bits and pieces for a hen party that wasn't quite so plastic. We had a little chat about what she wanted and I set about stitching. It was really fun to make something different to the things I usually make with a personal touch that…