Saturday, 26 July 2014

Box Blouse & Men's Shirts

Cropped box blouse made from amazing 80s fabric. Size 16 dress to size 10 blouse.
Old fashioned collar which I modernised also (it had shoulder pads too!). I hemmed the blouse to go over skirts.

Unwearable to useful... Happy to make/wear the skirt also but have to choose the best style first (pleated? pencil?) as you only get one shot at the material unlike with fabric stores where you could make a collection and errors with unlimited supply!

Mens shirt + Mens tie: (BEFORE LONG SLEEVED COLLARED MENS SHIRT) The material is very soft, the pattern not too manly and it was in a £2 charity shop rail so unwanted! What I didn't like: too loose, dated (university), boring. Now a collarless fitted blouse: (PS. I'll get proper photos on next weekend's garment!)

2 in 1 DOG BED:
Using my brother's XXL rough-cotton shirt, I made Fallon a dog bed. Perfect material for her, good quality and hard wearing. 1. Remove the pocket using a picker. 2. Sew edges. 3. Stuff, rebutton. I filled it with winter blankets, which is also a lot tidier! She LOVES her new bed! Protective over it.


Productive weekend as I bought a new sewingmachine, Elna 2300, which is inexpensive and sews button holes, I probably won't need 24 different stitches however! I also sorted a load of clothing for charity and friends. Out with the new/unworn, in with the second hand :p I also lined the bubble hem skirt made from a 70s dress

Climbing rose grown from £1 roots-and-stalk, bean from seed

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Beauty and the Beast

For fashion in films and I chose Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991).



90s pinafore and flouncy shirt!

My 1991 Sparkle Eyes Barbie (a version of). 

WHAT I HAD: Garish size 14UK 80s/90s dress. Still had tags on though bought 20yrs ago! I sourced it chiefly for the blouse potential. 
  1. Cut desired length from dress, remove hankerchief and shoulder pads.
  2. RESIZE. Unpick original side hems (photo) at the sides to make it slimmer and re-sew (sewing machine).  Now a size 10UK. Weave-stitch the ends if you wish.

Iron on crease ONLY if it's thick fabric (I had to add darts both sides as cover-up). Fan the folds of the spare material out so the side-hem lies flat / equal, and fold bias-tape over. (bottom hem). Re-thread machine to grey and sew down. I decided to hem the bottom in grey bias tape as it has red piping but that's a little too contrasting for a hem. Ideal for a high waist black or navy skirt or dress.  
BELLE STYLING 
Flouncy hair barrette. Really I never stopped wearing scrunchies and hair barettes, but Vogue speculates that 80s big n bold may be visiting this autumn, so, good.  I have this in rapsberry and black to match my outfits (ebay) I wanted more colours but felt greedy and they're so easy to make oneself. And a handmade fimo polymer clay necklace (charity) to add colour and groove! I still have one of my colourful fimo necklaces I was bought at a craft fair in California :D I made a bow out of a sleeve of another retro dress (reverse side). BELLE'S BALLGOWN (thrift). I don't need a ballgown - I would be all dressed up and nowhere to go, watching THE YOUNG ONES on a saturday night. A buttercup-yellow jacket shall suffice. £2.50 charityshop, perfect condition just very petite! No worries, I can squidge into tops at least. The dress fluted perfectly: Mod Skirt to Dress
 
 CARTOON 2D purse in coordinating blue! Polkadots

Renny & the Beast!


On its way to being one of my favourite (most useful) blouses for its versatility and cool to wear in the summer.

I actually thought I'd bought the stem for a white rose, major LOllz...

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Midi Skirt to Mod Dress

The finished dress with a charityshop belt from 2004 when boho was in fashion! mock croc / vegetarian. Started off as a plain brown skirt and I cut armholes and cut and sewed a tie for unusual an sleeveless. Much more comfortable than tight dresses which distract me from whatever Im doing!

Matching outfits. working 9-5 (digging up the garden)
Fallon Harris Specialities: Field Sales; investments into the Sticks Exchange; security & alarms. Skills: Meeting and greeting; paper shredding; food waste disposal; opening mail.  
2 WEEKS DIFFERENCE: