Saturday, 8 November 2014

Gypsy Shirt to Racer Vest

Charityshop dark green lycra dress ! Necklace from H&M (Yeah yeah i had to wait in town!)
Racer front vest made from a button-front gypsy l/s shirt I bought from a charity for £4. It's in a flannel cotton, I loved the squirrel and grapes print but not the 'pyjama' look! I cut out the button placket and  resewed down the front, resized from the sides (it was a sz 14 & draped fit), sleeves removed and rehemmed. Perfect for autumn under a blazer. I thought about using the scrap material from the sleeves to add a pussybow but I'd rather dress simply lately. Halloween! I wore a long burgandy red ballgown with fitted bodice, which was secondhand. The witch accessories Alice lent me; eyeball earrings £3 and purple claw hand hair-clip £2 from Manchester; purple lipstick...

 So excited to find the vegan cafe's in Manch! It's right near their house. Totally jealous. For our flashsparkle halloween we had pina coladas in halloween goblets. I made a vegan thai curry with coconut and lime-pickle, vegetables and Real Eat fajita meat (which is 29g protein / 100g) from Holland & Barrett freezer £2.49 bag with vegetables feeds 4. It matched with white wine.

O & do you notice that once you take up sewing, people ask you to fix their clothes ? I am sewing 'seamless' sportswear tonight - perhaps glued-on sportwear isn't so practical after all!! Lucky I have every thread colour under the sun... 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Velvet X-Back Vest & Mens Tie Collar

And here is the top part of the dress! (with buttons and sleeves removed)
Alice's Suitcase 3 

Alice had a tshirt-dress that had a silly stitched in faux collar in a daggy apple green... just what is the point of that! I don't refashion jersey but I do mens ties! When she handed me this dress I was like... ties! Plus, she likes paisley and jewel colours and I had two complementary ties (same brand and time - st michaels is circa 2000). I sewed the ends of these ties onto a mens cardigan for another bestfriend - good use of £2 I'll say!
 First I handsewed the ties into a nicely done collar. I am hoping the sheen of the fabric ill hold up on a cold wash and besides jersey needs to be put on delicates to avoid bobbling. The collar sits over the button-fastening. The larger collar is much more flattering - everyone wants to look pretty right! I think the addition of mens ties made it more ladylike and classic. the pattern and sheen is reminiscent of smoking jackets, a bit 1940s. 


Navy version of the dress I bought - I'd only worn it once as I felt swamped in it. I marked in blue where I folded and cut the fabric cut out the pockets and used this as an outline to the pinafore. I removed the skirt and the bottom skirt elastic, fitted it to a bodice, cut the back lower and sewed the straps from material I removed. I went over all the edges with the sewing machine and rolled hem.  I also sewed darts into the back so the arch wouldn't droop.  Very useful to have a mannequin! 

I love the slightly Medieval result on its own, or it can be worn as an evening top or a vest over white blouses 60s style - stylish way to keep warm! Also posted this week:- Zebra Print & Glitter 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Velvet Zebra Print & Glitter

Alice's Suitcase Pt2 - From dress to vest that can be worn over a blouse
Here was the shirt I used for the glitter material. NOT HOT! The fabric was gorgeous though! I still have half of the body material left over to use for something delicate - was £2 (Christian community charityshop).  

Long sleeve dress - snipped the skirt as it was too short for a dress and the lace was not continuous at the back so I sewed the cut-off lace onto the reverse to join it. The sash was missing so I cut fabric from a charity shop sparkly glitter shirt, sewed inside out and turned out, sewed onto the plain panel. As the original shirt was a size 14 I fit it to the size 10-12 mannequin to see how much to nip it in at the waist to sew it more fitted. I didn't like the knitwear or tshirt arms with this look so I sewed my own collar and hemmed the sleeveless with self fabric bias tape (velvet). I finished the inside velvet seam with a zizag stich to prevent fraying and smoothed the edge of the lace. 
 Yes, pretty pleased with that sash!

I went to Manchester again! I love how friendly the people are and the city is dynamic, lots to do lots of culture, my gym is available in Manchester too. Megabus stop-off present for my Alice, Edward & myself. I managed to read an entire book on the way back it's like 4 1/2 hours from London.

I hope Alice likes her new vest!