I made this waistcoat for my husband several years ago and never blogged it. No idea why. I’m writing about it now because the quilt group I belong to, Welsh Heritage Quilters, are putting on an exhibition 26th March – 9th April (Minerva Centre, Llanidloes) and I thought I’d show this.
The top is made of stretch velvet stabilised with interfacing. The underneath layer is silk taffeta. I beaded with glass beads and the machine threads are a mixture of variegated threads from cheap to expensive – silk to manmade.
Does he wear it? Yes, for several New Year parties or anything else where bling is an option.
I made this dress in 2010 from a 1930s pattern. It’s made from a high quality navy and white cotton. I wore it once or twice and then dyed it French lavender and wore it again.
Although I liked it I was never really happy about the quality of the sewing. It was a wearable toile at best and I’ve always thought I’d like to make the real thing. I think it would enhance that not so pared down wardrobe of mine.
Emily Ann Frances from RetroGlam is also going to sew 1930s and we’re hoping that you would like to join in. There are no rules or deadlines so please go over to She Sews You Know if you’re interested in joining us or you’d just like to follow our progress.
As you probably know by now, I’m very interested in historic quilting. I’ve often looked at Victorian crazy quilts and wondered whether to try a version. All the embroidery on the nineteenth century versions is a bit too ornate for my taste but I figured I could still use the principles to make a quilt.
Inside my head I saw autumn leaves in a maze. I didn’t put anything down on paper for once, just started to see where it went.
I made it from cotton scraps rather than the traditional silk and I did everything by machine. The “embroidery” is zigzag stitch using variegated silk thread.
It’s a stash bust too – I used only fabrics and threads I already had.There’s something very satisfying in making something out of nothing. You might want to take a look at Vix’sinspiringtake on this topic.
Do you like making something with just what you have already? It would be lovely to see what you’ve made.
I have just seen Loulou’s gift decorations from coffee filters. I think you might like them.
I have a real passion for reusing textiles. I will try to mend more or less anything: it’s a mainstay of my little business and of my life generally. Once mending isn’t practical I go on to reusing.
I buy my jeans secondhand – most of the ones I buy look almost new – and I wear them to death. After that I try to make something else from them. I think this bag is a big success so I thought I’d share it.
I’ve had a request for more pictures of Gus, so here he is.
I’m displaying my new recycled jeans bag and wearing Red Herring top from car boot sale and posher than usual Per Una jeans from the St Catherine’s Hospice shop.
Close up of jeans bag
I patched fabric scraps on to a piece of curtain lining, added part of the leg of some old jeans on top, sewed lots of zigzags in lines to hold the fabric together and then cut back the denim.
I didn’t take any photos of the process, but if anyone is interested I can easily do some more and post a tutorial. Please let me know in the comments if you would: l love the process so don’t mind having another go.
Hope you are all having a good week. My treat of the week was bright red hair – better in reality than on the photo. I’ve been working quite hard though, so I’m planning a relaxing trip to the charity shops tomorrow.
My beach skirt! We’re not going to the beach until September but I’m ready for it.
I made up the patchwork as a piece of fabric and then cut the pieces out of it. The pieces are all cut on the bias and unfortunately I cut some the wrong way and had to make extra fabric. I used a Burda pattern; there’s a back zip and a slightly elasticated waist.