Free Patterns & Tutorials

Monday, 30 May 2016

Vintage Scarf Kimono

As you know, I love sewing garments with vintage scarves.  Wanted to share photos of a kimono robe I made a few years back now (I made it for my entry into a sewing contest).  I used some beautiful vintage scarves, silk & acetate satin, and created an obi sash with bias piping ties.  I really must make some more of these now that I have my lovely overlocker!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Getting ready for summer ... vintage scarf bikini

Another UFO was this vintage scarf bikini.  I only had to handstitch a tiny ribbon strap, goodness knows why that tiny task took me so long!  Anyway, here it is.  Apologies I am not modelling this but I doubt if the pants would even fit up to my knees!!!  The bra is based on the 1930s hankie bras and the pants are made to a 1950s bikini pattern.
More detail on making your own scarf bikini in my earlier blog post

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Vintage Scarf Top Tutorial

Take one vintage satin scarf approx. 24" or 60cm square and with some clever cutting and stitching you can make this lovely bias cut summer top (to fit approx. UK size 12, bust 35")

I experimented to work out the design of this cute top but am happy to share - please link back to my blog if you re-post or make - thank you

Fold your square scarf into 4, press to mark the lines, then cut out 1 x  1/4 corner square and 2 side triangles as shown in photo below:

The large chevron shaped piece will form the back; the 1/4 corner square & 2 side triangles will form the front

Serge or overlock the cut seams of the 1/4 corner square and the upper edge of the chevron

Take the 2 side triangles and using your normal sewing machine, stitch them onto the serged edges of the 1/4 corner square so that their original borders are on the outside of what will become the front of the top

Now serge the side seams of both front & back pieces to neaten what will become the armholes; also serge the top cut edge of the back chevron piece which will become the back neckline

Right sides together, join front & back pieces down side seams (don't forget to leave armhole openings!) and across shoulder seams

Top is now finished; I have left the original St Michael label intact as for me this is part of the heritage of the upcycled garment; the back V neckline scoops nicely as the top is bias cut; ... and this lovely top from just one vintage scarf!
 I trimmed the front with a matching vintage button from my collection x

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Woodland Faerie Dress

Following on from my previous Frosted Flowers post, I decided that I could experiment with the beading on the corset type belt of a faerie dress ... and here is my first attempt!  The dress had a dark green underdress and onto this I stitched layers of silk & organza which I cut into tattered ribbons.  The corset belt was made from softly wadded & quilted silk which was hand beaded and I made some flowers from vintage textiles & antique lace I had been treasuring.
I thought the dress would be lovely for a woodland themed wedding, and based the styling loosely on romantic ballet costumes.

I am planning more faerie dresses ... the elves and I are busy sewing right now!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Frosted Flowers Statement Necklace

I have a crate (yes! A CRATE!) full of beads & sequins, many of which are vintage. I had made this large white flower from antique linen a while back (I shaped the petals with curling tongs!), and decided to incorporate it into a statement necklace with a frosted flowers theme in shades of aqua & blue. To my surprise, I really enjoyed the fiddly beading (all stitched by hand) and so incorporated this beaded flower theme into my next project, a woodland wedding dress (photos coming soon x)

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Lucy Locket Pockets

I made a Victoriana mori girl tiered skirt in tartans & satin and thought it would be interesting to make some Victorian purse style pockets out of velvet. I was really pleased how they turned out and will definitely be using this design detail again. x

Saturday, 9 January 2016

More Mori Girl & Dolly Kei Designs

I have been having great fun in the sewing room with my Victorian inspired Mori Girl maxi skirts.  Each one is assembled using at least 3 upcycled skirts and I love matching the colours & experimenting with ruffles & floral applique.  It is certainly a demanding test for my "new" machines (well, still calling them new even though I bought them last summer).  About to start on another creation today which will be in brown & rust tartan.  Photos coming soon xx