Thursday, 22 January 2015

Silk purses and 80s blouses

 I grabbed a couple of very unappealing 80s blouses as I left the Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro shop the other day - both of them for upcycling. I also took a couple of crochet lace doilies, maybe I can make them into lace collars?  Anyway, the blouses are quite hideous really (and yes, I did wear such garments back in the day ... ) so watch out for my progress! 


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro in Peterborough


Well, really exciting news is that I have started volunteering at the Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro shop in Peterborough.  The wonderful team there have worked so hard to set up a sewing room (there is even a choice of sewing machines!!) and I will be helping them on Mondays doing repairs & upcycling of clothing.  It is so wonderful to be working with Sam & Beth & the other members of the team & we are all full of ideas, literally ideas falling over themselves as we discuss various projects.  Some of the main ones are 50s style circle skirts; upcycling ideas for 80s dropped waist dresses; could we create 50s style petticoats from 80s party frocks?; 80s Princess Di hat makeovers; scarf upcycling into halters, crop tops, skirts & kimonos; shorts for festival wear & bright coloured jumpsuits ... you can see we will be busy sewing bees!!
I am so grateful for the opportunity to have free reign with upcycling ideas & will be posting new makeovers regularly.  If anyone out there has any good upcycling ideas, please let me know.  THANK YOU.  Karen xxx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Vintage Scarves Upcycle Projects

I have got boxes of vintage scarves to upcyle ... the bundle above has been stitched into a romantic boho skirt & top outfit, the top is based on the 30s hankie bra in an older post ... instructions coming soon xx

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Free John Lewis mini sewing machine with Craftseller Subscription

I don't normally blog about offers but I thought this one was really good, although it does say it is limited so not sure how many of the sewing machines are available - if you take out an annual subscription to Craftseller magazine (details in the January 2015 issue shown above), you get one of the free mini John Lewis sewing machines when you give the code quoted in the magazine - I find this is a useful magazine as it looks at crafts from a business angle and this is a great offer

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

New Year Resolutions or maybe ....


Do you, like me, treat New Year Resolutions as just one more To Do list?  One of my major To Do projects is to sort out the photos on my laptop.  I take so many photos, usually hundreds a week, when I am listing on etsy (less listings on ebay now!).  Some of them I keep as they are so cute, like this photo of a vintage scarf showing some adorable little dogs above so thought I would share.

Hope your New Year is getting off to a good start. 

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year


Happy New Year & Bonne Annee to everyone
I am working on a new website which will incorporate a new blog & lots of free vintage inspired sewing tutorials ... so watch this space xx Karen

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Remembrance Sunday


This article from one of my 1940s Needlework Illustrated magazines is so poignant, requesting needlework supplies for prisoners of war to work on.  When I read what the prisoners most needed - warm gloves, slippers, jerkins and holdalls - I must confess it brought a tear to my eye.