Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Vintage Petticoat Rescue



This vintage petticoat was very beautiful with some lovely broderie anglaise but had been through the wars & needed some attention.
Firstly, I removed the label inside as I was concerned this might run when I bleached the fabric.  After soaking for a couple of hours in a weak bleach solution, I laundered & line dried the petticoat.  It had a rather voluminous waistline with tapes inside the waist casing.  I opened the casings at the side seams so that the tapes could be pulled up to gather the waistline & fastened with a bow inside.  I rethreaded the original peach ribbon through the slotted broderie anglaise trim at the top.  Using white cotton thread, I darned over one small dark dot which I had been unable to remove.  Finally I stitched on some white cotton daisy trims to camouflage a couple of small holes towards the hemline.
This petticoat is now officially ready to party!




Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Groovy 70s Tank Tops

Tank tops take me back ... I love these bright 70s motifs & thought they are great inspiration even if, like me, you cannot knit.  But have scanned the instructions for the motifs on my blog here for your clever knitters xx

Friday, 10 April 2015

A magnolia by any other name ...

Busy bank holiday weekend painting, eating chocolate & putting my back out, all three traditional Easter weekend pursuits me thinks!  Read more about the transformation of my huge Victorian craft cupboard here

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Moonchild goes to Woodstock

Don't you just love the boho styling of this fab window display created by my colleague Libby at the Sue Ryder Vintage store in Peterborough?  I love this display, more photos on my main blog here 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

My Dad is a Buttoneer!

 All family members are fully trained to keep their eyes peeled at all times for interesting vintage sewing bits & bobs.  So was thrilled when Dad found this jar of buttons at a jumble sale.  Now happily sorted (& yes, that DOES say something about me!!), was super pleased to find some lovely Art Deco buttons in the stash xx

Friday, 13 March 2015

Vintage 40s Style Halter Top made from Upcycled Scarf


I have recently been upcycling lots & lots of vintage scarves for the Saved by Sue Ryder project.  These two 1940s style tops were made following instructions in an original vintage 1940s Smart Accessories booklet by Vogue.  For more details of this project, please visit my main blog here

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Big Scarf Sewing Project

As part of the Saved by Sue Ryder initiative, I have recently been sewing lots & lots of upcycled scarf clothing.  Above is a selection of vintage scarves from which I sorted colour group "bags" of scarves to see what inspiration struck!  More about this in my main blog here