Hoops and ladies

ladys platesABetween studying for exams I’ve been creative with these ladies I’ve shown earlier this week. With transfer paper, fabric scraps and embroidery hoops I’ve made these three wall decorations.

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And a little step for step guide how I’ve made the blue lady.

McCall pattern

Firstly I printed the image on special iron-on fabric. There are loads of different types but I like this from Crafty Computer. No need to think about mirroring or what fabric you iron it on, you print directly on the fabric, brilliant!

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I cut out the lady in the centre, ironed her on plain cotton, sew two layers together, turned it right side out and stuffed it with toy filling.

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I twisted a blue ribbon around the embroidery hoop and span a flower fabric on it.
Finally I attached the lady with blue embroidery thread to the hoop et voila!


Cabinet Cards

Where Downton Abbey isn’t good for. From Carson’s cabinet card of his Alice I got the inspiration to go looking for cabinet cards of interesting women. I came across the digital gallery of the New York public library; thousands of amazing images of anything you can think of. I’ll show you some I very much liked, starting with cabinet cards and moving on to cigarette and postcards, all from around the 1900s.

Blanche BatesLouise Beaudet

Minnie Renwood wide dresschristmas greetings 1905 cigarette card winter Eileen Molyneux coloured photo Mademoiselle Lély 1909 Nenelle 1910 McCall pattern

In Jean ‘d Arc magazine they also often make use of old cabinet cards as decoration, where I took further inspiration, knowing me in a fabric way. I’m now buzzing around with transfer paper, fabric scraps and my sewing machine. I’ll show the end result later this week. For now it’s still a crafty mess like this.


Stuffed sewing boxes

Remember in summer I up-cycled two sewing boxes with a coat of white paint. I never really got round to show the proper end result. I have to admit they are both stuffed with supplies so high time to craft!

Look at them shining white on top of my dark wooden sewing table. sewingbox6

Lined the inside of the box with inspiring images and cards. I’m trying to keep things that belong together in the same box, but this is still a mix of all sorts. The cupcake tin is filled with embroidery thread, at least that’s organised.

Found these button cards and thread at a flea market. Feels like a shame to actually use it after it’s been kept complete for so long. sewingbox13Buttons, ribbons and other applications to give works a finishing touch. Happy to finally have these organised instead of having to rumble between all other bits and bobs. Now I know what I’ve actually got.



Easy make: skirt from old dress

In a vintage shop in Amsterdam I found this dress in the discount pile. The top had some holes, but the skirt still looked fine and fitted perfectly.

VOC dress before

At home I cut off the top, put some stitches at the top of the zip so it would stay put and technically the skirt was ready to wear. However I found it a bit too short so I added a white border at the bottom to give it a bit more length.

VOC zip

Voila from a shabby old dress to a brand new skirt in less than half an hour!

VOC skirt after

Ps. Who else is excited Downton Abbey has started again, my perfect watch while crafting.

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