I have just upgraded my sewing machine, and now must deal with two very dead machines. It feels completely wrong to be chucking them out, even though I know one of them is completely beyond repair. Any suggestions as to the most appropriate place for them?
There's an amazing boutique/coffee shop/chocolatier around here, whose giftshop is always full of the most beautiful, inspiring things. On a visit a while back (probably a year or two) I saw a gorgeous sprocket pillow and HAD TO HAVE ONE. Except it was pink. I have two young daughters, there is enough pink in my life already. And it was $120. Even for a very pretty pillow, that's pushing things. My crafty shoulder angels duked it out...
You can guess who won.
I spent a week adding little appliques, embroidery and beading details to the cushion top:
It got sewed together Wednesday night (State of Origin! Well done, NSW. We'll let you have that one ;P )... and last night, I stuffed it with 4x500g bag of polyester fill.
It's 68cm across, and about 30cm tall, which is a bit bigger than the shop pillow. Very comfy to flop on! And my purse is happy. It cost less than $30 to DIY. Forgot to mention - this project is my 'Detention with Snape' requirement in the Harry Potter craftalong!
I have no idea where this tiny Singer sewing machine came from, but I've been wanting to make something from it for ages. I decided not to give it a polish; I like the dust and cracks. Heaven knows how long it's been lying around in various sewing boxes and craft stashes.
Black beads are plastic. There's a metal scissor charm and a plastic heart. They all clink against each other, and make a lovely bell-like sound.
I was going to get the minimum cut (20cm, I think) of black sequined fabric, which was $50/m, and applique pieces onto the collar, etc. My pragmatic side got the better of me and I bought 6m of sequin trim - you know, the stuff that's just a line of sequins on string. I found that sewing it in a cornelli pattern and only stitching down every 3rd or 4th sequin crushed them up nicely. It looks exactly the same as the pricey fabric and was fun to sew. I don't think I would like to do huge panels of it though!
The button and loop was a last minute addition. I saw the waistcoat on my dress form and thought... it's not done yet.
I was going to make a skirt out of this fabric (brushed cotton plaid), cause I really need some new ones, but my hubby suggested a cape, and really... why not? I modified the freebie Tonia cape pattern from Fitzpatterns. A bit of lace trim, some beading, a few graphic rose stencils and she's all ready to go It was surprising how warm and comfortable it is. I may even make another one in heavier fabric.
Book arts are one of my latest obsessions (books + art + craft, what's not to love?) and I was wondering if anyone was interested in doing a book arts swap. It might encompass traditional book arts, like bookbinding, artists' journals, paper making, as well as art works and crafted pieces like 3D/sculpted, paper cutting, etc.
Been at that sewing machine again... thought you guys might like this. It's a 50's inspired outfit for my 2 year old, with fluffy petticoat, circle skirt, bolero and a veil clip. I'm really happy with how it came together, and miss loves it too - she twirls and says in her babyish toddler voice, 'Imma PIN-SESS!' (good grief, another one...)
Anyone have any tips on hemming a circle skirt? Cause I still can't bring myself to actually get in and do it. Feel an awful lot like effort.
I've been making a lot of these getting ready for Easter. They are made of artificial vine, preserved moss, lots of wire and glue and pretty flowers and berries and stuff. I'm a wee bit pleased with how they've turned out! Also, speckled chocolate eggs = yum.
Hubby's a high school teacher and every year they have Octofest, which is a fun celebration day for the grade 8 kids - hence the 'octo'. (Grade 8 is the first year of high school here in Queensland, at least for now). The teachers dress up - last year my awesome husband went as Captain Jack Sparrow, and this year the staff got together and decided to go with a Star Wars theme.
I had no pattern (as Simplicity pulled theirs off the shelves a while back), little time and an excess of migraines, so I fudged this together over the last couple of days:
The robe took about 5m of cotton poplin. (Is it just me or is fabric getting narrower? I am sure I used to get basic cottons much wider...next time I'll buy it from the upholstery section)
I really didn't have the energy to get technical - I had him lay down on the poplin and cut the robe around him. The hood is just a couple of really big triangles, pleated into the back of the robe. None of the seams are finished and there's no hemming at all. Migraines make me pretty useless. I don't think I sewed a single seam straight. So long as he doesn't show off to the home-ec teachers it shouldn't matter though
The shirt was the same process, it's just shorter and the sleeves aren't so wide. I think I used 4m of poplin. To get the crossover thing in front, we just draped a long rectangle of poplin like a scarf and tucked it into the belt. The belt/obi thing is leftover from the robe; the ends join up with velcro.
He wore the pants from last year's costume, a pair of brown ugg boots (...in the middle of the tropical wet season...that's gonna smell interesting by the end of the day) and borrowed our 8 year old's toy lightsaber. In my opinion everyone should have a lightsaber in the house. They come in very handy
So... I'm having a big tea party in a few months and I wanted to use vintage china but contrary to internet myth, op-shops and second hand stores aren't all filled with beautiful, affordable treasures. Stupid internet is always lying to me I've been snapping up what nice things I can, and filling out my collection with boring stuff that has potential. Like this cup; love the shape, hate the design:
To glam this up, I used 'porcelaine paint', which I bought at Spotlight. You paint, dry, then bake it on.
Here's that boring cup again, with it's saucer, all spruced up and ready for shindiggin':