New line of embroidery kits for sale in my Etsy shop:
This line of kits is inspired by John Willie' s BIZARRE Magazines, published around the 50' s.
He liked leggy, dark-haired, small-breasted women and used to take photographs and then draw from the photographs.
It is said that the secretaries at BIZARRE were also his models.
This kit is designed and adapted to an embroidery work, using one of Willie' s drawing.
This pattern uses only two easy stitches and might be done in a few evenings.
The Embroidery Kit comes with:
– an embroidery needle.
– black embroidery floss.
-metallic embroidery thread
– calico with the pattern drawn or printed over it ( you will just have to follow the lines…)
– a good quality ( made in the UK) 7 inches ( 18 cm) wooden embroidery hoop.
This hoop can also be used as a frame, and be painted or just left natural.
– an instructions sheet with all the informations you will need.
The finished embroidery will measure 7 inches in diameter.
The kit comes in a cellophane envelope.
New designs, soon to come, here is a preview of the drafts……
I ve been given 2 huge bin bags full of old tablecloth. I usually accept all kinds of vintage fabric, linen, curtains, etc…..as I know some of them can become very interesting to upcycle.
I ve made some of my favorite dresses from curtains.
I also decided I wanted to sew A-line dresses for my stall next summer at the Brunswick Festival in Hove. They are easy to do, suit and fit most of the people and are timeless.
I decided to give a go with these tablecloth, using an old ” pattern” I found 4 years ago in a tutorial from Elle magazine. It s a very simple pattern, 2 pieces of fabric, front darts at the bust and no closure. The pattern goes for facings around the neckline and armholes, but I decided to sew bias instead. I also rounded a bit the armholes.
In case you are interested to give it a go, here are the patterns, the measurments are in centimeters and DO NOT include the 1.5cm seam allowances.
For the first dress, I choose the fabric I liked less to check first if I liked this pattern.
I must admitt I m quite happy with the result and even made a coordinating Tote Bag for fun!
More A- line dresses to come soon!!!!
I needed a practical, light but efficient little bag to tidy, carry and protect my embroidery works while travelling.
I ve spent a lot of time browsing on internet desperatly to find the perfect one. Lots of them where pretty big with tonns of complicated subdivisions and required the use of a million notions to make. I really couldn t make up my mind, when suddenly I thought of one of my favorite zipper pouch: the one I made using the Craftsy tutorial. I already made a post about it:
After all, it s a very solid, light but protective pouch and I already made more than 20 of them to give to friends or to keep. Of course for my 17cm embroidery hoop I needed more a square shape than a rectangle. I then simply changed the measurements of the 3 basic pieces of fabric and upgraded them to : 25 . 25 cm, 25 . 9 cm and 25 . 17 cm.
I had a very beautiful small piece of vintage fabric, I really loved it but didn t know what to sew out of it. It was too small for a bag, not appropriate for a headband and I wanted something that I would as well use a lot and keep for ever! And it was perfect for my embroidery travel bag! I also choose a nice vintage metal zipper.
How cool it is when the lining is almost as beautiful as the outside……
When I tidy my embroidery I just put the threads over the embroidery then fold the 4 sides of the fabric towards the right side of the embroidery and it s ready to go in my lovely zipper pouch!
I love it so much that I might make one for all the different sizes of embroidery hoop I possess!
I had a few little fabric left and will make an other zipper pouch, smaller and adding a little dyed linen to complete it as it s not enough for a whole pouch. Pictures coming soon!
A few monthes ago I saw this amazing fabric: silk chiffon in a leopard print with a flowers ombré pattern…..
I knew immediatly I wanted to make myself a gig dress -to see Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in New York- like this and ordered it.
First I didnt have a very defined idea about the pattern, but for sure a circle skirt with a lot of twist and the flower print at the bottom was what I wanted.
For the bodice I wanted to use mainly the blooming part of the fabric.
I eventually find this ” easy” Retro Butterick pattern.
I loved the wide crossed belt and the V decolletee.
The bodice has got a very special construction with NO side seams and a double crossed layering.
The front bodice extends a bit in the back and is tightly joined with fasteners in the back, while the back bodice extends with a very long scarf looking belt crossed at the front and knoted again in the back.
That ” easy” pattern revealed to be really tricky , especially the last steps to join the front and back bodice to the skirt. But with the precious help of Audrey, my magic sewing teacher, we could finalize it after a lot of brainstorming!
That very thin silk chiffon also needed a special treat regarding the hem and Audrey kindly took my dress to her sewing room to finish it with her professional overlocker. And it is perfect!
Heming a few hours before landing in New York!
Looking forward to wear it next sunday at the Hammerstein Ballroom!
Hope it will stand the jumping up and down……..
I bought this pretty fabric one year ago in England and planned to make a dress but didn t have a precise idea.
Recently I took a look at my patterns collection and wanted something easy to sew and to wear. This Vintage Vogue pattern with a V neck looked great and I thought a stripped fabric would enhance the bias cut bodice. I then decided to use my lovely anchors fabric.
I do not like that much dirdnl type skirts and went for my fav skirt type, a half circle.
Then I cut the bodice and……….DAMNED! I only had enough fabric for the front bodice!
As the bodice is cut on the bias it requires more fabric than a bodice cut on the grain ……..
I asked to my personnal coach aka husby if he ever saw a dress with a back bodice in a totally different fabric than the front….. But really I couldn t picture it for that dress!
I was lucky enough to return to England shortly after and even more lucky to find the exact same fabric to be able to finish that dress with all the respect it deserved!
I m very happy with the result and will probably buy bigger coupons in the future to avoid any other bad surprise like this one!
I am pretty sure I ll soon make an other dress with this very nice and easy pattern.
I also might use the bodice pattern to make a leopard print top to wear with my tartan skirt:
I really love zipper pouches, they are very practicle to use and you never have too much, but they also are very nice handmade gifts for friends.
I wanted to make something special for someone very special: the son of a friend of mine.
That boy, Tristan, (aka Mini Nick!) is a talented artist, doing painting, drawings, music, videos and even writing beautiful texts.
I then decided to simply use the title of his last miscellany and to embroider it on the front of the pouch.
I just wrote a few words inside to make it even more personnal.
The fabric I used outside is a vintage linen sheet that I dyed.
I really love how this turns out as the colour is not perfect but it s a living colour.
Having already dyed a lot of vintage sheets , I know it will even evolved and change with the time and sun exposure.
I used this very good video tutorial from Craftsy, it s one of their free mini classes and like all their classes , it is clear and very well done.
It is also a very good start on how to put a zipper for someone who never did it before……
I met Tristan and his lovely parents in Lyon last summer at an amazing gig of Nick Cave and really hope to share more moments like this one with them in the future…….
Since my teenager s Punk Years, ( some 25 years ago,….sic!) tartan is a print I ve always had in my wardrobe.
I just LOVE tartan, almost all colours but my very fav remains the classic red.
These last years I bought a few long wool tartan skirts in Vintage shops, but I also decided to sew myself dresses and skirts in this lovely print.
They mainly are winter garments made of heavy crepe or wool fabric, but I was very lucky to find a light cotton with a lovely red tartan print last time I was in Brighton.
I then decided to make myself an airy and very long, half circle skirt dedicated to one of the forthcoming US summer gigs of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
I decided to cut the fabric on the bias for a more elegant look and to add a wide waistband.
I also had an amazing E II R ( Elisabeth the Second Regina) button that i found in an antique store in Hastings. As I wanted a large button, I think it would fit perfectly to my skirt.
I will probably sew a nice leopard print top to wear with it, I just love the mix leopard- tartan.
This skirt can be done in less than an afternoon and is a real classic that I made in a lot of different fabrics and prints.
Here is a very nice tutorial for all kind of circle skirts, from the full circle to the quarter circle.
A last very funny fact: from time to time, I ve got people telling me when I wear a tartan garment ” tartan is very fashionable this year!”. But they probably didn t know that : first, fashion is not ruling my tastes; and that then: TARTAN IS HYPE FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS FOR ME!