Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Tydy up at The Vintage Shed

Hi Everyone,
Had a big clean up at the Vintage shed today and bought some more goodies down to fill the shelves.
Still working through the three estates from the other week and I can see the floor at home again!
Pretty Lampshades

Quilts and pretties

Vintage fabric stash

Beautiful antique laces and ribbons


Lovely Lloyd Loom chest

Fantastic feather quilt on the metal chase

colourful velvet pillows and quilt.
                                   So home for more pricing, sewing and maybe a quiet drink!
                                                                    Cheers Lyn

Monday, 14 January 2013

More up-cycle work

Hi Everyone,
I so love the summer weather that it definitely puts me in a creative mood and I actually get a whole lot of things done! Today I used up a whole lot of bits that have been hanging around the sewing room and and made a fairy costume.I also picked up a chair at a thrift store and patch worked some old sheets into a pretty cover.Finally there was an old suitcase hanging around home that just needed some legs to make it into a funky table!                                         All complete!
                                                         The bits and bobs fairy dress
                                                           Funky up-cycled sheet chair
                                                              3 legged suitcase chair
I love to recycle stuff that is destined for landfill, Its what drives me!hope you like these quirky bits!
                                  These Items will be for sale at The Vintage Shed tomorrow
                                                                      Cheers Lyn

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Up cycle a summer dress into a 1950s playsuit

Hi Everyone,
 As you know I love to sew and recycle,so i thought there might be some folks out there with the same addictions. I've made quite a few of these for the shop and they seem to be very popular,and a great way to update a fairly boring Sundres into something vintage (1950's) style.
So even if your an old hand or a beginner this project is fairly easy.
So check your wardrobe or go down to your local charity shop and see what you can do!
 First start with a Sundres this one is strapless but pretty much any style will do. I tend to choose ones with shirring at the back to maintain the 1950s look.
 Cut your shape in the bottom part of the skirt. If your not confident grab a pair of Knickers and trace the pattern from them.
Make shure the back of crutch is longer than the front ,this makes the fit a bit better.(see picture) look at the construction of your knickers and you will get the idea.
This is about the hardest part, its easy from here.
                                                     Over lock  or zig zag the cut edges.
                                                        Sew the crutch seam together.
                                             Turn the edges over (about 1cm or1/2 an inch) and sew .
                                          Press so your seams sit flat (It just gives a better finish)
                                                                     Your done!
                            If you want to use your scraps, cut a strip across the bottom of the skirt

                                                    Press the cut side so that they match
                                                Fold in half again and sew strait down one side.
                                                                  Knot the ends
                                       You can either use for halter tie, shoulder straps or a waist tie

Here's one I prepared earlier !Vintage Hawaii style,
    and a floral number!
I hope you like ! 
Cheers Lyn

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Three Little Lace dresses are we!

Hi Everyone,
 Long time no post!
Lots of reasons ,nice weather ,school holidays, working, the usual!
So the children are off at the park so it gives me a chance to do some sewing and write my blog without interruption.
I was up early this morning in the quiet, and got some painting and sewing done, as Sunday seems to be my traditional inspiration day!
Upcycle lace dresses

nice lace piece

two dresses and a cardie

neckline of one of the dresses


My happy baby

pulling all the cushions off the couch

on the hot day at the beach 

                                           So as you can see its not all work!
                                                           Cheers Lyn