For over 12 yrs I’ve made my own pj’s and A- line skirts. When it came to the point that I wasn’t fitting the set sizes and struggling to find well fitting clothes I decided to give making more of my clothes ago. That was 3 yrs ago. I love sourcing and using vintage fabrics. In 15 yrs I’ve only had 2-3 pieces of fabric that fell apart when washed as they were so old. I also mainly use patterns sourced in charity shops.
Leading up to our local ” WASTE TO ART” competition that encourages recycling, reinventing and repurposing I’ve decided to only wear something retro, recycled or reinvented.
So below are update photos of last five Friday’s .….
Week one…..very small piece of fabric found in charity shop
Week two This was along evening dress…. 70’s era?
I love shawls, scarves and pashminas and tend to amass a collection of them. When I no longer wear them I recycle them into throws, quilts and curtains.
Been having a clean out after Christmas and with beginning of new year…….
Found some lovely 50’s China for friends cafe this week.
I been busy this month, with family and work. I’ve also been trying to settle down and prepare for an up and coming art exhibition! This next six weeks I’ve got to focus on my art work and leave other stuff aside!
These pieces of pottery have now been fired. I’ve just collected some old rusted wire and metal from my Dads which I plan to incorporate into the pottery pieces to make some unique sculptures.
I was at a girl friends place recently and her daughter was making some lanterns from coloured paper to hang . I was inspired so I went home and made some from old used envelopes. Funny I actually showed this young girl how to make lanterns when she was 4-5, and now she's inspiring me!
The circle of life!
Last week it was so cold that I got in and made a new curtain and very large draft stopper for the front door. I used an old queen size quilt cover for the project.
The lanterns made by my friends daughter.
Found this old porcelain doll set today. Plan to incorporate it into a sculpture in the future. I will also take a mold of the babies face, so i can make more from clay.
I found other bits and pieces this week ………
Made these jewellery stands by drilling holes into the vintage china.
I picked up the centre pieces on etsy.
Winters come quickly in the last few days. I like to put away the summer throws and bring out the winter ones, change the cushions and generally make the lounge more warm and cosy.
A few years ago I collected old damaged fur coats. I cut them up & patched worked them into a throw for the back of the couch. I love it and it’s one of my favourite pieces to pull out for winter. Until this morning I had forgotten why I “vowed” to never do another one!
Cutting and sewing fur is not for the faint hearted. I do it outside in my studio. Fur goes every where, and I mean every where! This time I had the vacuum beside me and vacuumed as I cut.
Leather weakens as it is sewen, so you have to be careful not too pull too hard when your un-picking the jacket, & sew with the biggest stitch on the machine. Also it’s not easy to get the fur through a normal home sewing machine!
Update on what I wore to the Waste to Art opening.
Photos of 60’s silk evening dress before and after I made the skirt from it.
I made a head piece from a old hair band, lace and feathers to wear with the outfit.