Tuesday, 16 October 2012


For this week's Ta-Dah Tuesday, a couple of finished items for the Junior Birds:

The romper suit for JB2 was a nightmare - using woven bias binding for facings on stretchy fabric is nigh on impossible, despite what the instructions said. Next time I will trust my instincts and do it my own way. The no-sew poppers on the legs are great though, I think they look a lot more professional. Oh, and it took me so long to make, it's actually a bit small! I knitted the pieces for JB1's jumper some time ago, but I hate sewing up knitting so it's taken me a while to get round to it. With the help of some YouTube technique videos, I finally finished it a couple of weeks ago. The pattern was published about 4 years ago, despite being in a knitting magazine this spring, and the main blue colour of cotton yarn was discontinued about 2 years ago. Luckily I found some on ebay!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Book Review: Minxy Vintage

Having read one of Kelly Doust's previous books (Crafty Minx) and found it rather basic and repetitive, and also a few less than positive reviews on Amazon, I wasn't expecting great things from this book. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The book starts off with a section explaining how to source vintage clothing, what to look for when choosing clothing, useful equipment and embellishments for re-vamping what you've found. The Crafty Repairs section tackles cleaning clothes and makes suggestions for small changes, such as dyeing, adding embellishments and chopping sleeves, hemlines etc to turn an unworn dress into a new treasure. The book is then divided into eight chapters covering dresses, wedding outfits, jackets and coats, tops and blouses, skirts, knits, accessories and lingerie and nightwear. Each chapter contains several items from Kelly's own wardrobe which she has made over. They begin with a mood board style layout of the 'before' pictures, then each item is lavishly photographed in it's new incarnation, along with a brief description of how it was transformed. In between the revamp chapters, there are overviews of the key styles of each decade of 20th century style from the 1900s to the 1980s.
I would like to have seen better pictures of the pieces prior to reworking and less experienced sewers might be put off by the somewhat sketchy details of the transformations. Overall, this is a beautifully presented book with many lovely photographs. What it isn't is a detailed 'how-to' on revamping clothes. I'd buy this if you're looking for inspiration, rather than a practical sewing book.


PS This isn't a sponsored post, just my own thoughts on the book.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

In Memoriam

Sadly Coco passed away some time this morning, I found her lying in her cage when we got back from toddler group. I got her about 5 years ago from a lady who had too many pigs and was downsizing a bit. She was about 5 and a half, which is fairly average for a Guinea Pig.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Black Velvet If You Please

Another outfit post, and look, I even had time for makeup as eldest son is staying with his grandparents for a few days.

Talbots USA-made velvet waistcoat (about £2, eBay), 70s handmade maxi dress (about £7, eBay), boots (about £15, eBay), scarab beetle necklace and acrylic bead necklace (50p each, boot sale)

Off to a jumble sale in the morning, wish me luck! Have fun whatever you're up to this weekend x