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Monday, May 24, 2010

Vintage labels...

Last Sunday the sun was shining, Emma slept in till 10 and i got to go to a local flea market. Nice! The day got even better when i found these tucked away in a manky box under a heap of junk (I love to rummage!), 100's of woven vintage size labels. The best thing about them is that the numbers are so random. Size 6 & 1/4 anyone? So some I may be using for my children's clothing. I'd love to use the 3 1/2 label when Emma is 3 1/2. Maybe I'll sew the 36 into my clothes on my birthday this year, who knows? Others i may use as trims, we'll see... Any ideas? Here is a list of what's here... 3 1/2, 5 3/4, 6 1/4, 7 1/4, E 5, E 6, E 11, 10, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 24, 26, 27, 29, 32, 34, 36, 38, 44, 46, SM or WS upside down, M or W upside down, L, XL. See what other people have found on Sophie's flea market finds... and you may have noticed I've added a little follower gadget on my sidebar to make it easier to follow along, so why don't you?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

5 Fave Fabrics...

Thought I'd participate in Pip's 5 fave's today whilst Emma was napping (sweet silence, ahh...).
I'd like to share my 5 favourite vintage fabrics with you. It was so hard to choose but i think these came out winners...

1. Navy polished cotton with coral, pink and orange flowers

I can't even describe how beautiful this fabric is in real life. The sheen on the cotton is lovely and smooth. The coral colour is intense and soft at the same time. The scale of the print is just right. It includes my fave colour - Orange.

I don't thing I'll ever be able to cut into this fabric, no project will be worthy enough...

2. Large scale purple and blue retro flowers

This is an upholstery fabric sample with a really large scale print, the purple flowers are about 30cm wide. It's printed on a textured fabric, some kind of cotton blend. I just love how vibrant the colours are on this print, so rich like they have used pure pigment. The textured fabric adds an interesting dimension and softens the boldness of the print. Pure retro yumminess.

3. Printed linen, black and yellow

I love how this fabric drapes, it's really soft, probably because it's been used and washed several times. Not in mint condition but i don't really care. I probably wouldn't like it if it was all starchy and stiff. Even though it's quite old, the yellow on black has quite a modern feel.

4. Little Girls

This is currently my fave novelty print in my current collection. Red and white is such a classic combo, I could see this featured in a Japanese sewing book.

5. Spotty seersucker

So crisp and summery, you can almost smell the sea air and feel the sunshine on your face. Seersucker is such a happy fabric, and the bright green looks so tasty you want to bite into it like a crunchy granny smith. I can see a sundress out of this one day, although I'll have to be clever as its not a length of fabric but a half finished Aline Maxi skirt...
Which is your favourite?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Jumper Refashion - A half-arsed tutorial

Yesterday I made a dress and some pants for Emma from a thrifted woolen jumper. It took me less time to make than it's taken me to put together this blog post. I never intended to write a tutorial (hence no before or during photos), but the re-fashion was relatively simple so I thought some of you may like to try it.
The instructions are a little bit half-arsed. Please forgive...
Emma is a size 1-2
I used a lambswool jumper that had been machine washed in tepid water. It was mildly felted, enough to stop it unravelling when cut but not enough for it to lose its stretch.
Use a long but narrow zig zag stitch, this will give some stretch. no need to overlock as the felted wool wont fray.
All seams are sewn with right sides facing each other.
The black lines are the original jumper the orange lines are where you need to cut.
To make the pants.
Cut off the arms of the jumper, these will become the legs and the wrist cuffs will be the ankle cuffs. You will also have to cut a scoopy bit out for backside room. Cut an appropriately sized semicircle shape from the side of the jumper to fill in the bottom hole.
Sew the front of the crotch first from front waistband to groin. Then insert the bottom panel.
Fold over a waistband and sew to make a casing. Insert elastic and you're done.
To make the Dress.
I decided to keep the roll neck. Ideally you'd use the existing neck finish to simplify the process.
I layed a top that fit Emma over the jumper as a guide to cut out the body. Cut shorter for a top, longer for a dress. The sleeves are made from the bottom band of the jumper. Because i made a longer dress I couldn't make long sleeves, but if you decide to make a top the bottom band will be wide enough for longer sleeves.
Open the body out, it should look like a big cross shape. Cut the pieces of arm bands to the length you will need. Sew these on with the garment open.
Then you can sew the side seams (attach front to back).
Finally hem the bottom and you're done.

I hope that is clear enough as there is no exact pattern, it all depends on the size of the jumper you're using and the size of the child. I sort of made it up as i went along.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you need clarification. I'll answer you with another comment so others can see it too...Have fun!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Haven't had the time or inclination to sew/post of late. It's not you, it's thought these vintage style pictures of my vintage fabrics may inspire...