Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ugh exams!

Vintage buttons on wallpaper

Sorry about the lack of posting. I start exams in less than a week. After they are over I will be back- with a vengeance. I have so many sewing plans for summer which I'm looking forward to starting on. In the meantime here are a couple of my latest finds. The vintage buttons above were from the Shabby Chic market and are mounted on some gorgeous French wallpaper. The fabric below is actually a full length cotton nightgown. There's tons of fabric so I think I'm going to make a blouse out of it.


Monday, October 18, 2010


Frocktober Dress

On Saturday Frocks on Bikes held Swing into Spring, a market with food stalls, vintage clothing and bikes and a swing dancing demonstration. I picked up two lovely dress for just $35. Because of the escalating price of vintage I don't tend to buy much any more but one stall had really reasonable prices. The woman running it actually has a vintage store called Retropolitan which sadly, I think, sustained some damage in the quake and I'm not sure what's going to happen to it.

The dress above has a bit of damage at the back but someone has repaired it really carefully and matched the cotton they used exactly to the print. It's also on the back around the armhole so it's not very noticeable when it's on.

Frocktober Dress Two

Both dresses are a little big but I couldn't resist the gorgeous prints. They will be perfect for summer I think.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Computer Problems

Sorry for the silence lately. I have been having issues with the new power adapter I bought for my laptop. Namely it started smoking when I plugged it in. It means I'm now without a computer for about a week. Anyway, so this post isn't completely boring I thought I'd show you a picture of the kind of jacket I really want to make. I went to the Shabby Chic market on Sunday and there was this lovely short wool coat with a fur collar. The only problem is that it was brown (definitely not my best colour) and the fur was real. I don't mind if other people wear vintage fur it just creeps me out having it that close to my face (I am neurotic like that). It was a really good price and if it weren't for those two things I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat. I found a picture of a similar one from Dear Golden Vintage on etsy.

Obviously it's the wrong time of year here to be thinking about making winter jackets but I am definitely going to save this in my mental 'stuff to make' file. I think a red wool would be nice with perhaps a faux leopard collar.
Hopefully my computer will be up and running next week and I will finally be able to show you some pictures of the sailor pants' I've been making.