Saturday, 27 August 2016

Tuning in to a Tunic...

So this week's challenge for the Refashion Runway was 'Tunic', which left me scratching my head a bit... I mean, what IS a tunic? Any ideas..? See what I came up with on Beth's site (as and when she posts this week's makes) and here, below... you can decide if you think I made something to fit the bill! Meanwhile, here's one of my favourites from the Pinterest board I set up for inspiration!
What do I like about it? It's light, airy, summery, and colourful. So that's what I was aiming for, to go with the final few moments of summer; 'make hay while the sun shines' and all that! ;)
And the blog post soundtrack for today? A fitting summer chill out track from the late sixties...

Now, before I get to the Tunic refashion, I'd like to ask - because I don't think I'm alone in this conundrum; do you keep clothes because they hold great memories, even if:
  • they no longer fit, body-wise
  • they're no longer fit for purpose, lifestyle-wise
  • they're too old/tattered/moth eaten to wear outside..?

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Button it!

Hello!! For the 3rd challenge in this season of the Refashion Runway, we were given 'Buttons' as a challenge... which instantly made me think of Pearly Kings and Queens.

You may have heard of Pearly Kings and Queens... but (as I wasn't) you may not be aware of the backdrop to the charity that most people associate with parades, button-adorned outfits, and East London cockney 'sparras'... it makes for very interesting reading, and really opened my eyes to something I've not questioned previously. From the male tradition of sewing, and all the emblems they use, I'm really pleased this challenge brought 'Pearlies' to my attention! And for today's blog post soundtrack I chose one of my favourite Beatles tracks... whimsical, beautiful, takes me back to days in the sun with Mum...

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Shine Bright Like a Diamond...

METALLICS are making a big comeback on the runways, set to be THE look for Autumn/Winter 2016 - so I found plenty of great inspiration both online, and in fashion mags, for this week's Refashion Runway challenge, and on top of that I'm feeling disco..! 
What better way to celebrate than with a 70's disco track..? I think Boogie Oogie Oogie covers it nicely! (and if you happen to watch the music video, you'll see plenty of sparkling metallic inspiration..!)

Thing is, as much as I love that era, and that look, metallic fabrics can look a little cheap. It's strange that lurex, which has such luxurious connotations, can look a little...tawdry... but it's true... and something I encountered a couple of years ago, with a metallic dress I refashioned.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Refashion Runway All Stars Edition!


So, if you haven't heard the news yet; this is my first submission for the brand new season of Refashion Runway, All Stars! Take a look at the fab line-up of bloggers taking part over on Beth's site - as each week passes, voting will take place, and there will be one less refashioner, as we inch ever closer to the final in September. And everyone wins something! Really, the taking part is much more important (case in point, I have no idea what the prizes are) - as each week will mean I have something 'new' hanging in my wardrobe - AND I get plenty of inspiration for future projects, from my sister sewers. (I might use that expression more often)

If you've read the 'Welcome to the competition' post, you'll know that this week, the first week in the five weeks of challenges, is VELVET. Why? Because it just is! So here's a VERY fitting blogpost soundtrack for today - a remake of a classic... Blue Velvet by Lana Del Rey...

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Bursting at the seams...

Why is it you can have months with not much happening, and then suddenly everything seems to go BANG - and you're looking at a whole new set of exciting opportunities, and work to be done..?!
So, today is about housekeeping - getting you up to speed with what has been a manic, but productive, time for me... where to start?

Let's go back in time first; seven months ago I was given the most fabulous piece of kit to add to my sewing arsenal - but I didn't really realise that, until my latest Minerva make. The overlocker was a wonderful Christmas surprise, at that point I could only imagine how it would enhance my sewing hobby, so I started small so as not to scare myself!