Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas Greetings!

I can't believe it's been so long... in fact, the longest ever break since I started this blog. SO, before I get to explaining myself, here's today's blog post soundtrack - my FAVOURITE Christmas track of all time!!

WAY back in October I made some bunting from burlap sacks, using cardboard to cut into heart-shaped stencils, for gold and white spray paint... 

I also used white fabric, and fabric glue, to create a matching look. They were for a close friend of mine, for her wedding - and thankfully she loved them :) 

That was the last time I used the sewing machine, before the ceiling fell in...

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Riverside Blue! The Final Refashion Runway All Stars Challenge!

The Refashion Runway All Stars Edition started five weeks ago - I can't believe it's now coming to an end... WHAT A SHOW!

There have been some amazing creations along the way (amongst my favourite were the permanent pleats in Carissa's gold skirt... and Jen's Eiffel Tower t-shirt, so whimsical!) - and of-course, I've come away with some new pieces for my wardrobe too, which is a bonus! :)

The final challenge is 'Pantone Colour of The Season: Riverside Blue'; to save you searching for that colour, here it is:

And click here for the blogpost soundtrack for today.... it'll make sense later, I promise!

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.