Sunday, 29 July 2012

Dance Like Nobody Is Watching

Dance like nobody is watching.......
Dress with Retro Style and Flair.....

Thursday, 19 July 2012

"No Nana Panel Tee" Refashion

"The job of the Nana Panel is to create a formless, frumpy and shapeless tee. "Unfashion Designers" love the Nana Panel concept as it means that no matter what size you are, you are going to fit into this tee.It is the one size fits all mentality and it is designed to help part us from our money. "Oh here is a nice roomy and comfy tee. Gosh, I need to part with my $50 and buy it. Hmmm and when I am done wearing it I can always sell it to the visiting circus as they can use it as their new big top"

Hmmm sorry "Unfashion Designers" but your Nana Panel Tee is not for me. I may be plus sized but I don't want to hide my figure underneath your baggy saggy tee.

So here is the before. Nice colour but totally shapeless. Still a bargain however at $4.99 from the thrift store.

In between the pompom effect is the dreaded Nana Panel. I am sorry but is has to go!

So with my scissors I carefully cut away the Nana Panel using the inside seam as my guide. far so good. this seems to be working.

Nana Panel almost removed.

I want to keep the drawstring tie intact.

So with my scissors I carefully cut underneath the drawstring. At this point this would have qualified as a 10 second no sew tee-shirt refashion. From oversized tee-shirt to light and airy cardigan, this is technically a finished refashion but alas no, I need to do more.

So with my green fabric marker I do a little bit of colouring in.

This provides a nice subtle bit of detailing, but for me it still needs more.

These buttons are 30+ years old. They are kind of a blue toned mother of pearl.

Generally I am not a great one for measuring but I want an even random type placement of my buttons. So the gap between buttons is 8 inches.

Here are my pin markers.

And now I have sewn the buttons into place. These buttons serve no purpose they are just there for detail.

So here I am wearing my finished cardigan/shrug. I think that it works well with my form fitting tank top. The cuff on my wrist is made from vintage furnishing fabric and vintage jigsaw puzzle pieces. This cuff can be found at Retro Tie Refashion seems that I do have a figure. Lucky I didn't stick with the baggy saggy tee.

Close up of the buttons and colouring in.

It also works well with a plain white tee underneath.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

"Cherry Pie Tie Cuff". Anthropologie Inspired.

"Cherry Pie Tie" Cuff.
The key to this vintage tie refashion is as simple as a small plastic bottle of soft drink. The circumference of the bottle was fairly close to the circumference of my wrist, so I kept the empty bottle in my sewing corner and waited for my cuff idea to develop. 
I am a bit of a bower bird which means that I like to collect pretty things and place them in my nest. These pretty things sometimes sit in the nest for years and years but I know that eventually I will find a use for them. They have history and memories attached so I know that eventually I will find a special and meaningful use for my treasures.
You too can create your own Cherry Pie Tie Cuff brimming with all your special memories, so let us begin this magical journey together. 

Start with a small plastic soft drink bottle.

With a sharp craft knife cut a hole in your drink bottle. Then grab your scissors and cut out the width that you like. At this point you have a circle which you will then need to cut an opening so you can lay it down flat.

Here is the first memory. This tie belonged to my husband when he was a young boy. Bit of a dubious colour combination, but I actually like it. The width is perfect as I can slide the plastic bottle insert into the wide end of the tie.

The cuff will now form a circular shape. Cut the excess narrow end of the tie off. 

To keep the plastic insert in place sew down the centre of the tie. A regular sewing machine will do this job with the correct needle in place.

Here is the second memory. This is an earring I wore when I first got my ears pierced. I was 17 years old at the time and about to launch into adulthood. I started travelling the world and went on many adventures. These earrings came along for the journey and they are a reminder of all the new experiences that I embarked on. You will need to hand sew all your little knick knacks and embellishments.

I like to crochet, but not clothing or household furnishings. I like taking a traditional item or craft and kind of re-inventing it into something else. I use jewellery wire and crochet necklaces, collars etc etc. This chain with bells and baubles is a leftover piece from another project.

Time to get out my stash of vintage buttons.

Scrap 1970's fabric, previously used in my 1970's handbag refashion and many other projects. This scrap fabric came from a vintage maxi dress that my daughter Emily cut off. Keep adding your memories and place them into a pattern that is pleasing to you. To keep the cuff in place and ensure that it holds its shape you will need to iron on velcro. This will stop it from unwinding whilst wearing it. Hmmm it still needs more embellishments.

These are the cutest vintage buttons, so I want to make sure that I add these.

Finished cuff on its first outing. Gee that coffee was good.

Finished Memory Cuff. Broken chain in top right hand corner is from a piece of jewellery that my daughter Emily used to wear. The biege flower towards the bottom of the cuff is another earring that I purchased on a date with my husband who at that time was my boyfriend. I would have been 21 years old when he picked me up from my parents place at 4.00am to drive down the coast and attend the Red Hill Market. Bruce Springsteen(I'm on Fire) was playing on the radio and life was just sweet. We then married, had two daughters and lived a simple life. This cuff is full of our lives and memories together..

Just for the record below is Anthropologie's Gathered Treasures Cuff. I love the design of this cuff and it has been the inspiration for many of my cuff creations such as Adrift @ Sea Cuff  and others that can be found on my blog.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Handbag Refashion

"Rosie's Romantic Rose" Handbag
I love 1970's leather patchwork handbags. They were all the rage in the 70's and I am convinced that every woman had one. They have their own unique style which is hard to define. Were these bags contemporary and stylish.....or were they kind of tacky and ugly? Hmmm I am undecided on which category they belonged to, but finally I have managed to track one down at a thrift store for $5.00. I will be honest in saying that I would never use it in its original form. Time for a romantic rose make-over.


Still in great condition.

I will use a bit of this 1970's fabric. I have used this in many of my previous refashions. One of my favourite refashions with this fabric is Flowers at my Feet

Leftover cushion fabric used in Rustic Rose Skirt

More leftover fabric which was previously used in my Rustle up a Bustle Cardigan, or as one fashion critic(Jodes of pinterest) called it....OMG NO,not another fashion disaster. Oh well not everyone of my refashions is going to turn out brilliant. Sometimes I think that it is good to throw it out to the universe because not everyone is going to like everything that you create.

Leftover tea stained lace from my Cheeky Charlotte Cardigan and Flowers for Lauren Necklace

Vintage pink ricrac

Vintage buttons. Which ones shall I use?

Trace the patches that you want to cover with interfacing. This will then be your template.

First piece of fabric about to be cut.

Pin your pieces on the bag so you can get a feel of who the project is going to look.

The cushion fabric had ties, so I decided to incorporate those ties into this refashion. I cut the ties to a length that I liked and then added a vintage button.

This little heart was a leftover toggle from my jewellery kit. It's little circular attachment had broken so as a piece of jewellery I could no longer used it. Never mind, I will sew it into one of the ties.

Let's make a flower. The green button was a bold green with staining. I used pale green nail polish to fix the stain and soften the colour.

Vintage pink ricrac sewn into place

Vintage rose buttons hand sewn into place.

The flower was sewn into place(this took a little bit of grunt) and everything else was Mod Podged onto their allocated patches.

Love modge podge. I need to buy shares in this company and no! I am not paid by Mod Podge to sing their praises. It is a good all round craft product.

With leftover fabric braid a plait.

Sew leftover lace to cover handles. The handles are very thin and the sewing machine handled them easily.

Finished bag with lots of embellishments.

Cute little bows sewn onto the handles

Close up of all the embellishments. 

Time for Rosie to have a romantic date.