Friday, 30 November 2012

Mr Brown Goes To Town Jacket

Where did this refashion begin.....well it started months and months ago when I bought a green/grey canvas jacket at a Thrift Store. I bought the jacket with the idea of showcasing an interesting refashion technique of changing the back middle panel. The dream was to find a canvas painting which I would trim to fit the back panel. I had to wait for the perfect canvas so it remained a dream for many many months until Mr Brown came to town. I spotted Mr Brown or more correctly.....Mr Brown's canvas painting at the Bayswater Salvos. So I said to Sue the lovely manager " Sue I can turn this canvas into something special. It will look great in your refashion section and hopefully it will inspire people to create it for themselves." Sue was curious and interested.....so she replied "Go for it Mezzy" I want to thank Mr Brown who carefully wrote his name, phone number and that he was an artist on the back of the canvas. Your canvas now has another life. 
Front of plain green/grey canvas jacket

Penelope you need to iron the back of this jacket.

Ohhhh ahhhh, interesting painting on canvas. Thanks Mr Brown....I have been waited months for you to come into my life.

I have cut out a template of the back panel of the jacket. I have removed the painting from the frame and it is now time to cut it to size.

I have pinned it and now I am sewing. I will double stitch this in place.

This is a trim from the bottom of a cardigan that I have rescued. The cardigan could not be sold due to damage. You are looking at the wrong side of the trim.

Here is the correct side of the cardigan trim. I like the wrong side better.....so that is what I am going to use. Trim the excess fabric away from the overlocked finish.

How amazing? The cardigan trim fits perfectly all the way around the bottom edge of the canvas jacket. I sew over the overlocking to secure the trim in place.


Pretty from the front.

Soft and sweet with a bit of lace.

And fabulous from the back.








Thursday, 8 November 2012

"Thread Astaire" Necklace.

The "Thread Astaire" Necklace harks back to another era where men were stylish, classy and debonair. Fred Astaire was what we call today....a triple threat. He was the Hugh Jackman of his day as he could sing, dance and act. He lived in an era when clothes were made to look beautiful and they were tailored to the highest standard.

I found a beautiful J & P Coats vintage thread and spool at a retro stall and instantly feel in love with it. In the old days, cotton thread was sold on beautiful wooden spools. Instantly I knew that I had to buy it so I was quite happy to part with $4.00. The thread has never been unwound and it is still in its original unused state. When I saw this spool,  I visualized a statement necklace. This piece of history needed to be the hero.....so I kept the necklace simple and therefore the "Thread Astaire" Necklace was born

Vintage wooden cotton spool.

Beautiful label. Will keep this intact

Bottom of the spool. The hole is a result of the vintage spool holder that it was displayed on.

Mod Podge the spool to prevent the thread from unraveling and to give a richness in colour to the wooden spool. I have placed a paint brush in the centre to prevent the glue from pooling and closing up the hole.

This necklace is old and tired but the chain is perfect for this project. I am going to remove the dangly threads and the two baubles. I am going to re-use the two silver beads either side of the big brown bauble.

Start constructing the necklace. I have a plain black bead to secure the bottom of the spool and prevent it from falling out. I will also add a smaller silver bead below the black bead to finish the look, with the larger silver bead at the top of the spool..

Completed necklace worn against a white tee.

Penelope Hanger models necklace with a grey retro style tee.

Close up

Penelope Hanger wearing her "Thread Astaire" Necklace.

Too good to use in a sewing project but beautiful enough to wear.




Sunday, 4 November 2012

Board Babies Clipboard

Board Babies clipboard was created for Charlotte who is a naturopath, massage therapist and breast feeding counsellor. Her specialty is pregnancy, mothers and babies so she needed a clipboard that would reflect this theme. The clipboard is used to take patient history so it would be nice if it was a bit more interesting than a plain brown board. Her idea was for it to be covered in boobs to reflect a breast feeding theme. Funnily enough I do not have an endless stock of breast feeding pics so I had to come up with a Plan B. So out came my stash of retro cards, ric rac and vintage buttons. Not exactly what Charlotte imagined....but the end result is very cute. These covered clipboards would also work perfectly in a nursery(hanging on the wall) as an alternative traditional nursery prints. 


Plain Clipboard....boring

Cute retro cards

Baby themed....how perfect.

Start placing on the clipboard. 

Create a look that you like.

Now it is time to work very quickly. Mod Podge the board and then place your pics in the pattern that you had previously decided over the glue. Once the pics are all in place it is time to mod podge the top. I wanted to add some yellow ric rac so more mod podge. The ric rac turns on the corners so a peg helps define the curve and stop the ric rac from lifting during the drying process.

Some yellow vintage buttons were also added.

This is the finished product. It would look cute hung on a nursery wall.

Close up shows some additional detail of a blue/white fabric flower with a vintage button centre.

Board Babies Clipboard is now completed and ready to be used.