I'm really enjoying sewing at the moment. I've made four very basic skirts (with an elastic waist, and a little bit pouffy to satisfy my 1950s cravings), my slightly-more-complicated cape (yes, The Cape), as well as updating, modifying and repairing all kinds of items that I've had on my project list for months.
Now that they're all done, I find myself wanting to tackle something a bit more challenging - perhaps (gasp!) even requiring a pattern! I was elated to find that my local craft store finally stocks the Vintage Vogue range of patterns, including this beauty, which replicates an original 1954 pattern. It's a very feminine shape, with a lovely neckline and low back line; and as you can see, it suits both plain and patterned fabric equally well. A perfect summer dress, in my opinion; or, if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, it's a fantastic Christmas Party Dress! The pattern is available online, or if you're in Australia, it should be available from your nearest Spotlight store.
I've already extolled the virtues of crochet as a vintage craft / artform, so it will come as no surprise that this gorgeous book absolutely jumped out at me the moment I saw it!
Featuring 100 patterns for flowers, butterflies and vegetables (!!) for you to knit or crochet, it struck me that this would be the perfect way to create little lovelies with which to upcycle various items in your wardrobe.
Brilliant for embellishing hats, clothing, bags and even shoes; or making brooches and hair pieces, they're customisable to any colour you want, because you get to create them!
If you're a 'make do and mend' kind of gal, I suspect this would be an excellent reference book to add to your collection. If you can't wait, 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet is available from Amazon.
Now, I know I've mentioned "refashioned" vintage crockery before, but these creations from Who Made It are so delicate and beautiful that I couldn't resist sharing them! Don't they look like marvellous and magical fairy creations springing out of the rockery? I can't decide which stand I love more! What talented girls they are!