Monday, 28 June 2010

My vintage pattern stash

Yesterday I decided to document my vintage patterns, in the hope that it would stop me from buying really similar ones over and over again. I tend to get obsessed with certain styles you see, namely from the 1940s. This exercise made me realise just how much sewing I need to get through...

Anyway, I also thought it would be nice to share them with others, as they are far too beautiful for my eyes only!
1940s Patterns:


1950s Patterns:


1960s Patterns:


Sunday, 27 June 2010

Felt rose tutorial


Following interest from Tasia and Lily, I decided to post a tutorial on making felt roses, which helped to distract me from the major fitting issues I'm having with Vogue 5510!

To make these lovely accessories, you will need some felt or some pre-shrunk wool (I used an old jumper that I washed at a really high temperature). You can use other fabrics too, although many of them are prone to fraying.

Step 1: Cut out 7 circles of fabric, approximately 7cm in diameter.


Step 2: Cut each circle in half, to make 14 semi-circles. Using a gathering stitch, sew half way along the straight edge of one petal. Then overlap the next petal and stitch through both layers until you are half-way along the next petal. Carry on until you've used all petals and stitch right to the end of the last petal.


Step 3: You should end up with all your petals layered on one piece of thread. Slightly gather the petals.


Step 4: Starting at one end of the string of petals, gently roll the fabric up. Take care at this stage to make sure that the stitched edges remain close together and that the middle of the rose doesn't start to spiral out of the top.


Step 5: Gently hold the rose upside down so you can see the stitched  edges. You now want to stitch from the outside of the rose to the middle and then back out again. Continue doing this all the way around (it's a bit like sewing spokes in a wheel).



Step 6: VOILA! You are now the proud owner of a beautiful felt rose! Obviously you can now sew a safety pin to the bottom so that you can pin it onto anything and everything that takes your fancy ;o)



I hope people find this helpful, but do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Good luck!

Thursday, 17 June 2010

The sweet smell of felt roses

I was taught how to make felt roses (out of shrunken wool jumpers) on Tuesday. They're unbelievably easy to make, yet they look so impressive and intricate. I'm now getting carried away with thoughts of what I can decorate with them...clothes, bags, hats, headbands...the list is endless.

Below is my first and only attempt to date. Watch this space though, I feel a bouquet coming on! 

  
Sadly, I've not got any further with Vogue 5510. Part of this was due to work, social commitments and a job interview (which hasn't led to a new job) and part of this was due to sewer's block. In my head I over complicated this dress, but luckily my sewing tutor gave me some advice on Tuesday and I feel much more confident again. I will slave over it this weekend, so hopefully it won't be too much longer before it's complete.