Monday, 19 September 2011

Upcycling - a new lease on life

Tried my hand at this a while back & thought I would share the photos.
Tony Durante has an amazing Vintage Clothing store in the Antique Street in Berlin. He had a dress that was made from gorgeous fabric, but the style was VERY outdated. I upcycled it for him.

This is the dress before...

You would have to have a TINY waist to fit into this dress & the collar & puff sleeves are horrid!

This is what it became...

Now your turn... get into your cupboard, pull out all those items that sit there never being worn & see what you can convert them into!

Happy sewing!


Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Teacosy Tuesday

Calico getting in on the photos!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Sunday, 4 September 2011

A bit of a teapot

I was spending an afternoon with my friend Wendy in Jhb. just before we left for Berlin, and we had just finished a cup of tea when she offered me something more to drink. I promptly said I would have more tea.
'More tea?!' exclaimed Wendy
As way of explanation for my preference I said that I was a bit of a teapot.
Without a moments hesitation Wendy pipes up...
'What's that - short & stout?'.

Cheeky brat!

On the subject of tea & teapots, I have come to really value a good tea cosy! I make a pot when I settle down to work, and can fill up with warm tea as the morning progresses without having to stop to boil the kettle to make fresh cups! Oh, the joy! Granny was really onto something here!

Although, I am not sure Granny would recognise what I have in my cupboard as something to fulfill the same role as her knitted, bobbled tea cozies of moons ago.

I had this idea while trying to fall asleep the other night, and had to make it first thing in the morning!

Cute & functional & slightly loopy ;)

Working with faux fur is never a quick thing, the vacuum cleaner gets more power through it than the sewing machine does, and everything in the house has a few stray strands for days, no matter how thorough you may be! But I could not resist!

Sew Sunday

Threw a Ladies Lunch on Thursday, all Lebanese food - YUM! Unfortunately Katrin had a wasp taking a tour of her decolletage & unable to find its way out - stung her :(
Luckily she is cool under pressure, and calmly removed the sting, and administered an ice cube.

Speaking of Katrin... she & hubby Rory have just published a wonderful book - Gift of Time - a collection of three journals written while tending to Rory's Mum, Joan, who was at the final stages of her brave battle against cancer. The journals, written by Katrin, Rory and Joan are amazingly honest. Reading this book will break your heart, but also uplift & inspire you. A wonderful read!

One of my friends at the Ladies Lebanese Luncheon (ML) needed a gift for a good friend, and wanted to know if I had a handbag in stock. After assuring her I could make the bag within the time allocation, and would prefer to personalise it, she started to describe her friend & the colours she would like (crisp autumn or earth colours), the style of bag (clean lines with a touch of whimsy) and the general feel (country but more classic than shabby chic). We headed for my fabric hoard & I started putting together fabrics based on what she had described. After a good few combinations, and each one being greeted with rising excitement, we landed on a selection we all agreed was great, and ML felt best represented her friend.

So, this morning, armed with a pattern from Donna over at Sewing Mends The Soul (thanks Donna - GREAT pattern) I ran up this handbag....

Like the bag - want to make your own? Pop over here & get the pattern & great instructions (with photos) from Donna.

I am thrilled with this bag & hope ML's friend will be too.

Until my next sewing adventure...

Saturday, 3 September 2011

My Tutorial will be featured on Dawanda!

I got this letter from the Dawanda team this week, and am excited to see my tutorial being 'aired'!
Be sure to pop over to Dawanda & have a look....
I assume you will be able to click onto the 'Make it yourself' bit & see it there!

Dear Di,

I hope you're having a good week so far. I just wanted to let you know that your 'Bag with Zipper' tutorial will be featured on the DaWanda blog during DIY September!

We will be featuring your tutorial on Sunday 4th. The blog post will be a round-up of smart tips and tricks from sellers, and will also feature a couple of other sellers. We will of course link to your DaWanda shop and your own blog within the post.

We have everything we need from you in order to publish the tutorial, but we will be in touch if anything comes up. Thanks for participating, and let me know if you have any questions!

Best wishes,