More inspiration

http://lookbook.nu/

If you ever run out of ideas....

http://www.chictopia.com/browse

Age concern - Leather lane (Hatton gardens)


If you like sewing, like I do, this is a very well kept secret... at Leather lane, in the middle of the street market, there is a little charity shop where tales say that some famous tailors take their left overs and donate them to be sold to the general public... I have found lots of tressures for a couple of quid... http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/directory/1225/8005.php

Flower brooch

A friend bought the most beautiful flower felt brooch I have seen in my life to the office... is was gorgeous.

So much so, that in one of my trips to the Saint Martin´s school of design shop, I decided to buy some felt to make my own version....

Hers was made of 5 petal flowers arranged very carefully, but I decided to go for a 4 petal option and a more "experimental" spiral like arrangement... I have written a "how to" ... I hope the instructions are "readable" to all...


Step 1

Front view (target)

Step 2

Back view (target0

Step 3

Cut pattern (Rough overall dimensions 10 x 10cm)
Step 4

Set up the piece of felt to ensure you can fit the 6 pieces you need.
Step 5

fold each piece in half, and then again in half
Step 6

TIP: Make sure you do not squash the petals; otherwise you will have a flat flower...
Step 7

Stitch the shape together... repeat for all pieces
Step 8

Firstly, place 4 of them in a spiralling shape making a full "circle". When you are happy...fix them.
Step 9

Once you have the overall shape, use the last 2 parts to top up the flower...

Personalized t-shirt (3197C Variation Lydia Hoodie" modified )

Yesterday I decided to tidy up my wardrobe...
When this happens, I find that you end up making a pile which you have not seen for ages...

In my case, much of the issue is that my style has evolved and my size changed quite considerably...

With regard to the second issue, there I not much one can do... in reality I could attempt to make things smaller, but it is a bit risky as my knowledge is a bit limited yet...

And with regard to the styling... well, I change things when I can... meaning that if I see the essence there... I will change it into something else... if not, I will take it to the charity shop for someone else to enjoy...

In the case of this top, it was rather annoying to see (hear) how the stones which covered the sheer front fell... and so, I decided to remove them completely and re-evaluate.

I decided to go for a floral touch...cut many leaves in 3 sizes and 2 different materials (one of which has two finishes) and basically arranged them in small flower like groups first, and stitched them to the top later.... I quite like it....particularly with a long sleeve top underneath....

"Softie scotty dog"

Here is my own version of the cutest dog I found on the net.... What I liked most was that the pattern allows you to customize it as much as you want...(Do notice that mine fly) But I actually found that there is a "pool" of alternative takes on the patter in flickr... see for inspiration:

I needed 2 sheets of felt A4 size in the main colour, and you can use scraps for the other bits...

I wanted to make a little something for my friends' lovely daughter and this was the greatest of ideas... Apparently she loved it! But who would not love a flying dog?