Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Chunky knitted cowl scarf

Apart from sewing I occasionally knit, or shall I say I used to as this is probably my first knitted item this year apart from my knitted t-shirt rug. Last night I knitted chunky cowl scarf. I can't believe how popular they are. Last year I knitted one for myself and I don't think I saw many people wearing them. And this year everyone's wearing them. They're really comfy.

So I had this purple and green yarn from of course a charity shop. It wasn't thick enough, so I tripled it and combined it with colourful yarn. I made it wider at the bottom. They do not take long to make at all. One evening while watching TV and you're done. So today I'm making my second one, green one, with purple and colourful stripes.

Haven't decided what I'm going to do with them. Might keep one for myself and give the second one to someone for Christmas or sell them or sell one of them. I'll see.

So this is my finished one. Oh... it's so warm.

And the one I'm still working on.....

Upcycled bangle

Last time I went to charity shop and seen a lot of bangles, I've decided to have a go and reuse one to create a unique accessory. I've decided to cover it with a red silk sari fabric, which I bought on Etsy, I have managed so far to use it to create two oversized tops, of which one of them is being sold in my Etsy shop, and the other one will get there soon. Also use pieces on my white linen bag. Didn't just want to cover the bangle in fabric, sort of boring, thought. So I created sort of pattern by gathering the fabric. I do like the result, hope you do as well.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Time flies.... and "Fabric Party" bag

I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post. Time seems to fly. Do you also sometimes realise after another week passed, that you haven't managed to do any of the thing you were planning to do? I planned to do lots of sewing projects, but only made two tops and a bag, but only took pictures of the bag. I must admit that it's more difficult for me to take the pictures, than to create something. So I really like to make bags and bracelets as there is no need to bother my boyfriend to take the pictures for me and pretend to be a model, as I really don't like it, not really photogenic, or to bother someone else.

So it's probably going to take a little while to take the pictures of my tops.

"Fabric Party"

I've been carrying a bag design in my head for ages. I had a piece of lovely heavy white linen left from a curtain project I made for someone. Absolutely gorgeous fabric, was pretty expensive. I've decided to combine it with few different fabrics to create unique applique on the front, red silk sari fabric, recycled denim, blue cotton from men's shirt and tweed fabric bought in the charity shop, all stitched by red thread. Hence the name "Fabric Party".

The bag has 4 inside pockets, two on each side, and is closed by a fabric flap made of the same fabrics and vintage black button.

Comfortable wide strap is made of all the above fabrics cut in different shapes and again stitched by red thread on one side and blue cotton from men's shirt on the other with two metal bangles, one golden, one silver, which look like buckle.

The lining is made of flowery white cotton and red silk fabric. There is silk applique and two blue vintage lace strips sewn on the back of the bag.
I used to go to charity shops to look for pieces of clothing for myself. And now I usually find myself looking of stuff that can be reused, upcycled, reborn.

I must say that I absolutely love my new bag.

This is how it started.....

And this is the finished bag....