Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Mint Green Cloche Hat

Mint Green Cloche Hat

Bought a straw hat and a lacy scarf from a Charity shop over the weekend and then made this yesterday.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Pheasant Fascinator!

Pheasant Fascinator - how's that for a tongue twister!   Whilst at a Vintage day recently I saw a similar hat/fascinator for sale but unfortunately it was out of my price league.   I came home and researched materials and discovered I could make something similar for half the price.

I made this in just one day.  All the materials came from Ebay.  Materials: pheasant wing & tail feathers, fascinator base, fascinator band, fabric glue and some thread.

Blue Swing Coat

I actually made the skirt and blouse, as well as the coat in this picture.  I wasn't happy with the skirt and it has now gone to the charity shop.   The blue coat however I'm extremely proud of. When I began sewing 2 years ago never did I imagine that I'd ever make anything like this!

Red Military Dress

Made for the Vintage Weekends I've started taking part in.

Walk-Away Dress

Inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee

Monday, 4 July 2016

My First Hat!

Inspired by this ladies blog, http://www.sewingadicta.com/2011/04/hat-on-friday-tutorial.html which I found when browsing Pinterest, I decided to have a go at making a hat.   I call it my 'Sylvia' hat as it is made from a straw hat belonging to Aunty Sylvia.  This is how it went:

I cut off the crown from the brim.
Whip stitched wire (I used fuse wire as that's all I had in the house) around the base of the crown to give it stability.

Covered the rough edges with bias binding:

Then pleated a scarf over the top and stitched it down:

I'm afraid I got carried away and forgot to take photos. Basically I cut the excess edges off the scarf.  Then used this to trim the hat.  Added a feather, a ribbon bow, a fascinator headband and this is how it turned out

Really enjoyed doing this and will probably make more once I find a few straw hats, but watch this space as I've already started making a second hat using the brim from this one!