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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Up above the streets and houses, rainbow climbing high.

On returning from my holiday, I was catching up with blog posts when I stumbled upon the Repurpose, Reuse, Refashion competition via CharityShopChic, which is being run by Sew Amy Sew.  There was only a week to go before items had to go up on the Flickr page so I thought I would be unlikely to enter.  Still, it was the Bank Holiday weekend and we happened to go to my favourite charity shop town by the sea, and I thought I would only rush to enter if I could find something that I really, really wanted to refashion.

Kerching!  I found this duvet cover for £1.50 and instantly fell in love.  I was convinced this duvet cover is a print of the opening sequence of one of my favourite childhood television shows, Rainbow, but a quick search on YouTube proved me wrong.  It is uncannily similar though.  

The front section contains the rainbow, whereas the back of duvet cover is all clouds and sky.

It did leave me with another dilemma though, I loved the rainbows, I loved the trees, but they couldn't all fit into a dress.  Hence another day umming and ahhing and the deadline loomed.

Eventually, I opted for the rainbows and cut the fabric just above the tree line.  I had to do a very narrow hem to keep the length that I wanted.  The bodice of the dress is the Colette Peony.  The skirt is just the front and back section of the original duvet cover.

The back of the dress is made up entirely of the back of the duvet as the 'sky' was a little lighter on the back section.  I like how all the detail is in the front and how the back gives someone walking behind me a false sense of security that the person in front of them is not unhinged!!!

I have teamed the dress with a petticoat I made previously, together with the shoes I wore to my wedding ten years ago.

I love my new dress, and whilst wearing it outside it seemed to want to join its friends in the sky!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

My Holiday Part 2 - What I Wore

The joy of having sewn my own clothes for a number of years now is the increased confidence I have about wearing them on a daily basis.  I am no longer worried that badly sewn items will simply fall off me as I walk down the street!!!  I've never been one to 'fit in' fashion wise anyway and so am used to wearing something a little out of the ordinary.  It's just that these days I am usually wearing duvets and curtains I found in the charity shop or had donated to me.  So I can have a lot of fun - especially on holiday!

We stayed in a lovely cottage with sea views and as you can see, the bathroom lino rang a bell!!

I don't want you to think that my holiday was all about having photo's taken of myself!  When I wasn't thrusting the camera into Mr HoffiCoffi's hands and giving him instructions like "make sure you get the floor in" I was using the camera myself - to take photos of a LOT of food!  (I do have pictures of the kids as well :) !)

I know this post is photo heavy - but I just have to show you some lovely quintessentially British holiday treats!

Yep - I ate them all!

Monday, 18 August 2014

My Holiday Part I - Geek Day

I have mentioned previously how much fun I can have on holiday having a rummage around the lovely independent charity shops to be found on the West Wales coastline.  I call them my Geek days - not something everyone would do I admit - but I like it.

Being very aware of how big my fabric stash is at the moment I avoided getting any more fabric or yarn - and I didn't see anything that I couldn't resist.  But patterns..... oh lovely patterns in all your various forms!

Can you get any more seasidey than a jumper with a lighthouse on it!  I think not.  I also loved the mountain scene jumper so got both for 20 pence each.

The most expensive item I bought was for 2 pounds and it was a groovy knitting book...

On closer inspection it turned out to be a Japanese knitting book in English.  On even closer inspection it unfortunately turned out to be a Japanese knitting MACHINE manual book written in English.  May take some figuring out this one....

For 10 pence I got this...

I have bagged the heart number but the other suits are up for grabs in my Christmas jumper photo 2014/1973 style!

20 pence each got me these two patterns...

The white jumper is designed by Mary Quant and the pattern is for the jumper and matching socks.  I repeat - matching socks!!  Unfortunately the trims are crochet and I can't crochet - in my defence there were several folders of knitting patterns to go through in this charity shop and I finally got the subtle hint they were trying to close as I was pouring over the files when they locked me in the shop!!!!

I got three sewing patterns.  Two of them were definitely 20 pence each (can you sense a theme here!) and I'm not sure how much the other one was as Mr HoffiCoffi kindly paid for it for me.  Very kind of him indeed as it was the culottes pattern and I was in the middle of the shop re-creating the illustration poses at the time. 

Finally, for 50 pence, the adorable Golden Hands Book of 60 Things to Sew For Children.  There should be more Golden Hands books I feel.

This was full of cute as a button garments.  Really awesomely cute....


ok.  Maybe some not so much!