Friday, August 24, 2012

Vintage lace brooch project

My Great Aunt Maddie left among her belongings a fabulous bag of old lace, she had been collecting it for years. I have kept it all this time, I didn't know what I would do with it but knew it would come in handy one day. Then in our recent house move I came across it again and with the Great Britishness (not sure that is a word, but I like it) we have been having this summer it inspired me to make a rosette brooch. (Perfect project for an August Bank Holiday)

What you need:
50 cm Vintage lace (approx 2.5cm wide)
50cm Wide ribbon (a little wider than the lace)
Safety Pin
1 Vintage Button
Needle & Thread

1. Start off by using running stitch along one side of the lace. 
2. Finish about 20cms from the end (to allow for a tail)

3. Pull the stitching tight to create a rosette shape and stitch in place
4. Repeat this stage with the ribbon, you will end up with 2 rosettes

5. Lie the lace rosette on top of the ribbon and sew through both to secure
6. Add the button to the centre, sewing though all layers for extra strength
7. Finally sew a safety pin the back of your brooch and wear with pride!

Happy sewing xxx
Happy Bank Holiday xxx

Carnival time....

This weekend sees the streets of West London coma alive with the sound of drums, dancing and people pounding the pavement.
Even if you aren't going to Notting Hill you can still soak up the carnival spirit with this lot.......

Feather headpiece, Rouge Pony at ASOS

MAC lipstick Neon Orange

Laboutin anemone shoes 

And of course some carnival fabrics!

Happy sewing


Friday, August 17, 2012

And the winner is......

I am sure you are all desperate to know who the winner of the wonderful DIY Couture book is!
I asked my wonderful assistant Dinky Bo to help select a winner.......

 ...........and she selected ...ALMONDROCK!!!!

Congratulations Amy T. Please send me your address and the book will be winging it's way to you shortly!

If any of you want a copy of the book it is available on the website How to make a gathered dress

Happy sewing xxx

Monday, August 13, 2012

Feeling Blue?

No, I don't mean are you sad that the fabulous London Olympics are now over. I mean are you totally in love with the blues that were all over the catwalk for Autumn/winter 2012?
Blue (or as Vogue are calling it Cobalt) is having a revival.
Maybe it is due to the blue of the Union Jack we have seen splashed all over the place or just that it injects a bit of colour into the upcoming Autumn months. Whatever the reason I am happy to see this bright colour pop it's way back into our wardrobes.

Here are some of my favourites....

Lanvin, Erdem via Vogue

Baum Und Pferdgarten and ASOS via ASOS
Want to create your own blue mood? Here is a selection of fabrics  to get you started.


Happy sewing xxx

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Packed and ready to go!

The boxes are packed and finally we are heading back to London. After 6 months in the countryside getting Fabric Godmother off it's feet we are moving home.
Once again I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the people who have supported us over the last 6 months. All the letters, emails and visits from friends have been very motivating.
As for Fabric Godmother expect bigger and better things in the not to distant future.

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Competition - DIY couture

Ohhh I am very excited..... my first blog give away.

I am giving one lucky person a copy of the fabulous DIY Couture How to make a gathered dress by the lovely Rosie Martin.

Rosie says "The instructions remove the need for complex sewing patterns. Diagrams and pictures take the maker through the creation process, so that unique, personally fitted pieces of clothing are accessible to anyone."

I say "DIY couture is a wonderful new way of learning to sew, simple easy to follow instructions in plain English. You will be making your own individual garments in no time"

So here are the rules

  1. Share this competition on your Blog/ Twitter/ Facebook
  2. Go to my Facebook page and like it follow me on Twitter
  3. Write a comment below
  4. Sit back and relax till the 17th August when I will randomly pick a winner

Happy sewing xxx