BLP Traveller Coat…

I was so lucky to be part of the Bella Loves Patterns testing team for this gorgeous Traveller coat. One of my Make Nine goals (which I’ve totally failed by the way) was to make a coatigan. But when I saw this advertised, I thought that actually I’d like something long lasting. I’d like to fulfil my goal of making a dream coat with a statement lining.

I made the coat from marshmallow coloured mouflon from Truro Fabrics (who have the most amazing range of coating fabrics) some pearl vintage buttons and leopard print lining. All the interfacing etc also came from Truro Fabrics (my local haberdashery doesn’t stock half the things needed, but Truro are so helpful, I often call and bug them!)

The pattern was amazing to put together, the instructions are so well laid out, the text and photos so clear, that even if you’ve not done any tailoring before, you could definately make yourself a coat! I felt bad that I couldn’t give anything to improve on!

The one thing I did slightly differently was bound button holes, just because I was feeling fancy and I love the way they look!

One thing I’ll have to change (because I messed up) is the lining, the leopard print fabric I bought was very cheap, I knew it before I sewed it together. But I just loved the pink and the leopard together (my dream coat) so I carried on regardless, I’ve now got a seam slippage, so I really need to find something else to replace it with. Which is a bit of a pain, I also can’t find anything similar, but in a better quality. So I’m living with it for now.

Jewelled Headbands and Clips…

I’ve recently been going through my old jewellery making supplies, I also found some pretty vintage brooches an earrings that weren’t complete or were a little broken.

I’ve noticed that jewelled hair peices seem to be the fashion at the moment and I wanted to create something special of my own.

These little beaded barrettes with pretty jewelled details were fun to make, first I threaded the beads on and then added something special to finish them off.

The headbands are my favourite, easy to wear and I’m so pleased with how they turned out, I think this emerald one is a stunning colour.

I’ve been making these seashell pins fo a while, I had to pop them in here, living by the sea, I couldn’t not include something related in my collection.

Pearls and sparkle, a few designs…

Garden Furniture Upcycle…

Our garden furniture was cheap, was a bit boring and the table top had gone moudly, I wanted to take this as a chance to make something unique for us.

We found a cross section of gorgeous wood we thought would be perfect, it was sanded down and then varnished with yacht varnish to make it long lasting.

We spray painted the chairs first with metal primer and then with a gorgeous pink. We also made some floral cushions from fabric found at a charity shop.

The original table top was unscrewed and the gorgeous wooden slab was popped on instead.

The pinknisnt to everyone’s taste but it’s unique and a bit of us.