The Avenir Jumpsuit…

I was so lucky to be invited to Little Miss Sew N Sew again to choose another pretty something to make. I can never decide, I become overwhelmed in fabric shops and their warehouse is amazing! So many gorgeous patterns and so many pretty fabrics.

When I first saw this jumpsuit, I thought it was more for spring wear, but actually with the right fabric and layers, it’s an amazing autumn/winter outfit too. Plus I thought it could be gorgeous dressed up! I went for a beautiful khaki printed fabric, it’s almost like an animal print, and I can’t resist an animal print! The fabric is gorgeously soft and drapey too, it is so nice to wear.

Because this make is a relatively simple sew, I could really slow down and enjoy the process, enjoy the fabric and make sure it was perfect. I added in a pretty little ribbon at the back of the jumpsuit so I know where the back is…

I think the jumpsuit looks perfect with converse trainers for casual daywear, and I can’t wait to wear it with sandals in spring too (that’s a while off I know.) It was my birthday last week, and for the first time in ages I went out with a girlfriend for cocktails and food and wore my jumpsuit. Other than silly high heels that I could hardly walk in, I felt like I was wearing pyjamas, plus I was warm! And yet I still felt glam, I wore it with my oversized Kate Spade necklace that I never have an occasion for and a faux fur jacket.

Because I adore this, and I’m definitely going to make it again, here’s some more fabric inspo for you…

This Lady McElroy Starry Night Viscose was a close contender when choosing fabric, it’s stunning and has such a nice drape and feel to it. It would make a really classy, classic jumpsuit.

This fabric is the same print as mine, but in an amber colour, which is beautiful. There’s also a blue version too.

For something lighter in colour, maybe more for spring, this Lady McElroy Africa Live would be stunning.

And because I can’t get enough of the Lady McElroy Cobra Corsage fabric, here’s a linen look viscose that I think would look stunning in this jumpsuit.

Vintage dolls pram upcycle…

Amber has been after a pram for her dolls, the buggy she has is flimsy and the cover keeps breaking, I also love the look of the vintage prams. I found this pram for £15 on Facebook marketplace.

It was a bit worse worse for wear and needs some tlc, the hood was faded and torn, the cover didn’t quite fit properly, the wheels dirty and battered, the paintwork also needed work.

First off I had to work out how to take it all apart, it wasn’t as simple as I thought! The rivets in the hood ended up needing drilling out with the help of a friend, as I just didn’t have the knack or the strength! The little pins which fixed the bassinet in were more simple, but as you can see, it was all showing it’s age and needed a good clean.

The cream rubber tires were taken off and given a good soak and scrub.

It was all given a good clean in preparation for spraying, you can see the rust on the bottom of the pram here, and my little helper.

I decided to use car spray paint for the pram, because of the rust, I’m also hoping this will be more durable, as I’m sure this pram will be knocked around.

I forgot to get a picture of spraying the body, but we went for white primer to help keep the rust at bay and then a fiat 500 colour so it’s a nice off-white/cream, I didn’t want it to be glaring white.

I used the old hood and cover to create the new coverings, picking it all apart and then laying out the peices. I went for a baby pink cordroy for the outside, and a gorgeous pink rose fabric for the linings. A gorgeous vintage lace I had in my stash finishes it all off beautifully. The panels were sewn together with a sewing machine and then the hood had to be sewn onto the frame by hand.

I used the chrome spray once again to paint the roses onto the side.

Instead of rivets on the hood I used nuts and bolts, and an eyelet to hook the covers over.

I think the only thing I’d do differently next time is to remember to spray the hood metal! I’m annoyed with myself that I completely forgot to do that, but it is too complicated to unstitch everything now.

I cannot wait to see Amber’s face when we give it to her for Christmas!

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…

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