As the second series of the Great British Sewing Bee is now firmly underway it seems a good time to share my latest crafty endeavours.
We all know I’m a bit of a sucker for 1960’s mini dresses…. remember the original Twiggy dress from last April?
Well now it’s got a new companion in the wardrobe with this paisley print a-line mini dress which started life like this…
and ended up like this…
Click here for the easy tutorial to have a go at making your own 60s-style dress.
Sunday really should be renamed Craftday chez vintage as it’s the only day I don’t work at some point during the day and can whack a CD on and commit a few hours to transforming something from the chazza pile.
I got Kelly Doust’s Minxy Vintage How to Customise and Wear Vintage Clothing for Christmas and as I was flicking through it over a cuppa I noticed the Flower Child mini dress.
A huge maternity dress was transformed into a gorgeous a-line mini dress – it was love at first sight and I knew there and then that I needed one of my own.
I’d snaffled a bargainous (if over-sized and unflattering) dress last year for £3 and knew it was the one!
First I lopped off the bottom of the skirt and the unflattering short sleeves and pinned a new hem.
… Worked some sewing machine and wonderweb magic on the hem and sleeves (having recycled the old sleeves to make new interfacings).
… And ended up with this lovely little number that looks fab on its own or with a gorgeous vintage coat flung over it.
This impromptu shoot took place next to a railway bridge (classy!) and this fishing pond that was tucked away down a dirt track.
What do you reckon?
What are your plans for the weekend? I’ve got the Friday feeling as I’m off to a vintage-themed birthday party tonight and Mama Vintage very kindly made some alterations to my new-to-me dress so I will go to the ball in it. Yay!
Hope you have a good ‘un, and please link up to any crafty-type posts – I’d love to read ’em!