To Hack Or Not To Hack ?

Hello my darlings! well I’m off the steroids and will be starting my medication this Friday so we are nearly returned to normal service! In the past when I have been this ill I would be in front of the telly and not moving, but thats not how we roll anymore, so I’ve spent this week doing some up cycling with clever little hacks (all gathered from my VAST collection of crafting magazines).

I have had a total thing for these parkas for some time….

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Believe it or not the originals retail for £3,500! I knew I didn’t want fur lining, trust me that this body needs no more padding 😉 but I did really like the coloured fur on the hood, so I dug out an issue of Simply Crochet and unpicked the original fur, which was handily on a zip…..

I then followed that pattern using King Cole Luxe Fur………

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And reinserted the folded over fur into the zip, read to the end of this post for the big reveal!

Of course you then start looking through other back issues and there was a lovely quick fix for a denim jacket, I first dyed my acid wash jacket a powder pink…

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This turned it a lovely mix of pink and pale blue, then for the little bit of glitz……

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Then it got sewn to the back and….you have to wait until the end!

I was really ready to upcycle anything that didn’t move by this point! I started to think that my plain black satin bomber jacket could do with something glittery, I popped online to http://www.josyrose.com and bought these……….

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But I didn’t… they were a little too sparkly and actually too small.

So who’s ready for the big reveal? how this for arty styling….

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So a week on steroids certainly saw me get some stuff done including these…….

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Possibly the worlds most impractical baby socks ever but damn! they are cute.

These last few months have been a little tricky in terms of getting stuff done and it prompted some thought of what we can achieve at WDS HQ, let me just give you something to think about- I’ve bought a book on handbag design……….

Have a luscious week

Kisses

Karen

 

 

 

I’m Tutely In Love !!

Morning my lovelies! well, there was I with my plans of kicking up a storm on the sewing machine this week…Monday found me back in the Drs as I couldn’t catch my breath, turns out my chest infection had triggered severe asthma and I left with a course of steroids and a stern warning that if i got any worse I was to go to the hospital! I couldn’t face another week of not trying out my new sewing machine so I settled on this small but delightful project….

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It is no secret how much I love a Mollie Makes project and now they have projects that you can sell! I chose some fun fabrics that cheered me up and off we went! I cut out….

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I used this amazing spray tack that stops you having to sew tacking…

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I zipped it together on the machine and finished off with a pompom….

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I then popped it onto what is rapidly becoming my Mollie Makes tree! The shape of this cone that is designed to be filled with treats, reminds me of the German tradition of the Schultute. This decorated cone is given to children the day before they start school for the first time , filled to the brim with sweets, toys and school supplies it is designed to make that first day at school a little easier. I have it in mind that some larger cones could be themed to all sorts of celebrations- new baby, hen night, starting college, christmas etc. watch this space!

I have to say Ive really enjoyed sewing this week, and it started me looking at patterns, pop over to http://www.sewbox.co.uk they have so much to look at! this is my current favourite……

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These patterns are available in a wide range of sizes and are definitely trend aware.

I’ve also been doing a bunch of up cycling as I have decided that if I can’t find exactly what I want, I will not make do any more and will adapt, change or make from scratch, I will share some of these projects next week.

Have a super week and I will do my best to be fighting fit, fingers crossed!

Kisses

Karen xx

 

 

 

How To Be Berry Sparkly!

Isnt it great when a trend you like stays around for longer than 5 minutes? I’ve made no secret of my love of all thing sparkly and thank goodness the embellished trend is still with us! Couple that with the colours of the season, the lovely berry and burgundy tones, we are onto a winner!

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So, this combination inspired me to do another up cycling project, I have this pastel green short sleeved sweatshirt that is a great shape and good for these artic in the morning sweltering by lunchtime days! Perfect for a bit of an up Cycle! First it needed dyeing to a berry shade, I love Dylon dyes as they are so easy….

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This shade is called Burlesque Red ?!? Not sure what makes it burlesque but it is definitely a burgundy/ berry shade. Follow the instructions and bingo a more winter appropriate shade!

Next it needs a spot of embellishment, I had some lovely grey crystals salvaged from a shirt that my daughter threw out and a few lilac ones from I don’t know where! Play around with them until you get a look you like, I tried these first……..

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But finally settled on this one………

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Sew your embellishments in place and there you go….

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A much more glam sweat in a great colour for the winter!

Have a great week,

kisses

Karen xxx

Bling It On Baby!x

Who remembers the sparkly mini I bought in Beyond Retro? Way too small and way to bedazzled for me to wear, I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous cognac sequined fabric. To me it would be the perfect size for a bag, a bag for Christmas day that was big enough not only for the essentials but also for scarf and gloves, but still spandangly enough for the occasion.

So here is the skirt….image

First, I cut off the original hem and unpicked the waistband…..

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I then seamed the opened bottom, I used invisible nylon thread and hand stitched  it as the sequins were a bit tricky….

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I then turned it back to right side, and pinned a wide chocolate ribbon, leaving half ready to fold to the other side….

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I sewed this on again by hand using an overstitch, it would look much neater backstitched but im having problems with my right arm and I wanted to get it done for you! Then fold the other half of ribbon to the inside and sew down…….

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Because I am a too much is never enough kind of a girl, I wanted to add a large bow on the outside, giving it a kind of Great Gatsby feel……..

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Finally, the tricky subject of handles! as the ribbon I had bought was so wide and beautifully thick, I simply used a length of that.Et Voila!……..

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If you look carefully you will see the handles only pinned on, again that right arm had its way and called a halt to proceedings, if I  had more time I might have put a fastening on, and I might have reinforced it with some interfacing, but I am really pleased with the way it’s turned out, and I will be using it over the christmas season, of course I might need a new outfit to go with!

Suppliers:

Skirt from http://www.beyondretro.com

Ribbon from http://www.theribbonroom.co.uk

Kisses

Karen xx