Sunday, 24 February 2013

Made this week - Retro Divas and Cushions

Well no posts all week and then you get three from me in one day. Reason its Handmade Monday so I just had to do a post for that. why not pop along and get your makes on there?

This week I have finished two Retro Divas,  Twins I think, one with white detail and the other with black. The black lace is just to die for. Its a fragment of a Victorian veil from a hat. Very delicate and I had to stitch up a hole.



Looking a bit fed up of being poked and posed!!! Oh these two have lace, modern as the Victorian was just too fragile for this, or voile sleeves.


Little ballet slippers with lace edging.


Crochet butterfly in her hair, 1/2 a lace collar as a shawl, with a vintage button broach.


A lovely tatted collar and huge vintage button broach.

We do rear views too.


Made four of these cushions, embroidery from one tablecloth. Surround by blue check another table cloth.

Backs of the cushions, random patch work of the blue check tablecloth and a 1/2 pair of Scandinavian pattern curtains. Lovely blue vintage buttons.



I have really been struggling with making a decent shaped heart. They are made of really small scraps, random patched together. Had a really bad tempered day getting these wrong! First I did not overlap patches enough. Then I did not sew right up to the edge of the patches so they split when I stuffed them. Then I could not sew around the top of the heart and get a neat round shape. I unpicked so many times. Then the hand sewn bit on the side was also a disaster. These look OK in the picture but not up to my standard for sale.



Just so you know I am not perfect and really bad blooper wrong items happen. This is the worst heart ever! Sewed too far down in the dip between the rounded tops. But I have an idea to use this as something else. So next week we will see if I have a new thingy to show you all.

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26 comments:

  1. I love your divas. A perfect way to use up lots of small pieces of gorgeous fabrics. It's annoying when things don't go to plan, isn't it? I think it happens to everyone sometimes!

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  2. Really like your dolls. I have started mooching round charity shop fabrics as there are some lovely bits and bobs to find. Love your up-cycled cushions.

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    1. Thanx they are great fun to make. I too love the fabrics. x J

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  3. I know what you mean about things going wrong! Still onwards and upwards eh? What a good idea to re-cycle a tablecloth into lovely cushions. How cute are the twins. I love their chequered stockings.

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    1. Stcking are a hark back to 1960's Mary Quant designed loads of patterned ones. x Joan

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  4. Your retro divas are gorgeous! I especially love their hair and the lace trimming is the perfect finishing touch.

    Your table cloth cushions are such a fantastic bit of upcycling! x

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    1. Thanks. I love to upcycle. It is my hope to stop buying new even buy threads from estate auctions. x Joan

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  5. Terrific work on the dolls and the cushions.

    Love the rear view

    Best wishes Chrissie xx

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  6. I REALLY LOVE !!!!! THE GONE WRONG HEART !!!! XXXX - and of course the dolls are lovely and cushions xx

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    1. Ah now I know where I can get a sale xxx Joan

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  7. I hope you models get paid well? I love all the little lace details and the crochet butterfly is AMAZING. I hope things go well all week for you this week. :)

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    1. He he no pay but I promised "No more sticking them with needles & Pins" x J

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  8. The details on your dolls is amazing. And your cushions from a tablecloth are great - brilliant upcycling! You've been very busy x

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  9. Your little dolls look like, given half a chance, they would get up to lots of mischief :)

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  10. i am lovin' these Divas!
    the ballet slippers and the sexy 'fishnet stockings' are the best.
    you must have a lot of patience . . . the detail, OMG.
    anyway they are great!

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    1. Thanx Rebeca really appreciate the encouragement. x J

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  11. Gorgeous divas, love them. I really must pluck up the courage to try and mix some of my fabric scraps and see what I can come up with.

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    1. Yes do have a go love to see the results! Tip pick your body color and build your doll round that. x J

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  12. Your diva's look full of mischief. You'll have to name them the terrible twins !!! I love their ballet pumps. So elegant.

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    1. Hi Gretie - yes they are naughty looking girls. x J

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  13. Your dolls are so original and just beautiful......xx

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Your comments are all read and appreciated. Hope you will forgive me if I miss commenting on your comment, I will be busy doing art :-) x Joan