My Vintage Childhood

My Vintage Childhood: March 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Sweet Thank you....

It's such a wonderful gig this blogging thing isn't it? You start out blogging for you (or at least that's how I started out), but of course it's only natural you ask yourself along the way if anyone would ever be interested in reading and following your ramblings. Then once people start to follow you and your words and you follow theirs back, you start to build some lovely friendships. 

If you're lucky like me, you might even have a community of bloggers nearby to connect with in real life and put faces to names and blogs. Those few words "in real life", they're kind of funny aren't they? What I mean is this blogging thing it's real life, this is me, you are you, aren't you? My words, my comments are from me, my heart, yours are too, aren't they? 

Either way the journey here to this point has been fun and the fact that I have been fortunate enough to meet some of you face to face has truly been icing on the cake to this adventure.

I want to say the biggest of thanks to you all. Thank you for all your lovely comments, connections, support and friendship. I'm always working and always dreaming and I always want to be sharing and connecting. I'm supported and encouraged so much by some dear, dear friends in this blogging community.

 Thank you all once again, may your days be full of magic.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Tie a Big Bow with a Lightweight Scarf.....

It is the perfect weather with the change of season to be picking up pretty scarves on your thrifting adventures. I have a huge collection of scarves, vintage ones, silk ones, cotton ones, chiffon ones, woolen wintry ones, I have all sorts.

Great big long rectangle scarves are perfect for busting out some bows and adding some oomph with a brooch.

If you have some nice big lightweight scarves that you'd like to bust out a bow with, its is super simplr. It's as easy as tying up shoe laces. Once you've done just that you then need to puff out your bow out and then you're free to dress it up or down with brooches and bling.

Brooch: Vintage Sarah Coventry brooch that was my late grandmothers.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Button Revamp an Old Cardigan....

Although it is now officially autumn, the weather here in Queensland is throwing curve balls all over the place. One day it's hot, the next day or even the same day it's raining, some days you can get away wearing jeans and others you're cursing and wondering why you didn't wear something lighter. 

One thing that is for sure either way is it is slowly starting to cool down. I love the cooler months and I've started pulling out my vintage cardies and pullovers for an airing and some of my non-vintage ones are in need of some revamping.

Like this grey cardigan it's grey and it's rather blah and boring, don't you think? So I wanted to find some way of giving it some oomph and more wearable and appealing to me and my tastes.

So I had a rummage through my craft supplies and vintage buttons and kept things simple with a little button revamp, but I think the results were worth it.

With a few vintage buttons in navy and retro yellows I think this cardigan has taken on a whole new life. I'll certainly trying more button revamps in the future.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Storybook Gift Bag DIY/Tutorial

The inspiration for this DIY came to me recently when I realised a few hours out from a party that I had nothing appropriate on hand to wrap the gift I had arranged. 

This gift bag makes use of an old Enid Blyton storybook that wasn't any good for resale, but you can use any other large storybook of your choice. 

Other materials you will require:
  • 4 vintage buttons
  • ribbon, or fabric for your carry handles
  • 4 small plain white sticky dots or similar, tape would even do
  • sewing machine
  • needle and thread

First up you will need to look through your storybook and find at what points in the book the page opens up to double printed pages. You should be able to tell by whether or not you can see thread down the middle of the page.

You can remove the pages either by turning the page over and tugging it gently out of the book or alternatively snipping the threads down the center gently and removing the double page. You will need two double pages for this DIY.

Then take the pages and individually sew a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine down the centre fold of each double page, to help reinforce it. Making sure you double back at start and finish a tiny bit to secure the stitch.
Now to put the bag together,  it's as easy as sewing three straight lines. Line your pages up perfectly and sew down both sides and along the bottom, again making sure you double back at start and finish a little bit to reinforce the stitch. You should be left with an envelop.

Note: I just used the foot as a guide for the "seam allowance".
Now it's on to the handles. Looking at the centre seam, determine the centre point of the left and right hand side, take that measurement and double it. This measurement will give you the length you will need for your carry handles.

Now with needle and thread attach your handle and buttons, once you have done this you will want to reinforce the these points on the internal side of the bag by placing your sticky dots over the thread for the button attachments.
Your done!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Thrifty & Vintage Finds.....

Never under-estimate the fancy dress and costume racks of op shops to turn up some great vintage dress from time to time. This weeks efforts paid off with this awesome Ivan Hamilton Dress. I love the details on this dress, check out the pockets and front panel where it zips up. The hem needs redoing but that is a minor detail to this awesome dress.

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