All things considered this has been a cracking week! Having spent the weekend immersing myself in music and beautiful friendships I feel ready to take on the challenge of being ready for the Remarkable Recycling Gala in less than three weeks time!
Work is winding down, I have just six weeks left at my current job and most of my private students have now taken their exams, which gives me the opportunity to get home early and straight in the sewing room, and I have been making!
On bleaker days I have been drawn to fabrics like this joyful retro print from the 70s, isn’t it just fabulous! With all my favourite colours it is just like a garden full of sunshine flowers and it makes me very happy! I have also been lucky to find a bag full of vintage toggles at a Beeston charity shop so have been creating with these in mind. This cute clutch is padded and perfect for your phone, purse, keys and lippy and some of the flowers now have a vintage button centre too.
Across the shoulder bags are always a winner at craft events, and by teaming this groovy fabric with some luxurious chocolate brown cord I have created a sweet shoulder bag that would not look out of place at a Summer festival or funky night out! Another one of those smooth wooden toggles makes a tactile fastener that is secure and easy to open and close. The elastic conveniently adjusts to how full the bag is.
For me it is all about adding authentic details where I can. If I am using reclaim vintage fabrics I want to add a button that came from around the same era. This handmade teak button was made for me by Mr Bee from the leg of an old 70s G-Plan chair. No materials are wasted in our house, if you can recycled, up-cycle or re-purpose it. I love the rich colour and the grain of these buttons and save them for ‘special’ pieces that I make and commissions.
So altogether it has been a good week. Progress made with the organisation of the gala, a positive result from the election AND some other exciting news that I will share with you in a future post. But for now I will leave you with my ‘sunshine collection’ and then get back to the sewing machine with a big smile.
Until next week
Enjoy the sunshine