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Wearing 6 things I made myself! Sewing & Crochet

 

This month I handmade and completed 6 items and I’ve worn them all. Actually those figures look better on the page as 5 of those items are small, 4 crochet bracelets and 1 simple hair scrunchie! The other is a fashionable 1970’s retro style, puffed sleeved, tunic top. I haven’t sewn properly for about 3 years, I think I burnt out on the sewing front and retreated into crochet.

However all that is about to change as sewing is one form of sustainability and recycling that I can do well!

 

Wearing 6 things I've made myself! Sewing & Crochet

 

Sewing & Crochet

I used to do both on an equal basis, then I started blogging more about lifestyle and my hobbies took a back seat to life and other stuff. Marc recently bought me a new sewing machine, so I do declare the tide may be turning back to sewing…

 

Sewing: Starting slowly with a hair scrunchie or three!

Always an advocate of starting with the simple things first, I tested my machines basic stitches by making a hair scrunchie. I added a little bow, to jazz it up…

 

Wearing 6 things I've made myself! Sewing & Crochet

 

I added a little bow, just to jazz things up…

 

4 Up-cycled Crochet Bracelets:

Whilst scrolling through IG I found an old photo of mine and was inspired to crochet something similar. The project was from  a marvelous book I own a crochet book called ‘Hooked’ by Claire Montgomerie.  

So I popped out and toured our local charity shops looking for some plastic bracelets, succeeding in finding 4 for a grand total of £2.50. I certainly was ‘hooked’ for the rest of the day as I crocheted over all four bracelets…

 

 

Wearing 6 things I've made myself! Sewing & Crochet

 

 

I certainly was ‘hooked’ for the rest of the day as I carefully crocheted over all four bracelets…

 

 

Wearing 6 things I've made myself! Sewing & Crochet

 

 

Sewing: adapting a 1970’s vintage pattern

This is the one I’m really proud of, a 1970’s puffed sleeved tunic top. I used fabric I already had and a vintage pattern from my collection. It’s very Laura Ashley circa 1975, but without the ditsy floral print. I combined fabrics and added covered buttons with rouleau loops and trimmed it with some tiny pompom braid that was in my stash…

 

 

Wearing 6 things I've made myself! Sewing & Crochet

 

 

Very Laura Ashley circa 1975, without the ditsy print

 

 

Wearing 6 things I've made myself! Sewing & Crochet

 

 

This picture above makes me smile. I took the pics using my tripod and the timer on the camera, I told him to look natural, but he just kept staring at the camera as it clicked away…so funny. He loves to pose and I think he is exceedingly good at it!

 

 

Wearing 6 things I've made myself! Sewing & Crochet

 

 

I told him to look ‘natural’ but he just kept staring at the camera as it clicked

 

 

Wearing 6 things I've made myself! Sewing & Crochet

 

 

 

I’m happy with my starter projects and it was easy to remember the rules as soon as I began sewing. Next up is a dusky pink linen dress, because linen is more sustainable than cotton!

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. 13/06/2019 / 10:46

    Not just a pretty face, you can sew too!! LOL!!! You’re seriously good at it too…. I think you could start selling all this stuff! I really like the idea of those bangles though. I did have a few plastic bangles and I never wore them because it bugged me when they banged together, or on the table etc. The crochet would totally stop that!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • Ashley
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      13/06/2019 / 11:01

      Suzy Helloooo! Yes I love a good armful of bangles but the noise can be overwhelming at times. I donated the bracelets back to the charity shop, lets hope they make a profit on them!
      Ashley x

  2. 11/06/2019 / 10:03

    OMG Ashley you’re so talented!!!!! The tunic top is a DREAM, you’ve chosen just the right fabrics for it. I mentioned on IG that my mum had loads of 60s and 70s patterns and she threw them all out, I was so upset… #CryingEmoji

    The crochet bracelets look fabulous too. I can just imagine you doing one then going, Let’s do another! And another!! LOL 😉

    Catherine x

    • Ashley
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      12/06/2019 / 09:58

      Catherine thank you soooooo much!
      xxx

  3. 07/06/2019 / 20:32

    Love those bracelets! I used to crochet many, many years ago and really enjoyed it. You can make them in so many different colors to go with your outfits. Great idea! #fancyfriday

    • Ashley
      Author
      10/06/2019 / 11:42

      Thank you Candi!

  4. 06/06/2019 / 21:56

    Oooo love those bracelets! You are sew creative. I’m very impressed with the top too. Clever material matching going on there. xx

    • Ashley
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      07/06/2019 / 11:15

      Thank you Laurie, Im just about to do some more!
      Sewing and making stuff keeps me sane!
      Ashley x