Buttons

I recently made a simple gathered skirt as a basic separate, and I’ve been wearing it as often as I can, so I thought I’d share it with you here. It’s easy as pie to make and given the right fabric can look dressed up or down, and makes a quick addition to the vintage wardrobe.

And completely without a zipper!

I’ve already posted it in more than one outfit post, but you can see it and read the simple construction here.
Bye y’all!

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A fantabulous friend made the find of the century as far as I am concerned. In Malta a moth balled warehouse, delapidated but full of vintage haberdashery. She braved 30 degree heat, no light bar a head torch, no help just her, collapsing wooden shelves and many bugs and creepy crawlies (we Brits are not at all hardy when it comes to bugs). Untouched for over 50 years, she delved in and rescued what she could, all with the blessing of the owner I hasten to add.

I so lucked out to have such a buddy as she has so kindly shared some vintage goodies with me. Trim, lace and buttons ranging from 1920's through to the 1950's.

So in for a penny, in for a pound I'm sewing up an upcycling storm. Buying vintage fabric online to fully compliament the goodies. The grand plan to have a wonderful selection of items for Christmas. I've made some samples today…. Baubles made from trim with vintage button on either side and a heart with glass 1920's red and white buttons. Thinking the heart can work as a bauble for a tree, a mirror hanging or a proper fancy pants pin cushion even!

Tomorrow I am sampling some hair accessories, my thinking is at the vintage fair in November people likely will be looking for either stocking fillers or beautifully unique handmade vintage items with the bonus of saving the planet as its all up-cycled. Everything is of my own design, many sleepless nights with creative juices going CURAZEE with ideas for my goodies which finally are now becoming real things rather than a head full of ideas :)

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I finally finished my playsuit, just in time for the end of summer! I used McCall’s 6331
I actually wanted to make a matching skirt to make it a vintage inspired playsuit ensemble.
I switched out the zipper closure in the pattern for bound buttonholes.

The blue and white polka dot fabric was super shear so I underlined the whole thing with lightweight white cotton. the bodice is additionally lined with a solid blue cotton that matches the polka dots, causing the overturned pieces on the bodice to contrast.

I think I can still wear my playsuit as long as it is still warm out (which it is).

Way more info about the making of this and this on my blog, Belle Clara

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hi dolls! My name is Ines and I’m from Lisbon, Portugal. I’m a beauty and vintage fashion blogger (you can check my blog here www.madameturbante.blogspot.com )
More recently I discovered the wonderful world of sewing! Both my grandmothers were seamstresses, and I always have been interested in this kind of art, but I was very busy learning and doing other stuff. Some months ago I decided to create a brand inspired by the vintage acessories (all decades) called Madame Turbante, and so my mother in law offered me a sewing machine! At the time I didn’t knew anything about sewing! I searched on google and a whole new world opened up for me :) I’m still very new to this, but with your help and inspiration I feel that I can do so much more!

My very first sewing project were my turbans, which I’m most known for! Turbans are very easy to sew. Have you tried?
I created Madame Turbante brand and I sell it all over my country in flea markets. Its funny, because I only own one of my turban designs! :p

 

The other thing I wanted to show you is my very first attempt to sew two pillow cases from a retro fabric available at IKEA (I love IKEA, don’t you?). I loved the result! I watched a video on youtube and I was able to sew them easily!

 

Now the fun projects: Clothes! I was afraid of making clothing, I confess. I can picture some patterns in my head, but taking the measurements is kinda hard for me. Well, in a week I lost all fear and tried to make a blouse inspired by the 20′s and art deco. I drew the pattern myself based on a simple blouse I own, and made the adjustments necessary. I have to say that the most difficult part was to hand sew the buttons holes! God, what a mess! The great thing is that they are kinda hidden from the actually buttons. The fabric ripped a lot. So, it was a challenge, but I loveeee the result! Also, the buttons are vintage, I bought them in a flea market a couple of years ago and I was starting to think that I’d never get to use them.

And finally, but not least, my 40′s skirt with removable suspenders! Another challenge. I drew the pattern from a skirt I already own, sew the suspenders et voila! I didn’t have the chance to use it outside because it is freakin’ hot here in Portugal. I need the winterrrr!

I feel like such a cheater by not using actually patterns. What do you think about that? Are you used to draw your own patterns?

xxx

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