Summer projects and the birth of a label

Here’s a partial line up of this summer’s projects. Complete with knitted camisole, my recycled strip jeans, and custom dyed red skinny jeans.

I also picked up some freebies on the side of the road! I’m thinking of transforming the plaid blazer into a Spencer jacket with leg of mutton sleeves and some gold or copper metallic embellishments.

Imagine this dress as a slip dress worn with the little spencer jacket 🤩

I started working with leather. This corset is being made from leather salvaged from 2 used pair of leather pants. It will have fresh water pearl embellished trim. Not easy, but extremely satisfying. Not sure what method of attachment I will go with: lacing, a zipper, or other, on one side.

More experiments with leather: machine sewn this time and top “stitched” with staples. Kinda cool!

Working on a special event outfit. A high-low hemmed, sequined, princess seamed, navy blue trimmed tank dress. With a matching dove gray leather, cap-sleeved bolero; a navy blue felted boat cap and peacock blue nubuck, cross over, high-heeled clogs.

It is all basted together with my new clothing tag design located inside the “train” back. Visible when I walk (I hope).

Embroidered leather clothing tags. I’m contemplating maybe, just maybe, creating a few pieces to sell 😬😳😨

Headpieces

My collection, thus far, of vintage hats. My plan is to go antiquing for hats and personalize each one like below.

I wish I had a before photo, but I striped the white band of its previous adornment and added the steampunk buttons and am working on the navy French knots. I have many various plans for the other hats, except the gray felt, that one is perfect as is.

Some felted hat patterns from Ravelry I would like to try and make in the future. But I really want this hat for the summer

My knits

One Sunday morning, when I was 18, on the ride to church with my parents, I decided to teach myself how to knit. Since then, not a day goes by where I don’t knit at least a little.

Present projects on needles now include: a sweater for myself in chartreuse, and a sweater for my Luke in hand dyed blue. Trying to finish Luke’s in time for his birthday, less than a month away!

My over-sized black turtleneck sweater in Kona, a super wash Merino. Both hats made by me. Red beret in Swans Island yarn. I wove the fabric for the pillbox hat, had a friend sew the hat, and then I over dyed it black.

I used to raise Angora rabbits to spin their fur into yarn to sell. Any yarn that was left from making full skeins I collected and eventually knit this sweater. Vintage John Fluevog boots.

I also used to raise sheep! The sheep that was with us the longest was Maggie. Maggie was bought by a cousin as a present for his girlfriend. Things didn’t work out and we took Maggie in. I spun and dyed the wool from Maggie’s first fleece to knit this vest. Pattern from the book Folk Vests. The “buttons” are hand blown glass beads made by a friend.

Lace sweater from a Green Mountain Spinnery pattern in Linen.

My sock collection.

My little cap-sleeved sweater. Pattern from Sarah Dallas’ book Vintage knits. If I could only own one knitting book this would be it.

Getting ready for Spring break

 

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I have both outfits for Spring break lined up and ready for finishing.  My new Bryr clogs, of which there is a month lead time, (made to order) will be in tomorrow.  My new TiroTiro earrings have also been ordered.  Now it’s time to get to work!

Copper thread detailing on my own pants design.

The two shirts to go with the above pants.  My own design funnel neck sleeveless top.  The Alabama Chanin pattern for a tank top with princess seams (really enjoyed this one), fully lined because the fabric is so shear.

The second outfit.  Pants pattern is a modified Jalie 3243 and the corset and bolero from Alabama Chanin.

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A little sparkle in our lives!

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Need to get some knitting done after all this!  Camisole pattern from Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas.  Samples in homespun Alpaca/Angora blend and a wool boucle yarn.