A Summer of Weddings – Part 2

As the dark nights loom with the approaching autumn, now is a perfect time to put an end to my summer of weddings (in decoration terms that is!) .

So following a very busy summer for me, here is the sequel to the, obvious-but-appropriately-named, my ‘A Summer of Weddings – Part 1‘…

More pretty bunting (obv!)

Love these prints – it’s so vintage looking and colourful (love a bit o’ colour)

The brief for the next 40m set of bunting was ‘just like your wedding’ – which was a lovely compliment really as I thought ours was a pretty mixed bag of colours and pattern but clearly [in my eyes] the most beautiful…

Here is some personalised ‘Mr and Mrs’ bunting in action at this super gorgeous wedding of the beautiful couple Anne and Andrew (the purple bridesmaid bags below were also for the equally gorgeous bridesmaids).

Cute little hessian and lace cake topper – for the lovely Lisa…of the other half of Matt Brown Photography fame.

And loads of bridesmaid pressies…(including the old favourite lace purse)

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And so continues my upcycling…(and some new things).

So I haven’t posted anything for a while – last week I took a bit of time off from the sewing machine, allowing us to have a rest after the wedding fair. However, with my first weekend free in I-can’t-remember-how-long, I got back on it; only this time making a few little bits and bobs as gifts…

The first of those being a little purse for my friend Rose after she liked one ‘I made earlier’ that I posted previously in ‘Lots of little purses’.

I made this one a little more personal to Rose though as I used, for the lining, a duvet cover that she kindly donated to me a little while back; it was an old-school duvet cover (complete with retro St. Michael’s label!) that she liked the print off but was a bit too ’70s to use for real, and had no other use for.

And so continues my upcycling: from shirt to pants, skirt to purse, now duvet to purse (I feel a theme forming…). Plus there is also still plenty of material left to make more items…coming your way Rose! I also made it as a little thank you as she has done a lot of design work for me of late. Take a look at her fab work at www.rosemountague.co.uk.

My second gift item was another little Patchwork Panda for a little 1 year old lady. I’ve made a few of these now and they seen to go down pretty well with the little ones, personally I think this is my favourite.

The fabric I used for the arms, legs and ears is a super cute print called Teeny Tiny Zoo – I got mine from one of my favourite online shops: Fabric Rehab. The pattern was from Sew Hip magazine which, on receiving through the door, is the highlight of my month (probably should get out more!).

 

I embroidered the birthday girl's name on his foot - he definitely belongs to her now.

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Still on the ‘to do’ list is more baby items, bunting for an online boutique (woo! All to be revealed soon), more purses and bags, pjs, and more! Will post once done…but for now back to focusing on the wedding fair coming Sunday x

 

Lots of little purses.

Yesterday I posted about my upcycled-skirt-into-a-purse which I was pretty pleased with for reasons two fold…a) as it’s recycled and b) cause it’s pretty cute and allowed me to find the perfect pattern for this type of purse frame.

So, plenty of attempts, four more of these, and another four of a different style of purse later, a now have a little range to display at my wedding fair next week..

 Loved these bows so much I decided to make two – the black and pink one is actually a gift my sister asked me to make for her friend Kitty (as well as some oven gloves – see the cupcake and ric rac ones on the gallery).

 A very girly one… Lovely lace…The next few are a different style, but I think I prefer the shape and colour of these frames; they have a bit more of a vintage look.  The next little bag was made out of the left over material we bought as the ‘extra panel’ for my sister’s bridesmaid dress to accommodate for the baby bump! It’s such a gorgeous glam colour so I decided to dress it up with lace, a little matching fabric flower and some jewels.
 I put some little labels in the lining…

I love the next fabric as it is so decided to leave it just as that without any trimmings.
This next one I think though is my favourite! It’s the one I like to call ‘The Cath Kidston Wannabe’.

And the whole range (so far!)

Skirt turned purse – another little recycled project.

Recently, I have been practicing making little purses using a few different size frames and drawing up a number of patterns to fit these.

In keeping with my recycled theme this week (see Old Top, New Pants!), I cut up an old skirt, donated to me a little while back, and made it into a little purse with a silver frame and nice bright yellow lining.

Here’s the skirt:

And now it’s a purse!

Nat – if you’re reading – this is for you 🙂

I have been working on a few variations of these for my wedding fair (in a week’s time…arghh!) which I should have finished by tomorrow ready to post some snaps.