Piping up nicely …

It’s good to learn new things. Just recently I swapped an overlocker serger machine for my sewing skills as a lovely friend in our village had a pew bench that she needed covering. She also wanted upholstery piping around the bottom edge. Initially I was going to take the easy way out and buy some ready made piping but a quick consultation with the owner of the cushion ascertained she wanted piping to exactly match the fabric of the cushion. With the help of a You Tube video, and some fairly straight forward instructions, the piping (cut on the bias) was duly created and sewn into the upholstery cushion and some scatter cushions. The Moroccan themed, relaxed seating area looks absolutely gorgeous too!

I just love a challenge ❤️

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Bic Biro Bowling …

A little while ago Trashcan Emporium created our first fabric using lots of Lee’s Bic Biro Skull drawings for the design which we uploaded and ordered at the Spoonflower website. As we were attending a purple themed wedding yesterday I decided to use some of the fabric on a unique bowling shirt for Lee. Each individual drawing has Lee’s signature to it and there are 9 different skull drawings on the fabric in total.

I used a very versatile pattern by McCall’s, which mean that I could literally use this pattern hundreds of times and never make two shirts the same! However, I am in the middle of sewing another exactly the same for someone very special on the other side of the world ❤️

Do you love this shirt too? Or can you see it in different fabrics or colour? I’m happy to make these shirts to order so let me know if you’d like one made for you too!

Gothic Bride…

Yesterday we were honoured to be official witnesses at the wedding of some dear friends. A few months back the bride had an idea of her wedding dress and showed me some photos. Within a couple of weeks we started working on her design together, with a couple of days in The ThreadShed taming mountains of pink, purple and black tulle and net. The photos we took at the time were so lovely, with all the beautiful colours coming together on my little sewing machine. I posted a couple of teasers on social media back then, but finally I can do the big reveal and tell you that the bride looked absolutely stunning and the colours were just wonderful. When the wind blew the dress was a fascinating movement of glorious colour. Truly a spectacular, show stopping dress.

It was an honour to help this bride create her dream wedding dress and I would really love to help other brides create their dream dresses too. Oh and I have a huge box of vintage wedding dress patterns that need to be put to good use ❤️

Anyways … c’mon what do you thinking this dress?

Pembroke saves the Planet

I was listening to an article on the radio this week about how more and more people are realising how very bad throw away fashion is. Being ethical about our clothing involves spending less and recycling or up-cycling more. The report highlighted a rise in the ‘vintage consumer’ with younger people seeking to be more conscious of their clothes shopping decisions.

It is a way of life in Pembroke, as an afternoon clothes shopping in town can only mean a visit to Tenovus or Paul Satori as we are utterly devoid of any other clothes shops on Main Street. This is great for my own personal style and shopping choices and also for my ThreadShed sewing business.

This stunning vintage tweed jacket arrived with me last week as it needed taking in at the shoulders. This jacket was never store-bought and had been home made and hand sewn originally. The unusual shade of green and the beautiful flecks of amber meant that, despite two huge boxes of thread, matching the colour was a pleasant challenge. The fabulously arty holiday maker, who brought it to me for the simple alteration, now owns a beautifully fitted, top quality, vintage, tweed jacket. Her purchase has not only helped our environment and supported a local charity, but has also put money into our local economy instead of a huge chain stores.

Ethical shopping and fabulous clothes. Absolutely blinkin’ love it! What do you think?

Recycle Upcycle …

We have become such a throwaway society. Clothes arrive and leave our wardrobes in a matter of months or weeks, or sometimes just hang there, brand new, with tags still on them. It doesn’t have to be this way! Get yourself down to your local charity shop and about the rails for some bargains which can be repurposed. Let me introduce you to this pure wool “Eastex Heritage” coat with wonderful vintage buttons – my 50p charity shop bargain! Warm and cosy, it just needed a little glamorising. Add in a fur collar and cuffs (from a £1.99 charity shop cardigan a couple of sizes too big) and I have myself a unique, high quality, glamorous coat for just pennies!

So let’s all do our bit for the environment. Why not recycle and upcycle beautiful clothes, and enjoy the wonderment of who has lived and loved in the clothes previously! Oh and if you see something you love but it doesn’t quite fit then I can very likely help!

Message on a Bow …

Cancer is something we all have been impacted by – whether through a personal experience, a partner, a family member or a friend and when it hits it is tough! The message ‘fu#k cancer’ can be a really positive and affirming message which can help those facing the challenge of the nasty disease.

One recent special request I had, from a very lovely gal to whom those words mean a lot, was for a couple of black dickie bows!

I absolutely loved making the bows and think they look so cool on these lovely guys ❤️

You can ‘fu#k cancer’ on a dickie bow too – just give me a shout … or why not personalise it your way?

Skull Skirt

I wanted to sew a little holiday skirt out of the cool fabric we designed using Lee’s Bic Biro skull drawings and had printed through Spoonflower. Despite having hundreds of sewing patterns I couldn’t find one that matched the picture in my head and so I just drew up a sweet design myself.

I wore the skirt for the first time yesterday and had lots of compliments. Blinkin’ loved that I was wearing a skirt made by me, using fabric designed by me created from drawings penned by Lee. Now that is truly one-off skirt!

Oh and surely every girl needs a skull skirt?