Super stools …

Well my linseed oil and furry pink animal print renovations didn’t stop at the dressing table stool but moved onto a couple of old kitchen stools that I picked up last year for £10. They have come in very useful when I am running workshops and classes in my little pink ThreadShed and now are going to match and of course look simply fabulous!

Cute furry seat …

So my dressing table stool was falling apart. A couple of glue attempts hadn’t helped and it was time to give up. I have been keeping a little eye out for something lovely for a while and this morning I spotted a real beauty on FB marketplace for a simple £5. The tapestry top was dilapidated and the seat was a sunken mess filled with horsehair, wadding and sacking. All it needed was a couple of coats of linseed oil, a bit of ply board and some cute furry animal print fabric and afterwards I have a cute new dressing table stool. What do you think? I blinkin love it!

Happy Scrappy Skirt ❤️

I have an blinkin’ awesome fabric stash! I have lots of vintage fabrics and gorgeous prints sourced from auctions, markets, and old ladies who no longer have use for them! I love so many of these fabrics but some were too small to really make anything much with.

However, a little while ago, I was gazing adoringly at some of the gorgeous blue prints, when a little image of a patchwork skirt design using lots of fabric scraps popped into my head. It had to be made … so I cut lots of odd shaped fabric pieces and set about stitching them all together to form one long piece of material. I then used my ruffled sewing machine foot to gently gather the top and added it to a teeny tiny denim mini skirt that I found (for a bargain £3) in a charity shop. I finished it off with some gorgeous Ric-Rac, which I have been desperate to find a use for since I joyfully picked it up at the stunning “Stone Store’ in Keri Keri in New Zealand last November.

Just looking at this skirt makes me feel happy …

What do you think?

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!