Friday, 30 December 2011

The Coats Not Done, but I've Been Busy

I trust everyone had a lovely Christmas! Personally, I had a great time, but I'm a bit sick of meat, chocolate, and gravy, and feel a real need to de-tox.


A little while ago I did a post about starting this coat:

Pauline Trigere for McCalls, 1956

Well, it's about halfway done! Here's how it looks so far:

The basic outer shell is complete, but the lining still has to be attached, then the hems need to be stitched and the little capelet made. Maybe another week - or 2 - and you'll all be able to see the finished results!

But I haven't been idle - what with Christmas parties to make dresses for (see my Sid Vicious dress here) and various Secret Santa's to knit gloves for, my sewing machine and knitting needles have been humming and clicking away. I also found time to knit a few woolly bits for myself.

First, I made this hat from a 1940's pattern, using Debbie Bliss cashmerino:

This is the original. I know - it was meant for a young girl, but kids dressed like old ladies back then, so it didn't look so 'young' on me:      

Close up of finished hat
 Then, I made these fingerless gloves to match:

Finally, I had a bit of yarn left over, so I made another hat:

A beret!
And this was the pattern I used (bottom right). (Don't you think these ladies look a bit like a slightly off Pans People?)

I'm off to do some more work on my coat, and I'll see you all in the New Year!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Christmas Swap Loveliness

Look what the postie brought for me! These lovely parcels came to me from Liz at Ginger and Shortbread, arranged via Lakota's blog. Mr. Needles told me I should wait until Christmas to open them, but rules are for breaking, and I don't have that kind of willpower.

So this is what was in store for me:

A whole bunch of crafty, vintagey loveliness, with a bit of a Scottish theme!

There was some gorgeous smelling soap, a little tin heart (that's going straight on to the tree), and a box of Edinburgh Castle rock sweets:

 Next up was a copy of the Simplicity Sewing book from the 1970's:

 Now anyone who knows me will know that I'm mad on sewing books and diagrams, so this was perfect! I already have an early 1960's edition of this, but this one was completely re-vamped, with some great images. Here are a couple:

 And last but not least, this brilliant tea cosy made by Liz herself:

Tea cosy in use!
I love all the colours, and the 2 little pom poms on top are the perfect finishing touch! Mr Needles kept trying to wear it!

Finally, a bit of Scottish cheekiness in the card from Liz:

Love it! 

A HUGE thank you to Liz for all the brilliant presents, and all the effort and thought she put into them. Everyone should look at her blog - she takes some beautiful photos of her local area, and has that special charity shop luck I just don't seem to posess. And thanks to Lakota for organising it all.

Happy Christmas, and see you all in the New Year!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Butterick 2907 meets Sid Vicious

How do you get from this nice, mid 60's raglan sleeve dress:

'Can I help you?'
To this punk inspired party number:

'Are you wasting my time'

This view looks like a superhero outfit
Close up of the zip sleeve detail
Words failed me when I tried to explain my inspiration, so see if you can figure it out from these photos -

Sid Vicious. I've been waiting for an opportunity to wear one of these belts since I was 13 years old.

Zandra Rhodes punk inspired collection from the 1970's.
Catherine Deneuve in 'The Hunger' - I've always loved the 40's as filtered through the 70's.
Jean Brooks in 'The 7th Victim' (1943) - creepy horror about Satanists in New York. They use a beauty parlour as a front for their evil activities!
Anya Phillips - manager of the Mudd Club. Classic sexy punk.
Debbie Harry in Stephen Sprouse

John Willie's 'Bizarre' Magazine - kinky stuff, but some brilliantly sexy images.

I made this dress specifically for the annual explosion of alcohol fuelled frustration known as my work Christmas Party. It started off civilised enough, but after a few hours of free prosecco, soaked up with a couple of canapes, scenes like this were commonplace:

Trying to pretend I'm a model in 'Bizarre' Magazine

'Not more dancing on tables, I already had my turn! Oh, alright - since you insist'

And yes, those are latex stockings in the 2 photos above - well, you only live once, and hey, it was Christmas! And now I'm probably going to end up with all sorts of weird search words on my blog stats ......