Sunday, 19 November 2017

Kimchi & Coconut / Beach

This weekend I went to Eastbourne for a coastal getaway and decided to take some snaps for the Kimchi and Coconut outfit-along! Wearing Kimchi and Coconut Galactic Whale and a cotton lawn beausoleil top made in the summer.
Blue shimmer. Beachy Head in the background:-
Why do  budget hotels always have weird 80s d├ęcor...
I jazzed up a winter raincoat with the mythical creature brooches in the October subscription box (I signed up to this as soon as I discovered Kimchi and Coconut!)  I am also wearing the 3D Printed skull necklace by Curiology, also UK made.
It was raining. The next day Eastbourne Pier was a lot prettier and easier to photograph!
Platypus necklace by Kimchi and Coconut. Moon earrings by Tatty Devine. I went for plain white for this outfit because of the statement platypus, I have a khaki shirt dress which would also suit. This ensemble is more suitable for walking / weekend beach trip.

A plain outfit so the spooky jewellery takes centre stage, fun jewellery makes my everyday outfits more playful. I do plan to wear the platypus with my handmade Hawaiian shirt in bright rainforest colours! 
I also got a snap of the Tatty Devine witch "potion" bottle, which I ordered with the moon earrings:
Fallon, this was the only way to get a photo of her closeup on the hills as she would run to the camera!
 I made her doggy bag two years ago!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Plumeria Flower & Heishi Bead & Parrot Necklace


My favourite colour combination is ocean blues and lime green. I ordered some pluemeria flower fimo beads 10-12mm £4 and selected the lime, white and blue. recycled heishi beads, and three fimo roses 18mm. I chose to connect these beads with eyepins.
I made the bracelet from left over fimo beads and two 6mm aventurine stones. The firepolish rondeles I bought new from a charity shop as part of a sealed Totally Beads amethyst & fluorite jewellery kit for £3, I don't believe in good karma but I have been donating and gifting jewellery lately and there it was! Double threaded bracelet (2 rondelles per flower) in tigertail (strong and sturdy). I kept the threading tight and as a result the flowers stay outward facing. 
Large dusty pink fimo roses, I bought these thinking I would just make earrings as they are my favourite flower, instead I used all ten on one necklace! 10 for £3.99. Contrasting green and lime wooden parrots.
I made some matching earrings using fimo plumeria flowers with turquoise chips for leaves, and fimo 10mm roses. I used 2mm metal spacer beads to keep the flowers upright / no wire showing.
Heishi beads (recycled) and eyepins for stems. I never waste or hoard beads as you can use remaining beads for spacers, I used leftover fimo outline roses and mismatching plumeria flowers.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Parrot Necklace

These are so fun to make!
I love 1980s style parrot necklaces but I couldn't find any, so I bought the craft beads on ebay, the colours arrived as yellow, lime, green, violet and red. The lime is my favourite as they resemble the cute parrots in Barcelona. Foil hearts in turquoise bought originally to make a sea inspired bracelet. Polymer roses purchased for purse making. Metal spacers from a necklace bought in haste at the train station.  One of the reasons I love jewellery refashions is that it provides findings/stones I wouldn't ordinarily buy, these spacers were perfect for the fimo and wood beads for a fresh look.

KIMCHI AND COCONUT
October subscription box. I am wearing UK made jewellery everyday now!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Grey Rose Necklace & Parrot Necklace

I was having a charity clearout and found my jewellery making collection so I made necklaces from beads I already had.
These are so fun to make!
I love 1980s style parrot necklaces but I couldn't find any, so I bought the craft beads on ebay, the colours arrived as yellow, lime, green, violet and red. The lime is my favourite as they resemble the cute parrots in Barcelona. Foil hearts in turquoise bought originally to make a sea inspired bracelet. Polymer roses purchased for purse making. Metal spacers from a necklace bought in haste at the train station.  One of the reasons I love jewellery refashions is that it provides findings/stones I wouldn't ordinarily buy, these spacers were perfect for the fimo and wood beads for a fresh look.

Grey Rose -
Metal spacers and seed beads from a recycled necklace, pink foil beads (10 years old, only had enough to make something small), sea green turquoise hearts I purchased originally to make a bracelet, leftover aventurine stones (pale green), recycled emerald-green glass beads. Recycled closures.
I bought the polymer clay roses for sewing onto handmade purses but I figure these would be too delicate for that. I've ordered some more in different colours for delightful jewellery! Last year I was almost obsessive with making my own handmade bath products in glass pots n' bottles, making jewellery from recovered materials has the same feel good factor, that creating and re-using instead of wasting.
The colours are subtle and I find the longer length delicate necklaces to be flattering, it reminds me of 1920s style.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Tilly Agnes Top

Tilly Agnes Top - I decided to make the Agnes in a jersey with more body - I will stick to cotton or poly jersey for this pattern. Beautiful diamond print polyester from Textiles Centre in autumn shades of black, brown and grey on peach.

I really love the Victorian style of the gathered sleeve, it makes the top distinctive but the look is still modern. The top and sides of the sleeve are gathered, the top centre of the sleeve is ruched with elastic. It's pleasant to sew and I'll be making a few nautical stripe versions this winter!
Necklace is the deathmoth by Sugar and Vice.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Deer & Doe Chardon Skirt

Deer and Doe Chardon skirt - available in paper pattern from France.
Fabric is £4.99/m stretch cotton twill from Fabric Land in a tiny Aztec print on fresh white, I bought two metres and didn't need that much. I also cut the facings from the same and medium interfacing.  I sewed a 42 to match a 40 hip and sewed the button loops (two at the front two on the reverse) and a centre back zip - I used an invisible one, which I also topstitched for security. I think the renovation of the pattern was a good idea as I wasn't keen on the bottom band so must have overlooked it. It is easy to make and easy to fit too obviously - I traced my pattern anyway to preserve the original paper.
I really enjoyed sewing this, it took one Saturday to make without rushing. It has box pleats at the front and also the back, then you stitch the pleat in the ditch to keep the pleats inside sharp, this creates the illusion of a smooth waistband - the centre of the belt should match up with the centre line in the skirt - it's a bit twisted on my hanger. I wore this skirt to work with a long sleeved shirt and I felt princessy in it, I think I could go down a size because my waist is smaller and there is comfortable ease in the hip. I've cut/pinned another in plain beige.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Style Arc Barb Pants - Nautical

I needed some casual trousers so I went for Barb pants: Etsy size 10-12-14 and a white and navy bengaline (Rosari skirt from the same fabric). French slogan sweater from Joanie Clothing outlet.
One of the little gardens on the way to Beachy Head from the train station.
Beachy Head.
 
 Eastbourne Seafront:-
With the Itch to Stitch Vienna Top and a Ralph Lauren jacket from 2003!