I am exhausted! After a busy week of school related work, my parents and I went for a mini-holiday to check out a potential property. We have been property hunting for a while, but as of yet have been unsuccessful. This time it was an adorable 33acre farm with a stone farm house from circa 1880. It was really pretty but needed a lot of work (it hasn't been lived in for 10 years, no electricity, no water (they used a hand pump), no heat, etc...). I loved it but I'm not sure if my parents are going to go for it.
It was a fun but tiring trip. I forgot to take any pictures, so instead here are some outfit shots from the other week. I was meeting my high school friends for a mini reunion. Please excuse the wrinkles; these were taken after sitting in a movie theatre for a few hours.
DangerousGarbs which seems to have disappeared from Etsy... Anyone know what happened?
A while ago my grandmother gave me a broken umbrella in hopes that I could do something with it. I made two different projects from it and decided to put together a tutorial for each of the projects. The first one is for a lace parasol.
You will need:
-Umbrella (it can be slightly bent and the fabric torn/unattached but should still function)
-A piece of lace slightly larger than the original umbrella fabric -Trim
The original umbrella
1) Remove fabric from base. The top
knob should screw off. Carefully snip the threads attaching the fabric to the
2) If the arms are slightly bent, gently bend them back into shape (this is much easier to do with the fabric removed).
3) Use the umbrella fabric as a pattern to cut
out the lace. Leave a ½” seam allowance around the edges.Save the umbrella fabric! I will be posting another tutorial later this week on what to do with it.
I folded the original fabric in half, then cut it out along a fold of the lace. This made it easier to cut out.
4) Cut a tiny hole in
the top to fit over the centre of the umbrella base. Carefully try it over the
frame. Remove and carefully sew the trim to the edges. I used a zigzag stitch
with the trim lain on top of the fabric. You may also want to use a zigzag
stitch around the centre hole you cut depending on your lace.
5)Again, carefully put the fabric onto the
frame. This time secure it with the centre knob. Hand-stitch the fabric to the
base in the same places where the original fabric was sewn on.
And that’s it!
You now have your very own lace parasol.
A few days ago I went to see Brave with my best friend. A night out is always a good excuse to dress up so I wore my new 1930's style dress. I made it using a 1930's pattern and some vintage fabric. I suspect the fabric is from the 1970's. It has a slight stretch to it so I was able to get away with not adding any closures to the dress (it also means I can use the left over fabric to make a bathing suit!). The sleeves in the original pattern looked terrible on me, so I swapped them out for these looser sleeves (which I based off of a 1930's dress illustration).
The pattern I used is available here for free. It doesn't have any instructions but it is relatively easy to figure out.
Dress: Made by me
1930's Hat: Vintage
Shoes: I can't remember...
Faux Pearls: Thrifted
Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers! I spent the day having a latte in my favourite coffee shop. It's located in the historic Port Perry downtown, and after sipping my latte and reading the paper I wandered down to the harbour front where they were having a Canada Day celebration. What caught my attention was this beautiful historic boat docked at the harbour. She is called the Bessie May and was built in 1932. My pictures do not due her justice. She was completely stunning, especially the inside which unfortunately was extremely difficult to photograph.