Wednesday, 4 May 2016

If You Go Down in the Woods Today...

...you'll find bluebells and celandines


It must be spring, so I've been busy making springlike stuff.
Here is a little beaded bracelet made using AB beads. They really catch the light when it moves...


and here is a very springlike skirt.

Oh dear, should have pressed it before I took the picture.
Here's the back story. A little while ago I acquired, via a friend, a bag of fabrics and other assorted sundries from an ex-seamstress who was destashing. There was a lot of lining fabric and enough skirt zips to open my own haberdashery, and also two glorious 2yd lengths of floral fabrics that feel like glazed cotton. I have no idea of the provenance of these fabrics (no clues helpfully printed in the selvedges either), but from the patterns and colours, and the fact that they were cut in yards not metres, I'm hazarding a guess at 1960s. I could be completely wrong of course. It has been known to happen.
Anyway this skirt was made from one of them.
When I showed my husband my lovely sunny new skirt he said "Hmm, it's a bit flowery isn't it".

Wait till you get a load of the other one mate.

Bwa ha ha. Mine is an evil laugh

Finally, a couple of little zipped pouches I made following this tutorial from SewCanShe.


Yes, one is made from offcuts from the skirt. No, the other isn't from the 2nd length.
These are not as easy to make as you might think (didn't help that I had to adapt for shorter zips than those suggested) and these two are decidedly dodgy in the corners. The third one came out just fine, but I gave that to a friend for her birthday and forgot to get a picture so you'll have to take my word for it.

12 comments:

Carol said...

Ha ha--love your husband's comment!! That does look a bit like 60's era fabric. Those big flower prints were quite the thing when I was a teen back then :) It looks great, Christine--and I do love those pouches. Nothing about them looks easy to me--I struggle with a huge fear of zippers!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Lovely flowers, in the woods and on the skirt. Can't wait to see the other one now!

Julie said...

I'm liking that skirt, I always think of you as bright and cheery so it suits you perfectly. Even better that is was free to make too.
Nice wee purses, great gifts.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Lovely crafting and I think that your floral fabric is from around the 1960's too.

Vickie said...

I am in love with your new skirt. Excellent!

Lesley said...

Lovely skirt,just right for the weather we are having at the moment:)sounds like your husband may need sun glasses for the next skirt:)
I love your little pouches,they look great from where I am sittining.

Preeti said...

Lovely skirt!!:) I love floral prints, it doesn't matter which fashion era they belong too. Beautiful pouches, I rarely try to brave the zippers.

Linda Harris said...

Love the vibrant colours of your skirt and your bracelet is beautiful. Well done on those cute little pouches.

Fat Dormouse said...

I love bluebells - we don't get them here in France, so it's nice to see some photos from the UK. Your skirt is lovely too - I envy people who can sew!!

Wendy said...

I love that bracelet, is it your own design? We have bluebells in our garden, not that it's really a garden, just a yard with a flowerbed fullnof weeds and some bluebells!

Bea said...

Perfect summer skirt!

Sheryl S. said...

Pretty skirt and fabric and useful pouches.