Brocade Shift Dress

Brocade Shift Dress I've made a good few simple loose shift dresses like this brocade dress. You can head to the Dresses section at the top of this blog to see two I made in different fabrics and colours. Am not going to re-write all the instructions but rather put...

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Out of Africa Earrings

Out of Africa Earrings Out of Africa Earrings This is a bit of a 'blast from the past' post. I made these Out of Africa earrings ages ago in the very early days of this blog. Since still I wear them so much, I thought I would post them again. With a much improved pic....

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New Look Jacket

New Look Jacket New Look Jacket I've made this exact same New Look pattern before. First time was - here - when I made it as the pattern was meant to be. This time around, I lengthened the sleeves a bit. And made it a touch narrower in the back. Use the link above for...

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Suedette Pouch

Suedette pouch Suedette pouch I made business card holders in a similar manner to this suedette pouch in - this - blog post. And a lightweight sunglasses cover in - another post. This is a variation on those two using left-overs from a softer suedette fabric. You...

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New Look Kimono Jacket

New Look Kimono Jacket New Look Kimono Jacket I might have mentioned a while back that a friend's mother went into a care home. She was an avid seamstress and had a pile of fabric which I inherited. I made a pair of culottes from this fabric as well a New Look Kimono...

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Party Bag

DIY Party Bag Been a while since my last post. I will never stop posting as I cannot stop making things. But real life does get in the way of having fun sometimes. Recognize the dress in this pic? The pattern for that is - here. And I've made a similar style bag to...

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Malachite Earrings

Malachite Earrings I've been trawling Pinterest for inspiration to make silver wire jewelery and came across something similar to this pair of malachite earrings. I love the simplicity of it. No clasps or soldering or anything other than a bit of calculated bending....

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Beach Kaftan

Beach Kaftan Beach Kaftan I made this beach kaftan for a summer holiday in the south of France this year. Am not really a sun bunny. Nor do I care do get it all out with regards to my body. Just No! So this was great to wear over my swimming costume. It's sheer but...

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Twisted Bead Necklace

Twisted Bead Necklace This isn't a particularly DIY-ish post but what I'm trying to show with this twisted bead necklace is how to rework and existing item. You need: - two or three similar length long necklaces a clip (usually found in a bead shop) You do: - You will...

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Black Culottes Tutorial

Black Culottes Tutorial If you cannot find a pair of culottes you love, then this black culottes tutorial is perfect for you as you can make your own. It's super easy. The only slightly technical thing to do - is fit a zip. And I have a tutorial for that on this link...

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Long Green Shift Dress

Long Green Shift Dress   This Long Green Shift Dress is my new go-to style. It's a light, forgiving and an easy to wear summer dress. I like that there are no fastenings, no sleeves to set and no collars. It's ridiculously easy to make and quite difficult to go...

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Tin Can Succulent Garden

Tin Can Succulent Garden This is yet another brilliant idea from Pinterest. A tin can succulent garden. It ticks two boxes. Recycles tin cans and is water wise. I took this pic just before we left for five months of traveling so some of the succulents had only just...

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Tassel Earrings Tutorial

Tassel Earrings Tutorial This is a tassel earrings tutorial - with a difference. First I made small tassels. Then I teamed those tassels with these gorgeous wooden beads. Am thrilled with the outcome. You need: - silver earring hooks silver wire pliers a business card...

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Balloon Sleeve Top

Balloon Sleeve Top     This balloon sleeve top is made from the exact same pattern as my - Balloon Sleeve Dress - just shorter and from a gorgeous sheer black lace. You need: - my pattern from the balloon sleeve dress on - this link fabric...

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Business Card Holder

Business Card Holder Make your own business card holder using animal friendly pleather. These business card holders make great and inexpensive gifts. You can customise them by sticking on charms or punching and hand sewing them in embroidery thread. I've made a...

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DIY Eye Mask

DIY Eye Mask This DIY eye mask is a modern minimal take on some of the clean over the top eye masks out there. I wanted something I could put on in one go. Not still have to tie it on at the back of my head. It had to keep out light so it would work for meditating....

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Camisole Tutorial

Camisole Tutorial This is a really easy camisole tutorial. It can be made from a light cotton or for a more dramatic look like this one, an embossed tafetta. I'm a closet goth girl hence all the black. For a bang on trend look, make it in a stripe or check fabric....

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Moon Choker

Moon Choker This lovely moon choker came about because I had a hammered silver crescent moon and wasn't wearing it. Made it back in the days of jewelry making with left-over silver. All it took was a quick bend of some silver wire plus an O-ring to attach the moon...

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Shoulder Tie Dress

Shoulder Tie Dress This shoulder tie dress is the ultimate summer dress. It's not much more than a big square of fabric, sewn together to make a tube. A bit of shirring at the top. And some shoulder ties. Tick. Done. You need: - fabric matching colour thread sewing...

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Beaded Serviette Rings

Beaded Serviette Rings My daughter made these beaded serviette rings easily two decades ago when she was still living at home. What I like about them is they are light and small and so work well with paper serviettes. We've been experiencing the worst drought since...

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Long Black Shiftdress

Long Black Shiftdress This long black shiftdress is really nothing more than an extra long T-shirt. I used a shiftdress from my wardrobe to cut the pattern. It's made from what they called golf shirt fabric at the fabric shop. Came in a long wide tube. Have to say it...

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Fireplace Restyle

Fireplace Restyle I cannot claim credit for this fireplace restyle. My seriously handy husband did this job. He also made the wooden bit the three lights are hanging from which you can see in the mirror - AND he made the wine racks to fit in the wall to the left of...

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Quartz Crystal Earrings

Quartz Crystal Earrings I did a jewelry making course a few years ago and while I loved it, my soldering was rubbish, so I've turned to wire jewelry and made a few things including this pair of quartz crystal earrings. Most of my inspiration comes from what I see in...

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FREE Backpack Sewing Pattern

FREE Backpack Sewing Pattern There are some trends I warm to instantly, anything in any shade of green will do, hence this FREE backpack sewing pattern. Am on the move again and backpacks are the business to make travel easier. I've made a similar backpack before...

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Broderie Anglaise Top

Broderie Anglaise Top This Broderie Anglaise top is made from the exact same pattern as - this top. Click on the link to get the FREE sewing pattern and tutorial. Amazing how different fabrics can completely change the look and feel of a top? It's a pretty fool proof...

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Delicate Ring

Delicate Rings This tutorial for delicate rings came about because I've been wanting to make some midi rings and wondered if I could make them using silver wire. I did a You Tube search and came across a video called "10 diy rings easy & adjustable" by Helena...

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Balloon Sleeve Dress

Balloon Sleeve Dress I've made a bunch of shift dresses including this balloon sleeve dress which I will post over the next few weeks. They are beyond easy to make as I use no closures i.e. zips or button holes. The difference between a normal shift dress and this one...

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My name is Karen. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. This blog is about how to make your own, how to recycle, restyle and up-cycle.

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