Kimono Jacket + FREE Sewing Pattern

How to sew a Kimono Summer Kimono jacket I'm in love with these gorgeous Kimono jackets. They are light and cool, but provide cover from the sun. Most of them have almost no sleeves or at best a half sleeve. Right now in Cape Town we have clear blue...

Kimono Jacket + FREE Sewing Pattern

How to make a Kimono style jacket + FREE sewing pattern Kimono Jacket I have been wanting to make a kimono style jacket for soooo long. It's a more time consuming than most of my projects. And not as easy. My husband and I have done a fair amount of traveling this...

DIY Chanel Inspired Jacket

How to add trimming to a jacket for Chanel effect Chanel inspired jacket I seriously think every woman must want to own a Chanel jacket. There's so much to like. No collars that wear and never sit properly. They are soft as a cardigan but still pack a whole lot of...

Adding Lace Applique to a Cardigan

How to upcycle a cardigan Lace trims and appliques My other half spends a LOT of time up north. Sigh! Whenever he comes home, he brings me a mega stash of fashion magazines.  He came home day before yesterday. It's mid winter in the northern hemisphere and mid summer...

Elbow and Knee Patches

How to do patches on clothing Add elbow patches to jacket I've been meaning to get around to this idea for a while now. The English country look is right up my street. Love the soft flowing florals mixed with autumnal coloured tweeds. Knee and  elbow patches give...

Bubble Coat

How to make a bubble coat Bubble coat I showed in a previous post how I turned a regular skirt into a bubble skirt by slipping elastic into the the hem. I thought it might be nice to have a bubble coat too. So I did the same to this coat. It's really easy. You need to...

No Sew Shawl or Pashmina

How to make a warm shawl In the picture is another one of these shawls I bought in India. The range of colours and designs in their fabrics is mind boggling. I knew I had to buy a few while I had the chance. My only problem was the minute I started buying I was...

Warm Shawl or Wrap

DIY pashmina In the picture is a wrap around shawl. I bought this warm, wide piece of fabric on the streets in India. In fact I bought a few similar pieces. The Indians wear them like we wear jackets or jerseys. It's a lot like a pashmina but it's not made of mohair....

White Waistcoat Dyed Lime Green

Dyeing clothes I really wanted a bright coloured waistcoat. My wardrobe basics are in black and white. Wearing an intense colour by contrast can make the particular clothing item really pop out. In my wardrobe was a white denim waistcoat that I decided to have dyed...

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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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