If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we’re clearing out Grandma’s house at the moment. And I found some of her lingerie: bras and garter belts! They’re probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. The bras have the characteristic, pointy, conical bullet bra shape of the 1950s – but not as exaggerated as some of the 1950s bras.
And if you want to sew your own pin-up bra or vintage garter belt, I traced the patterns of two of the bras and of one of the garter belts. You can download the patterns for free and adjust them to your size. Continue reading 1940 – 1950s Bra & Garter Belt + Free Patterns
I’ve finally finished my DIY solar cooker. Yay! My DIY solar box cooker is a combination between a hay box and a solar cooker. I followed these instructions for a “minimum” solar box cooker. For the solar box cooker I used two cardboard boxes, hay, wheat paste as glue, aluminium foil and plexiglas. Continue reading DIY Solar Box Cooker
Metal hair cuffs seem to be all the rage at the moment! In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a real metal hair cuff from scratch: Turn a copper sheet into a beautiful shiny copper hair barrette! 😀 Continue reading DIY Metal Hair Cuff
A while ago I made my own no-sew reusable makeup remover pads and I love them! 😀 Reusable makeup cleansing pads are so easy to make, cheap and eco-friendly. And they’re a great way to reuse old T-shirts or use up jersey knit scraps. Continue reading DIY No-Sew Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
Lavender sachets were a popular gift in the Victorian and Edwardian era: ‘A delightful gift that will cost but little in time or money’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2a).
Lace lavender sachets are fast to sew and a great way to use up fabric and lace scraps. I used lace scraps from my Edwardian lingerie blouse and muslin scraps from my Victorian afternoon gown. (UK) Muslin is very sheer – perfect for lavender sachets. Continue reading Edwardian Lace Lavender Sachets – Tutorial
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make basic drawn thread work by hand. Drawn thread work is a counted thread embroidery: some warp or weft threads are removed and the remaining threads are grouped together with hemstitches. Drawn thread work has been popular for a long time: It was already used in the Middle Ages (source), and was still popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era and the 1920s. ‘Drawn-thread work forms a connecting link between embroidery and lace work […] it is very durable, and washes well.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2) Continue reading Drawn Thread Work Tutorial
I made a pair of wooden stick dice! 😀 Yay! I’m so pleased with how they came out. And DIY wooden dice are way easier to make than I thought: All you need is some scrap wood and some hand tools. Continue reading DIY Wooden Stick Dice – Tutorial
I don’t like to throw out things when I can reuse or upcycle them. There are many ways how to use old jersey knit clothes or leftover jersey scraps. I’ll show you how I refashioned old boring and ill-fitting T-shirts into something I’d wear again! And I’d love to see your creative T-shirt refashion and upcycling projects! 😀 Share your knit fabric reusing and refashioning ideas in the link party below. The link party will stay open, so you can always add new upcycled jersey knit projects. Continue reading 5 Ways To Reuse Old T-Shirts (With Link Party)