Christmas Gift Guide

It’s scary how quickly Christmas is approaching! With less than 100 days until Christmas day it’s time to get organised on the gifts (says the person who has nothing prepared…yet!). Here are some quick ideas for Christmas gifts from the … Continue reading

Confessions of a vintage linen addict

I have a confession to make. I am addicted to buying vintage linens. So much so that I have co-opted my mother into buying them for me too. I think that’s called enabling, isn’t it? Every time I go to … Continue reading

A Story of Consignment in a Bricks-and-mortar Shop – Cactus & Co, Qld

Facebook can be a wonderful place for a sense of community when it is used appropriately. Amongst the handmade business community there are several groups where we creatives can chat and ask questions pertaining to anything from how to adjust … Continue reading

Rad Retro | Fab 50s Collection Release

For a while now I have been wanting to play with a “new” style of vintage jewellery. I love the lacy, pearly, flowery-ness (if that wasn’t a word before, it is now) of the vintage-inspired jewellery I normally create but … Continue reading

GATSBY & FISHER – The 1920s Collection

Over 12 months in the planning and making, this collection will be released on Wednesday 24th July at 8:30pm AEST on my website cordelle.com.au! I have always loved the 1920s for its style – the clothes, shoes, hairstyles and even … Continue reading

The Made With Love Markets – A quick look at my stall

On Sunday I had a stall at the Made With Love Markets in Coffs Harbour. It also marked one year since joining the MWL market family! What a ride! Over the past year of doing markets I have refined and … Continue reading

DIY Tutorial – Doily Embellished Jars

Pinterest is a dangerous place for me. It gives me all sorts of ideas for new products and home DIY that I really don’t have the time or space for in my life. But I love it, so I tackle … Continue reading

DEBUT! Collection will be released on 12.12.12

To celebrate this auspicious date I am releasing my DEBUT! Collection – jewellery and accessories featuring a ballet theme and an abundance of freshwater pearls! The collection will be released for sale in my shop at http://www.cordelle.com.au For a closer … Continue reading

Vintage Linen Success! Stepping out into the world of sewing tutorials…

So, you know that little break I was going on where I was going to do all these amazing crafty jobs and spend time with my two beautiful children? Well, the time just flew by in a flurry of fabric and thready scraps as I refashioned some vintage linens into clothes.

Here is a little overview of what I made…

My first day of holidays was searching through heaps of online tutorials to find something that I liked. I found two projects:

A nursing dress from Shwin&Shwin (here).

And a high-waisted skirt from This Big Oak Tree (here).

I am absolutely hopeless at following directions about things I know a little about so I only used the tutorial for the nursing dress as a loose guide. I do the same thing with recipes. It’s great for creativity but hopeless for troubleshooting! And I had lots of trouble with this dress. It was the first time I had sewn with stretchy fabric. A quick Facebook chat with my Mum, the sewing genius, got me started with a few good tips. I launched myself in and just had to fix things along the way. I’m pretty happy with the result and the breastfeeding capability is great! I am going to try it again but using a cotton for the skirt to make it easier to sew.

Next it was time to attack my vintage linens. I had never gathered before so I decided to use a pillowcase from a vintage Sheridan set to make a simple gathered skirt as a practice before I cut into the big guns – my beautiful yellow vintage sheets.

This was much simpler. It was just a simple skirt with a lining and elasticated waistband. It’s so pretty, feminine and super twirly! I love it!

It was time. My holidays were fast running out and I had not yet touched the vintage sheets. I ironed them carefully. Laid them out on the dining room floor. Took a deep breath. Measured. Measured again. And then finally heard that sweet and satisfying sound of good fabric scissors cutting through cotton. Terrified of making a mess of my vintage find, I decided to follow the tutorial as closely as possible…ok, so I still did a bit of my own thing, like making the seam go down the back because the width of the sheet was exactly right, and I cut out the pieces so I used the lovely wide hem of the sheet as the hem of the skirt (one less seam to iron and sew)…but it was pretty close. For me. I also did not attach the sash to the skirt as I wanted the versatility to wear it with a belt.

Here’s the end result. I’m absolutely in love with it – the 1950s feel and how it makes me want to have high-tea followed by a frolic in a field of wild flowers (or maybe the other way around – one probably shouldn’t frolic on a stomach full of tea and delicious cakes). I can’t wait to wear it!

And you know the best thing? This skirt used just half of ONE sheet and I have TWO! Ooohhhh…what else shall I make?