A couple of months ago I bought a book about sewing vintage clothing. I really love vintage clothes (as you may have guessed by my Wanted posts) and I love sewing, but to find nice patterns now a days isn't a simple task. The book is written by Gretchen Hirsch (Gertie) and not only is she describing in detail how to get certain skills, like making button holes, how to sew a nice lining and such, she also added a lot of very nice patterns. I want to make them ALL, so that says enough about the beauty of the designs. Today I show the first item I made from her book, the Peter Pan Blouse.
I especially love the back of the blouse, with lots of buttons. I bought the buttons for the Lady Tie I made recently, because I like the pearl shell look of them. They are actually press-studs. 'Why don't you make it easy on yourself', I thought to myself, when I started with the blouse and came to the part of making button holes. 'Why don't you use the press-studs?'. So when the blouse was finished, I got the hammer and timmered away. Placing the buttons was finished in ten minutes :-) ! Ha, love that! And love the look of the buttons on this blouse!
I really love Raglan Shirts and when I saw this lovely jersey with pink stars, of course I had to buy it to make a new shirt for my youngest! The pink star on the front is an iron on that I bought on the internet.
Last week I made this Lunch Bag, as you may have seen, and to embellish it a little I hung a heart of polymer clay from it. Today I will show you how I made the heart.
What you need:
Red Polymer Clay
White Polymer Clay
Black Permanent Marker
Cabochons, whatever you like
Cut the banner out of the white clay and the heart out of the red clay. You can also use a cookie cutter for the heart.
Fold the banner on both sides, like I did in the picture below.
Stick the banner on the heart. That's all you have to do with the clay, so you can put it in the oven now (read instructions on the clay package), but don't forget to attach the eyelet before! If you try it afterwards the clay will break. After baking the clay let it cool down. When the clay is cool enough, paint the red part of the heart with nailpolish, if you like your heart shiny (optional). When the polish has dried completely, draw the LOVE-letters with an erasable pencil, so you can erase the letters in case you're not happy with how your letters turn out.
When your satisfied draw the pencil lines again with permanent marker.
Make the sides of the heart and the banner black, to give it an old school tattoo kind of look. Finally you can attach cabochons to the heart. I used a pink rose and a swallow, but of course you can attach anything you like.
Some of the blogs I follow do outfit post from time to time and now and than I get some inspiration and want to make some of the clothes for myself. Lately I saw a lot of Lady Ties around and I just love them! So..., I made one myself:
I still love the pattern and how the bag ended up, so when I found this patent leather look-a-like fabric that I bought years ago, but never knew what to do with, the Lunch Bag came to my mind. I had some black gingham left over from a blouse that I made last week, but that's still waiting for some buttons, and some black cotton. Just enough to make the bag!
And here is a detail of the Old School Tattoo Love Heart, that I made of polymer clay, red nailpolish, a permanent marker and cabochons of a pink rose and a swallow.
Last week I bought this circle skirt and when I was in my local craft store, I found little beads in exactly the same color. I made a long necklace with them, which I can wrap around my neck, like in the picture.
The beads are a pearly marine color (not very clear to see in the picture) and my skirt is blue satin, so they match perfectly! www.betweennapsontheporch.net
Finally, finally, fi-nal-ly the baby blanket for my friend is finished!!! And although I really like the rippled pattern, I will never use this stitch again for a blanket. It takes forever to finish just a little baby blanket.
I used a variety of pastel colors for the blanket, in combination with grey. These are the colors my friend said she wants to use for the baby room, so I hope this blanket will fit right in.
I want to make two matching baby sheets with the blanket, a pink one and a lila one. The baby is expected to be born at the end of august, so there's plenty of time to make more stuff.
This week I was in my local craft store and my eye fell on the polymer clay. I always wanted to make my own cat of polymer clay and because I'm working on some larger projects, that never seem to finish, I bought some clay to finally make my cat Ronny. Small project, that's finished in less than an hour.
This is what you need:
Polymer clay in the color(s) of your cat
My cat is totally white, so I only used white clay. For the inside of his ears, his nose and his mouth I used pink paint, for his eyes I used black paint.
First make the cat's body, head, four paws, two ears, tail and four little balls for his snout (two little balls have to be a little bit larger than the other two little balls):
To make the cat's snout, stick the larger little balls next to each other on the head. The chin is formed by placing one of the little balls below the snout, the nose is formed by placing the other small ball above the snout.
Then place the ears. The head is now finished.
Place the four paws underneath the body.
Now place the head and the tail on the body.
The cat is now finished and can be put in the oven. You can read instructions about the temperature of the oven and baking time on the package of the clay. My clay package says 110 degrees Celsius for half an hour ( I use Fimo Clay).
After taking the cat out of the oven, let it cool off before you do the painting. I painted the inside of the ears, the nose and the lips pink and the eyes black. My cat Ronny wears a black collar with a little bell, so to make it more look-a-like I put a collar around his neck.
As you can see in this picture I not only made a standing, but also a sitting Ronny.