Always short pieces!

WP_20151004_11_50_06_Pro__highresFrequently vintage lace comes only in small amounts and short pieces.

So what to do with this precious little bits? You could turn them into some patchwork projects or make cushion-covers, wallhangings….or maybe just a hem for a slip…..For this project I used a simple pattern, I found years ago in a sewing magazin and embellished the edge with a border made of antique lace and satin ribbon bits.  WP_20151004_11_49_46_ProWP_20151004_11_49_38_Pro








Lingerie Dilemma








Why is comfortable lingerie seldom beauty and beautyful one seldom comfortable and at a high price too?

If you want both, you can find some good sewing patterns at the web, no matter if vintage or modern.  Even free patterns can be found on Internet, if you look for them.

I had to think hard, if I could do it and finally I began to sew my own lingerie. It´s not perfekt now, but comfortable AND pretty and always good enough for me.

For your selfmade luxurious lingerie your can also use some old clothing, that´s made of  silk, fine linen or cotton. For the Projects, you can see in details in the pics , I cut up a silkskirt I seldom wore and two unloved  satin-silk tunics. NOW I love them much more!


Second Hand Piece ends Recycling

If I can´t do it myself, I always buy clothing second hand. That saves resources, is eco-friendly and much more sustainable, than buying constantly new cloth. And it´s at a cheap rate too!

But what, if the second hand piece is not longer wearable after some years?  Than it goes straight into my recycling box. Once it was a damaged linen trouser, now it´s a vest. WP_20150929_17_43_03_Pro__highresWP_20150929_17_43_15_ProWP_20150929_17_43_30_Pro

Curtain to Coat


This was an roseate vintage curtain in cotton velvet. I wouldn´t hang it in my window, but as a coat, it suits me fine.

And the scraps were turned into a nice little beret, embelished with an vintage embroidered doily.

Art Nouveau Cloche-Dream


This Time I wanted to try an early  kind of cloche from the end of  the  Art Nouveau era. Fortunately  I posses a hat block around 1917-1920.

The stunning brass stamping is genuine Art Nouveau and was meant to embellish books. When I saw it first, I knew  it´s a must have for me!

It took me long to decide, which hat to garnish with and in the end it turned out to be this severe  piece of millinery. The brass stamping should be the only “actor” on the stage of this hat. No further decorations, but vintage petersham and velvet ribbons in a matching shade.


Gilded Fall Cloche


I know, I know…´s a BIT to much decoration for a little straw cloche like this….But I wanted something opulent and don´t forget- not every 1920s cloche was made in a minimalist style. Sometimes you can find  vintage cloches in collections, witch are hyperbolic in decoration.

I took a new paper straw cone and a precious piece of gold ribbon with an egypt revial pattern from the 1920s and combined it with a selfmade trim from vintage goldbraids and velvet ribbon.  The woven gold ribbon ist in a delicate condition, which makes it impossible to use it for bags or clothes. But it´s still good enough for millinery! The trim is inspired by the image of an antique piece, made of black Soutache, that I found on the web. I took only the shape and used completely different materials.




Lovely Lace

It took months to collect all the beautiful bits and pieces for this recycling project. Some of them had been used before and were slightly damaged. But isn´t the imperfection the really interesting thing? To my opinion it´s much more lively.

I made an overdress, like a poncho, so it´s not necessary to wash it often. And if it´s need to be done, handwash in lukewarm water will do.

So if you have any ribbon, lace, border or whatsoever, don´t throw them away, even if they are shabby, full of stains or have some holes. There is always a way to use them creative.WP_20150929_12_01_29_Pro