Tag Archives: etsy

The last days of July.

Standard

Hello dearests!

All is wonderfully well here in wintery melbourne (I am writing this with a curtain of pure blue sunshine spilling into our little flat).  The last month of winter here is approaching fast and I am SO DARN excited for spring, green trees, growing seedlings on our windowsills, bare limbs and gently spring sunshine.  Yum.  To be fair winter here in Australia is an absolute delight too really, I am English and am used to 5 long months of cold, grey and drizzle with the odd sprinkling of clear skies and snowy mornings.  I miss the snow, but I dont miss riding to work on sleety streats with a waterfall of rain infront of my eyes.  I can count on my hand how many days I have had to ride my trusty bike through rain thus far this winter, and when it does happen theres a real sense of naustalgia for good ol’ Blighty, and a childhood of red wellies and splashing in muddy puddles.

The thought comes up that little creativity has been going on in the last month since posting here….but im not sure that is really the case, more that my mind has been flittering around getting excited by lots of different projects all rather unrelated to each other.  There has been little bursts of garment making and much crocheting in front of our little stove snuggled up with the oh-so-scrumptious gentleman and series after series of Spooks.  I finally completed an 82 square Granny-Square blanket I started back in spring last year when I was WWOOFing (Working on Organic Farms) on Tom’s parents land for my visa extension.  It is made from the softest alpaca/lambs wool blend in a range of blues, greys and greens, and reminds me of stormy oceans.  Im sure we will get much more use from it before the winter is through as it is a perfect little movie blanket to throw over our laps on the sofa.  Below are a photos of it in progress, the last one is it finished except that I added a large 3” border around the outside using the same teal wool that I connected to squares with.

ImageImage

I absolutely love crochet, its so fast!! I seem to refind my love of knitting and crochet during winter when all I want to do is surround myself with fluffy things, things that will keep me warm and toastey.  Once I have a bit of extra funds Im planning on starting this awesome free knitting pattern I found on Pinterest (via the free knitting and crochet pattern website ‘Ravelry’)

Image

I just love absolutely everything about it! Here is a link to the pattern if anyone is interested.  The lady who knitted this version pictured above extended the sleeve length and bottom hemline by about 2 inches over what the pattern states.  Here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/buttercup-6    I love it in neutral colours…i mean whats with the yellow version on the pattern?! Im thinking of trying it out in a chestnutty/reddy brown colour.  Im just waiting for a little bit of spare income so I can fork out the $60 to buy some nice wool for it =)

A couple of weeks ago I also made this little jumper dress for myself out of some cheap fleecy material that was remnented at my local fabric warehouse.  The fabric is a polyester which I would not usually buy but I fell in love with the colour and the inside is so unbelievably soft and fleecy and Im always desperate for warm layers that work well over dresses and leggings.  And the fabric was $6 a metre…sooooo.

ImageImage

I just took the basic pattern from a stretchy dress of mine and added sleeves and an asymmetrical hem.  Super easy and a great warm winter staple for early morning bike rides and running around after toddlers when Im at work.  (The little girl that I nanny is now 13 months and is super-ultra-turbo-charged! She was 8 months and very much still a baby when I started working with her….now she’s definately a little toddler!)

This week was the last week of one of my favourite Op-Shops (thrift store/charity shop) being open here in Melbourne.  Its relocating to an unknown address and Im so sad, they always had the best fabric collections and are one of the only Op-Shops around here that actually has a wool collection worth speaking of.  So ill be hunting down my new favourite places to grab bargains soon…but until then I pretty much bought them out of the lasts of their fabric collection and scored a SERIOUS bargain.  $17 for well over 6 metres of random peices of vintage floral materials!  I cycled off a happy gal with a bike basket spilling over with colourful springtime prints.  I knew as I was buying them what they would become, and the photos below are the humble beginnings of a collection of recycled fabric dresses for my ‘Selkie Child’ line that I am working on to sell alongside my Women’s clothing.

ImageImageImageImage

  They are super simple to make but just so wonderful when they are complete, their linings clashing beautifully and little details of lace trim and bright buttons.  I have been hankering for an excuse to handsew recently and had a great time working on these little embroidered patches that I am adding to the dresses as they are completed.  Embroidered onto the patches are excerpts from one of my favourite poems ‘The Stolen Child’ by W. B. Yeats.  It’s a long poem with many verses but I love the section ”Come away O’human child to the waters and the wilds with a faerie hand in hand for the world’s more full of weeping then you can understand.”  Below are the patches that I have completed so far.  I love handsewing! Im so slow and not very neat (im sure my great great grandmothers would be turning in their graves!) but I think they are sweet and nostalgic and add a little bit of fanciness to the finished dresses.

Image

So these are some of my little projects that I have been getting on with.  Life feels such a mixture of sloooooow winteryness and weeks that just revolve in a blink of an eye.  Tom and I are working hard, and slogging along with the process of getting my De-Facto Visa so I can stay as a resident in Australia.  At the moment my current visa will run out on the 19th of November this year, so its all systems go to try and get the next visa sorted! (this means endless beaurocracy and $4500 for our troubles ;-P)

I think thats pretty much it for now folks, Its lovely to see more and more people following this blog so I dont feel that I am just talking to myself anymore.  I love recieving your comments and if anyone is interested in purchasing anything they see here, or have any ideas for custom orders or collaborations then I love a good challenge and just drop me a comment below!

Much love and wintery wishes,

Bex

My sewing space.

Standard

My sewing space is: messy, colourful, unorganised, un-colour coordinated and…lovely ❤ Kind of a bit like me really 😉

I wanted to share with you all my little creative corner as I absolutely LOVE seeing where people let out their creativity.  It’s my idea of heaven being able to sneak into people’s studios and have a nosey…so here you go!

Image

Image

Image

Image

One amazing day I hope to have a studio that looks more like this (this beautiful studio belongs to the scrumptious Alana Rose from RunWithTheTribe), but it’s just not me….and it would NEVER stay that organised for long!

Image

We all have to dream ❤

Xxx Bex

Rose Street Market(s)

Standard

Hello lovely folks,

Sorry for the long gap between my last post! Ive been updating lots on my personal facebook page but need to remember to transfer that to my business page and blog =) All is well, winter is in full force here in Melbourne with its beautifully crisp clear mornings and cosy evenings next to our little gas fire. So here is a little update post with some pictures of my last 2 Rose Street Markets.

Rose Street Market is an all-year-round market in the seriously funky neighbourhood of Fitzroy, Melbourne.  It is an Artist/Handmade market which has been going for about 10 years now and is run by 2 lovely brothers from Melbourne.  Chris is the brother that I have got to know through doing the market, he is so helpful and supportive, and I love that he always comes round at the end of the day to check in and see how the day went for you.  He is very helpful and efficient, even though he is insanely busy throughout the day.  I love this market, not only for the amount of footfall that it receives, but also that the organisers are so so friendly, its super special because of this and thus has a very loyal following.  The market, espececially during the summer months, has a very festivally sort of vibe with colourful stalls and musicians playing throughout the day.  There is also an outside cafe which sells amazing tastey homemade food and drinks for stallholders and customers at reasonable prices.  At the moment the market is less packed then it usually is due to it being cold and wintery but a lot of stall holders brave it out no matter the weather.  The market is actually an olds mechanic yard just off of Brunswick street, so there is a large inside trading space as well as an outside concreted yard filled with sellers, so even on really rainy days the inside space is still totally usuable.  I love this market because there is such a large range of products on offer, and they seem to really stear clear of the ‘vintage’ stalls too, focussing on local artists and designers instead, with the occasional stall of customised vintage clothing.  There are stalls with quite high-end fashion peices that are $100 and up, as well as handmade peices for men, women and children made from recycled materials for lower prices.  There is a variety of stalls specialising in Jewellery, graphic design, candles and home decor as well as the occasional stall popping up cutting hair and painting nails….the stalls are different every week and so interesting to browse through.  I love wandering through when I get a minute and seeing how everyone lays out their space.  When you book a stall on either the saturday or the sunday slots you recieve a space, a gazebo(if you arrive early enought!) and a variety of different wooden cubes to use to create a table and display your peices.  Here are some images that I have taken in my last 2 markets, the first being early may and the second being late june.

 

Saturday Market 4/5/13

Image

Image

Image

I shared this market stall with my lovely crafty friend Millie from Makadactyl (https://www.facebook.com/Makadactyl) who creates awesome jewellery peices, crochet pins and handsewn badges etc, beautiful colourful creations!  Though the day was autumnal and a bit grey to start off with, it was a lovely first day at Rose Street, we met some lovely customers who left with some homemade goodies, and also connected with some fabulous other local artists particularly the LOVELY Jade from Tibbs and Bones who creates amazing headdresses and reworked vintage peices (https://www.facebook.com/TibbsAndBones).  I came home with a profit, which was more then I was expecting as I just wanted to cover the $70 stall charge and anything more was a major bonus.  My handmade French Knickers were a definate success, and I also ended the day with a commission for a low back brown velvet dress from a lovely local lady.

 

Sunday Market 23/6/13

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

I ended up doing this market on my own, minus the lovely Millie who was poorly.  I was pretty apprehensive going solo but the day panned out to be a beautifully crisp morning with warm winter sunshine by midday bringing in lots of people off the streets after their sunday brunches.  I spent my day crocheting panels for some tops I have in the works, and chatting away to the lovely Kirri from Kirri-maDe (https://www.facebook.com/kirrimaDe) who creates beautiful funky resin jewellery, and the fabulous Miranda from MDdrawn (https://www.facebook.com/McDrawn) who is an illustrator/painter and graphics wizz and had amazing prints, clothing and cushions for sale.  Lovely ladies who you should definately check out! 

The day was warm, relaxing and flew by until about 3 30pm when the sun got a bit too low and the temperature dropped!  I sold a fair few of my recycled kids leggings (which got everyone maternal and went down a real storm) and a couple of pairs of my French Knickers.  The clothes rail got some notice, but noone seemed to want to strip of their winter layers to try anything on, a hazard of winter market selling which I WHOLEHEARTEDLY understand.  All in all a lovely day, with some very happy customers.  I came out of the market with a realisation that kids clothes SELL, especially during winter when noone wants to try anything on…so onto making a big collection of recycled kids leggings and dresses I think!

I havn’t got any more Rose Street stalls on the calendar yet, but may well be taking over some of my new friend’s unwanted stalls over the next month or so.  I love the experience of learning how to greet customers and make my stall interesting and inviting, and its a lovely feeling to see people’s excitement about my products whether they purchase something or not.

Thankyou all for your lovely comments and support, its wonderful to have some subscribers and I’ll make sure to keep this page more regularly updated with my new creations, inspiration and pictures.

Bye for now!

Bex

More new designs =)

Standard

Ello!

Its getting into Autumn here in Melbourne, a bit wet around the edges and a lot cooler (I am English and I flatly refuse to complain about Autumn and Winter in Australia…) which means warmer clothes and inspiration to make cosy layers to keep everyone toasty warm!

I just wanted to share with you folks some new peices I’ve been working on, in my big push to make stock for my stall at Rose Street Market which is in 2 weeks!

Here is my first go at a new pattern I’ve been working on for a simple jacket design, specifically for quilted material.  I found this amazing vintage quilt at a thrift store near me and fell in love with it straight away…its what gave me the inspiration to recreate my favourite quilted jacket that I absolutely live in.  Here is a collage of the process and the finished peice!  This beauty is not everyones cup of tea and is definately made for us funky ladies that want to be bright, colourful and cosy.  Its already got some hot admirers so this little one may not even make it to the market stall but fear not for I still have about 2 more jackets worth of the quilt left.

ImageImage

I’ve also wanted for a while now to make some cute little clutch bags, pouches and shoulder bags for the market stall and finally got around to having a play! So far I have created two peices, both out of recycled materials, one which is designed as a small laptop or Ipad holder (or anything you can imagine: makeup, notebooks, knitting, stationary etc etc) and another which is a fold over shoulder bag with a magnetic fastener.  Both designs are fully lined with zip fastening at the top and come with really gorgeous little recycled button details on the front.  Im so happy with how these have turned out! Its a great way of using up smaller peices of material and I’m also planning on making some pouches in a similar style specifically to house laptops, IPads and Mobile Phones.  Its coming up to Mothers Day here in Australia and I think these would make great funky little gift ideas.

ImageImageImage

I just want to make loads and load of these now!  More photos to come soon ❤

Bex xx

All things Metallic and Shiny.

Standard

I made this awesome little number this week, thought I’d share a quick photo of it with you ❤

I found a 1.5metre remnent of this amazing gold painted blue cotton in my local fabric factory and fell in love with it, its amazing stuff! I hope that I can find some more, Im going to have a delve later on in the week when I get a chance to go back!   It’s awesome to work with and is oh-so-soft unlike most shiny materials which are usually polyester at the very least.

And this is the almost finished peice(I’m waiting for waist/bust measurements so I can add fastenings..I think its going to be poppers instead of buttons).Image

I absolutely love this pattern I created a while ago now, I’ve made so many of these jackets and they all just turn out beautifully.  I took the pattern from a favourite vintage cropped jacket of mine and then added the wrap front and the cowl neck.

This little beauty is actually going to be owned by my wonderful sister-in-crime Kim Boekbinder, who is an amazing musician-astronaut-woman who just so happens to be Tom’s brother Jim’s girlfriend (check her music here: http://www.kimboekbinder.com).  I thought of her the whole time I made this jacket, it’s just soooo her, so it’s fitting that it’s going to be owned by her ❤  Just to give you an example of what I’m talking about:

Image

You get me now?!

All is good in bex-land, been setting aside/prioritising some more sewing time most days and starting on getting a nice collection of peices together for Rose Street Market.  A wonderful friend of mine and another fellow Batt-woman, Amie, (Tom’s brother Ben’s Girly) gave me this amazing pattern for a Sling Bag that she found.  I tried it out last night with some seriously scrumptious Beetroot-Red Corduroy I had a remnent of and some Indian Sari Cotton that I bought in Delhi a few years back.  It turned out so nicely, I love the length as it sits perfectly on shoulder, across body and also worn harness style with both arms through and around neck for bike riding.  Its the perfect size too =) Im going to be tweaking the pattern a little so that the seam is in the front instead of all the way around the sides to save on time and fabric and then I will be making lots of these beauties for Rose Street Market on 4th May!  Great way to use up fabric that I dont have enough of to make a full garment.

Image

Thats it for now! Just a little update on what I’ve been creating.  Im going to go and have a play with some new cotton velvet remnents I found too, and cut out some more jackets and maybe a hooded waistcoat or two too!

Bye!

Bex

Janome love and new designs!

Standard

Hey folks,

As my last post said I bought a Janome Overlocker a few days ago, I bought it secondhand from a lady just round the corner from me who has hardly ever used it.  Its a Janome Mylock 204D and it’s a real beauty!

ImageImageImage

I’m super happy with it so far!  It took me about an hour, some long tweezers and some serious swear words to get it threaded up, but I got there eventually, and the last 2 days have been *rather(!)* productive!  Here are some of my new prototypes I’ve been working on!  All the material that I’ve been using are remnents from the fabric factories close to my house… they are all  the last few metres from the end of fabric bolts and thus are being saved from being chucked in the landfill!

This badboy is called the Cowl Neck Pencil Dress, is a backless halter number which hugs those curves tightly down to the knee creating a booty-ful sillouette!  (I’ve got leggings under it in these photos but you get the general gist)

521518_10151305375226765_843665780_n27157_10151305373741765_1343191351_n

Next peice that I’ve been working on is this awesome basic dress design, a low plunge tank dress that I’m calling the Shake-It Dress…for bloomin’ ovbious reasons! I mean, LOOK AT IT?! 482386_10151305603801765_1249524063_n

And finally, I’ve just finished making a prototype pair of leggings out of the yummies 4-way stretch fabric in a yummy Ocean-y Blue.   They have a thick elastic waistband, that is super soft and won’t dig in.7845_10151307900321765_612614404_n

I’m so excited to be able to work with stretch fabrics!  It’s taking some serious effort to master the art, and is TOTALLY different to sewing non-stretch fabrics, but its so exciting.  I live in leggings and long tops and jersey skirts and I’ve been dying to be able to make myself some new things and be completely self suffucient so I dont need to really buy anything now from highstreet stores!  YAY!

I’ve been dying to make a dress like this one shown below, that my beautiful friends Miriam and Gabby bought in Goa in 2011…I didnt buy one and I’ve regretted it for the last 2 years! They are a really simple design, so feminine and flattering, but I havn’t been able to have a go making them because it just wasn’t even worth trying to use stretch fabrics with my normal sewing machine.  So I’m so excited I’ve finally got a chance to play around with making my own version of this beautiful dress and can’t wait to make some more versions!!

 168461_10150133750667269_6041318_n

Until next time beautiful people,

Bex xxx

New Listings (& still lots of amazing Sale items!)

Standard

ImageImageImage

This little beauty has just been listed.  Its handmade using Handwoven/Organic/Fairtrade Cotton which I have hand-dyed using Fibre Reactive Dyes(totally fade resistant and non-toxic to adults and kids).  Check out more photos and full details here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121097736/ethical-eco-fashion-sun-salutation-vest

 

ImageImage

This beautiful Beetroot Red version is made from recycled cotton and recycled tibetan silk.  Find out more here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/121099812/ethical-eco-fashion-sun-salutation-vest?ref=v1_other_1

 

ImageImageImage

And finally this little beauty is made from recycled cotton which I have Fibre Reactive Dyed to create the softest scrumiest colour.  The hood and side panels are made using Organic/Fairtrade Indian Blockprinted fabric, which is dyed using natural plant/mineral based dyes.  Check out it out on my online shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/119627131/ethical-eco-fashion-sun-salutation-vest?ref=v1_other_1

 

Also up for grabs are these beautiful handcarved stretcher earring sets.  Imagehttps://www.etsy.com/listing/121102919/unique-hand-carved-bone-stretcherplug?ref=v1_other_1

Imagehttps://www.etsy.com/listing/121101854/unique-hand-carved-wooden-stretcherplug?ref=v1_other_2

Andfinally dont forget to check out my amazing Sale clothing still available with at least 30% discount of their original price! Check out my Online Shop- http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSelkieFolk

Lots of love!

Bex