Friday, 23 September 2011

Making of a faux vintage bag ...

So in the last post I was waffling on and on about Emma Brennan's  Making vintage bags - book  and how I'm dying to try out the patterns. So after some umming and arring and moments of I want to make them all, where do I start?! I settled on a 1920s style bag called Dorothy. It's a small clutch bag with a bow in the front, tres adorable.
I had some lovely black coutil lying around from a corset project and some iron-on interfacing so the outer bits of the bag were sorted. And after quite a bit of searching I finally managed to locate some magnetic clasps (I'm ordering online next time) and I also found a perfect dotty cherry red fabric to use as the lining for the bag. I'm still trying to decide what colour and material to use for the bow, I'm toying with the idea of using the same fabric as the lining though maybe a black velvet bow would be more sophisticated? Also red sequins came to mind as the bag is called Dorothy but I suspect that might be a bit over the top.

The bag is still a work in progress, but the instructions have so far been easy enough to follow and I found the pictures really helpful. My photocopying skills were put to the test while I enlarged the patterns, the result wasn't all bad ...

                            (notice the lovely Ikea stamps on the one of the pieces!) 

And here's the compulsory picture of the fabrics being used

I was tad was surprised that magnetic clasps needed hammering into place, though I'm not too sure why I thought they'd be easy to twist into place, but there it is. I'm pretty pleased with the result (and no purple fingers either, bonus.)

And here's the other side of the clasp on the flap of the bag.

My next mission is to attach the flap onto the bag, but that will have to wait til next time sweeties. Over&out.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Making Vintage Bags ...

I finally managed to get hold of a copy of Emma Brennan's wonderful book Making Vintage Bags: 20 original sewing patterns for vintage bags and purses from the library. As the title suggests the book has 20 vintage inspired bag patterns, some of which I'm dying to try out. The patterns and instructions look easy enough to follow (and modify if need be!) and there are some delish pictures of the finished bags with fabric suggestions and tutorials for making adorable rosettes. I will admit I've only ever made messenger bags before, so I don't know if similar patterns are available in all bag making books, but I'm thinking of getting  my own copy of this as I heart the patterns.

I'm buzzing with ideas for fabrics and decorations for few of the bags already, and the good news is I have some suitable fabric and a huge roll of iron-on interefacing (I bough it a while back and I knew that would come in handy one day!)  lying around. Now I just need to order some magnetic clasps and maybe some decorative trim and I'm good to go. I tried getting magnetic clasps from a few of the local craft stores, but they didn't have any in stock, hupmfh.

I'm off to cut some fabric and plan more pretty bags. Over&out for now.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Autumn's nearly here.

So the summer's nearly over so I should finally have some more time to update this poor neclegted blog. I haven't been avoiding all things crafty during the long lovely summer days, in fact I managed to make a friend an underbust corset which turned out pretty ok even if i say so myself, and the good news is she loves it too. Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the making of nor of the finished product (yet), but I will post details once I get my hands on some pictures.

I've also crocheted the pink disco hulu as a promised. But again no pictures, they will have to wait til the disco cthulhu makes it way to its new keeper and drives her to "kreba" and insanity. I've also managed to complete a few less exciting projects like hemming my guest room curtains, making new curtains for auntie's the summer house and hemming some trousers. I have a zillion pretty fabrics hiding in my drawers calling me to make something pretty out of them, maybe this weekend.

Watch this space. 

Friday, 17 June 2011

Missing months ...

Ok, so I seem to be missing another month - May what happened to you? I suppose the warm weather, BBQs and jungle croquet ended up taking its toll, but I haven't completely ignored all things crafty. I have cut, basted and fitted a dress. Now I just need to find time to finish it. I have also continued with the feathers, rhinestones and alice bands  ... here are pics of the fascinator I mentioned in the previous post, I'm rather pleased with the result. I think the lil skull in adorable, I may have order a whole bag so expect to see them in everything. Anyhow on to the fascinator


And here's a pic of some awesome knitted graffiti I came across a while back .. Guess what I'll be doing next ;) So if you see a hooded knitter somewhere it's not me, ok?

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Where did March go ..?

Dear reader(s) and blog, 

you'll be pleased to know that I haven't forgotten about you, I've just become a lazy moo-moo. But I think I'm going to claim that life's been a bit hectic instead as admitting to being lazy doesn't sound too great.

With all the mad running around I've been doing, I haven't had time to do anything even remotely crafty, but I plan to rectify this over the coming weekend. I got my corset tools and some awesome pattern books back from the UK so watch this space. Also I have a sneaky suspicion I should do something about the Pay it Forward 2011 things.   

In the mean time meet Maneki Hulu or Waving lucky Cthulhu that I made few weeks back for a friend.

(picture on the courtesy of J, thanks.)
... I'm still planning the pink sequins Cthulhu ,D

Sunday, 27 February 2011

"The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be..."

Meet the tiny cthulhu and the slightly larger cthulhu ...

And last but not least its Hello Cthulhu!

I'm a tad out of practice with my crochet, but these turned out ok, for a first attempt anyway. I have visions of more great old ones and winged creatures ... Yog Sothot anyone? And I'm yet to test out the Anti-craft pattern for the elder god so I have to make at least that one, and there was talk of a pink one with sequins tentacles though I suspect that might be consider heresy.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Tulu, Clooloo, Cthulu, C'thulhu, Cighulu, Cathulu, C'thlu, Kthulhu, Q’thulu, K'tulu, Kthulhut, Ktulu, Cuitiliú, Thu Thu...

After doing some more research (I use the word loosely here) into the elder gods I stumbled upon this fantastic blog ...

Its all devoted to crocheting the Great Cthulhu, squee. There is even a tiny little wing tutorial for the flying elder god and several variations of the crochet cthulhu. I might have crochet them all. And the good news is I am now armed with green wool and a crochet hook, ha, so watch this space.

And if crochet isn't your thing you could always just read the good old "Hello Cthulhu" at for some quality time with the ancient ones ... or even better dig out a copy of the shiny, black Necronomicon.

Over&out from the mountains of madness.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Cthulhu Rising ...

I've been reading the Anti-Craft book and browsing their brilliantly entertaining website ( in order to find some inspiration for the aforementioned "Pay it forward 2011". I'm yet to finish a single project but I have a few ideas and its only February, I have another 10 months, right?
Anyway while I was browsing I came across the crochet pattern for the lovecraftian elder god yet again.

I've been wanting to crochet this for ages now. Its a bit adorable, and its a Lovecraft tentacle monster, and it should be fairly quick to finish, what isn't there to love? I'm also think my four-year-old godson might appreciate one, and I might one want for myself ... I have this sneaky suspicion everyone might be getting one.  Expect progress reports and pics on this one soon.

And if you haven't heard Cthulhu is awakening on 21st of December 2012 and you're all invited ...

Sunday, 13 February 2011

What more could a gal ask for?

So I've been a bit lazy (understatement of the year?) with anything even remotely crafty, so I don't have anything to update on that front, but I have been obsessing over dotty things in the mean time. 

I got my fave boots home from the UK last week. Yay. (Big thank to Jen for finding room in her suitcase to bring them over.)  These were a leaving present from the fab gals at my previous work place, they obviously know me well - DMs and dots, two of my favourite thing.

Aren't they adorable? They're almost too precious to be worn outside, maybe when we get rid of the ice and snow ... In the meaan time they just sit in my bookcase where I can adore them.

I think I need a matching alice band or a bow or maybe both ... new craft project to keep me out of trouble me thinks. Now I just need to find time to go material shopping. Why does everywhere close so early? Humpf.

Over&out for now.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Feathers, shiny things and glue

So instead of going out like the cool kids do I spent Friday night attempting to beat January Blues with feathers, shiny, pretty things and some glue ... and here is the result.

I just realised it looks suspiciously like a brooch rather than a fascinator, but I assure you its a fascinator.  Having said that, isn't it the trend at the moment that you can wear hair things as brooches? Maybe I should add a safety pin to this ...

"The making of" -part was fun even if the result wasn't quite what I'd hoped. I've decided marabou feather are too fluffy for a fascinator, need to use something else, just not sure what.  I'm treating this one as a trial, in the hope that the next one will turn out better.


Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Meet my 'new' sewing machine ...

Isn't it the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?  The attention to detail is stunning. I'm in love. And it's still in working order. I am planning on doing some work on the table, just sanding it and a coat of varnish or three. I want to table slightly darker so it'll match my other furniture as it's going to double up as my computer desk once I get it sorted.
The machine was my nanna's who sadly passed a few years back. I remember the sewing machine from my childhood, it was fascinating even then, almost as good as my nanna's fabric cupboard where we used to play much to my nanna's annoyance. I wish I'd taken more of an interest in sewing back then as I'm sure she could have taught me a great deal. I'm glad I've finally got the sewing machine home, it's a lovely thing to remember her by.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Pay it Forward 2011

My friend posted this on FB last week... 

Pay it Forward 2011- I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. They must in turn post this and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status. *The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people 'sometime' in 2011.

I love the idea, I'm all for any excuse to knit and try out a few of the weird and wonderful patterns from the anti-craft book (if you're not familiar with the Anti-craft check out their website at, it's adorable). Now I'm faced with the tricky task of deciding what to make and for whom and also to make sure I'll actually finish the projects. I seem to good at starting things but not finishing them, maybe keeping track of progress here will help.

I'm afraid the five lucky (or unlucky) winners have already been chosen so commenting here won't count, sorry. But please feel free to spread the craft love and post the plea in your social media of choice. 

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Introductions ...

Hi all,

I'm new to blogging so I guess I should say something to introduce myself - I'm simple complicated 20-something gal with a keen interest in sewing, crafts of all kinds, new media, digital gaming and alternative/vintage fashion. I lived in the UK for the past seven years, but I recently decided to return to my native Finland (I'm yet to figure out where that bright idea came from). I'm social, I like people and new places. When I'm not out and about I enjoy knitting and reading. Oh, and I love all things dotty in case you didn't guess.  
Over&out for now.