Make Do and
Mend Modify – The Purple Dress
This is the gorgeous dress my mum, the seamstress, made me! I’m so lucky that every time she needs something for the shop window she makes me a new dress, it’s usually a surprise which I only learn about when I mention a wedding I’m going to, but this one we chose together utilising left over satin mum had (hello post consumer waste right there!). It’s made using an original Vogue paper pattern from the 1950’s, Vintage chic right? Ummmm no, well not with my figure and preferences…
Turns out once on it was quite… well… frumpy/matronly. It was an onslaught of purple on the eyes too! So with the help of the three most brutally honest (in a good way) people in my life (hubby, besty and editor in chief) and many a picture text, we worked out where it was going wrong. Thus began the make do and modify mission, because getting another dress would be a terrible waste! Obviously these principles can be applied to a vintage/op shop or even outdated dress purchase to make it perfect for you giving it a longer life and keeping it out of landfill!
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Easy Banana Ice-cream
I’m chucking this up now because, despite the cold weather here in Melbourne, I made this last night. It’s delicious, easy, dairy free, gluten Free, hassle free, vegan, quick and easy. Also it’s real food!
Ankle High Baby Booties
These sweet little booties should fit a 3-6mth old, and because I wrote the pattern myself and documented it I am publishing it here to share on Ravelry as well! Here we go…
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How to Make;
Vintage Knitting Needle Shawl Pin
Yesterday I posted about making Knitting Needle Bracelets and left a little teaser for this post, so here you go. How to make a shawl pin from a vintage double pointed knitting needle.
After the double pointed needles didn’t work out as bracelets I had a play with them and created these Shawl pins. This is great for those incomplete sets of dpns the op shop always have!
How to Make;
Vintage Knitting Needle Bracelets
I got an assortment of odd vintage plastic knitting needles from the opp shop the other day, in pretty colours with cool tops on them too! I bought them with the intention to bend them into bangles, an idea I had come across in Sarah Kramers cook book where she tells you how to bend plastic tooth brushes into bangles.
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How to Preserve Olives that will last 2 years
I often get asked how I preserve olives. Crazy talk for a very Anglo origin girl, but even my immigrant Italian neighbours asked me how I do mine! My method for olives is a hybrid of knowledge from my friend Jo and the book Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning by Chelsea Green.
After I collected enough olives, black and green and in between, I wash the olives and then I spend some time in front of the TV (probably watching some period drama) cutting slits in them. I use a little paring-style knife to cut up to three slits for big olives, but one or two cuts will be enough. When I say slits it’s really just a stab, no length to the cut as such.
Where to start? Where to start? *Just start already!*
Welcome to daughterofaseamstress.com! The new location for my old blog that has become very inactive while I did the whole first time mum being overwhelmed thing… anywho. I started out at http://daughterofaseamstress.weebly.com/ back in January 2013 and now I’m here! I’m pulling posts across from the old site as I’m completely aware they still get traffic and I’ll be keenly adding new content from now on.
The focus of the blog will be my creative journeys, encompassing my lifestyle goals of treading lightly and using principles that are well summarised in Radical Homemakers. Hoping to have time, over income or material belongings. Making do with what we have, mending that which needs it and understanding the true efforts that go into creating our belongings so we better appreciate it.