Thanks for your positive reactions to my previous post. I'm trying to bring my blogging up to speed with what has been happening during August.
So here is another sewing and upcycling post for a change!
About kringwinkels in Belgium
We are very lucky to have a local kringwinkel in our little village. A kringwinkel is the equivalent of a charity shop in England, you can donate your goods and buy other donations there. They also provide employment and training for people.
Kringwinkels are in most towns, and living around Antwerp, I am lucky to have several to choose from.
I often check to see what is 'new', and I love to image what the story is behind an item. On a few occasions I have seen things that connect to me personally, such as china plates from the Potteries in England (where I used to live before moving to Belgium). Often I have fun taking photos of old things without buying them. Other times I found a nice jacket or other clothing.
However, these days I tend to 'hunt' for crafty stuff. I go through fabrics, crochet doilies and other handmade things, for me they are akin 'treasures'. Of course I need to be strict with myself and make good choices. Not everything is a bargain! I do not buy pairs of knitting needles because no matter how cheap, I prefer working with my nice Knit-Pro circular needles. However, finding someone else's old sewing supplies thrills me. I do not buy questionable acrylic yarn in ugly colours, but I might pick out the one ball of real wool, if I am lucky!
Often it is 'craft at first sight' - I find something and it inspires me to make something new with it!
This happened with the following fabric I located.
It disguised itself as an Ikea curtain, but I could see the dress it would transform itself into.
My Ikea hack - the upcycled curtain dress
How could I resist the lovely printed curtain panel? It was made of thick cotton and a nice length. I love the natural print design.
Here you can see me using my own paper pattern which I had used for my first dressmaking, you can read about it in a previous post of mine.
This time I shortened the length.
You can see both dresses here next to each other.
Upon checking I realized that less was more, and left them off. They might come in handy for another creation!
I really like how the dress looks now, letting the pattern and shape speak for itself.
|Matching bib collar|
Attending a FEMMA Sewing workshop at the kringwinkel in Niel
You might recall that earlier this summer I mentioned I was taking part in a Sewing workshop at one of my local kringwinkels /charity shops, and yes, I was planning on blogging about it, so here it is, just a little bit later!
Really this played a part to encourage me on my new journey of dressmaking, sewing and upcycling.
This was hosted by an organisation called Femma which provides various courses, in this case it was sewing.
I went there with my youngest daughter, we had both registered for it. On the actual day it turned out we were the only ones (despite some other people having signed up for it!)
So we had the full attention and help of our teacher. We had some really good Bernina sewing machines there. I had brought one of my T-shirt tops that I hadn't really worn much and I bought a second patterned top there to use for this project. After some discussion and measuring, I decided that I wanted to add some panels to my top, which is what I did. My daughter had brought her own sewing project along.
Here you can see one of the finished side panels, with some added vintage crochet lace as a trim.
|My upcycled Top with floral trim|
And here is my instant 'new' sewing box collection with all sorts of goodies. I purchased it on the day of the workshop at the kringwinkel.
I also want to mention that things have been pretty busy this summer. I managed to injure my right knee end of April which caused me quite a fair amount of pain and discomfort. Anyway, long story short, I had an operation on my meniscus 7days ago and I'm hoping to finally get better now, though it might take more time. I also had various dental interventions which should soon be finished.
Crafting has helped me a lot to get through these difficult times. I want you to know I have more things to show you, but I decided to break them down into smaller parts!!!
I hope to see you back here soon...
Thanks for stopping by!!! 😊