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Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2013

Your Name I wrote your name in the sky, but the wind blew it away. I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away. I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay. – Jason Graham

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

When you think of Valentine’s Day, the first thing that comes to mind is hearts. After all, it is all about matters of the heart. For the few weeks, I trolled the web to find the most innovative and simply wonderful hearts crafts, whether crochet, sewing, knitting, paper, cooking or whatever hand crafted ideas for hearts. Eventually I was dreaming hearts. You will be certain to find a heart among amongst these hearts that speaks to your heart.

So, here my top picks –

Click on the images for tutorials, recipes or original source

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Oldest Valentine card Dating back to 1790, the intricately designed Valentine filled with heartfelt messaging is currently housed at the British Postal Museum and Archive

What would Valentine’s Day without the Valentine’s Day Card? 

If you want to make a card that resembles this antique Valentine card, Martha Steward has a great tutorial on how to make it. The text, embellished with stamped and painted designs, is revealed in stages as the card is opened.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Tutorial Martha Steward

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

or this simpler version and about 40 more great ideas for cards from Martha Steward

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

At InTec InSights you can type in your own words and produce this heart on the spot using fonts, colour, shape, and backgrounds of your choice.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Love these Craft envelopes Tutorial by Sweet Tidings

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Decorate the outside of the card with hearts and inside: Pop-up origami kissing lips card. Full instructions and video tutorial

If you are at loss for words but feeling a lot of love this pocket of hearts is a cute idea.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Pocket of hearts from Nellies Nest

heart stamp

Clever idea for a quick hear stamp – Neuer Stoff

Make your own heart-shaped plantable tags – tutorial from Hill City Bride

You Colour my World

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Crayon Heart Valentine’s – full tutorial from Whipperberry

Tug My Heart Strings

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Cute idea and tutorial for a heart installation from Oh Happy Day

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Lovely idea using wax crayon shaving on wax paper – Martha Steward

http://cfabbridesigns.com/most-popular-projects/yarn-hearts/#.URTYCR1QFqs

Hearts made from rustic floral wire are wrapped with yarn and hung in the window, or you could also tuck a note inside and give it as a valentine. Click for tutorial

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Gorgeous hanging ornaments from Betsy Veldman

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Valentine’s Garland (and cookies) from Glorious Treats

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

This woven heart is made from a tissue box! Tutorial – Michele Made Me

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Love these newspaper hearts – Photo by Rebecka Ryberg

Visit Rebecka Ryberg’s lovely blog is Vintage Fairy Tales for more inspirations.

A Token of  my Love …

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

A love token made and given in World War I to loved ones to remind them that they are never out of the heart

Make your own love tokens. Here some delightful embroidered hearts – they are quick and easy to make depending on how elaborate your decoration and skill. They are also great to fill with scented herbs or just a few drops of essential oil or your favourite perfume to remind him of you. Scents can linger on fabrics and paper for a long time.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Beautiful beaded, embroidered Velvet brooch heart by The7thMagpie

Felt heart for gift wrapping By Lisa Jordan Lilfishstudios

Felt heart for gift wrapping By Lisa Jordan Lilfishstudios

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

By Deborah Mellifer Moore

Denim heart by LolliePatchouli

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

This lovely Vintage Button Heart is from Kandy Newton

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Felt heart By Sandhra Lee

You can also make these felt hearts into little pouches for candy or small gifts using the tutorial from Purl Bee

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Candy Heart Tutorial from Purl Bee

So cute!

So cute!

From Yarnspirations, Pattern Ravelry

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Beaded and Embroidered Heart Brooch or Lapel Pin, or Pincushion

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

From Evi’s Country Snippets

heartbag_xl

Make this Felt heart bag from Martha Steward

You can even romantisize your shoe like these BHLDN

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Fabric Heart Bookmark from Sew Many Ways – tutorial

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Valentine Wreath From Mine for Making

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Such a lovely idea using dry rosebuds

I am Hooked on You

Crochet hearts can be used in so many ways – decorate your clothes or bags; make hair accessories, jewelry and broches; use it in scrapbooking and cards – hang it up …

Heartstrings Illustration Laura Taylor Mark

Heartstrings Illustration Laura Taylor Mark

Chrochet heart from Inpigiama

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Chrochet heart from Inpigiama

I just love these Heart pockets from Paper, Yarn and Flour, Tutorial in PDF

over 50 heart crafts

Tutorial from Paper Yarn & Flour

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Crochet Heart Tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

You can crochet these hearts in cotton twine and dye them. Tutorial at Jenny Doh’s blog

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Jenny Doh also has a great tutorial to use these for making a baker’s twine bracelet

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Tutorial from Easy makes me Happy

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Tutorial from I heart Handicrafts

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Jute Hearts by Sosorosy on Etsy. Love the simplicity. Great to accessorize gift packaging, or to hang strings of them, or for place settings.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Freeform embroided from Luci Florey

Unzip my Heart

How to Make Zipper Hearts

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Zipper heart from zippinning

by Create With Bogate

by Create With Bogate

zipper hearts lots

These gorgeous felt and zipper brooches are from IPUBLICATE. 

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. – Song of Songs

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Make a rosemary heart – Image from Whimsical Raindrop Cottage

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Cinnamon Applesauce ornaments – How to from Katy Elliot

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

DIY Lavender & Chamomile Bath Melt – Tutorial from Be Beautiful

You can also make these Bath Melts in different scents by for example using rose petals and rose rose oil.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Click image for the recipe from African Aromatics

Make up the tea and put them into little bags like these from Bright Bride as a gift or just indulge in a romantic bath.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Image from Bright Bride

Or these teabags from Her Imajination

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Heart Tabag tutorial from Her Imajination

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Great Bathbombs tutorial

Wine cork heart from past romantic evenings?

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Wine cork Heart tutorial – from The Corner Apartment

Heart Delights – Love is Sweet

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Matchbox sweet treat Valentines by Inchmark

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Full tutorial from 52Souluo

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Sweet heart Cherry Pies – Recipe from Cake student

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Marshmallow Heart Pops – Tutorial from Pink Little Cake

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

No heart cake pan – no problem. Use a square and a round to get a heart shape.

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Marbled Red Velvet Cheese Cake Brownies – Recipe Novice Chef

Full Recipe and Tutorial for the red Velvet Cheese Cake at Share our Harvest 

Freeze whipped cream on a cookie sheet, use cookie cutter to cut out hearts and serve with hot cocoa

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Image PS by Dila

Full Tutorial for Heart sugar cubes from Ruffles and Stuff 

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Red Velvet Crepe Recipe from Duhlicious

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Chocolate Chip Beet Cookies – Recipe from Road not Processed

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Recipe by Photo

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Heart Ravioli Recipe

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Easy Valentine Day Food ideas

Heart Wraps

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Two really great ideas for gift wrapping from the Houses that Lars Built

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

This lovely idea for gift tags is from Sugar Sugar

How to DIY mini Valentines mailbox! Sooo cute! by Hello Monday

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Peg your Heart to a Gift box from Hello Naomi

Lastly Heart Inspirations

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Beautiful heart rose wreath By Sarah Kaye

Garden Gate Heart Locket…design by Christi Anderson

Garden Gate Heart Locket…design by Christi Anderson

Heart-corset necklace by wickedgems

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Steampunk Heart by Steelhip Design

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Gothic Heart by Ukapala

By Jacquline Hurlbert

By Jacquline Hurlbert

By Jacquline Hurlbert

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Love Grows by Minerva Mosiacs

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

The Key to My heart by Mark Orr

Over 50 of The Best Heart Crafts for Valentine's Day - Just gorgeous hearts to make and inspire. Even recipes!

Heart braided hair

Here’s how to do a heart braid

CHILD & CHILD 1880-1915 Winged Heart Pendant / Brooch in the Pre-Raphaelite style

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

January 16, 2013

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

I really enjoy taking something that would normally end up in the trash and make it into a something beautiful, into something that is desirable. Upcycling is for me one of the best of human achievements -using our innate creativity to uplift and improve ourselves and our environment.  Imagine applying it to all aspects of live.

This once was one of favourite silk shirt but eventually the collar and cuffs  became worn through and frayed, and the fabric just started to tear. I so loved the shirt that shared many enjoyable moments with me that I was determined to recycle all of it. ( I have already been using some of the fabric to start mending my piano shawl – more about that “long-mend” in an upcoming post.)

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

The raw material

I did not take a pic to show the state of the collar was in before I began, as my initial idea was to cut off the collar leaf and to just make choker from the collar stand with the lace and pearl beading, as in my sketch.  My daughter really wanted a full collar so it was back to the drawing board.  I decided to a reversible Baroque collar that could be worn folded up or down.

You may want to use this  idea to make a Baroque choker as it is an easy way of fastening a choker necklace with the button at the back.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Make a choker collar necklace from a n old collar

The  pic  below of the cuff will give you an idea what the collar looked like. (I have ideas for the cuffs too!)

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

This is basically the state the collar was in

What do you need to do this project?

For this project I decided not to buy anything but only use what I already had. I am sure if you are already sewing you will have the materials needed:

  • An old shirt
  • Sewing thread matching the shirt colour
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beading and Embroidery Needles
  • Pearls and Beads
  • Lace to trim the collar (optional) – I used a piece of left over lace from another project

Step One: Cut off the collar, or if you want to do it properly unpick the stitches to separate the collar from the shirt and resew. I just hate unpicking .

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Cut off collar and lace

Step 2: Before I could get onto the decorative elements I had to mend the frayed edges and to patch the place where the collar was worn through. I used blanket stitch to edge the collar.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

In this pic you can see some of the patching and edging finish with frayed bottom edge still to be cleaned up.

Step 3: Once I have mended the collar, I sewed vintage glass seed beads all around the edges of the collar that I salvaged from an old dress. (How to embroider with beads)

Step 4:  For the embroidery I used only two stitches running stitch and lazy daisy stitch. I worked out the design freehand – first to hide the mending and then I filled in the gaps to make it pretty. Still really simple so that even a beginner can do it.  Freehand embroidery is for me like Zentangle – you start at one place and the design develops. The best way to understand the process is to have a look at the basics of Zentangle.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Seed beads on the edges and running stitch outlines

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

I developed the embroidery design on the go firstly to cover the patching

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Back of the collar embrodery

Step 5: After I finished the basic embroidery with beading, I sewed on the lace on the front parts of the collar.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Step 7: To link the lace with the rest of the design I continued the embroidery and beading so that it formed a cohesive design as you can see in the pictures.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

collar hanger post

Finished! This will give you an idea how to transform what is basically a piece of scrap into a treasure. 

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Collar up back view

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Finished collar

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Collar down back

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Collar leaf worn down

collar full

 

 

DIY Baroque Collar - click for tutorial

Chanel – cream Baroque inspiration

Just Lovely Inspiration

January 14, 2013
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Fairchild Family, by Mary Martha Sherwood

“Mrs. Grace taught me to sew, and Mrs. Penelope taught me to read.”

I just love the Gutenberg book project. There are so many wonderful books. This particular one is a visual feast.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Fairchild Family, by Mary Martha Sherwood

Front Cover

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Fairchild Family, by Mary Martha Sherwood

Back cover

The Fairchild Family, by Mary Martha Sherwood has beautiful illustrations by Florence M. Rudland and is a delightful read.


The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Fairchild Family, by Mary Martha Sherwood -  illustrations by Florence M. Rudland

The Story of Apples

 illustrations by Florence M. Rudland

There was one he could just reach

 illustrations by Florence M. Rudland

Fairchild  Family - Gutenberg book project -  illustrations by Florence M. Rudland

Guttenberg book project - Fairchild family -  illustrations by Florence M. Rudland

 illustrations by Florence M. Rudland

In their newest morning dresses – love the pattern

 illustrations by Florence M. Rudland

Enjoy!

 illustrations by Florence M. Rudland

30 Absolutely Fabulous Collars to Make

January 12, 2013

30 Absolutely Fabulous collars to make by Sophia

I love free-standing collars. They are fun to make and so simple. Collars frame for your face, as we tend to focus on the face.  You can change the look of a simple outfit completely by just adding a collar. You can even keep a few in your handbag if you need a quick change! 

Just to get you started into the lingo of collars; here’s a collection of different types of collars

(For all the images – just click on them for the source)

Different types of collars you can make

The embellished collar is particularly big now with the Barogue look.

Chanel – Image from ZsaZsa Bellagio

Every girl needs pearls! You may not want the little string of pearls but these pearl embellished collars you can make yourself will are just gorgeous.

30 Absolutely Fabulous Collars to Make

Pearl collar Necklace from Style Hive

DIY Tutorial from Les Arts Plastiques

Tutorial Trinkets in Bloom

Just add pearls and lace to a plain collar to get this feminine look.

30 Absolutely Fabulous Collars to Make

Image from Barbro Andersen

The black and gold baroque look is just fabulous and that too can easily be done with a DIY collar and cuff added to your little black dress.

30 absolutely fabulous collars to make yourself

Black and gold Baroque collar – Image from Jkayre

Either embroider a black collar and add pearls and sparklies or simply sew on decorative buttons!

30 Absolutely Fabulous Collars to Make

Baroque button collar – Image from Reciproque

30 Absolutely Fabulous Collars to make yourself

Tutorial from from Fashion Margo Girl

Unusual Lace and beaded collar video tutorial

More great tutorial to make these collars. I especially love the ruffled ribbon collar.

30 Absolutely Fabulous Collars to Make

Tutorials from On the Fourth Floor

Then there is the silver and metallic look – the following pictures gives great tutorials for the collars – just click on the images for for the tutorials..

30 Absolutely Fabulous Collars to Make

Faux Glitter Collar – tutorial from Wobisobi

30 Absolutely Fabulous Collars to Make

Vuitton metal peter pan collar – tutorial matter of style

30 Absolutely Fabulous Collars to Make

Tutorial M & J Blog

Here’s another idea for a black and gold Baroque collar in the Puritan style. Just cut out a collar (x 2 plus facing) in the shape of the collar shown in the picture below to the size you want, and use thetutorial for the Peter Pan collar to make it up and embellish to your hearts delight. Tie with a ribbon or a decorative button with a button loop.

30 Absolutely Fabulous collars to make

Image from Fashiolista

How to make a puritan or Peter Pan collar – Full Tutorial from A Common Thread

My favourite for DIY – Doilies

30 Absolutely Fabulous collars to make

Best Tutorial for how to make a collar from a Doily from El Calaix

Or you can just crochet a collar here’s on pattern I like

30 Absolutely fabulous collars to make

Crochet a collar – from Lulu Loves

Ah, then there is the Faux Fur collar, lets not forget.

30 Absolutely Fabulous collars to make

Tutorial Elegant musings

Here’s a really unusual use of the faux collar

Faux fir collar that fastens with soft knit ties, which you could easily knit yourself – Image and idea from Transient Expression

Sweet and Simple

30 Absolutely Fabulous collars to make

If you haven’t found any collars to your liking here’s some more DIY collars from True Blue and Me.

30 Absolutely Fabulous collars to make

Image From True Blue & Me

  1. DIY Style Miu Miu Cat Collar by Audrey Kitching here. Love how she uses iron-on transfers (I use these all the time).
  2. DIY Scallop Edge Detachable Pearl Collar by Megan Nielsen here. I was going to suggest glue and then read one comment saying how happy they were she sewed this the “proper” way. This collar reminds me of an antique one I own.
  3. DIY Felt Scalloped Collar by The.Dot.Spot. here. I’ve included this because you can make any shape, any color with any number of perferations.
  4. DIY Inspiration from Marc Jacobs seen at acidule here. So easy to make.
  5. Zipper Collar Inspiration. Seen at acidule here. This is one of the few times I cannot find the source anywhere.
  6. DIY Embellished Collar by …Love Maegan here.
  7. DIY Reversible Angel Wings’ Collar by Rachel Faucett at Craftzine here. Detailed pattern and versatile.
  8. DIY Louis Vuitton Gold Collar by just angelina here, using a tutorial by a Pair & a Spare here.
  9. DIY Embellished Colars by Toronto Standard: Ride or DIY here. Examples with pennies, shells, seed beads etc…

More …

Lastly here is a collar I made from an old shirt with a frayed collar, that would otherwise just have been thrown away. It can be worn up or down.  I will give the tutorial in my post – How to make a worn collar into a Baroque collar necklaceI will also do a few more posts on different types of collars because a just love collars.!

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Refashioning the New Green

December 29, 2012

refashion

As far back as I can remember I have been a Refashionista. My first projects were from tablecloths until I discovered second hand clothing shops with their endless supply of material to refashion. I rarely buy new clothes.

Refashioning is not just for DIY at home any more. Refashioning, recreating, repurposing and upcycling of clothing is hitting the limelight and is becoming a necessity in the polluted world.  Refashioning is the new green.

Recycling old clothes is probably the ultimate eco fashion. It reduces waste and also the environmental impact associated with manufacture of new clothes. Tonnes of old clothes end up in landfill.  In the US alone, almost 11 million tonnes of textiles ends up in landfill. An Article that makes for interesting reading The Afterlife of Cheap Clothes gives further insight into the problem. H&M made the headlines earlier this year when it was accused of slashing and dumping unsold clothes in rubbish bags outside one of its outlets in Manhattan. (Ref) 

Perhaps the most famous Refashioned dress of all time is  Scarlett O’Hara's up-cycled emerald green velvet curtain dress from Gone With The Wind?

Perhaps the most famous Refashioned dress of all time is Scarlett O’Hara’s up-cycled emerald green velvet curtain dress from Gone With The Wind.

Recycling of clothes is nothing new and is perhaps as old as fashion itself. Recently however, the sales of vintage and second hand clothes have shown huge growth, and the rise of the reworking and refashioning of second hand and vintage clothing is especially increasing. The new designs keep a bit of the history of the clothing from which they were made but also give consumers something fresh and exciting. (Ref)

The desire to experiment with styles is also growing and eclectic styles rather than just a particular style is what the latest fashion trends incorporate. Women are looking for designs that contains unconventional aesthetics. Recycling, refashioning and upcycling is ideally suited to fulfil this trend. Many Fashion designers are coming up with very trendy designs for refashioned clothes, making refashioning one of the hottest trends for 2013.

The new trend does not only include refashioned clothes but also includes refashioned trash material.

Refashioning

Designer Karishma Shahani

Designer Karishma Shahani from India collection of upcycled fashion – “Yatra” is made from recycled plastic packaging mixed with natural fabrics like cotton, silk, linen and muslin that were dip-dyed using plants from a local market. (Ref)

Recycle, refashion, upcycle clothing

Designer Stefanie Nieuwenhuys

Designer Stefanie Nieuwenhuys created a collection of ‘biomimetic’ corsets, evening dresses, pants and accessories, working with a bio-waste firm to obtain discarded pieces of plywood which she laser-cuts into shape. (Ref)

 

Lia Griffith’s intricate paper couture - Refashion, upcycle, repurpose clothing

Lia Griffith’s intricate paper couture

Lia Griffith’s intricate paper couture,  Paper Couture’s creations, are made of recycled paper. So often prom dresses and other special occasion have dresses made at great expense that is only worn once, so why not make it from paper?

Isabelle

Isabelle de Borchgrave’s paper clothing. Details of dress of Queen Polyxene of Assie.

If you are still not sold on what you can make from paper just have a look at the incredible dresses by Isabelle de Borchgrave.

Pull Tab dress

Pull Tab dress

Pull Tab prom dress

Pull Tab prom dress

For more details see Teen Ink

Orsola de Castro

Though many designers now create ‘upcycled’ fashion from waste materials, Orsola de Castro is the first to do so on an industrial scale. When Speedo launched its LZR Racer swimsuit in February 2008, it was a sensation. But then in July 2009 Fina, swimming’s world governing body, banned the LZR on the basis that it gave its wearers an unfair advantage. The LZR would never be allowed again in a major swimming championship. The decision left Speedo with a significant problem: 18,000 obsolete swimsuits. They gave the swimsuits to Orsola de Castro, the founder of From Somewhere, an upmarket men’s and women’s fashion label specialising in off-cuts and ‘waste’. Rather than make sportswear out of the costumes, she crafted cocktail dresses.  de Castro saw glamour in the LZR fabric. ‘It holds you, it sculpts you, it has a shine, it gives you confidence: it’s heaven.’  Bottoms have been turned into elegant sleeves, and legs transformed into a pleated skirt. (De Castro had to devise a new language for her pattern-cutters: ‘de-bottoming’; ‘straight-leg-to-gusset cut’; ‘vertical tit split’; ‘horizontal tit split’.) (Ref)

 Orsola de Castro - Speedo refashion

Orsola de Castro – Speedo refashion

Up cycling Design by Gary Harvey

Up cycling Design by Gary Harvey

Image from Top Designers in Denver

It is not just clothes that are made from upcycling fashion waste , shoes and accessories recreations are also showing a great rise by designers.

refashioned shoes

Image from – Kingdom of Style – Recycled Record and Cassette Tape Saddle Shoes are hand cobbled in Guatemala with fair trade leather soles and recycled tire heals. They are a collaboration between WrecordsByMonkey and Sonic fabric, who invented and produce fabric made from recycled cassette tapes.

The Jeans Sandal Boots by DaniKshoes are Pants for the Feet

Zipper Bracelet by Dara Gerson and Ashley Lowengrub

Bag made from refashioned Blazers

Save the Planet –  Refashion, recreate, repurpose and upcycle

refashion for Victory

Deck the Halls and be Merry!

December 24, 2012
The Fashionista Christmas Tree

The Fashionista Christmas Tree

Here’s some of my favourite Christmas images and dresses to wish everyone a joyous Festive Season!

(Just click on the images for source)

Vintage

Victorian chrismas

vintage christmas

vintage Christmas dresses

erte vintage christmas vogue

vintage christmas vogue

vintage christmas vogue

'Zémire' evening ensemble by Christian Dior. Cellulose acetate, with the skirt lined with layers of silk and net. Paris, 1954-5

‘Zémire’ evening ensemble by Christian Dior. Cellulose acetate, with the skirt lined with layers of silk and net. Paris, 1954-5

Image From V & A

Steampunk

steampunk christmas

steampunk christmas fairy

Elegant Couture

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Karolina Kurkova

Image from Fashion Gone Rogue

Marchesa Spring 2013

Marchesa Spring 2013

Image from Vogue 2013

Gothic

gothic christmas

christmas gothic

Mori Girl

Mori Girl Christmas

Mori Girl Christmas

Lolita

Lolita Christmas Dress

Kamiko Christmas Dress from Courne Supremacy

Lolita Christmas Dress

Lolita Christmas Dress

Whatever your style – Merry Christmas!