Sunday, 24 October 2010

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Sewing


Vintage 1970's maxi skirt (Local curio shop £3), TopShop vest (Car boot sale 20p), Rough-looking face (Too much India Pale Ale over the last two nights)

My knee's killing me and I can hardly put my foot to the floor. I'm blaming a spurt of domesticity yesterday which meant me using the vacuum cleaner for the first time since we bought it but it's more likely because I walked for three miles last night in a pair of six inch heels, not a great idea for an arthritic forty-something.

Car booting plans out the window I got crafty with a bag of felt I found at a jumble sale creating this Cleopatra-style collar on to which I hand sewed some vintage buttons from my stash.


I also made a crysanthemum hair piece



and a festival headband.

Pain killers? Ice pack? Nah, high heels, lashings of hot pink lippie and a bottle of vino in front of the TV later and I'll be as right as rain in no time.

51 comments:

  1. Thanks for your comment Vix, i don't feel that great!
    That collar is amazing, you are so clever. I want to see your six inch heels! x

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  2. Lovely finds and makes! You never cease to amaze. xxx

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  3. Ooh excellent sewing! Love that purple flower - and your awesome purple skirt! :)

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  4. the button collar is just beautiful! it's so detailed, it must have took you an awful lot of time? oh how wonderful, i'm in the mood to create something with buttons now! i hope your knee feels better soon! xx

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  5. Wow how clever are you - the collar is fab and the hair pieces are to die for - might pass you my felt wings you little fairy! lol!

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  6. What a creative and talented Vixen you are!

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  7. I really love the collar and erm ...you have given me an idea ..love Jan xx

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  8. Stunning work! I love what you've done with those buttons - talk about a statement necklace. Beautiful maxi skirt too. I'm sad to say I hear you on the heels - addict that I am, I suffer the same dodgy knee problem after spending too long in them. I know have to keep flats in my bag to walk long distances!

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  9. Phwoar, that button collar is awesome! So glad I semi-converted you with the cable boots - I've been on the hunt for a colourful cable knit maxi dress to confuse you even further, but they have all been in boring black and grey - booo. I'm amazed you manage to keep warm without knitwear, I don't know what I would do without my layers and layers of wool in winter in this country! x

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  10. You always manage to make me laugh...You are a true story teller.
    The thought of 3 miles on high heels is more than I can bear, auch!!!!
    You have done wonders with that collar, and head pieces. Woman on the go, wowwwwwwwwwwww.
    Enjoy your rest and your VINO.
    Un abrazo
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  11. Love your crafty ideas; that collar sets off the vest a treat and the headband and hair piece are real eyecatchers.

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  12. lovely button collar! i'd never have the patience to make a piece like this. i can imagine an unfinished collar, three buttons sewed to a piece of fabric, lying around in my flat for years and years.

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  13. That necklace came out great, Vix! I love your RX recipe, will definitely be utilizing it! XX!

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  14. HOW did you walk three miles in high heels?! I can barely manage a few trips around a bar/street/club without wanting to die from foot agony!

    xxx

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  15. Love your collar. Great outfit all round. A nice bottle of wine? Yep, that should definitely do the trick!

    There's been no car booty for 3 weeks now, bloody weather: I'm turning to food and wine for comfort ... :0)

    Shirl x

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  16. Aw, the collar's gorgeous and the hairpieces are great! I rarely wear hair stuff these days (I look a bit stupid in them since I cut off all my hair) but sometimes I can't resist busting one out! x

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  17. Do you spin around and turn into wonderwoman when we arent looking! Walking anywhere in 6" heels is impressive but 3 miles, then you just make these amazing accessories!!! So cool Vix x

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  18. Dear Vix, the collar is fab and so are the headpieces. You never fail to amaze me... but three miles in six inch heels - that is impressive!! Thank you for your lovely comments at mine. I'm delighted to have found you too. Look forward to a catch up in London xx

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  19. Amazing creation - and poor you in the heels, good walking hope the vino helps! xx

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  20. I still think that you look great, Vix, not like you have been out on the lash in the slightist. Hope the vino helps with the knee! xx

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  21. That collar is simply stunning1 well done vix. Am loving your other felty makes too. xxx

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  22. An "arthritic forty-something"? Please don't take this the wrong way, I'm not trying to be an "ass kisser" or anything bad, but in a little over a decade I hope to be as fit as the "arthritic forty-something" you! :)
    I love the collar!
    Have a lovely week ;)


    Jungle World Citizen

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  23. Dear Vix,
    Wow, you have indeed been creative!
    The collar is super funky & I love the colourful felt flower head pieces too.
    I think you should set up a little blog- or etsy shop...Vintage Vixen's handmade creations...I think you'd do well!
    I see you've taken the wardrobe re-fashion pledge, I love seeing what all the creative peeps on there have made & I'll be anticipating seeing some of your handiwork on there soon too.
    Lot’s of love,
    Jem
    …xXx

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  24. Oh dear, I hope the knee gets better soon, Vix! I was in a very similar mood... First I raided the local Oxfam shop and then I attacked the sewing machine. xxx

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  25. I definitely think it's probably the domesticity that's done it. Cleaning up and exercise, those are two things that I firmly believe are damaging to the health. lol.

    You really made up for your lack of car booting with your crafting didn't you? I love the collar, it must have taken ages? I also love the festival headband. You are a talented Vix.

    Take care

    xxx

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  26. I doubt I could walk 3 yards in 6 inch heels, let alone 3 miles!

    Love your Sunday crafty creations - the collar is fab and so unique and the headband is flipping gorgeous!! I've been doing my mending today. Not as interesting as making things but it needed doing.

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  27. Hope your knee's better now, Vix. Take it easy. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  28. oh you're a brave one, straight back into high heels. According to my Nan 'you have to suffer to be beautiful'. This was always said as she dragged the knots out of my hair when I was younger x

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  29. That collar is fantastic, I need one of those! Your poor knee, hope you are looking after it tonight, I hear alcohol numbs the pain :)
    Kandi x

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  30. What a spectacular collar !!!
    I am so jealous, this one is on my really huge to-do list. ( it is growing, and growing :)
    I really love the pairing of the vintage creams buttons with a grape tank. Perfection!
    Today, I am on the mend as well. Be careful on those heels ;), though I'd have done the same thing. Fashion sometimes comes with a price ;)
    x x x xx xx xxx
    Reva

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  31. Ahh I love wardrobe refashion, I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.

    I absolutely love the collar and agree with Jem, an etsy shop would be amazing

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  32. Wow! I like all your creations. I didn't know you could do even THIS! :) Hope you are feeling better now though! :)

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  33. O,you clever crafty minx!!! That collar is something special!!EEeek!And of course I adore that chrysanthenem!!!Mmmmmyummy!
    The purple vest & purpley print maxi are divine on you!!
    I'm feeling a bit rough myself this morning,but hope I can manage to look as fab as you!
    LOVE Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  34. your collar is awesome! you should sell those!

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  35. Beautiful makes! Was the collar inspired by one in Eithne Farry's latest book? I seem to remember something like that but not as good as yours! xxx

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  36. Beautiful makes! Love the collar, and the flowers.
    I'd definitely prescribe wine and lippie to cure. :)

    xx

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  37. So very crafty, I love how you never let an opportunity escape you.
    The collar is so delicate and perfect; I love how you've used a selection of buttons xx

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  38. I love the button collar, reminds me of the hours I used to spend sewing buttons onto wristbands in college! :)

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  39. Love the collar, I want to make one too.

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  40. Ohlala!

    I LOVE the pattern, color, and especially the neck part. Beautiful detailing :)

    the partner

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  41. Such a great idea! That collar is beautifully made and a wonderful addition to the outfit!

    xx
    Fashezine

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  42. Haha! You're a trooper!
    But yes, i've a bad knee too. The cold makes it worse. Oh, i sound like an OAP!
    You never cease to amaze me with your crafty-ness, would you like to help make a 3 year-olds halloween costume?!
    x

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  43. Hi my dear-wishing you a very speedy recovery my dear, the button collar is amazing, very inspirational and oh so stylish!! xx

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  44. hows ur knee doing? wish u a speedy recovery..love, love ur button collar!!

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  45. Oh dear. Hope the knee isn't causing you too much pain now.

    The collar is lovely! And the festival headband is so pretty... if by any chance you decide to sell it let me know. I have a hawaiian themed party in December. x

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  46. Wow! Love what you did with your button stash. Crafting is so therapeutic. Your post always makes me smile.

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  47. Coooooool! These look so great. Especially love the button collar...Hopefully your knee is better now. :) xxx

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  48. you are so creative..gorgeous cleo collar top..you remind me of an actress.the hair pieces are right up my alley,lol
    take care and rest lots..(walking in six inch heels) ay!

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