Thursday, 26 March 2015

Moonchild goes to Woodstock

Don't you just love the boho styling of this fab window display created by my colleague Libby at the Sue Ryder Vintage store in Peterborough?  I love this display, it really takes me back to the 70s!!!  I loved wearing petticoats & boots just like these ladies!




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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

My Dad is a Buttoneer!

 All family members are fully trained to keep their eyes peeled at all times for interesting vintage sewing bits & bobs.  So was thrilled when Dad found this jar of buttons at a jumble sale.  Now happily sorted (and yes, that DOES say something about me!!), was super pleased to find some lovely Art Deco buttons in the stash xx

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Friday, 13 March 2015

How to make a 40s halter top out of a scarf


I have recently been upcycling lots and lots of vintage scarves for the Saved by Sue Ryder project.  These two 1940s style tops were made following instructions in an original vintage 1940s Smart Accessories booklet by Vogue.


Don't you just love this gorgeous vintage brooch which Libby found amongst the stock - I stitched a small circle of lingerie foam (the type you find in bras) on the back of the V neckline of the halter to give the brooch support & stop it from tearing the fabric


Just the thing to show off a gorgeous suntanned back x

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Big Scarf Sewing Project

As part of the upcycling initiative, I have recently been sewing lots and lots of upcycled scarf clothing.  Above is a selection of vintage scarves in my stash which I sorted colour group "bags" of scarves to see what inspiration struck!  
I took photos of all the garments but am only just beginning to go through them on the laptop - I created 10 outfits & used vintage sewing designs as inspiration so there are lots of photos. I stitched dresses, skirts and tops and will upload pics with instructions soon xx

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Private Life of a Doll's House

I have always been fascinated by dolls' houses & tiny dolls in general so was really pleased to watch last night's BBC4 programme presented by Lauren Child (author & illustrator of Charlie & Lola).

I loved the 70s Scandi style Lundby house shown, especially as I am going through a real fascination with 70s design at the moment.  I also liked the way that the houses which had been created over several generations in one family had lots of quirky little items, many of which were in different scales.  I understand that one of the standard miniature scales is 1 in 12 which is seriously tiny, although my little doll shown above is even smaller than that scale at approx. 3 inches high!


Sadly the programme was only 30 minutes long, but like a true dolls house, it was packed with charm & detail.
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Please Visit Soon

Today is the day I am launching my own website at karenvallerius.co.uk
Busy building links to pinterest, facebook etc - please stop by - hope to see you soon, Karen xx

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