Ooobop! keyring lavender hearts with ponies!

keyring lavender hearts with pony buttons

keyring lavender hearts with pony buttons

Well, my ‘little project’ did Involve buttons in the end but what sweet little pony buttons are these?!

I took a trip to my favourite haberdashery stall in Shepherds Bush market this morning, intent on getting some little red buttons but I didn’t bank on finding little red ponies!

keyring lavender heart with pony button

keyring lavender heart with pony button

Following on from the keyring lavender pillow I made Samaria, I got all inspired to make a heart shaped one. Transpires its really difficult to turn little hearts inside out when they are made of furnishing fabric, so I went for the shabby chic look, sewing wrong sides together and pinking the edges!

Each one is a little bit different owing to the placement of the design in the fabric. I tried to make each side contrasting just to add a bit of interest. I think I gave these little beauties more thought than I’ve ever given a garment when it comes to placement!

keyring lavender heart with pony button

Each side has different design

Samaria wanted some to give her friends and has now put an order in for her teachers!

I can’t tell you how gorgeous this Jersey Lavender is. I’m a bit hooked to be honest… and very relaxed!

I have put some in my Etsy shop as a tiny move closer to having handmade dresses in there… at some point in the future!

Butterick 5007: Men’s vintage western shirt.

Butterick 5007

Butterick 5007: Men's shirt

I’m assuming this shirt is 70’s. I can’t see any reference to the print date on the sleeve or instructions but either way it has been approved by Mr Ooobop! I bought a selection of vintage shirt patterns as the request was for a ‘fitted shirt with a large collar’. You see, from the moment I brought home that lovely vintage Laura Ashley fabric from Oxfam, he had proper plans….!

I love how the transfer patterns are both still in the pack and unused. Mr Ooobop! politely refused the inclusion of the flowers and suggested I might like to use them for a project of mine instead!

These were the other two patterns I bought from Etsy:

Simplicity 6693

Simplicity 6693

Somplicity 7698

Somplicity 7698

Now I have to say, I have never attempted a shirt before, let alone a man’s shirt so this is going to be an adventure. I feel a bit sad that I’m not going to progress very far before I go away but I have managed to steal 2 hours this week. 1 hour to patch together the pattern pieces, press them flat and cut them out and 1 hour to press the fabric, lay out and cut the pieces. My mum advised not to cut the pattern and the fabric at the same time as it would blunt the scissors over a period of time. Fortunately this is a one-size pattern so I can cut around it (with my paper scissors) otherwise I would be tracing off the right size and cutting that one out. It seems so far that I don’t have to make any adjustments so we will see.

shirt pattern pieces cut out

shirt pattern pieces cut out

I must have had a moment of bravery because I am using the chosen fabric for a ‘first time make’. I suppose, in my mind it was a very cheap buy from a charity shop so I’m hoping it will be a wearable toile. Mr Ooobop! already has another fabric lined up for the next one in any case!

One thing to look out for when you use reclaimed or vintage fabric buys, is to check over the fabric thoroughly. I spotted this little frayed hole just in time so that I could place the pattern pieces around it.

hole in fabric

hole in fabric

Well I am off to finish up some work and then pack for my little trip to Jersey. I’m not sure I will have too many fabric or vintage shopping experiences to write home about… I think there are only two fabric shops on the whole of the island! Have a wonderful weekend all and I look forward to catching up with your adventures when I get back.

ooobop! Digital cards on Etsy

Not exactly a sewing project but very much inspired by my little box of notions and pretty fabric! I designed these some time ago, clearly when I thought I had some time on my hands, with view to creating a whole range. I also opened an Etsy shop with plans to sell some hand made crafts. I’ve yet to create the goods to ‘stock the shelves’ so it made sense to get the ball rolling with these personalised, print-at-home cards.

Generic polka dot birth announcement / thank you card

Generic polka dot birth announcement / thank you card

Boy and girl birth announcement with buttons and bows

Buttons and bows – boy and girl birth announcements

Change of address, moving card

Change of address / moving card

They start at £6.34 or $10 and once payment is made and information / photos Emailed, I will send a personalised, high resolution pdf for you to print from either at home or at a print shop. I will also send a web-ready file that can be used for Emailing to friends and family and or uploaded to your blog or website.

I have a few more ideas in mind for invitations etc., but this is a new avenue for me and I would be hugely grateful for your thoughts in the meantime . . .