So I finally got around to taking some photo's of my motifs! It feels like I've made so many more as I practiced with a thicker green yarn before. All bar one need the excess thread weaved in. That is definitely something I need to start doing every time I finish one, otherwise it becomes a great big tangled nightmare pain.
I'm unsure and honestly worried about steaming the motifs, terrified I'll end up ruining them! Also whether I should wait until the end or weekly? I'll have to do my research. I've learnt pretty much everything from Kathryn White's book 'The Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs'. It's very clear with simple directions, all I'm yet to learn is padding cord length's, which looks fairly intimidating to say the least.
We quite recently brought a new DSLR and I'm still learning (badly). I need to brush up my skills on crochet photography, I'll have to take a little more time with laying them out nicely and spending more time on it in general. With a 5 month old and a grumpy 2 year old isn't always the easiest of tasks but it can be done, I'm sure.
Labels: crochet, crochet carnations, crochet flowers, crochet leaves, irish crochet, motifs
I've been coming across a lot of circus inspired clothing lately, and absolutely love these two. I'd be quite happy with them in my rickety old (not in the good way) wardrobe. You'd definitely feel like you just stepped out of a 1940's travelling circus wearing either.
I was hoping to take a few photographs of my motifs so far but didn't have access to the camera today, so it'll have to be tomorrow. How amazing is the dress above on the right? I loudly swooned when I saw it, a whole wedding dress with large motifs like that? PLEASE! As far as I can see it has the same flower design, leaves and the odd circle in certain places. I constantly change my mind about things because I'm so inspired by certain collections I stumble across. Darn you pinterest.
Labels: Circus, circus clothing, circus dresses, edwardian, irish crochet, irish lace, pink dress, stripes, valentino, valentino couture
After trawling through hundreds and hundred of not-so-special wedding dresses (within my price range, of course!) I never found anything that I really loved. Until I had the idea of making my own, eventually it turned into the idea of crocheting it myself. I then by chance came across irish crochet, also known as Irish lace. It's basically crochet created with thread and usually 'padded' to give it a 3d effect. It's so beautiful and intricate I had no idea I'd even be able to do it. But I was brought a book and have discovered I can, so there begins a project for me! No pressure. I've narrowed down my design ideas, but until a lot closer to the wedding, in 2016, I'm not setting myself on something. I know I'd like a pretty neckline, for my lovely family heirloom necklace I was lucky enough to receive. Some sort of sleeve and a fitted waist/hips. I'm so excited that I started a couple weeks ago already. I'm hooked (excuse the pun)
My favorite neckline and sleeves! Would be so flattering. My aim is to make at the very least one motif a day.
Photos 2 and 3 found on vintagetextile.com. All other images found via google.
Labels: crochet, diy wedding dress, edwardian, handmade wedding dress, irish crochet, irish lace, wedding dress
Hi gals. I thought I should probably let people know that I do actually have a face. My name is Cara-Leigh.
I am a Mamma to the loveliest girl called Freya-Jane who's currently 19months old. I've always been a little different, have never followed the crowd in terms of fashion. Ever since I was really young, all my girl friends where wearing the trendy new sequin one shoulder dresses and there I was as my friends began to call me 'the hippie chick?'. It's taken me a while to truely find myself in the wonderful world of style, but I finally think I'm getting there. I first discovered vintage and retro when I was 15 at high school. We were given a project (in art class) of our choice. I had always been a big fan of old movies so took it upon myself to create a project on '100 years of fashion', I had to write and draw every era starting from the 1910's. I studied each decade intensly because I became obsessed with the beauty and glamour of the women and their clothing. It was like nothing I had ever seen. I then learnt how to style my hair like Rita Hayworth, began wearing red lipstick and so began my search for vintage clothing. I was lucky enough to find etsy and blogger and the rest is history. The first vintage thing I ever had were a pair of white leather 1970's boots brought for me by my partner for Christmas I thought they were wonderful. My first ever dress was a 1960's travelling dress that I still wear the life out of. I literally cannot get enough. Last April, I took a business course with the idea that I wanted a vintage boutique/bakery. Which turned out a little impossible at the moment untill I realised that I could set up my own online shop. I have been working so hard ever since. I know my vision is different and that I can make a difference in the vintage lovers world.
My style is still evolving, I love the 1950's and 60's mostly. I love anything lace, pastel, high waisted. I love floppy hats, circle dresses and wiggle dresses. My current love are late 60's-70's maxi dresses. I recently brought the prettiest 60's maxi dress I have ever seen. It has a chinese collar and a pastel pink and blue floral pattern all over it. My most cherished vintage items are a 1960's barbie bink prom dress, a 1950's blue lace prom dress and a wonderful 1970's brown fur coat. What first made you fall in love with vintage? And what are your most precious items?
Slightly strange writing about myself, something I have never done! A few photo's of me over the years. Since I have became a Mama I'm usually the one behind the camera so there aren't many.
Pattie Boyd was (is) a model, photographer and author, most active in the 1960's. She is most known for her marriages to George Harrison and later Eric Clapton. She was said to be the inspiration of many of George's and Eric's songs. And honestly who can blame them? She was a stunning yet adorable young woman with a wonderful sense of style. In the 60's she had a girly 'mod' wardrobe, consisting of above the knee length patterned dresses, peter pan collars, colourful tights, calf length boots and sweet little heeled shoes. In the early 1970's she embraced the 'hippie' style wearing wide brimmed hats, flared trousers, suits and fabulous accessories. She is definitely worthy of being noted as a style icon, and inspires us often, the reason for my wish of long hair with bangs. We also think there is a huge like-ness between her and Hannah Metz!
Who is your style icon?
Images found via google.
A quick post to say I am thankful for beauty, innocence, knowledge, learning, dreaming big and love.
Without these I don't know where I would be right now.
I am so lucky to have such high hopes.
Fingers still crossed awaiting my 'launch' meeting.
For now I will be a little quiet in the blogging world awaiting to see when the meeting will be.
I am currently at a business standstill, all I can do for now is learn.
(A photo of my Dad in the early 1950's with his cousin. Such a beautiful photograph!)
I've been a big fan of poshgirlvintage.com for years. The sell some of the most beautiful, unique items I've ever seen. It's also a little more special because it's family run and has a great history. The clothing and accessories here are some of my current posh girl vintage favourites. One of the quotes on their about us "If we wouldn't wear it then we won't sell it!" made me think about Sweet Chivalry. I think this is such a good view to have and something I stand by strongly. There is no point in selling something you don't fully believe in is there? Today has been a long day full of tantrums and trying to (unsuccessfully) figure out website hosting. I almost forgot, I managed to buy sweetchivalry.com last night! I am still waiting to hear back from the princes trust about my business plan. I'm so desperate to receive my grant so I can start buying and open. I hope everybody is having a good week.