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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fantastic Finds: The Second-Hand Frock

Frock Collage

I found this frock at Finders Keepers; a glorious floor of handmade and vintage wares located in the tea, cake and shopping emporium Lollyrocket in Kettering.

I was drawn to the print at first, there is something old about it, but kind of eighties/nineties too- in short I really have no idea which era it’s from, but by the look of the slightly sleepy seams it is clearly handmade and well loved.

It was a snip at £10 and just needed a little seam reinforcement to make it like new again. I heartily recommend a little bit of mending, it always makes me feel great.

My Makes: Piped Cushion

There is something about the look of a piped cushion that makes it appear more complete than any other kind. This was my first attempt at piping so I spent a good while thinking about how it would work.
Such Dotty Piping
You may recognise the fabrics from my drop in seat post, they are for our living/dining space where print on print reigns. I made one piped cushion and the other tucked behind is a straightforward zipped version, it has a bit of a barkcloth like texture which is very tactile.

If you fancy having a go at piping, I found the best guidance in my old seventies sewing books, not only is the advice straightforward but the matchy-matchy styling is something to be seen. There always seems to be great old sewing books in charity shops so do have a look next time you’re out for a mooch.

Adventures in Upholstery: The Drop-In Seat

I was raised in a haven for abandoned junk shop treasures. Mum and dad were always doing something, fixing things up – making do and mending. So it only makes sense that I like to do the same because at home we were doing it before it was trendy, in the days before it was on the telly box.

Not that I mind that everyone seems to be at it these days, it does mean that the internet is packed with great tutorials, courses are plentiful and Pinterest is the best place to discover what’s what.


So, when these beautiful chairs were passed on to me I knew I had to give them a little respect and a touch of my style. In the past I would have just covered over the existing fabric and been entirely satisfied, but this time I stripped it all off (including the ancient stuffing which required me to don some fetching goggles and a mask) and saw the glory of the construction underneath.

I used vintage fabrics and some bamboo cotton batting from my stash. I purchased the foam from a seller on eBay who cut it to the right size. Then I employed a staple gun to get the whole thing to hold together.

If you want to know how to cover a drop-in seat yourself I found this blog especially helpful when I needed to clarify my knowledge.

It took about 90 minutes to do two chairs, and now I want to reupholster every other chair I own.