Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A New Fall Bag

Well, today was the first day it actually felt like fall. We have had 80-90 degree heat nearly everyday since early July. But today was remarkably different...brisk air, slightly overcast sky, and leaves rustling in a swift breeze.
I knew it (cooler weather) had to happen eventually, so this past weekend I set out to make myself a new bag for the autumn season. I had just received this fabulous green print from, and when I saw it next to the vintage embroidered trim (that was still out from the previous blog-post photoshoot) I knew they were meant for each other.

As you can see in the photo above, the trim by itself is just, kind of flat.

So I layered it on top of a wide white grosgrain ribbon. Much better. :)

A simple twill lining and divided pocket finish out the interior.

What are you sewing up this fall?

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Vintage Ribbons Buttons and Trims

I love clothes and accessories that have the little added details of ribbons and trim...and if its vintage, even better! I feel compelled to purchase these vintage "finishing touches" whenever I see them. Velvet ribbons are definitely a favorite. The light yellow ribbon, above, is my most recent purchase. It came from the Speckled Egg, a fun website featuring vintage ephemera and embellishments.

I love the cute red and yellow cherry ruffle trim, above. And you can't go wrong adding Rick Rack and bakelite or glass buttons to your project.

Embroidered ribbons and trims are great for sewing or crafting (prefect for gift tags).

The exquisitely detailed victorian petticoat edging, black lace and silk shamrock embroidered trim is almost too pretty to use. But, I like having it around to admire. :)