Project Seat Cover.

Hello fellow crafters and fashion lovers!

Don’t you just hate it when you have a beautiful piece of furniture that just doesn’t seem to be practical? I have this amazing industrial looking stool purchased from Alexander & Pearl that I currently use in my sewing room, the only problem is I literally slip off it no matter what I am wearing. So today was the day I was going to do something about it.

My first instinct was to crochet a cover but then I remembered I had this great gold strong cotton material sitting on the shelf. The cotton was bought from Les Coupons by Marché St Pierre in Paris last year and I believe it was about 3 metres for 10 euros.

After bit of measuring and a few false starts later I had completed my cover. No need for staple guns here, I simply threaded a piece of elastic through the bottom seam (a bit like a shower cap!) and it holds really well. I like that it is also a temporary solution and I can take it off whenever I like. I won’t lie, sewing round things is difficult, but I am eager to do a round leather bag for Atelier Boyceau so i’m hoping practice makes perfect.

Oh and the grip on my derrière is just right! 🙂

Project upcycle shirt

The current winter trend of sparkly edged tops, collars, shoulders and cuffs got me hankering after something new for me. After deciding against splashing out on a new item I challenged myself to come up with a hand made version. Always good practice for future items for my Atelier Boyceau shop, especially as I would like to diversify my collection going forward.

Unfortunately I did not have anything suitable already in my wardrobe to adapt (the Belge would never believe that!) so I found a couple of floaty shirts from “Jennifer” in town in the sale. Bargain! Now onto the interesting part.

After a squiz on the net I found myself in front of two amazing bead shops in Paris that for some reason I had never been to before (surprising really as I have been many times to this area as it is great for vintage and second hand items). GOOD ADDRESS ALERT:
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The words “child” and “sweetshop” come to mind, I was overwhelmed with choice and relished looking at everything in the shop mentally memorising what I saw and already imagining future creations.
Settling on silvers for a metallic look, I decided to mix large quantities of plain grey glass beads with accents of larger clear and silver lined beads.

Once home I got to work on hand sewing each bead onto the collar of each shirt. Time consuming? Yes. Boring? No. Here’s the final result. It looks fabulous done right up to the top and worn with black slim trousers and high heel boots.
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On my next night out I shall post a photo!

What do we think? Feeling inspired?

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