Sew What?


I have been relaxing and enjoying everything there is to enjoy with having time off. Additionally, since I was unable to take a sewing factory with me, I did however manage to acquire a few trims and notions to embellish some garments.

If you follow my Instagram then you probably saw that I redesigned a couple of T-shirts and tank tops with a handmade silk screen that I made years ago. I decided to reuse it and alter my screen since I was in a very creative zone that day.

At the moment, I am also working on finishing yet another bag that I will show soon, because the other handbag that I made was for a friend, so there is more to come I promise. In the meantime, here's a few images and preview snapshots ...

Garment Embellishing:
Hand-sewn silk flower petals on a cropped shrug. I am also embellishing them with miniature glass beads. You can see the finished result soon on the blog and via Instagram shortly.
Dorothy Dandridge hand silk screen printed image on lace tank (see here) and on linen (above)

Art Abstractions:
In the process of developing new bag and clutch combinations ... here's one of two. Hand dyed batik over printed cotton. I added tucked leather and studs as trimming. No worries, I shall be styling this soon.

What have you been up to?  Anyone planning any seasonal redecorating or come across any amazing deals lately?

*UPDATE 23/08/13 See the finished result of the DIY cardigan here!

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  1. francesca r26 July

    you Genius!!! I love tee and clutch, I will give you some of my clothes to pimp!!!

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  2. KizzyDoll26 July

    These are all great doll. Very creative and lovely. The clutch is sweet. I hope you have a marvellous weekend doll, may it be relaxing and fun. xx

  3. Nicky mywishstyle26 July

    you are very creative!

  4. Wow, Madison, you certainly have been keeping busy! I love the creative things you do with your clothes... I'm not very skilled in this area myself, but you've inspired me to do a (very) small alteration to a dress later today!

  5. Hi Madison! You are so good with! Wish I was able too! You are very creative, they look adorable, especially I love how you embellished the cropped shrug, so girlie and romantic! Have a great weekend dear, big kisses! xo

  6. Ms Madge26 July

    How creative! I love the petal-ed top. Look forward to more of your pieces here and via Instagram. Have a lovely weekend my dear! xxx

  7. Blond Duck26 July

    So cool!

  8. Erika Sorocco26 July

    The clutch in the last photograph is just exquisite - it makes me think of autumn leaves! :)

  9. You are so creative, Madison. I love all your projects.:) That Dorothy Dandridge image on the tank= stellar!

  10. That clutch is so creative and fun! I love how it turned out :)

  11. Oh to Be a Muse26 July

    Not planning any redecorating at the moment, but I always like your embellishments. That Dorothy Dandridge top is awesome.

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  12. hey madison! i love embellishments on clothing. they can be so expensive when you buy them in a store so it's awesome if you can make them yourself. it will save you a lot. i love the cardigan with the petals. very pretty! i've been busy doing major cleaning of my house. had the siding cleaned, going to get this guy to do some painting and will get the carpets cleaned. the holidays are just around the corner. looking for a halloween wreath. hahaha have a great weekend doll.

  13. Margaret Cruzemark26 July

    I love and admire your creativity dear Madison. I am not that good at all!
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  14. Lyosha26 July

    how cool is that! I wouldn't make it so good (if I managed to do it somehow lol)


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  15. Rosalind Jana26 July

    Firstly, big, belated birthday good wishes!
    And secondly, really enjoyed your creative projects here - you're positively fizzing with different creations. looking forward to seeing the styling of everything.

  16. That clutch turned out amazing! Nice job :)

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  17. Sam @ Frills & Thrills26 July

    Hi sweety, I am so amazed by your creations, you should have your own store! Love the first top! Have a fab weekend hun!

  18. Couture Carrie27 July

    Amazing DIYs, darling!


  19. Thanks very much Roz fo rthe birthday wishes. Yes, I will share my styling of these very soon. :)

  20. Haha, thanks! I appreciate your sweet comment. Have a lovely weekend. xx

  21. Thanks for your comment Kim. xx
    Wow, sounds like you are quite busy with getting the home together! I know, soon autumn will arrive before our eyes! :)

  22. Thanks Emmy. I'm planning on finishing the other Dorothy Dandridge prints soon.

  23. Thanks Ms Madge. Will try to upload more in the near future. xx

  24. Oh thanks Cee, so happy to inspire you even a little bit. I love staying busy. and sewing is a great way to execute all of my ideas floating in my head. :) Enjoy the weekend.

  25. :) So glad that you like them. Thanks Kizzy. xx

  26. Haha, I wish I lived in Italy. Perhaps one day we will meet. :) xx

  27. Shybiker27 July

    I admire your talents. I completely lack these skills.

  28. AlexisGrace27 July

    I can't wait to see how you style the clutch--- it is gorgeous! LOVE IT!

  29. Barbara Bermond27 July


  30. Mitr Friend27 July

    The clutch looks nice. Looking forward for an outfit post with the completed shrug!!! :)


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  31. Lizzie27 July

    Love the pattern on that clutch bag! Great DIYs xx

  32. Are those your beats by dre? I love the top with the flowers you sewed on they're awesome. Reminds me very much of Lanvin. I'm always uber impressed with your DIY posts.

  33. You make handbags too? Geeze, girl. It looks great and I can't wait to see the next creation!

  34. Thanks so much Arash! Yes, those are my beats by dr. dre, headphones, it was an early bday gift. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the nice comment response on your blog! x :-)

  35. That flower top looks like so much fun!
    Great idea.


  36. Maiken M27 July

    wow, all those creations are pretty amazing, Madison. you're definitely good at those things! I, on the other hand, haven't created much and have also had problems with my inspiration level but today I shopped a bit and got some awesome pieces. those made me quite happy :P
    enjoy your weekend, dear!

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  37. Adeola Naomi Aderemi27 July

    You are so great at creating wonderful things from amazing fabrics, I wish I was.

    I love your clutch and we have the same Beats yellow headsets.

    Keep doing your creative thing darling and put a thought into creating an etsy store maybe?
    Have a lovely weekend.
    big hug.

  38. What I see so far looks amazing. The cardigan looks super lovely and the clutch rocks. I always wanted to make a bag but I'm just not skilled enough. Can't wait to see your outfit post. Have a fabulous Sunday Madison!! I haven't been up to anything :D

    xx Mira

  39. Thanks so much dear for your wonderful comment. Hmm,,, perhaps another store in the future when I have more time. xxoo/Madison

  40. Hehe, Yes, thanks so much. x

  41. Lola Finn29 July

    hi :) wie geht´s???
    Ich wollte dich schon immer fragen, wieso du so gut Deutsch sprechen kannst? :)
    Liebe Grüße und eine schöne neue Woche wünsche ich dir!

  42. kim bim29 July

    You are so creative, Great touch on those clothing.

  43. Oh, Hi Lola, Danke! Hehe! Erinnern ... Ich Gesagt Ich bin Deutsch Und Ghanaian Aber Ich wuchs Vor Allem in Großbritannien. Ich kann die Praxis mein Schreiben in Deutsch hier also deshalb beide in meinen Kommentaren manchmal schreiben möchte. Ich habe mehrere Deutsch und schweizerdeutsch-Anhänger, die meinen Blog zu besuchen. Also bitte weiter. Liebe, Madison xx :-)