Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Victorian Cuff Reveal.

My partner was Caleen in the Victorian Cuff Swap and as she has now received her package it is safe to show and tell. Caleen was my third picked partner as the first two dropped out so what should have been a long lead time ended up with us both only having 10days to make and send out. Fortunately we both have the same style and preferences (Marie Antionette)so the cuff came together really easily.

I used a strip of heavy pink velevet (purchased for 50p in the local charity shop) and then covered it with some really old lace (has been in my stash box a good 30yrs +). The cream satin is from a friends wedding dress (17yrs ago). I didn't make the wedding dress for Sarah but she asked me to make one of my Victorian Rag dolls for her little bridesmaid to hold instead of a flower basket on the big day so I asked for a piece of the material and made a minature version of her dress for the doll to wear.
The two pearl buttons are from a vintage car boot sale but the rest of the beads are modern but have an old look about them so blended in very well. Here is the cuff ready to wear.

And a picture showing the back. I added in a small placket just in case to allow for size discrepancies but Caleen said it fitted her fine. I backed the cuff with the plain satin and hand stiched the whole thing.

I didn't want to just send the cuff on its own so I added in a couple of suprises too.
I made this little flower brooch from some turquoise satin (A colour Caleen had said she liked)
again from material in my stash .

Then I used the rest of the pink velvet to make this bag. The inside is pink Japanese silk material that matched the velevet perfectly.

All finished just in time to send off by the deadline.

I am entering the cuff into the following challenges.
ABC Challenge: F is for Flowers. Not very clear but the beadwork is also done in a flower pattern.
One Stitch at a Time : They are asking for Embellish with your favoiurite things. I have used beads and buttons.


Sherry said...

Wow x 3!!! Caleen is one very lucky lady Mrs A. All three items are fabulous. Love the back of the cuff in particular.

That's a lovely story about the wedding dress fabric and the rag doll you made for the bridesmaid - bet she looked so cute.

Debbie said...

Wow you have been busy Mrs A.
You would love the gloves I have which were given to me by my husbands Grandad over 25 years ago, they are long cream silky gloves with pleating and pearls going up the inside, they are stunning. Never worn them, and someone wanted them for a fancy dress once, but I said no. Just couldn't do it!
Your cuff is lovely, all that work thats gone into it. Wow.

Do What You Love said...

You are amazing, Mrs. A. What an elegant and beautiful vintage cuff. The embroidery and bead work are lovely as are the gorgeous fabrics!

Michelle said...

Wow, Mrs A your cuff and accessories are absolutely exquisite!! So much work and detail. I am sure that Caleen would have been thrilled to receive them.

Thank you for linking up to Make It Monday this week.

Michelle :-)

Margreet said...

wow Mrs. A. surpassed yourself again....this is so beautiful.....such a lovely story....thanks for joining OSAAT
xxx Margreet

Liz McGuire, said...

Beautiful, love them all, Liz x

Brenda Brown said...

Wow, these are absolutely stunning Mrs A with great embellishments. I am glad you could enter our challenge at OSAAT this week.
Luv Brenda xxx

Faye said...

I know how close to the wire this one was, but you pulled it off and created something beautiful. Again. xxx

Kim said...

Oh my goodness hun your work is absolutely stunning! All of these are gorgeous! Lovely work! thanks so much for joining us at WOC!
Hugs~ Kim

Caleen said...

I am one lucky gal! I adore my gifts and I am so happy to hear the story about what you used and put together to make them. Very special! Love your work and it was very inspiring to me. Thank you again for being such a sweet partner. Happy creating and God bless!

Distressed Miss said...

Gorgeous projects I love the cuff.
Thanks for joining us at ABC.