When we moved in here two years ago, I was thrilled at the chance to live in a house and grow a garden.
But our first summer in Villa Bohemia (as we call it) was very rainy, and there was a massive invasion of slugs, that destroyed all I planted overnight. We tried everything, but more and more of them kept coming.
So I finally gave up, and I decided to keep plants mostly at the porch – it’s really sunny, overlooking the mountain to the South.
We love hippie boho style, ethnic fabrics and bright colors. So when we found this old sofa in a local classifieds website, we decided to give it a makeover. We measured its different parts, I made the covers for each of them using old scarves and hand-embroidered wall hangings from my stash, and then Nick upholstered it.
Needless to say – I love to wear colorful clothes too! I buy mostly second hand items, and I rearrange them all the time. I mix different patterns and colors, until I reach my own idea of harmony.
First I cut off the top part of the tunic. The colors didn’t match my idea, so I dyed it yellow (it was mainly blue-white, so it turned green-yellow).
Then I measured the exact length and I cut the two scarves. I ruffled the blue one with the birds, to make the skirt fuller. I secured all parts with my serger, I stitched the pieces of the scarves together and then I attached the skirt to the top. The dress didn’t even need hemming – I used the natural fabric edge of the scarf. Finally, I added ties in the side seams (straps that I saved from another dress).
I make most of my clothes in this way. Funny how often the easiest projects turn out to be among the best! And sometimes I rethink an item for months, then I try and I fail – and finally, I even abandon some.
The same applies for my design work. I constantly need some form of inspiration – I find it in music, flowers, friends – and often in my favourite Facebook group, Up-cycled Cloth Collective.