Archive for March, 2011

margolily movie inspirations

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Never mind the storylines of passion and desire, innocence and forbidden love…what about the clothes, the hairdos and the styling! Why have I never seen Brideshead Revisited before?! The first ten minutes of the 2008 version of the film are a dream of sparkling headpieces and jewels set amongst gorgeous pin curl waves and silk gowns. Inspiring bridal work this week margolily is going vintage treasure hunting for rhinestones, diamantes, marcasite and glittering silvers and golds. No ebay stone will be outbid for!

Brideshead Revisited - Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw & Matthew Goode

“Just the place to bury a crock of gold. I should like to bury something precious, in every place I’ve been happy. And then when I was old, and ugly and miserable, I could come back, and dig it up, and remember. “


margolily makes a bow

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

I’ve been working on a headpiece to create the perfect bow and thought some of you crafty, creative types might appreciate a wee peek at the prototype in progress! Hopefully the rambling, minimal instructions makes sense for anyone who gives it a go! Here goes…

Take a square piece of fabric, mine was 50cm x 50cm, and fold in the two opposite edges so they meet in the middle and just overlap,  fabric should now be about 24 cm wide. Iron the fabric and fold it almost in half, fabric will now be about 12 cm wide, iron. Now fold your rectangle lengthways, so the opposite edges meet in the middle and just overlap, iron. You will have a rectangle that looks like the one in the photos below. I made a mini rectangle exactly the same way to fold around the centre of the bow, you could use ribbon, contrasting fabric or even bias tape…get creative!

Now get your needle and thread ready! Sew small stitches through the centre of your fabric, gathering in the edges to create a bow shape. Remember this will all be covered up by your centre piece fabric so you can go crazy, messy stitching to get your bow shape perfect! Next take your centre piece strip of fabric (mine was nearly 4cm wide and about 12cm long) and stitch it very neatly and tightly to the back of your bow. There you go! Done and dusted! You’ve made a gorgeous bow! Wear it in your hair, attach it to the waist of a dress, a plain clutch bag or even accessorise your sausage dog puppy! Oh I dream! Enjoy your bow whatever you do with it!