Our first community blog is from the lovely, talented and inspirational Becky Peddie; a loyal Toyota Sewing enthusiast and lover of vintage…. she even got a Toyota Overlocker in lieu of an engagement ring when her fiance proposed!!!
I am a nearly 40 (!) year old stay at home mom of three plus a bonus kid who is with us on weekends.I am originally from Illinois, in the US, which is where I met my husband. We worked at a summer camp there together, then lost touch, reconnected 16 years later, and here I am! (Look out for my husband Steffen this autumn in the BBC2 sitcom “Hebburn” which was penned by his best mate Jason Cook, who also stars!)
I love to sew vintage items, and the dress you see here is from a re released Butterick pattern from 1952. (Its B4790 if anyone wants to give it a go!) I try, right now, to stick with smaller items, because of having the two little girls always underfoot.
The little bathroom heart sachets, and the ladybug lunch bag are machine sewn, and are all hand embroidered and hand inked, which is another passion of mine. The sachets contain lavender from our garden which is another love. (England is a piece of cake to garden in, unlike Illinois with its searing heat and humidity in the summer and five feet plus of snow in the 40 below zero Farenheit winters!) The collection of patchwork and embroidered pillow covers are all made from thrifted and repurposed fabrics as well.
The messenger bags are from a pattern in Mollie Makes magazine (I LOVE that mag!) and used up scraps I had on hand, and vintage buttons and trim my husband has collected for me from various funky little markets he comes across in his tv travels. (This is the man who buys me vintage patterns every year for my birthday and actually bought me my Toyota overlocker on our engagement because he knew I would be more excited about the machine than the ring. There was a message taped to it that said “Will you marry me? I obviously understand you really well!”. Lol, but don’t worry, the ring did come later on!) Awww.
The owl print hairband is another little project I do for my girls long, wispy hair that uses up small scraps. They take about five minutes each to make!
Well, that’s me, in a nutshell, and as naptime is over for my two wild women, I’d better sign off for now!
See more from Becky on her website www.beckypeddie.co.uk
Big Thanks to Becky .. Mom Not Mum 🙂
Keep up the inspiring creations!!