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Monday, 17 January 2011

21st Century Vamps, Tribal Goddesses and Ruffles ahoy...

I've been putting this off for some time now, but spurred on by my friend Anna and her newly started blog annamaltoys I've taken the plunge and created my very own blog. I suppose I ought to introduce myself and what I'm about.

Vaudeville Gypsy is born of my love of Tribal Fusion and ATS Belly Dance, the Silent Film era, Art Deco and Victorian Vaudeville. These things all go to influence my designs. I originally trained as a jeweller and also went on to train/work in costume and props. Vaudeville Gypsy is my outlet for my creative ideas, be they jewellery, costume or accessories. I like to make beautiful things to adorn 21st century vamps and tribal goddesses.
Autumn Rose Gold Feather Fascinator  
I collect vintage jewellery and I also like to re-use and re-vamp vintage and antique jewels and textiles within the pieces I make. From Sari fabrics to Victorian applique; from Art Deco dress clips to Atomic age brooches, I like to take forgotten pieces and give them a new lease of life so they may be treasured and loved once more.

Vintage Diamanté & Feather Fascinator

I've been poorly this last week and have lots of work to catch up on, so I won't write much more today. I was supposed to be going in to hospital for a small op but ironically have not been well enough to do so! I'm trying to muster the energy to make some Gypsy Twist skirts and a bra/matching skirt combo as I have an event this weekend coming, To The Beat Of The Drum 2 - A Day and Night of Arabic Dance where I shall be offering up some of my creations.

My latest toys are some new feet for my vintage Elna SU62 sewing machine. I can't even start to tell you how ridiculously excited I am about them: a gathering foot and a RUFFLER foot, oh the joy! I will let you know how I get along with them next time and hopefully post some photos too.


  1. OOOooooohhhhh! Very pretty things. :) Hope you do well at the weekend. xx

  2. Hi and thank you for follwoing my blog, i'm looking forward to reading your more on your blog. I too am based in Balham so it's good to know that there are fellow crafters around and blogging too. :O)

  3. That fascinator is lovely! It'll go with so much too x

  4. Ah thanks Anna! Sadly missed the event as I hurt my back and can't drive. xx

  5. Hi Natasha
    Thanks for following me back. Early days yet! Balham crafters unite! :)

  6. Hi Fashion Lark,

    Thank you so much, glad you like it! :)