Where The Seamstress Lives

Amongst the craft supplies I received from Lynne at The Altered Element for the DT Product Challenge was a Twiddleybitz Funky Attic Townhouse. The house is supplied as sturdy chipboard which requires assembling. The written instructions are very clear and there are also photographs. For cutting and assembling the tools I used were a Stanley knife, sanding block,  file and  strong glue.  Other supplies are listed within the instructions below.

It probably comes as no surprise that I opted for a vintage style for my house but the possibilities are endless. You could base the house on your own home, create a gift for a New Home or your “Dream Home”, Halloween or Christmas theme could be adopted. It is amazing the possibilities this house holds and I found myself with too many choices but decided on

Where The Seamstress Lives

Supplies – Gesso, Golden Soft Matt Gel, emulsion paint, dressmaker tissue, Tattered Rose Crackle Paint, Distress Ink in Tea Dye, Staz-on Timber Brown, Archival Sepia, 2 wooden flower buttons, 1 heart shape button, 2 dressmaker pins, trim, brown heart shape decorative border, lace, dressmaker supplies such as snaps and hook and eye. Stamps:- Oxford Impressions and Time To Stamp


1. Prep all pieces with Gesso then paint with Stucco emulsion/latex paint. For the pieces which will not have any dressmaker tissue adhered  apply 2 coats of paint.

2.Take the back, two sides and the base and using Golden Soft Matt Gel adhere the tissue. Use a dry, large foam brush to pat down the tissue. Leave to dry overnight.

3. Stamp Dressmaker elements before assembling using Staz-on. Give a quick blast with the heat gun even when using Staz-on.


3. Now stamp the other pieces (they are the pieces with no tissue on them) with Archival in Sepia. Apply Distress Ink in Tea Dye using your finger.

 4. Before assembling place lace behind all the windows.

5. Assemble as per instructions using a strong glue. For any stage that requires drying time, if possible leave overnight.

6. Apply Tattered Rose Crackle Paint.

7. Decorate with haberdashery supplies, dabbing with some gold permanent marker. Cut two pieces of crochet lace to required length and adhere, one at each side, just under the roof. Adhere trim to bottom of house. Add a gold flat back pearl as a door knob. For the flowers at either side of the door use silicone glue to adhere the wooden flower buttons to dressmaker pins (the type with the bead on the end). Final touch on the house is a heart shape vintage button.

8. Place the house on the base and add decorative felt adhesive border.

Supplies – Many of the supplies are available from The Altered Element.



13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Crafty Dawn
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 14:18:27

    This is another wonderful piece! I have a shadow box frame I have bought and not used maybe I should get some paint out lol I love your town house

    Love Dawn xx


  2. craftytrog
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 14:20:15

    Love your house Lynne, it’s stunning! Love the dressmaking theme! x


  3. alcoholinky
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 15:15:26

    aw Lynne, that’s so cute!!


  4. Lucy Edmondson
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 21:06:18

    This is great!

    Lucy x


  5. Christine N
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 21:09:32

    So creative! I bet you had a lot of fun with this one!!!



  6. 2amscrapper
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 21:44:18

    Stunning work–and thanks for the detailed tutorial!


  7. lynn Stevens
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 23:42:10

    Great house! When can I move in? LOL. Really is cool Lynne!


  8. debbiek
    Jun 02, 2010 @ 01:08:16

    Oh Lynne! That is precious! I would love to give one of those houses to my own seamstress. She’d love it. Great job as usual:)


  9. Marie Lost Bird Studio
    Jun 02, 2010 @ 02:19:28

    Hi Lynne,
    beautiful house – love it.Thanks for sharing.


  10. chris
    Jun 02, 2010 @ 09:37:12

    Wow, Lynne, you’ve transformed plain old chipboard into a 3D work of art. You’ve done a wonderful job and so well worth all the time and effort.


  11. thefrugalcrafter
    Jun 02, 2010 @ 13:33:13

    Oh wow! that is amazing, I love every sewing detail, what a work of art!


  12. Jeanie g
    Jun 04, 2010 @ 22:56:33

    Wow Lynne i love this house. Being a dressmaker I have to do one for myself. Thanks for the explicit tutorial too. Regards.


  13. Penny
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 00:23:10

    Wonderful, Lynne! I love looking at all the little details!!


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