Sunday, 3 August 2014

Rainbow Petticoats

Soooo, I've not been totally idle while I've been homeless (finally move into a new house on Wednesday - no more living at Mother's), I've had the Etsy Fabrication Pop-Up, which although not a success for me, was a huge success for some of the other participants.

Knowing that I would be homeless at the time, I turned my Pops' attic into a little sewing studio and made some petticoats, because I figured that these were the easiest to make in the least amount of room, and I really only needed by sewing machine and sewing box keeping out, which don't take up a huge amount of room.

I decided to try a new idea with the petticoats and try a rainbow petticoat, and this is the result:

These are made from 4 layers of dress net/tulle - red, purple, green and yellow, with a yellow waistband.  I also think I could invert the colours and do a red waistband.

They were no more difficult than making a one-colour 4-layer petticoat, and the step-mother was impressed.

These are now listed in the Etsy shop, where to celebrate the fact that I will have a new craft room this week, I am offering 10% off your order when you spend at least £10.  Simply enter code AUGUST10 at the checkout.  This is valid until the end of the month, so please share with your friends and family too.

I'm going to try some other multi-coloured 4-layer petticoats too.  I have the tulle to make The Midnight (black, blue, purple, lilac), The Princess (purple, hot pink, lilac, pale pink) and The Sunset (red, pink, orange, yellow), so will be making up some samples of these when I am all moved and sorted (so probably next weekend).  These aren't listed in the shop yet, but if you would like to pre-order one, or any other colour combination, just contact me through the shop.

I can't wait to get on with some proper crafting again - I even went to the LOTV shop yesterday to get some of their new release stamps.  While there, I also stocked up on some of their existing stamps and papers, and I can't wait to be sat at my desk again, music blasting out, regaining some sanity.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 28 July 2014

True Love

Sooooo, this is the last of the cards I had made up before packing up, but we have good news - we have a moving date - 6th August, and we a moving to Ilkley.  Cannot wait!

Anyway, this is the card I made for my cousin's wedding from myself.  I think, as well as being a good wedding card, it would also make a nice anniversary, valentines or engagement card.

I made this card using a large sentiment stamp from LOTV.  I used lilac embossing powder to heat emboss onto kraft card (I like the effect of this).  I then added some faux stitching around the edge of the pagel with a white gel pen.

I layered this panel onto some gauze and then layered this onto the backing panel.

To make the backing panel, I wrapped some LOTV paper with sheer organza ribbon and then a narrow satin ribbon.  I then layered this onto some kraft card.

To finish the card, I added a small lilac flower button in the top right-hand corner and added drops of liquid pearls to the other corners.  After attaching the true love panel, I added a bow made from the remaining satin ribbon and some white and purple roses from my stash.

I think, once I have got moved and settled etc. I will make up some more of these cards, I a do really like this one and as I've already said, it could be used for a variety of occasions.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Right, I think that might be it until I move - for cards anyway.  I have been on with a couple of sewing projects, but whether I get them finished in time or find time to blog about them,  I couldn't say.

Happy Crafting!



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Butterfly Heart

Soooo, I got into work ridiculously early this morning and decided that I didn't feel like doing any work (not until 8 at the earliest anyway), so I would quickly finish writing this blog post that I started about six weeks ago.

This is another of the cards I made for my cousin's wedding at the beginning of June.  Again, a family member took this one (one day they might pay me, but it's not looking likely any time soon).

I made this card using a new die I got at LOTV.  I wasn't going to the shop to buy anything like this (I just went for papers I think), but I saw it and just had to have it.

I used the die on a piece of plain white card and then coloured in the little butterflies using various promarkers.  I then used a cocktail stick behing the butterflies to push them out and make them 3D.

I added some faux stitching with a brown pen and the wrapped the panel eith some twine before attaching to a panel of kraft card.  I then stamped two LOTV tags using brown ink and attached these to the card.

Voila!  One very effective card me thinks.  Also great for valentines, anniversaries, engagements - just change up the colour of the butterflies and the backing card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

I still have a couple more projects to share with you that I finished before packing up and fingers crossed we hear about a house today.  We put in an application for one two weeks ago and they're now on with the references and checks, so hopefully I will have good news and a moving date very soon, so I can get on with crafting again . . . yay!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, 18 July 2014

Summer Wedding

Soooo, this is one of the last cards I made before I had to pack up my craft room and put aside my crafting for a while - still no date, so still no end in sight and still no return of my sanity (it is really being tested without being able to escape to craft).  I'm also struggling with this blogging, as I have no internet access at my mother's and work's is dodgy at best.

Anyway, I made this for a member of my family to give to my cousin, who got married a couple of weeks ago.

I already, randomly, had the image coloured up (in Promarkers) and I thought that my LOTV perfect pair papers would make a lovely wedding card, especially these ones as they look as though they have little hearts for flowers.

I don't think I followed a sketch, but I can't really remember.

I stamped with pink distrss ink a little flourish in oppposite corners, stamped a sentiment onto the image panel and then added some little paper roses to finish the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

I have a few more cards to share with you, but will do so slowly due to lack of internet access and I don't know when I will have a craft room to get creating again.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Rapid Maxi

Soooo, as promised earlier in the week, this is my other project made using some of my fabric from America - a maxi skirt.

How gorgeous is this fabric?  I think it is Michael Miller.  Everyone loves it.  The photos really don't do it justice.  The colours are so vibrant.

This skirt was very simple to make - a beginner could do it.

I used 1.5 m of 1.1m wide fabric, folded it in half right sides facing.  I think the 1.5m went round my waist and the 1.1m is the length. 

I then sewed it up to a tube, turned over about half an inch at both ends, one for the hem and one for the waist.  In the waist, I didn't sew all the way round, but left a gap to insert some quarter-inch elastic and inserted that. 

Et voila!  One skirt.  I suppose I am very lucky that the length was just right, but it wouldn't take much adjusting.

This took me about an hour inbetween faffing about and getting distracted, so really easy.  I have had compliments on it when I've worn it - with a plain t-shirt/top works well.

The only thing I would maybe change next time is to not sew the seam the whole way down, but maybe leave a split in it to make it easier to walk/stride and climb over the fence to get to the pub instead of walking all the way round.

I have a few cards to share with you next I think.  I'll get them up soon.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Leftovers Skirt

Sooo, I thought I would quickly share with you the skirt I am wearing today:

I made this skirt using the left over fabric from the dress I made my little sister recently.  IT is such a gorgeous fabric, I knew I had to do something with it.

The pattern is loosely based on a Burda pattern, which I have previously used to make my Lipstick Kisses skirt.  However, as I managed to order a normal zip rather than an invisible zip (because I'm an idiot) a bit of altering was required. 

I decided to try a lapped zip, and for a first attempt, I don't think I did too bad.  Obviously, I can do better, but that will come with practice.  I used a tutorial and found it very helpful.

I also decided to put a waistband on.  I've never done this before, so made it up as I went along with a button fastening to the back.  Again, I don't think I did too bad, but I'm sure improvements could be made.

The buttons are little white roses from my stash, which I think go well with the fabric.

I have had many compliments today from my colleagues, so I am pleased with this make (even if the photos are pretty rubbish.

Happy Crafting!


The Midnight Butterfly Dress & A Bit of News

Soooo, I am fully aware of my recent uselessness at blogging - I am aware I am useless - I moved into my new 'homeless' state last week (currently living with the in-laws until our new house is ready) and since then I have been both exhausted and suffering from writer's block.  The exhaustion, I know, will be resolved next week when I get my B12 injection, as for the writer's block, fingers crossed the fact that I am sat here writing this now is a good sign.

Anyway, first with my news I think - I am pleased to announced that for the month of July, my petticoats will be stocked in Fabrication, which is in The Light, Leeds.  I am very excited, more so now that I have figured out the logistics of managing to sew when I have nowhere to live - I'm turning my dad's motor home into a studio for the time being.  Anyway, if you do live in the area, please pop in and have a look (hopefully admire) my makes.

Anyway, onto the project I have been meaning to share with you for a while.  This is the dress that I made my older sister for my cousin's wedding, which was last weekend.  It was a lovely weekend - they got married at The Golden Fleece in Thirsk and I would recommend the hotel to anyone.  So much so, that I am trying to convince the hubby that we should go stop there again, even though it is 45 minutes from home (well, it is when you don't get half way, remember you've forgotten the suits and dresses and have to go back - ooops!).

Enough of my rambling, this is the dress (with petticoat, naturally):

This dress is made using the same pattern as the Licquorice Allsorts dress I made for my friend, Carly, last summer, but how different does it look in a different fabric?!

The fabric is Michael Miller - I got it on Etsy from the US, as even with the hefty postage it still worked out cheaper than buying it here, especially as I bought some other fabric at the same time - I made a maxi skirt with that, which I will share later.

The bodice of this needed lining, and I chose to line it with the left over gold satin from the petticoat.  You are supposed to line it with the same fabric as the dress, but I had forgotten to take into account the fact that the pattern only went one way, which meant that more fabric was used cutting out the dress than if the pattern had been reversible (i.e. dots).  Anyway, I think that the satin gave it more of a luxury feel.

I used an invisible zip in the back of the dress, which I am tres tres proud of. 

I had to do a bit of adjusting after the first make, as even though I had used Doris, my sister lost weight, do it needed to be taken in.  Once I'd built up the enthusiasm to do this, it was quite simple really.

Of course, due to the shape and style of the dress, a petticoat was needed.  I made this using some gold satin and gold tulle (both ebay buys - I highly recommend Suzie May on ebay - great service and great for basic materials).  It was a three-layer petticoat as I ran out of tulle at that, although my sister wanted it as puffy as possible.  I also start to run out of room after 3 layers - it starts getting a bit puffy on the sewing machine and knocks things off my desk.

To finish off the outfit, I used a scrap the satin and a freebie pattern from Blue Ginger Doll (I love this pattern designer, as they design for the larger chested amongst us) to make a little headscarf.  Obviously, Doris does not have a head so in thic pic it is a neck scarf, and my sister actually used it as an embellishment on her dress - she tied it in a bow around one of the straps.  It looked really good.

My sister seems to really like the dress and is planning on wearing it to a 60s night we are going to soon (I will be wearing my spotty dress).  She also got loads of compliments on it at the wedding (as did my other sister for her dress) - it's the first time I have really felt proud about making a dress and feel as though I might have a spot of talent.  If I hadn't ended up with migraine and having to go to bed, I might have felt even better :-/

Anyway, I have loads more to share with you, so I'd best get on with it.

Happy Crafting!


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