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!


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Alfie's Christening

Sooo, another quick share tonight.  This is another quick card I made for my colleague, as the christening she is attending is a double christening, and this one is for the little boy who is being christened.

I made this card by stamping an LOTV image with London Fog memento ink and colouring with promarkers. 

I then die-cut the image to an oval and inked the edge with distress ink.   I also added stamped letters to spell out 'Alfie' using London Fog memento ink.

I then layered this onto a die-cut gingham scalloped oval and craft gauze.

I then covered a 6x6 card with some blue patterned paper I found in my stash (gutted I only had one sheet of this - I love it).  I added a strip of ivory pearlescent card and wrapped this with some pale blue satin ribbon.

To finish, I added a silver 'christening' peel off and silver peel-off crosses in each corner.

I hope my colleague likes the card - I think it is sooo cute!

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

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Flower Fairy

Soooo, I would quickly like to share with you a card I made last night but didn't get chance to blog about.

This is an order from a colleague, who is attending a christening soon.  The usual baby images would not suffice, as the little girl being christened is actually bout 4, so I chose to use this cute image from the new LOTV Magical Fairies art pad.

I took the colours for the rest of the card from the colours on the image.  The papers are both scraps from my stash, as is the spotty yellow ribbon.

I added glitter to the fairy's wings and her skirt.

I added a pink 'christening' sentiment and spelled out the little girls' name with silver flower letters.

To finish, I added flower stickers to each corner.

I hope my colleague, and the recipient like the card.

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

Happy Crafting!


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