Friday, 29 August 2014

Midnight Fairies

Soooo, I have been in the new house over three weeks.  I think we are settled now - all boxes are unpacked, and we finally have internet again.  Life without internet was difficult, but I did get some crafting done - I just couldn't blog about it.

Contrary to popular belief, the craft room was not the first room to be unpacked, but it did take me the longest on the Saturday after we had moved.  As soon as it was unpacked and everything in it's place, I started crafting.

This was my first creation:

How gorgeous is this fabric?  This comes from The Little Fabric Bazaar, who is run by the most helpful, lovely lady, who must have the patience of a saint to put up with my constant queries and changing of orders.

I loved this border fabric as soon as I saw it, so I ordered some without even knowing what I was going to make.  It is also much more sparkly than shows up in the photos, so I was very excited when I arrived.

I didn't follow a pattern to make this skirt - I was just making it up as I went along, and I have half written a tutorial so you can make your own too.  I will eventually get it posted, but I seem to have so much to do and nowhere near enough time at the moment, even though now I have probably gained an hour each day from not having to spend so much time travelling to and from work - strange isn't it, I live probably about twice as far away, yet it takes me less than half the time to get to and from work than it used to.

Anyway, I cut the fabric in half lengthways, as it is a double border fabric and then added 8 pleats in this skirt to give it some fullness, and I also attached a waistband.

At the back is my second attempt at a lapped zip, or my version of at least - I think they're getting better.  Ideally, I think an invisible zip would have worked better, but I wanted to use up some the haberdashery stash I already have.  I've made a good start on this and ebayed some of the patterns I never use.  That cleared up a small space.

Anyway, I ordered three metres of this beautiful fabric, and I used just under 2 metres at half width, so I'm hoping there is enough left to make a little skirt for the youngest niece and some shorts for the eldest (she doesn't do skirts!)

I'll let you know how they turn out if I ever get round to them.  I will do eventually, because I'm trying really hard not to buy anymore fabric, but just use up my stash.

Happy Crafting!


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!


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