Archive | December 2015

Last make of the year and shopping in Lewisham. 

I made these a few weeks ago, but totally forgot about them till today, when I bought this months edition of Mollie Makes, but these are the pinecone Xmas decorations out of last months edition….

  

   
I am quite pleased with how they turned out, they look reasonably enough like the cover photo.

Although these were very easy to make they took a while as putting glitter on either side of the brown felt pieces meant leaving them to dry overnight twice.

I was also massively hindered by having not realised I’d run out of bead/fabric glue, so all I had was PVA, which worked, but it was much more of a pain than it would have been if I’d had the right stuff in the first place.

So anyway, I went to Lewisham today for a bit of a browse, & to buy Jon some new work shoes, & for once we went round actual shops instead of me just heading to the fabric stall. 

So first up we went to Tiger. Now Tiger is a relatively new import into the uk, it’s a Scandinavian homeware store that’s kind of like a cross between the small junk section in IKEA and poundland, only it’s really cool. I buy a lot of ribbon there for craft projects as it is £1 a roll, only they didn’t have any in today.

However I did buy some very cool stuff.

First up these china dinosaur planters…

   
  
They were £4 each! Bargain! They are going to be filled with cacti or spider plants as we have a really bad indoor plant survival rate.

I also picked up this book of random cool printed paper 

  
 
It has 12 different designs in it with several sheets of each. This deer one is probably my favourite, & they all look like cross stitch. I have no idea what the hell I am going to do with them, but they are really Mori Girl & vintage & I might just sit & stroke them occasionally.

I also gave in & bought an adult colouring book from Smiths :-s

  

I got one called enchanted forest & so far I am very much enjoying colouring it in & the illustrations are all forests & castles & houses in toadstools so it’s very much my thing.

I thought they were not really for me, but I am currently trying all kinds of stuff to keep myself off the internet when I’m at home on my own during the day. I’ve lined up podcasts for when I’m sleepy & I’m buying magazines, & hopefully a colouring book will help too, well it’s worth a try!

Anyway, Jon & I are not going out tonight, we were intending on going to a hipster artists warehouse party in Peckham, but we are both tired, so we are staying in & listening to vinyls and drinking the odds & sods from the back of the booze cupboard instead. But whatever you are up to….

Happy New Year! 🙂

What I made in 2015

So in my head this year has been a bit of a disaster making things wise. I went awol in Spring for three months, thanks to a bit of overenthusiastic exercising kicking off my medical condition and I’ve been so busy with family stuff this Autumn and Winter I just haven’t had the time I’d have liked to be creative.

However, when I actually went through my blog to see what I’ve done, it’s not remotely as bad as I thought……

Thats 10 items of clothes made,(ok, well one is technically an embellishment not a make from scratch) non of which are flops, & all of which get regular outings in both Jon and my wardrobes, apart from the Regency Dress, which has been worn once, fancy dress balls have been a bit thin on the ground lately & the dance class I was attending has folded due to lack of interest 😦

Last year I managed 14 with 2 not functional, so its only actually 2 less. Which considering how ill and busy I’ve been I am really quite happy with.

As far as next years sewing goes I’m not going to set any concrete goals, apart from the Regency dress, I managed non of mine from last year.

Before Christmas I was feeling completely overwhelmed as I had a humongous pile of mending, three zips went at once, one of them invisible 😦 Sadly two of the zips were my own fault for buying cheap zips from Rolls & Rems in Lewisham rather than decent quality zips from central London. But I got really stressed and didn’t have time and energy to sort it, & it was all piled up on my sewing table looking a mess.

So yesterday I just worked through it, & its all mended now. Specially proud of the invisible zip as that was in a shop bought dress that is one of my favourites and I would have had to throw away otherwise. Also its only my second invisible zip (I’ve been doing normal zips for years) & it went perfectly, & took a good two hours less time than my first one, which considering I had to hand stitch the lining with this one and the first one I did the lining on machine, is excellent.

I’ve tidied my workspace and my sewing cupboard, putting scraps away and making it a bit easier to get at things. I’ve bagged up my Christmas dress (sob) and put that away….I’m still not sure what to do with it. My issue actually now I come to analyse it is that now I’ve cut the fabric out it looks a little different from how I was intending & I’m not completely sold on my design idea, but I’m not feeling a lot of lolita inspiration to come up with something better at the moment, so I will shelve it for now. I was listening to a lolita podcast yesterday though and I got a bit excited, so hopefully I’ll start feeling it again soon. Its somewhere easy to get at if I want to get it out again.

For now I’m going on a jersey sewing binge. I’m making another Tilly and the buttons Coco dress (as made by me here) as since I made that its been in the wash pretty much every time, its just so comfy, & so easy to wear.

I’m going to make a couple of Sewaholic Renfrews, a pattern I’ve sewed too any times already, but a couple went in a 60 degree wash a few months ago and hell polo necks are fashionable at the moment. I’m finally going to get round to that one in red I’ve been meaning to sew for 2 years, & I’m going to do a basic one in grey.

I’ve then got attempts at Tilly’s Agnes pattern and Jennifer Lauren Vintage’s Bronte top, both of which I picked up last month.

Hopefully as I seem to have come back from Christmas with no major ailments (touch wood) I’ll manage them in a month or two. Order completely subject to change as I’m still trying to work out how to do them with the least number of changes to the overlocker thread.

All of which seems a little boring, but I do need the damn things, they’ll be quick to sew, & hopefully then I will have inspiration for a few more going off on one or lolita projects.

Anyway, I’m off to sew while I’m feeling all enthusiastic.

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

Christmas dresses -success and failure

Well the Christmas Lolita dress didn’t happen. All the pieces are cut out, even the interfacing, & it’s ready to go, but the week I was supposed to start on it, Jons grandfather died, which was very sad, but also meant that by the time we’d been sad and then traveled up to Suffolk for the funeral, I had no time left to spend on the dress. 

This is the second year I’ve tried to get underway with this one and got nowhere so maybe it’s fated. I think I’m going to bag it up as a ufo for next year as I’m not really feeling the inspiration with it at the moment. Mind you it is only the last two years I’ve tried to sew in December at all, in previous years I’ve packed my sewing machine away in late November and not got it out again till all the decorations came down in January. I always thought it was a space issue, but maybe there was logic behind it.

In more positive Xmas dress news Jon bought me a dress for Xmas from an actual shop this year. I mean omg, there was something in a shop that fit me that I wanted enough to ask for for Xmas. I didn’t wear it until today, but it being Chrostmas day today, waves and shouts Happy Christmas at everyone, I decided to wear it, & then being me, got Jon to take pictures…..

   
    
 
The dress is from Simply Be, who I must admit I have taken quite a shine to some of their clothes lately. & is worn with my ubiquitous M&S thermal underneath, partly cuz it looks cool, partly cuz it’s the middle of winter. Although it isn’t actually cold today (freak December heatwave) it is blowing a gale, so it was very difficult to get decent photos.

  
Close up of the lace on the bodice, which is actually fairly decent quality (the whole Lolita thing has given me an obsession with the quality of lace) and my necklace.

I got the necklace for Christmas today from Jons brother and his wife, & I am so happy with it. It is from Tatty Devine & I think they are hawthorn leaves and berries, & it is so witchy and Mori girl I am really happy.

Anyway, we are in Suffolk at the moment , so I am doing a bit of knitting, but no sewing can happen until I get home. I also got the most amazing clothes present from my parents this year, which is back in London, but will get a proper mention when I am reunited with it. 

Until then Have a very Hapy Christmas, or whatever you choose to celebrate! 🙂