Saturday, 8 December 2012

A Skirt that fits like a Glove

I spent Monday & Tuesday this week making a Birthday present for myself: a fitted skirt.
I took a 2-day one-to-one dressmaking course with a lovely lady called Jane from Unique Couture to learn the basics of dressmaking resulting in a fitted skirt made to my very own measurements. I learnt so much more than just the basics, from pattern cutting to a professional finish in what can only be described as the most pleasant and welcoming company in Jane's home. I brought along my own machine and Jane showed me how to use it and get the most out of it.

Here's me cutting fabric from a pattern adjusted to fit my measurements ...

dressmaking: pattern cutting

... and here's me in action sewing ...

sewing

... and my machine getting put to its proper use for the first time ever ...

sewing

... et voilĂ  the finished object: the skirt, that fits like a glove ...

handmade skirt

... including almost invisible darts, ...

dressmaking: darts

... a hidden zip, ...

dressmaking: zip

... and a proper waistband.

dressmaking: waistband

And here it is the finished object, ...

handmade skirt

all tucked in to show you the full fitted glory of it, ...

handmade skirt

handmade skirt

and how I probably will be wearing it in the future.

handmade skirt

handmade skirt

handmade skirt

Sorry about all the posing, but I'm just so proud of my achievement.

I finished the skirt on Tuesday and although I didn't exactly wrap it, I added it to my pile of Birthday presents on Wednesday.

I still can't believe I managed to make something so wearable in such a short space of time. I think all that's left for me to do now, is to keep practicing  I've already bought some bright red heavy cotton material, so I can try to make another version of this skirt all by myself while everything is still fresh in memory, so watch this space for some more awesomeness.

Last, but not least for anyone based in the UK, I cannot recommend Jane and her expert advice enough if you want to learn how to make your own clothes.

Monday, 5 November 2012

More Halloween Pics

As you may have guessed from my last post I had a lot of fun on Halloween.

This year we actually celebrated at work.

I won 1st prize for my costume.

A teeny weeny crochet witch hat ...

Halloween Witch

... and a quick 1-hour skirt from black and silver Halloween fabric.

Halloween Witch Skirt

I also won 3rd prize in the pumpkin carving competition for my prison themed pumpkin, which was quite apt seeing that I occasionally work in a prison.

Halloween Pumpkin Prison and Cute Pumpkin

Pumpkin Prison

Here are all the entries lined up.

Halloween Pumpkins

We also had a fun speed-mummification competition.

Halloween Pumpkins

And last, but not least to end a fun day and night I had this little collection of spooky beers and ales.

Halloween Beers

Needless to say I only had one. It was a "school night" after all.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Pretty in Pink

Earlier this week it was time again for our annual charity event at work to raise money for Breast Cancer Research.

We had a baking competition which naturally lead to a cake bazaar, where everyone could eat as much as they could for a small donation.


Here's my contribution: pink ginger bread awareness ribbons.


As the theme of the event is called "Wear it Pink" everyone accessorised or dressed up in pink. 
I fear I may have taken things a bit too far with my bright pink crochet scarf and my 10-minute tulle skirt, both made especially for the occasion.


Thursday, 11 October 2012

A Day at the Museum

The other day Jamie and I went to Ryedale Folk Museum, a great open air museum in North Yorkshire. There was far too much to discover in the few hours we were there, so we're planning on going back there in spring.

There were many old buildings giving you an idea of what ordinary life throughout history must have been like including lots of workshops ...


 and a little old fashioned high-street with historic shops.



Check out the pretty buttons.


There even was a replica of an Iron Age dwelling ...


... and a display of local witch craft tools ...


... including this amazing magick spell book ...


... and this witch post which is one of only 20 known examples.


The model village with its working wind mill and water wheel was pretty impressive too.



The weather wasn't great that day and when I was looking for shelter from the rain, I discovered the fibre craft workshops that were held that day. 

Some very enthusiastic ladies showed me how to wet-felt ...


... and needle-felt. This project was based on a water colour painting that looked pretty as it was, but its interpretation in wool was simply amazing.


One lady finally taught me how to spin using a drop spindle.


And while I was learning new skills and was getting lots and lots of ideas for projects, Jamie made friends with some of the super cute farm cats.



Sunday, 30 September 2012

Cute as a Button?

Well, a rather naughty one in this case. I made it for a colleague of mine - he asked for it!
By that I don't mean that he deserves an insult, but that he actually wanted one like that after seeing a similar one.



It's a simple cross stitched self covering button that was so quick to make. I'm planning on making more four letter word buttons as well as smaller ones with single letters to spell out more insults.