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1920’s Prohibition Era Ball

My boyfriend has finally started University! Unfortunately his loan hasn’t come through yet, but hopefully it wont be long.

His Freshers Ball was in the Theme of the Prohibition Era. Luckily I had the night of work because I was so excited to dress up in tassels and big feathery head pieces!

Unfortunately I ended up working a lot before going (4 people have just left my work including one of the managers meaning we’re pretty low on staff) so I didn’t have time to buy the amazing outfit I had envisioned.

Instead we had a quick run to Camden on the day to of the ball as we figured it would be the best place to find some vintage looking outfits. I did see some lovely and perfect outfits but unfortunately my budget would not allow for them. I also saw some cheaper outfits which again would have been perfect but I just couldn’t justify spending Β£20 on them when I knew I wouldn’t wear them again.

In the end I settled for a cheap cream lace number. It didn’t quite fit the style (it had too much shape to it really) but I figured I could make it more 1920’s with some accessories and make-up. I knew I had some shoes somewhere that we’re very 1920’s, but unfortunately I seem to have left them in the north so I settled with some matching lace heels.

I ended up tying a ribbon round my waist, not all that 1920’s but it looked pretty and gave me a big bow on the back (I love big bows!). I also wore a few long, beaded necklaces to try and make up for the lack of tassels. For the headpiece I used an old sparkly headband I wore when I danced the charleston with my old dance school (how appropriate!) and attached a big flower to it as I didn’t have any feathers.

For my make-up I made it quite simple just adding some eyeliner and then bright red lipstick. I wasn’t about to cut all my hair off into a 1920’s bob, so I just left it as it was, straight and long.

Considering my lack of time and money I think I actually looked pretty good!

It turned out to be a really good night. Just him and I dancing like idiots whilst getting a little merry.

It’s a shame the journey back wasn’t quite so fun. Our flat is really hard to get to with the night buses. This meant we had to take 2 buses and then walk for 40 minutes, which wouldn’t be too bad if it wasn’t freezing and absolutely pouring it down with rain.

Hopefully there’ll be many more good nights out soon, if I’m not working too much that is.

‘Till next time!!

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Penguin Fashion

Yesterday I went into work and found that one of my bosses had a surprise for me!

It was this Penguin Hat!!

I was so excited I actually squeeled. Apparently she just had to buy it for me because it seemed so perfect! (She knows of my love for novelty hats and knows about The Penguin Theory)

I will definitely be wearing this non stop from now on.


Getting into the Festive Spirit!

I’ve finally listed my first christmas Item on Etsy! This lovely festive stocking

It is fully lined and the outer fabric is made of a green, and a red and gold cotton. The perfect edition to your fireplace!

I even included my own hand-stitched logo on the back!

My mum has already asked if I can do this in blue and gold (the colours she decorates the house in at christmas) for her. If anyone else would like one of these in different colours, or even a different design, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Hopefully I will be creating some more festive Items soon! Maybe another stocking or two πŸ™‚

For now though I’m going to start an exciting project which will create some fabulous gifts for small children!

I will definitely be listing more and more items soon though as I create more stock for the festive season, I’ve also been applying for lots of christmas craft fairs! Fingers crossed at least one of them wants me! πŸ™‚

‘Till next time!


New and Old Item Updates

I’ve been a busy bee lately. Not only working long shifts at the day job (a 10 hour shift the other day!) but i’ve been busy taking pictures and sewing.

I decided that some of my older listings in my Etsy shop had some pretty poor images and so thought it was time to update them. So far i’ve updated these Large Orange EarringsΒ and these Gold Triple Stranded Earrings.

I’ve also taking pictures of a new set of earrings that have been made for a while but never listed. These Venetian Glass and Pearl Earrings are now available in my shop! (And with it i’ve reached 20 items!!)

But i’ve got more! Last night I finally got round to finishing off a tie for my boyfriend. He loves playing Minecraft (and I actually really enjoy it too) so I thought he might appreciate a Minecraft styled tie. Β I have loads of Green material and so thought a creeper (one of the monsters in game which explode if you get too close) would be a great choice.

I think it’s come out great! One of the eyes is a little wonky, but overall I’m very proud of my work, so much so that this is now also available in my shop (made to order)! This is also more the route I want my items to go down from now on, cute, fun and quirky items.

A tie that will literally blow everyone away!

For now though I need to eat and then go to work, so that’s enough photographing and editing for today! Hopefully I will be updating with more new items soon!

Till next time!


Improved Skirt and Trouble with Post

As I promised, I have improved on the skirt I made the other day. I found that the waistline was extremely messy as the material had been rather hard to work with. I just cut out a strip of black fabric, folded over the edges and folded it over the top, simple but extremely effective! I absolutely love the result. Makes it look so much neater!

Now i’m working on my next project. I have a few halloween things in mind to make (although I’m not sure If I really have enough fabric in the right colours) and also all those Christmas items still in mind along with a few other projects.

But before that I think i’m going to play my new Sims 3 game I bought with a voucher I got for my birthday. I actually had quite a shock when it arrived yesterday. It had been sent to my mums house, as I’d forgotten to change the delivery address, and she’d nicely sent it on to me by recorded delivery with some other post as well.

We’ve always had a problem with our post, our postman just drops everything off downstairs despite tesco telling him it doesn’t belong there but he really doesn’t care. I went downstairs yesterday to see if there was any post for us and found my package on the floor and torn open. Even the letters inside had been opened and then put back in. We’re wondering if it was someone searching for some form of identity to steal as my new game and all the other post was safe and sound. Luckily for us we found Ash’s passports (they’d been sent off to student finance) safe in tesco.

Both these packages had to be signed for (the sims game recorded delivery and the passports on special) and we’d been in all day, yet no one had even rung our doorbell. Obviously we’re really not very impressed with Royal Mail at the moment.

I told my mum about it and she immediately got on the phone to complain to them, hopefully something will come of it.

But at least nothing was stolen, so now I get to play Sims before carrying on with a bit more sewing πŸ™‚

Till next time!!


Top to Skirt : Mini Tutorial

As promised here’s the tutorial for making a skirt from a top. I’m sorry it’s not the most detailed tutorial ever, i kept getting too engrossed in actually making the item and forgot to take as many pictures as i’d have liked, but for what I lack in images, i will try to make up in words. Luckily this is a very simple tutorial so you shouldn’t get too lost (hopefully). πŸ™‚

As you can tell in the ‘before’ photos, this top was a pretty bad fit. Even my boyfriend agreed that it made me look pregnant (Such a charmer!). It was also rather uncomfortable around the arm holes. But i loved the fabric and so couldn’t just throw it away!

The first step was to unpick all the seams. I removed the straps and the band around the middle. This middle band also kept the top attached to the bottom which was useful as I only needed the bottom to make the skirt. I also removed the zip. I left the seams around the edges to save having to hem them later and wasting time and thread. I also left the seams down either side so the skirt was practically made already! (I did tell you this was very easy right?)

Luckily I happened to already have a zip that fitted the, now shorter, zip space.

So these are the only two parts I really needed. The bottom half of the top and a zip.

Next I used a zig zag stitch over the top edge of the skirt (where you’ve just unpicked) to help stop the fraying. For this part I had to use an overcasting foot, if your machine isn’t able to change feet (like my old one) or you don’t have an overcasting foot you will have to do this bit by hand.

Next you have to create a hem. I did this by folding the edge of the fabric over twice to give a nice clean finish and to also help against the material fraying again. At this point I also folded a little handmade label into the top ready to be stitched along with the hem. I ironed the folds before sewing just to make it easier. Unfortunately I found that this fabric was still a little uncooperative and the top of my skirt has come out a little wonky, something I am working on fixing at the moment (but again work has got in the way)

I actually did too rows of stitching just for a little extra strength.

Hopefully you haven’t touched the bottom of the shirt/skirt and so nothing needs doing to it. This means that all that’s left to do is insert the zip. Unfortunately I completely forgot to take any pictures of this part as I was far too excited about being able to sew my first zip with a machine. Β Again this part is one where you need a good sewing machine and a zipper foot or else you’ll have to sew it in my hand (i really do hate hand sewing, especially zips)

Tada! A simple skirt finished and ready to wear!

As I said before, the top is very uneven on mine as the fabric was rather difficult to work with. I am planning on neatening this up soon though and will post the results.

Till next time!


Finally The Skirt is Made!

I’ve finally managed to complete my project! It only took me like a week? :/

Unfortunately I don’t have time to do the tutorial as I promised. It’s been a very busy day (walking to the petrol station to fill up my empty car has taken up most of my time) and now I have work. I will definitely write it tomorrow though. (it is already half written, I promise)

Until then, here’s a picture of me in the new item!

In case anyone’s interested, this skirt is now available on Etsy right here

Till next time!


More Photoshoots!

I’ve been a busy little bee taking lots of pictures of my stock. I feel like i’ve got better at editing them as well. I still have lots more to edit and lots more to still take pictures of, but it’s getting done and i’m able to upload more and more items to my etsy. Hopefully i’ll be able to reach the magic number of 100 listings sometime soon, but i’m a long way off for now. Until then here’s some from my newest photoshoot, a stripy tie for the men! (Available here)

 

I think my photographing and editing skills have developed a lot in this last week, and i still haven’t even read the photography book i got for my birthday. I’m quite tempted to do a little tutorial on the tricks I use (whether or not they’re the best way to do things). Would any one be interested in one?

For now though, I have to get ready for work. Not sure if I should really be going though as i’ve done something to my back and seem to have a hard time standing up. I should really go to the doctors but i can’t really afford to be taking time off …I guess i’ll just have to see what it’s like after tonight.

I have more photographs ready to be edited for tomorrow, and even more items to take pictures of! I also still have a lot of sewing projects on the go. It’s all go at The Penguin Theory!

‘Till next time! πŸ™‚


Some new Aprons

It’s been a while since I uploaded anything to Etsy. I’ve just been too tired from working a lot. Not helped by working until close this week (I usually get home around 2) and we’ve had roadworks outside our window waking me up every morning. I was tempted to complain about it, as it’s really not fair if people have to work nights, but then again, they’re just doing their job and it’s probably something that really needs doing.

But any way, I’ve decided to go through all my old stock and retake the pictures. There’s a lot that I haven’t even put onto Etsy and so I think it’s time I finally uploaded them. So far i’ve only listed a couple of Aprons, but there are a lot more to come!

Blue/Green Striped Apron

Pink Flower Apron

I’m also still working on some other projects which should hopefully be completed soon. So many projects in the pipeline but it seems like so little time to do them!

Well, I better get cracking I suppose. πŸ™‚

‘Till next time!


Adorable Accessories to Match The Penguin Theory!

When I got home from work today I decided to check on my Etsy.

I saw this brooch come up in my Activity feed and immediately squeeled! It’s just so adorable! I feel like I should buy this and wear it at a Christmas craft fair.

I also found matching stud earrings which were just as cute!

My mum said that I should try and make it myself but to be honest, as much as I do enjoy polymer clay, I think I want to concentrate on my sewing for now. However, I will keep it in mind for the future. πŸ™‚