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365 Project – Days 33 – 39

On the 3rd of feb i took a few pictures of some terracotta warrior statues I bought from China. I’m hoping to make a nice item from them for my shop.

On the 4th I took some more pictures of my products wrapping, this time showing the inside too.

The 5th saw me realise I could fit into the skirt I had made, despite it being designed for children, and so I thought I’d model it to give an idea of how it looks on. Just a shame that I had bad lighting, no tripod and no one to take it for me. I’m not the best with timers.

On the 6th I saw what a week of no work would do for my hands as my nails and skin looked lovely for the first time in years! I really cannot wait to get a new job.

On the 7th I was in the north. I thought the trees in my mums’ garden looked pretty cool silhouetted against the darkening sky.

On Saturday the 8th I took Ashley to Blacktoft Sands where we saw lots of marsh harriers hunting.

Today I took pictures of the birds in my mums garden. There were a few blue tits and great tits, it’s just a shame they didn’t come closer.

My photography is definitely improving, but I still have a long way to go!

Claire x

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Blue Flower Cardigan

I love this cardigan. I find it is very versatile and perfect to team up with a casual jean or a dressy skirt.

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Yesterday I wore it with some pin striped jeans and boots for the smart-casual look.

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I tied my hair up in a french plait (although not the neatest plait i’ve ever done) and did a big smokey eye look.

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I also wore my three favourite rings. The one on my right hand I bought in China. The large heart and banded heart were from a table top sale and a vintage stall.

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I finished the look off with a cute hair bow.

I think it’s important to have a few items like this cardigan which can be worn with many different styles, hopefully i’ll have a chance to wear it more dressed up soon!


WI Finchley Frost Fair!

Tomorrow is the Day of the WI Finchley Frost Fair!

I will be there along with other great crafters such as Making MosaicsMahliqa wire jewelleryTom Butcher Ceramics, Stu Gardener Designs and many many more!

I’m a little worried to have my crafts sat along side all these artists and definitely wish I had more stock, but I am excited non the less. Just have a 12 -close shift (yes that’s 13+ hours) to get out of the way and then I can get even more excited!

Here are a couple of my new Items you might be able to see there:

A cute, double layered, polkadot skirt for a toddler.

A little boys apron, so he can make mud pies or what ever little boys like to eat.

Hope to see you there!!

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 🙂

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). 🙂

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.  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!