Thursday, 23 October 2014

Faye's Bridesmaid's Dress

So - let's start with some bridesmaid's dresses. I asked my bridesmaids to design their own dresses, and whilst the adults had a little steering in the direction of colour and style, my two god-daughters (who were 8 and 9 on the day of the wedding) had complete free reign with their outfits.

The original sketch of Faye's dress

Photos copyright

Looking cool before we
entered the church
Faye is eight years old (and used to be known as Erin, and before that Poppy, and before that Erin again - she's a fickle pickle! I'd complain, but I was exactly the same at her age), and she had some really specific design features that she wanted, foremost of which was 'spaghetti straps' which I understand are the highlight of sophistication! (Actually, initially both girls wanted strapless dresses, but we managed to talk them out of that...)
I made this pattern from Butterick 4385 and it was a relatively easy sew, although the pattern sizes are 7-12, and I had to make the 8 year old's mostly in the age & size, and the 9 year old's I had to grade down from the age 7!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Wedding Decorations

Many thanks to all the people who took photographs at my wedding (most notably luthaisea and vollsanger) - going back to work after our staycation honeymoon many people asked me if I had any photographs... to which I responded in a baffled tone "No... I didn't take any... I was a bit busy"

The entrance to church - with my mammy waiting for me

Anyway, so on to the decorations.

The way in
The way out
Outside the church we had some hessian bunting which I made myself - it was super quick and easy to do, just stencilled letters and white acrylic paint - couldn't have been easier. I made it so they said our christian names on the way in, and then Mr & Mrs on the way out - super cute, almost vomit worthy, but if there's one day I can get away with twee decorations it's my wedding day right?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Two Tiny Dresses

So, before I throw you fully into wedding madness, something else FAR MORE IMPORTANT happened in September. My godsister had a baby girl! This was awesome for many reasons, including it being her first child - and she is utterly gorgeous! My godsister lives way out in crete, so I can't go and meet the little darling, but I could send her some presents.

Please excuse the creepy model in these pictures, it's a doll I'm fixing which my niece broke, and was a convenient model to use.

I decided to whip up a couple of little peasant dresses, just like I made for my cousin's baby girl. The first of the dresses I made absolutely true to the pattern - although I lined it, as I made it out of broderie anglaise. I used the same lining technique as I did on my maxi dress (although obviously much MUCH smaller) and also lined the adorable matching bloomers.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014



This is me entering the church with my big brother and
one of my super efficient bridesmaid's (Photo copyright
I haven't posted in FOREVER. I got wrapped in up moving house and getting married and doing all sorts of important things like that - so I have some posts photographed but not yet written, that you shall get to see soon, and hopefully pictures of my new house as it shapes up nicely (the kitchen has gone from HORRIFIC to AWESOME)

Obviously, I will be doing full blog posts regarding each intricate detail of the wedding - I made 4 bridesmaids dresses, my own dress, designed my bouquets (which my bridesmaids, God love them, made the night before the wedding, whilst I was sat up hemming my wedding dress...), and a bunch of the decorations... plus a LOT of jelly, but I don't think there are photographs of that!

This is me and Mr P, making our vows with
my big brother and his best friend, oh and
the back of Luthaisea's head with a very
pretty hair clip (Photo copyright my cousin)
In the mean time, I've filched some pictures that friends have put up on social media sites, so I'll share you some loveliness from the day.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Petticoat Tutorial

EXCITING TIMES… you get a bit of a ‘wedding preview’ today… or rather, you get a peek up some wedding skirts – scandalous I know! I made petticoats for myself and my adult bridesmaids, and they were actually SUPRISINGLY EASY TO MAKE – so I thought I’d share how I did it.
What you will need for this tutorial:

  • Sewing machine
  • Lining fabric
  • Tulle ribbon
  • Gathering foot (technically, yes this is optional, but trust me, you don’t want to do this without a gathering foot… you really don’t)
  • Overlocker (genuinely optional – I used it, you could just use a zigzag stitch wherever I’ve overlocked) (Also this is a Serger to anyone who is speaking american... just to confuse you)

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Rohan Skater Shorts

Please excuse the rubbish last
minute photos taken on my bed
So, I promised to talk about shorts - and shorts I will discuss! I actually made two pairs of these, one in a size 6, and one in a size 2 (that’s boys sizes btw) but I only have pictures of the size 6 - so apologies for that, if I get pictures of the other pair, I’ll put them up at a later date!

I knew I had to make something for my nephew and my godson, as I’d already made not one but two<link> outfits for my niece, and my goddaughters are getting new clothes for the wedding - so I figured it was the turn of the boys. I’m not ultra familiar with sewing boys clothes, but my nephew had gotten a skateboard for christmas, so I thought a pair of the Rohan Skater Shorts by the crafty kitty would be perfect!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Failure on the First: BLOG FAILURE

Handmade shorts for
my nephew
So, this month's failure on the first is on the second. THAT'S THE FIRST FAILURE. The second is that I haven't updated in like, 2 weeks. I'm really sorry guys! 

Totally easy to make petticoat
And this isn't even a real blog post. I can tell you what I've got coming up though - I've made these cute shorts for my nephew, they're way too big for him, but I'm pretty proud of that. I'll do a full blog and pattern review shortly (heh, no pun intended!)

I've prepped a tutorial for making petticoats that look like this! Cute huh? And they're really easy to make as well, make sure you stick around to check that out.

Chocolate bajillionaire
I made some blueberry muffins and some apple muffins. They are TASTY. And I totally managed to sew in an invisible zip. This is ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GREATEST KIND I also managed to make chocolate millionaire flapjack which was DAIRY FREE, which is quite impressive, as I had to condense the soya milk myself in order to make the caramel. And then I added hundreds and thousands, which made it chocolate bajillionaire flapjack by my standards!

Muffins are tasty, and
contain fruit, so they must
be healthy too
Works in progress include a couple of cute little baby outfits for my friend who is expecting a little girl in September, a rag rug which is going swimmingly and using up ALL MY SCRAPS, it's the ultimate scrap busting project. Work on my dress is going well and still top secret, the two adult bridesmaids dresses are finally finished, and I've started on the kid's dresses.
This was my rag rug a few
weeks ago, it's much more
huge now!

Hopefully, Mr P and I will be moving house shortly, so I shall have some HOMEMAKING posts to update you guys on - it's still a rental, so my hands will be tied with regards to a lot of things, but I'm excited, and I've already got loads of plans!

So yeah, failure on the first, is failing to be on the first... or even for the past two weeks. I solemnly swear I shall endeavour to do better (and show you cute baby clothes!)