Monday, 8 September 2014

Blog Hop...

I'm blog hopping….
The lovely and slightly insane Lou from "In which a bit of an enthusiast sews six patterns in a year"...go check her out! She is hilarious and she plays the bass guitar! Anyway, she has sent me a bunch of questions which I have been mulling over and will now attempt to answer. Here we gooooo…

Why do I write?
Good question. I'm not a lover of writing haha! Seriously my housemate practically wrote my dissertation at college! (lets hope my tutors aren't reading this) Why on earth do you have a blog I hear you say! I started this blog a few years back because I was making lots of things and doing nothing with them. I needed a little focus so I started blogging just to give myself some amusement. In the last year or so I have tweeted a few pics and blog posts, it turns out other people are actually interested in what I have made. Really I'm a lover of a photo. Nothing pleases me more than a blog post full of photos! I'm a keen instagrammer too if your interested! 

What am I working on?
As any of you creative bods will know the list is endless… until recently for me! I have stopped buying patterns, fabric, wool, thread etc until I complete all of my partly finished projects. So recently I finally used my 80's curtain fabric to make a skirt. So much love for that fabric!

Of course I do have my next project lined up and something I have wanted to make for a few years is a coat/cape for the winter. I want to make in a bright pink wool so I'm on the search for a perfect pattern. Let me know if you have anything to inspire me!

An on going project is my little Etsy shop. I make kids T-shirts and baby bloomers. This all started with me making  a few clothes for Amelie (thats my baby, see pic below for the most amazing mono brow expression) Friends kept asking where I got her clothes from (I once caught a friend searching for a label in Amelie’s baby bloomers!) so I decided to sell some stuff. I opened a shop and its good fun! 

How does it differ from others of its genre?
It doesn't have much written going on! I did a three year costume production degree which involved writing down every single process we did for everything we made. I left college nearly 6 years ago and I am still not ready to write another step by step guide!

How does my writing process work?
It goes like this.... finish project, take photos (usually with my remote in hand), sit on photoshop for hours editing (my favourite bit!) do a bit of writing, publish the post. Then I send a panicked txt to my husband and mum to check spellings and grammar. I must learn to get them to check it before I publish...I get way overexcited! This year has been a quieter year on the blog due to the baby arriving in January. I'm hoping now I have a routine going on I can do a few more posts and keep everyone entertained! 

Check it out, I was huuuuge! 

And so to my nomination… Zoe from TadpegsThis blogger amazes me with the amount she blogs knowing she has three little children and a part time job. Where does she find the time, nobody knows! I have known Zoe for a very long time, we used to go on camping holidays together as kids! Tadpegs is a all about the homemade lifestyle, food, craft, sewing and photography. Zoe is on a journey to make life homemade and inspire you to do the same! Go check her out next week when she will be joining the blog hop. 

Im now exhausted after all that writing... laters! x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

What do you do with a pair curtains...?

You make a skirt out of them! or at least I do! :)

I got these little beauties from the charity shop for a fiver... could they be any more 80s!! 


This is a Tilly Buttons picnic blanket skirt (with a few changes!) click here for the tutorial  
I'm not one for a waisted skirt so I have made it to sit low on my hips and taken the hem short. 
In total this skirt cost me £2.55! I used one of the curtains and the zip also came from the charity shop for 5p! BARRRGAIN!
If you want to get good at gathers this is the pattern for you. Tillys tutorial on gathering your fabric is a winner. Gather your fabric in small chunks so the thread doesn't snap is a top tip. I have had many an evening re doing my gathering stitches because they kept snapping once I started pulling them to for the gathers. 


So there's another item to add to my homemade wardrobe!