Thursday, 23 November 2017

Hat for Ossia

As I can't wear a hood when in Ossia's antlers, I made a hat to keep my head warm instead!

I used this pattern, but on bigger needles in chunky yarn, as I have a big head!

The antler headband pokes though the knitting beautifully and it keeps my head super snuggly!  Very pleased with it and longing to play Ossia again as a result.

Monday, 20 November 2017

A Very Victorian Vampiric Masquerade...

We had a ball at our Vampire larp last month and not only did I make myself a dress but I also made one for the GM!

The pattern is Simplicity 7026, made in white taffeta and purple crinkled taffeta.

 The bodice is trimmed with satin and organza ribbon and it has lace and ribbon rosebud trim.

 I'm quite pleased with it!

Here's a pic of both of us in action (so you get a sneak peak of my frock too!)

Thursday, 16 November 2017

A Tudor Gentleman

I don't often make elaborate men's costumes but when I get the chance, I enjoy it!

This outfit comprises of three garments that I made, a doublet, jerkin and over robe.

And here is the lovely Gentleman Gamer in his kit.  Doesn't he look dashing?

First up is his doublet, from Simplicity 4059.  I used the short version but added the sleeves, which I modified by not buttoning them up.

It's made of needlecord and lined in lining fabric.  Oh! I also added a mandarin collar!

Next up, we have a jerkin,  This is made from  he same pattern as the doublet.


 Aren't those pretty buttons?  I love them!  No idea what fabric this is made from I'm afraid as I dug it out of the stash to colour match the over-robe and it worked so well I ended up using it!

The over-robe is made from wool, has a fake lining of cotton and is trimmed in cotton velvet.  I loosely based it on Butterick B5626, but I drafted my own robe back and front in the end.

I had a lot of fun making all of this and I think he had as much fun wearing it!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Tiny Larp Kit - Part 1

So....   Ages and ages and ages ago, I made Lizard some teeny tiny larp kit so she could match her Mummy on the field.  And goodness me I had so much fun making it!

All photos in this blog post were taken by the fabulously talented Katy Page!

 Tiny Lizard!  This seems so long ago.  (The photos were taken in April I think, I'm rubbish at getting stuff up on time).  Anyhow, this is her warm dress.  It's brown fleece and trimmed with lace.  It zips up the back and is a modified version of this pattern.  I added sleeves and the zip I think.

She had two tiny pinafores to go over her dresses as the theme of her kit is vaguely Victorian.  I say vaguely because we felt it was more important her clothing was easy to get on her and washable than especially authentic.  But I did love making the pinafores!

The pinafore is white cotton and this one is trimmed with white broderie anglaise and baby pink ribbon.  It fastens on the back with rainbow buttons.

I was also responsible for the shoes - Lizards Easter present and I'm so sad she grew out of them!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Birthday Cake!

Whilst we're on the subject of birthdays, Stepchild had one so I baked a cake!  Due to the numerous intolerances various people in this family have it's gluten free and vegan.  I got the recipe here.

Happy Birthday Squiggle!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Birthday Embroidery

Another birthday gift!  I made this (and gifted it) a while back and it was a such a fun, sweet make!

It's redwork back stitched on calico and framed.  There's nothing else I can say about it other than I really enjoyed making it!

Thursday, 2 November 2017


I seem to know a lot fo small people keen on dinos atm!  Still, it made making this birthday present a lot of fun!

I had two requests for this.  Firstly, it had to be a dinosaur and secondly, it had to be pink!  I think I nailed it (lucky for me no specific dinosaur type was named).

 I used this tutorial and made it from pink and white fleece.

It's a very dinky dino!  I really enjoyed making it and I hope the birthday girl enjoyed receiving it!

Monday, 30 October 2017

New Coat!

So, I didn't mean to have multiple weeks away from blogging, but I was so busy sewing I ran out of time for writing!  Must try harder to find the balance again....

Any how, I do at least have a fair few things to show you and some of them have benefited from Katy's excellent photography skills!

So, as the weather is turning cold, I really needed a new coat and as I had some gorgeous English wool left over (from a project I'll show you another day) I turned my head to the thoughts of warm but also sparkly and this is what I made!

The pattern is McCalls 6800 Version B.

The outer fabric is English wool and it's lined in satin. 

I added corset lacing to the back, just because it's a detail I love and I've wanted a coat with it for a while now!  I also added ribbons to the cuffs, collar and hem and buttons, diamantes and butterflies to the lapels.

The buttons are shell and I was so pleased at how well everything co-ordinates!  I bought the coat buttons, corset lacing ribbon and lining fabric and everything else came from my stash so it's been a great stash buster!

 As you can see from my face - I'm quite pleased with this!  And now, for what I think it the first time ever, I leave you with a video!  I advise watching with the sound off (I didn't know Katy was filming or I'd have shut up!)

Monday, 11 September 2017


I freely admit photography is not one of my better skills and that the photos I use here tend to be rough and ready.  However, just occasionally, I do manage a good picture!

I didn't make anything she's wearing (although I did do her hair!) I just really like this photo!

Back on Thursday with Stuff I Made!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Rose T-Shirt

After I made my last dress, I found I had just enough fabric to run myself up a t-shirt!

 I am so pleased with this shirt!  I might even like it more than my dress!

 It is, as all my t-shirts are, made using the Alabama Chanin pattern!

 The problem with standing under a hole in a barn door that swallows use to get to their nests is that you get a bit dive bombed by swallows!

For novelty value for you, dear reader, Mr Kit and I took these photo's on a farm whilst we were on holiday.  I got some amazing fabric that I can't wait to show you!