Thursday, 22 December 2011

Happy Christmas!

In the spirit of actually having a holiday and not wearing myself out by trying to do everything this will be my last post until the new year.

Have some totally random photos of a griffin (honest) plushie that I made for a friend.  I can't even remember when/why I gave it to her, but it is kind of cute...

Made with brown fleece, gold velvet and some buttons from the button box.  No pattern but I took inspiration from a google image search I think.
Have a lovely Christmas/New Year and I will be back in January with the handmade presents I haven't been able to show you yet and (hopefully) what ever I've been making over the next week!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Party Frock

Late blog post today sorry!  I've been busy working on my last Christmas present all day, then this evening I went out to dinner with my 'craft night' friends.  Which was lovely!  And I wore the dress I'm about to show you!

I made this dress because I needed something to wear to my husband's work Christmas do.  And I figured rather than go give Monsoon a large portion of my money I'd show off my sewing skills a little.  And I love this dress!  So much!  I know, I say that about everything I make (I must come across as a very immodest blogger, I'm sorry, I don't mean too...) but this dress turned out perfectly.  It fits brilliantly, I love the fabric, the pattern was gloriously clear and easy to follow...  Everything was just right!  And I've worn it twice in three days and I'm debating wearing it on Christmas day.  I can't think of anything else I've made for myself that I have such an intense love for.  Anyway, enough prattling on, to the photos!

The pattern is Simplicity 2398, version C but modified to have version A/B straps permanently attached (I'm never going to wear it without straps so why button them?).  The material is embroidered brown taffeta.  I must confess to largely choosing this fabric because it was on sale.  I love brown though and the flowers give the dress just enough detail to be interesting I think, so I don't think it was a bad choice!

Not entirely sure what I'll show you on Thursday, but I'm sure something will inspire me before then!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Fleece Scraps

Morning all!  An early post today as I have unexpected free time this morning!  So, yes fleece scraps.  Remember the Rainbow Coat?  Well due to it's construction and the fact I always over estimate fabric I had quite a lot of fleece leftover.  So I've been making tasselled hats and arm warmers!

This little lot were given as Christmas presents (already opened and admired so I can show them off here) on Saturday.  I made hats for several people and they caused much hilarity as they were put on and funny faces were made.  I'm told the arm warmers will find uses as kit so hooray!

And as you can see here I decided that 'Uvvie'  needed a hat to keep his pointy ears warm!  I have made a few others as well, but sadly failed to take photographs so you'll just have to imagine many hats all like this in a myriad of colours...

Monday, 12 December 2011

Larp Cloak

As promised last week - we're back onto kit!  Here's a cloak I made last week.  Navy fleece (I love fleece) and a gold button and chain clasp make up most of the information about this cloak.  Well that and it was made about a foot shorter than my normal cloaks as the player was worried about falling over the hem.

   Billowing cloak - always a good look!

For extra security it's got fabric ties at waist height so it doesn't billow too much when action is required!

I'm still madly busy with present making, but slowly but surely coming to the end.  On Thursday I plan to show you what I've been making with my fleece left overs!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Patchwork Again...

I don't think I've shown you this blanket yet, despite the fact it's been gracing my sofa for a fair few months now (except when I take it camping anyway).  Anyway, it came to my attention as I photographed the presents on the sofa (can't show you those yet, sorry...) so here it is.

Sorry for the brevity of posts at the moment, but whilst I am really enjoying making things for all my nearest and dearest the time it takes is a lot and it leaves me with nothing to say to you all!  I'd tell you all about the pretty little things I've made except that most of those I make for read this so I can't and keep the surprise!

I'll have a new cloak to show you on Monday and hopefully by next Thursday I'll have some of my steampunk gear photographed but no promises I'm afraid.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Christmas Presents

Again, not much to show on the larp kit front, I've been too busy making Christmas presents!  And as I don't think my husbands side of the family read this blog I thought I'd show you some of the things I've made them!

First up, for my wonderful nieces I wanted something fun, that wasn't clothing (they both enjoy clothes so I buy them stuff fairly regularly and I wanted gifts that are a little different).

As you can see, I opted to make them personalised bunting!  Megan loves blue and her room is pink, she also loves a more ordered look so I went for a simple theme for her.  Charlotte is a little bit more free spirited so I used more colours and went for a more patched effect.  I like both strings but I think Charlotte's would be my favourite if I had to chose!

For my husband's grandmother we've framed a picture I painted a while ago.  I'm not overly gifted in the painting department, but it turns out I can run up an ink and water colour still life reasonably well!

It's the frame that makes a picture though, and I think my wonderful husband did a great job picking this one out!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

LARP Guard Kit Makeover

Hey all, super quick post today as I am beyond busy and then some! 

Have a couple of pics of my new guard tabbard and shield cover, both sporting the kingdom defender symbol.  It's amazing what you can do with a spare hour or two, polycotton and an overlocker!

Sunshine in November?  Argh!
I quite like this as a uniform...

And for those who read this and also larp at BLADES, yes Katrin is going for most assorted random uniform ever!

See you all next week!