Thursday, 31 August 2017

Birthday Gift - Game

I had a lot of fun making a travel noughts and crosses game for Caled for his birthday!

Isn't it fun?  The rocks have been painted with nail polish, then drawn on with sharpies, then varnished with pva glue.

The bag is blue cotton drill, stitched in yellow and the drawstring is yellow satin ribbon.  It was a quick but fun make and I'm wondering what other games I could sew in travel style for my larp characters!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Tiny Top

I made a thing for Starbug,

I don't see why girls can't have swords and ruffles.  I mean, I do!  I based it off this pattern from Fleece is Fun, but added the sleeve and hem ruffles myself.

Thursday, 24 August 2017


I finished a knitted thing in less than a year!  I bought the yarn and pattern for this at the Knitting and Stitching Show last October and I have enjoyed slowly working on it over the winter and the spring.

The pattern is four lines and simple enough for me to memorize!  It said it took six balls of yarn, so I bought six and knitted to the end.

 The yarn is Stylecraft Alpaca Tweedy Chunky.  I really liked the pinky red the pattern illustration is knitted in but sadly I look awful in that colour so I plumped for this pretty blue instead!

It's lovely and snuggly and I really enjoy wearing it!  I just need a pretty shawl pin to complete the look now...

Monday, 21 August 2017


I am both sad and pleased that this is the last fabric from my German stash all used up.  Sad because it's all been such lovely fabric to work with, but pleased because I can now justify buying a new stash when I head out there later in the month!

Any which way, this hoodie has to be the most popular thing I've ever made!  Every time I've worn it I've had compliments on it, that turn to awe when I mention I made it!

I made it using Choly Knight's Women's Fitted Cosplay Hoodie Pattern.  I made the most basic version, so as not to detract from my fabric, though, I did add ears to it!

 It's so comfy!  And such a good fit!  I didn't have to make any adjustments to the pattern at all, which is my favourite type of pattern.

 As for my fabric, it's a sweat-shirting of some kind with a beautiful fox and flower print all over it.  I have lined the hood with a white t-shirting but other than that left it unlined so as to have the full effect of the gorgeous fluffy wrong side of the fabric.

 I am so in love with this hoodie and I'm already planning my next one.  Perhaps there will be more suitable fabric awaiting me abroad?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Review - Katy Page Designs Earrings

So, one of the many reasons I am very lucky is that I have some amazingly talented friends.  Today I am going to tell you about my awesome friend Katy and her new business.  Katy runs Katy Page Designs which is a jewelry and children's clothing business.  Katy makes a variety of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and children's party dresses.

Today however she's asked me to review a pair of earrings for her, so I intend to only waffle about those!

Aren't they pretty?  Of course, Katy knows me well (green!  Pearls! Teapots!), but if you want something made to your tastes and it's not in her shop, I know she takes commissions!

I've worn these several times now and every time I wear them I feel extra special.  They've got just the right amount of dangle that you notice them when you turn or shake your head, but not so much that it pulls or hurts your ear whilst wearing them.

I've had a lot of compliments when I wear them and I really enjoy how pretty I feel in them!  The pearls make me feel elegant and the teapots make me smile every time I spot them in a mirror.  They're the perfect mix of gorgeous and whimsy.

It's surprisingly hard to photograph your own ear.
So, overall, I'm very happy with these earrings and I wholeheartedly recommend Katy for all your jewelry needs!  (Get in quick though, 'cos I've got a few things I think I shall be commissioning her for...)

Monday, 14 August 2017

Birthday Gift - Cushion

When asked what she'd like for a birthday gift my mum suggested (eventually, with some prompting) a cushion.  Great I thought, I know just what she'd like and I've got a week and it'll be a lovely simple project I can easily manage in the time scale.

I was a numpty.  Someone please remind me that embroidery always takes at least five times as long as I budget for!

 Still, when all is said and done I'm quite pleased with how it turned out!  After all the hand stitching making it into a cushion was a simple job!

I really like how this turned out, but yeah, I really need to remember I'm not as fast at hand stitching as I think!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Black and Green Frock Coat

Actual larp kit!  It feels like forever sine I've made any!  So this is for a Humact and if I do say so myself it's one of my better pieces.

 The pattern is Simplicity 2333.  It's made from back velvet and lined with green faux silk.

It's trimmed with sliver buttons and green satin ribbon and unlike my last version of this coat, all the buttons that should unbutton do!

I'm very, very happy with this coat!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Birthday Gift - Cherry Bag

It's a very busy time of year for birthdays right now!  I made this for a friend who plays a cherry tree druid and wanted a small bag specifically for that character.

It's made of black velvet and lined with red cotton.

I used buttons for the cherries and a leaf ribbon plus some lines of green embroidery to complete the look. The drawstring is black velvet and the channel and top of the back are done in red cotton bias binding.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

New Cousin

Mr Kit has a new tiny cousin!  Obviously we're both thrilled for the new parents and excited to meet the little one at some future point.  For now though, I made a baby gift to send to them.

I adore sleep sacks so I thought I'd run one up for Littley.  I used this tutorial, and I found it really well written.  Though, you know me, I did change things up a bit.

I wanted to jazz up my plain fleece a bit so I apliqued on a machine embroidery and I used a cotton bias binding rather than a fleece one.

 It closes with baby poppers and that's really all there is to say about it.  A nice easy sew for a lovely new addition to the family!