Thursday, 18 October 2018

A Right Royal Hankie

An IC gift for the God Emperor Mithras.  Who I am actually rather annoyed with in character, but I didn't think it would be a wise move to say so.

When we last met, we talked about Virgil and the bees, so I embroidered him some bees on a hankie.

It's chainstitch outlines on purple cotton!

Embarrassingly, I have failed to get a photo of the finished thing, so you'll have to make do with with this picture of the embroidery finished!  Mithras did seem pleased with his gift, so all in all it's good!

Monday, 15 October 2018

Vampire Ball 1883

Goodness, it' feels like I've been working on this forever!  We had our annual ball at Vampire and I have sooo many things I made to show you!

Today, I thought I'd show some of my character's gifts to various high up important people in the game world.

I made dance cards!   We use cards at our ball, but our cards are just paper and it's really easy to lose them, so I thought a booklet would be handy both in and out of character!

Erika Leroux is the (current) Prince of Bath and loves rowan blossom, so I had a go at sketching my own design and sewing for her!

 Anne Bowesley is London's current seneschal and sunflowers mean admiration/appreciation so I thought that would be a good choice for her.

Christine, is not a high up, but as her player ooc did loads of work for the game as an AST and we're ic friends I figured she could have one too! She's worn hawthorn blossom in her hair before so I attempted so sketch and sew some!

Obviously, I needed one for me and what flower could any Toreador want, beyond a rose?  Mine is made in my dress fabric and trimmed with the lace my skirt and bodice are decorated with.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Handmade Gift Swap - Part 3

Last but not least, what else do you need if you drink a lot of tea?  Coasters to put your mug on of course!

I used the same fabrics as I did for the tea wallet and the middle is 2 layes of heatproof quilt batting.

 I did little appliques just to add interest on the front.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Handmade Gift Swap - Part 2

The second thing I made was a tea wallet as my recipient apparently loves tea!

I used this tutorial to make the wallet.  The outside is a floral needlecord.

The inside is a floral polycotton.  As you can see, I filled it with tea (gotta check the fit, right?)

I am starting to feel like I should make one of these for myself!

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Handemade Gift Swap - Part 1

An internet group I'm part of does a gift swap and I signed up for the latest one.  It was so much fun!

I made three things and the first part which I wanna show you today, is a Ravenclaw Hoop Art.

I used a metallic bronze thread to sew the outline onto a blue polycotton.  Metallic thread continues to be evil, but I really love how it turns out!

I've since heard from the recipient and she says she loved it so yay!

Monday, 1 October 2018

A Birthday Princess Dress

Small Bean is 5!  How did that happen?  I'm sure she was only a baby last time I looked! Anyway, last time she was round we talked birthday gifts and apparently the in thing this year for the discerning 5yr old is a princess dress, as pink as is possible.  Well...  WHo am I to gain say such authority?

Please excuse the poor photos - I've been so busy recently I had to take the pics the minute I finished it and that was quite late at night...

 The dress is pink stage satin, with a hot pink lace hem, a pink sequin star applique and a petersham ribbon with white circles printed on it.

I also added a rose ribbon trim to the neckline and it's got pink polka dot buttons.

I am reliably informed that it meets all requirements!  Phew!

Monday, 24 September 2018


I'm at a spa today!  So have a quick pic of one of the (many) loaves of bread I've been making recently.  I've really enjoyed my breadmaker recently!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Anastacia Gown Part Two

Just lots of pretty pics for you to enjoy!  Check out Christine's amazing wings she made herself and the gorgeous horns!


This is what happens when you ask Christine to look grumpy!


She stopped giggling eventually!

Seriously, wings!!  She's so talented!

I then pretended like I was a real photographer and got all arsty fartsy!

And lastly, I was entranced by how pretty the wings and dress are from the back!

Monday, 17 September 2018

Anastacia Gown

Another CoT make!  Here is my fellow 1880s vampire larper, beautiful Christine in her Convention of Thorns gown!

I've been working on this (on and off) since April I think and it has been such fun!

 Christine knew she wanted autmnal colours and we settled on green and orangey gold almost immediately.

 The pattern is Butterick B4571.  I edited it to be a separate underskirt and overgown though.

 As you can see, it is gloriously swishy! 

 The overgown is cotton velvet and the contrast and skirt fabric is a faux silk I think.  It's trimmed in gold lace and green and gold satin ribbon.

I also made a 'pocket' to hang of her belt so she's got somewhere to stash things like her character sheet!

Have some detail shots!

And on Thursday I'll show you the photos we took of Christine in her full kit because she looks amazing!