Fabulous Places Christmas Fair

Howdy folks.

It’s always great to be writing a post for you lovely lot but today is especially nice as it means that camera is fixed! Last week I was really excited to finally be at home when their was enough daylight to take a few pictures of my recent purchases however after ‘the shoot’ I ended damaging the memory card and therefore was unable to download any of the pictures. After a quick visit to the shops to buy a new memory card and normal service can resume 🙂

By the way out of the two interviews I attend I was offered two jobs so will be starting a new post on Monday! I will also shortly be moving back out of the mothers (I can’t believe I managed 6 months!) and closer to work. A few weekends ago, in preparation for the house move and to bring me luck with the interviews, I went hunting for goods for home decoration at Fabulous Places Christmas Market. Although there were rooms full of fantastic crafters I ended up buying a print designed by Louise Wright and a tea towel and mug created by Jade Devall. I’ve followed both of these makers on Facebook for some time so it’s really nice to finally own some of their work. As soon as I move both the tea towel and print will be framed, taking pride of place in my new living room.Louise Wright Design Owl
Jade Devill Ay Up
Jade Devall Designs Ay Up

 

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No more ill fitting clothes? I can customise them instead!

I’ve just applied for a new post and to bring me luck I’ve already invested in the interview dress. Surely if I already have THE DRESS they got to offer me an interview? Fingers crossed!

PETER JENSEN RABBIT DRESS

The navy Peter Jensen Rabbit dress is from People Tree which is one of my favourite stores, and it specialises in Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashion. Although I absolutely loved the dress before I’d even ordered it I knew the high neckline would make me look frumpy so I was already planning on altering the neckline once it arrived.

Making the first cut was pretty scary though. I’ve never altered a garment before and at £68 I couldn’t afford to mess this up. To get the shape for the neckline I pinned the dress up against a v-neck t-shirt that I wear all the time and used tailors chalk to draw around the outline. I then cut down the middle of the shape, turned the material inside and pinned. After trying it on to check that it looked ok I sewed up the seams and wa la, here’s the finished garment:

peter jensen rabbit dress navy
PETER JENSEN RABBIT DRESS
peopletreeVstraighton copy

The neckline has ended up slightly to one side but I don’t think it’s really noticeable once on. Even if it is I’m not too bothered, I have the ability to alter garments to suit my shape, even if it does go a little bit wrong being able to alter my own clothes is still a special skills to have!

Thursday sewing club: I finished my first handbag!

Ideas Pouch

Ideas Pouch

On Thursday I made it back to the bag . I skipped last weeks session as I had been driving hundreds of miles that week for work and combined with the heat wave I was exhausted. Although I was shattered again this Thursday (I’m not sleeping well) I forced myself to go and was really glad I did.

During this weeks class not only did I finished the reversible bag from week 1, I started and completed the ideas pouch which was designed by michellepatterns.com.

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Although the course is geared towards sewing handbags being a techy I’ve asked if I can bring in a pattern for a laptop bag  next week to make and the tutor has agreed! Only problem is I’ve already been scouring the internet for patterns for over an hour and can’t make my mind up. Do you have any suggestions?

Country Living Fair

As promised here are a few photo’s of the items that I bought at the Country Living Fair in Harrogate. Spring Lark were a new discovery  but I’ve been following Ruby Spirit Designs and Charlotte Macey Textiles for a while and am so happy to finally own a few of their pieces. I’ve worn the Ruby Spirit necklace quite a lot this week and have had loads of compliments. I love it! In fact I love it so much I’ve asked a friend to buy something else from them for my Christmas present.

Ruby Spirit Designs

Charlotte Macey

Spring Lark