New Years Eve Costume – Completed

Hi Everyone 

My costume is all done and looking forward to seeing the new year in tonight!

The basque binding went back on easily and the shape reflects the skirt waist line much better.

I added a sequin trim by cutting a strip from another great charity shop find !

Very festive I thought!  Though cutting it up makes a bit of a mess!

Next I tackled cutting the dress into a skirt , I put the dress on and drew round round my waist with tailors chalk pencil.

Then added 1cm seam allowance,  checking balance as I went.

The dress was lined so I stay stitched the two layers together. Then as I wanted to reuse the original zip, I made sure the zipper was down before cutting .

 

I cut a 6cm deep strip from the bodice of the dress to make the facing, I ironed on some interfacing and overlocked the bottom edge.

Pinning centres and quarters,  I stitched the facing to the skirt and understitched , turning the ends under and hand stitching along the zip edge, as the skirt is pretty heavy and the zip doesn’t now have a top to lock closed and am determined (for everyone’s safety/sanity) that it doesn’t fall down – I attached cotton tapes at the waist which I can tie for added security.

Just need some feathers for my hair and I’m ready !

Hope you all have a fabulous New Year and wishing you everything you wish yourselves for 2017 !

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New Years Eve Costume – Started

Better late than never !  After all the makes for Christmas pressies, I have given my machine a break over the festivities,  however if I am to join in Moulin Rouge NYE celebrations I need to get a move on.

I trawled the local charity shops yesterday for suitable items and here’s my haul .

Really pleased with this fab find , vintage Laura Ashley with full circle taffeta skirt, the skirt has velvet trim to the hem and a net underskirt which is also bound , perfect for upcoming can-cans…

I also managed to find a fab basque,  even better it fits me !

It’s already got some sparkles so that’s another job I haven’t got to do.

For the final touches I also found a feather boa! 

Had great fun looking through all the amazing charity shops and got a lot of assistance from the fab volunteers who were keen to help , getting things from back rooms and window displays- even better the money all goes to good causes .

So now I just need to pull it all together..

I tried it all on and found out that vintage size 12 dress won’t go on me past the waist (must have shrunk) but as am going to cut into a skirt can gleefully ignore this minor hiccup.

Decided to alter the hemline of the basque to match the skirts fab v-shaped waistline,  and this will be the far easier alteration at this late stage. 

I unpicked the binding to basque hem , drew the new hemline with chalk.

I then shortened the boning , curving the ends so they shouldn’t poke through the binding .

So now just need to reattach the binding and maybe add some more sparkle and the top is done!

Will follow up with dress into skirt progress.

Are you still making your NYE outfit ? Would love to hear about it.

New Years Eve Costume – Started

Better late than never !  After all the makes for Christmas pressies, I have given my machine a break over the festivities,  however if I am to join in Moulin Rouge NYE celebrations I need to get a move on.

I trawled the local charity shops yesterday for suitable items and here’s my haul .

Really pleased with this fab find , vintage Laura Ashley with full circle taffeta skirt, the skirt has velvet trim to the hem and a net underskirt which is also bound , perfect for upcoming can-cans…

I also managed to find a fab basque,  even better it fits me !

It’s already got some sparkles so that’s another job I haven’t got to do.

For the final touches I also found a feather boa! 

Had great fun looking through all the amazing charity shops and got a lot of assistance from the fab volunteers who were keen to help , getting things from back rooms and window displays- even better the money all goes to good causes .

So now I just need to pull it all together..

I tried it all on and found out that vintage size 12 dress won’t go on me past the waist (must have shrunk) but as am going to cut into a skirt can gleefully ignore this minor hiccup.

Decided to alter the hemline of the basque to match the skirts fab very shape , and this will be the far easier alteration at this late stage. 

I unpicked the binding to basque hem , drew the new hemline with chalk.

I then shortened the boning , curving the ends so they shouldn’t poke through the binding .

So now just need to reattach the binding and maybe add some more sparkle and the top is done!

Will follow up with dress into skirt progress.

Are you still making your NYE outfit ? Would love to hear about it.

Peter the Pangolin

Hello

Meet Peter the Pangolin, my daughter asked me to make her something for her birthday and as we had prevoiusly admired fabulous pangolin softies on etsy and pinterest I decided to make one for her.

 

To get the shape right I googled images of pangolins and then sketched out the rough shapes and made a calico toile to see how it all went together .

There were lots of adjustments to make , mostly to the back feet, you can see in the picture above it needs a few tweaks (and claws!)  I also added darts to the gusset panel to make sure his legs didnt splay outwards.

Once I had corrected the back  foot , I tackled the scales…..

Pangolins are pretty well armoured as you can see, I cut out scales in six different sizes and pinned them on to the toile to see how many I needed, 130 as it turned out !

Next I cut all the scales out from on old suede jacket, which was a lovely mink colour , and then cut the rest of the pieces from cream faux suede fabric.

Pinning the scales in place was fun, the suede was very soft but needed a thimble when I ran out of bobble headed pins.

I machined the scales on with a zigzag stitch starting from the tail, here’s the first side done.

Then I did his front claws ,much  trickier in suede as I couldn’t persuade them to turn through , so ended up top stitching the seam underneath instead .

Here’s his front claws attached.

I found the rest went together pretty quickly although broke 2 needles doing the back feet, claws and suede sole way too thick for my machine to handle !

Here he is all finished – and my daughter loved him. now just got to make her something for Christmas ☺