In which Alfie gets a bed…

Alfie, DIY Other, Uncategorized

IMG_3900Alfie had taken to sleeping on my pillow. This was, in equal parts, adorable and frustrating. Adorable, because catcatcatcatcat, obviously. Frustrating because he didn’t really like sharing, so my head kept getting bitten and kicked. Also, it didn’t seem super hygienic.

In the end, I decided that he was probably trying to tell me he wanted a pillow of his own, and I was happy to help. I bought a cheap pillow, dug some African wax print from my stash, and got to work. It was an incredibly simple make – I used a pillowcase I already owned as a template, and then kind of made it up as I went along.

Forty-five minutes later, Alfie was happily ignoring his new bed.


And a while after that, he decided that he bloody loved it. IMG_3936

Now if I could just persuade my brain that having a pillow to itself should help it fall sleep, we’ll be set.

It’s a Wrap!

DIY Clothes
I decided to add a more casual and multi seasonal skirt to my wardrobe. Something which I felt was lacking. I chose a Miette, because I think it’s an interesting take on quite a classic design. Also, other people had them and I was jealous.

I really enjoyed making this, and found the pattern and instructions very clear. I made this a few months ago now, and at the time, it was really helpful to be guided through the process in so much detail. I’m probably a bit more capable now, and could whip this up with slightly more confidence!

I chose a grey linen for this skirt, mostly because I thought the grey would be easy to dress up and down. I didn’t really take into account that linen would fray and crease like crazy. Next time, I’d finish the seams differently. I’ve just had to come to terms with the fact that my lovely skirt will look really crumpled within ten minutes of putting it on. It’s not too bad as long as I don’t sit down. 

The biggest issue I’ve found with wearing this dress is that Brighton is super windy. Although the overlap at the back is very large, I still think I might end up flashing someone. These pictures were taken on a moderately breezy day, and it seems to be ok, but I don’t know what would happen in some of the more extreme weather we’ve had recently. It’s a fair-weather skirt, really. And if I flash you, then maybe you shouldn’t have been looking, peeping tom!

Happy Shopper

DIY Other
When my auntie came to stay recently, she admired both my curtain, and my tote bag. “Aha!” I thought, “Aha! I shall combine the two!”
Can we call this a self drafted pattern? I mean, it’s only a tote bag, but I did make a pattern for it all by myself (with a slight pause to watch a video on how to make a square bottomed bag on youtube). Yeah, lets call it self drafted and make me feel very pleased with myself indeed. 
I was so happy with it, that as soon as it was finished and photographed, I headed straight up to the post office to send a nice surprise all the way to Yorkshire. Hopefully she’ll like it; you can fit A3 paper inside, so she should be able to get her Daily Telegraph in, as well as some groceries (which won’t fall over thanks to the flat bottom – yeah!! ). 
I used the curtain’s natural resources (massive eyelets) to form the strap holes, and used french seams for added strength. They make it a little bit bulky, but I think it’s ok. The cotton is pretty thick anyway, so I don’t think it’s a fold-up-and-keep-in-your-bag-bag. Ben thinks it looks like an owl.

Oh, and by the way, I learnt from my mistakes and used a denim needle, which made all the difference to my sanity with this project.
The two dressmaking projects I’ve been working on at the moment have come to a bit of a standstill after various blunders on my part. The 70s tunic is just a disaster partly through strange instructions, and partly through stupidity (let’s call this version a toile). The Kelly skirt is probably too small for me, and I’m disinclined to finish it – also, sewing that corduroy is akin to punching myself repeatedly in the face. Today it began shedding wildly all over the flat. It’s everywhere. I have corduroy up my nose. Does decent corduroy do that? Is this what I get for buying cheap shit?

It’s Snood Easy Being Green

DIY Clothes

The snood is complete! Huzzah! It was actually completed aaaaages ago, but the weather was bad at the time, and I was disinclined to be photographed in the rain, so this shot of me wearing it with a hoodie and one of my prettiest faces in my sitting room was the best I could manage. I wanted to do better for you. 

Since then, I’ve managed to add a picture of me wearing it with my coat and a normal face in my bedroom to the mix (see below). It does get worn outside, but not when I have a camera to hand, apparently. Just pretend the background shows some nice trees or something.

I’d reduce the circumference by about 20% next time, but I was working with a River Island snood which I’d measured against my arm in the shop (just don’t ask), and I was also a bit worried about it fitting over my big old head coat collar.

As you can see from the first picture, it’s really tall, but it can be folded down to half the size for a more subtle look. It’s nice to have both options, making it practical for cold and less cold weather. I’m actually pretty chuffed with it!

It was a really easy make – perfect for a beginner or a lazy person. Here’s one of the least helpful how to guides in history (British crochet terms):

1. Teach yourself to crochet a little bit

2. Decide how tall you want your snood to be and crochet a foundation chain to that length

3. Double crochet about 80 rows (depending on preferred circumference/head size)

4. Crochet the last row onto the first row, creating a loop – make sure the snood isn’t twisted up before you start

5. Wear that massive snood with pride!