A huge range of fancy trims I used on the SWAP collection. I’ve NEVER spent so much time on making something fancy [other than the wedding dress beading] and I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. I made pleating boards, I hand-sewed fancy ribbon trim, I layered up different purchased trims, [and … Continue reading CoBloWriMo #19-Ornament
Last year’s SWAP [Sewing With A Plan] on the Stitcher’s Guild. Four months to complete a co-ordinating eleven-piece wardrobe, following strict rules. This was the first time I entered, and I decided to push the boat out and make a complete steampunk wardrobe ready to wear to the Lincoln Asylum last August. The eleven pieces … Continue reading CoBloWriMo #9-BIG Project
Four hours, five camera battery changes, 154 pictures, countless changes, a couple of tea breaks, one wife rolling down our rather steep garden squeaking in alarm, and a HUGE heap of garments and accessories to clear away afterwards. We’re SHATTERED. Way too many pics to bore you with the lot, but here are the composites … Continue reading Shoot to Kill
The final photo shoot for the SWAP entry is good to go. I’ve assembled all the clothes [13 items which count as 11 for the SWAP, all the UNDERclothes, [7 items for the shoot], hats, footwear, accessories/props. The SWAP instructions say I can have up to 15 pics, including composites [lifesaver] and must include one … Continue reading Shoot me now!
All done. I can hardly believe it! Nothing to do now but take the photos. And make a gazillion accessories and extensions. And make just as many things for the wife… It’s been quite a week: after being soooo focussed and productive for two weeks+ over Easter, I had to acclimatise to getting up early, … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#12: Frilled to Bits!
A-ha! Thanks Ruth! Progress so far with assembling all the pics in one place, using Powerpoint: A little blurry, but it’s a start- I like being able to see that it does all, indeed, form a wardrobe…woohoo! A pal on FB gave me some advice on using another package to play with images, and I … Continue reading More tech games
Pack I’m trying to find a way to make a single compilation image of several photos so that I can upload it onto another site. The above ‘pack’ link is my closest attempt, although I’m none too impressed. I just want one picture file with several images. everyone else over at the SWAP headquarters seems … Continue reading Playing with technology
Sounds cocky doesn’t it? All I mean is, that this will be the very last item in my SWAP wardrobe. I’d hoped to start it at the weekend, but the ruffler-doesn’t-fit-and-neither-does-anything-else disaster put paid to that. Not to worry, the purple tail coat seems to have earned me a LOT of compliments, for which I … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#11: the ultimate skirt
Oh my poor digits! Around the neckline: I row of black lace edging, two rows [actually one long loop] of purple velvet ribbon, 1 row [applied in two pieces so the directions balance] of the shell-smocked ribbon. It’s taken AGES. I’ve also finished the tweaks to the silver skirt: I smooshed out that annoying droop … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#22:Tail bodice completed!
Up…I’m making good progress on trimming the purple tail bodice, and only have to do a bit more round the neckline [but I keep changing my mind on the actual arrangement…] Down…It is [of course] taking longer than I’d hoped Up…The combination of trims is, to my mind, working really well, as all the … Continue reading Swings and roundabouts