Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Gmen on sale!!

Between now and Wednesday 18th December get 25% off your Christmas Gman in our Etsy Stamp and Stitch shop. Theres still a few of these guys waiting for Christmas homes!
Just use code XMS25 at the checkout...happy Christmas shopping!

Monday, 2 December 2013

December dress....

Now it's actually December I am happy to fully embrace all that is Christmas. Bring on the cute tv ads, putting up decorations, shopping for way too much food and drink and wearing all those Christmassy clothes. Cue the December dress....

This is the snuggliest and cutest print of a Dixie ballet dress I ever did make!

I snapped this up at Fabric Land in Brighton.

I'm sure it's meant for PJs or something equally cosy but I wanted a winter dress so here it is. Maybe it's the perfect Christmas day dress, the right amount of cute christmas pattern mixed with the right amount of cosy nap enducing softness, that'll take you from the christmas dinner table straight to the sofa....mmm snoozefest.


It's also time to rock ALL the bows........instant Christmas hair :)

Friday, 29 November 2013

Black Friday on Hello Betty Bow.....



We have a Black Friday Sale going on in the Hello Betty Bow Etsy shop!

Use code BLACKFRI25 at the checkout for 25% off all bows in stock, valid until 9pm GMT







Monday, 25 November 2013

Wrap up....

Just finished off this massive beast in time for the proper winter chill. I love having a really long scarf to wrap around and cosy down into. I also love having scarves to match all outfits so this make covers a lot of bases.
I've got quite a large stash of wool so I hunted out four of my favourite winter shades; grey, black, navy (much darker then the photo shows it) and berry and sat down infront of a lot of Breaking Bad.
This took about 4 hours in total (I'm no speed knitter) and its about 2 meters long and now I've got it on I don't think I'll be taking it off until about...... erm April?




Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Fantastic Mr Fox.....

Since it started to get a bit chilly I've been getting the knitting needles out again. I've got a huge bundle of lovely wools to get through but no patience for actual knitting patterns. I'm much happier sitting in front of a few episodes of Breaking Bad knitting along to K1 P1 rather than trying to figure out where the hell the thumb gusset goes (I tried to make mittens....for about 4 days......these have now been unravelled and turned into a lovely PLAIN scarf)
I was gifted some lovely thick orange and brown wool from a friend who found knitting really wasnt for him, he came along to the refresher class last year and looked like he was ready to stick those needles somewhere eyewatering about half way through; best to give up and give all that wool to me yeah? :)
Anyways, I finally thought up how to use it after seeing this tutorial for this really cute fox scarf....

However, as much as I wanted to make this scarf I didnt really want to go and buy fabric for it, and I had nothing in the stash suitable, so why not knit this cutie?
Like I said, I'm no good with a pattern, I know how to add and take away stitches so I just went for it and eyeballed the whole thing....

I just used knit throughout and split it into three main parts; head, body and tail. I then added the little ears and there he was...Fantastic Mr Fox :)


What have you been knitting? Anyone else feel the same way about those damn knitting patterns??!



Thursday, 14 November 2013

Bows for Bros; work in progress....

Things are starting to pick up in Etsy land, that must be christmas around the corner. I've had an amazing order for a big set of matching bow tie's for the men in a wedding party in gorgeous navy candy stripes. Our hello betty bow Bows for Bro's range has been getting quite popular, which is just brill :)
Although these have been making my eyes go a little bit wonky at times (all those stripes!) it's been really great to work on one job lot. I'm pretty much finished so I'll soon be back onto making up Christmas Gmen for our stall at Craftaganza in December....oooh I do love a bit of Christmas stitching.




Tuesday, 12 November 2013

By Hand London; Anna......

I caved.....I veered off the list and bought another pattern, I succumbed to sewers blog envy and got myself the By Hand London Anna pattern, this was a good choice to have made...
 
 
I've seen so many of these lovelies all over the internet. Favourites include...
 
Roisin's spotty cutie...
 
 
Dixie's knit wonder....
 
 
And Mary's spooky special...
 
 
I went for a floral crepe de chine version. I thought this was probably the best pattern for something with a bit of weight and drape.
Firstly I love the packaging that the pattern came in, such a cute little folder and lovely illustrations. I used the shorter version but as it's a midi I took another few inches off the length as I knew I'd be mainly wearing this dress with flats and a midi does not look so great on me with flats. The pattern cut out really well, I took some tips off others blogs and made sure I marked each peice so I didnt muddle up all of those skirt peices.
Construction was really quick and easy (apart from having a stress with the needle and fabric, I find it so strange that if you have the wrong needle it just doesnt sew-how does it know??? Anyways, finer needle bought and disaster averted)
 
The fit on this dress is just great, those little under bust front pleats are so dam cute....
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've been wearing this loads, it's a perfect autumn dress to go with tights and a cardi. I think I could be tempted into a long version for next summer, mmmm summer.
 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

How do you like them apples....

I'm just back from a trip to Somerset, it's really gorgeous this time of year, all autumnal and golden (and wet, but we'll ignore that bit) We went for a gorgeous walk around some orchards out the back of where my mum and dad live. Theres some super cute pigs snuffling away at all of the fallen apples, the ones that didnt get sniffled ended up being taken home...

which was actually quite a few, so I need a few good apple recipes to use this lot up.

So last night was apple pie night :)
I'm not too into all the weighing and measuring so my apple pie went something like this..
Slice as many apples as you need to fill your pie dish..

Pop some putter into a pan....

Once melted add your apples, along with a good sprinkling of brown sugar...

and cinnamon...


then let it all stew together for a bit until the apples start to soften...

Pop the apple mixture all back into your pie dish and cover with some short crust pastry (I used ready made..so shoot me) Pop into the over for around 25 mins and...


Enjoy...

This was ready just in time for the Bake Off finale (any cosy winter tv will do)

As you can imagine theres quite a few of those apples left and as much as I'd love to I dont think a pie a night for a week is the best idea......next up apple and sultana chutney.







Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Deer and Doe; Belladone....

Can I just say.............loving these Deer and Doe patterns!
I finished my first Belladone and its a winner :) This is another of my autumn patterns, I was just waiting for the right fabric to turn up when I was gifted some lovely heavy weight black elastine sort of stuff (ha I sooo have no idea what it is, but it's got a bit of stretch, doesnt crease and sews like a dream so it's all good) I had some really pretty peices which I picked up at the swap but weren't really big enough for any whole projects so I threw some pretty purple/blue floral print into the mix too, and this is what I came up with...

This dress has such great potential, what with all of the different back, waist and pocket peices, it's perfect for using an accent fabric with to highlight different areas.
I also used this make to have a go at piping, I've been wanting to have a go for ages but never really found the right peice. i don't think I did too badly for a first attempt...

I love those little peekaboo pockets.

My only major hiccup was I think I put the zip in  alittle low so I added a cute little button to the top so it doesnt look too obvious (right?!)

I think I say this about every dress I make but I love this, it's a great length and shape and I can really see a few more of these turning up in my wardrobe. I also think I might have to add few more Deer and Doe patterns to my wish list....




Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Scout Tee: Modcloth copycat....

I wanted to make a gingham dress all summer and never got round too it. Something about gingham=summer (probably something to do with picnic blankets?) But then I saw this cute top featured on a Beautiful Mess blog...



It's been sitting on one of my Pinterst boards for a while. Then I got hold of the Grainline Scout Woven tee pattern and my little brain worked out it could be mine!

The scout tee comes with short sleeves so I adapted the pattern using the precise mathmatics of measuring arm length and width and some nice slopey pencil lines.....soooo technical.

Anyways it worked and I've ended up with this...



It's a nice soft cotton, it'll need layers in the winter but the sleeve length is perfect for this time of year when it's still a bit muggy but you feel a bit bare in a tshirt. I love the Scout neckline but think I could go down a size on the waist and hip when I make another. Sucha  quick make too, this is my winter Sorbetto replacement!