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Waist cincher for sale...

Pink & Purple silk corset

Does anybody want this waist cincher, before I give in and dismantle it to sell the bones & busk?

3" above waist = 35"
Waist = 29" (fully closed - suitable for a natural waist measurement of up to 34")
3" below waist = 38½"

The busk measures 8", and the total height of the corset is 9". (7" at the sides.)
It's curved at the front and the back, and the eyelets are black.

This is made from one of my stashed fabrics, so full price it would have been £95.
There are a few aspects of the construction that I'm not 100% happy about (there are a couple of wrinkles in the lining, which you can see in the front panels), so would anybody be interested in taking it off my hands for £60?

Another pattern clearout...

Today's mission has been having yet another clearout of my massive stash of patterns.

All of these are complete, and never used.
Some of them have been unfolded and put back again, but that's it.

The prices are exactly what I paid for the patterns (which you can see on most of the envelopes), plus £1 for postage.

Clicky on the tiny pictures for a bigger view.

Twenty eight patterns under the cut, all sorts of sizes.Collapse )


I'll be cross-posting this to claire_smith, so the patterns will be sold in the order that the requests come into my Inbox.

I'll be listing them all on Ebay on Monday - all as Buy It Now auctions for the prices listed here.
I find myself needing to order some fabric from either Cia's Palette or eQuilter.

I only need to order a yard, but the shipping for one yard of fabric is the same as for six yards.

So, obviously, it makes sense to order six yards of fabric, right?

Unfortunately I can't afford to be ordering fabric on an ad-hoc basis at the moment, so I can only do that if someone wants to buy a tunic.

A dress (knee length) would cost £100.
A tunic (thigh length) would cost £85.
A top (hip length) would cost £65.
They all come with a matching belt.

Just this once, I'll throw in Special Delivery postage for free.



Please let me know if you're interested?

Taking Over with Tunics.

It occurred to me that it would probably help me in my plan to take over the world, if I told you how I was hoping to get there.

This is how:

Raglan tunic tops and dresses

I've been working on various incarnations of this pretty little tunic dress and top over the past couple of years, and I have great plans for their future. But that can only happen if I tell you how you can buy them - so that's what I'm doing now.

I can make these in just about any fabric you can think of. Pictured above are knits and wovens, patterns and plain, recycled curtains and bed linen, brand new fabrics and an old t-shirt.

Because I sew each tunic by hand, I can make them in any size you need. Just send me a couple of simple measurements, and I'll send you a dress which will fit.

All the information you need is here.

Know somebody who you think might like one of these?
Please feel free to pass on the details.

Thank you!

Selling Stuff on the Internets.

I am currently in what might be described as a "difficult financial situation", and I've changed my mind about what I want to sew approximately one million times, so I figured it was about time to sell all my children's duvet covers and curtains on Ebay.

They're here.

Pillowcases start at 50p, duvet covers and curtains start at 99p. Hopefully they'll sell for a little bit more than that!


I will gradually be clearing out quite a lot of my fabrics - probably listing a bunch on Ebay every Monday, until it's all gone.

Next up will be my stash of corset fabrics - so if you see anything there that you fancy, please feel free to make me an offer before I list it.


I'm still going through all of my emails from the weekend and the end of last week. If you're waiting to hear from me, I'll try and get back to you by the end of the day.


Oh, and if anybody can think of any LJ communities where I can advertise these Ebay auctions, please can you let me know?!

Enormous Trousers!

Vogue 8367, view C

Here's what I've been up to this week - making a pair of ENORMOUS trousers!
The pattern is Vogue 8367, view C.

The fabric is a slightly mad pinstripe... it's a polyester/wool blend, but the stripes are metallic in red, blue and gold.

I wanted a pair of high waisted trousers for a reason - I have a lot of abdominal pain (long, dull story), so most trousers are really uncomfortable to wear. Because they're so low, the waistband digs in when I sit down, and that's pretty painful. I have some pull-on trousers which are great, but I wanted something that was a bit smarter. I think these fit the bill, and I'll probably make a couple more pairs in different fabrics.

I am madly in love with these trousers, and I can't wait to take them off the dress form and put them on!

Half a project, and a question.

Blouse - step two.

This week I've been working on drafting a pattern for what will eventually be a dress.

I'm not sure what style of skirt I'm going to put on it yet, but I do know that it'll be knee length, and the buttons are going to go all the way down.

This one's made from quite a heavy cotton (it used to be a duvet cover!), but I want to make the next one out of a cotton lawn which is white with a print. I don't really want to line the whole thing, but lawn's pretty thin, so I plan to make a petticoat to go underneath it. (Really, I'm way too old to be showing off my underwear!)

The problem is, I'm trying to use natural fibres as far as possible, so I don't really want to use nylon or polyester for the petticoat. I was thinking of a lightweight cotton (probably lawn again).

But, as cotton isn't slippery, are a cotton skirt and a cotton petticoat going to stick to one another like Velcro, and drive me crazy? And if so, what fabric can I use instead? Would sateen be better? Or still sticky, because it's still cotton? Am I better off blowing the budget, and going for silk?

I've been living in jeans for years, and I'm only just getting back into wearing dresses. I haven't worn a petticoat since I was at school, and that was some hideous nylon affair that caused static electricity and climbed up my legs! I don't really want to repeat that experience, so some better fabric suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Thank you! :D

Another corset made...

This is what I've been up to today - another corset.

Pink & Purple silk corset

I had planned to keep this one, but sadly it doesn't fit me. :(

I'm drafting two types of pattern - a "comfy" waist cincher, and a "curvy" one. This is a "curvy" style, and it wants to lace down tighter than I can do.

3" above waist = 35"
Waist = 29" (fully closed - suitable for a natural waist measurement of up to 34")
3" below waist = 38½"

The busk measures 8", and the total height of the corset is 9". (7" at the sides.)
It's curved at the front and the back, and the eyelets are black.

This is made from one of my stashed fabrics, so full price it would be £95.
There are a few aspects of the construction that I'm not 100% happy about (there are a couple of wrinkles in the lining), so would anybody be interested in taking it off my hands for £60?

Sewing orders...

Whilst I am not taking on any custom dressmaking at the moment, I am taking orders for the following things...

My Little Pony dress
Tunic Dress - knee length with belt
Bishopston cottons or organic cotton jersey: £60
Hand dyed Bishopston cottons or organic cotton jersey: £70
Yorkshire silk: £165
Printed jersey: £90
Recycled duvet cover or Fabric Land cottons: £45

Tunic Mini Dress with belt (as above, only shorter!)
Bishopston cottons or organic cotton jersey: £50
Hand dyed Bishopston cottons or organic cotton jersey: £60
Yorkshire silk: £130
Printed jersey: £70
Recycled duvet cover or Fabric Land cottons: £40

Tunic Top (as above, but a top!)
Bishopston cottons or organic cotton jersey: £40
Hand dyed Bishopston cottons or organic cotton jersey: £50
Yorkshire silk: £95
Printed jersey: £50
Recycled duvet cover or Fabric Land cottons: £35

Koi circle skirt - with petticoat
Circle Skirts
Knee length, with an elasticated waist. (Fancy elastic as shown, or a fabric waistband. Trimmed with lace, or matching bias tape.)
Bishopston cottons or organic cotton jersey: £70
Hand dyed Bishopston cottons or organic cotton jersey: £80
Yorkshire silk: £220
Printed jersey: £90
Recycled duvet cover or Fabric Land cottons: £45

Lettice's Bewitched Skirt
A-Line Skirts
Knee length, with an elasticated waist. (Fancy elastic as shown, or a fabric waistband. Trimmed with lace, or matching bias tape.)
Bishopston cottons or organic cotton jersey: £45
Hand dyed Bishopston cottons or organic cotton jersey: £55
Yorkshire silk: £120
Printed jersey: £55
Recycled duvet cover or Fabric Land cottons: £35

Pink leopard slippers
Slippers
Yorkshire silk, lined with organic cotton: £50
Using up stash fabrics, or Fabric Land cottons: £25

Rhona's Corset
Corsets
Yorkshire silk, lined with organic cotton: £135
Using up stash fabrics, or Fabric Land cottons: £95



These fabrics can be used for corsets or slippers. I may have sufficient lengths of some of them to make a skirt or dress.

These are the colours that I have available in the organic cottons. I can order other colours, subject to availability, or I can dye to any shade that Dylon offer.

Organic cotton jersey only comes in white or cream, but can also be dyed to any of the Dylon colours.

Printed jerseys are subject to availability, but here's my favourite... ;)

These are the colours for the hand woven Yorkshire silks.

These are some of the recycled fabrics I have in the Shed - I need to take photos of the rest.

And lastly, if you can stand to look at Fabric Land's website, they have four pages of cotton prints.


All orders must be paid for in full, in advance, by PayPal.

Please let me know if you have a particular deadline in mind!
Delivery times will vary, depending on how many orders I have in the queue at any given time.