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Sewing: I think they’re longs rather than shorts.

Editorial note: the blogger discovered the fabric shops in Walthamstow are a) a thirty minute tube ride away on in a zone her work travelcard already covers, and b) incredibly cheap, and also c) more numerous than sand particles currently are in the skins above London. This has led to the acquisition of a lot of fabric, a lot of really silly trims (what am I planning to do with two metres of red velvet ribbon embroidered with enormous roses? I don’t know but I’m reassured that it is in my possession), and two pairs of trousers… well, a pair of trousers and some shorts/longs:

Button flies are the new black.

Button flies are the new black.

Back view

A few notes:

  • Canvas is so much easier to work with than horrible stretch fabrics and stupid velvet.
  • It turns out that ironing the seams open makes everything better and then sewing over the folded over bits makes everything tidier! WHO KNEW.
  • Also the machine needle decided to snap twice on the same stretch of cuff for no reason I could readily work out, which was an experience. At some point in my life I plan to make clothing without having to duck.
  • What you can’t tell from these photos is that the cuffs have zips in them so that I can – er, later, when I’ve put on loops and buttons – roll them up and make them into shorts rather than longs.

front view back view

This stuff was also a dream to work with because it doesn’t slide around and stays where it’s put, but it has been a bit fray-ish since I finished the garment off and as I lined it I can’t really go and bias bind the bloody seams. Oh well, we live, and some of us learn. Not me, apparently.

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Massive jewellery clearance sale Part 3

Oh this just keeps coming. I cannot tell you how much jewellery there is in my house because I cannot count to those kind of numbers.

SALE PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Necklaces = £5

Bracelets = £2

Earrings = £1

 

Click on the pictures for the listings, and there’s more (oh god so much more) at my Etsy shop.

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Gone, but not forgotten: embroidery & sewing

I have been busy like the proverbial black and yellow flying, buzzing, non-wasp insect of late, and one particular project has been eating up a lot of my free time and braincells. It has involved a lot of embroidery, a lot of wrestling with difficult fabric, a lot of tedious decision-making, cobbling together of several different patterns, and the prerequisite heavy swearing.

It is…

They are a little large on me but they're damned comfortable.

They are a little large on me but they’re damned comfortable.

COMFORTABLE JERSEY TROUSERS WITH POCKETS.

Sorry, wrong photo. I did make those as well. Really, it was:

You can't see it, but I sewed those lace overlays on with holographic thread. Because I could, really.

You can’t see it, but I sewed those lace overlays on with holographic thread. Because I could, really.

A COMFORTABLE JERSEY TOP WITH LACE OVERLAYS ON THE SLEEVES.

Which took less than two hours from start to finish including pattern cutting, despite being a new pattern, so clearly it wasn’t actually that.

Hella Jacket

Oh yeah, it was this one.

Check out those cuffs. They're a pain in the ass to get into and out of. And yes, my face really does look like a white blur.

Check out those cuffs. They’re a pain in the ass to get into and out of. And yes, my face really does look like a white blur.

And this was the embroidery that took me such a hellishly long time:

I cannot begin to describe how fiddly and infuriating this was.

I cannot begin to describe how fiddly and infuriating this was.

Oh and that white thread glows in the dark. Naturally I can already see ALL THE THINGS that are wrong with it, but for the time being I am going to luxuriate in owning a jacket that no one else owns, unless possibly they are in the RSC or something.

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Jewellery Post: Spring in Byzantium

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16 and a half inches / 42 centimetre antique bronze finished copper pin and copper chain necklace with acrylic mirrored beads, copper cross charms and antiqued copper discs, bronze cross-charm chain.

An unusual and Byzantine-inspired delight, heavy on the cross motif, this necklace combines complementary hues of cool blue and earthy copper to maximum effect.

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19 and a half inch / 49.5 centimetre vintage gold-plate curb chain with gold plate pins, brass branch, gold plate findings, glass pearls glass crystals, and glass cathedral beads, glass droplet bead.

A rich and sumptuous necklace perfectly suited to seeing in the spring.

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16 and a half inch / 42 centimetre gold-hue snake chain with brass branch charm, crystal leaf buds, and hanging glass drop.

See in the long-awaited spring with this golden branch and glorious new growth!

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Gold-plated ear wires, brass branch charms, and red crystal beads.

Gorgeous, glorious garden earrings ripe for wearing with dark red.

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Copper ear wires, brass tree branch charms, brass rings, and acrylic “gems”.

These pale green “leaves” will sway and rock like real leaves when you turn your head.

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Raw brass setting with butterfly pin back and glass cabochon, decorative plastic pearl halves.

A dainty and elegant brooch especially good for use in costume, this will add a splash of impressive colour to any outfit and would look especially well on a tweed jacket.

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Jewellery Post: Green Treasures for Spring

It’s still a bit wintry here but I thought I’d get the drop on the warmer weather and list some new jewels. These and others are available from my Etsy store.

22 inch / 56 centimetre gold plate chain with gold plate pins and findings, glass beads, glass crystals, acrylic accents, gold plate leaf connectors, gold plate vintage leaf setting, and olivine glass cabochon pendant. This magnificent, striking necklace is bold and beautiful and draws every eye to it. Celebrating sun, summer, and nature, it is the perfect necklace for standing out on a sunny day, or catching the light at night.

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22 inch / 56 centimetre gold plate chain with gold plate pins and findings, glass beads, glass crystals, acrylic accents, gold plate leaf connectors, gold plate vintage leaf setting, and olivine glass cabochon pendant.

This magnificent, striking necklace is bold and beautiful and draws every eye to it. Celebrating sun, summer, and nature, it is the perfect necklace for standing out on a sunny day, or catching the light at night.

7 and a half inch /19 centimetre brass/coppertone findings, chain, pins, and key charms bracelet with green glass beads and acrylic accents.A cute little charm bracelet for the key to your heart. If your wrist is more narrow than the stated size please let me know, it can be easily shortened by up to an inch and a half.

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7 and a half inch /19 centimetre brass/coppertone findings, chain, pins, and key charms bracelet with green glass beads and acrylic accents.

A cute little charm bracelet for the key to your heart. If your wrist is more narrow than the stated size please let me know, it can be easily shortened by up to an inch and a half.

38 inch / 96.5 centimetre dark green seed bead and salix clear beading wire necklace with brown glass pearl accents and brass findings, no closure.25 inch / 63.5 centimetre metallic green longer seed bead and salix clear beading wire necklace with acrylic “gem chip” accents and brass findings, lobster claw closure.This dainty set is perfect for combining both with its own components and with complementary necklaces, and is especially suited to day wear. Can also be looped around the wrist to make a series of beaded bracelets.

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38 inch / 96.5 centimetre dark green seed bead and salix clear beading wire necklace with brown glass pearl accents and brass findings, no closure.
25 inch / 63.5 centimetre metallic green longer seed bead and salix clear beading wire necklace with acrylic “gem chip” accents and brass findings, lobster claw closure.

This dainty set is perfect for combining both with its own components and with complementary necklaces, and is especially suited to day wear. Can also be looped around the wrist to make a series of beaded bracelets.

Olivine glass metal-backed cabochons, jeweller’s glue, brass posts. Earring posts not guaranteed hypoallergenic.These beautiful cabochons have a depth of colour which reveals itself in different lights: their changeable hues work well with greens, golds, slate blues, and deep reds.

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Olivine glass metal-backed cabochons, jeweller’s glue, brass posts. Earring posts not guaranteed hypoallergenic.

These beautiful cabochons have a depth of colour which reveals itself in different lights: their changeable hues work well with greens, golds, slate blues, and deep reds.

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Jewellery Post: Now With Added Wallpaper

I’d come up with a better and more descriptive title but at the time of writing this post I have just been into -4C freezing fog and I want to be placed in a bucket of hot water like one of those chilled piglets in that Youtube video.

24 inch / 61 centimetre gold plate accent chain necklace with gold-tone setting, resin cameo, glass pearl drops, and matte rhinestone details. This is a longer necklace but can be shortened to a choker length to suit your measurements on purchase, please either leave a note to seller at the check-out or convo me with the required measurements.

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24 inch / 61 centimetre gold plate accent chain necklace with gold-tone setting, resin cameo, glass pearl drops, and matte rhinestone details.

This is a longer necklace but can be shortened to a choker length to suit your measurements on purchase, please either leave a note to seller at the check-out or convo me with the required measurements.

23 inch / 58.5 centimetre strung bead necklace with gold plate findings features silver plate bead caps, acrylic beads, glass beads, ceramic beads, vintage glass pearls, freshwater pearls, a silver dragonfly bead, and a Swarovski crystal bead.You don’t have to be mad to wear this dazzling burst of colour, but you do have to love variety! A perfectly unique blend of varying beads designed to really catch the eye and make sure there is always some new colour combination to explore. Goes with absolutely everything in your wardrobe, guaranteed.

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23 inch / 58.5 centimetre strung bead necklace with gold plate findings features silver plate bead caps, acrylic beads, glass beads, ceramic beads, vintage glass pearls, freshwater pearls, a silver dragonfly bead, and a Swarovski crystal bead.

You don’t have to be mad to wear this dazzling burst of colour, but you do have to love variety! A perfectly unique blend of varying beads designed to really catch the eye and make sure there is always some new colour combination to explore. Goes with absolutely everything in your wardrobe, guaranteed.

18 inches / 46 centimetres bronse cross chain necklace with brass frame and painted glass glitter “jewel”.Simple but sparkling, demure but dazzling, this delightful little contradiction draws the eye without being too showy. Perfect both on its own and with either ribbon chokers or longer necklaces.

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18 inches / 46 centimetres bronse cross chain necklace with brass frame and painted glass glitter “jewel”.

Simple but sparkling, demure but dazzling, this delightful little contradiction draws the eye without being too showy. Perfect both on its own and with either ribbon chokers or longer necklaces.

As always, other items can be found in the store.

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Jewellery Post: Time Travel

All of these and several others are available from my Etsy store.

Brass brooch frame with metal pin back, brass filigree bead, and glass pearl drop: Elizabethan etching reproduction image and glass cabochon.Wear a little piece of Shakespeare’s London with this Tudor-style brooch and fragmentary glimpse of London Bridge as it used to be! Couples up beautifully with a quilted jacket, or on a blazer, but don’t limit yourself! The key to great style is not being afraid to experiment.

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Brass brooch frame with metal pin back, brass filigree bead, and glass pearl drop: Elizabethan etching reproduction image and glass cabochon.

Wear a little piece of Shakespeare’s London with this Tudor-style brooch and fragmentary glimpse of London Bridge as it used to be! Couples up beautifully with a quilted jacket, or on a blazer, but don’t limit yourself! The key to great style is not being afraid to experiment.

28 inch / 71 centimetre brass chain, acrylic and glass bead necklace with brass filigree beads.A dainty but eye-catching combination of vivid green and deep brass, this delicate mid-length confection is perfect paired with long or short necklaces, and makes a subtle statement when worn alone.

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28 inch / 71 centimetre brass chain, acrylic and glass bead necklace with brass filigree beads.

A dainty but eye-catching combination of vivid green and deep brass, this delicate mid-length confection is perfect paired with long or short necklaces, and makes a subtle statement when worn alone.

Gunmetal ball chain, white leather and paper dogtag.Who says dogtags have to be cold metal clanking against your chest? Why not wear a strip of William Morris’s finest on soft, comfortable leather instead? Quirky, one of a kind pendant perfect for unique dressers.

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Gunmetal ball chain, white leather and paper dogtag.

Who says dogtags have to be cold metal clanking against your chest? Why not wear a strip of William Morris’s finest on soft, comfortable leather instead? Quirky, one of a kind pendant perfect for unique dressers.

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Jewellery Post: Johnny Walker Is My Only Friend

(Whining, which is undignified but unavoidable, is brought to you by an abscess under the remains of my wisdom tooth. Or in the idiom of the internet youth: grumpy Delilah is grumpy).

16 inch / 41 centimetre gold plate chain, goldtone links, czech glass beads, acrylic beads, and vintage brass Czarist cross pendant necklace.This bold, bright statement piece is not for the faint of heart! Only the sassiest, most in-your-face folks can pull of a necklace like this one.

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16 inch / 41 centimetre gold plate chain, goldtone links, czech glass beads, acrylic beads, and vintage brass Czarist cross pendant necklace.

This bold, bright statement piece is not for the faint of heart! Only the sassiest, most in-your-face folks can pull of a necklace like this one.

Watchface, pin back.A little quirky cool for holding your collar closed or bringing unusual charm to your lapel. A perfect addition to a steampunk outfit, or an Alice In Wonderland themed costume.

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Watchface, pin back.

A little quirky cool for holding your collar closed or bringing unusual charm to your lapel. A perfect addition to a steampunk outfit, or an Alice In Wonderland themed costume.

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Jewellery Post: A Little Christian

Basics: Holy Christ lapel pin<br />Just a tiny little lapel pin of Jesus.<br />Click through for listing.

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<br />17 and a half inches / 44.5 centimetre collar necklace with brass bobble chain, brass cross charms, brass hoops, brass frames, glass cabochons, glass beads, ceramic lustre beads, glass pearls.This bold and opulent piece of costume jewellery is guaranteed to get heads turning and will be the crowning glory of absolutely any outfit.<br /><br />(also cheers to anideaforamoth whose genius made this possible)

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17 and a half inches / 44.5 centimetre collar necklace with brass bobble chain, brass cross charms, brass hoops, brass frames, glass cabochons, glass beads, ceramic lustre beads, glass pearls.

This bold and opulent piece of costume jewellery is guaranteed to get heads turning and will be the crowning glory of absolutely any outfit.

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Jewellery Post: Miscellaneous

All of the listed items are available from my Etsy Store:

 

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necklace made with seed beads, Czech cut glass crystals, lampwork foil beads, brass bead caps, acrylic and glass beads, freshwater pearls, cut glass rose cake crystals, a gold tone centrepiece, and gold plate pins and (vintage) clasp.

This one of a kind piece in complementary spring/summer colours is a fruity and delicious cocktail perfect for wearing with summer dresses, day or night. Suitable with any of a wide range of colours but especially pretty with pale yellow.

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Red pressed Czech glass crystals, gold plate chain, gold plate fish hook ear wires.

These long dangling earrings have a dramatic effect and a daring contrast in colours. A perfect gift for the daring earring-lover in your life.

 

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8 and a half inch / 22 centimetre gold plate chain bracelet with gold plate findings and clasp, and brass and verdegris cross charms.

A lovely and understated gold-hue bracelet packed with cross charms, to be worn alone or as part of a selection of bracelets. This is a very versatile piece, and can be used with formal or informal clothing.

 

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16 to 18 inch / 41 to 46 centimetre silver plate pin, glass and acrylic bead lattice necklace with foil stars.

An intricate and eye-catching piece in silver and black with accents in the hue of moons, perfect for the astronomer or starry-eyed dreamer in your life.

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