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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Fabric Shops ~ Nationwide on: May 06, 2008 01:40:18 AM
I live near Birmingham and tend to go to the Fancy Silk Store in Brum for my fabric fix. It stocks quite a bit but it's not in a great location and the layout means you can't look/touch all the fabric on display.

Sooo, I was wondering if anyone can recommend any fabric shops that have a good range and is enjoyable to look around. I was discussing this with my mom and we decided that if a place has really good reviews then it would be worth travelling to.

Sooo, it doesn't matter where in the UK the shop is we are willing to travel!

Looking forward to any recommendations!

Cheesy x
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My tiny corner of crafty paradise... (IMG Heavy) on: February 24, 2008 04:06:37 PM
About a month ago I really got back into my crafting about a bit of a break and I'm determined for it to stay that way. I think the reason that I stopped crafting though was because all my stash of anything and everything was kept either under my bed or in the loft. Not the handiest of places to keep things. So last month I decided to get rid of my "dressing table area" (I rarely used it) and create a crafting corner. My room is tiny but I think I did well.

Here's the pics:

A general overview of my corner ~ I bought a couple of cute jars from Ikea and found some empty pots of moisturiser cream that I decided would be perfect for beads and buttons etc

My wardrobe is right next to my crafty desk so I put some nice gift bags on top for extra storage

I hung up some shopping bags and old gift bags using some hooks from Ikea. Again, great storage for things I don't use everyday

My ideas board covered in "ideas" and a close up of items on top of desk

I made sure I kept plenty of room for the new love of my life ~ my own sewing machine (I used to always steal my Mom's)

We had this old Ikea set of drawers lying about which fits perfectly under the desk. One of the drawers was broken so I turned it into a shelf for my fabric

More fabric storage under desk

Thanks for looking Cheesy

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Michael Miller "Fashion Park" 50s style dress (yet again) on: February 24, 2008 03:52:40 PM
My brother will not be pleased, another 50s style dress!

I love this fabric ~ it's so summery! The pattern I used was McCall's M5095 View A which I think works quite well.

Front view:

Side view

Back view (I've yet to sew a hook n eye in the back):

Sorry there's no close ups of the fabric but it really is gorgeous! Trust me Smiley

Apologies for the messy room ~ I was too excited to tidy up.

EDIT ~ Here is a close up of the pattern:
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Alexander Henry "Sweethearts" 50s style dress on: February 24, 2008 03:46:25 PM
My brother seems to think I have a slight obsession with 50s style dresses and thinks I should "expand my horizons" and do another style! How rude!?! I like 50s style and 50s style likes me so I'm just gonna keep on churning them out.

Anyway I bought this fabric on the net from a US based site. I wanted to make view A of McCall's M5095 but I didn't have enough for the fuller skirt and as I was too excited to buy any more and wait for it to be delivered I decided to change the skirt and used the skirt from New Look's 6557. I also shortened it a tad.

Here's the results:

Obligatory bathroom mirror shot:

Close up of bodice:

I decided to leave off the straps as I think it looks better without. It's not elasticated at the top but it fits perfectly so there's no slipping down Cheesy

5  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / The best night in Wolverhampton is coming to town on: September 08, 2006 03:00:15 PM
The Cha Cha Char is coming to town this night so if you like tea, cakes, music, retro and alcohol then this is right up your street! Check out the myspace page..... Thank you!! xx

PS Feel free to bring your craft along if you like!!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink (and tattoos) to make the boys wink..... on: August 28, 2006 10:37:14 AM
I found this fabulous fabric on Ebay at 9/m, a bit more expensive than I'm used to spending (i.e. usually 1/m) but the compliments I got from it when I went out totally made it worthwhile

I didn't use a pattern as such I used the idea from the Lolita dress and made the pattern myself like so:

After that I kinda just went for it, trying it on every two minutes to get it to my shape. It was going to be strapless but I was too tired in the end to add any elastic at the top (I started more or less as soon as I got home from work and didn't stop until it was finished) so I just added a couple of straps which I think look better anyway.

Here's my pics: -

The back:

Me trying to be thoughtful:

This dress got me a lot of attention when I went out to a rock club on Friday nite so if you're single and love rock - go make one now!

Any comments/criticisms welcome.


PS My wallpaper is from Laura Ashley, here: http://www.lauraashley.com/invt/3308212&bklist=
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Strawberry Fields Forever on: August 06, 2006 08:17:53 AM
So this is my second dress ever! The first I made with a little help from my Mom and this one completely on my own! I'm sooo pleased.

I went to my cousin's Wedding yesterday (which was fabulous by the way) so last weekend I went to my trusty man on the fabric market stall behind Birmingham Bullring and I bought this this strawberry fabric:


About 9 hours later and I came up with this from New Look 6557 (minus the belt):

I hope the pics are ok and there aren't any beer stains on the dress (the pics were taken post-Wedding).

The back is quite low so I couldn't really wear a bra with it but that's ok cos I'm not exactly Pammy! The fabric was really quite thin too (but then it was a 1 a metre!) so I lined it with a thicker white fabric which I think was better cos it showed up the strawberries too! I went wrong a little on the back so it's not that even but I really couldn't care less cos it's my baby

What d'ya think?


PS Ignore the mess of a bedroom - I'm still in the process of decorating!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gingham + 50s style + first dress = yay! (img heavy) on: July 28, 2006 02:24:58 PM
Ok, so like a lot of people on here I have been stalking these pages for aaaaggges! I've been looking at everyone's dresses for a long time and last Sunday after some serious sewing envy I decided to just go for it and make my first dress.

The pattern I used was New Lookm 6457 (View B). I used some gingham fabric I bought from a stall at the outdoor Bullring market, Birmingham for 1.50 metre.

It took me a good chunk of Sunday and a couple of hours in an evening this week. My Mom ended up sewing the zip on as the zipper foot on the sewing machine has gone AWOL and my hand sewing sucks but other than that it is all by moi and I'm sooo pleased. There's only one problem now - I'm addicted! I'm off to Birmingham again tomorrow to get me loads more fabric for loads more dresses so I'm think I'm going to be on here for a while  Smiley

Here's my baby: -

I also made a matching clutch bag inspired by the clutches in the new craftster kitsch book: -

Agatha Christie's 'Murder is Easy' complete with fabulous knitting needles on cover and in large print  Cheesy

The inside (ignore my foot trying to hold it up)

The side (again, ignore my foot)

What d'ya think?

Laura x
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