Lovely Cotton Stole – Crochet Gone Vintage!

Lovely Lace Cotton Crochet Stole

I bought this cotton yarn over a year ago, when I was first exploring fabulous yarns. I bought it online just to see what it was like. Well I loved it. But Inspiration had not struck so I didn’t buy more and I stayed in my stash all this time, until now!

A few weeks ago it was a friend’s birthday, and all of a sudden I knew what had to be done. I looked in my stash for an appropriate colour, but all I had was black! And good thing too, because I don’t think this could have turned out any better.

After some hunting, I found this Japanese crochet pattern on Ravelry and got to work! Once I started on the fringing, I worried there wouldn’t be enough yarn to complete it, and it turned out I was right. I decided instead to do one row of single crochet all around and I think it actually turned out much nicer. And you know what else? No pair of scissors ever touched this yarn. All I had was 3 inches left to weave in and that was it! My modified version was the perfect fit for this ball of yarn!

Clearly it was all meant to be. My friend loved it!

Stay creative


Sew 2012 #015: Starry Nights Oh So Comfy Dress

Sparkly sparkles! This dress is cheating. It’s sooooo comfy – it’s actually another version of my House Dress, but in sparkly knit fabric.

I’m still terrible as sewing knits, but I made this dress for a night out at a friend’s party and it was lovely and dark so my sewing sins went un-noticed. Until I pointed them out to my fellow-sewing friend. Haha!! I really need to get the hang of knits!

Stay happy!

Rainbow Awesomeness in the form of Crochet Hat and Scarf: Another Completed Project

I think this photo pretty much captures it all.

I fell in yarn-love and bought a gazillion balls. No plan, it was just pure, unadulterated yarn-love. Then I started making a scarf. Then I realised the scarf needed a matching hat. Then I saw this pattern. Then I made it.

Then we had to go out for Tea and Scones on a Windy and Cold Day.

The End.

Sew 2012 #011: Dismal Success Dress

I love learning. It’s great. It keeps you going. Learning is also why you won’t see me modelling my latest creation:

Isn’t it lovely! What fun! Silly Morgan, just hem it up and you’re done! It’s wonderful!

No. It isn’t. It’s not. I’m not. It isn’t.

I’m lucky in that I can pull it over my hips. But I can’t do the zip up and even if I could, I’m am certain the moment I did that extra bendy-bend to sit in a car my not-that-generous behind would bust some puckering seams. Fortunately I found this out before I spent any more time sewing the lining together.

That’s not all. Something weird is going on with my pattern alterations. I had noticed when I sewed the BatFace is Back Dress cut from my same updated pieces, but by that stage I’d already got excited and cut this one. Lesson learned.

But wait, keep reading for the next 47 seconds and be amazed by our next disaster:


‘No!’ I hear you say, ‘That’s no mishap, that’s an expensive designer dress design feature!’ On another day I would agree with you, but today the twist wasn’t meant to happen and the rest of the dress doesn’t fit, so unfortunately it is not a design feature. However, considered it noted for future dresses – If only I could figure out how I managed to do it…

Finally, my invisible zipper installation was out by ONE WHOLE INCH on one side. That sucked. So I cut off the extra bit and sewed on. So my back neckline is now uneven. So what? 😀 Right now I’m enjoying all this learning with cheap fabric.

I was looking forward to this dress – I haven’t felt my Gothic colours shine for a while and was thinking this would be a marvellous way to trickle them back for the winter. And considering this cheap muslin was from a really rough skirt and cheap lining remnant, I’m still looking forward to this dress.

No point continuing with this dress now, I’m keen to get the pattern updated and cut out my next one. I have some catching up to do!

Stay happy!

Organisation with Sewing Machine Accessories

This little bit of time back at my machine over the holidays, it dawned on me why I’ve been focused on crochet so long. Sewing in my space isn’t as comfortable or efficient as it could be, and my poor machine gets covered with dust. So I need to get my sewing space on order!

I had recently found a measure of cheap black PVC in an op shop for $3!! Bargain! The first thing that sprang to mind was a fitted top and pencil skirt, but things didn’t work out that way for the PVC…

I hereby present PVC Sewing Machine Cover and PVC/Stretch Velvet Table Cover!

With the machine cover, I had my first experience sewing a square corner! I was quite unusual, especially with no instructions. But I did work it out! Then there’s the table cover, which by all laws of physics probably shouldn’t exist. I’m sure anyone with a shred of sewing experience would not even consider sewing stretch velvet and PVC together, but I did. And now I won’t ever again.

And here’s my delightful Pins of Patience in their new home. I had been using a velvet cushion I had made when I was a youngun, but as it has no base the pins kept going right through it. This one is much more sturdy and I can use it as a paper/fabric weight as well 🙂

These few items give me a promotion in my Gothy Sewing Space – literally, instead of working on a coffee table and mediation cushion, I actually have a proper table that doesn’t bounce when I sew at full speed. I have lost the seat though, and keep borrowing one from the kitchen… small steps…

Ooh the excitement keeps coming… bring on 2012!!

A Successful Christmas Party Black Tie Outfit

My holidays have officially started! A wonderful time of year. I’ll be relaxing with Sweeheart, family and friends over the next few days and having an all-round lovely time. Today I have time for one last pre-Christmas post (and possibly the last post for 2011!)

In the spirit of Christmas parties, I have to show you what happened for the Black Tie Christmas Party I mentioned earlier! Well, the night was lovely with great food and people. All the boys were wearing their bow ties and looked delightful, but I know you really want to know how my out fit turned out…

Ooh aren’t they tantalising fabrics. Black and cream satin, and burgundy sequins. Just how did they all go together?

I already had the dress, and the wrap my Nana made me for my Year 11 dance (yes, Year 11 dance, go figure.)

On Beverley’s advice, I decided to make the Kwik Sew 3381 skirt. So glad I did! The cream satin I had bought turned out to be a bit stiffer than I’d like, so the skirt had a decidedly cone look when I put it on, but it wasn’t bad. Sew and learn. However, it did come out to big! To work around this for the evening I added a lovely button to the waist to bring it in a bit, so I’ll have to go back to this skirt and work that out  sometime.

I’m very happy with this project! I was so simple and quick to make, I finished it in 4 hours. I will probably be quicker next time now I know what I’m doing!

After all that, I’m sure you’re dying to see the complete ensemble… well, genius and last-minute-getting-ready-er person that I am, there are no photos. But there will be!! I want to do another shoot with Sweetheart soon and this outfit will be one we shoot. Until then, I have put together this wonderful drawing using the fabric photos to show you:

I did also wear eyes to the event. I felt so glamorous!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all, have a happy and safe holiday!


Crafty Archive: Results from my Beading Binge #6

More Beading Binge Bliss!

↑ I remember the creative process on this one, I was feeling Goth-y, and I liked the big bead. So I made the top bar. Then I just kept putting matching things together until I had something I liked! I had a lot of fun with this piece but I do recall it taking a longer time that most of my others 🙂

↑ Another favorite!! The charm was actually from an older pair of favourite earrings, you can see the black coating has started to come off in parts. The earring hooks were in a much worse state, and while I could have just replaced them, it was more fun to create something new. I still have the other earring, it’s waiting in my bead box for the right moment!

See my other Beading Binge posts:

Happy creating! 🙂

Crafty Archive: Results from my Beading Binge #5

↑ A favourite, versatile piece: I’ve also worn this as a ‘waist-lace’ while wearing my corset.

↑ Another favourite! However, this one is fairly delicate and is on my re-make list when I get sturdier chains and findings.

See my other Beading Binge posts:

Happy creating! 🙂

Crafty Archive: Results from my Beading Binge #4

Another installment of… Beading Binge!

↑ Another piece I love that gets lots of wear 🙂

↑ My idea for this one evolved… in my head it’s now a Art piece and I want to get started on it with better quality findings!!

↑ This one gets worn a bit to, I didn’t expect that when I made it!

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Happy creating! 🙂