Well, at least I haven't been as slack on the sewing as I have been on the posting about my sewing...
I ran into some trouble when I decided that, really, I wanted to totally finish the underskirt before I started the overskirt. Finished things are good, I thought. Not almost-finishing things is even better. So, I wandered out to buy some black velvet ribbon to trim with... Only to discover that, apparently, no one stocks much velvet ribbon anymore. o_O I went everywhere
. Most of them, I went to twice. I finally found the right width and colour at the Goldings on Lambton Quay (the other branch wasn't helpful), but they didn't have as much as I needed. However, the very lovely woman I spoke to offered to order some in, and was basically incredibly helpful. So, I finally have my ribbon - it just took forever
to get it.
The underskirt is all finished, except for that ribbon trim. ^^( photo-cut! )
Since I couldn't continue with my skirt until I got the ribbon, I did two small projects instead to fill in time.
Project one - The Fuzzy Crown Of Darkness. XD
My good friend Gwennie's birthday was a little while ago, and she inconveniently quit one of the online games we both play not long before her birthday. I'd been planning to spend real money on virtual stuff on there for her, but instead, I had to come up with a new plan. I went shopping with the vague target of 'cutely evil things' in mind, but came up empty handed. So, I moved to plan two - make something cutely evil myself. :D
I've made these little beanie hats a few times already - they're from a very basic Simplicity pattern to which I just add whatever silly additions I feel they require. I've made kitty-hat, bunny-hat, unintentional-goblin-hat (don't ask), and now, chibi-batwing-hat. Chibi bat wings hat may be my favourite so far, and it's not even mine to wear! I came very close to keeping it, srsly. ( Photo cut Two )
At the point at which I was half way through the above hat - which is to say, at a point where I really had to have a sewing machine to use - Jenni had a craft day at her place. I like craft days. Going and chatting while doing handwork is so nice, but I seriously envy all those girls who knit, rather than sew! Their craft is so very much more portable than mine. But since I don't really enjoy knitting, I ended up working on this little flower-gift-bag thing from a book called Omiyage
. The bag in question is the one pictured on the cover.
I'd started it before, made one small error, and (foolishly, as it turned out) presumed that was why it looked like my flower had no chance of looking like hers. So, I started over, since the error in question couldn't really be undone. But, the finished bag doesn't look like hers either
. After pouring over the (poorly written, and inadequately illustrated) instructions two or three times, I've had to face the facts - the bag has been photographed misleadingly. Suck.
I ended up tweaking the bag I made a bit to make it look a bit less like a dried-up starfish instead of a flower, adding a little stuffing to the petals. I'm sort of happy with it... And sort of not at all. Still at least it's done.( Photo cut three )