confessions of a fabric obsessive

Monthly Archives: September 2011

finished – one cloak, in time for a bonfire

As you may or may not know, I make costumes and cloaks as well as “little things” like hair-bands and corsages and brooches. This is my own cloak.

I don’t know why, but I’ve wanted a proper full-length cloak for ages. Mr CB and I go camping with friends a couple of times a year, and it’s really good for wrapping up in when we’re sitting chatting round a bonfire into the wee small hours. My back stays toasty-warm, my front doesn’t over-heat and when it’s spread out, it makes a good blanket overnight if the sleeping bags aren’t quite warm enough for the weather.

The pointy hood with a tassel on it? Well that’s just for fun. I mean, it’s not like I’m going to wear this walking down the street in the middle of Birmingham, is it?

A while back a very envious and supportive friend asked me to make her a cloak, no rush, in return for a favour, (she does all my graphics for me, logos, online shop banners, business cards, etc), and as she said so many very nice things about my cloak when I made it, how could I resist?

It’s been cut out ready to sew for ages. I’ve put it on the back burner (sorry, Lin, if you’re reading this) while I got other costumes finished for an event back in April, while I got the portfolio completed for my last teaching qualification and all over the summer while I got stressed over my children going of to University. Now I only (?) have the entire house to clean and pack up to move later this year, a teaching job to find (so that I can afford to move home later this year), and another teaching qualification to start, so I’m almost stress free.

I’m also seeing my friend this weekend, so it’s probably time I got this completed for her.

At least now I have cleared a path to my sewing machine… and located all the pieces for her cloak.

This is what it looked like a couple of months ago…

and this is what it looks like now…

this cloak always comes up really blue in photos, in real life it's more of a grass colour than this and yes, it has a pixie hood just like mine.

The only way I can show you this is to set this post up to publish while I am seeing my friend, so that she will have seen it first (and hopefully be very happy with it).

Nice and warm while we are all huddled around the bonfire again this weekend.

Hope you’re all nice and warm this weekend, too.

Claire Bear

me, without cloak because it was too warm, chatting with my friends in the wee small hours with my back to the bonfire (and the camera, as usual)

Making magazine for sale

I have a bit of a confession to make. You see, I’m a bit of an impulse buyer (I’d like to be a lot of an impulse buyer, but I simply don’t have the money) and I have a really bad memory. So frequently I end up buying the same thing twice.
Books, CDs, you name it, I’ve bought more than one of the same, probably more than once.

I’m pretty sure I’ve ended up with three of some things.

Well, the other day I happened to be walking down the magazine aisle in the supermarket , and I spotted one of my favourite magazines and I thought, “yay the new issue of Making is out” and popped it in my trolley.

I got it home, unpacked my shopping and sat down with a cup of tea to read it and thought “this seems to be familiar”.

Yes, I’d done it again. I already had one at home, so now I have two.

What can I say, I’m a sucker for bright ideas,  colourful photos and easy explanations.

So if anyone out there in blogland wants it, and hasn’t bought it already, the cover price is £4.99, but it could be yours for £4 and I’m happy to throw in p+p to anywhere in the UK for free.

Or I’d be happy to swap for the current issue of “Mollie Makes.


Leave me a reply to this post, and I’ll contact you and we’ll work out how to get the magazine to yours, and how to get the £4 to me.

UPDATE: This has now been requested by someone, thank you everyone who contacted me.

Claire Bear

old pair of jeans

Looking at yet another pair of jeans that my son has outgrown the other day, I thought “how many ways can you reuse old jeans?”

So being me, I had a look on the interwebnet thingy, and these are just some of my favourites.

(I also have two favourite things that I love doing with old jeans that I couldn’t find anywhere out there in internet-land yet.)

I really ought to have a go at a tutorial of my own, I read and post so many of other people’s.

Mmm, I’ll work it out and get back to you on that.

In the meantime these army favourite things-to-do-with-old-jeans tutes.





Did I miss any of your faves?



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