I live and craft in England (or perhaps “live to craft...”?). I love colour and I love pretty things.
I must have been a magpie or a butterfly in a previous life, such is my attraction to colourful and shiny stuff (aka, pretty, shiny things).
This blog is my attempt to make sense, and keep track, of what I make.
confessions of a fabric obsessive
All I want for Christmas is…
…oh, so many things, and I know that all of them are too expensive for me to receive as a gift. I’m going to show you my wish list, anyway.
1. Another dress-form (tailors dummy)
This is Betty my current tailor’s mannequin.
Although Betty is fab, she is set up and padded out (with bubble-wrap) to be a near-exact replica of me. She needs a lot of unwrapping any time I need to use her to mimic someone else. As the cloaks and costumes that I make tend to be for non-standard sized customers, Betty is invaluable, but it would be great if Betty could stay set up as me, and I could have another dress-form reserved for customers’ sizing.
The ones I have in mind are these:
A Lady Valet (£200 each)
(photos from John Lewis website)
one in small (33″-41″ bust, 59-81cm 23-31″ waist, 86-106cm 34-42″ hips)and
one in medium (39″-47″ bust, 74-94cm 29-37″ waist, 102-122cm 40-48″ hips) should have me sorted for most ladies.
I think Lady Valet is one of the most attractive looking tailor’s mannequins available, and as it’s adjustable in height as well as width and the manufacturers are happy to send replacement bits for free as and when required, I would love to have a pretty one.
Or, if I was really pushing the boat out, I think a FitBot would be even better
Originally intended for the retail trade, I think it adjusts to fit electronically instead of by manually by wheels as most dress-forms do.
The video makes it look fantastic:
The male version would be fun too (can I order a man who fits the set up in the photo please?).
OK, back to the list
2. A 4-thread overlocker (serger)
Four-thread overlockers (sergers) have blades and can cut/trim at the same time as sew. Three-thread overlockers don’t have blades. Four-thread ones are more useful and versatile and on the list. Three-threads aren’t.
I like this Bernina 1300MDC (but it’s over £1000, ouch!)
Who wants a machine that can do rolled hems, sew jersey with same visible stitching that you get on really nice t-shirts, and trim at the same time except when tell it not to? Me! Plus Bernina do a free course to make sure you get the most out of your new machine.
I love these sewing rooms (click on the images for the original blogs)
(Yes, I know this blog is in Portuguese, that’s what google translate is for)
Can you imagine coming home to this surprise sewing room?
(Mind you, I do have this wall clock, already)
And I love Apartment Therapy.
What a lot of these sewing rooms have in common is lots of space, and of course that isn’t an option when you’re living in a big city with not much money (not enough space for one of these in Birmingham anyway). But I hope to be moving home in the next 6 months or so, and one of these:
could be used as a room divider (I can see a trip to Ikea) in a large living room to split off some space for me and my little sewing machine (where the tons of fabric would go is anyone’s guess, but this would be a good start). This site has some good ideas for sorting out sewing storage on a budget.
And if course, I’ve blogged previously about tidying up all my sewing stuff.
I love this idea for ribbon storage:
using a common or garden multiple-trouser-hanger to keep those ribbons under control.
I could do this myself, too :
(I’ll probably have to stick to sewing jersey using my ordinary sewing machine, a twin needle and this tutorial too)
…but this isn’t supposed to be a “things I am planning to do, to make my life/fabric prettier and tidier” post, this is a list of what I would love Santa to bring me if he could afford it.
Of course, what I really want is to find a home that I can share with Mr ClaireBear, have room for my stuff, his stuff, for the cat to live out her last years and for my (grown-up) children to stay over when they visit.