Monday, 25 January 2016

How To Turn a Tie Into a Bow Tie

Here I am with my first finished project of's taken a wee while to kickstart my crafting mojo this year but I am pleased to announce that I've just turned a couple of my colleague's ties into bow ties. Yay!

He seems to have made a New Year's Resolution to wear more bow ties (if I primary teacher can't pull off a bow tie at work, who can right?) and he told me he'd spotted this tutorial on Pinterest. A couple of days later, he'd given me a couple of his ties and I took myself out for a wee coffee date and a bit of stitching.
The tutorial is super easy to follow but it turns out that some ties have a pretty padded lining and one of the bow ties in particular turned out to be super bulky. If you do use this tutorial I'd really recommend using a slightly thinner tie or trying to take out the lining before you start turning it into a bow tie. Really fun and easy tutorial though - I would recommend.
What's been your first project of 2016?

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Weekend Inspiration: Black and White

I've got one working week under my belt this year and it's been a weird one. The car wouldn't start on Monday morning. It turned out to be the battery (so not too much of a problem) but since then I've had all sorts of little annoyances happen to me and I'm beginning to think I don't really like 2016 too much. It's not helped by the fact that my determination to do Dry January means I can't even have a sneaky G and T to take the edge off!

Hopefully after a quiet weekend of chilling out, hanging up pictures, making curry, watching Paddington, dreaming about the monthly dresses that I'm planning this year and tucking into our still-leftover-Christmas chocolate, I'll be feeling a bit more positive about the New Year.

In the meantime, here's some pictures that have been inspiring me as I plan my first handmade dress of 2016...

1 // 2 // 3
4 // 5 // 6

...can you guess what colour scheme I'm going for!?

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