Cat House

Otherwise known as a fabric covered cardboard box.  Everyone love kittens and toile de Jouy, right?

I saw one of these on C Channel (an online Japanese lifestyle magazine).

My sitting room is currently littered with cardboard box kitten obstacles…. so making a much more aesthetic version was a no brainer.

Scrap curtain material from a relative meant this was a ‘no cost’ project. Woo hoo.

You will need:

A cardboard box
Spare fabric (freebie/curtain scraps)
Bias binding to finish the hole
A hand towel/bit of something to line it with
Go figure!
It wouldn’t actually matter if the bias binding was a slightly different colour as it’s completely hidden inside.

I also put a bit of masking tape around the oval cardboard hole to neaten it, and hopefully deter the little monsters from chewing and destroying it too quickly.

Soo Yung the beautiful

 

 

Bonus footage…..

Short Film: Buzz off Soo Yung

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Miette Cardigan review and Knitted Hair Bows.

At the start of 2017, the stand-out ‘crafting resolution’ of the Otome Sewing Bee, was learning to knit or crochet.

As a practised knitter/crocheter, with pinterest boards to prove it,  I’ll be sharing a recommended yarny pattern for each month of the year.

The aim is to inspire us to get needles and hooks out.  All patterns shared will fit with the flapjac aesthetic that is pretty vintage and romantic j-fashion and should be easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe.

The Miette Cardigan

by Andi Satterlund

Cosy little everyday cardigan that is easy to knit and a nice cropped length for wearing with full skirts.

First cardigan pattern I ever made. The internet told me this was the place to start. And it isn’t half satisfying to make knitwear to match my handmade dresses. Head to toe handmade. What a geek!

Picture me swanning round the side of a cricket pitch, pouring out tea in my pink cardigan!

miette cardigan flapjac andi satterlund knitting pattern review

The Pattern

The Miette is a free free free pattern that is epically popular on Ravelry. Loads of positive reviews can be found all over the net. It’s made of thick worsted weight yarn so knits up quick.

Bonus pattern feature – it’s worked from the top down so you can try it on as you go and make it shorter or longer to match your torso length. Similarly, you can make the sleeves longer very easily.

Because it’s worsted weight yarn, it makes a thick cosy cardi.  I used Aran weight yarn, because I’m in the UK, and that’s what was readily available to me at the time. Because of the thicker yarn it knits up faster that you’d expect.

Fit-wise the pattern is very forgiving and stretchy on the bust. My bust measurement fell between the Medium and Large sizes, and my tension is a bit on the loose side, so I went with the Medium and it fitted fine. A good tip I got from other knitters on Ravelry, was to thread sheering elastic into the neck band to stop it from stretching out.

Finished it with some deep pink petersham ribbon for button bands and pink shell buttons from John Lewis.

miette cardigan flapjac andi satterlund knitting pattern review

Yarn used: Hayfield Baby Aran
Buttons: Dyed mother of pearl from John Lewis.

This would work great in pastels for a sweet weekend look, or in black as a  ‘cosy-at-home’ everyday goth basic.

Great little cardi pattern. Highly recommend.

miette cardigan flapjac andi satterlund knitting pattern review

The Basic Kitty Bow

Beginners Knitted Hair Bow Pattern.

A beginner level make that involves knitting 2 small rectangles in stocking stitch.

If your learning to knit, don’t make a scarf!  It’s super long and will take you yonks.  Instead, a little knitted bow is just as easy (knit wise) and will probably look much fancier when finished.

Also, you can trim it with ribbon and lace (and hide all those dropped stitches) to make it more spiffing.

Here I’m making 2 bows in my most worn colours, navy and dark red.

lolita knit knitted hairbow hair bow diy tutorial how to

 

lolita knit knitted hairbow hair bow diy tutorial how to

lolita knit knitted hairbow hair bow diy tutorial how to

Here’s where I shove in an image and matching PDF printable worksheet with my letterland handwriting and similarly childish diagrams. You can also find the pattern details on Ravelry.

You can play around with this pattern to create any size bow you like, with any size wool. If you want to add ribbons and trims attach them whilst the knitted pieces are still flat before you assemble the bow.

 

Enjoy!

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Flapjac Fashion School

flapjac fashion school sewing class dressmaking workshop hatch end

Bookings:  flapjac@jessicacorlett.com

‘WOW – my daughter has had a fantastic day. Thank you so much – she is buzzing’
Parent, Hatch End, Feb 2017 by text

‘My daughter’s enthusiasm and sewing skills have soared and she now makes her own designs to wear.
She always has a fun sociable time at Jessica’s workshops.’
Jo, Parent, Northwood

 

12 – 16 yr olds    |   Hatch End

A highly creative and upbeat young persons dressmaking course, with some serious skill learning!

“I always look forward to the fashion workshops. They’re really fun and I learn lots.”
Katie, 14, Ruislip

Come and learn the sewing skills they don’t teach in school.  Learn techniques to keep up with the latest online diy fashion and craft trends….as well as how to turn up a pair of jeans!  All fashion styles are catered for, from high street trends to super alternative goths.

 

Educational

Dressmaking:  Accurate measuring and fitting. Sewing machines. Seams. Hems. Pattern cutting. Circle skirts. Elastic channels. Zips. Buttons.  Stretch Fabrics.
Crafts:  Applique. Needle felting. Embroidery. Attaching trimmings.
Life Skills:  Clothing care. Ironing. Laundry. Repairs and Alterations.

Projects and lessons are always tailored to match and stretch the skill level of the students.

 

The Classes

Small class sizes to ensure that each student can explore their full potential. Sessions have a project-based structure, however, all ‘makes’ can be adapted to fit your own personal style.

Jessica, a trained Costume professional, has sewn for the likes of English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, Wicked the Musical and CBBC.  Youthful and friendly, she is an enthusiastic sewing teacher with years of experience under her belt.  Students will leave “buzzing” with ideas and motivation.

Materials and equipment provided.

Bring along a basic sewing kit and a sewing machine if you have one but don’t worry if not.

 

Location

Elm Hatch, Hatch End. Sessions take place in Jessica’s workshop/livingroom.
Assistant teachers Jun and Soo (the kittens) are always on-hand to support and encourage!
2 min walk from Hatch End station. Easy parking for drop off and collecting.

 

Here to help

We know that family and work create lots of juggling for parents, so we are always happy to accommodate slightly different drop off/pick up times. Contact Jessica to discuss.

 

Booking

For more information about the next ‘Fashion School’ dates …

email: flapjac@jessicacorlett.com

or complete the form on our contact page

 

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Wicked and Whimsy Bon bon Tea Party

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee

Aug 2016. The main event was organised by The Tea Party Club, at 116 Pall Mall, London.

A 2 day celebration of romantic Lolita and Japanese Fashion, featuring guest designers Haenuli Shin of Haenuli, Fumiko Kawamura of Enchantlic Enchantilly, Mana Kim of Baroque and Ayumi Watanabe of Rose Marie Seoir (previously Syrup).

In the refreshments salon (aka. good and close to the cake and wine), myself along with my sewing gang the Otome Sewing Bee hosted a pop-up Bon Bon Tea Party.  This consisted of a little sociable crafts table and a supporting display of our news and achievements.

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee bonbon teaparty

Textile Confectionary

The craft activity we provided was making little fabric sweets (or bon bons), trimmed with ribbons and beads, to turn into hair accessories and bag charms.  Japanese fashion brands, such as Angelic Pretty and Chocomint, have sold similar sweets themed accessories, so we knew the product would appeal to the J-Fashionistas at the event.

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee display

Beautiful Bits and Bobs

The display table showcased the Otome Sewing Bees monthly activities during 2015 and 2016.   Crafted items included fabric roses and hairbows, needle felting, embroidery and lace making as well as a whole rack of dressmaking examples.  Also on display were photographs from workshops, copies of some of our worksheets, our annual schedules and flyers promoting upcoming events.

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee bonbon teaparty

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee bonbon teaparty

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee bonbon teaparty

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee bonbon teaparty madillustrationEvent photography by Emily Valentine

Click here for my Fabric Bon Bons tutorial

panoramic lolita otome sewing bee wicked whimsyPanoramic shot by Anna Poon.

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MyM Magazine April 2016

The Otome Sewing Bee (previously known as The Dressmaking Club) had a great feature in MyM magazine Issue 49. April 2016.

 

handmade lolita otome sewing bee mym magazine Emily Faulder
Article and photography by the wonderful Emily.

Emily Valentine Photography
Emily Valentine Photography

 

Otome Sewing Bee Workshop
Emily Valentine Photography

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