30 Mar

I spent most of the weekend finishing up my goodies for craft2.0 on Easter Saturday.  Sue is adding profiles of stall holders to the blog daily (which means each day I figure out new ways of spending my money!)

Just over a week and a half to go and I’m feeling semi-organised.  This will be my first time at craft2.0 and I’m a little nervous.  But I’m really pleased with my product so that’s a start.

Blythe dresses will be on hold until after Easter.  I do have a couple more dresses finished to add to the shop, maybe I can squeeze in some photo sessions after work this week and get them in the etsy store.  I’ll try and get some pictures of my craft 2.0 goodies as well.


A-line dresses finished

26 Mar

A few weeks ago, I showed a preview of an A-line dress with inverted pleat.  That dress needed a few pattern tweaks and sat on my sewing table unfinished for longer than it should have.  Adjustments are all done and a couple of these dresses are now available in my etsy store

The dress is mini length  and works well over tights or even over trousers.  The inverted pleat gives it a nice shape and I deliberately lined it in the bodice only, so it would retain the triangular shape at the bottom.

Prices start on these dresses at just $12 depending on the amount of trim I add.  I think they look best in retro style fabrics.  I’m especially fond of this teal and green number.


Cate, my French Trench Blythe has become my go-to girl for photographing these dresses – there’s something about her bed-head hair and slightly sassy attitude that makes her look the best in them.  She does tend to look incredibly smug though!


This one is sold – I think it’s one of my favourite dresses I’ve ever made. I wasted a bit of fabric fussy-cutting so that the little piggy was centred in the pleat, but it was totally worth it.  I think I am going to have to try and hunt down some more of this fabric.



Another that has sold – more Japanese fabrics – retro mushrooms which at that scale give the dress a nice retro 60s look.


New Skirt

1 Mar

I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and to sew things for blythe that go beyond the skipper patterns.  Today’s attempt was very basic but I’m pleased with how it turned out.  A three tiered skirt.  I wanted to avoid elastic so drafted a curved yoke and it worked pretty well.

Hopefully i’ll get a couple of these made during the week for the etsy store.

Etsy update

23 Feb

I’ve added a couple more dresses to the etsy shop. I was halfway through a listing when the store went down for maintenance.  That’s the joys of living at the end of the earth and being awake when the larger part of the world is sleeping!  Same things happen at work with our databases…that’s not fun at all.

I still have to finish the new design so these are some more of the empire and party dresses.

How cute is this eiffel tower dress!

Looking pretty in a dusky floral

and back to her surly self

Hopefully I’ll add the rest of the dresses in the next 24 hours.

Honeythorpe on Etsy…update

12 Feb

Three little dresses are off to new homes today – thank you so much!  I have been working on a new dress design and after a few tweaks to necklines and armholes am almost ready to reveal the final version.  I hope to upload a couple into the store over the weekend.  Here’s a sneak peak of one of my prototypes.  Sorry for the blurry photo…this is prototype number three.


I will also have a couple more baby doll style dresses to add.  I just need to sew on some snaps (my least favourite chore!)

We’re off to Craft2.0…

11 Feb

it’s very exciting and more than a little intimidating!!  I’m busy making some new products mostly of the paper variety.  You can get sneak peeks on my flickr account over the next 8 weeks.


So what is Craft 2.0??  According to their site…

Craft2.0 is an indie craft fair featuring the best and brightest of the New Zealand craft scene. Our carefully juried shows highlight a wide variety of handmade goods, including handbags and jewellery, baby gifts and paper products, clothing and housewares, one-of-a-kind plushies and original artwork.

I went to three shows last year (as a shopper) and they were great – I could have emptied my wallet several times over!  It’s fun to be making paper stuff again – and I’ve been discovering long forgotten treasures as I haul my supplies out of the depths of my cupboard.

I’m not sure why I’m quite so nervous about it – even though I’ve done bear shows galore over the last 10 years I still find it a bit overwhelming to put my stuff out there….and I guess this is a whole new territory.  I have been selling bits and pieces at work over the last year and of course a few things on etsy and I know the time and effort I put into making my stuff to be the highest quality I can but still I worry.

So with Craft2.0, blythe and the ever so neglected bears, 2009 is definitely not going to be the year of the slacker in this household!  I’m slowly streamlining my work area so that I don’t have to pack and unpack stuff every time I want to sit down and create.

Honeythorpe Dresses for Blythe on Etsy

8 Feb

…finally!!   Only a couple of months later than intended but hey we finally got there.

I’ve uploaded 6 little dresses into the Etsy store  and should have a few more to add over the following weeks.  Today was super sunny so photos aren’t great – it’s hard to avoid the glare of their foreheads!!