Hello, yes, I am very bad at updating. It has been more than a year since my last update. :-S Many people have found lockdown to be a splendid opportunity to step back, take a breath and get some stuff done round the house. Not me though! Since online retail continued to be a thing, and there was no support for self-employed people unless they could demonstrate business was negatively affected, it has all been pretty much business as usual. I actually haven’t had a lot of motivation for sewing things, but I did join an arts lab and have been churning out a weekly Art. This is why my Flickr gallery is recently full of painting, photography and papercraft rather than sewing! I haven’t given much thought to whether I want to sell any of it (though I did already have one pre-lockdown picture on Etsy), but please feel free to get in touch if you see anything of interest. I think I will also start posting some of my pictures here, as it doesn’t require finding time to think of what to write! That’s not to say I have given up sewing, though – I’ve got a couple of bits lined up and it’s nice to get back into the swing of it. Onwards!
I have been holding off on this in the face of vague and confusing information. Right now, the government guidance states “Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal”. I strongly suspect this is aimed at large retailers that have their own delivery arrangements rather than sole traders who take their parcels to the post office, but no clarification has been forthcoming. As such, and given that it’s likely to be a while before the self-employed can get any support, I’m not expecting to shut down unless the local post offices close or clearer advice is issued. I am of course taking precautions and will reduce post office visits as much as possible.
Is now a good time to mention my side-line in jigsaws and board games…? 😉
In other news, while I’ve managed to post on my website a couple of times this year, I haven’t quite found the energy to address my social media. This update should hopefully feed through, so hello Facebook and Twitter if so, yes I am Still Alive!
Here is another thing I have done recently (ish…) This is a one-off creation where I have taken a simple floor-length prom dress with a train and a big bow, and had some fun with it. The backstory is that a friend had cut out the front of the lining, intending to do something interesting with it that hadn’t worked, and then given it to me to deal with. As the main fabric is quite sheer and the lining stretchy, I decided to put in some jersey patchwork in pink, blue and purple, with an irregular hem and a silvery spiderweb in the middle. Since it turned out this didn’t show through the sheer very well, I also added some drawstrings to the seams, allowing the dress to either look fairly ordinary, or gathered up to show some of the uncoventional lining.
Hello, it me! Ok, so I’m not back but only because I haven’t been anywhere. It turns out I’m really dreadful at updating, I think because I feel like I need to write an essay which is daunting and then I put it off. Please don’t go and look at when the last time was, it is Not Good. So what I’m going to do is to write some small entries about things I have been doing since then, not necessarily in chronological order.
Today, a dress I made a few months ago for a local lady who was attending a wedding where guests were to wear different dresses made from the same fabric. It was tricky to work with initially as it was both sheer and heavily embroidered, but was ok once I got used to it. This is the first time I have used a fabric with an in-built decorative edge at the hems.
For an encore I put together a matching handbag.
Eagle-eyed visitors to atticmirror.co.uk will note that things are looking a little different! I’ve had a redesign and my wares are now sold via Ebay rather than Shopify. My other services are of course still available and I now have a contact form for enquiries. I’ve also added a new Fabric Inventory section, where I am posting pictures of some of my finds.
The other important development is that I now have pictures in my gallery of my wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses, all made by me. The wedding dress actually started out quite simple, but gradually escalated as I added an overdress, train, trims and ribbons. Then I decided that painting the insides of the sleeves in a way that would co-ordinate with the train would be a good idea. Well, when else was I going to pull out all the stops?!
Ok, I’ve been quiet for a long time as I’ve been off sewing All The Things for my own wedding. That has happened, and now I need to go on and make a fuss about it! Expect pictures in due course. In the meantime, I’m getting back to adding one secondhand item per day to my website. Today’s item is this beauty:
Another exciting creation finished! I really wanted to make a proper old-fashioned gown, and this is the result. Available on my site as soon as I am able to adequately describe it. 🙂
It’s nearly the weekend, and I’ve committed Steampunk! (In other words, the Victorian-style blouse I’ve been working on.)
The gruelling battle ended with the victory of Attic Mirror. I win!
So I finished the epic dress, and it is now available in the shop. Not content with that, I have started work on upcycling a blouse in a Victorian style, which I hope to finish in a week or so. Then I need to start work on dresses to try out what I might like to get married in later this year. The fun never stops.
Just hemming left to do now!