Corset Month: create bespoke Corsetry

Corset Month!! This was one of the biggest Sewing Pattern and Kit releases I had managed to date, it took me months of prep and sampling to be happy with. The Corset Kit has a re-usable graded Pattern for a Victorian inspired Over Bust Corset, with an Instruction Booklet which covers every aspect of making up the Corset including tracing …

How To: Etsy’s Sew Your Own Leggings

I don’t often re-blog things (having had some super nasty comments from the owners of the original post despite following all the rules!) however; this was just so dazzlingly, fabulously, wonderful that I had to share it! Especially because it’s Pattern Month. I also know that many of you aren’t Etsyians and maybe don’t get their emails with tutorials, helpful …

Snippets from Pattern History

So, I thought I’d talk a little about the early history of the Dressmaking Pattern this week because, even through we are learning to make our own this month it is interesting and leads nicely in to tomorrows Tutorial all about scaling Historical and Vintage Patterns up.        Facsimile of the pattern pieces, Front instructions and Back instructions …

The best Haberdashery shops in London!

Back when I had just taken Laura After Midnight full time I read a blog post by a small business owner who had been working away on her business for a couple years & was about to go on holiday. Probably many people reading this wont understand the magnitude of that statement however; I was fascinated. To have set up …

Notions: The Language of Patterns.

No doubt the sketch of the design on the front of the envelope will catch your eye first. From McCall’s Sewing in Colour    A beginning seamstress may feel Einstein’s theories are as easy to understand as the intricacies of a first pattern. Here is a place where first steps should be taken slowly […] &, whether you are a …

Book Review: The Handmade Marketplace

As Fella tells it, I just ‘had it one day’; & to be honest I can’t remember where I found out about it, or heard about it or even saw a copy. I really did just have it one day & I haven’t looked back since! I reached a, looking back unsurprising, plateau about six months after starting Laura After …

Wonderful little tutorial from Vivid, Please!

Not just for Halloween!! For this, my first Tutorial Thursday, I wanted to share this because I love this little Tutorial, and I love Vivid too! Click on the above picture for the Tutorial, then have a good poke around the Vivid Blogspot site, they’re crazy talented & I always see something I want, or want to make, or just …

My first Etsy sale!

After a tense to & fro conversation with the buyer- tense on my side because I was wishing, hoping & pleading in my head- I have made my first sale on Etsy & y’know what? It was the first thing I made, the first thing I photographed & the first thing I listed! So, my beautiful Victorian Riding Hat inspired Black …