Notions: Lapped Zip

Lapped Zips were a hot topic on this weeks episode of The Great British Sewing Bee. I know them mainly as a Vintage technique, and my Vintage Sewing Books are stuffed full of ways to work them! The following Tutorial is taken from McCall’s Complete Book of Dressmaking (which is delightful!). The important thing to remember when inserting Lapped Zips …

Sewing Bee Snippets Week 1

As previously discussed, here are my insights in to construction details, tips and tricks, and practices used on The Great British Sewing Bee this week. The contestants were really put through their paces this week sewing each basic staple fabric- Cotton, Wool and Silk. Their Cotton Tunic Tops displayed a very wide range in construction details- and finishing techniques!- and …

Notions: Hand Made Button Loops

As seen on this weeks Great British Sewing Bee, this lovely hand finishing detail is time consuming but excellent for finishing delicate fabrics and lingerie. It is a useful technique to accomplish as it can be used for Button Loops- as illustrated- the ‘eye’ for a Hook and Eye fastening, delicate Belt Loops, and even swing tacks for petticoats and …

5 Tips for Product Photography

A couple days ago I was asked to provide some Product images for a Craft Magazine and  I used it to light a fire under my bum and get my new Bunting Kit finally finished! It is something I have been illustrating ever since my Mini Bunting Kit’s started selling so well, and with the success of my Hand Made …

Best Tips, Notions and Tutorials of 2013

Roll up!, Roll up! The first Laura After Midnight retrospective is upon us! 2013 has been quite the whirlwind! Here are my favourite Blog posts from each month… so without further ado, and not a whiff of preamble take my hand and follow me down the yellow stitched road!   January   Book Review: The Handmade Marketplace by Cari Chapin As …

An (almost completely) Hand Made Christmas

This Christmas I decided to make as many of my gifts as I could! I have to say I am really rather pleased with myself however; I only remembered to take pictures of a couple… boo! Making Christmas presents requires quite a lot of planning, organization and lists… lots of lists! I  started with many plans which slowly got whittled …

Doe Eyed Deer Christmas Decoration

Now, I’m not going to lie to you! I completely copied this idea from the new Cath Kidston Catalog!! However; I think these are cuter, and much cheaper!!   You will need: Felt in a Deer Colour (I chose Red, but you could use a Pale Brown, Pink or something wild!) White Felt Stuffing Ribbon Needle, Thread, Pins and Scissors …

Notions: Handy Guide to Decorative Stitching

Look at this wonderful thing that I just stumbled upon!   I thought many of us would find this interesting and useful, I love the way Vintage Sewing Books use plain ol’ stitches to build up patterns, You just don’t see this very much nowadays! Might have to try that Parallel Feather Stitch quite soon… and how beautiful would all of these look on …

How to Make Vintage Christmas Tree Lights

These Vintage style Christmas Tree Lights make me so happy!! I think it’s a truly delightful Christmas Month make, ideal for a little crafting by oneself or something simple to do with smaller Children. I first saw the idea on Pinterest some time ago and this is my take on things… considering they’re made from Felt, they really do light …