Taffeta & Organza Hostess Apron - What I will Be Wearing For Christmas Dinner!

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Ah Christmas Day... families getting together, presents under the tree and the all important Christmas dinner. But what to wear on such an important occasion? Especially if you're doing the cooking...eeek!

Well this year I was determined not to wear a gravy splattered dress or an old tea towel tucked into my waistband, it's not a good look at any time. I wanted an extra special apron worthy of Christmas Day, and I found it at Sew4home, the Cocktails at Eight apron.

hostess apron




Inspired by elegant soirees this apron calls for high heels and tinkling laughter as you serve guests with tantalising canapes....OK I've got the heels, but the rest might be a struggle.



Photo for illustration purposes only......this apron is totally impractical and far too pretty to wear while cooking (the old tea towel tucked into the waistband will be making an appearance here).




And this is a much more accurate representation of me in the kitchen.....

Now onto making the apron, the instructions from Sew4home are easy to follow and very detailed, so no worries there. Just a couple of points to note, organza is the devils fabric! I thought the fabric used in my sequined Christmas stocking was difficult, but organza is actually alive I'm sure of it! The way it moves and squirms about during cutting, I'm sure I heard it squeal when I sewed it. You have to pin it to within an inch of it's life and go very slowly, checking and adjusting all the time.




I also had to do some jiggery-pokery with the waistband ribbon to widen it, the instructions call for 1 inch wide ribbon but you actually need 1.5 inch wide ribbon.

Now who cares if your turkey is dry and your sprouts are overdone, your guests will be too busy admiring your shiny wondrous apron!



And here's where I wobbled on the high heels during the photo shoot (mulled wine anyone?)



Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! 
Much love, Wag Doll x

Hot Pink Embellished Umbrella, for Singing in The Rain

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There's a reason why the Yorkshire countryside is so gorgeously lush and green... it rains, a lot!

So I'm going to celebrate the rain with an embellished umbrella,


pink umbrella with black bead trim


This is a really quick and easy project and would make a great last minute Christmas present for someone.

Now I know it's unlucky to put an umbrella up on the house, but guess what? Yes, it was raining! And while this brolly loves the rain my camera doesn't so I'm afraid I had to stick with indoor pics.





To make your 'Singing in the Rain' brolly you need a strong umbrella, and haberdashery bead trim. I saw this idea in Sew magazine where they used fabric bobble trim, but a Northern winter needs something waterproof so I went with bead trim.



Measure the outside circumference of your umbrella as you'll need a surprisingly large amount of trim. I thought I'd be OK with a couple of metres but I actually needed 3 metres. You could use the mathematical formula for finding the circumference of a circle (Pi x diameter)...alternatively you could just use a very large tape measure....

Sew the ribbon of the bead trim onto the top side of the umbrella so the beads hang over the edge. I machine stitched in between the ribs of the umbrella and hand stitched around each point as it's impossible to sew over the points with a machine. You could also hand stitch the whole project if you wanted.




And this is the view you get when using your umbrella, doesn't the world seem a better place through a fringe of beads?!

bead fringing


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Twinkle Toes! Sequin Christmas Stocking Tutorial

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The first day of my Advent calendar is open, and it's officially time for some Christmas sparkle, The Twinkle Toes Christmas Stocking!



I did a little Christmas happy dance when I made this, I love it so much.

To make your sequin stocking read on.