Completely fascinated

First up, a quick correction to my last post: I should have mentioned that the pattern pieces you saw me gleefully cutting up were just copies. I feel awful that I may have inadvertently given several of my wonderful sewing friends heart attacks. Let me explain: I am lucky that through my job I have access to a large format copier, printer and scanner (as in A0) so whenever you see me hacking into what looks like expensive magazine sheets fear not! I promise they are copies. You might have noticed the blue highlighter markings on the pieces, this is because Mr Large Format Copier only copies in black and white so I have to go back and mark on any of the coloured markings pertaining to that pattern because they blend in with the million zillion other lines that are now all black.

Completely unharmed, promise

Now I know my last post was super long (I had no idea I’d want to write so much about the Melbourne cup) but I wanted to add a little bit about fascinators because I LOVE them!

If you haven’t tried to make a fascinator before I highly recommend it, it’s quite a lot of fun buying all the little bits and bobs (especially if trying to match a dress as I did this year) and you get to play with a hot glue gun, my favourite craft weapon of choice – hot tip, buy a pink one so hubby doesn’t steal it.

2009 Melbourne Cup Fascinator - clearly it didn't go with this years dress so I had no choice but to make a new one

Here is how my fascinator started out:

Little bits everywhere!

I got all the parts from Spotlight and used a scrap of dress fabric to help me choose colours. While I was choosing I played with them in the shop a bit and then some more when I got home to see what was the best layout (they all kind of look the same in the photos, bring on 3D blogging)

Playing

Don’t forget to think about how it will sit on your head and which way the slide comb or clip will attach to your head. Once I am happy with the final layout and orientation I warm up the hot glue gun and get gluing.

Here’s a closer photos of the finished product.

2010 Melbourne Cup Fascinator

I think next year I’m going to have to go BIGGER 🙂

Here’s some more inspiration gathered from the web:

I am thinking that I might like to make myself one for my wedding.

Speaking of weddings, today I bought all my fabric requirments for my wedding dress. I spent a perfect fabric shopping morning with my wonderful friend S and we drove all over Perth to find exactly all the bits that I needed. It’s hot today, my brain is tried and my feet are killing me so, in the interest of not making a huge mistake, the cutting out begins tomorrow.

*claps hands

Most of this came from Fabulous Fabrics in Balcatta (who have apparently just merged with Fabric Gallery which used to be in Greenwood) except for the corset tape which came from Beautiful Fabrics WA in Innaloo, opposite Ikea, they have some amazing fabric in at the moment so I suggest you pop by and check them out.

I also accidentally bought some other fabric…but it was on special, how can a girl resist?

oops 😉

 

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6 thoughts on “Completely fascinated

  1. oh thanks for clearing that up! You’re so lucky to have access to a big copier! I’m glad the original is unharmed. 🙂 And breathe…

    And you should DEFINITELY make your own wedding fascinator – I did an inspiration trawl through etsy and mine was really easy and cost me literally 5 quid. For ones that were selling for $80US online. Especially since you’ve made them before, too!

    • Ohh Etsy is a great idea, thanks! They are so expensive, if there is one thing I’ve learned recently it’s as soon as you add the word ‘wedding’ in front of anything…sheesh 😉

    • Me too! I went back today at lunch to swap my fabric and had a better look around while waiting. Some great stuff there right now and I recognised a bit of it from Greenwood, looked ok price-wise…for now 🙂 Apparently they still have heaps of stock still to fit in. I think they’ll need to expand! Super fabric store 🙂 Also I may have accidentally bought more non-wedding related fabric…hehe

    • Thanks Gill! 🙂 I have the lining and interfacing all cut but I have to take the self fabric back as there is a repeating grey dot down the entire 6 meters 😦 ahh, back on track Monday night hopefully!

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