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  1. I have somewhat neglected Stickytarts of late - but in my defence there has been lots going on. Inbetween day jobs, running The Handcrafted Cafe fairs and family life there doesn't seem to have been enough hours in the day.

    I have largely decided to stop making Stickytarts stock, which is why all items in the shop now have 33% off as all stock must go. I am going to be concentrating on bespoke orders only and on further developing The Handcrafted Cafe. Also, sewing stock meant I never had enough time to make the things I wanted to for myself, family and friends.

    I have started to remedy this over the past few weeks and am going to share a few of my makes with you below. I apologise for the quality of the pictures, but my Blackberry with the nice camera has gone off to be repaired for the second time in two months, and I have been relying on a cheapie inbetween phone in the meantime.

    The first thing I made was a jersey top based on McCall's pattern M6264. The pattern is for a dress, but I adapted it to be tunic length and added in the facings on the neckline and the sleeves. This was my first time sewing with jersey, but using an overlocker really helped. I have to say I am REALLY pleased with the results. Only problem is my mum and my friend now want one too. 

    Next up was a simple bespoke mini skirt for my friend Hazel in Australia - she had seen similar being advertised for £30 so I offered to make it for free just for the price of materials and p&p and a few pics. This skirt was really simple to make to Hazel's exact requirements. Again the overlocker came in very useful for construction and neatening of seams. I may well do a tutorial on this in the future.

    Then one Sunday afternoon it was sprung on me that my son needed a space themed outfit for school the next day. This is what I came up with, what do you think ?

    Next was a make over that had been on my mind for quite a few months. Turning a cat savaged storage footstool into something more desirable by making some new loose covers. Here is a before and after.

    And finally, my poor Bernette 25 who has been living on the kitchen table covered by a tea towel, now has a proper sewing machine cozy which is fully lined and even has pockets. Hurray :)!

    I still have plenty on the to do list, but I am starting to make inroads!