Sunday, 22 December 2013

New year, new projects

So in the new year I'd like to do more dress making. It's something I have done and can do fairly well if I have the time to sit and read patterns etc. I'm going to kick start this new bit of my business with making something for me. 

I'm going to use this awesome Cynthia Rowley dress pattern, I'm going to make the green version of the dress ( second one down) but maybe lengthen the skirt a bit. I might also give the jacket a go if I get time.

I'm going to make it from the day of the dead lightweight cotton and fully line it in black as it is a bit thinner than the other cottons I have. I think it will also make it feel more like a party dress and add fullness to the skirt, we will see. Once I've tried it out in cotton I'd like to have a go at denim, I haven't a clue how that will turn out, probably crap but I won't know untill I try ......right? 

I will be using my trusty dressmakers book to help me if I get stuck, it's not ever let me down yet. It's an brilliant book to have on hand incase you forget how to do something, it explains linings, inter linings, zips, pockets ( oooohhh pockets, there is an idea! My dress will now have pockets!) and tons of other stuff that you can't possibly cram in to your brain. So I'd recommend it.

I'm going to start by tracing the dress size as close to my own size on to dots and cross paper, then I can adjust it accordingly to get the best fit possible. I'm going to try and remember to document it and blog my progress but you all know what I'm like. Rubbish that's what. 

Anyway I'm going to do all of this during January ready to begin teaching a dress makers course in March so if you would be interested in signing up please get in touch via my website
Or facebook

The course will start off with the basics like pockets, seams and zips. You will produce samples of each and once you are happy you will make a mock up of your intended dress (I can't decide wether to provide you all with the same pattern and sew along together or  you can bring in your own pattern).
Once you are happy with the mock dress you can move on to your real dress and hopefully get it all finished. I might even organise a night out at the end if the course where we can all wear out dresses, Whadda ya think? I love the idea, any excuse for a party.

Right so step 1 will be deciding on my size and making a pattern. I'll let you know how I get on

Bunny x x x 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Lots of lovely leopard print

Leopard print features heavily in my life. I just love it! I even use it in my product photos. 
A lot! 

Jack and Sally hair bows available on my facebook page

Our lady of Guadalupe embroidery sampler also available to order.

I wear it a lot as well

I even have it on my glasses. It's just so retro and lush, it reminds me of Betty page. Although I would never ever ever wear a real leopard, it's all faux ( like you couldn't tell anyway)

Anyone else love leopard print? 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

The shop in the square

This is the shop in the square. It's located right in the center of Wolverhampton and it's well worth a visit. The whole shop is run by one very lovely manager called Charlotte and a team of dedicated volunteers and sellers. It is made up of 33(ish) local start up businesses and the stock includes candles soaps, woodwork, stationary, wire work, jewellary and of course sewn items and machine embroidery. There is even a supplies section where you can buy kits, beads, fabric and haberdashery. It's totally amazing how it fits all under one little roof. The quality of the work at is sold through the shop is amazing and because it is all handmade it is unique. I will be doing tons of my Christmas shopping here this year. I love buying and receiving handmade things. I find that I look after them more knowing the love and care that went in to each item and I get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that I have helped another artist/ crafter/ small business make a bit of money and give them confidence to carry on being creative. Not everyone appreciates handmade things but it would be awesome if we could all buy or make at least one crafted item this Christmas and the shop in the square is a good place to start! 

The shop in the square
Queens square
(Opposite the man on the horse) 

Some hair accessories made by me and scrabble rings by Katie at the oldskooleretrokitsch boutique.

Lovely memo boards and cushions by oldskooleretrokitsch boutique, glasses cases by minty pink custard and sock monkeys by cuddles and snuggles

A bit of haberdashery by me and wood work by crafty owls creations.

Embroidery samplers and some lovely jewellary 

There is tons more including soaps, chocolates, fascinations and even stained glass! 

Visit he facebook page for info on events and special shopping evenings

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Sew Cool Sewing School

New Years Workshops
Saturday 11th January 2014 to Saturday 1st February 2014
Learn to love your machine beginners workshops.
Group 1:- 9.30am to 11.30am
Group 2:- 12.30pm to 2.30pm
these workshops will be run every Saturday for 4 weeks.
you will learn maintenance, troubleshooting, stitch types and lots of techniques to help you produce a pin cushion, a drawstring pouch, a cushion cover and applique bunting.
please visit the workshop info page for more workshops, prices and information

The cost of the workshop will be £60 per person for the 4 week course, that's a saving of £5 per lesson. you will also receive a cute little sewing kit to put in your drawstring pouch.
all materials, tutorial printouts and refreshments are provided and i have lots of fabrics and haberdashery to choose from.
if you would like to book a space on any of the workshops please email me at becci@beccibunnymakes
places are limited to 4 people per session.
or contact me on my facebook page
Becci Bunny Makes

Monday, 11 November 2013

Lollipop Christmas decoration tutorial.

Morning bunnies, hope you are all ok, I've done a quick tutorial for you. These lollipop decorations look super cute on a Christmas tree or hung in a window. You can make them from fabric scraps so they are a brilliant stash buster and they are super easy to make.

This is my first tutorial for this blog so if it's rubbish let me know. Also I do have it saved as a PDF so if you would like a copy I can email you one. I can't figure out how to post a PDF from my iPad so the screen shot shoud do for now until I can figure out how to work it properly. I hope you have fun making these as much as I do. 

Friday, 8 November 2013

Lots of lovely things

Hi all, wow it's been a loooong time again hasn't it? I have an app for my iPad now so I hope these blog posts will be easier and quicker and more frequent.......I just have to figure out how to use it properly! 

Anyway if you guys are interested here is what I've been up to.

I now have a website, it's most of the things are on there, events, products etc.

I also have a facebook page it's

And a twitter. Becbecbunbun.

And an Instagram it's beccibunnymakes. I love instagram at the moment. My news feed is just full of very talented bag makers, bow makers, jewellary makers and artists. I love how easy it is to edit your crappy photos to make them look good. 

I mean look at this photo. I took it on my dining room table at 9pm! Awesome sauce! 
This is just one of the amazing embroidery designs from urban threads. I stitched it out on my (fairly new) embroidery machine, her name is big bad Bertha. She is a beast of a machine and I am utterly in love with her. I know a lot of people think embroidery machines is sort of cheering but I don't care. You still need a bit of creativity about you to make it work and to come up with ideas such as glue gunning pom-poms to your work.

You can also do things like this to dresses.

And this to skirts. Yes it's fair to say I 💚💜❤️💙💛 Bertha. I will share tons of things from her with you soon.

Right I'm off to write a tutorial and hopefully share it with y'all soon.

Bunny x