A Tangled Stitch on Etsy

Dusken Spats PDF Sewing Pattern Victorian Edwardian Steampunk DIY Craft Kit Eventide Corset PDF Sewing Pattern Victorian Edwardian Steampunk DIY Craft Kit Mini Top Hat PDF Sewing Pattern Victorian Edwardian Steampunk DIY Craft Kit

My Etsy Shop, A Tangled Stitch, is back open for business since closing after Christmas and my concerns about VAT issues which Etsy have waylaid for the time being. I am hoping to add in new products soon, but for the moment all of my Patterns are back on sale including the Eventide Corset Pattern, Dusken Spats Pattern and Original Mini Top Hat Pattern as well as a Pack of all three! I am keeping the reduced prices until the end of the month too, win!

If the Eventide Corset Pattern strikes your fancy remember that as well as teaching a Course in April, I also hosted a Sew-a-Long here for you to peruse as you make your very own Bespoke Corsetry.

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As mentioned last year, I am hoping to add to and expand my Pattern line and am already sketching away on a couple of Dress designs, and a T-Shirt Pattern to begin with. All are inspired by Vintage lines but have the Midnight Ateliers classic, linear aesthetic which (hopefully!) lets the style lines shine through and pays homage to the past, but doesn’t imitate it.

I’m so excited because I am pouring all of my knowledge in to these patterns gained over the last few years of teaching. The sizes are a little more generous, the making up process a little simpler but easily manipulated in a series of ‘hacks’, and every Pattern will come with information on how to adapt them to fit perfectly.

I’ll start drafting the first Pattern soon, and I’m going to be making up a series of Samples for sale at the end of April in my Pop Up Shop (more news on that soon), I can’t wait to relieve myself of my current work load and get started! I’m hoping to offer the Patterns as both PDF’s and Hard Copies so there is much work to be done.

Is there a Pattern out there you’d like to see?

Happy stitching!

Wedding flair!

After embracing twitter (follow me @midnightlaura), I discovered the wonderful Off Beat Bride (@off beatbride) website. They have a whole section of ‘wedding porn’ which includes anything from JR & Mikes Spontaneous Steampunk Wedding to Chayla and Corey’s Gothic Garden Wedding… take a look, they’re amazing!

Inspired by all of this, and not a little bit envious, I’ve created a delightful little Mini Top Hat perfect if you are getting married in a unique or ‘off beat’ kinda way, or just want something beautiful, handmade & delicious atop your head if attending a wedding this summer…

White Silk with Pearls Mini Top Hat

Entirely hand stitched this pure white elegant little hat is made from Silk with Pearl detailing. To one side it has a beautiful piece of Antique Corset Lace carefully mounted, with a feather artfully sweeping around the brim. This side has been buttoned up with a Vintage Art Deco button which has a lovely pearlescent finish. A folded satin hat band completes this beautiful creation.

Inside this little hat has been finished with a striking black hat band, & the embroidered Laura After Midnight lining. Supplied with a Pearl Hat Pin, I can also sew in a comb or clip.

Click here to purchase a little piece of scrumptious hand made millinery!

White Silk with Pearls Mini Top Hat White Silk with Pearls Mini Top Hat White Silk with Pearls Mini Top Hat

Happy stitching!

New listings on Etsy…

Laura After Midnight on Etsy is growing! I love some of my new products, especially the gorgous dove grey pinstripe waistcoat with its unique lining.

Take a peek & treat yourself…

Grey Pinstripe Fitted Victorian Waistcoat Grey Pinstripe Fitted Victorian Waistcoat Grey Pinstripe Fitted Victorian Waistcoat

100% Fine Cotton Pinstripe Grey Waistcoat, this dinky little fitted waistcoat is cut high on the waist. Curving gracefully towards the points at the front this is designed to be worn over shirts or dresses, & has been inspired by Victorian & Edwardian Gentlemens’ Waistcoats. With subtle design flourishes like contrast kingfisher blue stitching on the vintage buttons, which is carried through to the lining this is a lovely item of clothing, & the first for Laura After Midnight.

Made to order, at just £46 this ships in two weeks. Click here to buy https://www.etsy.com/listing/100076130/grey-pinstripe-fitted-victorian

Happy stitching!

 

Making my soul sing.

My life has always been a little hectic, in the past I have sometimes found it difficult to say no to projects, work & ideas & even now find myself easily distracted when something shiny heads my way! All of which means I can find myself as I do now with many different and interesting projects on the boil, but with little or no time to dedicate to them all!!

The solution? You’ll find I’ll be blogging about costume making a lot more over the next couple weeks, and not my own lovely business as I have been, I shall have to put it to one side for a while in order to complete the following mad selection of costumes: A spandex Spiderman costume for Frontier Costumes, an Edwardian coat, dress & hat for The Little Black Box Theater, men’s tailored shirts for a commission & garment construction for a London based designer who has run out of time herself.

The reason behind my diversity? Money! I think I flat out panicked a week or so ago & agreed to the majority of these projects to make sure I would be able to make rent next month. . . it was about the time I was scaring myself with tax returns & general self employment doubts. The lesson to be learnt is: realize your goals. Stick with your goals. Do not get sidetracked because then your goals get all confused and scattered!

I think I may, finally have learnt this lesson. I have been tracking my shop stats closely & it has not escaped my attention that views are falling & that at least once a week, or even every couple days,  I should maybe have a new thing to add so I can blog this, tweet this & generally reward people for looking & being interested by having something new to look at! It’s the simple principle I am operating under for this blog, & it does seem to be working.

It is probably quite obvious by now that I am making a lot of this up as I go… I am so used to collaborating with a Director, or team of people that striking out on my own has been- & will continue to be- a massive learning curve.

What I did find very inspiring was  a discussion thread on Etsys Business Topics Forum from someone who had recently made her 10,oooth sale. She explained it had been hard, that her business had been growing over a number of years & because of sheer hard work, positivity & determination continues to do so. She encouraged every new start up to ‘keep the faith & and work hard at it!’, be open to new ideas, change & to listen to the Etsy ‘old timers’. I have since read more on several forum threads & now have a clearer plan of action because of this amazing post.

She also reminded me that “it doesn’t take 10,000 sales to be successful. If you are proud of yourself, proud of what you make, and your soul sings, then you’ve reached success no matter what your numbers are.”

I am sincerely thankful I stumbled accross this as I had begun to forget to be happy and proud of who I am and what I am trying to do. I’ve been happier in the last 24 hours than I have been in the last week & I am busy rustling up new delights for Laura After Midnight alongside the aforementioned costume projects. So I only get six hours sleep, who cares if my soul is busy singing?

See the original post here: http://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/10011990/

Happy stitching!