Le Petit Théâtre Dior

I have just stumbled upon these stunning, awe inspiring Short Films showing the work- in miniature- carried out by the Couturiers at The House of Dior. The glimpses in to the way they work are my favourite- I am definitely going to have to look into how they sew sequins on that quickly!- and the finished products are simply stunning.

Dior in Miniature 1

Dior in Miniature 2

Le Petit Théâtre Dior – The Exhibition

The size they are working in looks teeny tiny however; it’s actually only half scale and making miniatures is common practice in Haute Couture as it is a way to test the design before making any expensive and time consuming mistakes… this stuff aint cheap! These have been made for exhibition, and are quite, quite stunning.

Happy stitching!

Some stunning new Mini Top Hats.

New things have been listed (finally!) in the Laura After Midnight Etsy store, hooray!! I feel as if I am a whirlwind of activity at the moment, and had actually given myself today off. What do I find myself up to? Writing a new Zine, and excitedly photographing things for Etsy then listing! Oh well, I’ll sleep when I’m dead and all that!

Gold Hat 1 Gold Hat 4 Gold Hat 2

In the spare time that I do have, I’ve been hand embellishing some Mini Top Hats I made a while back with all sorts of lace, spangles and adornments I have found in my stash, and I do have to say that I am mighty impressed with the results! I bought a Vintage Embroidery book a while back which was all about the results Chain Stitch can give you if you layer it up.  As you can see I have used it to make Flowers and mixed it in with Spangles for a very effective and highly embellished look.

Cream Hat 3 Cream Hat 5

Above are just two, there are more in the shop! Because my line of Spats have proven so very, very popular, I have been working towards make a new and slightly more colorful range. What do you think? I adore the Pirate Spats soo much!!

Red Spats 1 Ship Spats 2

Stripe Spats 1 White Spats 1

In other news: I am on target for my 2nd Zine! Eek!

I am furiously commanding Photoshop to do my bidding as we speak, scanning in illustrations and generally having a high old time. This one is actually going to be given away as a free little extra with any Zines I sell and is all about the Vintage Sewing Books I use, and find most helpful. As I think every Seamstress (or Seamster!!) should own a couple and I have hand illustrated the covers and written a small review for a teeny tiny yellow Zine.

Right, time for tea me thinks…

Happy stitching!

Fascinating Feedback!

I have just received the first feedback from a Fascinator Kit I sent out as part of a give away on Facebook for Laura After Midnight. If you shared or ‘liked’ the image of my new Fascinator Kits you got put in to a hat to be sent one! The response was phenomenal, & everyone seemed to love the idea of the dinky & oh so pretty Fascinator Kits.

The ones I sent out to the lucky winners were the first design, since then I have added a pattern sheet with three different patterns to follow. There is now a choice of Tear Drop, Circle or Heart, & of course I have changed to packaging slightly to reflect the ‘look’ of Laura After Midnight. They are now branded as a product, & I think they fit in well with the Mini Top hat Kits.

Fan of Fascinators 1   Fasc Kit 1

Above shows the first design & packaging concept on the left, with the new look Fascinator Kit on the right. 

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The above shows the original Pattern Sheet with Supplies on the left, & how it looks now. Much clearer!

So it is with many, many thanks to Adele W that I share the following images! Adele has photographed them beautifully on her favourite Vintage plate & is extremely happy with the result… as am I!

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”Hi Laura… As you can see the result is wonderful.

It is fun n flirty and was incredibly straightforward to make. I thought the birdcage veil was very clever (I’ve definitely learnt something new there).

I even think I have found some dress fabric to make an outfit (just need the right occasion now).”

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ADELE 6   ADELE 1

Thank you so much for the amazing review, & wonderful photographs; yet again you have come up with a way to use the ribbons and decoration provided in a way I wouldn’t! I am looking forward to seeing you all put together with an outfit to match!

I am always looking for people to try my Kits out, it is wonderful to have the feedback from complete strangers, people new to the craft or just enthusiastic sewers alike. As I am currently developing Press Packs for these little darlings the feedback I have received has certainly helped me develop the Kits, iron out any language barriers (as a long term seamstress I sometimes forget steps which are obvious to me, but not so to others! A hazard of my trade I am learning!!), & generally make me a little more confident in the product.

I look forward to sharing more images from the other winners as I receive them.

Happy stitching!

This is the second Kit Adele has given feedback for. Her first was a Black Silk Mini Top Hat Kit.

New stitches

I thought I’d share what I have been working on in my downtime this week. I’ve really gotten into embroidery over the last few months, and I am excited to try my remembered skills out on my Mini Top Hats!

I am making quite a few Mini Top Hats at the moment as my Etsy shop is sadly lacking in this department…

white hat 1 white hat 2

I get quite a lot of messages on Etsy about commissions for White Silk Mini Top Hats, so I thought I’d make up this little number. As the wedding season is fast approaching, I have made it a little more romantic than I normally might but I have to say I am very pleased with the result. The flowers are appliqued, then embroidered over. I shall probably add in some beads as well for the texture.

When I have finished decorating I still have to trim… can’t decide if I want feathers or not but I am definitely going to add in a buttoned on Birdcage Veil. I haven’t done one in a  while & in looking back over my Etsy sales they were popular, & look fantastic with the added bonus that they can be removed.

I also have a couple Mini Top Hat Kits in White Silk, & wanted some example photographs to show people what can be done with the plainer kits. I have been surreptitiously listening in to the conversations customers have about my little kits & one of the notes seems to be that the more colourful  Kits really stand out but the plain black or white look a little dull, & they wonder what to do with them! Hopefully this will inspire…

Happy stitching!

Fun in Bath!

I thought I would share a couple pictures from Sundays Market. It is a beautiful market, and if you can I would urge you to visit the next one!

bam 6The stall, it looked so lovely and stuffed full of enticing goodies! I was quite proud of myself… as it turned out I was squished on to a small plot with another seller so taking the dresses I had designed and half made but not finished would have been problematic.

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Close ups of the stall… I do so love my glass bowl full of Springtime Bunnies! The new Fascinator Kits looked scrumptious as well, and got oodles of attention.

 bam 2 bam 3. bam 1

Told you it was pretty… can’t wait to do one in the summer! The music they had was great as well.

Happy stitching!

 

Bath Artisan Market

Tomorrow I shall be at the biggest market I have shown at to date! Somewhat disappointingly I have been unable to finish my capsule collection of dresses for it as I had hoped however; this is because I displayed some restraint & decided to make them immaculately rather than rush as I normally would… so in the end it’s good news as I shall soon be able to look forward to photographing my first model shoot outside of Film or Theater work! Yay!! Of course I have to find my model first, which is proving surprisingly difficult, but interesting.

In the mean time I have the following to show you. The very beautiful flier for The Bath Artisan market:

BAM-March-FLYER-final

They have just released the line up of bands and they sound great! I shall definitely be letting you all know how this goes!!

Secondly this:

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How crazy awesome is this hat?! It has been residing on the mantel piece in my living room, & every time I am bored I have been adding more & more detailing to it! It will be debuting tomorrow, & I shall list it on Etsy if it isn’t snapped up by some lucky lady. I have been getting a lot of commission orders for bespoke Mini Top Hats- which start at £45.00, & ship in 7-10 days so get your order in for the Summer wedding season!!

Lastly:

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New packaging for my Fascinator Kits! Isn’t it adorable? They look like delightful little chocolates, all ready to be snapped up. They too are debuting tomorrow & I can’t wait to see the reaction they get.

It’s all happenin’ here at Midnight Heights, wish me luck!

Happy stitching!

Top Hat Hit!!

Excellent, exciting news!! About twenty of my hand crafted Mini Top Hat Kits have made their way out in to the world so far!

With every one I include a plea that the buyer shares photos when they have finished & I have just received back the first set!! I am so excited because they have made a beautiful Mini Top Hat, with details I wouldn’t have dreamed up so it is truly unique… what do you think?

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adele hat 4   adele hat 1   adele hat 2

I think it’s gorgeous, & I am so pleased I have been able to see a finished Kit! Don’t forget you can buy one of your very own here . . .

Happy stitching!

Treasury Tuesday

For my first ‘Treasury Tuesday’ I’d like to share some of the Etsy Treasuries I have been included in over the last few months. In all the hustle & bustle of the last few months of 2012 it escaped my attention but I now see I have been included in over 20! It is quite an honor for someone whom you have never met to stand up and say, quite publicly, ‘I like this’!

If you haven’t yet acquainted yourself with Etsy, or their wonderful Treasuries, hop on over and have a riffle through!! It is a wonderful way to shop for lovely things…

First up a selection of choices from ‘Hats’ by Su Zi. I love the Ladies Bowler by House of Night! This Treasury features my Gold Silk Mini Top Hat…

Terrific 'Tilley' Ladies Bowler Hat  Victorian riding hat bustle and veil Goth  Vintage 1960s High Crown Black Straw Hat  

Womens Hat Vintage Style Edwardian Hat with Feathers Titanic Style Hats  Black and Gold Downton Abbey Hat  Gold and Black Silk Mini Top Hat  SALE  Vintage ladies women's hat, wool felt Borsalino, Nordstrom Best, chic steampunk made in Italy.

Secondly a selection from ‘Over The River & In The Woods’, a wildly romantic Treasury featuring my gorgeous Antique Victorian Silk Corset from Boulder Canyon Paper Co.

Forest Specimens No. 1 Miniature Antique wood curio box diorama. Tiny Bottles of Wolf Fur, Hemlock Pine cones, lavender buds, Fox clawsCream Antique Victorian Silk Scarf CorsetGlass Vial Necklace - Fairy Tale Inspired - Snow White's Black of NightThe Story of Alice in Wonderland Bracelet. Gift for her under 30 usd

And finally, my Spats have been selling out again & again! Over half the Treasuries I am lucky enough to be featured in include a pair of Laura After Midnight Spats!! This wonderful selection is from Anika of Dragonfly On The Moon. I’m in good company aren’t I?

Map Cufflinks, Personalized Cuff Links Using Vintage and Modern Maps for Weddings / Groom / Groomsmen / Special Occasions, Custom Cufflinks   Silver Steampunk Capsule Necklace with Watch Parts   Raven Man's top hat mad hatter

Black Spats   Gothic Cross Charm Bracelet - CROSSED OVER - VERY Limited Edition - Last One   Awesome Huge Raven Crow Black Bird Steam Punk Iron ON Patch 100% embroidery

What strikes me about the inclusion of my pieces, is the diversity of their appeal! Obviously I am taking inspiration from the Victorian/Edwardian era but they have appeal for far wider audiences than that.

I would hasten to encourage anyone who has an Etsy shop to really look at the Treasuries they have been included in as it has certainly informed my design process.

Happy stitching!

p.s. Click on any of the pictures above to be taken to the original Treasury.

January Sale!!

If, like me, you spent most of November & December spending money on others maybe now is the time to spend a little on yourself!!

Everything in my shop is 25% off for a few days! Use code JANUARY SALE when purchasing, and if you buy more than one thing you’ll get a little treat sent to you as well… perfect for the after Christmas blues!

Black Spats with Cream Striped Lining   Black Pinstripe Spats   Black Spats

ALL SPATS FROM £16.90 WITH CODE JANUARYSALE

Red Silk Corset          Cream Antique Victorian Silk Scarf Corset

CORSETS UP TO £60.00 OFF WITH CODE JANUARYSALE
Moustache Mini Top Hat Pink and White Mini Top Hat Red Silk and Lace Mini Top Hat
ALL MINI TOP HATS FROM £18.75 WITH CODE JANUARYSALE

Of course this is because I am trying to clear down some stock to make way for some new things… but more on that soon!!

Happy New Year & happy stitching!

Christmas discount code!

When shopping for scrumptious festive delights this Christmastime use code MIDNIGHTFROST whilst shopping Laura After Midnight on Etsy for a 15% Discount!

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Yellow Butterflies Mini Top Hat, only £21.25 with the Discount Code & Midnight Blue Silk Mini Top Hat, only £29.75 with the Discount Code.

White Bloomers 1 Black Bloomers 2

Gorgeous Black or White 100% Cotton Fitted Bloomers only, £15.75 with the Discount Code. If you buy the Set of Two Bloomers option which is usually £30.00 for both pairs you’ll receive a discount of £4.50!!

white hat 2 pink hat 2

Simply stunning Cream Silk with Vintage Lace details Mini Top Hat, & Pale Pink Taffeta with Vintage Lace & Beaded details Mini Top Hat… both only £29.75 with Discount Code MIDNIGHTFROST.

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And lastly… All Mini Top Hat Kits… from £12.75 with the Discount Code!!

Happy stitching… & shopping!!