Wedding preparations!

So, we’ve booked the Wedding, had a peek at the hall and are currently writing lists of all of our favorite foods and then I remembered (after having a very graphic dream where no-one turned up!) that we should probably tell people about it!!

So I have illustrated some Save The Date Flags!

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We’re seeing a lot of our families over the next week or so and I thought they would be super fun to hand out! These are the illustrations behind them… if you look closely they give a little flavor of what the wedding will be like!

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I’m rather pleased with them however; it did take me quite a while to get us ‘right’. I kept making artistic changes and suddenly I was looking at a weird girl and a guy I’d never met!

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In other news, I do believe I have decided upon the Dress Patterns for my Wedding Dresses! Eek!! Two because we will be getting married on the Wednesday, then partying on down with everyone we can think of on the Saturday! Yay!!

Happy stitching!

 

 

Taking orders now…

Good afternoon, lovely people! I do hope it’s a little less grey where you are than it is here. We keep getting little flashes of sunshine, and patches of blue sky though so I am hopeful!

Now, I have some exciting news today… Laura After Midnight is open for Bespoke Mini Top Hat, Corset and Costume orders!!

Having been hard at work finishing several commissions, I am now able to start taking on orders again! Whatever your hearts desire, and where ever in the World you are, we can stitch you up something gorgeous and send it off with a bow on it! One of the things I love about being a Costume Designer and Interpreter is the many, many different directions this job can take me! Please do  not hesitate to contact me however big or small your request! Below are some pictures of just some of the many, many wonderful pieces I have created for people, and for sale on Etsy, over the last few years…

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Mini Top Hats… … … from £45 +P&P. Order time 7-10 days. Price includes design consultation and all materials.

 

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Bespoke Costuming. Price on application, order time up to 6 weeks. From Elven Jerkins, to Cosplay and Steampunk corsets, Dragons and more, whatever you can imagine we can create! Womenswear and Menswear orders are now being taken, we have made pieces for Feature Films, and private customers alike, and will happily work to your budget.

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Bespoke Corsetry… … … prices from £95 +P&P. Order time 2-3 weeks. Price includes design consultation, illustrated design and all materials. Gorgeous Silks, Satins and Embroidery with overlays of Sequins and Lace, who wouldn’t want their own custom made Corset?

I am so excited to see what you have in store for me! Please do not hesitate to contact me at laura@lauraaftermidnight.com for all enquiries.

Sale!!

I have reduced the price of ALL my Mini Top Hat Kits on Etsy!! I need to clear some space for Winter stock, so grab yourself a bargain now!!

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All of these beauties, and more!, available on the Laura After Midnight Etsy store right now!

They make excellent Christmas presents for someone who is learning to sew, or sews but would maybe like a little challenge, or would like to perfect their hand sewing skills. The pattern can be used again and again- so brilliant if you are planning a wedding or event- and they are just so gosh darn delightful! I have displayed the ones I have made on stands about my workroom, and they look so pretty!

I’m planning all sorts of new ones for the Winter, so these need a home soon! If you see a couple you like, make me an offer via Etsy… I’m sure I could offer group discount too!

When you buy anything from Laura After Midnight you get a little email gift (£2.00 off when you spend £10.00), as well as a little something sent in the package too! How sweet is that?!

Happy stitching!

Spats n Hats… not just for Chaps!

Okay, okay… I just did that title ‘cos it rhymed!

I have a fabuloso new offer in my Etsy shop:

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Choose from any listed pair of Spats and a Mini Top Hat Kit to complete your look this season!!

SPATS:

Maybe try a Pinstripe? Or a Rootin’ tootin’ Old West Victorian Blood Red Silk pair?! Or the dandy Pirate Print? Whichever style you decide upon these ankle high Spats fit to the floor, and curve gracefully towards the button fasteners. The top of these Spats has been designed to fold down to create different shapes whether you are wearing boots, heels or shoes! A great addition to a Costumed night out, or a smart finish to any outfit.

Hand made and hand finished by Laura After Midnight the finished ankle measurement is 30cm/12”. All pairs of Spats to come out of Midnight Heights are delivered wrapped in acid free tissue paper. Simply convo your choice when purchasing.

MINI TOP HAT KIT:

Laura After Midnight’s Unique Mini Top Hat Kit is available in many stunning Silks and Cottons both plain and patterned. Included in each Kit is a decoration pack with Satin Ribbon, Lace, feathers, Vintage Buttons and many other details to decorate with.Each pack includes all fabric needed to create your very own Mini Top Hat with pins, needles, pattern sheet and full instruction booklet and decoration pack to inspire.The very first of its kind and stuffed full of wonderful little illustrations, this excellent little kit guides you through every step of properly constructing a Mini Top Hat using basic Millinery techniques that have both been taught and picked up over many years of Costume Making here at Midnight Heights! With added insights into stitch terminology and hints and tips any one who can hand sew can make this little darling hat, or learn to refine their technique. The pattern included is re-usable so with one quick trip to the haberdashery store you could make more for your friends, to give as gifts, add the finishing touch to a wedding party or just for you! All you need is a pair of sharp scissors, and thread to match. Finished height is 8cm/3″.Simply convo your choice when purchasing. If you do not see the colour Spats or Hats your heart desires please convo me! Midnight Heights is stuffed to the gunnels with delicious fabrics to please everyone innermost fantasies!

Visit my Etsy store now to purchase!!!

Midnight Makes on a rainy Monday.

Well, hasn’t the weather changed here in Blighty? Heaven’s to Betsy, but the rain is a welcome sight!!

This week has been very work filled, from playing Shop at Flo-Jo Boutique, teaching, to having meetings about exciting future projects so I haven’t really been able to squeeze many hours of sewing in. When I have managed to sit at my Sewing Machine I have been working on a couple of lovely commissions, one of which is a Wedding Dress which is going to be stunning! Unfortunately I can’t show pictures yet for obvious reasons however; I’m really excited about it because it’s a little Steampunk inspired and incorporates Silk overlaid with Lace. Yum!

I have been concentrating on putting together the illustrations and copy for three more Zines which are to be about Zips, Buttons and Button Holes and Sleeves. The Zines have continued to receive a great response, and have proved enormously helpful when teaching. I have tentatively started a much larger volume based around some Vintage inspired projects such as a Tie Dyed Maxi Skirt, Victorian Lace and Tap Pants. I’d really like to create a DIY book full of projects which are useful, and that I would really like to make myself so it wont be specifically targeted at the beginner. This all is in response to my Etsy and Christmas Market plans. Talk about organized!!

I have also listed all four of the Zines I have developed thus far on Etsy, so you may buy a copy for yourself!

Pic 6Seams: the Simple Stitches and Techniques needed to Sew, available now on Etsy for just £2.50 + P&P

Pic 9Books We Like, available now on Etsy for just 75p + P&P

new6Darts, Tucks, Pleats and Gathers: How to Elegantly Consider and Place Shaping, available now on Etsy for just £2.50 + P&P

Pic 3Understanding Vintage and Modern Patterns, available now on Etsy for just £2.50 + P&P

I have been stitching for fun a little bit too! I am half way through creating a cheerful Hexagon Quilt for my future Nephew, which is coming along nicely…

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I have sewn about half of it together however; I’m not going to post too many pictures as I still want it to be a surprise! The Hexagons are almost 20cm across, and look really cheerful made up! It’s not at all my usual colour scheme but I am enjoying making it. My favourite fabric is the little houses. I can’t wait to see it finished, I’m going to incorporate Red Zig-Zag’s along the sides so it should be nice and bright!!

Today I am drafting a 1920s Tap Pants pattern, for Sewing Club tonight. Can’t wait to make a pair up, and see what fabrics Sewing Club make up their Taop Pants in!!

Happy stitching!

Lovely!

Heather, a lovely Bride I made a couple pairs of Custom Spats for a while back, has just messaged me over the below picture! Doesn’t she look stunning?! And the pins! Oh, for legs as lovely…

wedding spatsHeather was delight to work with, and I adore the Steampunk and Victorian touches she has added to her Wedding ensemble. It all looks so airy, light and beautiful!!

Don’t forget, I am delighted to take on commissions such as this. Custom Spats start at just £25.00 with free P&P, for a similar design to the above. I can have them made and ready to ship in as little as 48 hours- if I have the fabric to hand. Alternatively, my most popular designs are always listed on Etsy. Why not peruse the virtual shelves of Laura After Midnight?!

If you would like to add a beautiful touch of the historical to your wedding do not hesitate to contact me!

I wish Heather and her lovely new husband a lifetime of happiness, and sincerely thank her for sharing her stunning photographs with me.

Happy stitching!

Exciting times at Midnight Heights

Whilst remaining acceptingly sceptical with a healthy dollop of nerves I am in the process of sending out my first Press Release and Wholesale Order information. It has taken several months of preparation, photos being taken then discarded and taken again, re-writes and editing however; finally I am more happy than I am not so I have decided ‘heck, lets just do this thing’!

All of this planning has put me in mind of all the Mini Top Hats I have sent off across the World, and I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the many people who follow me, help me and who have been supporting me in this endeavour as I take the next step.

If you are reading this as a proud owner of the Laura After Midnight Mini Top Hat Kit, please gain as much inspiration for decorating your creation as possible, as you can see sometimes a bow is enough!

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This gorgeous little Black Silk Mini Top Hat was the first I ever made, and the first I sold! Taking inspiration for Victorian Riding Hats, I simply made an outsize silk bow to attach to the back, with a Birdcage Veil trimmed with some Organza Ribbon to finish the effect. It was bought by a photographer in L.A. who very kindly sent me the above photograph.

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As you can see, it is super simple however; I just adore that! The next hat was a private commission and it was the first time I started to bring some more of my Costume knowledge in to the Mini Top Hats. Created with overlays of Cotton, Net and Lace, this little Hat looks like a slice of beautiful antique China.

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It also has some stunning Vintage Button adornments, with a ruffly lace edge to offset and emphasize the Tricorn. Also my first Tricorn, I was very pleased with the result. So I made another…

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The thing I love about making Tricorns’ is, you get to use more Buttons! Again however; this has some pretty simple decorations which help to make the Tricorn shape stand out. This little darling went to live in Georgia, USA.

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Another Mini Top Hat destined for a Wedding ensemble was this gorgeous Silk and Pearl pure white Hat. I overlaid Antique Victorian Corset Lace around the Brim and added a Vintage Art Deco mother of pearl Button and Feather. Sent off in its little Hat Box to Germany, this Hat was worn for a Victorian Steampunk themed Wedding!

And a couple more…

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I had no idea they’re were so many out there in the World! How glorious!! Remember you can purchase your own little bit of Midnight visit the Laura After Midnight Etsy store where you can find Hats, Kits and many more delights. 

Happy stitching!

New photographs.

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New to my Etsy shop, my wonderful Fascinator Kits!

Just in time for all those weddings… Available in a multitude of different fabrics (if you don’t see a pattern or colour way you like, ask!), I am about to send out dozens of Press Releases across the land so I have been frantically photographing, tweaking in Photoshop & collecting contacts in preparation. It is exhausting but very exciting, & I can’t wait to hear back & find out if my Mini Top Hat Kits & Fascinator Kits are to be stocked in further shops.

Priced at £10.00, or £12.50 for ones made up from Vintage fabrics, these little kits include everything to make a darling little fascinator, with fabric, decorations, hair clip/comb, veiling to make a Birdcage Veil & a fully illustrated instruction booklet.

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Each Fascinator Kit includes all Fabric & stiffener needed, binding, clip or comb, veil, Instruction Booklet & Pattern Sheet. 

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I am really pleased with this little Kit, & especially so with the Pattern Sheet, which includes three different patterns to choose from including Circle, Heart & Tear Drop (which is my favourite!). If they are traced off & used, with just a quick dash to the local haberdashery each kit can be made again in each style.

I think they would make a lovely addition to someone’s Wedding, or maybe as Bridesmaids gifts, or even as a fun Hen or Birthday Party idea! I am also working on ‘Ranges’ including a Retro Burlesque inspired range, a dainty floral Wedding range & a darker more Victorian inspired range for both the Mini Top hat Kits, & the Fascinator Kits because, whilst I enjoy making up one-off Kits, I recognise the need to have certain stock available at all times so I am able to make up multiples & ship quickly. It is all such a learning curve!

 Happy stitching!

Free Give-away!

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I am giving away one of my lovely Mini Top Hat Kits tonight during The Great British Sewing Bee tonight on Twitter. Simply Re-Tweet me (@MidnightLaura) between 8pm & 10pm BST to be put in to the draw! I’ll ship anywhere in the world, & you have a choice of any Kits currently stocked in my shop.

They are a fabulous way to gain new or refresh old Hand Sewing techniques, & you finish with a unique & stunning accessory for the Summer Wedding season.

Good luck & 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.

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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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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.