Another Christmas hair piece

So I managed to catch the office cold… the one that everyone has been suffering and seems to have left each and every one of us without energy for the holidays. I missed my party, and my husband’s and well, such is life, eh? But as I still have the "real " Christmas to come, I could not stop myself from making another one of these…

I used scraps of materials I had at home (I have photograph them to give you an idea of the mix), the same black ribbon i used last time and similarly, fasteners. I also made 4 yoyos which i decorated with a garnet type of bead.

I firstly made a shape I liked in tissue paper. Then cut the same shape in jersey fabric… twice. Sewed around most of it, turned inside out and finished the “base piece”. The ribbon and the fasteners were measured, cut and fixed to the base.

I then cut around 40 to 50 “leafs” in fabrics of different textures. The shape, bay leaf like. Once I had them all cut, I begun to group them in 3 s of 4s, sewing them together… and finally, arranged them along the base until I was happy with the shape. then I sewed them, starting from the “top”, always making sure that each layer covered the “steams” of the previous one…. similarly to my Custom T-shirt project.

I made the 4 yoyos I sewed the beads into each one and laid them over the template’s vertex (to call it something… the pointy-er area that was to be placed behind my ear) covering the bottom of the bottom leafs. Finally I sewed them to one another and then to the base.

Hair piece for my office's Christmas party

Last time I was in Japan I purchased a “yo yo” maker….

I first heard of the Yo-yo maker in June, when I bought a magazine called “cotton friend” where the company which makes the product advertised it.

I always struggle trying to decide what to wear to the office christmas party as it is always an occassion, and all the ladies make an extra effort … so, this year, I decided to make a nice accessory to accompany my dress.

I firstly made a shape I liked in tissue paper. Then made the bigger yoyos and laid them over the template. Then tiny ones to complete the shape. I sewed crystal beads into each larger one. Finally I sewed them to one another and to two ribbons at either end. Tried it on, marked where to put the snap fastener , sewed it and that was it :-) The benefit of not having a base is that it adjusts better to your own head shape.

I used left over cottor/rayon fabric, a wide ribbon, and a snap fastener, as well as some swarosky little beads for a spark.

The fabric is an African wrinkled cotton that has a shiny strappy finish… they sell it in the east of London to make celebratory clothing. We also used it in the black and white dress for my former colleague Claire.

By the way, mother nature had other plans and I ended up stuck in bed with a fue rather than enjoying the party… oh well will wear it another time :-)

Cloth house, Soho

A few weeks ago I finally went into a shop i have loved from the distance for a while: Cloth house.

I will cut the story short and tell you about their philosophy. They are a company that sources their materials from many countries caring for the people who make them, for the processes that are used to make them and the impact of those in the environment. They even quote one of my heroes in their website: Mahatma Gandhy "there is no beauty in the finest cloths if it makes hunger and unhappiness".

I always thought it would be an expensive place, because they care so much for every detail that I have been accustomed in the uk to pay for service, but everything is so reasonable that i had to check the labels twice! The selection is incredible: from vintage haberdashery to the best non branded cottons or even silver thread. They even have a remnant pile near the door and Edith Piaf on the music is a great place .