Hello there Beastie friends! It’s been another busy old week here in Beastie Towers – honestly, I’m starting to wonder if there’s any other kind! So, it’s nice to be able to take some time out and have a chat with you all… And, most importantly, finish off what we started last week. For anyone who missed out, we met this charming Beastie couple, created as a very special birthday gift!
Last time, the birthday boy got to hog the spotlight. Well, he did have A LOT of cool stuff to show off!
But our lady Beastie has remained a woman of mystery – until now! Hey there, Jan Beastie!
Like her partner, she’s rocking a cool pair of boxy Beastie-sized specs. And there’s also something a bit special about her dress – let’s take a closer look!You’ll have to squint a bit, but look! Seamless sides!
This came about out of necessity… After tuning in to The Great British Sewing Bee a couple of years ago, I became
obsessed with aware of the benefits of matching up the design when working with patterned fabrics. It turns out that it’s especially important on a Beastie-sized garment, especially with a larger print. The last thing you want is for your Beastie clothes to look like they’re made out of two different pieces of material!
So, even though this natty geometric leaf print isn’t especially big, the way it repeats was causing a bit of a headache in the matching department. I already knew that the leaves on the sleeves and skirt were going to sit slightly differently to the bodice, but trying to cut three bodice pieces that lined up as well really wasn’t working!
So I arranged my pattern pieces for the front and back in a line, and cut them out as one long piece instead. Thanks to Beastie bodies not being overly blessed with curves, this worked a treat… I might even switch to making dresses like this all the time!
But back to the Beasties! Thanks to some photos generously provided by Human Jan, I was able to Beastify her preferred hairstyle…
… And copy one of her favourite handmade bags!
Well, mostly… The original is crocheted, which is one craft I’ve yet to attempt!
I wonder what’s inside?
Aha! It’s a copy of Jon Beastie’s novel “Kirkenes Wool”! This Beastified bestseller is made of wool felt with a hand-embroidered cover, and isn’t really suitable for non-Beastie readers. Fortunately, a human version, “Kirkenes Blue” is also available!
But that’s not everything! The reference to a “Gardening Gift” in the title of this post will now become clear… Because Human Jon and Jan spend a lot of time cultivating their own fruit and veg, it only seemed fair that their new Beastie friends should be able to help them out a bit! So, here they are, ready to get their paws mucky!
I’ve provided Jan Beastie with an apron (modelled on one of her own makes) to protect her nice dress from grass stains and rogue tomato juice, and both of them have felt wellies in case the ever-unpredictable British weather turns the vegetable patch into a quagmire.
The wellies have needle-felted soles so I could work in a bit of a tread for extra grip, and it looks like cultivation has begun already… That’s a real Beastie chili plant they’ve got there! I also included a Beastie-sized trowel, so they’ve no excuse not to pitch in with digging duties.
Phew! Well, I think that’s just about everything…
Oooh, apart from the card in the middle! That was actually Jan’s idea – she suggested I use my design sketch to create a personalised greetings card to go with the gift. So, I did just that… I removed the labels, recoloured the drawing to reflect how the finished Beasties looked, and popped in a picture of the Moneypenny’s Lock Bee Garden as a background.
I think this might be one of the biggest Beastifications ever! And there are more in the pipeline over the next while, so stay tuned!
Next week, we’ll be rejoining Paddy and Plunkett as they visit a tranquil haven in the Devon countryside… I think we all know how that’s going to turn out. See you then!