Kaftans, kimonos and dresses; oh my!

Hi everyone! Here in south-west England, the sun is shining and it feels like summer again. So it’s the perfect time to post on my YouTube channel the video I made about me making several sheer beach cover-ups. We have got chiffon kaftans, kimono-style jackets and pretty maxi dresses. If you’d like to take a look at the process of sewing them, then please take a look at the video called ‘Making beach cover-ups‘.

They’re all made from quality Indian scarves and some have the most exquisite embellishments. Most of them – in fact, I think all but one – are made from pure silk chiffon. So you’ll feel like you’re wearing a warm summer breeze! To shop, please go to the Indian Summer collection.

Enjoy the sun!

There’s always one! (The Silk Fairy clothing collection)

There’s always one isn’t there? I came here to tell you that all the new silk fairy clothing is now listed on Etsy, but then I went and found a silk jade green cami top that was hiding when we did the photo shoot for the rest of the collection! So, all the skirts and tops are now listed apart from that one top!!

Edit: and I’ve just sold the jade green skirt and a cream silk cami top, so they aren’t now listed either!

There are two sets of purple silk tops and skirts; a creamy beige skirt, a pinky grey skirt, a mustard yellow top and skirt, a cream top and skirt, a pale pink skirt and a bright pink skirt. If you’d like to see them, please take a look at the Fairytale collection. 

Adult fairy costume

Behind the scenes at a photo-shoot

We are so lucky to live in a beautiful area of the country where we don’t have to go far to find a pretty location for a Threads of a Fairytale photo-shoot. This field with a pretty countryside view of hills and dales is just round the corner from us and I thought it was perfect for the new handmade silk clothing I’m listing in the shop at the moment. The silk skirts remind me of flower petals so I went with a flower fairy theme and took a pile of faux flowers we’ve gathered over the years to be props and my eldest daughter was my model this time.

If you’d like to see behind the scenes, here’s the vlog I filmed that week, which includes the flower fairy outfit photo-shoot, and also me taking more photos of the pink fairy clothing for product photos for Instagram.

Bright pink silk fairy skirt

A newly listed item on the Etsy shop today: a beautiful bright pink fairy skirt – pure silk layered over cotton gauze. I love these skirts – you can have them as a comfortable everyday item of clothing worn with a favourite t-shirt or a chunky knit in winter; or you can dress it up with a pretty cami top to make a complete women’s fairy dress. Just add wings and a flower crown! The purple silk top turns it into a beautiful colourful fairy outfit.

purple and pink women's fairy costume

Look out for more flower fairy style outfits coming soon!

Postage delays due to Coronavirus

Hello! I hope you’re keeping well. Unfortunately, our household needs to self-isolate for a couple of weeks, so while I’ve left the Threads of a Fairytale Etsy shop open, I’m afraid there will be a delay until it is safe for me to post your clothing. Fairytale fashion is what we all need right now to cheer ourselves up, so I’m sorry for the wait, and thank you for your patience.

If you would like to order a custom-made fairy dress, maybe for an up-coming special occasion, then please go ahead as we can continue with the process. Please e-mail me at helen@threadsofafairytale.com if you have any concerns.

New silk fairy clothing being added for sale!

Last Friday, my eldest daughter, Rain, and I went round the corner to a lovely empty field along with a bag of silk flower fairy clothing, some faux flowers and some handmade hair garlands. I took hundreds of photos and have begun to list the items into the Threads of a Fairytale Etsy shop. So far I have added a purple silk top and a matching fairy skirt, but still to come are a matching sunflower yellow set; a cream top; a rose pink skirt; a delicate turquoise green skirt; a bright pink skirt, and a matching set in ivory. We had lots of fun recreating the poses of the flower fairies by Cicely Mary Barker!

purple fairy costume

I prefer not to list everything at once so that throughout the pages of my shop, you get to see a variety of styles of fairytale clothing because most people will see the clothing in order of being posted. So I’ll also be adding other items that are waiting to be listed and I have a very special dress coming soon!

If you would like to see all the silk fairy clothing, please go straight to the ‘Fairytale and Cosplay‘ section of my shop. There are also four items there that I modelled in magical woodland in Cornwall last summer. They’re perfect for dressing up in if you’re looking for an adult fairy costume, but worn as separates the tops and skirts can be worn with jeans or t-shirts for a more casual bohemian style.

Almost all these tops and skirts were dyed by me using natural materials. If you’d like to see the process, I made a video of all my experiments with natural dyes on silk and cotton. As soon as the clothing is all listed on Etsy, I’ll be showing a video of me making them all on my YouTube channel, if you’d like to keep a look out for that too.

In the mean time, stay safe and well.

Full moon newsletter & discount code

Hello! I hope you’re all well. I am determined to start sending regular Threads of a Fairytale newsletters this year, and I thought it would be lovely to send them on a full moon. So if you’re signed up, please expect to see an e-mail from me this evening explaining all about everything going on at the moment – how the coronavirus is affecting the business; news about sewing courses, and the reason why you haven’t seen much of me online recently. If you’re not yet, now would be a good time as there’s a nice discount code in the letter! Join in here:

Threads of a Fairytale Newsletter

Glastonbury Fairy Fayre 7-8th March

Hi! I’m excited to tell you that I’m taking my fairytale clothing stall to Glastonbury Fairy Fayre this weekend. I’ve been as a visitor many times before and I love it – there’s always a wonderful mix of artists and crafters and completely original items that you can’t find anywhere else. This is my first time as a seller and I’m currently busy making a new fairy dress to take with me. I’ve only got space for one rail of clothing, so please come and say hi, but you might need to part the clothes to find me sitting behind it!

Glastonbury Fairy Fayre March 2020

I’m back in England!

Hello! I hope you’re well! It feels like I’ve been away forever, and can’t wait to get back to the sewing machine! I’m back home and raring to go, so do get in touch if you would like to order a custom dress for an upcoming special occasion. 🙂

As you know, I used the time away to get working on the new Threads of a Fairytale website, which will include a shop. It takes a lot longer than you might think to add about eighty items of clothing! Anyway, progress is happening; we have the main pages ready, but need to add some more still. And make the shop layout look pretty!

I’ve also been making plans for courses. I almost always share how I make everything on my YouTube channel, and I’m often asked to make the videos longer and more instructive. However I think that most people on YouTube are just watching for entertainment and would find that boring, so for those of you keen on having a go at sewing in a similar style to me, please sign up for newsletters, so that you’re the first to know when they are ready.

Have a good week. 🙂