Did any of you go to the Hobbycraft showat the NEC back in November?  If you did , did you see the Fashion Show?  It is stunning display of outfits made from materials that you use for your crafting.  Origin Publishing and Create and Craft who sponsor the event get girls from Inkberrow College to model all the outfits (the girls even make some of them too).

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Just a sample of some of the amazing outfits made from paper, card, fabric, lamp shades, rubber stamps and all manner of craft materials.

My costume was entered into the Rio Carnival category and I took butterflies as my inspiration.  A lot of drawing, sampling and laughter later, my sister in law Gill Gryers (who is an expert seamstress) and I came up with the costume we called “Borboleta” which is Portuguese for butterfly.


The lovely Steff models the outfit.  She is really tall, and struts with attitude!


The fabric is organza, the skirt has a tutu of brown net under the organza panels.

Borboleta Head dress

This is my lovely sister in law Wendy modeling the head dress for me.  you can see the “body” of the butterfly down the middle.  This was made using central heating piping insulation tubes (as was the harness for the wings).  The curlicues made use of garden wire wrapped in fabric and Friendly Plastic.  The helmet part of the head dress is made from Friendly Plastic re-coloured with pigment powders, and the wings on the head dress are organza, garden wire and FP.


3D butterflies adorn the wrists and bodice, made from Friendly plastic and organza.

Altogether a rather full on costume.  We did use a flesh coloured leotard underneath for modesty sake.  The search for a flesh coloured body or leotard caused a few problems when we looked on line to locate one; you would be amazed at the sorts of sites the Google came up with.  At one point Gill was terrified she would have the police knocking on her door for viewing unseemly web sites!

The good news is that we won our category and the costume went off to the CHA trade show in California in February where it was the finale piece and apparently was a show stopper.  I hope someone will let me have some pictures of it on the runway as unfortunately I could not be there to see it in person.