This post is a bit overdue, but I had to wait until I had gone on my friend’s hen do before I posted it, as it features me making the capes for our fancy dress costumes.
But before I get to that, let’s just lay the scene. Craft & Cocktail Club started a couple of years ago as a way of my friends and I getting together, trying some crafty projects and drinking some cocktails. Initially it was just Craft Club, but we thought we’d add the Cocktails in to make it sound a bit less WI-ish. Not that there’s anything wrong with the WI – I hear it’s tres-trendy nowadays.
But we’ve not had a meeting (I say ‘meeting’ like it’s such a formal club thing. It’s really not – we see each other all the time, but just not for craftiness!), in months and months. In fact, I think it was actually 2013 when we last got together for a craft session. We were due to have one before Christmas, but the weather ruined our plans and I ended up crafting (and drinking) on my own!
But this time the weather did not let us down at all! The sun was doing it’s best to burn us, and we were up for the challenge!
So first up, we cracked open some sweets that the lovely people from Bah Humbugs had sent me. Sweets and snacks are a key ingredient in a successful craft session. These ones were very cool and retro, and suited our crafty theme to a tee.
So once we were fed and the Pimms was flowing, I started on the actual crafting. Now since the weather was being so good to us, all my fellow crafters decided to ditch the crafting and just focus on sunbathing and drinking.
I unfortunately had volunteered to make the capes for my friends upcoming hen do. The theme was Mexican Wrestlers and we were going as a tag team group called the Jagerbomber! We’re all partial to a sneaky J-Bomb every now and again, so we thought this would be a good way of incorporating it into the fancy dress theme.
So I was tasked with making five of these sodding capes.
I managed it, but it took me hoooooourrrrs!
Whilst I was slaving away on the sewing machine (thanks to a rather long extension chord I could at least do this outside), my girls chatted and gave themselves a shellac manicure. FYI shellac nail varnish does not cope well in the sun. Keep it room temperature or you’ll live to regret it!
After a long day of sewing, nail painting and drinking, the boys came over and we carried on chatting away into the evening. One of the boys brought the dice game that we played on New Years Eve, so that ensured a lot of laughs and even more drinking.
So all in all a fabulous day. And the capes even looked half decent in the end, so it was all worth it!