Victorian Challenge Bonnet

So I completed the first item of my Victorian challenge. It’s too big and not very attractive but it’s done.

For the first step I measured the size of my head from just below the chin from one side to the other. I then measured from my forehead to the back of my head. Using these measurements I drew a pattern onto an old box. (Image 1) It was not very accurate as the final product was huge 😂

Supplies Used Cardboard Box Baking Paper Pattern (Buy a proper one 😂) Pencil Sharpie Scissors Masking Tape Pins Inner Lining Outer Fabric Lace Ribbon Hot Glue Gun loads Of Hot Glue Sticks

I then traced the pattern onto some baking paper. (Image 2)

Finally I pinned the pattern onto the inner lining for the bonnet. (Image 3)

After all this I cut the bonnet pattern from the box to use as my bonnet structure.

When this was done I covered the whole structure in masking tape to. (Image 4)

For the final outer structure of the bonnet I cut a large circle from the box covered with masking tape and attached to the back of the bonnet. (Image 5) Again this was way off measurement wise so I had to try adjust in what ever way I could.

Once the outer structure was finished I pinned the inner lining to the inside of the bonnet. (Image 6) I used hot glue to stick it all down.

Next I got my outer fabric draped it around the bonnet and glued away. This again was inaccurate and I needed a quick fix. Thankfully I had lace on hand to try patch up my mistakes. I also used the lace to trim the edges of the bonnet. I then added ribbon to the inside of the bonnet so it could be tied. I later changed my mind and attached the ribbon to the outside of the bonnet instead.

Cardboard Pattern
Baking Paper Traced Pattern
Pinned Pattern On Lining
Masking Tape Covered Bonnet
Dodgy Back Piece
Pinned Inner Lining
Lace Trim Edge
Way Too Big 😂
Finished Bonnet

In conclusion the bonnet project was a bit of a disaster. If I decide to retry it I’ll use a proper pattern. On the up side at least I finished it and it kind of resembles a bonnet. Right? 🤔

One Month Costume Challenge

I’ve decided to set myself a month long challenge to create a Victorian style costume. I will attempt to make a Victorian skirt, peasant top, waist cincer, bloomers and bonnet. It seems like an impossible task but I do enjoy a challenge. I’m waiting for the fabric for the skirt to arrive so hopefully it arrives on time as it’s the largest undertaking of the lot. My finish date will be May 22nd. I hope. I will post my progress in various related posts. Fingers crossed.

Poseidon’s Trident Review

I received this book free in return for a review.
Where do I begin. I read the first of this series and absolutely loved it. Naturally I was worried this one wouldn’t be as good. I was so wrong. There is something about this series that just captivates the reader in such a powerful way. The characters are well written, the story is well thought through. I can’t recommend it enough. There is an amazing realism in this book considering the fantastical setting. The struggle of Andy really gets me it’s pure and it’s real. Anyone with an interest in mythology should read this.

The Helm Of Darkness Review

As a massive Percy Jackson fan I was a little worried about this book. I love Greek Mythology so I decided to give it a go. I’m so glad I did. When I find a book I enjoy I generally read it as quickly as possible. I had this read in about 3 hours or so. I loved the characters instantly. I found them relatable and captivating. I will definitely be reading the next book of the series asap. If you want an easy to read, yet great story and love all things YA and mythological you need to read this book. I received this book as a free download in return for a review.

The Opening Night Murders Review

I was given this book for free in return for a review. It’s not quite a 3 star or a 2 star but 2.5 didn’t seem to be an option. What can I say about this book. Firstly I love a good whodunnit. Usually I have a good mystery read within a couple of days. This story lacked that certain something that I look for in a good murder mystery. The characters were so so. The writing style wasn’t bad. It was however missing that exciting anticipation where you just can’t wait to see what happens next. The plot was a little all over the place and the final twist too obvious for my liking. A lot of info is just thrown at you towards the end of the book. All in all a fairly average book. If your not as fussy as me about plot twists and character development etc then give it a read. Reading an ok book is better than not reading at all.

A Great Beauty By A O Connor Review

I received this book as an early access in return for a review.

Where do I begin with this captivating novel?As an Irish Republican I found this book very interesting. Everyone in our little country of Ireland is familiar with Michael Collins. To read about him from the authors perspective was a fascinating journey. This novel captures the fight for Irish Independance in a very realistic way. The romances though an interesting read were not central to the authors story which made it all the better. On a more personal note I loved that the author showed the petulant child that De Valera really was. There is a very strong dislike of him in my family so those little details really made me smile.

How I Loathe Formatting


Oh how I loathe formatting. Whoever thinks this Self Publishing business is easy is living in a fantasy world. I have been formatting ‘Princess Arya Makes A Friend’ since 10.30am this morning. Between readjusting images to look half decent for the Ebook release and preparing a print version for those who prefer a hard copy, I have never had a more stressful day. On the up side the Ebook should be available in the next 72 hours. The print copy won’t be ready for 6-8 weeks unfortunately but hey ho I shall focus on the positive. For now I plan to take a well deserved early night and will update this post as more news on availability of this brand new fairytale adventure is known.

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