Thursday, 12 December 2013

Great British Sewing Bee

Will you be watching the GBSB on Sunday, repeated on Tuesday?  A chance to catch some sewing on the tv.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Simplicity 1609

I was the lucky winner of Simplicity 1609 a giveaway by Pendle Stitches.  I finished the dress ages ago but have only today got down to taking a pic.  The dress is made from a navy lightweight wool pinstripe, the fabric was from my stash. I have also got a jacket and skirt on my UFO rail just waiting for me to finish the hems etc from the same fabric.  I don't tend to see navy as a Winter fabric so hopefully I can finish the jacket and skirt by early Spring.   I bought the fabric ages ago from the factory shop of a famous Somerset bag maker. They not only make designer bags but fabulous clothes as well.  Many years ago the factory shop had fabulous fabrics by the metre.  But then then the shop went up market and stopped selling fabrics! The collar is a fabulous silk, I was lucky to buy several metres from a charity shop in Totnes when I was on holiday a couple of years ago.  The remainder of the fabric is waiting for a blouse pattern to come along and say hello.  The pics don't really do the dress justice,  I am not sure that the WWW is ready for me as a model just yet.  Happy sewing everyone.

Snap happy

At last I have got down to taking some pics of finished items, the pics don't do them justice. I hope you like them.
Butterick 5566 Stripe jersey from Minerva Crafts black wool from my stash.

Jersey fabric from Minerva Crafts, McCalls 6612, version D with sleeves.  The fabric was a bit heavy for the cowl so made the cowl smaller than the pattern.  Great fabric for this pattern.



This is a fabulous lightweight wool with the last bit of the jersey.  This is a UFO and the same pattern as the blue tunic below.  It was meant to be a black dress but after I had cut it out and started to make it up  I noticed a flaw in the bottom of the dress I thought I could make a tunic but decided it would look good with the jersey panel.


Jersey fabric from Minerva Crafts, McCalls 6612, version D with sleeves.  This is a more lightweight fabric than the camel stripe, it could probably have done with lining, the cowl is bigger than the camel stripe. 

This is a fabulous wool tunic, looks better on, from my UFO pile, can't find the pattern at the moment.  Looks great with a black polo neck and black boots.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Busy Day

Well, I haven't posted for a while but I have been busy sewing.  The Easter break has been great for UFO's.  I did manage to get three wiggle skirts done, just have to search out some buttons and then they will be finished.  I have also completed two other skirts which are based on a RTW skirt bought many years ago.  I really need to get the camera out.  What I also hope to do is photograph some of my golden oldies that I made years ago.  I used to love making suits and still have a few of my favourites which I would like to  blog about.
Of course this week is all about the Great British Sewing Bee, looking forward to that tomorrow night.  Sewing seems to be seeing a bit of a revival, some of us of course have known the pleasure of sewing for years. 

Happy sewing everyone.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Wiggle Skirt/s

 Well I have the pattern and fabric at the ready and the first two sets of instructions have arrived.  Firstly I have to trace the pattern, I have never ever traced a pattern !  I normally go straight in and cut the pattern! I think this pattern has to be the most luxurious ever bought, its a piece of artwork in itself. 

What do you think of the fabric?  The red polka dot is fab and the wool is lovely.  I don't think I have enough of the wool, it might be a tight squeeze.  I also have some fab black wool which I think would suit either the peplum or frill version. Would it be wrong to make 3 at the same time?  Gosh why change the habit of a sewing lifetime.

The blogger has changed the process for uploading pics, but as you can see I have worked it out!

I am still plodding through my pile of UFO's I tried to take a pic of the lovely grey wool dress I have just finished but the light is so poor, it was an awful pic.  I shall keep trying.

Anyway pattern tracing it is - I hope to be back soon. Happy Sewing everyone.


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

New Year - New Sewing

Happy New Year
Anyone who has read my blog will agree that I am not the best at updating it.  Lack of blog posts however  doesn't correlate with the amount of sewing I have been doing. I have been busy making bags and cushions etc to sell through my hobby/business.  I have also however been finishing lots of UFO's.  I finished a lovely red wool skirt for a couple of Christmas events,  is there anyone out there like me who will be found finishing something off a couple of hours before wearing it!  I also finished a sequin batwing top the night before my works Christmas party! I am currently on holiday (a home holiday)  and plodding through a bag of UFO's and thoroughly enjoying myself at the same time.
So what happened today?  an e-mail landed in my in-box containing the lates newsletter from the Fabric Godmother who was telling us all about the Charlotte Sew Along hosted by By Hand of London.  Now I love a pencil skirt so had to commit to sewing along with the Sew-Along.  So I have ordered my pattern and some red polka dot  fabric from the Fabric Godmother.  I haven't decided yet whether I shall use the polka dot or do some stash busting.  I am hoping that this sew-along will encourage me to be a bit more blog active.  

Click above to visit By Hand London

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Some more inspration

I guess if you are reading my blog then like me you love to sew and love all things sewing.  I have had a lovely day finishing an un-finished light grey fine wool dress which has embroidery detail, hand embroidered.  I have also done some alterations to a couple of dresses which I bought on a sale last year, so all in all a productive sewing day. Now waiting for  Downton Abbey and those gorgeous clothes.
In the meantime I wanted to share the below link with you, oh to spend a day or more at Chanels' Ateliers:
Happy sewing.