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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Holiday Fabric Purchases

On current Madiera holiday.
Bought some fabric remnants from Feira dos Tecidos
The navy is a stretch woven, perhaps for trousers.
The two prints are sweater knits. The red is thinner and will be a turtle neck. The brown/burgundy is heavier and will be a skirt and trim on a plain Cardigan.
The burgundy is a lovely heavy slubbed ponte, perhaps a dress.
The silver grey a special occasion blouse.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Charity Event

I had a stall at the May Day Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday selling my sewn bits and pieces for the Stroke Association. I took along a few of my SWAP pieces which I loved a little less, and 3 of them sold (I charged £5 each) - the aqua crinkle skirt, ivory angled hem tee and navy ponte cardigan.  (all to different customers)
I also sold cushions, bags, draught excluder, bunting, denim change pots and other items.
I took a few smaller items into work this week and now have made £120 so far which work's charity scheme will match.
I am now almost out of stock so will start sewing bits and pieces again and given the unexpected interest at work will have a table there one day in a few months time.
I enjoy doing the items for charity as I feel I am using my skills to give back a little, but in a way I can cope with, and avoid any tax implications of people paying me, so its a real win-win.
Sorry no photos as I didn't take a camera and then found my phone battery was flat. However you have seen everything I've made at some point if you've been reading the blog over the last year or so.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

SWAP 2015: Gallery and Voting

All the collections are here
SWAP Gallery on Stitcher's Guild

And the voting instructions are here
How to vote for SWAP 2015

There are 12 entries this year which is lovely!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Burda Style May 2015

Most months I buy Burda Style magazine if I can find it, though occasionally I am unlucky so don't quite have a full set.
May is full of what I would call 'daft dresses' that have no place in my life, though may work for other people. I did buy this edition mostly for this trouser suit which is very my style.
This is basically a more glamorous version of the sort of thing I wear to work most days (though obviously I do button my blouse before I leave the house).
It is slightly odd with a petite jacket but standard sized trousers, and since I'm between a 42 and a 44 may be too small.
So I love them enough that I will be tracing them (at some point), altering the jacket and actually having a go at making these.

I often wear my purchased suits with coloured brogues and self sewn knit tops, so could see these fitting right in to my actual wardrobe!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

New fabric - Monday Market finds

On Monday lunchtime I managed to visit the Monday Market Man and bought myself some goodies.
1.5m of white jersey with aqua flowers.
1.5m of dark navy woven fabric
3m of navy and white striped jersey (very soft)

Monday, 27 April 2015

Spring collection Navy ponte cardigan

Navy ponte cardigan with dolman sleeves to fit nicely over all the dolman sleeve tops.
From Simplicity 1945.

And the collection now looks like this.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Spring collection Navy ponte pencil skirt

This neat little pencil skirt skims over the figure and finishes just below the knee.
It has a centre back seam with a small walking split at the hem.
I used a dark navy ponte fabric bought from the Monday Market Man and as a pattern the back piece only from Vogue 2989 (which I've altered to the length I like). I cut on the fold for the front and added a centre seam for the back to be able to have the little walking split.
It is very simple but I really love it!
 Here's the whole collection. I would quite like to have time to sew a little ponte jacket, if not I will use an existing purchased one for the SWAP.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Spring collection print trousers

Still need a press and the hems stitching but otherwise complete.
I shall have to see if I am brave enough to wear these out the house!
These are from an OOP pattern, New Look 6875.
Here's how my Spring Collection looks now.

New Shoes

From the Clarks Outlet, so not current styles, but very comfortable.
Having found the sandals in blue were super comfortable, I looked for other colours in the same style/size and bought the orange ones as well. I did this last year and got another style in both black and a pinky red.
The navy brogues will be great with my navy trouser outfits.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Draught Excluder

This is a simple make for the craft stall on May Day Bank Holiday, though I shall be reasonably happy if no-one buys it as I can bring it home again and use it myself at the front door.
It was made from a rectangle of pre quilted fabric (I think intended for coat linings) measuring 36" by 18" sewn into a tube with one end left open.
It is stuffed with scraps of wadding and knit fabric from all the projects I've made since November. This makes it a bit heavier than purchased ones, but hopefully that is a plus in terms of staying put and blocking draughts.

I also hemmed the blue trousers and started to work on the navy print trousers.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Stripe top

This top is again made from the blouse in New Look 6217.
Due to a shortage of fabric I have been creative in the cutting out. The back is pieced in 4 pieces and has the upper section cut on the cross grain.
I added a facing with a loop and button closure at the top. This enables the top to be reversed, the button undone and a V neck with collar effect when worn the opposite way round.
The small mother of pearl button was recycled from a worn out silk blouse and works well here with a small ribbon loop.
This works with all the bottoms in the plan.
Here's what the collection looks like now.
I'm going to turn the culottes into a skirt and start on the print trousers, then move on to the ponte pieces later.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Blue trousers

These trousers are a taper leg with pockets and elastic/drawstring waist made from the same silky mid blue fabric as the top.
These are from an OOP pattern, New Look 6875 from deep in the stash, probably the same year I bought the fabric!
They are very loose and comfortable, though due to a slightly tapered leg won't work as I had thought they might with the legs rolled up and secured with a tab. I shall just hem them normally. I think these are the sort of thing you want on those hot days when you can't quite bear to touch yourself. Might not get too much wear here in the UK then!!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Aqua crinkle skirt

This skirt is made from a tube of crinkle fabric with a short back split. I didn't use a pattern, it just something I came up with myself.
The back has elastic and the front self fabric ties. It can be worn as a long skirt or a knee length halter dress, adjusting the ties accordingly.
Its a lot of fun. The collection now looks like this (completed things at the top)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Spring Collection

It seems that my spring sewing which I started in earnest about a week ago has a fairly SWAP (Sewing With A Plan) collection look about it, so I had a read up on the SWAP rules and it is looking feasible.

I work full time and spend the weekends with my boyfriend, so the only sewing time is after my evening meal on a week night. On this basis I have picked simple styles which I can sew up in a couple of evenings as this is the only way to have any chance of being done before the end of April. Just to add a bit to the time challenge we are away on holiday the Easter weekend and the following week as well.

So far I have managed to make 4 tops and cut out a 5th one.
I've made 1 bottom, have a skirt and trousers partly constructed and another pair of trousers cut out.
I have the fabric and patterns for the ponte knit skirt and jacket but have not started those yet.

In terms of a twist to a few garments the plans are

- the long aqua skirt converts to a sundress, this is by wearing the top band above the bust, pulling the drawstrings over the shoulder and buttoning them to the back. when worn as a skirt this is long and has a dawstring waist.

- the print top can be worn either with a plain print front and scooped neck and a higher buttoned back, or can be turned around, the button section turned down to be a sort of collar. The button is recycled from an old silk shirt which wore out.

- I might add tabs to the mid blue trousers so they can be rolled up into 3/4 length.