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Friday, 29 August 2014

Red Silky Loop Scarf

A good proportion of my stuff is packed into stacks of cardboard boxes, but the house purchase is part of a four house chain, with the almost inevitable delays due to paperwork and holidays, so I haven't moved yet.
Most of my sewing room is packed but I left the main machines out (with their boxes waiting nearby) in the hope that I might manage a few small projects.
One of these small projects was a piece of tomato red silky fabric, which I thought would work well as a loop scarf. These have all the edges enclosed so are great for fabrics which are prone to fraying.
The piece of fabric was 45" wide (selvedge to selvedge) but only 20" long, so limited the size of the finished scarf.

To wear this style
  • pop over head as per hanger and wear loose as a plain loop
  • double and wear as a very full scarf around the throat (looks good in a shirt neckline)
  • knot the end of the loop so it finishes higher up
  • secure the end with a sarong buckle or brooch

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Update: moving soon

No sewing posts because I have not been sewing. However I have been packing.
I am due to move house fairly soon (date not fixed for the 4 house chain) and am packing my way round the rented bungalow, ready to move into my own little house.

There may be one or two interim posts of my actual boxes, but you get the idea.
I have not yet actually packed any sewing machines but it is imminent!

Monday, 4 August 2014

Monday Market Man

There is a lovely man who runs a fabric-for-clothing stall on the local market, but only on a Monday.
About a 1/4 of his double sized stall is knit fabrics, which is quite a lot of choice.
The knits are all £2.99 a metre, so its always worth a look. Today I managed to get out at lunchtime on a Monday and go to see him. All the wonderful leopard print jersey was gone but I did manage to get two nice fabrics.
On the left is 3.2m of black ponte, with only a little stretch, and on the right is 1.2m of a linen mix knit, with pretty coloured stripes, which will hopefully make a nice top. The background is a heathered ivory, so I think as a weekend top to wear with jeans it will be really great.
I have been wearing quite a few of my new knit tops, though the turquoise angled top and the crazy flag print are still waiting for an outing, I think all the others have been worn at least once, with the swirly print one playing out twice, once with jeans and the other time with the white trousers.

I had better do a bit more packing for when the move date gets confirmed.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

9 tees to go with white trousers

I've now made 9 tees, so lots of options to go with those white trousers.
There's a part of my brain saying.... so make a 10th one for a nice round number. What do you think?

Friday, 1 August 2014

Union Jack Tee shirt

I bought this fabric from a lovely chap on the Monday market, only a few weeks ago, and it was my destressor after a tough week at work.
The Union Jack flags are printed diagonally on the fabric, making it pretty wild. I decided to make no attempt at all to try and match the pattern, and just made sure everything was on grain.
Its come out pretty funky I have to say and it will have to be the right occasion to wear it!
Perhaps with dark denim jeans and my rather lovely red leather jacket for a relaxed evening out.