Pouf or Cat Bed?

I am ever so happy with my Closet Core Pouf, as is my cat Theo. He is ever so grumpy with my when it’s time to add more fabric to the inner.

This was not a quick make, though could very easily be made so, all you’d need to do is use a full circle for the top and use a solid strip of fabric around the sides, though I did enjoy matching different odds and ends from previous projects. The piping is also optional but I like the professional finish it gives.

I am not the most precise sewer and somehow ended up needing to add a panel to the top and side for it to fit together properly. It’s just a bit bigger. This project is perfect for anyone who hates throwing away fabric, you can also put old clothes in there if they are too scruffy for the charity shop. This is maybe a year’s worth in there. I’ll be making another one in the not too distant future.

I finished my Flint culottes just in time to get a few wears out of them. Autumn has well and truly set in now and they will be packed away until spring.

Flint are the make I can sew time and time again, be it linen, crepe, cotton or viscose I am never being disappointed. I made these with a lovely cotton lawn, measuring them up to hang around the knee. There’s a fairly thick hem and two large brass buttons that you can’t make out on these images.

I’ve got a few projects on the go at the minute, with no images of any of them yet!

Simplicity 1950’s Jacket 1319: I’ve been working on the vintage jacket for over year, it seems I’ve been spoiled with independent patterns as the instructions from simplicity confused me a lot.

Simply Sewing The Audrey Dress: This was a free pattern from Simply Sewing which happens to fit me perfectly, I’m working on a fully lined version as I’ll be using some gorgeous Broderie Analgise.

Deer and Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit: I’ve cut out the fabric but may wait until I’ve got my overlocker back to sew it together. I feel like the pattern would benefit from an sturdy overlocking stitch.

Crafty Sew & So PJ Bottoms: I shall whip this one up in no time, Crafty Sent me some beautiful lemon cotton to make a sample set for the shop. I love this make as it’s nice and simple to put together and very comfy to wear.

Thanks for reading and wish me luck! I promise not to start another project until I’ve finished at least two of these.

The Range Backpack

I have been desperate to share this for some time, now my little sisters birthday has passed I can at last. The Range Backpack from Noodlehead. It’s the first complex bag I made on my own. I’ve created a few totes, shopping bags before but this one had so many more pattern pieces! I actually made a matching Carry All Bag from Crafty Sew & So but forgot to take a photo! To be perfectly honest I was thinking I would never make a bag again by the time I cut out and interfaced all the pieces. However, when I got to the sewing I was absolutely in love with the process.

The fabric was a mix of Ankara wax fabric from Dovetailed London and quilting cotton from Crafty Sew & So (i mention Crafty a lot in this post, full disclosure I do volunteer with those lovely ladies though none of what I’m writing is sponsored). Everything is interfaced! The waxed cotton with mid-weight fusible interfacing and the lining with light weight fusible interfacing. I decided to make things difficult for myself by adding Bosal In-R-Form single sided fusible foam to the contrast base and back panel. I’m glad I did because it gave the backpack a sturdy and professional feel, though I did break a needle and bend pins whilst sewing the two foam pieces together. Top-stitching was a delight for this project and truly makes the bag unique. Quilting the back panel with different colours was super fun. I recommend buying a couple of reels of high quality thread for top-stitching as you’ll be going through a fair few layers. Despite the time it took the bag was simple to put together with clear instructions. I assumed it would be difficult using the hardware but the directions took me through it step by step, the adjustable straps look so professional!

My sister was very happy with the result! I had just enough fabric to create a face mask, this is the 3D mask pattern, Crafty Sew & So have a pattern with written instructions and video tutorial by Marie of Stitch Odyssey. This is my favourite mask to make and wear, even better than the fitted one I mentioned in a previous post. the way the mask is designed ensures it stays put even when talking, yawning etc. Personally I add fusible interfacing to the main pieces as it give the mask a bit more structure and keeps the fabric from being pulled in by a sharp breath. the other benefit of this design is the small amount of fabric required, an excellent scrap buster and super quick make

I’ve a few more makes on the go, including more masks a pair of Flint culottes and Closet Core Pouf to make use of all those fabric scraps.

Thanks for reading folx, stay safe if you can

Me Made May Week Two

Another Week of Makes for you all. still trying to keep to the pledge of appriciate one make everyday.

Day Eight: Coasters!

So on day seven I had a frustrating time trying to figure out how to use shirring elastic. I think it’s something to do with the top loading bobbin. So after over an hour and a lot of wasted elastic I gave up. I shall be asking some sewing friends for advice. I gave up and decided to make a couple of super simple coasters instead. Got to love a bit of top-stitching. I’ve made a pair of pj’s in this fabric so will pop it on my bedside so I match.

Day Nine: Pj Shorts

Super comfortable shorts. I actually wore these and a tank for most of the day as i was sewing up a top and wanted to be able to pop it on for fit. I made these with Seersucker so they are really light weight and worked perfectly for a sunny day. I actually added a cute little turn-up with a button but it seems to have vanished in the bright light.

Day Eleven: Mathide top

Now you may have noticed that I missed day ten. I suffered with a mini migraine. there was nothing mini about the pain but by some luck it only lasted around seven hours. My average attack lasts at least two days. I didn’t use to suffer too much but recently it’s been more of a problem. Anyway onto my make. Its a Tilly and the Buttons Pattern which is actually out of print now. I’ve made it a couple of times but this viscose version is my favourite, it works best in a very lightweight fabric. I have to adjust the neckline a little but the basic pattern works pretty well. This month is me want to dig out my older patterns.

Day Twelve: Fabric Basket

A handy little fabric basket made from some pastel tie dyed calico. Not much to say about this make. I just love the colours. Ive got a zipped make up bag somewhere made from the same fabrics. If your interested in the pattern check out the kits from Crafty Sew & So (full disclosure I volunteer with them)

Day Thirteen: Camas Blouse

This fabric is drapes beautifully with a little bit of stretch. The Camas from Thread Theory has a the look of a smart blouse but comes together very quickly. There’s no collar and you can have faux buttons and simply slip it over your head. The mustard top stitching was actually a happy accident, I ran out of red thread. I think Ive made four of them at this point.

Day Fourteen: Simple Tank

More of my face. I’d crop it out but then it would just be a shot of my bust so…no. I do not remember the pattern. This one of my very first garments, it’s lasted well. I’m working on a sweet cotton tank this week. Hopefully it will be finished by the end of next week.

Thanks for reading, stay safe, stay kind, stay home if you can.

Three Blue Jumpers

So it’s been a while. one day I’ll start a post without saying that. It only took a viral pandemic would get me back to blogging here. I shan’t be dwelling on Covid 19 here. There are plenty of thoughts on the matter over on my other page, Today I Wrote. I hope to start a new schedule of posting here once a week. One of the things that prevents me from doing this is the lack of photos. Routine is the key, take photos on a makes on a wednesday, take photos on a thursday and post on a friday? It’ll probably change as I figure things out in our new world of social distancing.

On to the Makes. Blue is the colour for me right now. In fact my last three makes have been blue jumpers. The first was a Southbank Sweater by Nina Lee, out of some lovely fleeceback jersey. I don’t have a full photo of it but here’s a little gif I made of me and my little sister before the outbreak.

The next is a super cute Fraser Sweatshirt by Sewaholic, I had a little bit left of the faces jersey after making my best friend a Christmas present. This combined with the remaining fabric from my Southbank made a real cosy and comfy jumper. I got the fabric from Crafty Sew & So. Freya, one of the owners took this photo. My expression is a little manic but I’m happy so who cares.

The final make is an Agnes from Tilly and the Buttons, made with a sumptuously soft japanese jersey, again from Crafty Sew & So. Perhaps not technically a jumper but close enough. It’s so nice to wear, my own secret pj top. There are a few other colours available, I may well make myself a whole set.

As the weather is warming maybe my obsession with making jumpers will ease off. I have few things planned for the week. A cute Moneta from this single jersey. Yes! It is from Crafty. I tend to get most of my fabric from them. I volunteer in the shop and just adore the fabrics they choose. As they are still open as an online store I ordered this amazing Frida Kahlo Canvas.

It’s hard not having that regular contact due to social distancing. Handily Sarah will be hosting a facebook live Sew-along to make a headband for NHS workers at 8.30 GMT tonight. Very much looking forward to it.

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Thanks for reading, please stay safe, be kind to yourself and others.

The Dressmakers Ball

I had an absolutely amazing time at The Dressmakers Ball. For those of you who don’t know, The Dressmakers Ball is a fantastic event in which we can don our finery and dance the night away with fellow sewists.

This year, having a lot more experience with dressmaking I decided to go all out on my outfit. There were times when I regretted this. Particularly when I was tearing my hair out trying to figure out what strange maths I’d done in order to fit the waistband. However the final result was well worth it. I could not have been happier with my outfit. I was a little nervous because the plunging neckline was more than a little revealing but with the help of some body tape and many friends keeping an eye out there were no embarrassing moments.

My outfit consisted of 3 patterns the Magnolia from Deer & Doe, the Posy Pants from Rebecca Page and I added splits to the trousers from named’s Breaking the Pattern.

The night was such an ego-boost I got so many compliments, my Instagram and Facebook account were blowing up with likes and comments. It was truly affirming getting such positive feedback from something I worked so hard on. In fact it’s part of the reason I’ve come back to this blog.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll know I struggle with mental health issues. The original motivation of this blog was to help me recognise those positive things in my life and celebrate my achievements. I have recently gone back into therapy for my eating disorder and things have been very very difficult, changing behaviours is exceptionally hard and brings back all sorts of negative feelings and low self-esteem. There are times when I feel utterly useless and find it impossible to change my behaviours. The sewing community is such a positive welcoming and friendly environment that only good can come from sharing my makes alonside my doubts and fears.

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ll be writing again soon watch this space….

My MMMay And Fun At The Handmade Fair

MMMay is going well so far! having fun pairing ready to wear and handmade. I had an amazing time at The Handmade Fair Yesterday. The amount of creativity and talent there was overwhelming.  My mum and I attended a Craftiosity Workshop. We made a really cute handbound notebook!

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Day Two of MMMay: Enjoying the Sunshine on Tuesday morning and giving those plants a good water. I’m wearing A Dottie Angel Frock (Simplicity 1080) made from lightweight denim and Dashwood Gold Twist cotton, both from Crafty Sew & So. I made pockets from some scraps, I just love those cute little deer.

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Day Three: Bus stop selfie. I’m heading to the shop for the first time since my chest infection. I’m ready for a day of prepping for The Handmade Fair. I’m rocking the double denim look with jeans and jacket. My handmade item is the burnout jersey tank. This is a great free pattern from Itch to Stitch. I live in tank tops through the summer and will be making a lot more! I got the fabric at a bargain price from a Girl Charlee Sale!

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Day Four: Sorry about the blurry photo. On Thursday I headed to my sisters GCSE art exhibition in my full circle skirt and ready to wear embellished tank. I cut an impressive silhouette with skirt billowing in the wind. The Fabric is Rose and Hubble but I cannot remember where I got it from.  By Hand London have a fantastic calculator to create a circle skirt.

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Day Five: The day of The Handmade Fair. Layers were the priority, top, cardi, jacket and scarf! Even though it wasn’t cold the wind was blasting and caused quite the chill. My top is Roxanne from Victory Patterns. The collar is super cute and easy to make.

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I visited the girls from Crafty, as you can see I am very excited about my purchases, these adorable embroidery patterns are from Hawthorn Handmade. 

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Another indulgence was this cake in a jar from Cake Up North. As soon as I got home I got into my pj’s snuggled up on the sofa and grabbed a spoon. I’ll be posting again to show off my beautiful handbound notebook and other bounties.