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

My Final Makes Of Me Made May

Life has been heavy the past few days, my mind caught up in worry and stress. So, I did not have the mental energy to appreciates many of my makes. But I shall share what I’ve got nevertheless.

Day 24: Cardamom Shirring

I mentioned I got the hang of shirring in my last post and this is the result. It’s my first attempt at shirring a garment and I am so happy with it. I had to unpick a couple of rows as I forgot to lengthen the stitch or had the needle in the wrong position. Once I got the hang of it the bodice came together beautifully. I highly recommend using shirring. I have a brother machine with a top loading bobbin, most of the tutorials assume a side loading bobbin which recommend a low tension for the top stitch and high tension for the bobbin. I don’t have the ability to change the bobbin tension on my machine so I got a bit muddled. As soon as I followed the Brother instructions on their website it worked like a charm.

Day 25: Moneta Dress

I made this dress recently, I wrote a post in April, Moneta In The Sun. The subtle metallic sheen in the fabric really makes this dress something special. I’m drawn to prints with faces or figures. I’m not sure what it is but many of my recent purchases have depicted images of women. This design has a wonderful energy to it. Shame it was the last lot from Crafty Sew & So.

Day 30: Joni Dress

This is a real treat to wear. Only finished yesterday and I couldn’t wait to swish about in the garden. The finishing of the neckline really bugged me on the first Joni I made. the fabric stretched about the twist so i had to add elastic, also the binding was way to thick and heavy and the top stitching just didn’t work well through all that fabric. This time I added binding to the lower section and the front part of the neckband before I twisting the top. All my seams are beautifully hidden and the jersey won’t have a chance at stretching out. I’m delighted with the result. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the finishing I still adore Tilly’s book, Stretch. I made the fluttery sleeves from her tutorial and it was a lot easier than I thought, i’m very much looking forward to altering more sleeves from various patterns to recreate this look.

Thanks for reading. I’ve really enjoyed this month of makes. It’s good to have a thing to do everyday during this time. I’ll try and stick to weekly posts on what I’ve made. It’s gratifying to look back on what I’ve achieved.


Stay safe, stay kind, stay home if you can

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.

May Is Here And I’ve Got New Makes

I’m getting over a chest infection so the start of ‘Me Made May’ passed me by. I’m jumping on the bandwagon a few days late. For those of you who don’t know MMMay is an annual endeavour in which sewers make an effort to wear and love their handmade clothes. I’m planning to wear at least one make every day. I’ll post my outfits here, though it’ll probably be a weekly thing as I’m far from organised.

I’ve made a ton of clothes since last year and am really looking forward to showing them off this May.  It’s all about comfy and cool today so I’m wearing a bit of an oldie; a simple bias cut cotton Tee with lace trim. I’ve paired it with ready-to-wear shorts

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Today I felt fresh air for the first time in about a week. The cats were delighted to see me and my husband in the garden.

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That is one spoilt pussycat. My other cat came to play too but she’s a little camera shy.

Thanks for reading  x

My Trip To The Handmade Fair

I have been ill for what seems like forever, with a mixture of asthma, an irritating head cold and perhaps the beginnings of a chest infection I’ve been feeling rotten for over a month. With my box of tissues and copious cold and flu meds, I donned my latest make and headed bravely to The Handmade Fair. I had an absolutely wonderful day with the ladies from Crafty Sew & So.

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Sarah and I did a little bit of watercolour painting in the morning. The tutor, Harriet de Winton, was fantastic. I’m so happy with my little floral wreath.  Roses were super hard!

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The temptation to buy was overwhelming! I managed to reign it in and came home with two purchases.  An adorable little unicorn necklace from Jazzy Menagerie and a foxy notebook from Miss Meaney’s.

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So much fun, now to sleep for a day or two.

Thanks for reading  x

A Snuggly Present

It was my nieces second birthday yesterday. She was a bundle of excitement. Each time a new person she knew came through the door she would give a bright surprised smile followed by a delighted squeal. Each present received with a careful and serious ooo (thank you). 

I ordered her a couple of books, though far too late to arrive on time. As it was I ended up whipping together a cute snuggly blanket the night before.

She’d had a visit to the shop (Crafty Sew and So) a couple of days ago and straight away lunged at a gorgeous sparkly princess fabric. 

I cut a rough metre square embroidered her name and backed it with a super soft dimple fleece. Because I didn’t have much time I placed the peices right sides together and speedily stitched them together instead of using bias binding. 

She was delighted and pointed to the princesses, as she’d done in the store. Instead of snuggling up with the blanket she decided it was far more fun to wave it around like a parachute. Everything is a toy when you are two.

My Makes…

Things are not perfect. However, I am now able to gather enough focus and energy to write this post. Last time I wrote about obsessively making things in order to avoid negative thoughts. I’m not quite comfortable having photos taken, that will have to wait for later posts.

This is the first time I ever worked with viscose. My advice. Start simple. Although this top is not complex there are a few fiddly bits, such as the collar and pocket, which were a nightmare with the slippery fabric.  It didn’t help that I decided to add cotton to the collar. although it added stability, it was difficult to piece the cotton and viscose together.

I made sleep shorts next, using a pattern from one of the Crafty Sew & So Workshops. I managed to complete the shorts in less than four hours. Essentially, I copied a pair of Pj bottoms I brought from gap a few  years ago. The little tab and button create a nice cuff.

I was on a roll. Having a bit of viscose left over I made the shorts from Tilly and the Buttons Fifi set. they came together in no time, so I added a tiny pompom trim.The band was so thin, apply the trim probably took more time than making the shorts.

My next project is the Alder Dress from Grainline. I’m really looking forward to using the ditsy flower print. Just to add a bit of interest, and because I’m falling in love with viscose, I will make the yoke out of a dark navy viscose.

 

 

I’m exhausted now. Time to crawl under a blanket and ignore the world.

 

 

Mollie Makes And Experimenting With Patterns​

Yesterday I ran a charity day for Wrap Pyjama Fairies. Together with managed to make eight pairs of pyjamas for kids who are having treatment in hospital. It was fantastic but absolutely manic!  The heat did not help!

Here we all are after a very busy, fun, day! If you want to find out more check out Crafty Sew & So’s blog.

Today I made the free gift from Mollie Makes and paired it with a white cotton tank top I made a couple of days ago.

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I only had a metre of fabric and using the tiny pocket tank pattern from Grainline needs a bit over a metre. I decided to experiment. I couldn’t fit the back piece on the fold so cut two individual pieces. To add the inch or so to the back, I used one of my husband’s old shirts. I cut a straight strip and attached the raw edges before doing anything else.

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I Made Ten Items of Clothing

I survived the day, although it is not quite over with yet.  it’s been a bit of a challenging time for me recently so I thought I would engage in a little counting of my accomplishments. After all, that is what I started this blog. At the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to create one item of clothing a month. I have happily surpassed it. Me Made May has helped me realise how many clothes I’ve actually made.

I am very proud to say I have now completed more than ten items of clothing.

In chronological order

One: The 50’s Style Skirt

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I made this at a workshop, not long after Crafty Sew & So opened in September. There’s a zip along the side seam, I haven’t inserted a zip since! I’m planning on added a pocket to the other side seam.  I picked up the mid-weight cotton from Leicester Market.

Two: The Unicorn Top

 

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This is the first item of clothing I made on my own, it’s a really simple Victory Pattern called Roxette. I love the detail in the collar. I want to make it again in a floaty material, maybe viscose. I picked up  the material and pattern from Crafty Sew & So.

Three and Four: The Cat’s Pyjamas

 

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Number three and four, my gorgeous set of Fifi Pj’s from Tilly and the buttons.I seriously messed up with this set, they look cute but I ended up stretching the seams as I put the panels the wrong way round about three times. I also need to replace the elastic on the shorts as they’re pretty loose. I very much want to make another set of these which I can actually make. Again the fabric and pattern were from Crafty Sew & So

Five: The First Foray into Jersey

 

 

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This was my very first attempt at sewing with jersey, It worked out pretty well, the fabric is lovely and soft. I used Tiny Pocket Tank pattern from Grainline Studio, Sarah helped me add a bust adjustment so it fits perfectly. Once again material and pattern from Crafty Sew & So.

Six: The Second Take

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My second attempt at the Fifi Pj top went much better. The fit is so much better. Because I had to undo the french seams so many times last time I decided to use normal seams this time. It was a lot quicker and required very little unpicking.  I was brave and wore it as a day top. The swallow print cotton was is from Crafty Sew & So.

Seven: The Dottie Angel Frock

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I am very proud of this dress. I have worn it a lot, though can’t seem to find a picture of me wearing it. The delightfully named pattern is Dottie Angel Frock from Simplicity, New Look. I saw it in Mollie makes and grabbed it in the sale online. It was a bit of a shock to go from the nicely laid out and clear independent patterns to the convoluted and quite frankly confusing layout of New Look pattern.  After playing around a lot with masses of bias binding I created my first dress. I added some pretty embroidery around the neckline and the joining line. I decided to make it just that little bit harder for myself and add pockets. It was simple enough but one is slightly smaller than the other.   The polka-dot cotton is from Crafty and Pattern from Simplicity.

Eight:  The Geometric Tank Top

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I was very confident when I started making this top as the first Tiny Pocket Tank went very well. However, my impatience was my downfall.  This jersey was a lot lighter and slinkier than the first tank top, I attempted to use my normal needle and got into a bit of a mess. I also ran out of black thread and only had white. I attempted to continue nonetheless and had to unpick this very fiddly fabric. I brought jersey needles and black threads and forced myself to sit down and finish the top. It feels luxurious to wear. Though I did manage to stretch the neckline a little so normally wear it with a vest top.  Jersey needles, black thread, fabric and pattern all from Crafty.

Nine: The Denim Angel Frock

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I found my second attempt at this dress a lot easier, though I did manage to lose the second page of instructions so had to make it by memory. I’ve made the dress a lot shorter for the summer, just above the knee. I think the beautiful big pockets make a great focal point. I picked up the stage print from a gorgeous shop in Lutterworth called Sew Charming.   I made some envelope cushion covers with the cotton a little while back and had enough left over for the pockets. The denim was from Crafty.

Ten: The Coco Top

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This is me very very excited about having made my tenth item of clothing. It’s made from a lovely soft ponte roma jersey. It’s another pattern from Tilly and the Buttons called Coco and i absolutely love it. There are loads of variations, dress length, three-quarter legnth sleeves, cowl neck and sleeve cuffs.  I have so many plans. I made this in a workshop at crafty, it was almost exclusively done on the overlocker!

 

Whilst writing this I realised I made another top a little while ago. I liked the last photo so much I decided to make the next one a bonus.

Bonus: The Great British Sewing Bee Challenge

 

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This is my version of the GBSB bias top challenge. We received a copy of the latest book at Crafty and made our own little challange. I used the lace as a focal point as i didn’t have the chevron effect of the stripes.  If you want to see our review of the book, From Stitch to Style, check out the lastest Crafty Sew & So post.