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.

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.

Moneta In The Sun

My Moneta came together beautifully. Just in time to frolic about in the sun. Most of my cooler clothes are at my house (still undergoing renovations) and due to the pandemic it looks like I won’t be seeing them any time soon. Perfect excuse to sew up a summer wardrobe.

Both cats decided it they would help with this make. They are my ever present assistants. As with most jersey projects it came together quickly. It doesn’t hurt that this is possibly my fifth moneta. The sleeveless version has a fully lined bodice, it gives the single jersey a bit more structure and ensures a nice neat finish. The collar hides the seams and looks super cute! I believe I trimmed the lining a little more than I should have as the end result was a tiny bit snug. A lesson for next time.

My In-laws garden is a wonderful place for photos, especially as the warmer days are coming in. Whenever I wonder outside one or both of their cats follow. The cutie joining me on the left is Jenny, aka Fluffy. I feel bad that my cats can’t enjoy the sun outside, but being in a new place, it’s not worth the risk of them getting spooked and running away. Hopefully we’ll back in our house soon so they can enjoy the garden again.

I started writing this a while ago but for some reason didn’t have the motivation to post it. I’ve suffered from a series of migraines and asthma issues and am attempting to get back into a routine now. It feels as though as soon as I form structure in my day my body fails me and I have to start all over again. Fingers crossed I stay healthy for longer than a week this time.

So, Zo...': Me-Made-May 2020!

Me Made May is here again and I have made my pledge. To appreciate one of my creations everyday. This includes garments, crafty makes and any other unfinished projects I’ve been working on. The sewing bee is a great inspiration, as are the Zoom chats with my sewing buddies on thursday evenings. In my next post, health permitting, I will be showing off my new box pleat skirt and handy bedside caddy.

Stay safe, stay kind, stay home if you can

x

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.

Digital Art, You Say?

Over the past week, I have been having so much fun using Artflow Studio.  I was inspired by my sisters sketching on pro-create. After discovering it was an iPhone exclusive I tried a few recommended apps. The first one I could figure out was Artflow. It took me about a day to get used to. I paid for the full version pretty much straight away Using as many layers as possible means I don’t need to worry about messing up previous pieces.

One of the wonderful things about working digitally is the ability to keep the original and alter colourways.  I’m figuring out overlays and shading. I look forward to making more art…who knows maybe one day I’ll be able to start a piece from scratch instead of copying from previous work.

I know it has been a while since I posted here. I’m going to try updating more regularly. I’ve not stopped making, my wardrobe has transitioned to majority handmade garments. I’m currently working on a Fraser jumper from this gorgeous fleece. Lanni can be seen here helping me cut out a Stevie dress out of some Lady McElroy Viscose.

Tomorrow I shall sit at my sewing machine and crack on with more makes. Thanks for reading,

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

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.

Fun With Quilts!

Sooooo…it’s been a little manic for the past, let’s say, month? Hospital trips, holidays, a severe asthma attack, and a hen weekend. You know it’s been a lot. However, in-between the madness, I have been pretty creative.

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I am super proud of this quilt I’ve been making for my little sister. It’s a little different to a normal quilt as it’s going to be weighted. My sister has autism and she really struggles with getting to sleep. However, like me, she will sleep like a baby with a few heavy blankets. The idea is to have it at 10% your body weight plus a couple of pounds.

Craft Nectar has created an amazing tutorial with diagrams and clear instructions. My Quilt is a little different as I used a patchwork top and wadding, most tutorials recommend a single sheet of fabric with fleece backing.

When this quilt is finished I will more than likely start working on one for myself. I’m going to try and keep up with posting so watch this space…

Thanks for reading

x

 

Sometimes It’s Fine To Give Up

So the Moneta party is coming up! If you’ve not heard about it, It’s an Instagram in which we make the Moneta dress by Colette.

As happens with anything with any form of deadline or pressure (even if it’s imagined) I panicked and messed up.

And then gave up.

Previously I made a small version, it fit fine but I thought I could use a little more give around the waist.

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This time I tried the size up in a Cotton and Viscose Jersey blend. The fabric is gorgeous but unfortunately, I managed to stretch it out beyond any recognizable shape. After yelling at my sewing machine a few times and snapping several pieces of clear elastic, it was time to give up.

Next time I’m going to just stick with the smaller size and use more stable fabric. Any further rescue attempts are not worth my sanity.

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This fetching fabric caught my eye at Crafty Sew & So, I’m somewhat smitten with it. Normally I go for more of muted tone but who can resist the allure of peacock feathers? It’s a Viscose Jersey, and shouldn’t stretch too easily. If I use the Sewing Cafe at Crafty Sew & So  I can make my next Moneta on an overlocker should make things a lot simpler and quicker.

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.