100 sales!

I just hit 100 sales on etsy!

to celebrate I’m offering free worldwide shipping for one week with the code 100SALES  don’t hang about!

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skirt ahoy

finally. i am wearing something other than jeans!  i made myself a miette skirt – by tilly and the buttons again – recently and i LOVE it.

made from a lovely mid weight denim from plush addict with contrast pocket linings and waistband facings in a bright kokka linen print. definitely going to make another the same and then out of a different fabric sometime.

apologies for lack of links and only brief details but not a great deal of time to spare these days!

the easter egg dress

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same pattern as before – Coco by Tilly and the buttons (links in prev post). sewn on my new overlocker, which was marvellous.

fabric – loop backed sweatshirting from ebay, cost £14.50 in total! also teeny tiny ric rac from paper and string (link in sidebar) 30p per m. slight stretch in the fabric but good structure, so really suits the dress length.

GIANT POCKETS!!! were my addition  i fancied something a bit different on something so plain, so i added the optional neckline and cuffs in the pattern and cut out some sloped giant pockets, handstitched the ric rac and voila. giant pocket dress for collecting eater eggs and what not.  it’s super cosy and apart from possibly looking like a choir robe (?) i am pretty pleased.

some spring sewing

thanks to the great british sewing bee, i am sewing again!  and this time it’s actual proper clothes…

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DSCN0179pattern: coco by tilly and the buttons, who if you didn’t know, was a contestant on last year’s sewing bee. I LOVED sewing it. so much that I have fabric for at least 3 more.  it’s easy to follow, there’s an excellent online visual guide, i found it simple to adapt to my body shape, and she offers lots of tips on sewing stretch fabrics too. The tiny dress on cora was my own quick sketch-out based on the shape of the coco and her measurements.

fabrics: the stripy jersey is from ray stitch, mice jersey from kitschy coo and gold ponte roma from plush addict, altthough guthrie and ghani also stock it.  i forgot to prewash the stripes and i have lost a few inches on the length now, but i carefully washed and pressed the rest after that!

sewing details: i made the tiny dress first, which was a great chance to practice new techniques before committing to them on the big garments.  i did all the sewing on my normal machine using a jersey needle and the walking foot (oh my word, how did i not know about this thing before?! it looks like a monster but it makes my sewing great!  SOOOOO should have used it on all the quilting i’ve ever done!)  i used the stretch stitch for the seams and i top stitched in single row of stitching for the stripes and with a twin jersey needle for the mice.  I think i need to fiddle a bit more with the tension for twin needle sewing as i’m not convinced i got the optimum end result, but i don’t think anyone else would notice! there’s a tutorial for the colour block method on tilly’s blog. I just drew the seam line where i wanted it on the pattern and sliced away being careful to add seam allowances.  pattern matching? get in. totally matched those lovely stripes apart from a bit under one arm where it’s off by half a stripe. what would may and patrick say?!

verdict: very happy! off to learn how to use my new overlocker and cut pieces for a lemon yellow one, a sausage dog one and an awesome multicoloured one with external seams (well, it looks awesome in my head). then on to skirts and tops and and and…..

 

a new post

so, i’m just going to gloss over the long gap between the last post and this one…

there are many reasons why i don’t blog regularly any more, the main one being time, but also in this gap there’s been a lot of feeling rough due to pregnancy, and needing to trim life down to the bare essentials just to keep family life going.

having said that, there’s been a lot of lovely family life happening and lots of crafty bits being made and there should be a new arrival with us in about 4 weeks, news of which i will share here.

for now, i thought i’d post pictures of a beautiful shawl i’ve just finished for the baby to be wrapped in and for me to wear afterwards.  the pattern is Bridgewater by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. the yarn is BC Garn baby alpaca lace.  all details can be found on my ravelry project page.

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a finished quilt!

a long time ago i joined a quilt-along being run by jen and melanie.

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for various reasons it came to an end a little early but i carried on sewing blocks, assembling the back, sandwiching, quilting and finally binding.

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today i finished it!

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it has been thoroughly enjoyable and has given me an excuse to use some of my favourite fabrics in a project that was just for me.  it’s the biggest quilt i’ve made to date (to be honest i don’t think anything larger would go under my machine!) and measures 200x150cm

 

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so thank you jen and melanie for giving me the push and the inspiration for this. i’m incredibly pleased with it and can’t wait to get onto another one!

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say hello!

the season for me to be out and about at craft fairs is fast approaching!  i’m busy stitching away at lots of lovely things to bring with me, so if you’re around at any of the following events do come and say hello!

sunday 17 november 10-4 : stapleford craft fair (cambs)

saturday 24 november 10-5 : made-it market, guildhall, cambridge : madeitmarket.co.uk

saturday 8th december 10a.m-12 : hauxton preschool fair (cambs)

saturday 8th december 2-4p.m. : shelford school pta christmas fair (cambs)