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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Stafford County Show



An incredibly busy week this week.  On Tuesday we set up our stand for the County Show and then dashed over to the Stafford Knot Spinners, Weavers and Dyers meeting.  Here is Chris modelling her Belgian Ombre Linen pinny purchased from me, but back-to-front it is so much easier to spin in.


Wednesday and Thursday were spent manning our didyoumakeityourself stall and joining in the knitterly fun with novice and experienced knitters and a few spinners.  We raised £17.50 for the Gingerbread Centre in donations from newbies.


The pink 'It's a Girl' balloon ended up in the roof!
We had many a good conversation with complete strangers, 
it was a real treat to be able to mooch about and just enjoy the creative atmosphere.


Plenty of young men learning to knit


and working hard.






Friday, 22 May 2015

Pinstripe Denim



Ploughing on with my Pinny Project!
I've got 32 made up and on my rail now.


Another 12 in various denim to go,  I loved a bit of pinstripe denim in my youth.
I am modelling what I am calling Ample - otherwise known as large.


The rail is mostly vintage embroidered linen, just need to launder again and give a crisp starch.


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Vintage Linen




Monday, 11 May 2015

More Crossover Aprons




This is my favourite, with very deep pockets.


I am a sucker for a good piece of proper linen.


Not too keen on the jowly face, must smile more!


Love the crossover back.


This waterproof fabric is ace, soft brushed cotton on the face and waterproofed on the reverse.



Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Crossover Wraparound Apron



I had been intending to make one of these for ages.  I tried out the 1940's type with tonnes of binding but what I wanted were simpler lines.  Betsy is wearing the photo-type which she loves.


I was thinking sophisticated Japanese, but of course who can resist a bit of floral.


I love this style because the weight is distributed across the shoulders and not all on the neck,
even with the deep pockets.


Burnt orange and eau-de-nil in a heavy two tone linen.


The lighter weight fabrics can be worn as day wear when no 'work' is being done
 - as if that ever happens.
I've been wearing a chocolate brown linen with red stitches.


These have all gone but I will be chained to the sewing machine this week.



Saturday, 2 May 2015

Normal Service Will Resume Shortly



We popped off for some down time


and a bit of this.


Percy got his summer hair cut!



Friday, 10 April 2015

Serious Sewing Bug



Scientific Seamstress, Sis Boom, Carolina Mae from Etsy.  Blue fabric was a charity shop find, yellow was bought for Miss Belle a couple of years ago but I stole it, hence only 2m and a bit too short!


Half a Merchant and Mills Dress Shirt, always check you have enough fabric before you start!
Feeling a bit 'Home Ec'!


Lovely Liberty birdies.


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Merchant & Mills Dress Shirt



Dress Shirt toile made from a vintage curtain, about 70 years old
 and a pure Irish linen tablecloth probably 60 years old.
I made it a bit shorter, did an inverted pleat after reading other makers blog posts
 and I changed the cuffs - like Japanese Stylish Dress Book V - because the fabric was so soft.


I can cut into my new fabric now although I think I'll be wearing this anyway, 
it feels so comfy and soft because of the years of laundering and wear.


I may have to do something with the blank space baby!


Friday, 3 April 2015

Stylish Dress Book and Merchant & Mills



Time off for good behaviour and I came up with this from the Stylish Dress Book, dress V.
Think more uber-cool Japanese style and less maternity.
Liberty needlecord with 50 year old linen and some vintage buttons that I've been dying to use.
The only mods are that I shortened it.


Good Friday is do what you like day in our house so I've started on Merchant & Mills Dress Shirt.
I'm just using an old curtain for the test run.


Found in my button box, the accumulation of many other people's button tins from charity shops etc, St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes.
I had just shrunk my favourite hand knit sweater!


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Jan's Back!




Jan had to go in for a service and I had to call in the reserves - Bernina,
 she was alright but I was glad to have Jan back and zipping through a load of up-cycled sofa leather. Leather is very easy to work with you just need a leather needle and a long stitch,  
like felt it's easy to cut and no fraying.


This batch has already gone out to a little place I sell through.


I also had some brown sofa leather that made great zipped pouches.
  They used to be couch potatoes but they've changed!


Up-cycled suede from skirts so very soft and supple with three tone zips.


One of my greatest achievements in life is mastering zips - really - I like to play around with mixing up the colours, because I can, a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing!


Up-cyled tweed jackets, sofas, handbags and skirts.


Saturday, 21 March 2015

W.I. Workshop & Audrey Hepburn All In One Day!



I was lucky enough to teach a workshop this morning for the lovely ladies of Barlaston Heron's W.I.


Some bunnies had to leave before the photo-call, but the fellas were happy to pose.




For Mothering Sunday my request was a whole day sewing with no meals to cook etc.  I made a Balenciaga inspired jacket with some unusually soft Welsh Tapestry - YAY!


There is a very clever pleat at the shoulder seam creating a balloon effect - doesn't show up on the model very well - it's very roomy at the back but not massive as it sucks back in at the hem.


The temptation to play around with the weave was just too great,
this is why I love Welsh Tapestry.


I'd had this binding in my stash for about 10 years just waiting for the right project.


Burda Vintage Autumn/Winter 2014, I was definitely channelling Audrey today!