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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! 



Thursday, 19 March 2015

Hollie Hobbie Totes






Monday, 16 March 2015

Crazy Horses



I find it very easy to start a new project but a struggle to complete, these two are now ticked off the list.  I got the horse fabric in Brooklyn at Christmas and the green is my favourite Liberty.


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Women At Work and Scientific Seamstress



It's been a very dull and dusty week, on Friday I had some super dooper new lights in my studio, which meant that I had to spruce it up a bit - it is the only room in the house I have never decorated. 
 I now realise that this was because there was just so much STUFF in it, I'm still not straight.


I've re-jigged my notice boards which I am absolutely loving, I made the originals just before Louis was born so that's about 15 years ago.  I must have been out of my mind to cut this blanket up for padding, the funny thing is I don't remember the blanket at all, 
it must have been pregnancy hormones!


Miss Belle did the 6 hour danceathon on Sunday,
she did surprisingly well for a nine year old 
and she has  raised £95 so far.


She was rewarded with my latest make, a Bunny and Toadstool dress for Easter.
  I got the pattern from the Scientific Seamstress on Etsy, downloading sewing patterns is a revelation.


Monday, 2 March 2015

Friday, 27 February 2015

Sunday, 22 February 2015

So much creativity!




Yesterday my younger assistant came with me to a Beginners Knit class, she was on hand to make tea and generally assist.  We met some lovely ladies, Tracey, Alison, Cathryn, Brooke, Katie and Janet and have hopefully pushed/shoved them a little bit further along the knitting road. 
 After a business lunch I caught up with housework - never ending - while Miss Belle got out the sewing machine found a Barbie Movie - awful -  on the computer and generally had a very good time playing on her own.  I have taught her well!


Friday, 20 February 2015

Simple Antique Waxed Canvas Tote




All colours are now in the shop;
minimalist black with black stitching,
 dark brown, chestnut, cherry red and navy, all with heavy bright white linen top stitching.


Brass tone eyelets and pure cotton braided rope.
This proper waxed canvas will only get better with age.