Thursday, 19 April 2018

Yellow and Grey




This is some amazing rubberised lace that I found on my travels, it's so good because it still retains the integrity of the lace structure even though it's been soaked in rubber which makes it strong and flexible but with the appearance of the fragility of lace.  I've laid the lace over some silver linen which is pretty good stuff on its own and made a gorgeous little clutch. 


I'm working on lots of greys and yellows at the moment, always a good combination.
  I love this grey fade, perfect for the summer.


Who could resist a knit print fabric?  Well certainly not me, it's now a project bag over in the shop. 



Shetland Tweed from my travels to Shetland Wool Week last year, love a bit of pinstripe.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Ginger Jeans


I made myself a pair of Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns.  
These are my muslin, (practice), and I'm pretty pleased with them.


The denim needs a bit of stretch, 
I got three to try from The Fancy Silk Store and started off with my least favourite.


These are the high-rise version and so comfy.


The reason most people make clothes is not because of cost - it could be - but more likely because of fit.  I've spent years in badly fitting jeans, big thighs,  big hip bones but proportionally smaller waist does not tally with the majority of jeans around at the moment, skinny leg and low-rise.


These were a lot easier to make than I expected.


At times I did have to suspend my practical thinking and experience and just go with the instruction book and of course it worked.


I was chuffed with my zip insertion.


The pockets meet up at the zip which gives an altogether smoother silhouette.


Top stitching is much easier with something under your machine foot when you get to a bulky seam and of course I hammered a lot of my bulk before I started.


Fly before it was unpicked and revealed.


I made serious notes, it's a lot easier with two sewing machines, one set up for top stitching.


My pocket idea was a serene swan leaving a Hokusai style wave in it's wake.  I could have executed the pocket design better but I was impatient to get them on and I think they'll do for a first attempt.


Sunday, 8 April 2018

Monster Totes



A bit of sun at last,  I've been busy in the studio with a few totes.




Can't beat a good bit of vintage Sanderson.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Lincrusta Tyvek



Although it goes completely against the grain I do love a bit of tyvek.  
Light but strong and I found this lincrusta/moulded/blown type, what's not to like?


Perfect for pouches.


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Sapporo Coat



I made up a Sapporo Coat from Papercut Patterns.  Harris Tweed that I got in Glasgow a few years ago - my rucksack was so full of fabric I tipped myself over looking in the sale bin!  I contrasted with a biscuit coloured pure wool and lined it with silk I got the last time I was in Como.


It was a bagged lining.  The pattern itself was very straightforward and I only changed the sleeve/cuff, it's supposed to be a double thickness of the main fabric but I thought it would be too heavy so I used the silk instead and I also changed the way the sleeve and body joined.


My assistant had a trim and was feeling the cold so we knocked up a little cashmere sweater en-route.


So many colours in the Harris Tweed.


I was disappointed with the finished article at first, it's a bit dull for me and then my harshest critic, Miss Belle,  said, "Ooh that's too drab for you" and on closer inspection, "Drab on the outside, jazzy on the inside",  I think that says it all!


On point.


A sprinkling of snow for the debut.  The hat is 16 Sixteen Cable Hat.


Very roomy.


Love those pockets.


It was this big!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Grainline Studio



I have ventured further with the stretch knits and made a t-shirt completely on my overlocker, that fourth needle has never been in before.  I was very excited about it, everyone else in my house couldn't understand my jubilation over an ordinary t-shirt!  Grain line Studio Linden again.

 

I got some fab sweat shirting from the Fancy Silk store and made a long sleeved version size 12 but decided it was far too big, so I cut it down to a size 8 and it was alright but has been stolen by another member of my household,  I have replenished my fabric and I'm going to do the 10 which should be just right.  This is a short sleeve version from the original leftovers with neon orange side pockets.


Grainline Studio again, this was my muslin for my Farrow, it's now gone to live with a friend.


I made one up in a teal corduroy, the only problem is the nap makes it very hard to get a coat or cardigan on on top of it,  lesson learned.


Now I'd got the Farrow sussed next up was a version in Brushed Japanese Linen from The Cloth House.  I was obviously having a good day when I bought this fabric because I got three metres which is unheard of for me, but it meant that for once I had plenty of yardage and I even cut the pieces all going in the same direction, very extravagant but I will use up the excess.


I took myself off to the Big Smoke at the weekend, this is the Sapporo Coat from Papercut Patterns, I tried it on at Raystitch - teal Farrow underneath - this is next on my to do list.


I also popped into The Cloth House and discovered many delights, obviously!  The reason for my trip was actually to take a class with the super duper talented Olgajazzy, she was teaching her Kune-Kune class - this was my christmas knit - but I took her brand spanking new Ten-Ten.  I am in awe of her.


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Welsh Tapestry and Manx Loaghtan Tweed






While I was snowed in I was busy in my studio with my favourite Welsh Tapestry.



I love the very bright brights!


I managed to make a Manx Loaghtan Tweed pouch from the offcuts of my dress,  this primitive sheep the Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list. 


Monday, 5 March 2018

Snow Trapeze



It's been a little bit snowy here, fortunately I have had the blankety loveliness of my newly made Trapeze dress to keep me toasty.


I bought some Manx Loaghtan tweed at Woolfest  a couple of years ago with the intention of making a trapeze but it's taken me this long to get around to it and I was sweating on getting it out of the yardage I had.


I just managed to squeeze out what I wanted, the tweed is divine 


and after a couple of tweaks  I've worn it a lot.


I  took advantage of the snow to have a go at cleaning my wool doormat, apparently it's a thing.


It stays on the line to get chilly while I beavered away in the warm.


We all had a snow day and I  decided to do a bit of acid dyeing, I hadn't tried it before but I will be doing more.


This is to show the clear 'exhausted' water.


I had about 2000m of Shetland, the bright blue is lambswool and cotswold which was an early spinning attempt, a bit of Shetland singles, Cotswold and the two tone is  lambswool and linen.


I've been double jumpered and wrist-warmered up and wearing my latest knit, Pink Memories by 
Isabell Kraemer in a local yarn, Shropshire 1512 from Ewe & Ply.