Spring is in the air

  

The clocks have changed and the garden seems to be waking up. The sun isn’t always shining but with the daffs flowering it means that my birthday is approaching…..which of course means the need for a new dress!

Yellow isn’t a colour I would normally choose to wear myself but fell in love with this fabric when I popped into Fabricland in Portsmouth last year. 

I could just picture the design around the bottom of a 50’s style full skirted dress. The problem is how exactly am I going to do it, the design is repeated closely along the edge of the fabric

For my 1st attempt I’ve decided to iron fold lines between each dog to use as guidelines to place darts to shape the skirt. It works in my head but I’ll have to see what happens.  

That’s as far as the sewing has got for now as it was moving weekend for our second home…our little caravan😃 it’s spent the last 6months in Southsea, Portsmouth so I’ll miss the walks along the long seafront but our neighbours at our new site look friendly enough. 

  Of course I couldn’t leave Portsmouth without visiting Fabricland again (they still have some yellow poodles!) and picking up a few more bargains

 

Just icing a Christmas cake

ok I know it’s March & it’s not really a Christmas cake but I’m using up the left over packets of dried fruit, marzipan & rollout icing before they pass there best before date…I hate waste wether it be food or clothes! 

My husband says I’m a bit of a hoarder and I know I am when it comes to clothes! Even if something has a rip or is now out of style it may come in useful sometime😃

  

We all like the look & practicality of denim jeans. Having seen a picture somewhere of a patchwork rug made from jeans I started saving pairs past wearing to put to a new use. Making a patchwork enabled me to show different detail of the initial garment.  

 

I unpicked pockets, hems & seams before pressing & cutting into strips. Sewing the strips together to make squares. Covering a tatty old fabric footstool gave it a new lease of life! The denim theme didn’t stop there, left over bits were added to cushion covers too. Just waiting for the next old jeans to make some more😃 

 

I’ve always liked waistcoats so I’ve had to make some of those too! A denim one of course 

  

This is a great pattern for fitted waistcoat, love the halter neck design.

Secondly a leather one, what else can u do when a naughty dog (I’m sure you’ll hear about what he gets up to frequently on this blog) rips  your favourite jacket…well you chop the ripped bits off, make some darts, bind the edges….. 

and keep the sleeves just incase you can make something else out of them! 

Now where’s that Christmas cake…. 

 

Mother’s Day relaxation. 

After a number of busy weekends it was lovely to have a few peaceful hours on Mother’s Day  for a spot of guilt free sewing…well it’s not allowed to do housework on that day is it! 

Im a bit of an impatient sewer so wanted something that I could make & wear asap. The free pattern in issue 11 of Love Sewing was the perfect answer.  

 

A lovely classic little shaped jacket that I had the perfect piece of wool mix fabric for. It had been patiently waiting in my fabric stash for years & now was its time to show off its true colour. 

The plan for an unlined jacket changed once I started working, bit of an itchy feel😞. A lining with a bit of a wow needed. 

After attaching and under stitching the hemline of the back section and sleeves at cuff, I worked with the main fabric and and lining as if they were one piece.  

 

Voila! Loving the finished project. Fantastic pattern that’s quick & easy to follow. Sleeves were a dream to attach (the bit I dread most) so I’ll definitely be making more. 

Only adjustment I’d make next time is to taper the back waist in slightly

Glad I lined it as I love the flash of colour when I turn back the sleeves but if I’d have spent a bit more time thinking at the start I would have done a separate lining so seam finishings would have been hidden….as I said impatient sewer! 

   

     

Something new

So me writing a blog. Something new that I’m not sure if I’m doing right yet.

Tried a few new things over the last couple of years; surfing, sailing, running, festival going…. but it’s my hobby of sewing that I have returned to repeatedly so that’s mainly what I’m hoping to write about though I’m sure I won’t be able to resist mentioning what else I try or where I go!

Hopefully writing this blog will give me a diary of my makes, remind me what has gone well, help me learn from my mistakes and set myself new challenges. If along the way I can inspire others to be creative , try something different or even just make them smile then that’s even better😃