Sunday Sevens 24 

With the events that have been happening so close to home over the past weeks it shows how precious life is.  The pic above is the beautiful sky above the Thames in Surrey last night. Less than an hour later the terrible events further up the river changed so many lives forever. 

We can’t let the bad few rule the love and compassion of the many. So many of the emergency services & members of the public have shown so much courage. 

I have chosen that I need to try to carry on as normal so here’s my Sunday Seven 

We have been making changes at our salon so our retail area now stocks lots of jewellery & displays a few items of the fashion range from a neighbouring business. Hopefully in the future I’ll add some of my own makes. 

One of my clients Is an artist & invited us to a gallery open evening in Dartmouth to see her work. I loved it but forgot to take a pic☹️ I was distracted by the free wine but the theme of the exhibition was Trees. So many amazing pieces but if you would like to take a look at the work we went to see then please take a look at  Sarah‘s instagram. After the viewing we sat & ate fish & chips by the water  

We are off to Glastonbury in a few weeks & this time we are staying in a tent😱 so we thought be better test first!

The garden is looking a little overgrown at the moment but there are still some beautiful flowers 

I haven’t run since December but today felt like the day to start again. After parking & walking to Hampton Court Palace we went along the Thames Path. Mr B ran & I ran/walked for the 4 miles to Kingston. Saw this duck proudly sitting in its nest! 

Actually it wasn’t as bad as I expected…maybe that’s because I knew there was a fabric shop at the end. 

Shopping complete it was time to walk back, stopping for a selfie on Kingston Bridge. 

And back to out reward of tea & cake at the Lock Keepers Cafe. I must have walked/run the calories before I ate it mustn’t I?? 😃

Laminaria Swimsuit

A couple months ago I was excitedly given the chance to pattern test a swim suit for Seamstress Erin Designs

The new Laminaria is a fully lined one piece with various design options for the neckline, straps and inset panel. 

I have never sewn anything in swimsuit fabric so decided to go for the plain option with a v neck and halter neck strap. 

It’s a pdf pattern so you can get printing straight away! The instructions were very clear with plenty of pictures and a great description on selecting the correct size to get the perfect fit. 

Normally I’m terrible for not taking much notice of the instructions so pattern testing really makes me slow down & remember how important it is; reading each stage to make sure it’s clear for others to follow too.

I found the make straightforward and everything was going wel until I turned the elastic & topstitched in place. I used my machine stretch stitch, as I had when attaching the elastic, but this time it wasn’t playing ball😡 I had back looping everywhere. 

Not to be beaten I unpicked it all & repeated the step with a zigzag stitch instead. 

I’m really happy with my finished suit and think this pattern is a great style. It’s lower leg provides great coverage and the variations give you the option for a whole suitcase full of different swimsuits for your next holiday😂 All the pattern testers came up with fantastic examples that can also be seen on Erin’s blog. 

Having made this version it’s given me the confidence to do more. I’m no longer scared of this fabric and have 2 others planned. 

Unfortunately haven’t made it to the beach yet so no scenic photoshoot! 

Frilly Shirt

My plan for summer sewing is to try and make things that are more intermixable and adaptable. The need for this has been highlighted by the Me made May challange as I find so few of my makes really go together! I have a habit of just making random items I like the look of. 

I have a few shirt patterns in my collection so thought that would be a good start, plus if I made a little longer they could be worn as a dress or with leggings to give more looks. That’s where practical me moved over, with a visit to see Adam Ant in concert coming up  i started to see long flowing cuffs & neck frills to wear under a military style jacket. 

No I wouldn’t be wearing that on a normal working day….those cuffs would get soggy shampooing hair… so I managed to tame my thoughts! 

I decided on Simplicity 2255 view A but then added the neck frill of view C too. 

The fabric I used was a bargain that I picked up a couple years ago for £1 mtr. I’m not sure of its content but it has a nice drapy feel with soft gold finish. 

The make came together easily and I used my overlocker to do a rolled hem on the curved bottom & sleeves. 

The only change I made was to sew elastic to the inside a few inches up from the sleeve edge so it gripped the arm & gave a slight flouncy cuff. 

I wore it to the concert with shiny trousers & over knee boots but can also imagine it tucked into a pencil skirt. I think maybe I should have added just a little more length to wear as a dress so will note that for next time. 

Looks more like I’m in a performance of “singing in the rain” before we went in😃

Sunday Sevens 23

Hope your all enjoying your weekend.  It’s been a couple weeks since I last did a Sunday Sevens so here is a quick catch up with what I’ve been doing when I haven’t been working or sewing! 

A walk along the river Thames at Kingston of course included a tea stop & as we sat drinking this Heron landed on the bank just feet away from us. 

I’ve been getting back into doing lots of walking but no running at all so my Christmas pressie (from a friend😕!) of entry into a 10k was passed over to Mr B. I went along to watch him cross the finish line. 

We have had very mixed weather so on a nice day I took the chance to walk along Plymouth Hoe. 

The other days of rain have ment the rivers here are swollen with the water running off the moors. 

It was a rainy day on a day out with my mum, daughter & grandkiddies so we had to dodge the showers by going into a lovely cafe where they did a whole selection of hot chocolates & milkshakes topped with almost everything you can think of! This ones was my daughters popcorn & caramel hot chocolate 

We had to walk off a few calories so strolled around the Barbican. It had been the Pirate weekend so some tall ships were still there. 

Finally my last pic if from another Christmas Pressie. Mr B had bought me tickets to see Adam Ant in the Royal Albert Hall, a place I’d mentioned I’d love to go to. So I donned my newly made frilly shirt but decided against the white stripe across my face that I had often worn out in my teenage years!  It was a fantastic night. The venue was as grand as I’d expected & we were stood only feet away from the stage😀

Me Made May 2017 

Over the last few years I have followed those taking part in the challange but never felt I had enough me made items. If you haven’t heard about it or would also like to join in, you can find all the details here

Well this year I’m going to give it a go in an attempt to look at what I have actually got and where there are holes in my wardrobe! 

I do tend to make items randomly; things I’ve seen that I like or want for a particular outing. So with this challange I want to try bring outfits together and see what I need to make to co-ordinate with what I already have. 

 ‘I, Nicky, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear something I have made or altered/refashioned each day for the duration of May 2017’

Here’s hoping I manage to seek out all those forgotten pieces as well as my favourites to manage this. I will attempt to put a pics on instagram, sewandsnip, and do a round up on here along the way😃

Sunday Sevens 22

Sunday Sevens was started by Natalie at Threads and bobbins & in joining in again to keep a record of what I’ve been up to in between hair snipping & sewing! 

My week started with a lovely 5 mile walk along the costal path in lovely sunshine 

and through shady bluebell woods. 

I made a clip purse for a cat lover with a cute fabric of cats at the cinema, although the cats look a little anxious to me so not sure what they are watching. 

It was my birthday on Wednesday so I was woken by a singing Mr B with tea & birthday cake…I didn’t actually eat it for breakfast but was tempted! 

Rest of day was spent seeing family, with lunch & a walk along a windy Exmouth seafront. 

My children bought me a new Fitbit to keep track of all the walking I’m doing. On the next two busy days in the salon I did my 10,000 steps while working. 

I took Saturday off to have birthday trip into London. We walked around Little Venice, an area we hadn’t discovered before. There was a festival there so lots of lovely boats were open for us to take a peek. 

After walking over 9miles around the city the day was perfectly ended with a show. The school of rock was fantastic 

I think I need to relax today to get over it all!  Happy Sunday 😃

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This week I’ve been attempting a spot of very chunky knitting. The 25mm needles are a bit big for my hands! 

With Easter at the start of this week we spent our days with family. Had a lovely afternoon walking around Lukesland Gardens with my mum. 

I think we timed it just right to see it at its best, 

Then family lunch the following day. With 13 of us to feed MrB manned the BBQ. 

There was also a game of stick the tail on the bunny! 

The lovely weather has ment some beautiful sunsets. The best view from our house is leaning out the bedroom window…I’m sure the neighbours wonder what I’m up to when I’m trying to get a pic! 

My week ended with the car having a visit to the garage & an early walk for me to meet my lift to work. 

I have been sewing along the way too but it was pattern testing so no pics allowed yet😃