Capering through the month!

Firstly, apologies for the random post about my step count the other day – I’d been trying to make something else work and thought it hadn’t, but it had, kinda… sorry!!! (and how I wish the step count had been something impressive!)

So… we are the end of August. Wowee this year is speeding by huh! I still have many things to blog about, but I assure you that I haven’t had time to be blogging as I have been sewing. Like a busy sewing thing!

But there were the monthly challenges that I need to blog about before the month ends (I’m hoping it will be ok to put up the photos of my Sew Weekly Reunion outfit tomorrow… it will still be August in the rest of the world – one good thing about living in NZ!

So today, as promised is my Peppermint Capelet, made for the first Monthly Stitch Challenge. This is a free pattern from Peppermint Magazine  and it super easy to make. I’d fallen in love with burgandy fur I’d found on the last day of the Fabric Warehouse sale and paired with some silk satin lining, is the most glamorous thing I have ever made. It just feels amazing – let alone how good it looks.


This was quick to cut out – I just traced the pattern on the back of the fur and cut it out with my rotary cutter. The cutting was easy – the cleaning up however…!

pattern piece

mess everywhere...

mess everywhere…

I did trim the edges of the fur to make it easier to sew, and someone told me that you can use hairspray on the edges to reduce the mess. I will try this next time as I have so much fabric left I plan to make a teddy bear out of it – its just to stroke-able to throw away!!!

Even with being lined the construction of this is so easy there’s not much to say 🙂  great instructions that I followed til I got to the binding and then I made it up. Its fastened with a diamante button and now its all ready to wear to a night at the opera!



The one issue I found was that the lining was a bit big and peeped over the front… I found the same with a jacket I made this month and I wonder if there’s something I’m doing wrong. I fixed this one by kinda pleating it in the inside… its not perfect but not really noticeable and will do fine.


For lots of other capes, check out The Monthly Stitch blog for inspiration!

So folks… til tomorrow!! have a great weekend


Challenges everywhere I turn!

There’s plenty going on in the blogosphere at the moment. I’m in the middle of a couple of challenges.

Firstly The Monthly Stitch. A group of talented ladies set this up and it will have monthly themes to sew along with and share. The first months theme is Capes, and September’s theme will be Vintage.

Now I have to be honest and say when this month’s challenge was announced I wasn’t the least bit interested. I have so many things on my list to make and a cape wasn’t on it. I couldn’t see where I’d wear it so I just thought I’d join in next month. But after a few posts extolling the virtues of the cape designs that are out there I got sucked into thinking maybe… and then on Sunday I found my fabric and I was sold! I shall be making the Peppermint Magazine Capelet in Burgandy fur. Hmmm. Mr T is not impressed to be honest. He assures me its the colour he’s not too fond of, but to be honest as soon as I stroked this fur fabric I was sold. It is just glorious, so soft and luscious. I brought it straight away and I haven’t stopped stroking it yet!! (The cats are fans too).



The other challenge for this month is the Sew Weekly Reunion. Being new to blogging I hadn’t come across this group before, but after a pause in their challenges, the ladies have come back for a reunion. Those of us who are sewing along have til the 1st September to upload a photo of our new outfits based on the theme. Which is an interesting one – the Pantone Fashion Colors of Fall 2013. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a seasonal Pantone guide, but there you go.

pantonecolorsfall20131 So we base our garments on the colours and see what everyone else comes up with – love this idea! I am thinking a burgundy skirt and either a grey or blue top of some sort… and maybe a burgandy capelet to finish it off!

Who else is sewing along for a challenge this month? What are you up to? How is it all going…?

My latest pretty – all done!

After 2 years of work, and 4 months waiting to take it to the framing shop, my latest cross stitch is all done!!!

Hes watching you,,,

This is the Guardian Dragon kit from Bucilla. Every box is stitched (no blank white patches for this fella!) and it took forever 🙂  But he now sits in pride of place in the hallway and I love it!

Isn’t it great that we get to make all these pretty things…




Calm before the storm…

Thanks for the comments on yesterdays post – I see I am not the only messy sewer out there! I am so lucky to have a sewing room all to myself – and I make the most of it.

As promised the room is now tidy. Until I start my next project. Which is already sitting on my cutting table!


it won't look like this for long!

it won’t look like this for long!

On another note completely, I went through my mum’s sewing pattern stash tonight – look at all the pretties!!

Not that I need any more...So long folks – see you soon!

A Messy Creative type….

hi all,

I have been super busy and have several items to blog – on another day!

In the meantime this will be a quick post about how I do things. Namely the messes I make mid-project.

I admire sewers that keep everything tidy as they work. While I am making something my sewing room looks like this…

total chaos!

total chaos!

One corner of the disaster zone...

One corner of the disaster zone…

I can find things... noone else could!!!! The dark spots on the carpet are excess threads... time to vacuum!

I can find things… noone else could!!!!
The dark spots on the carpet are excess threads… time to vacuum!

I do try and clear up completely between projects – will post a photo tomorrow on what it looks like when its tidy…

What about you folks, do you operate tidy workroom – and if so, how?????!!!! In case you’re wondering the kitchen kinda looks like this when I am done too….

talk to you really soon with an actual garment – promise!