Look – I made a couple of things!

hello faithful readers… hasn’t it been a while!

Life had gotten away from me and Mr T and I have had a few major life changes, but I am determined to get back into documenting my makes this year – so here we are. Its nice to be back 🙂

I’ve got a couple of makes to boast about…  Firstly, check out this gorgeous mobile I made:

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This is the Woodland Mobile from LittleSoftieShop and is one of my favorite makes ever – which is saying something. You see, despite loving doing cross stitch, I HATE hand sewing.

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After some thought I’ve realised that this hatred is due to hand stitching’s tendancy to be free form – unlike those little squares on aida the only way I can get the stitches the same size is through practice, A LOT of practice and I don’t really have any patience 🙂 This lack of perfection and the amount of time hand stitching takes means its usually a No-Go for me.

So it was with trepidation I started this pattern, unsure if I was ever going to finish it. But, here’s a secret, little felt pieces are quick to make AND don’t need to be perfect – excellent!

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Each of these guys took about an hour and I was halfway through when my Grandmother asked if I was putting bells in them for extra entertainment – Nope, rats. So, half the critters and one of the logs have bells in them. (*Spoiler alert, bells and stuffing don’t mix the best, the bells don’t jingle as much as kinda thud in a jingle-ey way.)

The other change I made was to the bear. His pattern didn’t have any legs and I didn’t think it looked right, so I gave the fella legs. And a tail…

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I am so pleased with this make – the pattern was great and instructions easy. Even the “hanging” of the mobile only took me about 25 minutes.

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Of course, with the creation of a Baby mobile, you need someone to appreciate it. By far the biggest change since my last post,  was the arrival of Master T, who also is my favourite make, hands down!

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(Thanks to Charlie Horse photography for this great pic)

Two months old and this kid has taken over our lives and his Dad and I are completely smitten! So far, other than his awesome mobile, he hasn’t got any other Mum-made makes, but they are planned… along with a number of makes for me!

There’s more to come, but for now from the T family, have a great week

xx

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Seamworks Mesa on a chilly day…

The original...

The original…

The outfit to the left has spawned four clothing pieces… so far…. it comes from episode 1 of Scream the Tv series…. (yep I’m a teenager at heart!) and I just fell in love with this skirt. Totally different from anything I’ve ever worn, let alone made, but I drooled over it. And it refused to leave my mind. The website wornontv.com informs me that this skirt comes from Topshop (can’t find it of course). But I was never going to buy it was I…

Soon after this episode, Kat, fellow Wellington sewing blogger, asked if anyone wanted to pitch in for a purchase from Fabric.com? Spoiler alert – between the group we brought A LOT of fabric.

I got this one… to make a Seamworks Mesa out of… (more of this fabric soon)

Large_0395122And this Scuba knit to make my Scream tribal skirt.. (now sold out)

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When the fabric arrived however the tribal print was much bigger than I expected. How big?

Close?Hmmm… And I had more fabric than I needed to make a skirt. And as a result I just caved and made a Mesa out of it… wearable muslin yes?

IMG_5510I’ve subscribed to Seamworks since it started. Some months are great and others are a but of a miss for me, but the Mesa I like – simple cut and knit so therefore easy right?

Confession I’ve never actually made a shift dress before. I don’t actually think I’ve ever worn one. So here we have a) a new style and b) a patterned fabric and c) fabric like nothing in my wardrobe. I guess I was feeling courageous!

I was hoping to share my fantastic pattern matching with this make. I marked the pattern pieces with the stripes and when I basted it together I got perfect lines all around my body. When I pinned and stitched however it was a fail. And as this is a thick scuba knit unpicking proved un-achievable. I did try, honest, but after stabbing myself, deeply, with my trusty quick unpick/seam ripper I gave it up as a lost cause.

Other than the line matching fail, this dress went together really easily. I added 5″ to the length before cutting out, but after trying the finished garment on it looked frumpy at that length so I took 3″ off. Now of course it’s a smidgen short but it works well with tights! And given the fabric is polyester its more of a cooler wear really.

IMG_5530I like this dress. It’s way out of my comfort zone, and I get lots of comments on it whenever I’ve worn it. The only issue I have is the neckline. It looks fine, if a little bit wide, with nothing on top, but add a jacket or cardigan and it’s too big and gapes a bit

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Not impressed….

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Gape gape gape…

I’ve had this on a couple of makes lately. I’m not sure if I need to cut smaller at the neckline, or I could be stretching the neck band too much,but its also happened on woven fabrics. Others have talked about the neckline being a smidge too big so maybe its not me. Next time I make this one I will add 1″ to each shoulder and see what that does!

But I do really like this dress. I love the pattern – not so sure with the scuba knit, I noticed a slight pilling across the front today which is annoying. Maybe it doesn’t like flying foxes?

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Add a jacket and its great for work. Here’s to more work dresses in the future…

So the fabric I brought for the skirt off the tv? I made a dress. Pretty good compromise I think.

Have a great week all!

Wow… halfway through 2013

Hey Happy 1st July…

jeepers this year is racing past isn’t it. At the start of the year I had set myself the challenge of sewing 12 items in 2013. At the start of April when I started this blog I had made none. Oops.

BUT things have changed people, I am up to 7 items – over halfway!!

1) orange skirt

2) grey wool skirt

3) Watson jacket (finished!!!!)

4) my wearable muslin for the dress to wear to the wedding

5) the bed rest/leaner thing

6) black boat neck top (a bit boring so unblogged)

7) Forest friends quilt

AND I have just finished my By Hand London Charlotte skirt…  today so I’ve not blogged it yet. Soon dear reader soon.

So I think I’ve done pretty well so far. I’ve discovered the unbelievable support that is the world of Sewing Blogs, particularly the Wellington girls. I have almost doubled my fabric stash, AND my pattern stash. I can’t wait for the rest of the year, I have SOOO many things planned to make.

So thanks for reading  my blog all you lot. I really appreciate it! Hope you have a great creative and productive rest of 2013!

A big hug from me to youl!!!

A big hug from me to you!!!