My my its been fully SIX months since I last posted! I’ll fill you in on what I’ve been up to, but first I have to share my latest make.
I have been wanting a stretch velvet sweatshirt for some time. I picked up some lovely stretch velvet remnants at Abakhan and have used P4P’s Relaxed Raglan.
A loose fitting raglan top with several options. I opted for the long sleeves with cuffs and banded waist for a traditional sweatshirt shape.
I will say that stretch velvet is really hard to work with. I have used it once before but this time was much more difficult. Cutting it with scissors results in jagged edges but the real problem came with sewing it.
I had a lot of trial and error with the needles and the size of the stitches. When attaching the band and cuffs I had hours of thread snapping, error messages and worst of all SLIPPAGE.
The fabric would not stay straight and the top layer kept slipping half an inch to the side whilst I was sewing. It was very frustrating and I’ll be honest I am not in a hurry to make another garment exclusively from stretch velvet.
My advice is hand baste all your seams before you even try machine stitching them. Also test out different stitch lengths on a scrap until you find the right one. And sew slowly, impatience will not pay off here 😒
Having said all that its actually turned out beautifully and is exactly what I wanted.
So as promised lots to catch up with since I last posted. I’ll try not to waffle on so here’s a few photos to summarise the rest of my 2018.
🦎Firstly the sad news.
In August our girl Leela passed away.
We had her for 9 years so it was really tough to say goodbye. I laid her to rest beneath a pretty plant, I still miss her every day 💚 but she was loved and had a good life.
In September I went to an event for the launch of the Guilty Feminist book.
I’m a big fan of the podcast. It was a fantastic night plus I got to meet Deborah 🤩
For my birthday we went our traditional camping trip
It was a great little break at our usual site in North Wales.
We also went to see the Terracotta Warriors at Liverpool museum.
It was an amazing experience and I’m so glad we got to see them before the exhibition ended.
In October I went to see First Aid Kit. They were supported by The Staves. Both acts were stellar 😍
In November we went to visit friends in Swansea.
We took a walk in the woods.
And watched the sun set over Bracelet Bay.
We had a nice little Christmas..
And a quiet new year.
January has flown by and here we are mid February already!
And that’s me caught up 😊
Last but not least
🌼The new series of the Great British Sewing Bee starts tomorrow night on BBC2!!!! Who’s watching it? Really great to see it back!
Here’s to a happy fulfilling 2019!!