Summer’s Here!

Its been utterly glorious (bar the odd rainy day) for the past month🌞🌞🌞. Rain or shine though, either is good for a day of sewing.

I’ve got a few new bits to show you. Firstly I re-made the Classic Mens Tshirt for A in a better quality fabric. It turned out great! It fits and has survived several washes. I learned a few lessons from the last one too (add extra length for one!)

How nice is that green space dye?!? We’ll just call the other one a practice tshirt eh?

Second I finally used my lovely blue stretch crushed velvet. I had dreams of making a sweatshirt out of this but didnt have enough of it. So instead I made P4P’s Cross My Heart cami. I just opted for the basic version with a v back, and without any extra decorative straps. This was because I’ve never worked with this kind of fabric before and I didnt have a surplus. I think it turned out pretty well.

Its a teeny bit too big so I might grade between two sizes next time. But it still looks nice on.

Lastly I’ve just finished my first Cocoon Cardigan. Another P4P pattern which I’ve had my eye on for a while. I chose the tunic length with 3/4 sleeves and patch pockets.

This has been a little adventure. It all went perfectly until I came to hem the sleeves. I let the iron get far too hot and melted the end of the sleeve. Cue me cutting 2 1/4 inches off each sleeve and adding cuffs to get the length back! Now cuffs are on option in this pattern but I didn’t have enough fabric to make the size required 😣 I basically made them as big as the scrap fabric would allow and hoped for the best. I’m more than happy!!

Saved!! The sleeves sit exactly where I always yank my cardi sleeves up to! And check those pockets!!

I’ve also discovered the overlock stitch on my machine. The seams on this cardi looked so messy because of the number of fabric layers but not now….

I’m definitely converted!!

Finally I went fabric shopping today. Here’s a taster….

You might spy a familiar fabric there, I couldnt resist buying some more πŸ˜‰

Til next time

Happy Crafting ❀❀❀

A patch of blue…and red

Well first I have to tell you,  I’ve finally got Miriams neckband fully cast on!
I’m doing it with a circular needle because my longest needles are made of metal and the work keeps sliding off. I really do hate metal needles.
This is my only 4mm circular otherwise I’d be using a bamboo one.

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Once the neckband is done I only need to attach the sleeves and sew up all the seams. Gosh I hope its wearable.

I managed to repair some jeans today , thanks to an idea that struck me in the middle of the night. I dug out my iron on hem tape and patched up a big hole in the thigh like so…

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I used more of the hemming tape to attach a piece of white cotton on the inside to strengthen it. I think they look pretty good! 

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I also popped a cute little heart on the back pocket but that’s just for decoration.

I don’t know how this repair will fare after washing but there’s only one way to find out! 

A nice afternoon out before the rain rolled in….

As I awoke this morning the sun was shining and the sky was blue.
It wasn’t to last however I managed to fit in a nice afternoon out before the weather turned.
My mum and I went to Brimstage Hall, a lovely collection of shops and eateries set against the pretty village of Brimstage on the Wirral.

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The Olive Tree- Flowers and Interiors.
The room is furnished with bespoke pieces and decorated with candles, cushions,throws, and other delectable home treasures. It looks more like a living space than a shop. Very simple style, relaxed low lighting and natural hues of grey,pink,beige and brown. Its a joy to browse!

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Elegant Hats – A fabulous shop found up stairs from the Olive Tree, its all the occasion hats you could ever need. Plus a great selection of bags and shoes.

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Saqqara – Fair Trade fashion, accessories, homewares and nick nacks. Can’t resist those rainbow colours!

I also went to Voirrey Embroidery, a fabulous haberdashery with a great range of yarns, fabrics and needlecraft accessories for all budgets. I was so dazzled by all pretty stuff I didn’t take any pictures!
I did however pick up four fat quarters of pretty gorgeous fabric.
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Can’t wait to make something with these!