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 ❀❀❀

❀New Machine!❀

So this month I finally got a new sewing machine.

I went with the Brother Fs40, a very reasonably priced computerized model. It’s so quiet and quick. I love it!

The first project I did with it was just a little alteration. This sheer top has a crossover neckline and an under bust tie. The top has always felt slightly too small and as it stood the tie was sitting across my bust instead of under it.

I unpicked the shoulder seams and added two fabric panels. It was surprisingly easy and the top fits great now. I think it looks really good and you can’t really tell its been altered.

About a month or so ago I treated myself to a couple of P4P patterns and here’s one of them. The Boundless Knit Dress. I’ve used a lovely tropical print jersey which drapes beautifully.

It was relatively easy to make. The pattern calls for you to line the bodice which removes the need for any hemming or banding on the neckline. However I didn’t have any fabric for this so I opted to make a bound neckband. I used a tutorial from Melly Sews and it turned out perfectly! I am so happy with this dress. I can see its going to get a lot of wear this summer!

Ps How cute would the bodice look as a crop top?!? 😍

Sew Sew Sew

I started the new year as I mean to go on..by sewing. This had previously been mainly a yarn based blog but as you all know I also love to sew. Knitting has taken a little bit of a backseat. Although I definitely plan to work through my stash, I may not buy any new yarn for a while (she says, good intentions etc etc)

Last year saw me making cushion covers and my very first garments. This year I want to improve my clothes making skills. I’ve gotten some patterns from the very fabulous Patterns for Pirates (P4P). They are easy to follow, come in a good range of sizes and each garment usually has a few variations. Its like getting 4 patterns in one!

I’ve also been watching videos about how to make patterns from your existing clothes.

To that end, I used a loose jumper I love as a template and have made a loose flowy t-shirt for the summer. How fab is this fabric, I couldn’t resist it.

Next I’ve finished the P4P pencil skirt. Its made from soft stretchy jersey in a lovely shade of purple.

Currently I’ve got this gorgeous fabric on the cutting table

You’ll have to watch this space to see what it becomes!

Knit wise my WIPS include

  • Rose Trellis Cardigan – on hiatus but may return for summer 2018.
  • Granny Square Blanket – made a few new squares over Xmas. Needs to grow to about 4 x its current size to cover my bed.
  • Knit Kit Cat- got a little knit kit for Xmas. Have cast on the body.
  • Rainbow Shawl- with my rainbow lambswool I started a basic garter triangle shawl. Its on hiatus awaiting more yarn.

I’m hoping to return to my Brandywine Falls Shawl which I made 5 years ago. I still have more of the yarn and I’d like to lengthen the shawl. Its one of my favourite ever knits but I found I hardly wear it.

I’m also planning to make more Beehive Hats , in contrast to the above my Beehive is one of my most worn knits. I have two but the purple and grey one is my go to hat. The other one is fab too, it’s in rainbow yarn with sparkles! It’s the most amazing pattern- quick ,easy, no hat head and loads of room for my hair!

Well that’s me for today. I’ll be back with more fabric & yarn shenanigans soon!

Xxx