Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Me-Made-May '13

I've decided to take part in the 'Me-Made-May' challenge (a big thank you to Kerry for making me aware of this) which in short entails setting a personal pledge to wear handmade/customised/refashioned garments/accessories throughout the month of May.

The beauty is you can adapt the pledge to suit your circumstances. I haven't accumulated enough 'me-made' items to go for every day during May, (I think perhaps that will be may goal for next year) but it'll give me a little extra incentive to add a few more handmade garments to my wardrobe and the opportunity to converse with some like-minded people.

So I, Marie of stokescroftstitching, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear a me-made garment at least twice a week and furthermore to make at least two more garments during the month of May 2013.

Head here for further information, or to sign up and join in! Starts tomorrow!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Wedding Sewing #3

Thankfully I managed to get everything completed in time for our road trip on Saturday.

I'm so pleased with how my dress turned out, and the boys were both happy with their neck wear.

Luckily the weather was perfect for enjoying a glass of bubbly and a cupcake or three in the beautiful grounds.

Congratulations again to Jojo and Alice! What a great day.

...now back to work on my shop preparations. With wedding season now upon us, anyone else working on any wedding outfits?

Monday, 22 April 2013

Wedding Sewing #2

I've now got the lion's share of work done on the bodice of my dress. I mapped out the shape onto my mannequin with wool then traced through onto fabric to create a toile. Luckily My mannequin is quite a good size match so it was only the bust pieces that needed much adjusting.

I've interfaced the cotton lining and stitched in some lightweight boning at the seams to give it a little extra strength/structure.

I now need to finish off the gathered chiffon overlay for the bust pieces then it can all be put together. 

I'm going to use fabric 'rope' for the straps, made by twisting a tube of chiffon until it curls round on itself. I may also add some rope detailing around the waist.

Still plenty of work to be done but it's coming along quite nicely.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Wedding Sewing #1

My friend's wedding in Truro is just around the corner and as usual I've left the sewing till the last minute so I've now made a start on my dress.

I thought it would be nice to post a couple of pictures to document the process as I go -so today I bought the fabric (navy chiffon) and made a start on the skirt.

It'll be a wrap around dress with a half circle skirt which is fairly simple to construct. You simply take your waist measurement as the circumference and use it to work out the diameter (you can do this in seconds using an online calculator). Then its just a case of folding the fabric and cutting, firstly the diameter from the corner, then further along at the desired skirt length.

 As mine will be wrapped around I've cut a further shaped piece to wrap across the front. I've used an overlocker for the seams, and shortened the stitch length for the hem which has given it a nice wavy edge.

Next I need to tackle the bodice, make up the lining and create some sort of head wear. I'm also making a bow tie for my other half and a cravat for our friend who is traveling down with us. All in one week!

I best get sewing!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Cottontails Clothing

Thought I'd share a few quick snaps of the latest addition to the summer collection.

It's a 100% cotton lightweight summer jacket with contrast pale blue stitching (I was feeling brave!) and blue snap fastenings. I've extended the sleeve length to add a contrast cuff feature which can be adjusted to suit as the child grows (if you're spending your hard earned cash on handmade clothes for children you don't want them to be outgrown too quickly).

It's also fully reversible, so to hide little spillages simply give it a wipe and turn it inside-out till you get home to pop in in the wash.

This, alongside other items such as the summer dress found here, will shortly be available to purchase online. I'll post more info regarding that as soon as it's up and running.

In the mean time I'd love to hear any thoughts/suggestions!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Local Independents - Paper Scissors Stone / Made In Britain

Following on from the Blaze post, here is the next installment featuring local 'handmade' stores.

Stocked entirely by Artists/Crafters from the Bristol/Bath region, 'Paper Scissors Stone' has returned to Quakers Friars. Last night marked not only the launch night for its latest collection of local treasures entitled 'Spring', but also the grand opening of their new store a few doors down 'Made in Britain' -a pop-up shop showcasing work from across the country.

The event seems to have been a roaring success with both stores full to the brim with eager customers braving the torrential rain to get a peek at the latest offerings. Here are a few snaps from the evening.

Paper Scissors Stone

Upon entering my attention was immediately drawn to this enormous picture wall, bursting with illustrations, paper cuts and prints.

I'm particularly fond of this one by 'Cut It Out'. Check out their Facebook page for more.

The ceramics by Kath Cooper are all so beautiful but I think my absolute favourite were these dainty little espresso cups by Clare Phillips, painted with hot air balloons and the coloured terraces synonymous with the city.

Made in Britain

'Made in Britain', in contrast to the riot of colour a few doors down, has a very serene feel. These prints are by Abigail McDougall of which 'Evening Light, Hotwells' is my pick. I love the colours reflected in the water.

There is an array of jewellery on offer, including this felt collection by Lynsey Walters, and some adorable wooden creatures by Anna Wiscombe.

Regular readers will know that I'm a sucker for a Bunny, but bias aside -the stitching on these lavender bags by Christina De La Mare is immaculate! I'm in awe. It makes me want to perfect my woeful needlework skills. Practice makes perfect and all that -if only I had the patience.

Both stores are conveniently located just minutes from Cabot Circus so I urge you to support your friendly neighbourhood craftspeople and pop in if you're in the vicinity -though I assure you they are also well worth a trip in their own right.

For further information check out their Facebook page, or if you'd like to be kept up to date regarding not only these stores but various craft events in the area, then head over to the 'Made in Bristol' Blog.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Quick Easter Update

It's been a slow week post wise, but I have been quite busy behind the scenes with my clothing collection which is taking shape -checking (and double checking) pattern measurements and playing with toiles.

It was a particularly busy Easter Sunday, my living room transformed into a hive of activity with pieces of patterns strewn all over the place (I am not in the least a tidy seamstress).

I am though, happy to report that I have, whilst picking my way through old episodes of Grey's Anatomy and a giant Cadbury's Caramel bar, completed the very first of my items soon to be on sale which may seem a minute step but feels like a significant milestone.


I've also been getting on with some of the groundwork for setting up an online store which I'm hoping will be up and running in the next few weeks -So watch this space!

I hope that everyone has enjoyed their long weekend, Happy Easter!