Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas Things! - Lady Skater #2

The next on my list of secret Christmas sewing is this second 'Lady Skater' dress for other half's sister (first one and a little further info HERE).

I love the fabric! It's a great printed jersey which I purchased from Plush Addict earlier in the year after it's recipient's return from a trip to Japan. Jen's a big 'Hello Kitty' fan and jersey dresses are her wardrobe staple so I hoped this cute printed one wouldn't disappoint!

 So alterations... Firstly the bodice has been shortened around 1" and the skirt by 2". I cut 3/4 length sleeves and omitted the cuffs, instead choosing to overlock and hem the raw edge. They have a comfy loose fit and finish just at the elbow.

The hemline was treated the same way, the overlocked edge pressed under 3/4" then hemmed with the same long narrow zig-zag stitch used for the seams. I do have a twin stretch needle which I used for my own 'Lady Skater' but omitted it here solely for laziness speed and to be honest I don't think it has any negative impact on the finish at all.

As a little finishing touch I folded and inserted a little tag into the centre back when attaching the neck band. It's a beautiful 'Handmade' ribbon by East of India from the shop. (Unfortunately I underestimated the seam allowance so at first glance says 'andmade') Ah well! 

One more Christmas project left to share -it's a biggie! So big in fact that with all the germs I was unable to finish it off in time so it's still under construction. More on that one when it's ready.

Till then wishing you a wonderful New Year's Eve, here's hoping that 2015 is a happy and prosperous year all round!

Monday, 29 December 2014

Christmas Things! - Scrappy Patchwork Diary Set

'Brown paper packages tied up with string...' Or red and white bakers twine and buttons to be more precise.

I thought I'd share a few 'mid-wrapping' snaps of the first of the Christmas projects I've been working on -a little matching diary and glasses case set for other half's Nan.

They have a natural linen base with a decorative scrappy pieced stripe. Both are fastened with my old favourite -a trusty 'Kam' snap and I've used some Vilene fusible fleece to give them a little more substance / body.

I am so glad that I invested in a set of 'Kam' pliers. At the time I wondered if they would really see any use but they're absolutely great. I even use them for clothing, basically anywhere a button style closure is required as they're so quick and easy to install. Love them!

Next up 'Lady Skater' #2!

I do hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas, our was nice and relaxing -though still quite germy unfortunately! Lot's of good food, festive television and a fairly heated game of Monopoly.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

'Pinspiration' - Hexie Paper Piecing

With my usual outstanding timing I've been struck down with some vile cold / flu type bug. Conveniently just before Christmas when my 'to-do' list is at it's peak and there are lot's of fun outings to miss. The one upshot is that I have been able to spend a little quality time with my (newly covered!) sofa and crack into my little birthday treat courtesy of the lovely Steph and Jemma (thanks guys!!).

The pack shown above is a pre-cut hexie pack from Ali's (Very Berry Handmade) online store including 70 x 1 inch templates and 70 pieces of beautiful Liberty Lawn in a great range of colours and prints.

I currently have no idea what to use them for as they seem so precious they need just the right project. In pursuit of said project I'd been poking around good ol' Pinterest for inspiration so thought I'd share a little of what I've found.

I can't seem to remember / find a few of the tutorials I originally referenced when starting with hexagons. There are absolutely loads about the blogosphere but the few that I've looked at aren't quite the same method that I've settled into for ensuring that the stitches aren't visible from the front (not that it's essential of course -just a different aesthetic!) so I'll take a few snaps and share a few tips when I start to assemble them.

So for now I'll return to my tissues and TV and with any luck be right as rain in no time and able to share all of the exciting (secret) things I've been working on!

Happy 'Winter Solstice' -here's to the return of Summer!