Monday, 6 May 2013

COMPLETE! Picnic blanket skirt

Here is the picnic blanket skirt that I made at a class at Ray Stitch in Islington, North London, with none other than Tilly Walnes from Great British Sewing Bee fame!I loved how it turned out. Fabric: cotton with a turquoise, red, purple and gold motif£6 p/m , 2 metres, from Stitch WansteadTime: 12:30-6.30 on the Saturday class including self drafting our patternsThen a few hours the next day to do the buttons and holes

Thursday, 4 April 2013

COMPLETE! New Look 6843 pencil skirt

fabric: black cotton with a wild pink, red, orange paint splattered and daisies design, plus pink lining which reminds me of strawberry quality street sweets! From Stitch, Wanstead

Time: a couple of hours

I wore it for work with all black, nice fit and very spring-like, despite this terrible wintery and wet March we are experiencing in London

COMPLETE! Sewaholic Renfrew

This is the quickest and easiest pattern ever! It's also the only one I've ever sewn straight away with no mistakes, no seam ripper required, and it fit, instead of loads of adjustments!
I want very inspired by the idea of making such a plain garment, but now I'm really glad I did. I used1.2m of navy stretch jersey, from Regent Sewing in Ilford.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

COMPLETE! Peony in aubergine wool pics

I couldn't add pictures to my original post on this dress, when I was still having trouble with the fit of this dress, but here they are now, to reassure you I did eventually finish it. I have worn it out to dinner to a local tapas restaurant, and one day to work. I loved wearing it the colour is great but not done any justice in these pics. I really should start taking photos outside in the daylight but that is in very short supply here in London at the moment!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

COMPLETE! Vogue 8815 peplum top

PATTERN: Vogue 8815 peplum top, View A

FABRIC: navy cotton with a bit of a stretch, Borovick fabrics £5p/m
Plus satin navy bias binding from MacCulloch and Wallis, and navy polka dot bias binding from The Sewing Shop in Lichfield

TIME: 1 hour to cut paper and fabric, 1 hour to do darts, 1 hour to sew seams, 1 hour to insert zip, 3 hours to do neck, armhole and bottom edge binding With bias tape.

I LEARNT: a much better way to do an invisible zipper- to actually baste the gap closed first, then baste both sides of zipper tape, open the slit, then sew into place.
Also the first time I've down bias binding on a garment

ISSUES: I had to chuck a needle in the bin when I bent it sewing over the zip!
The front darts have a slightly odd look -like they are not one right? Will look it up.

Lovely too- intend to make it again in silver velvet with long slim sleeves.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

To sew List 2013


1. Vogue 8815 navy peplum top - TICK

2. Renfrew top in jersey (navy, green or burgundy)


1. Kelly skirt-navy or denim with brown buttons

2. Pencil skirt- need fabric

3. Tulip skirt Cynthia rowley blue silk


1. Elisalex dress- pink silk dupion

2. Grey velvet dress (pattern?) colette peony number 3?

3. Sureau dress - navy polka dot

4. Another see and sew shift dress

For Him indoors

1. Colette negroni shirt in blue plaid

For the house

1. Black out lined curtains for the spare room

Fabric not assigned

1. Fire engine red jersey

2. Navy , green, burgundy browny jersey

3. Black and cream print

Saturday, 5 January 2013

COMPLETE! Butterick 5235 Dress for my mum

A purple shift dress for my mum with very cool navy and pink polka dot lining (which frays to shit unfortunately)

Butterick see and sew, like my black previous make.

Fabric from MacCulloch and Wallis-purple jersey and polyester lining