Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sewing Pattern Sale - Discount Code

OK, so I have a couple of sewing patterns hanging around, and it is about time to share the love!

Since I have fallen down the LagenLook rabbit hole, my tastes have changed (although there will always be some totally unsuitable patterns that will stay with me) and these patterns are are patiently waiting to be loved in a new home!

I have started listing them on Esty - I am up to 100 so far (how many?) so do drop in and take a look.  I am selling them for $4 (regular patterns, many OOP), - $10 ('fancy dan' Vogue OOP designer patterns) and postage at cost (although the UK comes in at $10).  Loads of bargains to be had - postage will be combined :)

And to make a sweet deal even sweeter, if you enter the discount code SDSC20 . . . . you will get another 20% off.  Woohoo!  This runs until the end of August.


I live in a smoke free home/don't smoke so no 'nasty niffs' and the patterns I'm listing are all 'factory folded' although there is some minor wear and tear on the envelopes.

Come one, come all - I'll be listing them for the next few weeks, I'm sure!

You can get to my shop via this link, or click on the 'Etsy Page' on the right of this post.

Anyhoo - can't stop, I've got some Vera Wang, Belville Sassoon, Anne Klein, Calvin Klein and DKNY to list!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

My Sewing Room - Sewing Classes - Class Pass

One of my local sewing stores, My Sewing Room, is offering a 'pass' for sewing classes this summer.  You buy a pass and then can attend as many 'class pass available' classes as you like during the summer.  It looks to me as though pretty much all the classes are covered, and as after 2-3 classes the pass would pay for itself - I signed up.  I have taken a few dressmaking classes in the past and learned a huge amount about fit etc., so thought this would be fun too.  I am signed up for about 6 classes including four where I will make a quilt top, one making a 'tuffet',  and another making the Spicy Spiral table topper that I took last week.

This is a seriously clever pattern and has been a hit for many years.  I have been trying to get hold of the pattern but it is only available in print and has been hard to track down.  I managed to get the ruler that is needed, a 10 degree wedge ruler (actually, the pattern calls for a 9 degree wedge ruler, but the difference is not an issue) pretty cheaply for $20 at the Heritage Quilt Show in May and waited patiently until I could find the pattern.  Then guess what - yep, it was one of the patterns offered by My Sewing Room.  Woohoo!  After rummaging through my stash I was able to use up 8 fat quarters in blue and yellow.  To be fair, you do not use up all the fabric in the fat quarters, so more scraps to play with!

This is where I have got to so far - I 'just' need to quilt and bind it:


The wrinkly white fabric is the batting, I'll trim it up after quilting.


Doesn't this look super complicated?  Actually it isn't.  It really is very simple.  All straight line sewing.  The key is the wedge ruler and the cut pieces.  If you get a chance to try this pattern out - I would highly recommend it.


Once it is done, I'll share some more photos.  I think would be a great table topper in Christmas fabrics too.  One lady in my sewing class was using batiks in rainbow fabrics, and another used Laurel Burch blues/purples.  I really don't think you can go wrong with this pattern!

Do you have any 'go to' patterns that are a lot easier than they look?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Seriously, More Bags?

Said my husband when I showed him my latest makes.  In my head it makes perfect sense.  First of all I bought some lovely yarn from Caterpillargreen Yarns.  I had already made a pair of socks from their yarn previously and I could hear some more skeins calling my name!

This yarn is seriously gorgeous.  The yarn is dyed in stripes (and having dyed yarn myself I know how labour intensive it is to dye stripes).  It is not cheap, but it is lovely!



This yarn is has grey stripes with one bright pink stripe.


It looks very nice 'caked'.  I had started a Noel scarf, it is an asymmetrical triangle with garter stitch stripes interspersed with lace stripes.  The knitted stripes can tie in with the dyed stripes for more impact and when I get to the pink - that will be in lace.  I may also have one of the grey stripes in lace as well.  I think that will really reinforce the quirky shape.


But I have a problem.  I can't put grey and pink yarn in a blue or a red or a green knitting bag . . . . so I made a grey and pink one!!  It is based on the Noodehead Wide Mouth Pouch.




Phew, that feels much better!  The fabric is quilting cotton that I have had had for years.  I think the pink is from Wal Mart/Fabricland and the grey was leftovers from a wall hanging I made about 10 years ago.  The lining was a fat quarter I picked up on my trip to Australia in 2013.  I liked the aboriginal print, but was put straight by the shopkeeper who advised that the other fat quarters I had purchased were aboriginal prints, but this one was a 'white man's' version.  Oh well, I still like it and it contrasts really well with the pink and grey so it all worked out!

But that is not all.  Once you start making these pouches, all sorts of fabric combinations jump out at you and beg to be made.  Like this lovely fresh, green version:


And a very cute one made from glorious Tula Pink fabric.



And talking of Tula Pink, here is a lovely little coin purse from the same fabric:




So yes.  Seriously more bags!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

More TG Love!

I have been on a bit of a Tina Givens splurge recently - no surprise, right?!  And have some Violets and Holly Pants to share with you.

Firstly, I was really taken with this tunic from the TG Couture website:


I thought that it looked quite similar to the Violet, and as I have some similar coloured linen mix fabric, I made one up!


Mine is certainly different - I really can't get on board with the un-ironed look.  I really wish I could, maybe one day!




Some of the contrast linen and some printed cotton makes for a fun patch on the back!


I added a couple of ruffled strips to the back to breakup the expanse of fabric, as well as the fun patch on the back.

I've also made about three pairs of TG jeans, this time using the Oprah pattern, which is very similar to the Holly.  And I cut out the wrong size (the pants are cropped and they would have been a bit snug around my calves) etc, etc, no spare fabric.  Argh!  I had just enough leftover to cut a couple of 2" strips so I decided to make them into 'Holly's'!  As the strip was not long enough to run the full length of the pants, I pieced them together and highlighted the error with contrasting thread!


I do like my 'butt labels'!!


The legs finish just above ankle height and look great rolled up.  I serged the inside seams so the thread can be seen.  It's not really noticeable except for when you take a close-up!!


The fabric is a really lightweight denim, 97% cotton, 3% spandex and drapes nicely.  They have a dropped crotch - not too pronounced and are really comfy to wear!  The pockets are large patch pockets sewn on top of the fronts and caught in the side seams.  I lined them with 100% cotton fabric for strength and stability and they are rather lovely!

I do have some more goodies to share and make notes on - I just don't want to overload the photos.  I also noticed (or perhaps it just appears more obvious) that I have steadily been putting on weight.  Sigh.  I know that these designs are not conducive to 'flattering/slimming' and I really don't mind that at all.  What I don't like is my chubby face and arms so I will need to work on that . . . . .

How is your summer sewing coming along?

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Heritage Park 2016 Festival of Quilts

The weather was gorgeous this weekend so I took myself off to the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park today.  There were over 600 quilts displayed around the park, some in huge tents, some hanging from the balconies of the historic hotel, and some draped over fences.  It really was spectacular - and such a great variety.

Here are a few that particularly enjoyed:


Thi reminds me of silver birch tree trunks.  A great way to use up scraps.


This was my father's favourite.  It is called 'Whirling Dervishes' and is paper pieced.  It is only now, looking at the photo, that I can see how detailed this is - there is even some shading in the clothes!


It looks as though this has been made from a couple of charm packs, and a couple of packs may have fallen into my bag in the vendors tent!!  I love rainbow patterns . . . . . .


The bargello quilt above is made from just two fabrics, with the main one being gradient dyed.


The quilt above and below is made up of tiny houses about 3" square.  In some of the windows there are little faces peeking out.  Very cute!



The teeny tiny square on the quilt above are about .75".  At first they looked to be random squares, but you can see a rather subtle pattern.  Such detailed and time consuming work.


The pixilated quilt above reminds me of 'Starry Night'.  Again, lovely colours.


I love houses on quilts.  Just saying!!


Very calming colours - blues and greens.


Stunning.  Just stunning!  I didn't get close to the lions head, but from a slight distance it looked stunning.

And finally, hearts.  This was actually on display next to one of the vendor tills and each square is made of three layers - either a base layer with two hearts on or a base layer with two windows.  I think this would work really well as labels on my clothes.

Well, lots of ideas and thoughts.  Some that would relate to dressmaking, some to quilting - I tend to err on the side of smaller table runners or wall hangings, or maybe a mug rug or two.  Can't wait to start!

And as a last note - but certainly not an afterthought, I was approached by a lovely lady who recognised me from my blog.  I am sorry to say that I was so blown away that I did not ask her name, but thank-you lovely lady, you made me feel all warm and fuzzy!

What inspiration has caught your eye recently?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Holly and a Tartan Cara

Tina Givens has been really upping her game recently and releasing a lot of patterns.  So what is a girl to do?  Yep, how did you guess?  I bought some!

Here is the Holly tunic that comes with some slim leg pants too.  I used a linen mix fabric from last year that had a bit of a pattern to it.  The only change I made was to shorten the sleeves so that they were similar to the Violet that I have previously written about.



I'm wearing a plain slip underneath.  I think it is a Jaqueline but with a symmetrical hem.   On it's own, the tunic is a little short at the front for my liking, and would show off a little too much of the dropped crotch pants, so the slip works really well - although it is all surprisingly warm!


As you can see, the gathered sides add a lot of fabric!  It is rather cute though!


You can see the gathers here as well.  They are a nice addition, but probably not too forgiving if you are pear shaped.


I thought it went rather well with one of my home made necklaces, using a string of beads that were my Mums.


I thought I'd do my take on jeans and a plaid shirt with the lovely Cara . . . .



It was a bit breezy, as you can see, so I got some inside pics as well.


Now I know you are looking at this and thinking 'why didn't she match up the plaid?'  Well, there is a story behind that.  Along the lines of cutting out the back bodice on the fold and the front bodice with a seam allowance.  After a few swear words, and the fabric having a time out, I cut a bias panel to cover the front seam and left it at that!  Bah!  This is a lovely, soft, brushed cotton and I love it . . . except that the fabric clings to my jeans a bit.  Oh well.



You can see the triple zigzag on the neckline and arms, attaching the foldover bias biding.  My favourite, non-bulky way of finishing off the raw edges.


And the mismatched back pieces . . . . . but with a cute patch :)  Oh well, it will still get a lot of wear!

Well, I think that is me all caught up.  I've got more socks on the go, and planning what to make next.  This Lagenlook/Tina Givens fix is actually becoming a bit of an obsession and pushing the other styles out of my wardrobe.  Who'd-a-thought?!

What is your style?  Does it change?