Saturday, 27 September 2014
Anyway on to the pattern.....
It's basically an introduction to making your own patterns, as its just a collection of rectangles that need to be adjusted to your measurements. When taking your measurements BE HONEST.... I'm getting to that age where I no longer have the metabolism of a teenager/student, and I'm carrying a few more pounds than i'd like, so I pulled the tape a little tight when I measured my waist, and it is a tad tighter than i'd like it to be. I've heard the best way to find your natural waist is to hold the tape together higher up, under your bust, then wiggle about a bit until the tape slips down to your natural waist.
I used a beautiful medium-weight quilting cotton in an ivory/grey foliage print with yellow birds on it, and had a few issues deciding which way the print should be. I worked it out, only to mess up and do the waistband pattern perpendicular, but I don't think anyone will notice really....
The instructions for the pattern are great, I've done quite a bit of gathering before, but Tilly gives really great advice on how to do it so it is completely even, such as making sure to stitch with the gathers on top which I stupidly haven't done previously. She also explains well how to 'stitch in the ditch' which despite a lot of googling in the past I've never really understood why I had to do it.
I did think the first time I wore my skirt that perhaps with the reasonably thick fabric I should have done a few less gathers, as I usually wear things that sit on my hips, and I felt it was sticking out quite a bit. However after seeing photos of me in it, I think its really quite flattering, and I will definitely be making another, perhaps for next summer. Tilly suggests medium-weight fabrics, but I fancy doing it in a lightweight cotton or viscose, I think it could be really cute, although may need a lining slip.
The background is the beautiful Minnewater lake and park in Bruges, Belgium.
Sunday, 14 September 2014
I couldnt decide what pattern to use, I had ideas for a couple of different Mimi blouses, from Tilly's Love at First Stitch but hadn't really left enough time to sew a few versions. Then I decided to maybe do another couple of versions of the button-back blouse, even a dress version, but again it was a bit late.
So I decided to use the tunic pattern from the first Great British Sewing Bee book. After my original version, I've already made 3 other versions, 2 tops and my colour block dress hack. I've been hankering after a lace top or dress for a while so thought this was perhaps the perfect opportunity to make a version of the tunic in lace.
I've finally got a phone that's instagram- enabled so I've been taking a photo of my outfit each day to share....so here they all are.
Sunday, 7 September 2014
So then I tried again a week ago and found this great video by Jayda. She takes it really slow, and really explains how the square is constructed with double crochet stitches.
I decided for my blanket to do lots of small 3 round squares in coordinating colours, like this beautiful blanket.
I wanted the same kind of random colour effect, but decided to choose just a few colours that go together pretty well. I'm not sure Mr Makes would be a huge fan of a really colourful one either...
So here are all the colours I chose:
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
For the base:
200g of digestive biscuits
85g of melted butter or margarine
1tbsp of brown sugar
For the filling:
A pack of lemon jelly
200g of cream cheese such as Philadelphia
4tbsps of caster sugar
Zest and juice of one lemon
1 300ml carton of double cream
Pinch of cinnamon
- Grease a loose bottomed flan/tart tin.
- Break up the lemon jelly into a mug and fill up the mug with boiling water. Tip into a jug and add another 1/4 of a mug of boiling water. Stir until the jelly is dissolved and set aside to cool.
- Crush the digestives and mix with the brown sugar. Add the melted butter and pack into the bottom of the tart tin. Chill in the fridge.
- Whisk together the caster sugar, lemon juice and zest and cream cheese.
- Whisk up the cream in a separate bowl then mix into the cheese mixture. Add the cooled jelly mix gradually until it's fully incorporated.
- Pour into the tin and put in the fridge to set for at least 5-6 hours.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and add a lemon slice for decoration before serving.
Friday, 15 August 2014
The pattern was relatively easy to follow, even if the wording was confusing in places. Although I realised it only told you to stitch the tabs on to the front of the hag, with no mention of the back. Luckily I realised, but again mistakes that could be easily rectified with a good proof reading GBSB!
It was also my first go at sewing leather, or in my case pleather, which I found a bit tricky. Tip: practice on scraps first to get the stitch length/tension correct!
Thursday, 31 July 2014
A modern prairie classic with a short collar, full skirt and frayed hems. Difficulty: intermediate.
I don't understand why there was a need for buttons that were concealed where the two skirts joined, if they weren't going to be used, so I didn't do them. I was unsure about the frayed edges at first, but went with it anyway, and I think they do fit with the boho look and feel of the dress. I also found it to be much too loose around the waist, making it rather unflattering on me before I did alterations.
Thursday, 24 July 2014
My parents have always gone for a traditional / country living style of home decor rather than the modern chrome/minimalist style that came into fashion a few years ago. Well they are country bumpkins after all, what do you expect! So when they bought a Victorian house and started renovating, they filled it with vintage furniture. They found a flea market not too far away, and have been regulars ever since.
The 'shabby chic' style of home decor is very much in fashion at the moment, and there's stores and market stalls full of upcycled wooden furniture painted in Annie Sloane or Farrow and Ball paint. But if you find a good market you can cut out the middle man and get a bargain, whilst also giving a once-loved piece of furniture a new home.
So here are a few of our bargain buys!