Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Bursting at the seams...

Why is it you can have months with not much happening, and then suddenly everything seems to go BANG - and you're looking at a whole new set of exciting opportunities, and work to be done..?!
So, today is about housekeeping - getting you up to speed with what has been a manic, but productive, time for me... where to start?

Let's go back in time first; seven months ago I was given the most fabulous piece of kit to add to my sewing arsenal - but I didn't really realise that, until my latest Minerva make. The overlocker was a wonderful Christmas surprise, at that point I could only imagine how it would enhance my sewing hobby, so I started small so as not to scare myself!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Seeing the World in Black and White

In this very uncertain time, politically speaking, I've found comfort in connecting with the simple things in life. The things I can define, shape, and - importantly - enjoy...
I found a maternity dress in a local charity shop; mid calf in length, long sleeved, and very stretchy - made from scuba fabric.

You can see from the pics that the top half is made of a waffle scuba, and the bottom half is plain black scuba. Not only is there extra room in the front of the dress, there's also rather a lot of room in the armscye... this had the unfortunate result of pleats forming either through the bodice, or across the arms, when I rested my arms at my side... So that had to change!

I was unconvinced about the length, but held off making a decision about that until the rest of it was right. So! The blogpost soundtrack today, I feel, is rather fitting for this dress... what do you think?!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Living the Simple Life... in the Simplicity 6346 Skirt!

So, it's been a while...

In between juggling various jobs, I recently went to Spain for a week - a much deserved break, I feel! Lots of swimming...eating...walking...reading... and taking photos.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Seven Way Wonder Dress!


It's been a while, so I thought I'd share some news... my first post has gone live on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network! I'm so excited to be part of the making & writing team! 

And if there was a blog post soundtrack fit to sit alongside this short post, it would have to be by 70's legend, Stevie Wonder... I know it's not the first time I've called upon him to provide the backing track, but hey - this is a 70's pattern, and it's oh-sew-groovy, man! ;)

Monday, 18 April 2016

She wore a coat... of many colours (ah-ah-aaah)!

SEW... the first time I started work on this coat, it didn't quite go to plan... and I thought, rather than ignore it and cut to the 'good' bit, I'd share the not-so-good bits - so that, if you're thinking of customising something in a similar way, you can avoid the heartache I went through!!

This coat has recently been made fit to sing along with today's hope-filled blogpost soundtrack...Take Me Outside, Sit in the Green Garden... but it wasn't always the case!
My sister's coat - much as I was excited about it, and in spite of the fact I spent weeks planning it, buying fabric and buttons (including some from America, which weren't right for the coat when they finally arrived) - just didn't work out the way I'd hoped... That's not to say I've been beaten by it, just that I needed to tackle it twice, and win! I was determined to learn from the AWFUL mistakes I'd made the first time around...