Travel Bag

This is a zippy little bag to put the travel bits in.  I know not many of us are able to plan any travel just now but get those travel docs and money ready, just in case!

Available in my Etsy Shop Sewn Up Gifts

Sewn Up Gifts Etsy

“Made sewers of us all.”

Have you noticed that since nearly all of us have been confined at home and perhaps garden, there has been an upsurge in all things crafty? Its amazing really. I used to cook, but now a definite no no to that. Perhaps a catering training was too much! I cannot draw well enough to show off my efforts and anything involving too much IT leaves me cold.

No, its gardening or sewing for me! Never done so much continuous gardening for ages and it shows thank goodness. Grass edges trimmed and seeds growing, just about, too.

But sewing is my real love. Its been mostly face coverings and scrubs lately of course, but they are needed so much. And now I can look forward to some dress making, all those lengths in a drawer which make me guilty every time I see them.

I have finished my last scrubs set I am going to clear that stash!

Luna Lapin, is it a hare or rabbit?

Shes called a rabbit but has the ears and long legs of a hare, I am confused but I am going to call her a habbit, with no connection to Hobbits!

A very kind friend gave me the book by Sarah Peel ” Making Luna Lapin” as she knows I have a liking for making rabbits! My others were made from a ’40s pattern by Edith Moody. Now I am all up to date!

Many of you will already be acquainted with this felt and cotton bunny, she has a capsule wardrobe and a comfy armchair and pouffe to lounge those long legs on. I also gave her a tote bag and necklace to complete the look.

I hope you like her as much as I enjoyed making her. x

Oh I’ve had a hard day!
Do you like my bag?
And my arm chair?

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

A long overdue visit to this amazing UNESCO World heritage site did not disappoint yesterday. I am not going to try and tell you its history do not worry. There is loads of information on line if you want to learn.

Of course it was raining but it didn’t matter, we went prepared and enjoyed the fragrances from the flowers all the more.

From now until October Dale Chilhuly is holding an exhibition of his innovative architectural glass masterpieces, which are dotted around these wonderful gardens. You suddenly see one through a space and are amazed.

The Hive is also not to be missed. Designed by Wolfgang Buttress it is a multi-sensory experience revealing the secret world of the honey bee. Fascinating!

Leather Craft Work Shop

Yesterday I went with my crafty daughter to this amazing Leather Craft Workshop and came back home tired and finger sore but very happy!

A messenger bag hand stitched and finished in a day. Wow we were so impressed with our day here at http://www.leathercraftworkshopdays.co.uk

There were just the two of us booked onto the day and so we were able to learn so much about this ancient craft from Richard who was so patient and meticulous with his instruction. I do hope he has a well deserved rest today!

We are both now planning our first creative journey into leather, I will now have to make my own version of the messenger bag as I have given mine to my long suffering husband. It is a replacement for a knitted scarf I promised him 50 years ago, and yes it still gets mentioned!

Sewing for self.

Before I disappeared for 10 days holiday I got into some selfish sewing. I sewed up a blouse from some very easy to use 100% quilters cotton which printed in Japan. I was very pleased with it as it was firm and so very easy to use. I had spotted it at one of Doughtys road shows recently. See the link below.

https://www.doughtysonline.co.uk/

Why should patch workers and quilters have all the fun stuff I say? I have been noticing more and more in my part of the world, England, that the fabric shops that there are, cater usually for patch workers and quilters rather than dressmakers. I do both types of sewing so that I don’t get stuck in a rut and I have always got something on the go. I do use the internet as a resource, but you cannot beat an actual feel and rummage in a “proper” shop environment don’t you agree?

Now rant over I will show you this blouse! I used McCall’s 6035 from 2010 I have just seen! I do not know if it is still in print, you may have to research if you fancy having a shot at it. There are easy fitting princess seams and sleeves with a small dart at the elbow. There are 4 different views, I chose the 3/4 sleeve version gathered into a cuff.

Envelope M6035

I do hope you find a copy if you feel inspired, I often reuse my patterns over and over and do not realise how old they are! Especially if there are several different versions like this one. At the time of writing there were some available on Amazon and Etsy. Good luck.

Heidi Hen

Hoping you all had a Happy Holiday, and here’s to a fab New Year. I have started my creative year by sewing a hen. Perhaps not the first thing to spring to mind when you are unable to get into the sewing mood or room because of all the festivities and bodies around?

But I was given this pattern from “Quilters Trading Post” web site and couldn’t resist!

I am thinking whether to make some more of various sizes with perhaps a nest or hen house with chicks, maybe in time for Easter .

Heidi Hen  a Quilters Trading Post pattern

 

McCall’s 7357

It has been an age since I have last been able to get down to some proper dressmaking, my first true craft love.  Below is the post I did for Pattern Review,

click here    McCall’s 7357

if you would like to see more!

 

 

 

Pattern Description: Loose fitting pullover tops have neckband, self lined yokes, applied tab, side front and side back seams, three piece sleeves shaped hemline and narrow hem

Pattern Sizing: 6-22  I cut size 12 UK

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes I made view C

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but there was a lot of hand sewing and the neck band was awkward.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The seaming gives the top a nice flowing shape and the sleeves hang well. I also like the lined yoke, it makes the top neat and tidy inside.

Fabric Used: A slippery synthetic I bought a few years ago now, and I cannot remember what it was. But it freyed quite badly so overlocking before I fiddled with the neckline was a must.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I didn’t alter the pattern, except to reduce the front opening by 3 inches. I did not see the point in a bigger neck opening, and I didn’t embellish the front as suggested. Neither did I sew the neck band as directed. As my fabric was so temperamental I fused the interfacing onto the fabric before I cut it out, thus I was able to stop it stretching out of shape
I interfaced both the band and the band lining to keep the whole thing stable, on my second attempt. I used a very sheer fusible interfacing, but it was enough to make the fabric easy to cut so it lay along the neck edge cleanly. I over locked the edge of the neck band lining to keep down the bulk, and stitched in the ditch on the machine. I hate hand stitching, though I did hand stitch the sleeve finishes.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will keep the pattern and sew another in the future, probably in a pretty thin cotton. I recommend it too, but plan your sewing before you start.

Conclusion: A pattern that you can adapt, dress up or down.

Thrifty Work

Its April and I have continued my pledge of not buying sewing fabric of any type, craft dressmaking or upholstery, that’s such a lot NOT to look at or buy!  Yes its been hard, but you don’t achieve great things without a bit of effort.  Restraint for me, is always an effort, so I have stayed away from markets shops and most difficult of all, the internet.

By writing about it here it becomes a therapy, commit it to the ether and you cannot erase the promise even to yourself.

Here are a couple of shots of my recent makes, resourced from my drawers and cupboards.

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Give The Dog a Bone

Today has been a bit of a gift for me, I had unexpected time to mess about, as you are supposed to when you have “retired”.

It has snowed, and this wonderful country of mine, though I wouldn’t live anywhere else, cannot cope with snow. The place closes down and people hibernate! I holed up in the kitchen with my powerful Sailrite sewing machine, making dog bone toys from recycled denim leftovers! This is continuing my effort to not buy any fabric this year and I have made a slight dent in the denim pile in the corner of my sewing room.

I am also halfway through making a patchwork denim toiletries bag, I am winging it a bit as I never think shop bought ones are exactly what you want. Will post a picture when finished,during the next snow storm?DSC_0158