Ever since the Great British Sewing Bee featured a zipped up bomber jacket as its first challenge a series or two ago, I wanted such a jacket! In fact have wanted one since the 70’s, so better get a crack on I thought.
Here is my version. All went well, only had to get the fashion fabric and ribbing. I found a lovely fine wale needle cord from Minerva Crafts. I had both the separating zip and the lining, silk from India bought on holiday so all sorted and ready to go.
My only frustration was I chose a cuff ribbing as opposed to tubular rib which is wider. So when it came to attaching the bottom rib to the jacket body and lining, I had raw edges to deal with as I had not thought it through and so had not attached the facing the neatest way. Never mind once on it doesn’t matter just looks a bit untidy on the inside.
My conclusion to this project is I am going to make another, more fabric in the stash! Also I do not know how those sewers got this together in 4 hours or so!
These have been on my “to sew” list for some time, so feel very pleased with myself now! Made from pink plush and black and yellow felts I think them very cute! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SewnUpGifts
Just finished this handy bag for summer. Featuring randomly placed geese silhouettes on a cream and white background, I couldn’t resist making this upholstery fabric into a satchel. The pattern comes from Simply Sewing magazine and is designed by Sue Kim. https://www.gathered.how/magazines-simply-sewing/
There are plenty of pockets inside and out and a top zip too, so everything is kept safe and sound. As well as a grab handle on top there is a detachable long body strap. Perfect for shopping work or class!
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.
Those of you who have a very good memory may remember I was attempting to create an indispensable doggie walking bag for my favourite furry friend Louis, above?
With a month long holiday and various other interruptions I was only able to finish it off last week. I had made the interior before we went away in July, so it wasn’t too bad. But the requirements were quite exact, so it took a lot of head scratching.
I have ended up with something usable and practical, but I am thinking of making the second version with a flap across the top rather than a zip inside.
Would be very grateful for your thoughts!
Front with two pockets
Side with extra clip and long strap
Back with secure pocket
It is made from waterproof jacket fabric with a rip stop lining and waterproof top zip.
I have decided that Cuthbert has been with me long enough and deserves to find himself a new home in the big wide world this Spring! I will post a couple of mug shots here, as he is not shy, and you can find him in my Etsy shop if you want to take pity on him. I must warn you, however, he does attract attention and he adores it!
If you are interested in his inner self, I posted how I created Cuthbert last year, you can read all about it here. Cuthbert Rabbit “How To”
I have been away ( in case anyone wondered!) and have been itching to get back in my little sewing room which I laughingly call the SUGs room. I wanted more rabbits, but these don’t seem as quick to reproduce as the “real” ones, 4 days work and I have 2 new pals. Pippa the party bunny and Gertie the gardening rabbit! I hope you like them, they make me smile anyway!
Since making the rather large Long Week End bag, and I am away soon on my hols, I set to with this small zip and clip bag from a pattern by ” Around the Bobbin” . I have had it ready for about 18 months, but I like a deadline so made it in a day. The instructions are so clear and precise I felt that if you go wrong it is your own fault! I needed a pretty bag to use in the evening, yet one that could hold all the bits you need when over seas.
I am happy with the result, and my only wish is that the Eiffel Tower was the right way up on the front, it is one of those fabrics that goes in all directions, so I shall live with it!