Monday, May 07, 2018

McCalls 7333

One thing my wardrobe was missing was a light weight jacket, especially one I could wear over button up shirts. Enter McCalls 7333. I found this amazing Nani Iro linen at Miss Matatabi (sold out now) and I knew it would be perfect. I made a size Large and the only adjustment was to take it up an inch as I was running out of fabric (plus you'd never say I was tall!!). It is a really generously sized pattern, I like it being quite big, but I probably could've sized down. 
I'm really happy with this, I'd definitely consider using this pattern again. 

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Sunrise Block

When I write patterns for my books I always play around with different colour combinations in Electric Quilt before I make a decision on what to use. I love the combination of oranges with a low volume cream and blue background fabric in my Sunrise quilt in Scrappy and Happy Quilts, but I always wanted to see what it would look like with a charcoal background and bold colours. 
I had an hour the other day so I tried it. I love it! I think I need to add it to the huge pile of WIPs and finish it. 

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

More Archer Shirts

More Archer Shirts. I think I can sew them in my sleep now.
I used an amazing wool/cotton blend by Gertrude Made from Ella Blue Fabrics for this one. I think this might be the most favourite shirt I've ever made. 


I also made this one using Nani Iro sateen.  I bought this not knowing how heavy it would be. It is surprisingly lightweight and has beautiful drape. So it became another Archer and it is beautiful to wear!




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Monday, April 30, 2018

Vogue 1549 and Pink Banana Shirt

I bought Vogue 1549 as soon as it came out last year. It has really interesting seam lines and an interesting shape. I searched for reviews last week and was surprised I could not find any. So I grabbed some wool (a wool blend from Spotlight) cut the pattern to my bust size and got sewing.
It's a surprisingly good fit and I really like the shape, it's almost a cape like shape. I think I made a mistake using this wool, it is quite thick and it was hard to get the pockets to sit right. If I could go back in time I would make the pockets from the lining fabric. 
The jacket it is really warm and will be perfect for standing on the sidelines at early morning football. 
If I find the time I'd love to try and make this with some quilted fabric, I have some Nani Iro gauze which would be perfect for it.  
I haven't made a button up shirt for myself for a couple of years so I pulled out the Archer pattern and got cutting. I used some Cotton and Steel lawn with pink bananas for my first one. Their lawn is beautiful to sew and has a nice drape and pink bananas!!


Friday, April 27, 2018

Margaret Sampson George Workshop

This is my first year in 13 that I don't have any children at home with me during the week and while I do miss having a little one chatting to me and being there during the day it also means I can get out and learn some new things. So when I heard Margaret Sampson George was coming to Cotton Rose last month I booked in straight away!
It is great being able to learn things over the internet, but there is nothing like seeing someone demonstrate a skill in real life and being able to ask questions and get immediate answers. 

I learn so much and was completely inspired by her use of fabrics, colour and shape.


This Dodecagon quilt is on my to do list!
I spent most of the day watching and learning, but I did manage to start on a bag which uses all the techniques that were talked about. 
There was also a little shopping (I could have bought everything in there!), I couldn't resist buying some of the Gertrude Made wool blend to make a shirt.
I think I did a good job only buying one piece.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stamp Carving

I'm a little obsessed with stamp carving again. Now to stop carving and actually start printing on fabric. 





Monday, April 23, 2018

Another Jalie 2679

Not much more to say about Jalie 2679 that I haven't already said. I've made another two, one for Milly and one for Grace, and they have been worn a lot. I used soft shell from Spotlight. This feels completely different to the stuff I used for Eva. This is more like a knit on the outside, so I don't think it will be as water resistant, but it's still nice and warm on the inside.