Friday, 30 January 2015

And here it is

Because everyone was saying how easy and quick
the Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress is to
make, then obviously I assumed I'd be the one
who couldn't quite manage it.
Nothing could have been further from the truth.
It was cut out late one afternoon before
preparing dinner then sewn up today in a couple
of hours.
To be honest, I probably did more practice sewing
than I would normally, but then stretch knits are
just a little bit scary aren't they?  Not any more it seems.
There are so many tips everywhere and it really is
just a case of seeing how your machine sews when
faced with that stretchy fabric!
So, there was a Jersey needle, a twin needle, triple stretch stitch
and my machine's own stretch fabric stitch.
Some things were great and others not so much.
But all of it was great practice. I think there could very well
be a few of these hanging in the wardrobe
over the next few weeks.

The eagle-eyed of you will have realised that the neck
looks nothing like the original pattern.
What can I say?  Some of us have narrow shoulders
and wide hips so rather trying to alter the pattern
in any way during construction or cutting out, I
opted to add a small pleat/tuck at the neckline, both
front and back.
And do you know what? It works!
P x

Sunday, 25 January 2015

That Coco dress

You know the one - it's pretty much everywhere you
look on Pinterest and on almost every sewing blog out there.
So although it has been swirling around, it hasn't become part
of the 'must make soon' list here.
Until yesterday, when I did a 1-2-1 workshop
with a lovely woman who was making this as her first proper
step into dressmaking.  We first met when she
came for the Sewing Machine Basics workshop and she has
so much enthusiasm it rubs off on everyone
around her.  Including me.
It feels as though my makes lately have either been homewares - cushions,
quilts, bunting etc - or dresses for small people.  But I really want to make this
for me now, with the added bonus of looking for some fabric thrown in.
After coming home last night I also realised that it was time for a cover for
the tablet as I'm increasingly taking it outside with me:
This fabric has all the colours I love right now, only the green missing.  So that went on the inside
in a lovely flannel fabric which has been sitting in the basket for way too long.
As the old camera purse had been taken by one of the small people for her new phone,
it was also time to make a new one of those too:

And yes, they are definitely not in the dressmaking category,
but very much in the 'let's make while we can' category!
Although it's still January, I'm sensing a real change in the light levels and that is always
 A Good Thing in this neck of the woods!
P xx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

New studio

Unfortunately not mine!  But I still get to use it so that's ok.  The French Grey Tales workshops are usually held upstairs, above the shop, but Layla (whose shop it is) has naturally
concentrated on the downstairs section first - paint is the core of her business
and drives it - but now she is putting
all her considerable efforts into the studio area upstairs.
We're talking about walls coming down, new electrics, decorators
and so much more.
To say it's a little exciting is a whopper of an understatement.
All those windows making such a light-filled working space.

All the walls will have electric points and beautifully smooth paintwork.

The mini kitchen area is about to have its own little makeover too.

And this is what I've been busy with in my own sewing room, using a
mingo and grace pattern.  It was a download and yes, it did have to be stuck together, but at least it was layered so it was possible to print just the size required.
This one is fully lined and I'm not quite sure where it's destined for right now,
but sometimes it's better to do what you love without any real outcome in mind.
All of the fabric was sitting in the stash, so no outlay there, but
I do need to replenish my supply of zips.  One day you look and there hundreds,
then there are.......none!
But watching the FGT studio take shape (with its huge cutting table!)
has made me realise that the storage in my own workroom
could be better.  Much better. And soon.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The joy of a new coffee mug

Especially when a) it's a present, and b) it's the perfect colour and size.
And of course it can only be used by you as it has your
initial on!
Hope there was something joyful for everyone this year,
P xx

Friday, 2 January 2015

Making the time

It really isn't enough to know that it takes time, time has to be found and used.
Who knows when the time won't be there?
So, here is what I made time for this morning:

Nothing momentous, or worth shouting about, but it was fun to make
and came about quite organically - picking up
a piece of fabric, deciding to use some
embroidery threads and looking out of the window.
The sky this morning reminded me so much of this fabric and the
rest just came along for the ride.
No real resolutions, but I'd like to try to do
something for each month.  Let's see.
P xx