Tuesday, 27 May 2014
This week I look around at my sewing room and realized that although I think I am pretty good at taking old things and making them new I am not always good at taking my old things and making them new. I have so much fabric that is cut too small to turn into a bag or purse. I have scraps or fabric with tears or stains literally everywhere. They are beautiful pieces of fabric but need to find a way to be used.
Following on from my patchwork bag which I continue to be in love with I have been feeling the patchwork vibe! I spent a lovely afternoon after work last week chatting to a friend and cutting up fabric scraps into more usable scraps.
I have now set about attaching them altogether to create a patchwork something! Given how many scraps I need to work through I think it will probably result in being a quilt but currently I am keeping an open mind.
So far my patchwork has been using new fabrics - patches that have been bought for me by friends. But patchwork was originally about making do and mending! Taking the odds and ends of old clothes, old bedding, leftover fabrics - anything really - and turning them into something useful and hopefully beautiful too!
I intend to get going on that style of sewing for a while - so this is going to be my first piece of patchwork that truly uses odds and ends of fabric. I'm pretty excited to see how it turns out! It will definitely be something I pick up and put down so don't expect a finished product any time soon!
As much as I love the other patchwork I have done that followed a pattern and theme I am starting to love the absolute randomness of it. It feels somehow more authentic! We will see how it looks on a bigger scale!
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Here are my lovely patches all laid out in their sizes ready to be stitched together.
And then continued to make it into this bag which is totally my new bag of choice for the summer! I had a little facebook discussion about the best handles to use and finally settled on this bright blue which I'm really happy with! What do you think?
Thursday, 1 May 2014
2.Next I took the bottom piece of the skirt and sewed about 1cm away from the top edge all the way round from button to button hole. This stitch is going to be gathered so if you are using a machine set it to the longest stitch length that you can and leave about 10cm thread on each end.
Friday, 18 April 2014
Just realized it has been over a month since I last posted! I apologize for my silence and I'm afraid I cannot even say that I have been busy sewing!
Somehow time has disappeared - I've blinked and April's nearly through. It's been good though filled with all sorts. After some time with friends and family, a promotion, a new voluntary position, re-organization of the house and and an attempt to reclaim the garden for veggies I haven't had much time for stitching.
As things quieten down (in theory) I have a few plans for my sewing in the next few weeks.
- to start that pair of trousers I keep talking about
- to sew some more cushions for the lounge
- to make some more bits for my etsy shop and hopefully sell a few too
- to make time to sew with other people because I love that!
And now I've blogged all of that I have to do it right :-D Well watch this space and I'll keep you posted on how I get on!
What have your April makes been? Do share :-)
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Monday, 10 March 2014
The truth is I'm not sure - there is just something very peaceful about it for me. I enjoy the steadiness of the machine, I love the colours of the fabric, I love unusual things and I love the finished products. Sitting on my own in a room may not come naturally to me but it has become something I treasure - stitching and snipping away to create something I love.
The time that I got into sewing clothes was when I was at school - sewing with friends for a textiles GCSE and somehow I came up with the mad idea to make my prom dress. It was before the time of so many people owning digital cameras so I don't have a picture. It was a satin purple in a medieval style with flowing sleeves - definitely not the top fashion of the day but I absolutely loved it. From that point I dabbled on and off with crafting until I made my wedding dress and then continued on from there.
I had a good think though and realised that actually my earliest sewing memory was making this little chappy with my Mum.
I was given a little sewing pack and set about - probably one set of holidays - sewing him up. I still think he is pretty good and definitely very cute! I cannot remember how old I was but it would have been in primary school at some point. I remember setting all the pieces out on my Mum's bed and her helping me figure out what went where. Then I remember being very proud of the finished product - I can't remember much of the actual sewing process but it made me smile to think about this little duck. Definitely a happy sewing memory for me!
What is your first sewing memory? Can you remember sewing as a child or was it an adult hobby? Do share your first creations with me!
Friday, 28 February 2014
I set about pinning my gathers. I used 8cm per gather and folded it so that the 8cm became 4cm therefore by the time I had finished my skirt is half the length of when I started. I used the same gathering as I did here so click on the link to get the full tutorial. Once you have pinned your pleats run a line of straight stitching to hold them in place and press firmly.
Now I added a bias binding waist band. This can be made as thick or thin as you like - I really liked the little band on this skirt so I went for it.
Saturday, 22 February 2014
I thought I would take some time to do a bit of a post about some of the fabulous upcyclers that I come across. I keep finding the most amazing creations made from old or unused things so thought I would do a post to shout out to some of these fantastic artists. So here goes . . .
A gorgeous upcycle of a toddlers tunic made from an old top! This is by xoxo grandma - just click on the link to pop across to a whole load of sewing fabulousness! I love the gathering on this and the belt is too cute!
A sweater from a charity shop to a gorgeous bag - the detail on this is fantastic! Pop over to visit Gina at Gina's craft corner
This comes from Callaloux Bikoux and you can buy these lovely things on facebook so pop across and say hi!
Well I hope you have enjoyed my little wander around some fellow bloggers work - I certainly have. Do pop across to their blogs and shops and give them a follow or a like. I think this post represents what I love so much about upcycling really well - reduce waste and be super creative and innovative while your at it!
Monday, 17 February 2014
Well I have been doing a bit of a trial on making my own - I know crazy right! My impression was that it would be incredibly fiddly and technical and generally an absolute nightmare! Well apparently not - the hardest part about making knickers was the fact that my machine broke about every line of stitching I did!
I did a bit of a pinterest search and found this fab instruction sight from drumbellina.
So I set about chopping and stitching - I have some t-shirt fabric that I have not used up completely yet so thought I would do a bit of a trial run with that before I advance to more fancy fabric.
I changed the instructions slightly and instead of using pinking shears to edge I used my overlocker. So here are my very rough test pair!
Monday, 10 February 2014
The past week or so has been about trying to re-imagine how I use my time - where do all those little pieces of time disappear to that could be used in a much more positive way. I set myself a little challenge to actively avoid the tv and see how that went.
I have to confess, quite ashamedly, to feeling mild panic about three days in when faced with a morning off. The rain was pouring, I'd done gym already and I wasn't feeling particularly creative. Obviously it was ridiculous to feel that way and I continued my day happily sewing and doing jobs round the house before work but it highlighted to me how programmed my mind is to think I need this box in front of me in order to relax. Over Christmas I was surprised again at the number of ads flying through my mind each day. I grew up without a tv and I realized I didn't know I was supposed to want to visit Disney land and therefore was quite happy with some fab family holidays in cottages and the countryside. I'm not sure I want a tv to dictate how I think so I continued to try to keep it off. Now a week and a half in I feel great - I love the peace in the house, I love reading and listening to music. I love eating dinner at the table instead of off my lap because that program I just have to see is on right now. We all know I love sewing so that's a given! ;-) but I can say in all honesty I don't miss it in the slightest!
So for now my decision is definitely to keep the tv off - probably to remove it altogether in the long run - and try to explore some simple pleasures in life.
Have you made any changes in 2014 that you'd like to share? Do send me a message - maybe I'll look at a feature post of all of your transforming moments so far!
Till next time