Project #20

So I’ve tried my hand at something new this time! This picnic rug came about after toying with the idea of a picnic-themed wedding but being unable to find picnic rugs that were both nice and affordable.

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After sewing all the squares together, I sewed on a white cotton backing and then quilted the whole thing to some tarp to make it waterproof. The tarp is actually part of a white drop cloth that I found at a hardware store.

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I initially thought I’d add a border like you would on a quilt, but ended up deciding it wasn’t necessary so just zig-zagged the edges of the fabric and folded them over the tarp. It’s not padded or anything so needs some fairly thick grass under it to feel really comfortable. It also doesn’t look as smooth as I imagined it would, but I suppose it’s bound to crinkle when it’s sat on anyway!

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We still haven’t made a decision about its use at the wedding, but I’m happy with how it turned out and had lots of fun making it! Definitely looking forward to many summer picnics!

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Projects #17, #18 and #19

It’s again been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I’m using this efficient post to put things back on track! These are all basic pieces I made a while ago but hadn’t yet gotten around to photographing. It’s probably been obvious from my posts so far that I’m obsessed with floral prints…I must also admit that I’m immensely fond of polka dots! 🙂

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P.S. I’ve been working on something a bit different to usual this week – I’m looking forward to sharing it soon! 😉

Project #14

I bought this fabric years ago and attempted to use it to make a dress. However, those were the days when I didn’t have a clue about grainlines and as this fabric is reasonably stretchy the result wasn’t good! I kept the dress for years in my bag of clothes-that-didn’t-go-quite-right from which I occasionally pick out things to either try to salvage or pull apart to use as scrap fabric.

Last Sunday I was having an unsuccessful sewing day and ended up frustrated and annoyed at the top I was trying to make. As I demoted that project to the clothes-that-didn’t-go-quite-right bag, I stumbled across this dress and found myself re-inspired.

I used the original bodice I had made for the dress and added a bit of a flounce. There was little planning involved and at first I wasn’t sure that I liked the proportions of the top. However I tried it on and immediately loved how it felt – girlish and fun!IMG_8412 editIMG_8427 editIMG_8410 editIMG_8424 edit

Project #11

It’s been a while since my last project – I’ve started a new job and have been flat out. It’s a terrific feeling to be posting again 🙂 Expect to see a bit more from me than usual over the next few weeks while I frantically try to catch up!

I bought this silk fabric on a whim a few years ago but never really knew what to do with it. The design is so bold and fun – I really wanted to make something that showed it off. I ended up deciding on this smock dress with a waist tie, which I’ve taken to calling my ‘seaweed dress’. Perhaps not the most flattering of names, but I feel it works!

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Project #9

For my third project I made a pencil skirt that I absolutely adored…IMG_7711 edit2

Alas! I have sad news!

A few weekends ago I was wearing the skirt whilst preparing for some guests who were visiting that day. Just before they arrived I thought I’d do another quick wipe of the bathroom tiles. Without thinking, I bent down and immediately heard the sound of fabric tearing. Argh!! I’d managed to rip a rather sizeable hole in the back of my new skirt! I must say I was devastated…

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Anyway, not the end of the world! I’m still debating over what I’ll do with the remnants, as I can’t bear to let the fabric go to waste! In the meantime I decided I needed to make another pencil skirt to make me feel better about the other one’s demise. I still had some of the Indonesian batik fabric I used to make cushions a while ago, and decided this would make a cheerful skirt to wear during the colder months. Here’s the result!

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Knitting bag

This bag was made with much love as it was a Mother’s Day gift for my mum. I love making things for people – the process is so enjoyable as you’re always imagining that special moment of handing it over.

The pattern I used was McCall’s M5722. There are two outside pockets (one on each side) and two large, stiff pockets on the inside. The pattern suggested using buckram and fusible fleece to give the bag more shape, but I was unable to find either of these materials and used a thick interfacing instead. Must say, I had no idea what buckram was until I came across this pattern! If anyone else is thinking the same, I can now tell you that it’s a stiff cotton-type fabric commonly used in millinery. Imagine a hat you might wear to the races – apparently buckram is that stiff fabric part that is often moulded to fit your head. Who knew!

Mum loved her gift and has already chosen a project to fill her new bag over the next few weeks 🙂

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Project #3

This material is by one of my favourite fabric designers, Liberty of London. It was given to me as a gift and for ages I couldn’t decide what to make with it, I just pulled it out every now and then to admire! Since it has a slight stretch, I finally chose to make a close-fitting, zipper-less pencil skirt. I decided on a facing instead of waistband and added a kick pleat to allow some movement. It was super easy to make and I love the result – the fabric’s so gorgeous that it stands alone. I wore this skirt (the day I finished it? Of course!) when out shopping for wedding dresses. I don’t know if I can wait until next summer to wear it again!

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Project #1

Feeling very excited to have my first project completed!

I’ve always had a fear of light fabrics and their tendency to slip and slide while you’re sewing them. That’s why attempting this floaty dress made from two metres of chiffon was quite daunting! However, patience always seems to pay off – besides, who could resist working with such a bright and beautiful design? I wore this dress the night I finished it to a friend’s birthday dinner. It was a great night and by wearing this dress I felt I was really making the most of the last days of warm weather.

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