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 #16

After reading this post from Eclectic Threads, I felt inspired to use the Sorbetto pattern I’d had sitting in my pile of ‘to dos’. The pattern is super easy and a rewarding way to spend a couple of hours. I hadn’t made bias-binding before but found the tutorials on the Coletterie site really helpful and straightforward. I love the idea of using bias-binding for the edges – it’s such a nice detail. And the box pleat is very sweet. What a great pattern! I’ll definitely be making more of these 🙂

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Project #15

I first made a skirt using this pattern years ago. Since then I’ve made so many more I could do it in my sleep! I’ve given them as presents to friends and even made a stack in different sizes and sold them on Etsy. I’ve been feeling the need for a pink skirt for a while now, so brought out this trusty pattern to quickly make one! In true form I wore it to work the day after I made it and then again a couple of days later.

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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 #13

My mum gave me this fabric from her own collection a few years ago. I have very fond memories of rummaging through mum’s suitcase of fabric while she sewed (probably making a terrible mess). So it felt quite special using some of that fabric to make something of my own. I based the pattern of this tunic on another I own that I wear to death during in-between weather. 

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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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Project #8

There’s going to be a bombardment of posts from me this week as I’m running a couple of weeks behind.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this top/tunic and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately it’s too cold at the moment to wear without a jacket – disappointing because the back is my favourite part (I love the gathers and yoke). I plan to use the pattern again to make something more appropriate for winter.IMG_8117 editIMG_8145 editIMG_8130 editIMG_8156 edit     IMG_8174 editIMG_8168 editIMG_8135 editIMG_8172 edit

Project #7

IN LOVE. That’s how I feel about this fabric. It’s a fine silk that is so soft and delicate. I’m getting married early next year and am planning to make the dresses for my bridesmaids – I have a feeling this will be the fabric I’ll use! It’s hard to get a good idea of the colour, because it looks so different depending on the light.The closest match is probably the colour of the final photo. 

I plan to make a cami to go underneath…I’ll keep you posted 🙂 Also, I haven’t hemmed it yet – the pattern suggested ‘leaving overnight to hang’ first. Which I’ve never heard of before! Can anyone shed some light on why this helps? IMG_8093 editIMG_8028 editIMG_8078 editIMG_8102 edit