Wednesday, 20 August 2014

50's Dress and petticoat...

This dress took a lot longer than expected! It took a lot of working out to pattern match the bodice pieces and the yoke and collar. I managed that and then had a huge delay when I ran out of fabric for the left front of the skirt, after numerous visits to numerous Boyes by numerous people it turned out that I had bought the last of it. Aaargh! What to do? I did contemplate having plain pink cotton strips added into the skirt back and right front and then the pieces I had 'cut out' use them to make the left front. However I just couldn't summon enough brain power to work out the measurements as it has a lot of gather and the left was narrower than the right (or vice versa) and involved false plackets and real plackets...sooo.... In the end, I got all the off cuts and over a few nights, matched the pattern together very cleverly(!) (lots of pinning, repining and correcting bad pinning) until it was the right measurement and 'patch-worked' it, luckily because of the nature of the pattern you can't tell! #
Also it turned out that I needed some expert help too as I could not understand the instructions for attaching the bodice to the skirt that involved a placket and pleats! Again a few nights were spent re-reading the instructions, reading sewing manual books and holding it up in front of myself going 'Eh!?'
So a huge thank you to Mammy!
In my confused moments I made the petticoat to go under the dress. this pattern was brilliant, easy to follow and hangs lovely. It was a bonus knowing that I was the first person to see this pattern since it had been produced in the 50's as it was a sealed packet!
Here they are...


Monday, 18 August 2014

Nosey look at my craft room.

Hello! I have had a few people show an interest in where I do my crafting, so here are some pictures. This is after the tidy up (believe it or not!) but as you can see, I am still a bit short of storage! Since we have been decorating this space has become a storage area again and I have been sewing downstairs.
I have seen numerous pictures on Pinterest  of people storing fabric in plastic snap top boxes of various sizes. in colour order. I too started out all colour coded, however it didn't last for very long, as whenever material gets pulled out to check sizes of and put next to other colours for various projects at the tidy up point it just gets shoved in whatever box is nearest or whichever box it fits in. here is my fabric stash...
It looks like I need a few more plastic storage boxes! I was also really good sorting ribbons and have a separate tins for bias binding, fasteners, buttons etc, very organised!

This is the table I use for cutting out and also use it as an ironing board, I put an old folded up towel on top, and this works very well. It also gets used for many other craft projects where I need a bit more room than on my drop down work top.

Next to this you can just see the cupboard I keep my sewing and craft books, reference folders etc in. On top inside the wicker basket is my paper making paraphernalia.

In the tiny alcove I keep my singles, tools (screwdrivers blah) painting equipment and pens and inks too. The cardboard box has part of my sewing pattern collection and hidden underneath is the rest of them. I would love them to be more organised and one day it will happen!

My L.P collection again sadly lacking organisation at the moment and my records for making and creating with (along with some more fabric!)

A clean and clear sewing area, bobbins and cottons artistically stored!
Behind my sewing table is my paper storage place, avec printer and basket of glues and tapes. then comes my card and jewellery making work top...
...complete with paper craft and jewellery books, accessories and ornaments! I also have felt making, candle making, soap making, encaustic art, weaving, cross stitch and quilting stuff stored on the top. Underneath in the draws are my knitting and crochet bits and in the cupboards my writing books and folders full of budding authorism! (I don't really think that that is a real word!)
So there it is, a little nosey into my world.  I don't think you will get any storage ideas or anything from me (Lol!) but I hope you found it interesting!








Sunday, 8 June 2014

June = Preparing for a craft fair.

The pencil skirt isn't much further on. I have put it in the  'pile to complete' as I have been, instead, preparing for a craft fair.
I went through all my makes, checking to make sure they all have tags, (that meant making new tags and labels!) completing some items that I hadn't really finished and making new items to increase my stock.
I have really enjoyed making yoyo brooches (though now I want to give them a rest for a while!) I also discovered travel card wallets and fold up shopping bags. These are really fun to make and when they are complete I want to keep them, but I know I mustn't! With the fab campervan oilcloth fabric I also made a messenger bag, no pattern, all out of my head and I am really pleased with how it has turned out.
When I haven't been stitching up all this little lot I have been creating hexagons for quilting, I have about twenty made up to now (I know I am really slow at this! I will get faster with more experience!) And wonders will never cease, I have also managed to create another row of squares and stitch them together to add to the big quilt I am making. I think I may have it finished by 2020!
Anyway here are some pictures...(not of the quilt because I want to wait until it is done and show it in all it's glory!)


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

New Pencil Skirt

I am making myself a new pencil skirt. I want to make a red one (but haven't yet found a red fabric I like enough) and a black one. You may remember that I already made a black one what do you need another one for? Well, it shrunk in the wash.
Anyway... This is the book I got my inspiration from, and as Gertie was inspired to make all the Vogue patterns I am going to try and make most of Gerties patterns. (I say most because some are versions of another thing, like a pencil skirt with flounces)
I actually steamed straight in and made a lining...It was enormous! I made the next size down, I was a smaller size than I thought what was my size...Still huge! I measured myself again extra carefully and measured the lining, What was going on? So I decided to read further into the book again and found a sizing chart. Turns out it is American sizing so I am only a size 8 ! (Yes 8!) I decided to read the instructions extra specially carefully after that!

I wanted to do interlining, so I did it almost like the instructions! I actually cut the lining and fabric separately and then pinned them together. I basted using threads I recycled from the old lining I had made.

Also I used another technique I had never before and that was making dart and zip marks etc using a spiky wheel (tracing wheel) and sewing carbon paper...

I stitched down the centre of the darts out of my own imagination! (with a basting stitch on my machine not by hand!) slightly contrary to instructions that showed the tacking on the 'leg' of the dart. I thought my way would be better and I found it easier to line up the dart this way and stitch it accurately.

I also had the amazing idea of using washi tape to mark a line 5/8ths away from the needle point to get an accurate seem line and another strip to mark a cm line. (I previously had used clear celotape(SP?) but it had got a bit tatty and I had to clean it off with a huggies baby wip,e these work fantastic, hardly any effort at all!) I thought washi tape would be a modern take on marking!
The next step in the instructions was to stitch the darts...

Then I actually ironed the darts! (And baste stitched them flat within the seam allowances just to be posh!) I even removed the centre dart tacking and rewrapped it around my empty bobbing so I can use it again.
I pinned it to my dummy to see what it would look (fit) like before I basted the seams and did a real check.

I was really good and left 'tails' in my darts so that I could knot them.
Here is the one from the book ...
That I am hoping mine will be as neat when finished.
The next step and final one of the night was baste stitching the seams to do a real fitting fit before stitching it up properly...
The next job (as my fitting seems pretty spot on.) Is to do this...
Oh yes, I'm being a big clever clogs!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Finally Finished Frogs!

I have finally got around to the stitching on of eyes on my frogs and they are now completed! I am now frogged out! Unless of course anyone wants one making in a particular fabric...
Anyway here are the pictures... And here are the measurements too..
nose to back leg 11"
width 8.5"
4" tall (height of back)
Sat up frog about 6.5" tall
7" wide.

Soon for sale on Etsy!