Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Whim 23: Gertie's Dirndl Skirt

 I am newly obsessed with this lovely book:  Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing  as well as the blog it comes from. I am planing to make all of the patterns in it as they are all gorgeous.  First off though I followed the instructions to make a simple dirndl skirt using a lovely red and gold sari I found in a charity shop.


A sari is a fantastic thing to make this out of as you need such a long piece of fabric to gather into the waistband. This sari had two different patterned edges - I used the smaller of the two borders as the bottom of the skirt (no hemming!). The silk is crisp and light which makes the skirt stick out in the fifties style (although worn here with a knee-length full petticoat - which helps too!)






Saturday, 21 February 2015

I realised that I never put up any images of the Sew Sociable bunting project that we did in the Autumn. There is a page with everyone's designs here and this is what my individual pieces looked like....
What it is all about:
“My bunting represents a strange but wonderful house I lived in a few years ago with 4 boys- the shield represents their professions. The house had been built by one of the members of Showaddywaddy back in their 70’s heyday but had not been updated since so it had all the trappings of a pop star lifestyle (Including a swimming pool and sauna just off the living room!) but the most horrendous decor you have ever seen! I am still in particular horror of the bright pink bathtub!

Monday, 16 February 2015

A peek into my sketchbook




Whim 22- Things I like


A mini fabric journal.
I made this as a demo for a year 9 class I have been teaching about fabric journals. I tried to incorporate as many of the techniques that were available to them as possible and bound it using rings so the individual pages could be easily examined. 









 This project is not finished and will have more pages - when I get around to it!




Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Sew Sociable Applique Challange


I haven't updated for a bit - back to school craziness has left me too busy until now, but that doesn't mean I haven't been sewing!

Firstly... I won the floral applique Sew Sociable challenge with my multicoloured 60's flowers! I was super proud to win after seeing so many lovely entries. ( You can see them here.)

Talking about my entry, especially about how I used felt my mum bought in a jumble sale when she was in the guides (so it is actually from the 60's!)
(Photos from Julia - bobbinsnbuttons)


I won a voucher for Hannah's Room, a lovely new quilting shop in Coalville which I will be visiting as soon as I think I can cope with the task having to choose what to buy!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Whim 21: Sixties Floral Applique



I am still working on this months Sew Sociable challenge  (to use applique to create a floral sampler). I have decided to base this on some gorgeous sixties inspired floral prints (see my pinterest board for more images) which lend themselves to applique because of the limited colour palettes. I have already created one using reverse applique but I was inspired to create one using this simpler (but more time consuming!) method of hand sewing.
The pattern was inspired by this amazing piece of vintage fabric: 

A close up of my design: Beautiful coloured felts