Saturday, 26 October 2013

Whim 13: Shirt!



This is a project I have been meaning to try ever since I watched the shirt challenge on the Great British Sewing Bee last year, and has been spurred on by finding a fantastically detailed book on shirtmaking in a charity shop a few months ago.


I eventually want to make my own pattern and unique and unusual design (as yet undecided) but as I didn't really understand how all of the cuffs and collars worked I thought it best to make one up from a commercial pattern first.



I decided on this Simplicity pattern because it seemed to use the traditional shirt parts that some more simple patterns lacked, and after completing it I am pleased that it has certainly primed me in most of the techniques I will need to make my own shirt design.
I used the gingham because it was very cheap (£3.00 a metre -I love Leicester market!) and I wasn't convinced that the size would be right (according to the size guide my bust fits the size 18  whilst my back is size 10 and hips 12 -after a lot of deliberation I followed the size 14 pattern and it actually fits pretty well!).Perhaps now I know it fits I'll make another out of a more exciting fabric.  

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Christmas tree decorations


I know it's only just October but I have been looking ahead to Christmas for the last few weeks - trying out a selection of felt and fabric tree decorations to see which ones are successful. I photographed them amoungst the holly in my garden to give a winter edge - don't think it worked too well though! My favourites at the moment are the two Xmas trees (white with buttons and lace, and green and red with buttons and embroidery) although I think the snowman could be easily improved with a few adjustments. Which one is your favourite? Comment below!