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 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Whim 20 continued: Reverse Applique Floral

I have completed the first try of my reverse applique floral challenge! I took a slightly different approach on this from my trial piece - deciding at the last minute to use the sewing machine rather than hand sew the edges. This gives the piece a different look - the shapes had to be simplified and white borders added around them, but It looks and feels pretty professional up close (despite a few wobbles that are apparent in the photo!) 
I have take photos throughout the process and will be adding a tutorial when I have made this into a cushion cover.  I am also going to try at least one more version which will be hand-sewn as per my original plans!
My favourite parts are the embroidered details which I think I will add more to any new versions. 

Old Project 3: Morocco

Today some work from the archives which are from an unfinished project: a fabric journal inspired by Morocco. I did a lot of research and trials for this journal but never quite got around to completing it. Here are two pages of patchwork and embroidery that did at least get done!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Whim 20: Reverse Applique Floral

This week I am 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 am using reverse applique because I love it and I think it looks a lot like overlayed screen printing because you can see bits of other colours poking out underneath.
My first task was to sort through all of my pinterest board for the right image, and chose this one by Noboriya:

Then I tried to recreate part of it as best I could using small squares of felt (about 16cm). Plus adding some decorative stitching using black thread.
I like parts of how it has come out, but I don't like the colour combination (even though they look so good in the print) and I need to simplify it a bit to make it work on my final piece. Below  is a sketch for the real thing with these amendments:
Keep posted to see how it goes!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Whim 19: Sail Boat Cushion

A nautical project as I'm spending a week at my parents house which overlooks a harbour filled with all kinds of fascinating boats. 
This is the first one of these that I have made, but I am going to try more with different colours, accents and a removable cover.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Old Project 2: Hundertwasser Stitch and Slash

The placement school that I was working in on my PGCE did the art textiles GCSE exam rather than the technology one, and the walls are full of interesting experimental fabric techniques. I had never done the stitch and slash method of quilting before, and the ones displayed looked brilliant, so I thought I'd have a go.

This sample was based on the Hundertwasser painting The Big Way. I have loved Hunderwasser's work for many years and thought that the structure and colours of this piece in particular fitted the technique.

This is one of my favourite projects ever - I love how it turned out and wish I could find some use for it! Might be good as a cushion come to think of it...

The Big Way by Hundertwasser

My 'stitch and slash' version

Old projects 1: Monster Pencil Case

I've decided to merge my various blogs into one (this one!) so i'm going to be posting my favourite posts from those sites on here, just as a record of old projects i'm proud of. 

Another project in my monster series: an angry monster pencil case. The mouth is a zip, so the monster can gobble up your pens and pencils!
I managed to design it, buy components for and complete the make all in one day. I made a few changes to the original design (swapped eyebrows for a nose, and changed the horn colours), but I'm pleased with how it has turned out! 

I'm a little creeped out by this looking back on it and I think the nose is pretty awful! But overall a good make and I like the fact that I did a design drawing too.
The original design
Mouth closed

Mouth open

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Whim 18: Animal Brooches

Two animal brooches I have made recently,one a stuffed fox head, and the other an embroidered crab with beaded edge.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Whim 17: Ring-binder Pencil Case

This is a project I made for a friend Vicki's birthday - I saw the gorgeous robot fabric and knew I had to make something from it! Vicki is training to be a teacher and so has lots of paper, pens, binders etc to cart around, so I thought she might find this useful. It ties into the rings on the binder, so you always have stationary available when you need it. 

I used a PVC fabric (advertised to protect table tops from damage) for the clear window on the front (under the zip) and the robots on the back.  The PVC is incredibly hard to work with and i'm blaming that for my wonky bias binding! 

Sew Sociable competition - Polo Shirt recycle.

My entry for a competition at Sew Sociable last night. The challenge was to create a new piece of women's clothing using old polo shirts. I used two different shirts to make it using a blouse pattern I had made in my recent pattern cutting class and adding the sailor collar. I used the collar from the blue shirt as one layer of the sailor collar and added a ribbon trim, anchor embroidery and the original shirt sleeves.  You can see more entries and information here.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Whim 16: Fifties style collared blouse

Another product of my pattern making class - I have added sleeves and a collar to the princess seam top from my last post. I used the collar from this vintage dress

 as a template and then added a slightly puffed sleeve with a turn up on the hem. It fits wonderfully (wish I had a good photo!) and I love it! The fabric is another amazing charity shop find (£3 for about 3 meters!).

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Whim 15: Sleeveless Blouse

I am currently taking a pattern cutting course at Ruth Singer Studio learning how to make and alter bodice patterns. I am having a fantastic time learning these new skills and it has made me feel unstoppable!

Here are two sleeveless blouses I have created to practice all of the new skills I am learning. The top one is from the basic block (loose fit) and it made out of a vintage duvet cover. The bottom one is made using floral fabric I found in charity shop and the lace insert from an old Laura Ashley shirt. Both have bound edges (have been further practicing my binding skills!)  

Monday, 26 May 2014

Whim 14: Heart Shaped Oven Gloves

Another project from a few months ago. This is something I made at a class by the lovely Sarah of  Crafty Sew and So. I hate using binding and have always been rubbish at it - so I wanted a chance to practice my skills. Sarah showed up some tips to get it looking good (laying flat with the stitching catching both sides) and i'm really pleased with the result. I also love the gorgeous fox fabric I used, an unusual colour for me (orange is my least favourite colour) but I think it looks fab with the contrasting turquoise! It was also good to try out the heat resistant wadding.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Whim 13: Shirt (Take 2)

Too many months since I posted anything - but that doesn't mean I've been idle!
I have made many things since November and i'll be trying to update. My main issue is not having anyone to take photos for me (the downside to living on your own!), so i'll be making do with bad quality selfies!

Anyway here is my second attempt at making a shirt. It is made from some fancy elephant print fabric with yoke and cuffs made from black denim, and white piping.  

It is very comfortable to wear and I wear it for work often. A massive success all round!