Lilou Lilou…

So as you are aware, I am sewing up Tilly and the button’s Lilou dress.

Yesterday and today I have started sewing in earnest but I am still waiting on my zip from EBay to arrive so I can do final adjustments etc.

I did my first fitting of it last night and my mother kindly took photos for me;

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A very unflattering photo I know but just to show the whole dress in its entirety. I’m not sure about the scallops, I’m going to trim them off and try again next time I make Lilou.

I also had to re-sew my darts by hand because they were not the same length. I am not used to my sewing machine and so I overshot majorly

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As you can see, there are major  wrinkles going on at the back, which I am hoping can be rectified when I put the zip in. My back pleats here are very wonky but I have worked it out and everything is equal now (phew!).

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I’m also not bothering with pattern matching, but I don’t think it matters too much.

I hope your sewing projects are going smoothly !

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Knitting Square Ted

As you have probably realised, I have recently learnt to knit. I am very proud of myself, as it was a craft that I didn’t think I would ever get in to, as it looked too fiddly. But. Here I am! And I can officially call myself a knitter!

You may remember the bunny rabbit I knitted last month. Well, I set myself a challenge to make a bigger cuddly toy, and here it is!

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The pattern is from the same book as the bunny, and has a mini ted and a maxi ted, and I challenged myself to the maxi, which involved knitting over 100 rows. Which was hard!

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But I did it! you have to knit each section separately, so the body/head, both arms and both legs are stitched on after they have been sewn into tubes and stuffed.

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Unfortunately, I sewed one of his legs the wrong way, so the knitting is sitting the wrong way, and one leg is slightly shorter than the other one. Other than that, I am super proud!

Long Time No Sew…. Two Day Ruby Dress!

Hello hello,

the title of this blog post says it all really; it has been a really long time since I sewed anything, and I was really missing it! But I have had assignments to do (and still do actually), and was feeling very uninspired by what material and patterns I had, even though I still have my vintage pledge to do….

As I was scrolling through facebook yesterday morning, I happened across a post by ‘Love Sewing’, giving away their Ruby dress pattern for free, for a week! Driven by my love of free things, I immediately downloaded it, and while procrastinating one of my many assignment tasks, printed it out. And then put it together. And then cut out the fabric. And then sewed it. And before I knew what was happening, I had a half installed zip, and very very sleepy eyes.

At every stage, I was fully intending on letting it go, putting it into a pile to finish another day. But it just never happened! And I am so proud of myself!

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I was going to take a photo at each stage but I forgot (as per usual), so I will just talk you through my process. I omitted the front and back facings as I didn’t have enough fabric, and one of the back pieces of skirt had to be sewn together as there wasn’t enough to cut one nice big piece unfortunately. It is a bit messy, but it is at the back, so I think I will be fine! The material I used is a little mysterious; I think it was my Nana’s but I’m not sure; my mother was using it to clean or cover something while redecorating, but I thought it was much to pretty to be a cleaning cloth so I rescued it. It is very worn, and in places it has holes, so I will, at some point, go round and cover up the holes with extra fabric or something.

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I think the fabric choice looks very similar to the one in the thumbnail of the Love Sewing post. But I had this material in mind, and I am so happy that I used it! This is what it looked like last night, with the zip half installed. The fit is so good, I am so pleased! I graded from a size 10 on the top, to a size 12 on the bottom.

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I was just hemming the arm holes and casually looked in my diary and realised I had a meal to go to with my knitting society, which I had completely forgotten about. So I didn’t hem the bottom of the dress; I think I may try and find some lace or something to add a little bit of length. You can see my slip poking out the bottom, oops! At least I wasn’t flashing anyone!

I did look a little over-dressed for a Chinese buffet, but hey, I made my dress myself, that is reason enough to wear it!

Vinyl Pouch

Hullo hullo me again.

So. I did say that I would pace myself when it came to my sewing projects, as I have numerous assignment deadlines looming. However, when one of the projects was a birthday present, it couldn’t really be put off for much longer!

To remind you, this is a photo I took of my yet-to-be started project;

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I quite like that photo actually!

Anyway, quite a simple project, and only took me yesterday evening to do; it is already on the post, winging itself first class to my Nana!

I sewed on the zip, and up the two sides, and turned right side out (harder than it sounds; I accidentally sewed it shut by forgetting to leave the zip half open and I couldn’t quite reach the zip pull to open it back up… oops!)

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Vinyl is actually quite nice to sew; I was pleasantly surprised!

I then added a finishing touch by sewing on a ribbon all the way round, and tying it in a bow;

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I am very pleased with myself; this pouch turned out really well (even if I do say so myself) and my stitching was very straight up the sides (which is good as they are visible!), and the bow is cute, and I hope my Nana likes it as much as I do!

Happy week everyone!

Charger Pouch

Yet another project I did not plan on doing….

My cousin asked me to make her a pouch in which she can tidy her laptop charger in. I whatsapped her photos of all the fabrics I had, and she chose this lovely grey material for the lining. And this yellow material for the outer fabric. Sadly, I didn’t have enough left. But, I was resourceful, and unpicked the first pouch I had made. To be fair, it was not the best sewing I have ever done, and I wasn’t using it, so this made perfect sense to me.

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Anyhow, I decided to try and sandwich the zip between the inner and outer fabric, and I am really quite proud of myself! I also think that my stitching is rather straight.

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(well except in this photo….)

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The inside is pretty neat as well!

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So I have sent my cousin her new pouch in the post; fingers crossed she likes it!

Be my (Game of Thrones) Valentine

So I have been toiling away for a couple of weeks now, on a project of mine that I hadn’t blogged about.

I was thinking about something I could make for my boyfriend for Valentine’s day, something that he could use or maybe something he would appreciate. I hit on something even better.

Game of Thrones related!

I made a pinboard of GoT quotes and ideas; a purse or pouch? But I don’t have appropriate ‘manly’ fabric. A t-shirt? I’m not about to pretend that my sewing skills are up to that.
And then I saw a cross stitch. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at cross stitch, so I bought the materials on Ebay and got started!

I found an alphabet on the internet and then copied it and then found a frame to copy as well. The sword I did free hand (and that was actually pretty difficult).

I think the words are quite apt, a) because it is true and b) because needles are what I use a lot nowadays soooo…

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I did however mark where I needed to stitch with pen, and it looks messy. Any ideas about how I could rectify this?

Anyway, I hope all your crafts are going well! Thanks for reading 🙂

Elephanting around

Is elephanting even a word? According to word checker, no it isn’t. Oh well, I can dream.

Anyway, this post is about an elephant plushee I made for my friend’s birthday. I had said that I would make her an owl cushion, but I found out she had already made herself one with a kit received at Christmas. So instead, I made her an elephant, and I am actually pretty pleased with how it turned out!

I used this pattern and tutorial,
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and used material I won for the body, and material I bought at the market for the ears.

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I cut out the pattern pieces:

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And then pinned them right sides together;

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I sewed all the way round, leaving a gap on the elephant’s bottom:

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I then turned it right side out

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Then I stuffed the elephant using wadding, and sewed him up, adding a tail. The sewing is slightly more visible than I would have liked, and possibly could have been stuffed a tad more, but all in all, I am rather pleased!

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