My first forays into a Lilou Dress

I am awful at blogging, so I have decided to write this post straight after the last one, and then schedule it to be posted another day. I love being able to do that! I feel very organised! I may even do another one! (or not. but you will have to wait a couple of days to see if I have or if I have not…)

I have been busy though; I travelled back home for the Easter holidays, did some teaching, met up with some friends, reapplied for student finance, did a lot of shopping… so I have not been idle!

I have also painstakingly traced round the Lilou dress pattern from Tilly Walnes’ ‘Love at First Stitch’, which I got at Christmas. It took me forever, and I had monopoly over the dining room table for the best part of a morning, but I did get it done! (I thought I had photos of this, but apparently not. Not that they would have been particularly exciting photos mind you.. just image a lot of paper on a table)

This holiday I was supposed to be making a Ruby dress for my sister, however at the last minute she decided to watch the rugby instead of going fabric shopping, so I don’t think it will be done this time round. I did go shopping and pick up a lot of bedding (prettily patterned ones from charity shops) so that she wouldn’t have to leave the house to pick the fabric, but alas, none of them she liked. Her loss really! I found the nicest patterned one; white with pink and yellow and blue flowers; it is very summery!

I was planning on making my first Lilou dress with a yellow and white table cloth that my Nana bought me at the same time as she bought my cat lady material, but I have left it in Plymouth. I was a bit at a loss because I don’t have much fabric here (hence why my sorbetto is made out of very stiff cushion covering, and looks like something out of a children’s book), and I had really wanted to do some sewing.

That is when I put two and two together, and used some pretty bedding fabric to make my Lilou!

2015-03-27 15.53.30This is the fabric folded in two. It was a double duvet cover (thank goodness) and the underside was plain white. So I decided to do something different. I cut through both layers at the same time, cutting out a lining at the same time! I have never sewn with lining before, and it is a bit tougher on the old sewing machine so I am doing most by hand.

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Here is my attempt at doing a scalloped neckline… I don’t think it has quite worked, but I will see when I try it on! If not, I will just shear it off and no one will be any the wiser! (unless they have read this blog post which I doubt)

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I know I know, the photos are upside down etc etc but hey, I can live with that! Just look at the pretty fabric!

I machined-sewed the darts in the bodice, and the tops of the arms together, and the rest I am hand-sewing because I don’t think the machine can handle four layers of fabric, and I feel more in control this way anyway. The pleats have gone in, and everything is pinned into place so the next time I have five minutes, I can get straight to it! I have just ordered a zip from eBay, which will arrive when I am on holiday, so that is perfect. The pattern/Tilly calls for an invisible zip but hey. Why stress myself? I don’t want that extra hassle, and I’m sure an exposed zip will be fine….

That is it for now, after Easter weekend I will get back to it, and sew with renewed vigour, but for now, have a lovely break!

I have a sewing machine!

Praise be!

To be honest, I have had a sewing machine in my loft at home since before Christmas, but it was languishing there unused, unloved, as I was unable to make it work.

Thankfully, my mother’s student is a sewing machine guru and had a look at it for me the other week, and it is working! Well. It was working. My dad had to give it a bit of a jiggle around and oil it some, as it was jamming. I haven’t tried it since, so I am unaware as to whether it is running smoothly, but I can always hope!

It is a Toyota model, so if anyone owns one, I will be in your debt forever if you gave me any tips etc. They would  be most appreciated I can tell you!

Anyway, I did some sewing on my machine before it gave up; I started making a Sorbetto top! I am very excited to announce that I have tried again at a Colette pattern, as that was one of my sewing goals (and four months into the year, I fear I have not accomplished many of them.. oops!)

2015-03-27 09.47.29I cut a straight six (Only because when I got the pattern out of the plastic wallet I had put it in at Christmas, that was what it was cut out as. I haven’t a clue if that is my size, but I am too lazy to check trust past Rhiannon’s judgement.

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Excuse the unironed fabric; it is some sort of bedding I think; there are cushions in my sister’s room which look suspiciously similar to this top.

I managed to machine sew the arm holes together before it gave up on me; I think the pleat stressed it out too much. I am actually quite unsure as to how I should go about sewing it down. I will probably do it by hand; yes it is slower, however I have so much more control over what I am doing!

Anywho, this is a bit of a boring post; I just wanted to update everyone on the fact that I now have a sewing machine! (Which is exciting stuff for me, if not everyone else!)

Have a happy week!

Knitted Bunny

Good evening !

I thought I would share with you all my most recent craft;

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I m so proud of myself, seeing as I have only been knitting since just before Christmas!

My auntie gave me a craft book for christmas, and I thought I would try out one of the projects in there. I love love love bunnies, so this seemed perfect. I had a knit and natter session yesterday evening, which ended up being just a knitting session as I was the only one there. But I listened to my audiobook and re taught myself to cast on and knit for two hours. then I came home and finished off the body.

This afternoon, I knitted the arms and ears, and sewed it all together, stuffing and shaping until it resembled a Bunny.

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I know, I know, it is a little mis-shapen, buuuut, for a first try it is not too bad!

Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge 2015

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the addition of a new badge on the sidebar;

I am going to be taking part in the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge 2015, run by A Stitching Odyssey. I saw lots of posts last year showcasing beautiful vintage clothes, and I have now amassed a huge amount of vintage patterns (of which only one I have used).

Now is my chance!

During 2015, I, Rhiannon from Sew Punny, will sew up at least two of my vintage or reproduction sewing patterns.  
I hope I will be able to do this; I have some very nice patterns which need using!
2014-12-30 19.13.45I so need a better picture of this pattern envelope!! Anyway, this is one I want to make up, and I am sure I will find something else to sew as well 🙂
Wish me luck!

Geeky Monthly Stitch December Challenge… a tad early!

I know, I know, it isn’t even close to the end of November. So I probably won’t be able to enter this into the Monthly Stitch December challenge, but I just needed to do some sewing, and I had the perfect material; the curtains I blogged about!

They are Whinnie the Pooh curtains, and although I never really was a fan of the big yellow bear, it was just too much of a perfect coincidence not to use them!

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As you can see, Whinnie and Piglet are watering and tending to their garden, which is rather sweet.

I used this pattern;

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and a 50p zip I bought from a charity shop back home, bringing this make to a grand total of £3.99, which is not too bad!

So, here are my photos; this is one I took mid construction; I the pattern I had was for a size 16, and I didn’t fancy cutting into the pattern pieces, so I stuck it on my mannequin and pinned the excess fabric;

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(excuse the awfulness that is this photo….)

I also didn’t have a 20 cm zipper, so used a smaller one (obviously)

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I also hemmed the skirt using bias tape! I have never used it before, and as I couldn’t be bothered to google a tutorial, I just folded it in half and sewed. (I know, I know, blasphemous, as I am pretty sure that is nottt how it works). I found some lovely gold sparkly bias tape in my ribbon stash, not sure when or how it got there as I have never intentionally bought any before… I thought the colour worked well with the fabric and reminded me of honey, which is what Winnie the Pooh loves… (I have just realised  that I haven’t a clue how he is spelt!! oops).

I also used the top of the curtain bit as my waistband, as the pattern called for some petersham, which after a quick google, am still none the wiser about. It sounds like stiff ribbon, and so the top of a curtain does the trick for me! I also added a hook and eye to the back, as it would have gaped other wise. I did change the style a little, as I think this skirt was supposed to have a side zipper, but I opted instead for a back one. There is a bit of weirdness going on at the bottom of the zip, which I will have to fix if I want to wear it out of the house. (And I do. I’m sure I can work that into my work wardrobe…)

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The Swecialist Grease Is The Word Sewing Challenge!

So!

Drumroll please!

You are about to see my face! (Apologies in advance!)

This is my blog post showcasing my Grease inspired blouse I made using the Colette Violet pattern. As you may remember, I had a few troubles with the construction (have a gander at the original post here)

I actually made the effort to put some make up on and do my hair in a ‘Good girl Sandy’ kind of style, and paired my blouse with a me-made skirt. This is in fact my first make; a calf length skirt I sewed in the summer holidays. Although it really suits the project, I can’t enter it, as it was made previously to the challenge. (Sad face)

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(ew gross, the shirt was escaping!)

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grease

Not sure which one I shall post on the flickr group but hey, I will decide soon (in approximately 2 minutes as I am going to enter after this uploads)

The Monthly Stitch- Geek Out! – Challenge Announcement

Aaand another post!

I am announcing that I am going to be taking part in The Monthly Stitch! Well, the December one anyway.

It is called ‘Geek Out!‘, and baasically, the challenge is to make clothing which showcases a geeky side. So, inspired by a TV show, or film or something like that. I have a few ideas in mind, one of them including using the Whinnie the Pooh curtains to make a skirt.

I have a pinterest board dedicated to nerdy sewing, and I am tempted to copy cat Jessica Day in New Girl. She is beautiful and has a a fabulous sense of style. Gosh love her.

So yes, this is my announcement. Maybe you will join me in this challenge?