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!

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Future Projects!

I have not been sewing any clothes for a while now, and I would really like to get back into it. However, I am worried that this will prove the perfect distraction from all the assignments I need to do before the end of March (all three of them). I am also slightly worried that I will not be able to complete my Vintage sewing pledge of sewing up two of my vintage patterns.

So in an effort to publicly shame myself into actually realising my sewing goals for this year, I thought I would share with you the projects I want to make! (I will probably regret this)

The first project is not vintage, however it is a birthday present which needs to be sent of asap.

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This is going to be a pouch for my Nana. I haven’t yet decided what ribbon to use to decorate the top of the pouch, not have I figured out how to make the sewing pretty as it will be seen through the transparent vinyl.. We will see!

The first of my vintage patterns is the one I am most excited for, but the one that will probably take me the longest.

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You may recognise the pattern as I bought it not long ago. The material, zip and trim I won in a competition, and I hope that it will all go together. I want to try a peter pan collar, but not sure what material to use, and not sure about sleeves or no sleeves… Fingers crossed this will not look awful, as it really is lovely fabric!

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The piece of clothing that will probably be done first is this tunic. I think the pattern counts as vintage, but I will have to check! The fabric comes from John Lewis in the sale, and looks quite Cath Kidston-y, don’t you think? I want to make view 4, which is the lady in the middle’s tunic, because I like to wear leggings, but always run out of tops to wear with them. Two birds, one stone, because I set myself a goal of making more tops. I am a bit worried that there won’t be enough fabric, but I am sure I can try to squeaze it all in… also it is cotton, which is not listed in the recommended fabrics….

So there. It is out in the open. I’ve put them in separate bags, to make sure I wont use the material for anything else. Now to find some time to sew again! I even found a mini sewing machine at the back of my cupboard (I had to do a sort out; I had a few very unequally balanced towers in there which toppled over at the slightest touch, so that had to change!) so maybe 2015 is the year I teach myself the art of the sewing machine (even though it isn’t really a real one)

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!

Colette Violet Blouse Good News!

I was really happy this morning, to read a blog post which directed me to the Colette website. ‘Why?’ I hear you say, well. They have just announced that they will be doing a pattern of the month, with tutorials, tips and downloads for one of their patterns every month (obviously).

What is even more exciting, is that this month it is is the Violet blouse! This is very good news, especially as I have the pattern, and have struggled with it.

I am eager to try again, and this may make it easier; I will follow eagerly along this January, and keep you posted!

PDF Pattern Chaos – and Christmas Presents!

Christmas songs are booming through the house, and I am finally home! (Well, I got back on Thursday but shhh). We are having an early Christmas today, before we go off and visit family on the big day. This morning we opened a couple of presents each, and mine were sewing related, yay!

I got a teeny weeny travel sewing set;

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(So cute!)

And, – I am so so so happy Yay!- I also got ‘Love at first stitch’ by Tilly Walnes. I have heard  so many good things about this book, and I am so so excited to start sewing her creations! The Francoise dress looks beautiful and I think I have the perfect material to make it in, but I am just waiting on finding it cheaper – whether it be on eBay or in a sale-. Anyway, very exciting stuff!

As you can see from the title, and also if you follow me on instagram, I spent last night painstakingly piecing together PDF patterns. They will be the death of me, they take so long!

I put together the free Colette Sorbetto top; yes I am willing to give them another go, even after my disastrous run-in with the Violet blouse.

I also printed cut and stuck the leggings pattern I bought while on discount, and now just need to find/order some appropriate material and I will have a go in the new year. (All very exciting as I bought myself a gym class membership, which starts in January…)

The last pattern I put together was the Fancy Tiger Crafts Sailor Top I won, which I am also excited about finding fabric to use. I may even stash bust (ha ha ha) when I get back to uni; one of my wardrobes is getting very hard to close with the piles of material in there!

If you are interested in seeing all the things I have won so far, have a look at my winnings page.

Here are some photos of the chaos from last night;

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What a mess…

Happy holidays everyone!

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?