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!

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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!

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Just Horseing around!

I hope that everyone’s January is going to plan; so far so good for me actually! I am back at uni, and handed in one assignment in early (2 down, 8 to go), activated my exercise class membership (I have zumba tonight), and I have been drinking more water. And last night I made an amazing pasta tuna bake from scratch; I am so pleased with myself (little things, I know)!

I have been sewing, although I have been trying not to distract myself from uni work, and for the moment is has been okay. I have a list of projects that  I want to do;

  • vinyl bag for my nana’s birthday
  • owl cushion for my friend’s birthday
  • sew something for my boyfriend for valentine’s day

Hoping to do them in time for them to be sent off before their respective deadlines!

While I was at home, I started working on some sports leggings. I need to improve the fit around the shins, tidy up the sewing inside and attach the waist band and they should be wearable!

My first sewing of 2015 in my uni house was a horse!

It is my friend’s birthday soon, and she likes horses, so I decided to make her a tiny one. It is more the thought that counts, because as I was stuffing it, I realised I had only given it two legs… ah well!

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I used a template from the internet and cut two horse shapes out

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I used fabric I won from a competition with horses on, which I thought was quite apt. However, the horse on the fabric got their heads chopped off oops!

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I pinned them right sides together and then stitched all the way round except for the belly. I then turned it right side out, using a pencil to push all the fabric right to the ends. I then stuffed it (again using the pencil to help) and then stitched horsey back up.

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Not the best piece of sewing I know, especially the finish, and I realised I didn’t stuff one of the legs completely, after having sewn him up… Like I said, it is the thought that counts!

Fabric Fox Christmas Pouch!

So, as you will be aware, I was lucky enough to win some fabric from The Fabric Fox .
I won the autumn theme which was/is honestly adorable, and decided to make a pouch for my Auntie’s Christmas present.

To be completely honest, it is not my best sewing, however you learn from you mistakes! And next time, I think I will sandwich the zipper material between the lining and the outer fabric, and make sure that the zip is not as long as the material.

It has been a good learning curve in all fairness!

 

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I used a really cute mushroom print fabric for the main piece (and lined them up really well as seen here with the top of the mushroom…

 

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For the lining I used a leaf print fabric which I really like.

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I used a lovely blue zip which cost me 25p ish from eBay

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And this is my finished pouch! My auntie was really pleased with it, and so am I!

Charity Shop haul; Patterns and fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year! I hope that this festive season has been good for you, and that you are feeling sufficiently refreshed for 2015! I don’t go back to uni for another week + so I am making the most of my time at home, and all the good food I can eat!

I went on a shopping trip with my mama and my sister on the 30th, and it was a very good haul, especially for sewing!

I bought fabric and patterns, but from charity shops, so I was just doing my bit to raise money for good causes…

Okay, onto my haul!

 

 

 

 

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First up is three yards of some sort of fabric for £2.49, a double flat sheet (which is more greeny/blue in real life) for £3, two pillow cases for £1.99 and a crib sheet with clouds for £1.99.

The blue fabric will become a top I think (as most of my fabric is destined to become this year following my sewing goals!), and the pillow cases will most probably be used as lining for pouches. My mum has already asked for another one, and this will happen for her birthday I think!

I love the cloud fabric, it is really so sweet! I think I will use the flat sheet as an actual flat sheet, but I’m not sure for how long, as the material really deserves to be some sort of outfit! Maybe crop top and shorts or a skirt or something… we will see!

I also bought myself a dress for £8, which is very nice, however the red part is not as fitted as I would have liked, and it is scratchy anyway. So that will be unstitched and at some point replaced by a nicer feeling fabric. I don’t know what, and I do not know when, but that is a planned refashion. Watch this space!

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Now onto patterns! I bought the first one for 50p and then all the rest for a £2 donation (which ended up as 14p each!!!) Basically, I was sorting through the patterns I wanted, and the lovely man at the counter just told me I could have all of them. So. Here I am!

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The blue and yellow tops look adorable; I like the diamond cut out in the front!

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I really love this one, I am so excited to try it out! Not sure why the photo is so blurry but there you go. That is another thing I need to get better at; photography. Your poor eyes!

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This looks good too; I would love to make myself a jump suit, but that is probably out of my expertise zone for the moment….

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I bought some more vogue patterns! One of which is from 1922, and the other is a 90s Anne Klein blouse pattern. Exciting stuff!

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I also bought myself a sewing magazine. I am toying with the idea of getting a subscription, so I am trying out all the ones I can find, starting with the one below. And if I am going to get extra patterns, I am not going to complain!

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I have several more blog posts in mind, so this will not be the last you hear from me today!

New Fabrics and Patterns

Hello hello!

I have been doing a lot of sewing, none of which I can blog about until after christmas, as most of them are presents!

I did go shopping at the weekend, and bought some new fabric from a stall in the market. I spent £2.50, which equates roughly to 36p a piece of fabric!

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I really like them, even if they are small, but really, all I am going to use them for is to line pouches (which is all I seem to be making at the moment) I also love the christmas fabric awh!

I also went charity shopping, and found two patterns for a total of 40p. (Even I am impressed with that!)

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Knitting! Charity Shop Haul

Hello hello!

I am trying my hand at knitting, spurred on by my recent trip to the charity shops.

I spotted two bags of wool for £1.50 each;

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The blue is double knit and the red and white are chunky.

You can see the started kitten blanket; I only began on Tuesday so I am pretty pleased!

I also bought two new sewing patterns; a blazer/cardigan and a drop waisted jumper dress. All very exciting and very cheap; 50 p each!

Kitchen Chair Cushions

Long time no post, I know I know. I had an assignment that needed doing, and so I had no time to blog (or to sew sadly). I have also made my mama some pouches, but I won’t blog about that until after christmas, when she receives them.

Yesterday, however, I made some cushions!

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Before

After!

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It wasn’t exactly the best sewing I have ever done, however I am pretty pleased! I used the fabric I won from various competitions and some scrap white fabric for the underneath (Which shall never be photographed. Ever.).

I had bought wadding from Ebay, and so I doubled it up for more comfyness (and the cushions are very comfy). I also used the ribbons you get in clothes, as ties.

So the only costly thing for this project, was the wadding. And I have loads left!

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