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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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!

2015 Sewing Goals

I know, I know, Christmas hasn’t even been yet, but I thought I would outline my sewing goals for next year. I was inspired by Kerry over at PennyDog Patchwork, who wrote this post. She has made five sewing resolutions, but I think I will make as many as I can think of.

1) My first sewing goal will be to keep sewing. I started sewing again in the summer, which is when I also started blogging my makes. I have found that I enjoy sewing more when I know that I am going to share it with you guys. So in 2015, I want to keep sewing

2) My second sewing goal is to sew more tops. I have only tried sewing one top and it did not end very well. I am, however, more likely to be able to wear them than I am skirts and dresses. I have already printed out several PDF top patterns, so I am ready to go!

3) My third sewing goal is to conquer Colette patterns. Any reader of my blog will know that I do not see eye to eye with these patterns, however I hear so many good things about them, I would rather get on with them. I have printed out the Sorbetto, and I have the Colette pattern book, so I have everything I need.

4) My fourth sewing goal is to use my sewing patterns. I have a huge pattern stash. I am probably not the only one, so I would be happy if anyone could give me some advice!

5) My fifth sewing goal is to enter more sewing competitions. I really enjoyed entering the Cat Lady Sewing Competition and the Grease inspired one, and so I want to do more of them.

6) My sixth sewing goal is to work on my sewing techniques. I am not the most experienced sewist, and I want to sew better. I am armed with the internet and my sewing books, watch out!

So these are my six goals, and I will hopefully be able to accomplish them all… We will see!

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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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)

Colette Violet Blouse Grease Project

I cannot stop laughing ohmylawd.

So as you all know, I have entered yet another sewing competition; the Grease inspired one.

I bought my Colette Violet pattern and ordered my fabric and got sewing. I changed my mind about the fabric because I thought I would do a muslin before working with my more expensive fabric (all £7.50 of it).

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This is some fabric I bought in a charity shop; I think I had a couple of metres for £2.50, which is not bad at all. I really like it; it is white with green/gold dots and yer. Not sure what kind of fabric, I’m going to guess at cotton.

Anyhow. I had heard really good reviews about Colette patterns, so I thought that it would be pretty easy to do/well documented. And urm. No. So disappointed with the instructions; they were basically non existent and I had such trouble putting the shirt together, so I decided that my muslin would be my actual shirt because I can not face doing another Violet. Honestly, I feel a bit let down by the pattern 😦

Anyway, I’m laughing because I just tried on the top and IT IS WONKY!!! I can’t top giggling! picture482As you can see, the collar is wonky and the hem isn’t the same length!!!

But I give up, I’m not doing any more work on this because seriously, I cannot!

I don’t have a sewing machine at uni (or a working one at home) so I do my button holes by hand and ohmylawd I can’t either!!!

The buttons I used are mother of pearl type ones which I recycled from a garment I must have chucked a while ago.

As I am typing I can feel another problem with this top; it is tight across the back ewww

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I’m proud that I have done it, but just not overwhelmed by Colette unfortunately 😦  I have however sewed my first darts which is so exciting!

What are your thoughts? Have you had trouble with Violet? Or Colette? Just me? (So many questions!!)