Knitted Bunting

Here I am again!

This time, the post is about knitting. Next year, I am chair of ‘Knit Fast Die Warm’, the knitting society at university. I know, cringe, especially at my age (I’m not even 20!) But actually, I really enjoy knitting and sewing, and I don’t think I should apologise for enjoying myself. It is a very soothing pastime (except if you forget your row number or stitch count or the pattern pieces aren’t coming together properly….) and sociable too; I have met so many new people; it is just so nice!

Anyway, I have been wanting to make some bunting for the fresher’s fair in September, so I thought it was high time I started!

I’m using this pattern from the hobbycraft website, and it is really quite good until the end; I haven’t got the hang of it quite yet.

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Here is my first attempt; I lost count of the row I was on, so it is very wonky oops

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My second attempt is so much neater, I am very pleased. However, the bottom is not quite right unfortunately.

I have started my third piece; maybe third time lucky?

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Fingers crossed anyway!

I am also thinking of knitting the letters ‘K F D W’ to add to the bunting, but that will be attempted after Easter weekend I think!

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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!

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!

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!

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!