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!

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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!

Secret Santa Pouch

Hello!

Second post of the day, to show you all my secret santa gift I have made.

I used this tutorial to make a pouch out of some laminated type material I bought in a charity shop for £1.95. I used some material I won for the lining, and a 25p zip.

As the money limit on the present is £5, and I have only spent £2.20, I have lots left over to buy things to put in said pouch!

The sewing is not the neatest, buttt I am pretty proud of myself nonetheless!

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Velvet Skirt Refashion

So yesterday, I had a sudden panic. I am going up to Oxford today to spend the weekend with my boyfriend , and we are going out out, and I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!!

Well, I do, but I mean I wanted a plain black skirt, which bizarrely, I didn’t have. (aside from all of my work skirts I mean). And so I cast my mind to the bag I have of clothes to refashion, and I remembered a black velvet skirt which was just begging to be shortened.

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So I pinned and lopped and sewed, and voila!

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Oh yes, I didn’t mention the fact that I had bought this in a charity shop! (But you had probably guessed anyway! It cost me £1.99 in the British Red Cross.

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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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)

Halloween Sewing – For myself this time!

I hope everyone had a fab Halloween; I certainly did! My house hosted a party and I had a lot of fun baking pumpkin shaped biscuits and icing cupcakes!

Here is my costume; this year I was a pumpkin and the dress was £6.99 from Ebay. All I did was add lace to make the pumpkin face!

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Unfortunately I don’t have a nice enough photo of me wearing it so here it is on my mannequin!