Elephanting around

Is elephanting even a word? According to word checker, no it isn’t. Oh well, I can dream.

Anyway, this post is about an elephant plushee I made for my friend’s birthday. I had said that I would make her an owl cushion, but I found out she had already made herself one with a kit received at Christmas. So instead, I made her an elephant, and I am actually pretty pleased with how it turned out!

I used this pattern and tutorial,
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and used material I won for the body, and material I bought at the market for the ears.

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I cut out the pattern pieces:

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And then pinned them right sides together;

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I sewed all the way round, leaving a gap on the elephant’s bottom:

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I then turned it right side out

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Then I stuffed the elephant using wadding, and sewed him up, adding a tail. The sewing is slightly more visible than I would have liked, and possibly could have been stuffed a tad more, but all in all, I am rather pleased!

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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!

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!

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!

Good job I’m bilingual! Deer and Doe Airelle

After hearing so many good things about Deer and Doe, I thought it was high time to buy one of their patterns. Daunted slightly by the retail price, I hit Ebay, and bought Blouse Airelle, for £8.51 including postage.

A little more than I would have liked to pay, but hey

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On opening it up, however, I realised that all the instructions are in French! I knew that the company was based in France, however I had also heard that they had bilingual instructions. Nope. Not in this one anyway!

Handily I am French bilingual (shout out to my mother), so I have a way around this, but it would have been so annoying if I wasn’t!!!

I am excited to sew up a top, like I said before, I am eager to have some me-made tops to add to my wardrobe.