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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Aster Progress

This project is coming along beautifully.  I've chosen to make my version in a white broderie anglaise fabric from my stash.  It cut out really well and I began sewing this morning.  I spent a couple of hours at it and sewed the stay stitching around the neck, did the shoulder seams, front darts, back pleat and attached the back yoke to the main body.  I just kept going until lunchtime!  It's a great project to get back into sewing with.  Looking forward to my  next sewing session already ...

Stay stitching around neckline

Front dart

Shoulder seams sewn, darts done and back yoke attached to main body 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Aster Sewalong ...

Well I'm still in the midst of sorting my supplies but the actual act of doing so has inspired me to sew again and I'm keen to join in with everyone else ... so the Colette Patterns Aster Sewalong seems to be the ideal place to start!  I've hunted down a pattern in the UK - there seems to have been a run on it and it's out of stock in all the usual places - I found one of only two at a quilt fabrics supplier called Simply Solids.  So, I'm expecting that there will be loads of entries from the UK ...  Here are a few of my favourites from around the web ...


I don't know where the images originate from so can't credit - although I think the bottom right is a Colette Patterns image.  I'm not revealing my plans until I've finished ...  The sewalong is running now and finishes on 14 August, so there's plenty of time for you to have a go if you wish ...  See you there!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Before ...

I've had these photos trapped on my phone for ages now and have only just found out how to download them!  I'm in a semi-orderly state with my tidying and sorting of fabrics, yarns, books.  It's a slow job but I'm enjoying the whole process as I re-familiarise myself with the things I have to work with ...


Monday, 13 July 2015

Summer Sale at Zandra Rhodes

I'm sorely tempted .... the Zandra Rhodes Handbags Summer Sale is on and there are some beauties in there .... Here are a few of my favourite handbags and make-up bags.  These feature the 'Lovely Ladies' motif, the iconic Squiggle and Punk Safety Pin and this seasons's on trend snakeprint.  There's 70% off and these range from £10 to £35.  I already have a small collection but I may yet give in ....  get yours at http://zandrarhodeshandbags.co.uk/




Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Street Art - Cambridge

I noticed this near the railway station one morning on my way to work ... cheered me no end for the rest of the day!


Monday, 8 June 2015

Why I'm quiet ....


As I was so pre-occupied with course work during the last few months, then other things started to suffer ....namely stash control and life in general!  I am well into several weeks of sorting and trying to make some kind of system of my supplies.

I have all my books on shelves now, but they will need to be sorted into some kind of order ....

Fabric is being tamed into baskets and heaps.  Next I will sort these further into fabric types.  Fabric scraps are in laundry bags.

I have what can only be described as a wool mountain!  I've bought some more laundry bags to sort all the odd balls into colour groups.  I've stored packs of yarn into plastic crates - I think I might do this with my fabric too once it's properly sorted ....

I'll show you progress I've made in a couple of weeks ....



Monday, 18 May 2015

Waistcoat - FINISHED!

It's been a long time since I last posted but I didn't realise how long it would take me to complete a sewing project ...  I am very out of practice.  Plus, I wanted to be sure to do a good job ...  I've never made a waistcoat before but I plan to do more now - this pattern turns out so well and looks so good in wear - I'll try and get a photo soon.  It's kind of magic how it all comes together in the end - the turning right side out process was a bit of a mystery to me but I'm fine with it now.    


Looking forward to creating some more posts very soon!