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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Friday, 14 November 2014

More Patterns ...

I went back to that shop (see below) to have another trawl through their pattern stash.  Sadly, most of them had gone ... but while I was looking, the shop lady said she had another box full in the back and did I want a look ...  Did I want a look!!!  Came out with these - I love the crossover back top and trouser combination on the far right ...
Commercial patterns still give me a thrill, even though I have the skills to start from scratch now ...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Pattern Haul

Oh, I'm itching to sew something but absolutely can't yet until next February!  Went for a walk into town last week and thought I'd pop in one of my favourite charity shops, just to see if they had anything and bingo!  All of these patterns are uncut and in my size.  There were tons more but in smaller sizes - I should have bought a few for swaps really, as they were all only 95p each.  Anyway, this little lot are all the kinds of look I love - they must have been brought in by the same person with the same sense of style ... I'm dying to make that patchwork skirt and that sundress for next summer ... even a hat!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Colour at Borough

Had a full day out in London last Friday, taking in two exhibitions - Rembrandt at The National Gallery and Chanel to Westwood at The Fashion and Textile Museum. What a treat! Stumbled upon Borough Market by accident in Bermondsey - a wonderful place full of unusual foodstuffs from all over the UK. Loved the colour, especially the seasonal vegetables ...

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Urban Sweater

Stopping blogging for a while is a very dangerous thing, that's if you want to keep a blog breaks the habit and it's easy to find other things to do ...  Although I do feel like I want to write some posts now. I thought I'd start with my City & Guilds Sweater. Against all odds, I managed to finish this and it passed inspection. It was so difficult ... dealing with everything lately and finding the strength to carry on with the course.  I think actually that it was the knitting that provided a diversion and kept me going.  The whole process from start to finish was a good thing for me. I feel confident now in my ability to see a design project through to the end and explore many possibilities along the way.

I started with a fairly ordinary source and managed to develop it through a series of ideas into the finished article which I LOVE!

It all began with a grid I'd seen in a car park I use every weekday.

This led to me thinking about roads and markings in general .. I found lots more source material around the railway station at the other end of my daily journey.

I started sampling with different qualities of luxury yarns, some suited the end purpose, others looked good but didn't fit with the sweater theme ...  I can make use of those another time ...

This then led to combinations of elements.

I started to think how I could translate these further ideas into sweater shapes - I chose an oversized, easy to wear shape as a silhouette as I wanted the sweater to be a casual weekend garment I can wear with jeans.

I began knitting the sweater and noted down what I'd done as I progressed.  It all went really smoothly, probably because I'd done so much sampling to begin with.  I blocked the knitted shapes and darned in all the loose ends which took a lot of time!  Good finishing is really important to achieve a good look.

Note the smile on my face as I'm wearing it!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Special Guest at Design and Make

I've just heard that Heather Jacks, winner of this year's Sewing Bee will be at tomorrow's 'Design and Make For Haven's Sake' Fashion Show tomorrow.  I so wish I could make it ... if you're in London tomorrow evening, go see!  It's in Notting Hill - see below post for more info ...  my Pony Duffel will feature ...


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Faux Pony Duffel

Well, I've been talking about this project for a long time now and I actually finished it and posted it off this week!

I made the bag from black felt and a faux pony skin, a combination which worked very well.  I took a long time over it.  The inside is lined with a plain black cotton and there are eyelets in the top threaded through with cord.  A magnetic fastening finishes the centre front..

I've donated this to 'Design and Make for Haven's Sake'.  It's a Fashion Show in aid of the Safe Haven Children's Trust in Cambodia.  It will run alongside London Fashion Week.  See the post below for more information of where and when.