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Monday, 24 August 2015

Made Up

My Aster Sewalong has turned into something else ... The weather has been so glorious here that I've been out and about (see below photo!) and I've missed the deadline ... But all is not lost as I've been reading about the Made Up Sewalong on various blogs, for which I have 10 September as a deadline.  Funnily enough, one of the prizes is an Aster Pattern!  So I hope I don't win that ...


It's for a good cause too - the promotion of literacy.  I've copied the following from Karen Ball's blog, Did You Make That?

The Made Up Initiative is in support of the National Literacy Trust. Did you know that one person in six in the UK lives with poor literacy? Some children never have a parent read to or with them. Many households can’t afford books. Literacy can be a game of luck, and it’s a game with high stakes. It can make or break lives. With the help of my fellow creatives, I’d like to sway the odds.
I’ve set us a simple goal – to raise £1,000 in a month-long fundraiser, hosted at aJustgiving page. To give us some context, if less than half of my Bloglovin subscribers each donated £10, we’d raise over £40,000.  A person could easily spend £10 on a metre of fabric, that might go straight into a bulging stash cupboard, and probably end up donated to a fabric swap. Food for thought, eh?
So, let’s have fun! We have until 10 September to show the world what we can do.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Relaxing ...

I am still sewing Colette Patterns' Aster but also sneaked a holiday in!  I am learning to take my time these days and enjoy ...  both my life and the sewing I do around that ...

On the beach in sunny Hunstanton, Norfolk

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!