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Fuck 2016

Hey dudes!

This post is gonna be kind of long and kind of personal, just a heads up y’all!

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This is a little cross stitch I made using Subversive Stitches perfect pattern.

So obviously 2016 hasn’t been especially good for any kind of human rights, unless you’re a rich white male asshole, so if you are, whoop whoop to you!

It’s also been a hard year for me personally, my mental health really took a tumble, especially after my dog suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in June. It got so bad that I just stopped sewing a few months ago. A while after we moved to Salisbury I finally went to the drs and asked for help, I’m now a few weeks into a long course of anti-depressants and they’re starting to make a difference which is great.

I managed to work on smaller projects with crochet and cross stitch which really helped as well.

So anyhoo!

I finished 2015 with a plan of 9 patterns I wanted to make in 2016, I will be honest guys, I made 3 of them. However one of the ones I didn’t make has crept into next year’s list 😉

The ones I made are the Sewaholic Cambie (3 times, with 2 others cut out!), the Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte (3 times with 1 cut out) and the Paprika Patterns Jade skirt, which sadly didn’t work out (due to incorrect fabric choice I think!).

The patterns I have chosen for next year are a bit more practical and functional and I think, more my style. The more I sew, the more I find what suits me and what style patterns I keep returning to. With that in mind, two patterns I’ve actually already made are in my list, the Bettine and the Agnes. My 3 Bettines are in heavy rotation and I love having a dress I can jut throw on that can take me from night to day! With the Agnes, my previous attempts didn’t work out very well so I’m hoping to master this basic but classic knit top this year.

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JLV Ivy PinnaforeChristine Hayes EmeryT&TB Rosa
Blueprints for Sewing Saltbox TopT&TB AgnesJLV Gable top
T&TB BettineColette WrenGrainline Moss

Whilst thinking about these patterns and my future plans I have also planned what fabrics to use and have chosen fabrics mostly from my stash, something I need to work through this year! I’ve made a visual reminder for myself of these as well, feel free to feast your eyes!

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Finally for my 2017 plans, I have really caught the cross stitch bug the last month or so, so I’ve made myself a visual plan of the cross stitch I plan to make next year also!

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All the above patterns are from Etsy or Subversive Cross Stitch, and then the hornbill is made using PC Stitch, and it’ll be a gift for my friend who looks after her ^_^

The following collages don’t need much to be said! There’s some of my sewing, then some of my other crafting and finally finishing with some of the lovely times I’ve had with my beautiful sewing friends this year. I’m so happy I found the sewing community and that I’ve had all the wonderful experiences that I’ve had!

dressesandskirts

Sewaholic Cambie – T&TB Bettine – T&TB Lilou
Seamwork Adelaide – SOI Tulip Skirt – T&TB Miette
SOI Tulip Skirt – T&TB Bettine/T&TB Lilou – Colette Moneta

other-sewing-adventures

Blueprints for Sewing Saltbox Top – Patternweights – Seamwork Astoria
SoZo Anya Bag – Seamwork Astoria Hack – Heatpacks
JLV Bronte Top – Victory Patterns Ham & Sausage – JLV Bronte Top

othercrafts

Felted Button Falling LeavesGranny Shawl – Cardigan
Haak maar Raak! BlanketJulie Jackson Fuck 2016Sarah London Wooleater
Julie Jackson Beware of DogTerribly Simple ShawlPlastic Little Covers Girls Just

sewingbuddiescollageGabby’s wedding with Elle – Sewing Weekender with Abi – Post fabric shopping
Heavy metal shaving in Warsaw with Jenny – Cambridge Sewcialists – My cousins wedding
Visiting Backstitch with Elle – Gabby’s wedding – Sewing Weekender with Elle

Well done for making it through that rather long shit storm! 

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2017 ❤

colette · seamwork · sewing

Seamwork Adelaide

Hey guys, just a little update from me in the land of no internet!

I recently prepared 4 different PDF patterns I’d been planning to try out for a while; Seamwork Adelaide, Christine Haynes Emery Dress, T&TB Francoise and T&TB Coco.

I realised pretty quickly that the knit fabrics I have won’t really work for the Coco so I’ve had to put that pattern on the backburner for now. I’m hoping to crack on with the Emery soon, but for now here’s my Adelaide!

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For this pattern I used some polycotton I picked up at the Sewing Weekener, there was 1.5m of it and I used it all up. At first I was making this and the Francoise at the same time but I decided to focus on the Adelaide because I had something to wear it to on Friday.

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So obviously because I set myself a deadline, I started rushing and I added pockets to the pattern. These things combined aren’t ideal as I just placed the front pattern piece on myself then used my finger to hold where the pocket should go whilst I carried the fabric around, and only then actually marked it.

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So I’ve made a dress with pockets that are suitable for people with great ape arms. Sadly my arms are average length so these pockets are not suitable for casual hand support, sad times.

The fit is slightly off on my chest and around my shoulders, I seem to get this fairly often and I’m not sure how to go about fixing it, suggestions welcome!

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This was the first time I’d used bias binding on necklines and arm holes so it went about 85% well haha, I’m taking that! Especially as this was just a toille.

The fit overall on the dress is really loose, which is how it is supposed to be but I’m just not used to such a loose fit, so I don’t know how often I will wear this. Obviously the fit would be better if I had made the belt, but I couldn’t make it in time and I need to buy a loop turner it turns out!!

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I am gonna give the dress a few more wears, layered up I might not find it so loose, and we’re starting to get into layers weather anyway!

If you’re thinking of making an Adelaide know this, when you sit down in it, the bottom poppers like to come undone haha!

I am gonna give the dress a few more wears, layered up I might not find it so loose, and we’re starting to get into layers weather anyway!

If you’re thinking of making an Adelaide know this, when you sit down in it, the bottom poppers like to come undone haha!

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My final say on this dress (with the above in mind), is that its so super fun to take it off at the end of the day!

animals · sewaholic · sewing · travels

Long time no blog

Hey gang!
It’s in fact exactly 2 months today since my last blog post although I imagine I’ll be posting this in a couple of days.
I’ve been doing a lot of sewing but I haven’t been writing about it in fact I still have some pieces from 2015 to blog about, a large issue for me has been getting decent photos!!

I went a bit mad recently and decided the best way to really crack on with sewing is to cut out millions of  patterns at once and have them all piled up and then just smash my way through them.
I managed to convince my other half let me have the sewing machine downstairs but eventually ended up having most of the craft room downstairs, then once I was done with something (which wasn’t very often) I would take it and just dump it in the craft room.

This meant that the craft room got destroyed quite quickly and is now a complete state! 
it also meant that I had a big pile of sewing staring at me every night and I felt guilty if I wasn’t sewing, now that I’ve made it pretty much through my pile I’ve put a stop to that and will be cleaning up the craft room and making it a little bit more of an end zone again full stop
I even didn’t finish some projects, I didn’t finish my Lilou toille because I ran out of time before I wanted to have my final version and I also didn’t finish a Bettine because I needed to crack on with my Lilou! My Cambie toille is half done because again I ran out of time and had to crack on with the final version!



So my current plan is to not start anything new until all my half finished projects are done because I actually have a project from last year that I started and didn’t finish and I have a couple of previous projects that need fixing in some way and all of these UFOs are making me sad (and feel like a very naughty sewer)!

The Cambie I was making was for the most wonderful event I attended the previous weekend, I went to the wedding of Gabby Young and Steven Ellis in Preston, Kent. Rhiannon, Elle and I all made Cambies which was so fun. It really highlighted how unique every garment is as all 3 of ours were very different!

(Photo inspired by Elle!)



We had a lovely time at the wedding and Gabbys dress was seriously beautiful! She’d made all of her bridesmaids dresses and they were lovely, in fact the first thing we did when we got there was ooooo at a bridesmaid haha!


Gabby has only just returned from her honeymoon but I know she will be writing at length about her crafty wedding on her blog which you can find here, Living on a Shoestring.

I did also manage to squeeze in a quick visit to a zoo, turns out there’s a nice little zoo just outside Canterbury called Wingham Wildlife Park, which had a few nice birds and quite a few big cats amongst others! Here’s a few of my favourite snaps 🙂



Sorry for such a wordy post gang! I’ll be back with some exciting news next then hopefully crafty makes after!

Hoping spring has infected you all with happy crafty dreams!
megan · sewing · tilly and the buttons

Megan for Christmas

Hey guys!
Hope you’re not 100% over Xmas as there’s a wee bit in this post!!

Ever since I started reading sewing blogs I’ve loved when people have made Christmas dresses, I think it’s a lovely idea.

With this in mind when I saw the Christmasy deer fabric in Barry’s at Sewbrum I decided I was ready to join the Christmas dress club.

Of course a few hours later I saw my actual dream ideal for me Christmas fabric at Guthrie & Ghani But as I’d already bought some there it sadly stayed.

Fast forward a couple of weeks to me rather drunk at a party and I went online and bought the fabric anyway! Here’s to doing weird things when drinking!

I decided I wanted the dresses to have pockets, so I took the pocket piece from the clemence pattern and then tried on my other Megan dress to check for placement.

The first Megan I made fully lined with a light poly cotton for the lining. I also made the pockets in the lining. Construction went well until I got to the zip, I rushed it and used a bit too much of that magic tape to hold it in place which led to the zip not being especially invisible and it has a bit of a cats bum at the bottom…

I also had a bit of an issue with the pockets, I’ve only made pockets once before and I just sort of winged these ones. There’s a lot of puckering at the bottom of the pockets and they (the main fabric and lining) don’t line up exceptionally well but they work!

So here’s my first Christmas Megan in all its rookie glory!



Pockets!!!!

Classic mug holding pose

Cats bum!


I know I’ve said I messed a few things up on this dress but I don’t mind and I’m really pleased with it, it’s also comfy and surprisingly warm due to being lined!

Onto my second dress, I had grand pocket plans for this one too but then of course decided I absolutely had to wear it to a Christmas party so I whipped it up as quickly as possible and totally forgot about my pockets! I only lined the skirt of this dress, and with a lining fabric rather than a cotton.
For some reason this dress has ended up being quite baggy at the waist, I have no idea how or why as this is my fourth Megan and I’ve never had this issue before!!
You can see it quite well in the photos, especially that last one that the front is far too baggy, and I also ended up with excess fabric at the bag leaving the top of the zip area quite baggy.
I’ll definitely have to take it in for next xmas but it did me well enough the few times I wore it in December!!
I can’t believe I’ve gotten to the stage of sewing where I can say I’ve made the same pattern a few times, it feels like some kind of (very silly and made up) milestone!
I always love hearing about the patterns other people are always going back to so please feel free to share!
Merry (very belated) Christmas everyone!
sewing

Simplicity 6180

Hey guys!

So I mentioned this make in my Sewbrum post, as I wore it on the day. Since then I’ve worn it loads as it’s a lovely casual dress but can be worn out too.


I wanted a shirt dress for a long old time, I spent a while hunting around and eventually chose this pattern as it isn’t buttoned all the way down so I figured it was fairly beginner friendly. Of course two days after I bought it, Sew Over It brought out their shirt dress pattern! I chose to see how this one goes then maybe get the sew over it pattern at a later date.

I decided to use my parrot fabric I’d bought in Bruges as I had been excited to use it for months!

The pattern started out really well, I enjoyed learning about yokes as I hadn’t used them before.



Then I got to the collar, I really took my time as it was my first collar. It went pretty well until I had to attach it to the yoke and it didn’t fit together! The collar was too small and I silently seethed for a few hours. Then I decided to change the size of the pleat in the centre of the yoke, after a few goes I decided I hated collars and yokes and I put the dress aside planning to go back to it once I’d calmed down… turns out I can hold a grudge! I didn’t start making the dress again until over 2 months later!


Turns out the wait was worth it as I got there pleat the right size on my first go! After that it was easy peasy lemon squeezy. I did have a mind fart moment with my elastic where I decided to iron it… Luckily the iron survived the ordeal even though the elastic didn’t!



Putting the buttonholes and buttons on was easy too, I started the dress on my old machine but finished it on my new one and it has an automatic button hole function so I soon wizzed through that too!

The cuffs have a cute little notch in them which were fun to make but actually I can never seen you get them to stay flat when wearing the dress, a think they’d behave more with a denser or heavier fabric.

I may or may not have been sitting on my behind for a while before this was taken…


I’ve worn this dress lots since I made it as it’s so easy to throw on and can be worn dressed down or (a little) up.

delphine · projects · sewing · tilly and the buttons

Delphine


Hey guys!

So a million years ago my best friend took me to a magical place I’d never been called Ikea! It made me hours late to meet my mum which made me feel 15 again.



It was fairly magical, if I ignore my memories about the other customers there… but omg you guys, no-one told me they do FABRIC!!! 

Cutting it myself totally threw me but I grabbed some doozies. One was a beautiful wood print which became a cushion for my other half when he had a sad day.

But the two pieces I got myself, I had no idea what to do with them, especially when I realised they were both upholstery weight canvasy things. I decided they were a bit of a mistake and they weighed down my stash shelf for a good long while. Then one day I saw there were lots of canvas and upholstery weight Delphines on pinterest and realised I had a project for my ridiculous fabric!

I cut the main body out using single layers because nobody should miss out on these great moose.
For the back I just winged it with pattern placement and made sure I had bits I liked there. For the waistband I tried to just continue on the pattern from below, and keep those great super bright leaves going.


The skirt came together quickly and I managed to make yet another zip actually invisible.

However you’ll see in the pictures that my waistband is misaligned at the back. It also grapes at the top. There must be a way of fixing this but I’m not sure how…



This is such a fun skirt to wear though! It creases a wee bit and I am a dangerous person to have around white clothes but I’ve not had any massive spills yet…

Fabulous moose!!