Posts tagged ‘Sewing’

August 5, 2010

Patchwork Pincushion

I love the fabrics at Gone to Earth and really enjoy reading Julia’s blog.  A few weeks ago she collated a lot of pin-cushion tutorials and designs. Check them out here.

I am quite guilty of getting lovely fabrics and not using them until I have found just the right project.  This is a one-way ticket to hoarding and I have only been sewing a year.  Imagine the stash two or three years down the line.  The eight patch pin-cushion is a cute way of using and displaying a lovely bit of fabric in a useful way.

The design wasn’t quite right for me so I gave my cushions a plain back and left out the ribbon embellishment.  The cushions were my first attempt at patchwork squares and the instructions were really easy to follow.  I am not sure I am ready for my first quilt, but I may be inspired to try a small bag soon.  I think they turned out rather well.

Patchwork Pincushion

I can now access my pins and see some pretty fabric.  What’s not to like?

I am also quite taken with these turtle cushions – but I am not sure I could stick pins into anything with eyes!

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July 6, 2010

First Home-Sewn Dress

Hurrah!  I have made my first dress all by myself.

I got the inspiration for the pattern from a project on Burda Style.  Luckily, there is a great fabric shop in my town.  It has a wide range of fabric – although it doesn’t have the coolest prints, you can rummage for some good finds.  It also has patterns and had just the one I wanted.

Simplicity Pattern # 2591

The pattern is a tea dress which you can make with or without sleeves and with different neck variations.

I bought some white fabric with a small green and blue pattern when I bought the dress pattern.  I am quite cautious and I wanted to test out the pattern first.  I bought some cheap fabric from Petticoat Lane last year.  It was about £10 for 10 metres – ideal for testing out my skills and the pattern.  I originally bought it to line handbags but haven’t used it for anything yet.  The fabric is quite a striking ethnic print and was a really nice cotton to work with.

After cutting out, the sewing took about two afternoon sessions.  There was a tricky moment when joining the side panel with the front panel and then side pocket (what does pivot mean???!!!) but mostly it went quite smoothly and here is the finished result!

Happy with my new dress

I am really pleased with it.  It is quite flattering for my shape and is really cool for the summer.  I have added a belt as the pattern has come out on the generous side.  I was so pleased with it I even wore it to a wedding on Saturday.

Me and fella at wedding

I am going to try the white one over the next few days as I have a few days off work.  There’s no stopping me now!

June 30, 2010

I Heart Lavender Bags

Organic lavender at Phytobotanica

So I don’t really know how to get started with a new blog so I think the best thing is to just dive in!

For Fathers’ Day I took my men to a local organic lavender farm for lunch and cake.  The farm is a five minute drive and you would not think that such an amazing place could exist in my town.  It was like we were on holiday in Provence.

Lunch was nice and there was a great selection of cakes.  I had a lavender cake and the chaps had lemon meringue and an Eccles cake – very local.  From our farmhouse window we had views of the countryside and the chickens roaming outside.  One of the best things about the farm, is that the owners are happy for customers to explore.  We could wander around the lavender fields and camomile lawns.  Heavenly!

As well as the cafe, there is also a small plant shop, a spa and a great organic essential oils and toiletries shop.  I resisted the temptation to buy some of the dearer, but deliciously scented, products and bought some dried lavender.

Raw materials for the bags

I already had some fabric, ribbon and buttons.  I love navy and red together and a light cotton is great for this project.

I cut out the heart shapes, and sewed them right sides together leaving a 3 inch gap for turning.  Once turned the right way out, fill the bag with lavender.  I used about 20 grams.  Then close the opening by machining or slip stitch.  I chose to sew the ribbons on with buttons either side for a bit more detail.

And that’s it.  Hang them in your wardrobe for fresh clothes or by your bed to help you sleep.

The finished article