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Today I’d like to share pictures of my finished top, the pattern is from New Look that I shared last Monday.

Finished sleeveless top

Finished sleeveless top

Here is the back

Back of my finished top from New Look 6483 sewing pattern

Back of my finished top from New Look 6483 sewing pattern

Of course I can see all the errors and it took me a week not the 1 hour that the cover suggested but that’s a mixture of dyslexia, new to sewing so had to look up every term and also poor dexterity so I had to do it all in small amounts. Got there in the end though and quite pleased with the results. I think I need to get a ham to help me press darts as they look a bit weird. DH says it will look better once washed a few times.

Links

Here is the New Look 6483 pattern on the Simplicity website .

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

Today I would like to share a free download with you. A calendar page for September 2014.

Free download, Calendar page September 2014

Free download, Calendar page September 2014

How to Use

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Click on File, then choose landscape option for paper orientation.
  • Click Print

To Change the size of the calendar

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Right Click and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • You can print it as, is or open a Word Processing program and insert the image. (Once it is on your machine.) This will give you more control of the final size of the calendar page.

Feel free to tell your friends about this offer and forward them a link to this site. If you missed this month’s calendar page you can find it on the Calendar Downloads page.

Let me know what you think, of these calendar pages. If comments suggest this is popular…it just might become a regular feature.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

PS Hope you like birds, I couldn’t resist using a picture of my baby budgies Sunshine and Charlie.

Hi All

I bought this pattern last year and found the fabric in the cupboard recently so decided to give it a go.

New Look Sleeveless top pattern

New Look Sleeveless top Pattern 6483

I’m going to make view B without the sleeves for this first attempt at a top, wish me luck.

Best wishes

Billie

PS Twitter followers will know I’ve finished it, so a bit of a tease post. Will show you the finished results next week.

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Here is a picture of a recent Zentangle I drew.

Getting Tangled with Zentangle

Getting Tangled with Zentangle

I’m learning to Zentangle to help me relax and the principle of doing something repetitively and with no pressure works. The book I’m using is;

One Zentangle a Day book.

One Zentangle a Day book.

Not getting along overly well with it, there are a lot of tangles in it and it has more wording than I’ve seen on previews of other Zentanlge books on Amazon preview, but I’m not sure how and when to turn the card, so kinda winging it. I also get the feeling that the style show in the way it is in the book puts pressure on and leads you to over think things a bit.

I have really enjoyed Tiffany’s tutorials on Zentangle on You Tube as you see the tangle created and are then able to use the design show in a more freestyle way. Have to say I’m on the fence about Zentangle, the relaxation part works but as yet haven’t created something that I ‘love’ at the other end. Maybe because I’m still learning. There seem to be a lot of ‘rules’ about Zentangle which to me flies in the face of it being a calming thing. But hey, I guess The Tea ceremony and calligraphy are also zen like activites and they too have a set way of doing things, so maybe it isn’t so strange.

Do you tangle? Would love to see what you have drawn, there seems to be a wide range of ways people use this art form. If you have found any great tutorial sites do let me know and I’ll try and add them to the Art tab at the top of the blog.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Thanks to all those who offered words of support while they baby budgies were in the vets. I’m happy to report they were able to come home after 5 days, then we had to give them oral antibiotics for a week or so and now they are in much better spirits and health. I had to learn how to catch them with a cloth, like the vet did and moving their cage to the coffee table so it was a different way round while we did all this and then returning it to its usual position afterwards has kept them chilled with hands and not too territorial about their cage. I put my hand in to change seed pot and offer treats or toys most days.

Sunshine (yellow face) and Charlie my two Rainbow budgies. Just over 2 months old.

Sunshine (yellow face) and Charlie my two Rainbow budgies. Just over 2 months old.

They have settled well and developed their personalities, Sunshine is a dear little soul, very sweet natured, she will eat millet through the bars from me as well as from my palm in the cage, she nibbles my hand but doesn’t bite. She loves to play but is getting pushed aside more and more by Charlie which is making her more timid.

Charlie who was chosen first for his/her colouring is proving to be a GIRL! I’m not being sexist here by my following comments, just classic girl budgie! She is gobby, she is pushy, she is a really hard biter! She is getting tame in that she will hop on and off my hand for food or toys but once they are gone she bites and gnaws at me :( Girl budgies are like that, moody and can be viscious. I’m hoping she’ll improve in a few months and that I can introduce them to Robin in the big cage once quarantine is over. Vet said 3 months, a month to get over the infection and then the usual 2 months wait.

I had to put them on a plainer diet as the Premium Pets At home seed has oats in which was getting them hyped but in the small quarantine cage not enough room to fly off the energy and it got them very bicker with each other. Charlie also enjoys throwing everything in beak range! Veg I can understand, my other flock did that too, but since I stopped with the oat filled seed she has taken to grabbing beakfuls of the plain seed and spitting it out uneaten on the floor?! Later they both go down on the floor to eat some?!

Baby birds sure do do some odd things! but love them lots and will take the scars to help them get used to hands bringing toys or millet etc.

Links

I joined a new budgie forum called Adorable Budgies its wonderful, lots of budgie chat from wonderful friendly people. If you have and love budgies do come and visit them too.

Best wishes

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a new Filofax page that I designed for planning meals for using with my A5 Finsbury.

Filofax Meal Planner: A5 page

Filofax Meal Planner: A5 page

When life gets hectic and you want to keep on track of meal planning for shopping lists etc, this is helpful. Especially if like me you have a terrible memory.

I designed this using Serif Page Plus 7 software, and was very pleased with how it turned out. Page Plus is great for designing layouts like this in as there is a table function and you can set your page margins so you make sure you aren’t designing in an area that will be punched through. I like to leave the pages clean for those I’ll be writing more in, but you could always use rubber stamps, doodling or Zentangle to embellish your pages.

Hope you like it. I’m playing with the idea of making some of these pages as downloads at some point, please leave me a comment to let me know if you would be interested in Filofax downloads, if there is enough interest I’ll look into how to achieve it.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Hi All

Just wanted to share a pic of my new sewing book

Pattern Making book

Pattern Making book

Its Patternmaking for a perfect fit by Steffani Lincecum. I took her Patter Drafting from Ready to Wear class on Craftsy (once I worked out how to turn the HD off) and loved the class. She mentioned her book during the first episode and as our connection to the internet is flakey I decided to order the book. The class online covered using your favourite item of clothing and creating a paper pattern from it.

I have a shirt which I love and wear lots but fashions change so fast that there isn’t anything quite like it around and getting something to fit is so tricky I would love to make a copy of this shirt. Its got to be almost 20 years old so no chance of getting a replacement. In the book Steff covers making patterns from; a skirt, a dress, a blouse and a handbag. I’d like to copy some trousers but the online class assured me that once you have your head around the technique the same principles apply to any garment.

I attempted to copy a t-shirt which, I thought would be a simple place to start but I’ve managed to get the shoulder pieces different widths for front and back so I’ll have a good read of the book to see where I’ve gone wrong. I used the jigsaw together type of play mat that I bought for blocking knitting stuff on to pin the shirt too and pin through to the paper, found a spiky tracing wheel in my late Mother’s sewing box. The concept went well, just need more practice.

The book also makes mention of how to approximate how much fabric your pattern will need and some assembly tips too. I’ll do a full review once I’ve had chance to have a proper read. In the mean time if you want a copy for yourself the ISBN number is; 978-0-8230-2666-1

Still trying to work out how to pad the dressform I bagged on Ebay last winter. She’s got as far as a bra on her padded to size but I’m struggling how to get the rest of her to size no wonder I can’t buy clothes that fit eh! I’d love to drape on her but being an adjustable one the gaps are a problem. Being 5′ 3″ the top section is going to be ok with the form closed, some padding in the bra sorts out the bust. There is quite a gap in the lower section so I’m considering closing the form and mummifying her to the lower proportions. It would be nice if Crafsty did a class on how to transfer your body measurements to a dress form and how to pad one, it sure explains why there are so many forms on the auction sites, sounds like others get overwhelmed and just sell them on too.

What are you sewing at the moment? If you have a well loved item that you would love to recreate check out

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