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Just wanted to share a picture of my first skirt. The fabric is royal blue polyester cotton. I went with an elastic waist as the style tends to fit me well. I was considering using the cord I made to thread through the casing but I wasn’t convinced by my current skill level with button holes with my machine, so went with elastic instead.

My First Skirt

My First Skirt

The instructions I used to draft the pattern were from Sew What skirts which I reviewed recently. I’ve had the book and the fabric for a few years now, but only recently discovered where to buy pattern paper.

I was very lucky to get a bargain of a nearly new roll of pattern paper on Ebay! So now I’m having a play designing different kinds of patterns. My MIL gave me Winnifred Aldrich book for my birthday, its one big step up from where I am right now but since I am in-between sizes of commercial patterns, I would have to learn how to make lots of alterations to them anyway. At which point if I was going to have to learn all that, I figured why not learn how to draft to my own measurements, at least the patterns I draft should be nearer to my size and then I have full freedom as to the length of things (being a shortie at 5 foot 3) most patterns are designed for people much taller any way.

Wish me luck with it, I’ve also been creating a pattern from an old pair of shorts, which from the test pair I’ve made, are going well. At last I’ll get designs I want to wear without the low slung waists (which I hate) in fabric I like. woo hoo. No more static fests with viscose which seems to be all you can get on the high street.

BIG learning curve and a million miles from the bags I originally wanted my sewing machine for. My late mother would be proud, she used to make all my clothes and spoilt me for expecting things to fit. After she passed away and I found shop clothes such poor fit and quality it was a bit of a shock, such a shame I didn’t have longer with her and the patience to learn when she tried to teach me.

Fingers crossed with some time and patience (who me?!) that I’ll be able to make designs I like, my way and that they will fit. If my Mum who didn’t go to university or study fashion for years could make wonderful clothes, maybe the genes are there and I’ll be able to too.

How about you, what do you like to make with your machines?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

PS More art when my hands work better! Fine motor skills are beyond me at the moment.

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A strange question perhaps, but what were you reading at aged 8? My fave author was Roald Dahl, so Danny the Champion of the World and the like was my favorite book. The reason you ask, is that the book I received at 8 for Christmas was ‘McCall’s Sewing in Colour’. Home dressmaking, tailoring, mending, soft furnishings!

My First sewing book!

My First sewing book!

As a fairly in-depth technical text-book its a stretch for an average 8-year-old but add in dyslexia (OK we didn’t know that was why I was struggling but small text was always a big issue) So this book other than the obligatory ‘Oh that’s wonderful, thank you’ ( See I was well brought up with good manners) but have to say this book never had more than a quick glance.

Now my Mum was excellent at sewing, and her sister too, so there was some pressure for me to ‘like it’ as well. Anyone with kids will know that is a sure-fire way to send you kids running for the hills and this is what happened to me. Mum tried to show me how to sew and I had a dabble on a hand turned wheel of an elderly Singer machine where I made a few dolly clothes but wasn’t that keen. This brief attempt was enough to cause this book so I steered well clear after that.

Recently though I have returned to sewing and now my hands are too shot for hand sewing (forgive the pun) I have a sewing machine and after pottering with bags for a while decided to try skirts. Remembering this book was in the loft, yes I kept it, even though I couldn’t read it, since my Mum & Aunt were so keen it seemed rude to their memories (They have both passed away now) to ditch it. So I dug out this book to see if with the coloured overlays I could make any sence of it.

Blimey! You sure can see a change in how books of this kind are presented. Today this would almost be considered a serious textbook! Lots of serous text a few line drawings and not so many colour photos. Very 1960′s. Think Star Trek original series and you will imagine the eye-popping colours, bold colour choices for bedrooms n bathrooms!! Terry toweling shower curtains in paisley anyone?

How about you, what were you reading at 8 years old, and what was your first sewing book like?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of the drawstring bag I made.

Draw string bag

Draw string bag

Here is the bag open

Draw string bag; open

Draw string bag; open

My sewing machine lives in the sideboard, but the foot pedal is always a tangled mess and the plastic bag it came in is really too small for it. So I decided to make it something a bit nicer to live in and help keep the cable under control.

The fabric was left over curtain material from years ago, the cord made from the same fabric. I followed the instructions in the sew what bags book for how to make the casing for the cord and it was quite quick to make. When I get more fabric I’m thinking of making more bags like these but smaller for gadget chargers! The chargers currently live in a plastic box but also end up a tangled mess and takes ages to hunt out the one I want and then ages to untangle it. I’m thinking some kind of tag on the charger bags so I know what they are for ;)

This bag is the same idea as the classic PE bag for school so if you have little uns why not try making one, if not for school then for a place for odds n ends :) How about you, have you ever made one of these? Will you have a go making one this month? Its also a simple project that older children could make for themselves with supervision, so a good one to get the kids sewing.

How about making these in seasonal fabric for an eco friendly version of gift wrapping?

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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A few weeks ago I saw a great tutorial for making a rose in paper clay, I bought a Martha Stewart kit with paper clay in but wanted a practice before opening the clay. After a rummage in the kitchen I came up with some marzipan :)

Here’s how my rose turned out

Edible art, roses

Edible art, roses

If you would like to make a rose from clay, marzipan or icing check out this great video tutorial I found on You Tube

Would love to see your roses if you give them a try. The good thing about making them in something re-workable is that if you make something you don’t like the look of, you just moosh it all back together and try again.

My top tip if you are doing this in  marzipan and have hot paws like me, is to make all the petals first, then they have time to cool down before you go onto assembly ;) otherwise if you apply them as soon as they are made they are a bit too soft and can sag ;)

They turned out great and I stored them in the fridge for a while before photographing them, again so they firmed up a bit after all the handling.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Sad to say hands still not back after crocheting this over 3 weeks ago now! Here it is tho, my second granny square. Make the most of it, there won’t be more!

Blue Granny Square

Blue Granny Square

Have had a little go with sewing, and this adventure is at least less painful. More about that in a new post.

I want to get back to painting but at the mo haven’t the dexterity.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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3D Edible Art

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A couple of weeks ago I bought Martha Stewart air dry clay kit. I wanted a bit of a practice before using the paper clay, as there wasn’t loads in the kit so, while waiting for my RSI to settle down I had a try using Marzipan and cake decorating tools I had for Christmas. Here’s the finished pieces.

3D Art. Marzipan Flowers

3D Art. Marzipan Flowers

Now don’t go using your stuff from the kit with food as its not food safe, but after watching Mel Heaton on C&C the other day I was desperate to have a go. What do you think? I was pleased with them.

Will try to get more painty when my hands work again.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Flower Chain

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a flower chain that I started to make.

Flower Chains

Crochet Flower Chains

Being new to crochet I was struggling to understand written patterns, so off to You Tube and after watching the Flower tutorial I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, decided to make more flowers but keep them joined together, daisy chain style. I am still hoping to get some yellow, white and green yarn to make the right colours for a Daisy Chain but these are ok for a start.

My tension as you can see is terrible so they look a bit raggedy. I’m trying to work on it and in the mean time live with it as, they are a learning project not really a put them on the wall project.

Links

Here is the blog post where I linked to the How to Crochet a flower video by The Making Spot

I’m looking forward to making slightly different ones for a daisy chain, I remember spending many a play time at primary school, in the summer when we were allowed on the field, making daisy chains. It will make a nice little project that I can take slowly and add to over time. Nice that that daisy chain will be an everlasting one too :)

Anyone else remember making daisy chains? They seem always to remind me of long hot summers with friends, just chillin :)

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

I’m definitely thinking this crochet lark is like doodling with yarn ;)

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