I started this quilt at the beginning of October last year, as part of The Sewing Directory Simple Sampler Quilt Along. I hadn’t made this type of quilt before, and most of the patchwork techniques were new to me. Kerry explains them so clearly, I really enjoyed the process. The fabric I chose was inspired… Read More Finished! Simple Sampler Corfu Quilt
I decided this week to remake the first pattern I made successfully – as in, actually wore! – the Colette Jasmine. I definitely had beginners luck the first time round, especially with my fabric choice, which was a slightly sheer vintage flower print with a bit of stretch. It worked without any alterations, which was… Read More Colette Jasmine revisited
I’m cracking on with my stash busting list, and I’ve a whole outfit to show you today. Outside pics too – it must be Spring! My skirt is Vogue 1247 and the sweater is a pattern by Sirdar. I can’t find a separate knitting pattern for this (it was in Knitting magazine, April 2014) but… Read More Finished outfit! Sirdar sweater and denim skirt
I enjoyed reading about Jenny’s ( Bobbins and Whimsy ) 7 sewing stash essentials – and interested to see most of them were different from mine. So I thought I’d share too! 1. Thread of many colours This is the wooden tray I keep by my sewing machine. I found it in an antique shop and… Read More Sewing space and stash essentials
I’ve been meaning to replace my boring plain cream laundry bag for ages, and as this year is all about using up the stash and getting things done, here it is! This pattern, from the Great British Sewing Bee book, has some very nice details. There are two ties, which ‘drawstring’ at the sides, and… Read More Great British Sewing Bee laundry bag
I do like to have a goal, so what to commit to this year? There are so many things I’d like to learn to sew – trousers, a lined coat, many many techniques….but if I try to do too much I won’t achieve anything! This year I’m joining Sarah and around 200 others in the… Read More 2014 Sewlution – 52 things
I promised the Mistress of the Jar that I would use 12 pieces of stash fabric this year and I did it. Phew – the Mistress scares me! Here they are – My surprise success this year was the Christine Hayes Derby dress (5th pic, with Hetty on a lead). It’s a very different… Read More 2013 Sewlution completed!