Sunday, January 11, 2015

New year, new plans

Hello everyone!
It's been 6 months since I last posted at which time I decided to take a break from all social media for a while as it seemed to be taking over my life, forever sitting in front of the computer/Ipad/phone or wherever, reading posts and not getting anything, and I mean anything done. But as with all things there comes a time when I felt I was missing the community I so love and need to return to. 

2014 was pretty unproductive on the crafting front for me. I started quite a few projects, mostly knitting projects but sadly they lay in the UFO pile waiting for my return.  In my last post I was saying that I had knitted practically a whole cardigan on the wrong size needles. Well, I pulled it all out and was almost finished, using the right size needles this time when I ran into a problem with the front/neckband and have yet to figure out how to make it work so this too resides in the UFO pile. I did however, make not one but 2 quilts for my daughter and her new son.

Anyway, moving right along... new year, new enthusiasm! I have been thinking about what I want to make and include on my blog this year.  If you didn't know, sewing is not the only craft I indulge in, it's just the one I spend the most time on and so I thought I would perhaps include some of the other things I enjoy creating as well.  Don't get me wrong here, I will still keep this blog about my sewing journey just with a little touch of the other things as well.

So, my plans for 2015...

I'm sure you all know that I love vintage and I purchase vintage patterns along with the best of them but as so often happens they just sit being adored but waiting to be loved and so my first commitment for 2015 is to join with the hosts Marie of A Stitching Odyssey and Kerry of Kestrel Makes along with many others and make my vintage pattern pledge.

During 2015, I will make at least two of my vintage patterns.

Also, I have always loved animal prints and have in the past followed along with Maria's makes for Jungle January, hosted by Anne of Petty Grievances, so I thought this year I would join in. I mean really, who doesn't need more jungle prints in their wardrobe?

Recently as I've started to read along and catch up with whats going on around the blogosphere I've noticed quite a few people have been making bras. Now that's something I've wanted to try for a while.  I already have pattern and fabric so I want to stretch my wings and delve into the world of lingerie also.

Now, call me crazy if you want, many people do, but I also want to start working on a hexagon quilt.  I'm not talking large hexagons here but tiny little ones, 5/16" to be exact.  Yeah I know! But I did say you could call me crazy.  Just remember this will be a long term project so don't expect to see any fast progress with this one.

So, I think these seem to be achievable sewing plans while leaving room to choose more as I decide what other items I want to make.  I don't want to commit to too many things as I want to enjoy my other crafts as well.

What do you think? Are these plans doable?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We shall remember them...

On the 11th Hour 
of the 11th Day 
of the 11th Month
We will 

I give thanks to those who fought and died for me that I may live in peace and freedom.

"Lest we forget..."

Saturday, June 7, 2014


How crazy is this!!

I started this cardigan quite some time ago and I'd been happily knitting away for a while so you'd think I would've noticed but, nooooo I just kept knitting quite oblivious to my mistake. 

Here I was, wondering why this fitted style was coming out so large especially when I was making a pattern with negative ease.  It just looked wrong.  It was too loose.  What was I doing wrong?  I kept checking the pattern and thinking to myself it must be the tension.  (I've never made a tension square in my life - maybe that was the problem.)  I put it away for a while to ponder.  When I picked it up again and started the next piece it became immediately obvious.

Can you see what I was doing wrong? 

Like a complete fool I had knitted two fronts and the back using the wrong. size. needles.  Duhh!!

I pulled it all out and started again only to discover that this time around the sleeve was going to be too long, so once again I started over adjusting the pattern for a shorter sleeve.  Let me tell you, I'm not a very fast knitter and it's beginning to feel like the never ending cardigan but perseverance will prevail.  I am going to finish it 'one day'!!  :)

Have you ever done something like this or had a project that seems to go on forever?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A little black and white gingham shirt

I know I'm a little behind and it's about time I made an effort, as I mentioned in my last post, to show you what I've been doing.  

I made a gingham shirt.  I love gingham and had planned to make this shirt about a year and a half ago.  I bought the fabric but couldn't decide on the pattern.  Finally I chose Butterick 6085, a great basic semi-fitted blouse with sleeve variations. 


I made view E the sleeveless version.  The only alteration I made was to shorten the waist however after I wore it the first time I realised, as you can see below, I should have made a sway back alteration as well. 

I think the collar is much wider than the cover illustration so next time I make this shirt I would probably make the collar half the width of this one.  (I don't like really big collars on me)  I also had a small problem with pattern matching.  I had to fudge it a bit.  I got the sides to match but the fabric was not exactly on grain; it tended to curve down near the selvedge.  I matched the pattern at the bust when I sewed the buttons on but if you look closely you can see it doesn't match exactly the further toward to the hemline you go making the hemline uneven but I can live with that better than not matching at the bust.  Note to self - washing the fabric beforehand might have avoided the problem.

So there you have it my first make for 2014!  Well... that's not technically right as I cut it out last year but didn't get time to sew it until this year and finally on it's third outing I actually got around to taking photos.  My review of this pattern below.

Top; Butterick 6085
Cardigan; Tempt
Jeans; Suzanne Grae
Bag; Guess
Shoes; Pazari


My review of this pattern

Pattern Description:
Semi-fitted top has collar and shaped narrow hem.  Sleeveless, above elbow or three quarter sleeve, pocket and side split variations.

Pattern Sizing:
14,16,18 - I made size 14, view E.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I don't like the size of the collar.  It's too large for my liking.  I love the simplicity of this tip making it a great basic style.

Fabric Used:
Poly/cotton gingham.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made my usual short waist adjustment but otherwise I made no alterations to the pattern.  However, on me it really does need a reasonable size sway back adjustment.  I don't usually wash my fabric first and I had a few problems pattern matching because the fabric was off grain.

Would you sew it again?  Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I would sew this pattern again with a sway back adjustment for a better fit.  I would also reduce the size of the collar.  Would I recommend it to others?  Yes, most definitely!

I love this top.  It was easy to sew and it's easy to wear.  A great basic for the wardrobe which will be worn often.