Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Autumn is here

It was a cloudy day here but the autumn colours were shiny nevertheless.
I have been crocheting another cushion panel which is just about finished and needs making up but that will have to wait until another day..

Monday, 13 October 2014

Nursery Rhyme Quilt

The Baby quilt is finished and will be off on it's way to Germany soon.
Unfortunately it's raining today so the photo is indoors and not great.
Maybe I'll get some more before it goes if the sun comes out because
I forgot to take the back which I really love as it's recycled shirts.
Come on sunshine, help me out!  

This is the progress on the pouffe top which I shared in my last post.
I have taken off about 5" from round the edge, appliqued a circle in the centre and
quilted it to a piece of blanket..

It was fairly tough to applique the centre as I had to stitch through four layers hence it's a bit wobbly in parts but despite that I like the way it's turned out so far.

Now I need some fabric for the sides but I haven't got anything in my stash.
I think plain brown or green would be ok but it needs to be tough.
Maybe an old curtain?

Then I will finally be able to get rid of the bags of fabric scraps/rubbish that I have been saving for months now to fill it with!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Recycled cord trousers - WIP

I think it's going to be a pouffe!

This is made from old cord trousers cut using a 10 degree wedge ruler and sewn to form a circle.

Just to give you an idea of the size I included my shoe!

As you can see it's a bit big for a pouffe so I am going to have to cut it down slightly I think.

It seems a shame to waste it really but at least I have some pictures.
I'll let you know how it goes..

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Not much time..

I needed a quick project today as I have lots of jobs to get done.
I made this crocheted square ready for a cushion some time ago now
 but never got around to putting it together.

A perfect 10 minute job.
Then I just had to dodge the showers to get a quick picture.

The reverse is an old jumper.
I guess it should really have an opening but that would have taken longer!

And anyway, I have to admit to rarely washing cushions.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

ta daa.. the blue dress

This was my first attempt at getting a picture with the self timer!

That's better.
The dress pattern is from the Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori.
 It's a Japanese pattern book with 26 patterns in it for tops and dresses. I expect most of you know about it as it has been around for a while now, but for those who don't, the patterns are all on paper sheets and need tracing off. This bit is quite confusing, but you definitely get used to it the more you do. The other thing I didn't realise at first is that there is no seam allowance and this needs to be added on to the pattern pieces.
That said, the patterns that I have used so far have been really good.
 I suspect it is one of those books that gets better the more you use it.
This pattern was very simple.
I cut a size 12 and it is probably a bit on the big side if anything.
 It said you need 2.2m of fabric but I managed with 1.5m of fairly wide linen, and I had plenty.

It is super comfortable to wear.
I'm not sure it needs all the gathers in the back as the linen is quite thick so I might take a bit out but we'll see how it goes.
Definitely a pattern that I will be using again.

Monday, 6 October 2014

A little black dress

I have been busy making clothes this weekend.
This one is a dress based on the Burda Pattern 7602.
I amended the neck slightly as I wanted it a bit more scooped out, and if the truth be told I scooped out a bit much and then decided to edge the neck with some black cotton trim t fill it back in!

I also altered the pockets and just made two simple rectangles.
Oh, and I also made the front a single piece rather than the two panels on the pattern.
Other than that, it's the same!!!

Moving swiftly on..this is the next plan.
Dress E from the Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori.
In some gorgeous blue linen I found in Truro Fabrics last weekend.
More soon.