The Belcarra Blouse

When the brand new Sewaholic Belcarra blouse patterns arrived this week I couldn’t wait to have a go at making one, it was so EASY to make that I immediately made another one!

Two blouses in one day, I think this pattern is going to be very useful, especailly if, like me, you make lots of skirts and never have any tops to wear them with.

The first one is made using some lovely embroidered and sequinned white cotton lawn from our dressmaking fabrics range.

belcarra-embroided-lawnMy next one is made from some of our Gorgeous Gingham which I think is really retro style!

belcarra-ginghamMy favorite is the gingham one, so here I am wearing it with my Colette Beignet skirt

tracy-publicityI just need to make a few more Belcarra’s and then I will be ready for Me-Made-May!

‘I, Trixie Lixie, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear a hand-made garment each day for the duration of May 2014′

MMM14logolargeHere are the links to the Flickr group and the Pinterest board.

 

Tote bags

April is always a busy month of birthdays for me, as I have said before, I think Tote bags make a great present. These ones have a bit more to offer than my usual book bag style, they are fully lined, with a gusset on the bottom and a very useful pocket inside.

camera-bagI love the fact that I can choose from our extensive range of fabrics at www.trixielixie.co.uk

This is the new Geekly Chic range from Riley Blake, camera’s, moustaches and sneakers feature heavily.

blue-camera-inside-detailThis is the gorgeous new range by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics, its called Daydream and is beautiful, so much to choose from!

blue-arcadia-bagI love this next one so much that I might have to keep it for myself! Its another Riley Blake range called Vintage Happy.

blue-adverts-bagblue-adverts-inside-detail-And finally I had to make my Sushi mad daughter one out of this Classic Michael Miller Sushi fabric!

sushi-bagI always like to make my own birthday cards as well and I have a new stamp set so these are to accompany the bags:

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A bag full of Dinosaurs!

It was my cheeky nephew’s 2nd birthday on Monday so I have made him a handy bag to keep all his dinosaurs in:

dino-bag1The fabric is from the Michael Miller Dinosaur range, the lining is great it just says DINOSAUR! over and over again.

dino-bag2An assortment of bright coloured plastic dinosaurs completes the present, if he is anything like my son he will know the names of all the dinosaurs by the time he is six!

dino-bag3The bag matches the shorts that I made for him last summer, but I am not sure if they will fit him this summer!

michael-miller-lil-dinos-fabric-[3]-1121-pIsn’t he gorgeous!!

Cake Dress & new Jersey fabrics

We have got some fab new jersey fabrics on the website so I decided to have a go at the Cake Red Velvet dress,

cake-sewing-patterns-red-velvet-knit-dress-1421-p[ekm]197x288[ekm]it was fairly straight forward, I tried to use my serger but I am really struggling with it, I think the tensions are all wrong but I just get confused when I try and balance it and it just seems to get worse! So I used a small zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine instead.

jersey-dressThe fabric is lovely, navy blue with red birds on it, it is T-shirt weight so it drapes nicely.

red-birds-on-blue-jersey-1608-pWe have also got some fab jersey stripes, and coming soon are some gorgeous plain colours, excellent for T-shirts, dresses and skirts. I particularly like this one;

red-and-grey-stripe-jersey-1606-pI think I am going to have a go at making the Cake Cabarita top with this one.

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I will let you know how I get on! Happy sewing!!

How to make a Pom Pom scarf

This is my favourite scarf at the moment! It doesn’t keep your neck particularly warm but it looks amazing and every time I wear it people comment and say how lovely it is.

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I knitted the scarf first, using a ball of double knit wool and size 5mm (US 8) needles

Here is the pattern:

M1: Make 1 stitch by picking up the strand between the stitch on the right-hand needle and the stitch on the left-hand and placing it on the left hand needle, then knit into the back of it.

Cast on 8 stitches

Row 1: knit to end of row.

Row 2: Knit to end of row.

Row 3: Knit 1, M1, knit to end of row.

Row 4: Knit to end of row.

Row 5: Knit 1, M1, knit to end of row.

Rows 6,7 and 8: Knit to end of row.

Row 9: Knit 2 together through the back of the stitches, knit to end of row.

Row 10: Knit to end of row.

Row 11: Knit 2 together through the back of the stitches, knit to end of row.

Row 12: Knit to end of row.

Row 13: Cast off 4 stitches, knit to end of row.

Row 14: Knit 4.

Row 15: Cast on 4 stitches, knit these 4 stitches, knit to end.

Repeat rows 2 -15 until the end of the ball or until it reaches the length you like.

When you have finished the scarf, make lots of pom poms to attach to it. I used my Clover pom pom maker and made 2 different sizes of pom pom.

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Knickers Galore

I would like to say thank you to Joanne for my lovely knickers, and thanks to Sonia at Fabric & Flowers for organising the knicker swap! They fit perfectly, are beautifuly made and have got cats on them, I love cats! (I have two)

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Trixie KnickersThis is a picture of them from the back so that you can see the gorgeous fabric!

I made a pair for Kerry at PennyDog Patchwork who’s blog is great, her quilts are amazing! They turned out so well that we have made them into our latest knicker kit at TrixieLixie

field-study-sun-dials-knicker-kits-[3]-1545-p.I have been pretty busy making knickers this week, I sell them on my Folksy site and here are a few pairs that I made for Valentines orders.

nice knickersnice knickersnice knickersI think making knickers is quite addictive, I must have made at least 100 pairs by now and I still love doing it and I love seeing the look on peoples face’s when I give them a pair and tell them that I made them! If you haven’t had a go yet I really recommend it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqsrTX2722Q

Happy Sewing!

 

 

Barcelona Skirt

This is probably the easiest skirt I have ever made, it’s the Amy Butler Barcelona skirt, its a gorgeous A-line skirt, fully lined and a beautifully concealed zip.

Barcelona SkirtThe fabric I used is a Free Spirt fabric by Anna Maria Horner from her Field Study range, it is called Raindrops Pop Candy isn’t that a great name?

I used some Turquoise lining fabric and then I trimmed the bottom with some Teal velvet ribbon.

amy-butler-barcelona-skirt-sewing-pattern-1520-p[ekm]195x288[ekm]This is a very easy pattern to follow and I would recommend it for beginners.

Happy sewing!

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