Christmas gift ideas

I am never sure how early I shoud start talking about Christmas, some people I know like to get all their planning & preperation done by October! Others leave it until the last minute! Either way I am going to start suggesting some gift idea’s and sharing some great tutorials for making your own presents. I have a large family & I like to make as many gifts myself as I can.

Felix tea towel kit

So my first gift suggestion is a tea towel! But not just an ordinary tea towel! It is also a kit to make a cushion, so you have the option to give the tea towel as the gift or to make it into the cushion and give that as a gift!

Sarah Young tea towel cushionsThey are designed by Sarah Young a Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator and maker. Her work is often narrative, inspired by and referencing, myth, folk tales, circus and burlesque imagery. The tea towels are cotton, screen printed, and they can be cut, sewn and stuffed to make lovely toys or cushions, or fill with sand, pulses/grains to make a doorstop; Or simply keep as a lovely bright tea towel for your kitchen.

marmaduke tea towel kit

bertha tea towel kit

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They are very easy to make up, you just need toy stuffing or they make goreous tea towels

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Sewaholic Rae Skirt

As I am unable to sew at the moment I persuaded my gorgeous daughter to have a go at making the latest addition to the Sewaholic pattern range – The Rae skirt.

rae-skirt-sewaholic-sewing-pattern-[5]-1920-pThis is a very straight forward beginners elasticated waist skirt, with a small amount of help from me Amy was able to complete this very simple sew in just a couple of hours!

Amy wearing a Sewaholic Rae skirt

Doesn’t it look lovely! The nice thing about this elastic waist skirt is that it has 4 panels that are shaped so that it drapes beautifully, she deliberately chose some of our new Gaberchino fabric as it is heavier weight and holds the shape nicely.

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#OWOP Barcelona skirts galore!

As I am unable to sew at the moment I was really pleased to be able to take part in this blog-along, I already have dozens of Amy Butler Barcelona skirts so I didn’t have to make anything. #OWOP stands for One Week, One Pattern and was organised by Handmade Jane

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One Week, One Pattern! (or OWOP) is a group challenge where participants wear garments made from just one pattern of their choice, every day for a week.

So the pattern I chose is one that I have been re-using for years and have taught lots of people to make.

amy-butler-barcelona-skirt-sewing-pattern-1520-p[ekm]195x288[ekm]The Barcelona skirt is a an A-line skirt pattern that is fully lined and really easy to make.

tracy-bob-dylanSo to start the week I was having a little stroll with Bob Dylan, this skirt was made using Freespirit Field studies fabric by Anna Marie Horner & I have trimmed it with some Velvet ribbon. The top is a Sewaholic Renfrew in Purple jersey that goes really well with my cast.

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Day 2 saw me swinging with Frank Sinatra, another Barcelona in Freespirit Field studies fabric by Anna Marie Horner, I do love her fabric designs! And another Sewaholic Renfrew this one in Turquoise jersey, (I have quite a lot of these tops, another easy make!)

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Day 3 and I am having a bit of a boogie with Fred Astaire! This Barcelona skirt is a few years old so the fabric is not from TrixieLixie you can just about see that it is a city map, I think its London. Again I have trimmed this one with some Velvet ribbon. And what a surprise! Another Sewaholic Renfrew this one in Turquoise stripe jersey. This Renfrew is a more recent make and is a better fit than the others as I took about an inch off each side seam.

tracy-cary-grantDay 4 and I have a funny feeling that Cary Grant is going to push me into the pool! Doesn’t he realise that I can’t get my cast wet ?!? This is another old Barcelona skirt that I made about 4 years ago! The fabric was designed by Grayson Perry for Liberty, it’s got images of all sorts of disasters like plane crashes and oil spills, it also features his teddy bear – Alan Measles, he is one of my favourite Artists. I have trimmed this one with lace edged velvet trim and I am wearing a Colette Jasmine blouse this time in cream georgette fabric.

tracy-roger-mooreDay 5 and 007 Roger Moore is taking me hostage! Today’s Barcelona skirt is slightly different as I did not line this one, and I have added a waistband. The fabric  is from a Moda range called Honky Tonk. The top is a Cake Pattern, the Cabarita knit top, in red jersey.

tracy-stevemcqueenDay 6 and I am racing with Steve McQueen today in another Barcelona skirt, this one is made using an Amy Butler fabric! Its some baby cord from her Soul Blossoms range called English Garden, it is velvety soft! The blouse is a Sewaholic Belcarra.

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Final day and I am rocking with David Bowie in my Ukulele Skirt! This is a Barcelona hack, I used the top of the skirt pattern and then added a drop waist box pleat skirt. And a repeat wearing of my Turquoise jersey, Sewaholic Renfrew. I even have a matching strap on my Uke, unfortunately I can’t play it at the moment!

It has taken me 2 days to type out this post, using one finger on my left hand! Can’t wait to get the plaster off and actually start sewing again!

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One Week, One Pattern! 2014

I have decided to particpate in OWOP14!

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The pattern that I am slightly addicted to is the Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt.

amy-butler-barcelona-skirt-sewing-pattern-1520-p[ekm]195x288[ekm]I have numerous versions of this skirt so It will be easy for me to wear a different one every day for 7 days, the hard part will be deciding which ones to wear.

The great thing about taking part in this blog-along is that I don’t need to make any thing new, which if you read my previous blog post you will understand, I can’t do at the moment

So watch this space for the photo’s.

 

Purple Plaster Post

I have been a bit quiet for a few weeks in blogland, this is why!

Purple Plaster

I have fractured my Scaphoid! Its my right wrist & I am right handed so I am stuggling to even type this!

I can’t sew at the moment so i am going to blog about a couple of projects I worked on before I fell and hurt my wrist.

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a pattern test by fellow blogger Rebecca at mummykins and me

The July the Fourth dress for little girls

July 4th dress

I used Moda Coquette fabric

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And here is one of the gorgeous girls in my family modeling a skirt that I made for her

Taya's REd Rooster summer skirt

The fabric I used for this skirt is from the Red Rooster range

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I have to share this TrixieLixie funny with you, its sooooo funny!!

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My wrist is going to be in plaster for the next 4 weeks so I am going to try and get my glamorous daughter to do some sewing instead of me, she is going to start with the new Sewaholic Rae skirt so watch this space!

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Wedding reception outfit.

We went to a lovely wedding yesterday, it was outside in a paddock and the weather stayed fine until late afternoon but then the heavens opened! This is my handmade outfit.

tracy33For the shrug I used the Cake Cocoa rif pattern and some of our lovely cream lace fabric.

cake-patterns-riff-cocoa-shrug-1670-p[ekm]237x288[ekm]The dress I made a few years ago for my cousins wedding, it is a mash up of a Burda dress pattern and a Colette Macaron. The fabric is from an Amy Butler range that is no longer available. We are offering 20% off Colette patterns this month, the discount code is in Love Sewing magazine, I have contributed withan article on my favourite Colette patterns.

Love SewingAs I said the weather didn’t stay great so I ended the night in different foot wear!

Wet wedding attire for TrixieLixieFor those of you who do not follow TrixieLixie on facebook or Twitter here is a taste of the funny sewing posts that we like to do on a regular basis:

Europe’s Rosetta probe finally delivers TrixieLixie order to Comet 67P

Another TrixieLixie delivery!I will be back soon with more posts of my makes, but in the meantime I have to go & do some pattern testing for a friend. HAPPY SEWING!

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Sewing in the summer

I have been a bit quiet on the blogging front but I have still been sewing away although I do find it hard to spend time in the house at my sewing machine when the sun is shining. I really like to sit in the sun and read a good book in the summer, I love to look at sewing books and plan what I am going make, I always end up with an enormous list.

At the beginning of the month it was my gorgeous daughters birthday and I wanted to make her a summery dress the Sewaholic Saltspring is perfect!

Sewaholic Saltspring dressDoesn’t she looks lovely in it! I used some of our delicate and floaty voile fabric Field Study Sinister Swarm, a strange name for such beautiful fabric!

We now have the new patterns from Tilly and the Buttons

 

I made myself a Miette skirt using some of the Amy Butler Soul Blossoms Cord

tracy-mieteIts a wrap-around skirt, so very easy to make, no zips or buttons! The patterns are lovely and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

We have also had the mens sewing patterns from Thread Theory a very exciting addition to our range, I want to have a go at making the Comox trunks.

thread-theory-comox-trunks-sewing-pattern-1894-p[ekm]230x288[ekm]I love this picture from their blog, I don’t think I will get any of the boys in my family to model in their underwear for me!

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