Oakridge blouse.

When we had the Regent Street lawn fabric delivery I knew that I wanted to make a nice blouse with it, how excited was I when Sewaholic released their new blouse patterns! I could not wait to make the Oakridge blouse, unfortunately due to my wrist injury from the summer I can’t sew for long so each project takes me more time to make, however I don’t think this is a bad thing as I don’t make so many mistakes and the end product is better finished.

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I like the slightly fitted style of this blouse, I decided not to put the bow on the blouse as I thought it would be too fussy but I want to make another one with a bow now! It is a very straight forward pattern to follow, I have made shirts before and found the instructions confusing however this pattern is really easy to follow.

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I thought it was going to be a bit too long but as you can see it is the perfect length, I may slightly shorten the sleeve on my next one but that is only because I have short arms!

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I used some of our vintage style Celtic buttons to finish it off.

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I even had enough fabric left over to make some matching knickers! This fabric is fabulous for knickers, it’s a lovely delicate lawn so they are really soft and comfortable!

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Happy sewing everyone!

Comox trunks/pyjama’s

Here are a couple of my “Man Makes” from 2014 for Mr TL. My first attempt at the Thread Theory Comox trunks was a bit confusing, I used the sew along that is on their blog and yet I still made a couple of mistakes. My second pair were so much easier! I think it was because I used a patterned Jersey fabric that had a clear right side and wrong side so it all fell into place without a hitch!

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So after successfully completing the second pair ( jungle January flavour zebra print!) I decided to do some pyjama bottoms for Mr TL using the Comox as inspiration. They turned out quite well and Mr TL says they are extremely comfortable, however he was not prepared to be photographed in any of his new garments!!

As he wouldn’t oblige I shall have to use the photo of the Thread Theory boys in their Comox trunks instead!

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I have promised to do a few more “Man Makes” this year, the next request being a Colette Negroni shirt in the new Ninja dragons fabric that we have in stock, I will keep you posted! Are you making anything for your significant other this year? Please let me know if you have any plans.

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A selection of my 2014 makes

I thought I would showcase a selection of my sewing projects from 2014.
Last year I made a few dresses, my favourite pattern is the By Hand Anna dress I also made a Gather Mortmain dress, I want to combine these 2 patterns this year using the Mortmain bodice with the Anna skirt.

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I made a few skirts last year as well, I fell in love with Tilly & the Buttons Miette pattern, I made 2! A gorgeous denim lawn one and a fantastically colourful baby cord one. Another Amy Butler Barcelona skirt and I made a few Colette Mabel skirts as well!

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To go with the skirts I made a few blouse’s, my favourite pattern for 2014 was the Sewaholic Belcarra Blouse, here are 3 of them! (I made 5). And I couldn’t resist another Colette Jasmine which was one of my favourite patterns of 2013.

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I also made lots of knickers using the Trixie Lixie Knicker pattern, nothing unusual there, I probably make about 30 pairs a year!

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I did quite a lot of unselfish sewing last year, a Colette Moneta for my Mum, a Sewaholic Saltspring dress for my beautiful daughter, a Sewaholic Gabriola for my bestie and some cute Tutu skirts for my gorgeous little niece’s.

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I also made a few tote bags as gifts.

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My favourite month was Me Made May, I had a great time showing off my handmade wardrobe that month!

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I have loads of projects planned for 2015! Here’s to another year of happy sewing!

Regents Street Lawn

The New Moda fabric range Regent Street Lawn is a complete run-away success! It is moving off our shelves faster than any other range that we have stocked so if you want a bit of it you had better be quick!

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And don’t forget we have got 10% off everything until the 10th of January!

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Sales started!

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Christmas decorations

The other night I had a few friends round for Mulled wine & mince pies, we also made some Christmas decorations using Pinterest for inspiration. Here are some pics of our makes;

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Don’t you just love Pinterest? Has anyone else been making decorations?

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After Christmas I will post some pics of the presents I made for friend and family, I couldn’t make as many of my gifts this year as my wrist injury is still quite painful, hopefully it will be better in the new year as I have a massive pile of fabric and patterns waiting to be made!

Have a very Merry Christmas Everyone’s! xxxxx

New Fabric ranges

We have had some new fabric ranges delivered that are really lovely! The first one is called Hope Chest by Penny Rose Fabrics, this is how they describe them on their website:

The bright and colorful designs of the 1930’s era are one of the most popular genres of quilting fabrics. The color, diversity of design, and size allows for many uses including quilting, home decor and garments.

During the Great Depression of the 1930’s there was a great revival of Quilting. The hard times brought a strong desire for women to socialize. Quilting became a popular way for women to fulfill their desire to be creative while still making something practical for her family. To keep expenses to a minimum, women would find quilting materials from many different sources such as sewing scraps, out-grown clothing and feed sacks.

Enjoy these happy bright colors and designs that bring a little remembrance of an era that looked forward to better times.

Hope Chest fabric rangeAnother luscious new range that we now have in stock is the new Regents Lawns by Moda Fabrics. Gorgeously light weight, these would make lovely knickers and camisole tops, I am going to be adding them to our current knicker kits after Christmas and I am working on a Camisole pattern to also launch as a kit in January.

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We also have the jelly rolls and charm packs in this range.

Happy Sewing!