Baby Quilts 

 

I think a quilt makes a really great gift for a new-born baby and I have made quite a few for various niece’s and nephews. The latest one is for a beautiful baby girl who was born last week, Grace Addison, what lovely names for my newest niece!

The quilt I have made for Grace is quite large so that it fits her cot, the colours are to match the decor in her bedroom. The fabric I used is from the Gutermann Ring a Roses, French Cottage range.

 

 

I used quite large squares of fabric (25cm x 25cm) and I used a walking foot on my sewing machine to stitch in the ditch. We have got some fabulous new wadding in the shop, its beautifully soft and not too thick, I used some of our Klona plain fabric for the back and a very pretty spotty bias binding for the edges.

I started finishing the binding using pins but they kept pricking me! So I treated myself to a pack of Quilters Holding clips and they are great!

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Here is the beautiful baby Grace in her first modeling role for Trixie Lixie!

 

#bestnine2016

There is a trend on instagram for #bestnine2016 so here are my favourite nine makes for last year, from left to right starting at the top they are;

  1. The Colette Anise jacket, I bought this lovely fabric from Mood in New York and spent at least 3 months on this make as I wanted to do a really good job I used the Colette Anise sew-along to help with the complicated bits, I am really pleased with the way it turned out.
  2. Another gorgeous By Hand London Anna dress to add to my collection, this one in a floaty Liberty Tana Lawn. I wore this to my sisters 25th wedding anniversary party.
  3. This is a Jenna Cardigan from Muse patterns, I used a vintage scarf for the front panels and red jersey for the rest, it clashes beautifully with my hair!
  4. A Thread Theory Camas blouse, it is made with Liberty Jersey and contrasting blue woven fabric on the shoulders, there is a great sew-along tutorial for this blouse.
  5. These are the Ginger Boyfriend jeans that I made with some beautiful grey textured linen, I am wearing them with a Grainline Scout Tee which is a summer staple for me!
  6. My absolute favourite make of the year these are my Ginger jeans! I have worn these so much! I absolutely must make a new pair for 2017, they were far easier to make than I anticipated and I was amazed how great the fit is.
  7. I had a go at a lot of different things last year even shoes! This is an espadrille kit that we have available in the shop, I used up some of the scraps of denim left over from my jeans and the Liberty from my Anna dress. They were fun to make and now I can say that I make everything!
  8. I attempted to make a couple of bra’s last year, they turned out really nicely but do not fit me very well so I haven’t included them here (I am determined to make one that fits this year!) However I was very pleased with the lingerie that I made using one of Gerties patterns, I made knickers, camisoles and night dresses using a variety of our jersey fabric and elastic lace trim.
  9. Another well worn addition to my wardrobe was this jersey top, I can’t remember what pattern I used! It was free with a sewing magazine. I just love the colours in this Liberty Jersey fabric.

 

Watch this space for my #bestnine2017 sewing plans for this year!

 

 

We have a shop!

I am really excited about writing this post! We have been looking for premises to open our Trixie Lixie sewing shop for over a year and in May this year we found the perfect place in Gelligaer Gardens in Cardiff, easy we thought. Give us the key in a couple of weeks, quick shop fit, open in July! Oh no! It certainly is not that easy! It takes months of lease negotiating, solicitors, land registry etc etc so you can imagine our excitement when we finally got the key on 22nd November!

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So we began the process of building flat packs and putting up shelves ….

We chose a dark colour because we think it shows off the colours of the fabrics well. Once the shelving was all in we began moving the stock in, we have traded online for over 3 years and our stock has been in various rooms for storage so it was great to finally get it all out together, and quite a surprise that we have got so much!

I had the most fun doing the shop window and adding a few Christmas touches!

So we managed to open on Saturday 3rd December, thank you to all our visitors so far and we are looking forward to seeing many more of you.

Come and see us at 25 Gelligaer Gardens, Cathays, Cardiff CF24 4LT you can give us a ring on 02920 344464 and you can visit the website at http://www.trixielixie.co.uk

See you soon!

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Summer sewing

I love to wear floaty frocks in the summer and I had my eye on this beautiful piece of Liberty fabric, I just needed to choose a dress pattern. I spent ages looking at all the patterns we have on available at TrixieLixie and dithered, dallied then asked my husband and we both concluded that the dress that suits me the best is the By Hand London Anna dress! Sadly this dress pattern is not available in paper format anymore but you can purchase the PDF from the ByHand London website. 

I decided to try a v-neck version just for a bit of variety and I am really pleased with the way it has turned out, however so far the British summer weather has been predictably unpredictable!


As the weather has not been great for sunbathing, I have had more time for sewing! Another of my summer projects is a pair of espadrilles, using some of the Liberty scraps from this dress.


These were a lot easier to make than I expected, the only thing that was a bit tricky was finding a needle that was suitable for the thick cord you need to use to attach the soles.


These were quite quick to make and really give you a sense of achievement, I made shoes! I will soon have a completely me-made wardrobe!

Summer bag making

When I first started sewing I made a lot of bags, so many that I vowed never to go there again! However I have just discovered these fantastic ready to use leather and leather look bag handles! The first bag I made using them was a bithday present for a friend, I used Amy Butler fabric and just improvised a box shape bag with plenty of pockets as she was about to go on holiday and I thought it would be great for the beach.

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This inspired me to make a couple more, one for myself and one for my sister in law for her birthday (which was in May!)

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I had seen some bags with a band of contrasting colour and a pleat at the top in a magazine, so I improvised again and this is what I came up with. The one at the front is mine and is made from Vintage by Hemmingway fabric and has black leather handles, slightly different to the first ones I used and a bit trickier to sew on.

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For my Sister in Laws bag I used a Moda fabric called Simply Style, also she is a vegan so the handle on her bag is not leather. By the way if you see my Sister in Law don’t tell her about the bag because I haven’t seen her yet to give it to her!

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I have been a bit lazy with my blog posts recently, its not because I haven’t been making anything, I have in fact got lots to post about I have just been too busy sewing and watching the sewing Bee!

 

 

The last of Me Made May!

Me made May 2016 is over and wasn’t it fun! I am exhausted by my whirlwind World tour, and happy that I got the opportunity to show off my me made wardrobe again, I still have a lot of firm favourites in my wardrobe, but I always have a long list of what I want to make next!

So we got to day 23


So today I was at The Blue Mosque in Istanbul wearing my Liberty jersey Camas blouse by Thread Theory patterns with rtw jeans.

Day 24


With the continuing lovely weather I am wearing my Nantucket shorts and Aurora vest both patterns are from Colette Seamwork magazine. And did anyone guess where I was today? It’s The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg Russia.

Day 25


Today I journeyed up North to Clydesdale, Glasgow with a big crane and the Armadillo in the background, wearing my Liberty Oakridge blouse, a  Sewaholic  pattern.

Day 26


Another gorgeous day and isn’t it beautiful where I am! It’s Hirosaki Castle in Japan! I am wearing another Aurora vest and a Hemmingway fabric panel skirt.

Day 27


With all the tourists today at another castle,this one is Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany wearing my Liberty Jersey Renfrew top another great Sewaholic pattern.

Day 28


This is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world! It’s giving me vertigo just looking at it! Today I was wearing another Sewaholic Renfrew top with an Amy Butler Barcelona skirt.

Day 29


Even with my hand in front of its face I am clearly standing in front of the Sphinx in Egypt so no excuses for not guessing where I was today! And whoops that’s the same t-shirt that I had on yesterday! And another Amy Butler Barcelona skirt.

Day 30


How lovely, 3 of me in Monument Valley USA, wearing my favourite skirt of the month, my denim Grainline Moss skirt with another Renfrew top.

Day 31


Well it’s all over for another year and I guess I am going to be in Egypt again today, still wearing my Grainline Moss skirt with my Regents Lawn Sewaholic Belcarra blouse.

I always love taking part in Me Made May and I hope you have all enjoyed my whirlwind World tour.

Week 3 Me Made May (and some answers!)

Almost half way through #memademay2016 and I am beginning to repeat some of my outfits, this is because I always love my most recent makes the best! I have an extensive me made wardrobe but I have to admit that I prefer to wear my most recent makes, although I have got a few favourites that get pulled out every now and again and I never throw anything away.

Day 16 


I am in Venice! Wearing my Grainline Moss skirt with a Colette Seamworks magazine Aurora vest.

Day 17


I’m at the Taj Mahal! I made this top in the morning, it’s a Sewaholic Renfrew in Liberty jersey, one of my favourite tops to make, using an overlocker I can usually whip one of these up in about 1 hour! Teamed up with a Colette Beignet skirt.

Day 18


Brooklyn bridge today with someone admiring my Gather patterns Mortmain dress. 

Day 19


In an Ice cave in Iceland today! Wearing a Colette Jasmine blouse with my Closet case Ginger jeans. 

Day 20


At the French Quarter in New Orleans and look it’s that Renfrew top again and my Ginger jeans, I love this combination!

Day 21


This is a bit closer to home! We had a craft event at Cardiff City football stadium so I sneaked onto the terraces and had a pic taken wearing my Gather Mortmain dress again and because it was a bit chilly a piece of fabric as a scarf!

Day 22


This space ship is actually a building! It is the Contemporary Art Museum, Niterói in Rio de Janeiro, I have actually been here and it is amazing, it sticks out over a cliff top and the views are fab, as is the whole place! I am wearing a drape top from one of the Sewing Bee books, I have made loads of these tops for myself and as presents, they are easy to make and look lovely on, and yes that is my Moss skirt again!

I wonder what exciting places I will visit over the next few days and whether I can prise myself out of my Ginger jeans and Moss skirt?

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