What I made this month! (July)

I am not great at posting regularly so I am going to introduce a regular post about what I have been making each month. Hopefully it will result in at least 1 post a month if not more!

My first make was an unusual request from my daughter, and to be honest I still haven’t finished it as I need to work out how to do the back fastener!

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She does not have a huge bust so I used a halter neck bikini pattern for this Ikea bag hack, I have lined it with a soft cotton fabric otherwise I think it would chafe a bit! She wants to wear it at a festival she is going to this summer, I am sure it will be a great conversation starter!

My second make of the month was this stripey pair of Thread Theory Comox trunks, although it is a bit fiddly making boxer shorts, I find it very satisfying and it uses up any left over bits of jersey in my stash!

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This month we had a few new sewing patterns delivered to Trixie Lixie one was the Washi Dress from Made by Rae which I have heard so much about so I was very keen to give it a go. It was surprisingly easy to make, I was a bit nervous about the shirring elastic but the instructions are clear and easy to follow, so now I am hooked! I love it, its so easy to wear, smart or casual. I made this one using Liberty Travelling threads fabric which is available in our shop.

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Doesn’t the garden look great! I love it when we have loads of flowers in bloom and we can take photos in the garden. Of course I had to make some matching knickers to go with this dress because …………………well what better way to use up the scraps!

Also look at the lovely butterfly that we had in the garden!

In May we went to the Malvern Quilt show and I loved some of the gorgeous quilting and applique that was on display, so this inspired me to have a go at decorating a skirt with some applique, this is a denim Tilly and the Buttons Miette skirt that I have decorated with some Kaffe Fassett flowers and a bit of machine embroidery.

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That’s almost all my makes for July, although I also made some samples for our Kids summer sewing classes that will be running during the school holidays, details for these are on the website here!

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The classes are to make a pencil case, a book bag, an Applique cushion and sew a simple skirt or pair of shorts.

Anyway, I think that is everything I made in July, I have got a couple of projects started already that will keep me going into August and if this rain keeps up I may make a lot more than I usually do during the summer months, we will have to wait and see!

Me Made May final instalment 

Here are my last few outfits from Me Made May, on the 21st May I wore a new Sew me Something Viola skirt which is reversible! Gorgeous Kaffe Fasset flowers on one side and lush lime green fabric on the reverse! The top is a jersey Sewaholic Belcarra blouse and the film………………..is a classic! I carried a watermelon!

I love the smell of napalm in the morning! Weather changed again on 22nd May so I am back in my Ginger Jeans! With a  Grainline Studio Linden sweatshirt, I love this pattern, its really quick and easy to make, I made a short sleeve version today so that makes 4 already!

Today (day 23) I am wearing a denim Colette patterns Aster shirt that I have extended into a shirt dress, with my fabulous yellow Saltwater sandals! “Strength & honour!” That Tiger is just a big pussycat!

Day 24 and I am wearing a Gather Sewing patterns Mortmain dress! In another great film today with 2 gorgeous guys! Paul Newman and Robert Redford!

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I think we finally foxed everyone with this film! I am one of “the Good” I like to think. Wearing my Liberty fabric Anna Dress.

The weather started getting hotter again, what is it with our weather at the moment? So I am wearing my shorts today, these are from the Colette Seamworks online magazine, the Nantucket shorts and a Liberty jersey Sewaholic Belcarra blouse. It wasn’t quite as hot as it is in the film but I think it was the hottest day of the year so far!

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I hope no-one notices that I have got the same top on as yesterday! Dohh…………….too late! Yesterdays hot weather is a thing of the past now so I am wearing my Closet case boyfriend jeans instead of shorts. My mate Errol is so cold he has had to put some tights on! Don’t you just love to see Men in tights!

I need a drink before I take a closer look at that plant! Day 28 and I am wearing a dress that I made about 8 years ago to wear to a wedding, Its a Colette Ceylon dress, this is the dress that made me decide to start my sewing and fabric website TrixieLixie. Today’s film is probably the scariest one I have ever seen, I hate horror films!

Oh and this film has got to be one of my favorites! I have met Mr LLM at the airport or at the train station on a number of occasions and its always emotional! Today I am wearing a short version of the Grainline Studio Moss skirt with an Aurora vest which is another pattern from Colette Seamworks online magazine.

 

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Well I found him! Don’t we look like a couple of Wallies! I am wearing another Colette Seamworks online magazine pattern, the Astoria top with a Sew Serendipity denim skirt, MrLLM is wearing a Thread Theory  Strathcona Henley. We are a bit star struck by Charlton Heston!

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Last day of Me Made May 2017 and we really foxed you with this film! It’s Elvis playing a ukulele and we are getting down! I am wearing a Sew Serendipity skirt that matches MrLLM’s Colette Negroni shirt!

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Well I hope you enjoyed guessing the films as much as we did putting the photo’s together! Here are the answers:

21st. Dirty Dancing

22nd. Apocalypse Now

23rd. Sparticus

24th. The Sting

25th. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

26th. Mad Max. Fury Road.

27th. The Adventures of Robin Hood

28th. Alien

29th. Love Actually

30th. The Ten Commandments

31st. Blue Hawaii

Well that’s all for this year, we need to think of something new for next year, can’t wait!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me made May part 2

Here we go with part 2 of Me Made May, day 10 -20 and I am continuing the theme of Guess the film: you can follow my daily posts on instagram @trixieliepics  or on twitter @trixielixiesays or on Facebook

Here we are at day 11 and I am enjoying a huge G & T wearing my new pair of Closet Case Ginger jeans with a Liberty jersey Sewaholic Renfrew top. But can you guess the film?

Day 12 and the weather has changed and this film is very relevant! Wearing Gingers again, this time with one of my Grainline Studios Linden sweatshirts, I love this pattern! It’s so quick and easy to knock up and you can mix & match bits of jersey that you have in your stash!

Here we are in my original pair of Ginger Jeans (I can’t believe it was a year ago that I made this pair!) with a shift tunic, this is based on the shift dress that I am teaching in the Trixie Lixie sewing classes this summer (details on our Facebook page). Guess this film!

Day 14 and I am wearing one of my many By Hand London Anna dresses, you can see it in colour here! Guess the old classic film that I am gatecrashing!

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Day 15, can you guess this film? I keep such great company! wearing a new Liberty silk Sewaholic Belcarra blouse with a Colette Ginger skirt.

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Another day, another film to guess! Day 16 wearing an Amy Butler Barcelona skirt in some fantastic Freespirit fabric with a Colette Seamworks online magazine Aurora jersey top.

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Day 17 and I am in Royal company in this film, can you guess it? Wearing a Linen shift dress from my shift dress making class.

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Day 18 and todays film is …………….? Wearing my Gingers again! A Linden sweatshirt and my Colette Anise jacket!

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This film is a bit tricky to guess I think, but it is one of my favourites and I love that I am the centre of attention! Wearing a Colette Wren dress and a Jenna Cardigan, I must blog about this cardigan! It is made using the Jenna cardigan pattern by Muse patterns that I hacked and put together with a vintage silk scarf and red jersey fabric, it looks fab!

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Day 20, can you guess this film? I am wearing a favourite outfit today that I wear a lot! My Ginger jeans and my Liberty Truly Scrumptious Colette Aster shirt.

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Ok, that was what I was wearing during the middle part of #memademay2017, but how good are you at guessing the films? Check to see how many you got right:

11. Fury

12. Singing in the Rain

13. Close Encounters

14. Casablanca

15. Casino Royale (007)

16. 2001 Space Odessy

17. The Royal Tenenbaums

18. The French Lieutenants Woman

19. Pride & Prejudice (this one had most of you foxed!)

20. Raging Bull

Keep following to see what else I will be wearing and join in with guess the film.

#memademay2017 #mmmay2017 #imakeallmyclothes

 

 

Me Made May: The first 10 days.

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It’s already well into May and I have been trying to keep my posts for Me Made May up to date, in case you missed any here are the first 10 days. My theme for this year is guess the film I am in! I will put the answers at the end of this post so that you can see how many you get right!

I am wearing my latest pair of Ginger jeans with a Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt.

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“We’re going to need a bigger boat!” Day 2 and I am wearing my Ginger jeans again (I wear these a lot!) and a Colette Jasmine blouse, in red gingham as I believe Gingham is “in” this year!

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Another boat! Day 3 and I am wearing Closet Case Boyfriend jeans and a Sewaholic Belcarra blouse.

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May the 4th be with you! Today I was wearing one of my favourite dresses, it is a By Hand London Anna dress, only available in PDF form this days from their website 

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Day 5 and I am on the Gin & Tonics! Wearing a Colette Wren, I do love a bit of stripey jersey!

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I love a good dance! day 6 and I was wearing a Shift dress from the class that I am teaching in the Trixie Lixie shop next weekend and a pair of my Ginger jeans!

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Playing Gooseberry again! Day 7 and I was wearing a denim Grainline Studio Moss skirt and another Sewaholic Belcarra blouse.

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Day 8, what can I say? I like to be the centre of attention! Wearing my Grainline Studio Moss Skirt again with a Thread Theory Camas Blouse.

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I thought this was quite a tricky one but some of you guessed it really quickly! Day 9 and I was wearing another By Hand London Anna dress, this one is made from some retro Hemingway Designs fabric.

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One of the funniest films ever! Day 10 and I am wearing a denim Colette Ginger skirt with a Sewaholic Renfrew top.

How well did you do with guessing the Films?

Here are the answers:

1.Jurassic Park

2. Jaws

3.Titanic

4.Star Wars

5.The Graduate

6.Pulp Fiction

7.Broke Back Mountain

8. Magic Mike

9.Wolf of Wall Street

10.Airplane!

 

 

Sewing Classes

We have just set up our timetable of Sewing classes to be held at Trixie Lixie during May.

The first class is a very basic introduction to using a sewing machine, Hello Sewing is for anyone who has got a sewing machine but have no idea how to use it, I will show you how to thread the machine, load the bobbin, set the tension and begin to sew. We will go through all the stitches on the machine and make a pot holder. We can provide the sewing machine or you can bring your own. (6th May)

The second class is also a beginners class; Make a patchwork cushion. In this class we will use pre-cut squares from a charm pack to put together a patchwork cushion with a zip closure. (13th May)

Then we are going to run a Shift dress/tunic class over 2 weeks. This is a beginners class, however it is preferable that you already know how to use a sewing machine (or have attended Hello Sewing). This is an easy dress pattern as it doesn’t have a zip or buttons, it is pull over the head, you will learn how to do darts and sleeves. Bring your own pre-washed fabric (2.5m) or choose from our selection. (20th & 27th May)

Space is limited so it is essential that you phone us to book a place on 02920 344464.

We are also starting a Thursday evening Sewing club, you can bring your own project, start a new one with our help, learn how to make your own wardrobe using our machines or bring your own.

 

Me made May catch up

It’s almost May and another Me-Made-May is fast approaching so I thought I would re-post my first ever Me-Made-May! I always have so much fun doing it and can’t wait for this May so that I can do it all again, any suggestions for my theme this year? Last year it was Where am I, there wasn’t much of a theme to the first one, it just evolved!

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MeMadeMay 2014 day 18Although it says day 19 on this image it was in fact only day 18, I got a bit confused! Being on a pirate ship probably didn’t help! I am wearing a Colette Ceylon Dress that I made a few years ago, #mmm2014 has really encouraged me to wear a lot of outfits that have been sitting in the back of my wardrobe!

MeMadeMay 2014 day 19So this is actually day 19 and I look as if I am having a great time on the waltzers but actually fair ground rides absolutely terrify me! I am wearing a Simple Sew A-line skirt which is exactly that – a very simple sew and the pattern for £7.50 is also a very good price, the fabric is from the Moda Honky Tonk range which I love! My Blouse is the Sewaholic Belcarra that I have mentioned in previous posts.

MeMadeMay 2014 day 20Party on! My gorgeous Mortmain dress that I am loving at the moment, I make dresses all the time and then hardly wear them so it’s great to get the opportunity to show them off at the moment and I must continue to wear them when #mmm2014 finishes!

MeMadeMay 2014 day 21On day 21 I did actually go and see Joe Brown in concert, he was GREAT and those of you who know me will realise that I am actually playing that ukulele (although not actually with Joe!) as it is something I like to do when I am not sewing! This By Hand London Anna dress has got to be my favourite make of the month, I love it!

MeMadeMay 2014 day 22This has got to be one of my favorite photo’s of the month, I didn’ know what animal it was going to be Mr LLM just said today you are going to the zoo! The dress is a self drafted jersy knit using some of the funky jersey fabric we have in stock at the moment and the leggings are Cake Espresso’s.

MeMadeMay 2014 day 23I am really enjoying sewing with knit fabrics at the moment, I treated myself to a copy of the new Colette book ‘Sewing with knits’ and it has given me the confidence to try lots of knit patterns, including this Colette Moneta dress, if you have got a serger you can make this really quickly! More lush jersey fabric!

MeMadeMay 2014 day 24It was a gorgeous day today so I am wearing shorts, these are just a pair of cut-off jeans but I really want to make some Thurlow shorts for the summer, and the top is my stripey Sewaholic Renfrew, another quick and easy jersey make.

MeMadeMay 2014 day 25pgWe went away for the week end so I appear to be camping in a tiny tent here, but actually we stayed in a caravan, it was pretty cold in the evenings though so I was really gratefull for my Sewaholic Tofino trousers and hand knitted Rowan wool bobble hat and jumper!

MeMadeMay 2014 day 26I feel like Alice in Wonderland in this shot! Rocking my A-Line skirt as mentioned earlier and yet another jersey top, this time a Cake Cabrita.

MeMadeMay 2014 day 27On day 27 I was serving pints for Manet, enormous pints! I love this gingham Belcarra blouse!

MeMadeMay 2014 day 28Somehow I ended up in the fridge today! Its a good job that I have got a hand knitted hat on to keep my head warm! I am also wearing my Black Sewaholic Thurlow trousers and a Colette Jasmine blouse, this is one of the blouse’s that is available to buy as a kit from the website.

Well thats me all up to date, only a few more days to go, it’s been great fun!

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Ginger jeans & Lots of Linden sweatshirts

About this time last year I made my first pair of Ginger Jeans, you can see that post here. So I decided I needed a new pair in a slightly darker denim, it took me a lot longer this time but that is because I have been busy that I am struggling to find the time to sew. These Jeans were cut out in January, the pockets were done in February and I managed to finish them in March and now I am finally blogging about them!img_3795

img_3785In between making the jeans however I have managed to knock out a few Grainline Linden Sweatshirts this has got to be the easiest pattern ever! I made 2 in one evening! The one that I am wearing above and then a quick black & grey one, it’s also a great way to use up any scraps, the black and grey one is made from left over fabric that I had in my stash!

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I used my trusty overlocker to make these tops and also my coverstitch machine that I was still struggling with initially, I am pleased to say that now that I have a clear foot on it and can therefore see what I am doing, I am getting much better results.

I made a third Linden using some of the gorgeous new flowery jersey we have just had in to the shop combined with some black.

If you haven’t had a go at making a pair of jeans yet I would strongly recommend you give it a go, they are not as hard as you think and there are so many helpful tutorials online that cover everything from inserting the fly zip to getting a good fit that you can’t really go wrong.

Happy Sewing!