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!
In 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!
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.
We have got lampshade making kits available to buy both on our website and in the shop. You can book a class and come into the shop and we will show you how to make a lampshade. The class costs £27.50 for a 30cm diameter lampshade made up in your choice of fabric from the lovely selection in our Cardiff based shop.
If you are interested call us on 02920 344464 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The one in our window is made from Hemingway fabric which is based on vintage fabric designs so it is very retro looking!
The lampshade can be made for pendant use or for a table lamp and the fabric choice is all yours, you can even choose to add embellishments such as fringe or pom-pom.
For a more unique and individual lampshade you could try applique, take a look at a blog post that I did last year for my Bumble bee & Butterfly lampshade.
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!
Here is the beautiful baby Grace in her first modeling role for Trixie Lixie!
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;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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!