I made Jeans!

One of my New Year sewing resolutions was to make a pair of jeans, so here they are! I used the Closet case Ginger jeans pattern.

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I don’t know why I was so nervous about making my own jeans! I set aside 2 days to make them and had 3 machines on the go (one for seams, one for top stitching and my over locker to finish the seams). I found the Ginger Jeans pattern really easy to follow and I knew that I could go to the Closet Case blog and find visual instructions if I got stuck, however I found the pattern instructions so clear that I didn’t need to use the blog! This is quite unusual for me as normally I need to look at  lots of photos or video’s to help me with tricky bits like fly zips etc. The denim I used is called Vixen and it has 2% spandex, its a gorgeous very dark, almost black denim and I love it!

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I made a straight size 14 and it fits perfectly, when you sew up the leg side seams you can try them on and make any adjustments that you might need, I also shortened them by 2cm before I cut them out as I am a bit of a short arse.

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I really can’t think why I was so nervous about making jeans, they were really easy and I am so pleased with the result! I just want to tell everyone I MADE JEANS!

If you are even contemplating making jeans, just do it! You will be surprised how easy it is and you won’t be able to stop smiling! I had to point out to my friends that I had made my jeans, they said they would never have guessed because they look shop made!

I MADE JEANS!

 

 

Sewing update

I haven’t blogged for a while, not because I haven’t made anything, far from it! Its because I am too busy making things! I decided that I needed to update my winter wardrobe a bit, I usually wear skirts and tights in the winter but this winter seemed particularly cold (my age or the weather?). So I have lived in jeans and shirts and cardigans. Last years Colette Aster was such a success, I have worn it almost to death, so I had to make another, and also I joined in with the Thread Theory Camas blouse sew-along so that I would have another blouse to add to my winter wear.

So the Camas blouse is made using one of our lovely Liberty Jersey fabrics, it was easy to make and I love the contrasting yoke, which is a woven fabric. The sew-along was really helpful and I would definitely recommend following it if you are a bit unsure about sewing with jersey or making a blouse, it’s on the Thread Theory blog.

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For the Colette Aster I used another gorgeous Liberty fabric, Truly Scrumptious which is a beautifully soft and drapey cotton lawn.

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There was some left over scraps so I managed to make a pair of Grainline Studios Lakeside pyjama shorts for Amy as an alternative Easter gift (Its got pictures of sweets all over it! Am I right!).

I am so in love with our new range of Liberty fabrics that I had to make myself a long sleeve jersey top to wear with my jeans. This is made using a free pattern that came with a sewing magazine.

 

Well that’s what I have been sewing, now I realise what handmade item my wardrobe is lacking: Jeans! We have just had a delivery of some fabulous new denims and our newest Independent Sewing patterns are from Closet Case so can you guess what I am going to be making next? Watch this space, Ginger Jeans are coming!

What’s everyone else making for Valentines day?

I’ve been trying to decide what I might like to make for Valentines this year

It’s a tradition, of sorts, to make something, so I decided to have a look around. It’s pretty straight forward, these days, to find inspiration on places like Pinterest and Instagram. So I started pinning some of my favourites.

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Come and have a look at trixielixiepins/valentines

And please, any suggestions would be fabulous!

Show us your knickers!

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We are giving away a huge knicker making bundle to someone who shares with us their knicker making exploits.

During the cold months, wile away some time making a pair of your very own knickers.

All you need to do is post a picture online of your bestest knickers made with a TrixieLixie knicker pattern. Use the hashtag ‪#‎trixielixieknickers‬ so we can find it and we will randomly select a winner on the 1st March 2016.

We will give extra prizes for interesting hacks and general invention

There are lots of knicker kits to choose from, including the new Liberty Art fabric range.

Or you may like one of our Regent Street Lawn Knicker kits

We can’t wait to see some gorgeous lingerie popping up!

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I will make a winter coat this year, I will. Honest. Well maybe….

Every year about this time, I think, ‘right then, lets make a nice warm coat’.

Then I dawdle and procrastinate, think well… maybe next week, and before I know it, it’s Spring and I can get on with making those nice fun summer dresses again.

This year, though, it’s going to be different. It’s definitely going to happen.

Firstly I have to choose who I am making this for. My husband is a good bet, he is forgiving and frankly would wear anything. I’ve got a couple of patterns to choose from, the good solid Colette Albion or the trendy Thread Theory Peacoat. We’ve got this nice soft Polyester Heavy Felt that would be up for the job. Mmmm but what about the lining…..

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Then again, I quite fancy a girlie version of the Albion too or maybe The Grainline Cascade Duffle Coat. We have some nice Boucle fabric, that would be good for the Colette Anise Jacket, or a Victoria Blazer or one of those nice Morris Blazers from Grainline Patterns.

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Some Gabachino Fabric might be perfect for a slightly more lightweight Sewaholic Robson Coat

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Mind you, I’ve always fancied a Denim version of the Serendipity Jordan Jacket, that would be great for the Spring,

There you go, I’m procrastinating again!

Review of the year 2015

Another year seems to have flown by! I have been taking a look back at my sewing exploits during 2015 and thought I would share some of the highlights with you.


This has probably been my most worn make of the year, my Colette Archer shirt, with matching knickers of course!


I used one of our lampshade making kits to make this machine embroidered lampshade.


A Surfing Kitty basket for Sophie and a Watson bra set for Amy, & knickers!


Lots of dresses! A Sewaholic Davie, By Hand Anna another Davie & a Colette Moneta.


Me Made May, my favourite month! Check out all my MMMay blog posts for more info.


June was perfect weather for Drape tops so I made lots! The pattern is in The Great Bristish Sewing Bee Sew Your own Wardrobe book, it is a very easy pattern & they make great presents for young adults (& mature ones too!)


In July I made shorts & vests using the patterns from Colette Seamworks online sewing magazine and a Buchannon dressing gown for Amy’s birthday 🎂


I really got to grips with my overlocker this year, a lot of my makes involved jersey fabric!

 We went to Dismaland! I used Regents Street lawn to make my tops a Sewaholic Belcarra blouse and a Grainline Scout Tee.
 A stripey month! A Colette Wren dress, a Thread Theory Strathcona Henley, my gorgeous niece in a dress from the book Sew Japanese and a Colette Aster hack shirt dress.
 An elastic waist skirt, Grainline lakeside pyjama’s, Gather Mortmain dress and Liberty swimwear bikini (pattern from Colette Seamworks online sewing magazine)


Lots of handmade Christmas presents, a Christmas outfit using Hemmingway fabric and the last makes of the year were Bra’s, I will tell you more about these in my next blog post!

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

 

Christmas Gifts for the Creative Soul from ♥ TrixieLixie ♥

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