Sewing in the summer

I have been a bit quiet on the blogging front but I have still been sewing away although I do find it hard to spend time in the house at my sewing machine when the sun is shining. I really like to sit in the sun and read a good book in the summer, I love to look at sewing books and plan what I am going make, I always end up with an enormous list.

At the beginning of the month it was my gorgeous daughters birthday and I wanted to make her a summery dress the Sewaholic Saltspring is perfect!

Sewaholic Saltspring dressDoesn’t she looks lovely in it! I used some of our delicate and floaty voile fabric Field Study Sinister Swarm, a strange name for such beautiful fabric!

We now have the new patterns from Tilly and the Buttons

 

I made myself a Miette skirt using some of the Amy Butler Soul Blossoms Cord

tracy-mieteIts a wrap-around skirt, so very easy to make, no zips or buttons! The patterns are lovely and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

We have also had the mens sewing patterns from Thread Theory a very exciting addition to our range, I want to have a go at making the Comox trunks.

thread-theory-comox-trunks-sewing-pattern-1894-p[ekm]230x288[ekm]I love this picture from their blog, I don’t think I will get any of the boys in my family to model in their underwear for me!

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My Me made May week 1

Well so far I have blogged up to day 5, so here is the rest of the week:

MeMadeMay day 6On Day 6 I had work so I am wearing my Thurlow’s again, this time I have teamed them up with a black jersey Belcarra blouse, I can’t stress enough how much I love the Sewaholic Belcarra blouse pattern, I have made 4 already! It’s sooooo quick and easy to make!

Me made May day 7And here it is again! Another Belcarra blouse, this one is very versatile as it is white so I can wear it with anything, although it is a bit see through so I am wearing a cami top underneath! (A Colette Cinnamon, only available as a download from their website). The skirt is a Sew Serendipity Six Panel skirt from the book called ‘Sew Serendipity’.

 

MeMadeMay day 8I thought it would be good to show the back of my Sewaholic Thurlow trousers, look at those fab pockets! Actually I made a mistake and put them on upside down and rather than unpick them I just cut them off and made ‘fake’ pockets!! The top is a Sewaholic Renfrew, I am really enjoying sewing with knits at the moment and this stripey jersey is gorgeous.

MeMadeMay day 9The theme for Friday was blue, so I wore one of my other Belcarra blouses, the gorgeous gingham one, with my Colette Beignet skirt, notice the lovely vintage style buttons on my skirt.

I am really enjoying Me made May, I think I need to make a few more outfits this weekend!

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MeMadeMay days 2 & 3

Yesterday I wore an Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt that I made last year using some very nice Freespririt fabric called Tree of Life, I am also wearing a MeMade cardigan,a chunky moss stitch cropped cardi that I made about 2 years ago, so long ago that I can’t remember the name of the pattern or the make of the wool!

MeMadeMay day 2Today I wore the Cake Red Velvet Dress that I made a couple of months ago using some of our new cotton jersey fabrics, this Red birds on blue fabric has proved REALLY popular so if you want some grab it now as when it is gone, it is gone!

MeMadeMay day 3It would be lovely if I had spent today on a beautiful beach but, alas no, it is photo-shopped, mr LLM is having a great time with all the photos of me that he is taking, he say’s I look like Thelma from Scooby-Doo!

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The Belcarra Blouse

When the brand new Sewaholic Belcarra blouse patterns arrived this week I couldn’t wait to have a go at making one, it was so EASY to make that I immediately made another one!

Two blouses in one day, I think this pattern is going to be very useful, especailly if, like me, you make lots of skirts and never have any tops to wear them with.

The first one is made using some lovely embroidered and sequinned white cotton lawn from our dressmaking fabrics range.

belcarra-embroided-lawnMy next one is made from some of our Gorgeous Gingham which I think is really retro style!

belcarra-ginghamMy favorite is the gingham one, so here I am wearing it with my Colette Beignet skirt

tracy-publicityI just need to make a few more Belcarra’s and then I will be ready for Me-Made-May!

‘I, Trixie Lixie, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear a hand-made garment each day for the duration of May 2014′

MMM14logolargeHere are the links to the Flickr group and the Pinterest board.

 

Cake Dress & new Jersey fabrics

We have got some fab new jersey fabrics on the website so I decided to have a go at the Cake Red Velvet dress,

cake-sewing-patterns-red-velvet-knit-dress-1421-p[ekm]197x288[ekm]it was fairly straight forward, I tried to use my serger but I am really struggling with it, I think the tensions are all wrong but I just get confused when I try and balance it and it just seems to get worse! So I used a small zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine instead.

jersey-dressThe fabric is lovely, navy blue with red birds on it, it is T-shirt weight so it drapes nicely.

red-birds-on-blue-jersey-1608-pWe have also got some fab jersey stripes, and coming soon are some gorgeous plain colours, excellent for T-shirts, dresses and skirts. I particularly like this one;

red-and-grey-stripe-jersey-1606-pI think I am going to have a go at making the Cake Cabarita top with this one.

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I will let you know how I get on! Happy sewing!!

Barcelona Skirt

This is probably the easiest skirt I have ever made, it’s the Amy Butler Barcelona skirt, its a gorgeous A-line skirt, fully lined and a beautifully concealed zip.

Barcelona SkirtThe fabric I used is a Free Spirt fabric by Anna Maria Horner from her Field Study range, it is called Raindrops Pop Candy isn’t that a great name?

I used some Turquoise lining fabric and then I trimmed the bottom with some Teal velvet ribbon.

amy-butler-barcelona-skirt-sewing-pattern-1520-p[ekm]195x288[ekm]This is a very easy pattern to follow and I would recommend it for beginners.

Happy sewing!

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Sew-a-longs and sewing kits

I made a really nice outfit before Xmas using 2 of my favourite Colette patterns, they were so easy and such fun to make that we have put everything together to make a couple of kits for the website so that you can get everything you need to make them yourself.

The first thing I made was a Zinnia skirt using a gorgeous China blue linen/silk blend fabric

colette zinnia skirt kitThis skirt is really easy to make and drapes beautifully in this fabric, everything you need including the pattern, fabric and zip is available in this kit

To complete the outfit I made this lovely Jasmine Blouse

colette-jasmine-blouse-kit-1469-pThis is also available as a kit and is also a beginner sewing pattern so it is quite easy to make.

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If like me you enjoy a good sew-a-long there are 2 coming up that look great, By Hand London are doing a Georgia Dress sew-a-long starting on 27th January which my daughter is going to be joining in with and also the Albion coat sew-a-long on the  Coletterie you could win a Bernina sewing machine with this one! I think I might give it a go! We have got 10% off at TrixieLixie at the moment so if you want to buy one of these patterns nows the time!

DIY Clasp purse kits

I am really excited to announce that we have just added our new kits to the Trixie Lixie website, they ar available to buy now! There are 8 kits to choose from and you get  everything you need to make one including fabric, lining, interfacing, clasp, pattern and instructions. There is also a tutorial video that you can watch if you need help!

The Ladybird purse kits are £7.00, the spotty fabric purse kits are £6.50 and the lovely pink laminated fabric kit is £8.00.

These purse’s will make lovely Christmas presents you can make them yourself or give a kit as a gift, they are very simple to make and can easily be sewn by hand or by machine.

Happy Sewing

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Amy’s Prom

I have been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately, this is because I have been busy making a very important dress for my daughter. It is a Colette Laurel

Amy Prom

It’s an easy dress to make and the instructions are really clear and easy to follow. The fabric on the other hand was a bit tricky, a lovely coral crepe/georgette fabric, it was so slippery to use, I had to redo the sleeves a couple of times as they were different lengths! I didn’t read about spraying the fabric with a starch spray until it was too late. I will definitely do that next time I use this type of Fabric.

Amy's Prom June 2013 005 (3)I love the way she has accessorised and her shoes are fab! She also did a great job of her nails

Amy's Prom June 2013 2354She met up with some of her friends for a pre-prom drink, they all look gorgeous

Amy Prom3I had to have a picture of the two of us, even though she makes me look a bit short!

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Lots of sewing on the go!

I have been sew busy!! I have been making lots of pairs of knickers, these are samples for the new kits that will be added to the website in the next few days

Tiny flower knickersThe fabric and knicker elastic is already available to buy and so is the sewing pattern  

Tiny floral fabricI have also recently finished making the Colette Laurel dress for my daughter

Laurel dressIt is a lovely simple dress to make, it introduced me to some new techniques that I will use again and again such as bias binding for the sleeves and neckline and underlining, so simple and such a professional looking finish! The instruction booklet is excellent and the downloadable extra’s are great too!

Laurel dressI used a contrasting flower print bias binding which looks so lovely!

laurel dressWe went to a wedding last week so my beautiful daughter wore her Laurel and I wore my Elisalex 

Elisalex and LaurelI have also been doing a lot of sewing with jersey fabric, I have made shorts, skirts, yoga pants  and also this empire style dress

jersey dressThis fabric is gorgeous it’s so soft and drapes beautifully

jersey dressThe Zebra print jersey fabric is soft and drapey too this skirt was really easy to make, I will try do a tutorial in another blog post.

jersey skirtThe shorts are ‘short shorts’ so my lovely long legged daughter is now the proud owner of those!

jersey shortsI have so many other projects on the go! I will announce the winner of the fabric giveaway at the end of the month so there is still time to leave me a comment if you would like to win