Me made May week 2

Well that week flew by! Here is a round up of what I have been wearing during #mmmay14

#mmm14 day 10On day 10 I wore a Colette Mabel skirt, on the pattern she says you can make it in an hour, its true! I knocked this one up that morning! And the top I am wearing is the Cake Cabarita riff which was also surprisingly easy to make, the fabrics are Grey jersey heavy weight knit and a gorgeous Red Cotton jersey that is T-shirt weight. I am living a daydream and partying with one of my heart throbs – John Travolta!

#mmm14 day 11I celebrated Conchita’s win with her on day 11 in one of my Sewaolic Renfrew tops, I am also wearing a Brigitte Scarf from Tilly’s new book ‘Love at first stitch’, if you haven’t seen this book yet, take a look, I love and want to make EVERYTHING!

#mmm14 day 12I fell in love with this Riley Blake fabric as soon as it came in to stock and it is perfect as a By Hand London Anna dress, its from the new Vintage Happy range, and hey! I’m on a mountain, how did that happen?

#mmm14 day 13I was back into work clothes on day 13 so my trusty Sewaholic Thurlows and a Colette Violet blouse in ivory georgette, this is available to buy as a complete kit from the website. Doing a spot of light reading during my lunch break with my work mates!

#mmm14 day 14Day 14 and I parachuted back in wearing my Colette Mabel skirt and Gorgeous gingham Sewaholic Belcarra blouse.

#mmm14 day 15Day 15 brought glorious sunshine to Wales so I was happy to find myself in an icecream van today, I am wearing a Colette Jasmine Blouse which is made using a gorgeous black spotty crepe fabric, again this is available as a complete kit on the website.

#mmm14 day 16Day 15 was a spotty theme so I wore my glam By Hand Charlotte pencil skirt, I love this skirt as the fabric is stretchy so it is really comfortable, yet glamourous. Its a cotton mix fabric with a broderie anglaise style detail and red spots, lush! My top is the Cake Cabarita riff. And I am back ot top of the World again, only this time I have made it to the moon!!

#mmmay14 Day 17Well it’s Saturday so I get to lounge around in my Sewaholic Tofino trousers, its also cup final day so I have ended up in Wembley! The Tofino’s are very comfy and I have used some of the Moda Honky Tonk fabric to make these, I am also wearing another Belcarra blouse!

honky-tonk-chili-pepper-cowboy-fabric-1506-p[ekm]288x288[ekm]Here’s a close up of the Honky Tonk fabric as you can’t quite make it out in the photo.

Well, that was week 2, I am busy sewing a couple more new outfits for week 3 so watch this space.

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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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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!

Clover bias binding maker – give away

I have been using a lot of bias binding in my sewing lately, this pretty ready made floral one on my daughters Laurel dress

Laurel dresswe have just added stock of Clover bias binding makers to TrixieLixie so I thought I would have a go at making some, there is an excellent tutorial here on the Colette blog. For my June give-away you could win one of these bias binding makers, for a chance to win, leave me a comment, for a further chance to win sign up for the TrixieLixie newsletter here

bias-binding-makers-109-c[ekm]180x180[ekm]so I made some for this black pinafore dress that my daughter decided she needed

Black pinaforeevery edge has bias binding around it including the button fastenings at the sides

Black pinaforeBlack pinaforeI have finally drawn a winner for the leafy stripe fat quarter bundle that I featured a few weeks ago, Becca Kettle is the lucky winner, she suggested putting the fabric into embroidery hoops and hanging them on the wall, I would love to see that!

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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

Woman and Home

A friend of mine found this magazine in her attic and gave it to me when I started TrixieLixie

Woman and Home magazineThe date of the publication is November 1926! The ‘new kut-eezi printed pattern’ that is FREE inside is still in it, untouched, a fabulous 1920’s dress.

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It is full of adverts for cold creams and face powders, germaline, soap and oxo cubes! There are recipes and craft ideas, how to make a raffia biscuit tin,and a leather handbag!

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I really love the ‘Decoratively Arranged’ page which gives you ideas about how to display your fruit in your fruit bowl and how to display the things on your mantlepiece.

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There are several pages of fashion idea’s on ‘Gay London’s Dress pages’ ‘Whatever fashion dictates Gay London is ready to explain’.

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There is also a free knitting pattern for a vest and long knickers!

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There is a fab beauty page ‘Beauty aids and notions’ ‘ Miss Beauty looks about her and tells you what London Girls are doing, wearing and discussing’

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The cookery page is excellent, now I know why my Swiss Roll won’t roll!

Woman and home magazine 002It is a fantastic gift, I am thrilled to be the present owner of such auseful and informative magazine, I might even attempt to make the dress.

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Jasmine blouse

It’s my Mum’s birthday tomorrow and I have just finished her present, Its a Jasmine blouse from Colette, it is so easy to make.

Jasmine blouse colette sewing patternIt is a pull over the head style so there are no zips or buttons and the pattern has really clear, simple instructions.

1018-jasmine-[2]-122-pThis one is made from a lovely mushroom colour georgette fabric which is very fine, quite slippery to work with but the finish is lovely, really drapey

mushroom-georgette-497-pI might make myself one next in this lovely navy blue, spotty crepe fabricwhich also hangs really nicely and has a retro look about it.

navy-blue-spotty-crepe-476-pBoth fabrics and the pattern are available to buy from TrixieLixie

As it is Good Friday today my lovely Hubby has been busy baking Hot Cross Buns, don’t they look delicious!

hot cross bunsHappy Easter!

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New Sewing Patterns

I am very excited because we have the new Colette Laurel dress sewing pattern AND the new Sewaholic Robson coat sewing patterns in stock at TrixieLixie

laurel-colette-sewing-pattern-[4]-961-p laurel-colette-sewing-pattern-[3]-961-p laurel-colette-sewing-pattern-[2]-961-p laurel-colette-sewing-pattern-961-p laurel-colette-sewing-pattern-[5]-961-pI am going to make a Laurel Dress for my teenage daughter to wear to the wedding that we are going to in May, she has chosen this lovely Amy Butler fabric its called Gypsy Caravan, Wind Flowers.

-butler-gipsy-caravan-wind-flowers-stain-426-p[ekm]288x288[ekm]The new Robson coat is also an exciting new make to add to my project list, although I’m not sure when!

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Nice Knickers – Monday Makes

I am a bit obsessed at the moment with making knickers, ever since I realised how easy they are to make!

It only takes a fat quarter of fabric and less than a meter of knicker elastic. First of all you need to make a pattern, I used an old pair of knickers that I took apart, I have included some measurements on my pattern pieces so that you can work out a pattern for yourself.The back for a medium size pair of knickers D – C (across the top) is 60cm F – E (Top to bottom) is 24cm

The front C – D (across the top) is 50cm G – E (top to bottom) is 30cm E (at the crotch) is 9cm

You need to place the pattern pieces at an angle across the fabric (against the gradient) so that it is slightly stretchy, any medium weight cotton fabric will be good, or even silk!

You will also need a gusset piece, for this a piece of t-shirt fabric is good.

Place right sides facing with edges E together and place gusset with a slight overlap, sew across

then fold the overlap under and sew across again

Pin the other end of the gusset in place but do not sew, using a zig zag stitch machine all the way around the edges of the knickers,

Sewing the elastic on is a little bit tricky, you have to pull it towards you as you sew to give it tension. The elastic is sewn on with a zig zag stitch (use the same colour thread as the elastic for a neater finish) it is sewn on to the right side of the fabric with the frill at the top sitting slightly over the edge. As you pull the elastic help the fabric to feed by holding it at the back of the machine.

Do the top and bottom edges, then do the leg edges. When that is done place the sides together and stitch.

I added a little bow at the front to finish off

And here is another couple of pair’s that I made this time I made the bows using a piece of ribbon

Colette patterns have arrived!

They have finally arrived, I can’t wait to make the Anise jacket and now I want to make the Peony dress that she is wearing with the jacket! http://www.trixielixie.co.uk/peony-colette-sewing-pattern-108-p.asp

The patterns are £12 each from http://www.trixielixie.co.uk/index.asp