The wild world of FreeSpirit fabrics

earthly-wideThese Garden of Earthly Delights fabrics from Studio KM are like a strange and sensuous Darwinian journey to a newly discovered world. These fabrics are for the most outrageous dresses or more realistically, beautiful cushions or other home decor bits. Personally, I’d just stretch them up and put them in a frame.

elizabeth-wideWe think Tula Pink is the most Funky of all the fabric designers out there and this Elizabeth collection doesn’t disappoint! Inspired by a trip to Hampton Court and the art of taking a good selfie.

duck-egg-wideKaffe Fasset never disappoints in the wild colour stakes. We’ve had a few fabrics in the Rowan ranges in the past, but we bought this Big Blooms Duck Egg fabric to make up a Gather Buchanan dressing gown. A bit selfish maybe, but there is lots left!

rayon-sidewaysFinally these beautiful Rayon fabrics. Beautiful feel with stunning colours and design, perfect for those free flowing summer dress creations.

 

 

 

Beautiful new pastel shades of the new Wayne Hemingway Fabric range

We just love the colours on the newest installment of Wayne Hemingway’s cotton prints.

The combination of vivid and bold pastel combinations makes this set of vintage style prints both gorgeous and collectable.

The fabric range is  the second textile collection by Wayne Hemingway, the fashion designer and founder of Red or Dead. The style of the prints in this collection have a classic 1950’s theme.

 

See them here on the website.new-inhemingway new hemingway5 Tulips blue green hemingway9Material:100% Super Quality Cotton
Weight:145 g/m² Mid-weight (dressmaking/quilting)
Fabric is 44/45″ (111/114cm) Wide

How to make a Pom Pom scarf

This is my favourite scarf at the moment! It doesn’t keep your neck particularly warm but it looks amazing and every time I wear it people comment and say how lovely it is.

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I knitted the scarf first, using a ball of double knit wool and size 5mm (US 8) needles

Here is the pattern:

M1: Make 1 stitch by picking up the strand between the stitch on the right-hand needle and the stitch on the left-hand and placing it on the left hand needle, then knit into the back of it.

Cast on 8 stitches

Row 1: knit to end of row.

Row 2: Knit to end of row.

Row 3: Knit 1, M1, knit to end of row.

Row 4: Knit to end of row.

Row 5: Knit 1, M1, knit to end of row.

Rows 6,7 and 8: Knit to end of row.

Row 9: Knit 2 together through the back of the stitches, knit to end of row.

Row 10: Knit to end of row.

Row 11: Knit 2 together through the back of the stitches, knit to end of row.

Row 12: Knit to end of row.

Row 13: Cast off 4 stitches, knit to end of row.

Row 14: Knit 4.

Row 15: Cast on 4 stitches, knit these 4 stitches, knit to end.

Repeat rows 2 -15 until the end of the ball or until it reaches the length you like.

When you have finished the scarf, make lots of pom poms to attach to it. I used my Clover pom pom maker and made 2 different sizes of pom pom.

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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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Knicker Swap

Our lovely friends at Fabric & Flowers are organising a Valentines Knicker Swap which we are sponsoring!

Gingham Knicker Kit

Gorgeous Gingham

To get involved take a look at the Fabric & Flowers blog. You will be making a pair of knickers to send to someone who will be making a pair of knickers for you! We are offering a 15% discount on our knicker kits using the code SEWKNICKERS at the checkout, valid from now until the 8th February 2014. There are loads of kits to choose from, just click on the one you like and it will take you straight to the website.

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Amy Butler – Sketchbook Roses Voile

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Plum spotty knickers

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The Birds & the Bees

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Retro Floral

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Michael Miller spotty

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Michael Miller spotty roses

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Kaffe Fasset Roman Glass

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Gradi Floral

We are also offering a prize for all you knicker making enthusiasts, enough fabric and knicker elastic to make 2 more delicious pairs of knickers!

Happy Sewing!

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My Top 5 Christmas makes 2013

In at number 5 are the ham burger oven gloves that I made for my brother, this gift went down really well and I have already been commisioned to make some more.

Oven Gloves TutorialAt number 4 my ever popular Memory Photo Christmas decorations, these make great presents all year round, I made one for my sister that she has hanging in her car.

xmas decorations 017At number 3 are the Scarves that I made, these are available as kits from the TrixieLixie website and will make great Mothers day gifts!

Scarf making tutorial

At number 2 are the little coin purses also available as kits which have proved very popular on the website, they make a great gift as you can put a bit of cash in them or a lot of cash if it is the main present!

clasp-purse-kit-bird-and-the-bees-[5]-1429-pAt number 1 and always a firm favourite with all my friends and family as they say they are really comfortable! It’s my KNICKERS of course! These kits are absolutely the best seller on the TrixieLixie website and judging by the amount of knicker elastic we sold, quite a few pairs of knickers were made as gifts this year!

knicker kits & tutorialsThe new Gingham knicker kits have been really popular this year, I love making knickers and creating new fabric and elastic combinations, watch this space for new kits coming soon!

There is 10% off everything on the website until 10th January 2014

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and my warmest wishes for the New Year!

Happy Sewing!

trixielixie

 

 

Gorgeous scarf tutorial

A while back I posted a scarf tutorial using a beautiful piece of Amy Butler Voile and pom pom trim.

DIY scarf tutorialSince then I have made several more as Christmas presents, these ones are even easier because they have fringe trim which is very simple to attach!

Scarf making tutorialOn the TrixieLixie website we have the fabric and fringe trim already packed up into kits for £15, so all you need to do is follow the instructions and make a gorgeous scarf.

scarf kits from TrixieLixieThis is how it is done: fold the piece of fabric in half, right sides together and sew along the width

Scarf tutorialThen finish the seam with either a zig-zag stitch, a serger or my favourite – pinking shears

Scarf tutorialTurn the right way around and then fold the ends under by about 1cm and pin the fringe inside, then sew in place.

scarf tutorialscarf tutorialAnd thats it! You’re done, either keep it for yourself or give it as a lovely gift!

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Mine are all gifts and I have found (in my stash of things to good to be thrown away) these great boxes to put them in and I am going to decorate them with fabric and trim just like this beautiful box that a friend of mine decorated for me for my birthday (it had wonderful hand made shower gel and body lotion in it that she had also made!)

Box decorating DIYScarf making tutorial Thats 3 more Christmas presents sorted, back to the sewing machine to make some more! Happy Sewing!

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