Me made May day 1

I wanted to start Me made May with a bang, and I had a very important Birthday party to go to so I decided to make my Mortmain dress to wear. The Mortmain was designed by a small British pattern company called Gather, its quick and fairly easy to make, they recommend it for ambitious beginners!

MeMadeMay Mortmain dressIt was a bit wet and miserable so I wore it with my boots! The fabric I used is from one of our new Moda ranges, Simply Style by V & Co.

gather-mortmain-dress-sewing-pattern-[5]-1599-pGather are a very new company, they only have 2 patterns, the other one is for a really cute collar called The Tallis, I think I might have to make one of those too so that I can keep my pledge to wear something handmade every day during MeMadeMay.

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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.

 

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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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!

Scarf making tutorial

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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The Lola Apron & the Retro Apron

This week I have had a go at making some aprons, one is a retro apron pattern that I think is from the fifty’s, the other one is the Sew Liberated Lola Apron pattern that is available from TrixieLixie.

Retro '50's Apron patternSewaholic Lola Apron Pattern from TrixieLixieI made the Lola apron first as the pattern and instructions for the vintage apron didn’t seem to be complete. I used gorgeous red gingham, ric-rac and spotty lace trim bias binding. I think it has a very Cow-girl feel to it. The instructions are very clear and it was very easy to make.

Gingham Lola ApronI love the curves at the bottom and the circular pockets!

Gingham Lola ApronNext I tackled the vintage pattern which only had 2 pieces and very limited instructions,however having made the Lola I managed to bluff my way through this pattern and I even used some trimmed bias binding to finish it off. It was in fact quite easy and is really lovely,. The skirt part is almost a full circle so you can really twirl around the kitchen in this one.

Retro spotty '50's apron

For this apron I used Moda Oh Deer cherry spot fabric and gingham lace trim bias binding.

Retro '50's spotty apronI can’t decide which one I like best, they are both ear-marked for people for Christmas, they are perfect for the 2 people that I have made them for!

Happy sewing!

 

 

 

 

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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Easter bunting

Here’s a quick Easter make, inspired by a recent post by pillowsalamode about making bunting, I decided to use some of the Easter Ribbon available at TrixieLixie and 2 fat quarters of fabric from the Moda Coquette range to make some Easter bunting.

dressmaking fabric, coquette, ModaI have done a bunting tutorial before, it was one of my Christmas Monday makes so I used the same template to cut out my flag shapes

sewing patterns I cut out enough triangles to make 12 flags for my bunting (12 of each)

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With right sides together sew up both sides of each flag then trim any excess and turn the right way aound, I used a knitting needle to push the point of the flag out.

sewing fabricI then turned the top of the flag in by 0.5cm to neaten the tops and attached them to the back of the Easter ribbon.

sewing fabric, ribbonBunting is such a quick and easy project and it makes a great gift.

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