What I made this month! (July)

I am not great at posting regularly so I am going to introduce a regular post about what I have been making each month. Hopefully it will result in at least 1 post a month if not more!

My first make was an unusual request from my daughter, and to be honest I still haven’t finished it as I need to work out how to do the back fastener!

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She does not have a huge bust so I used a halter neck bikini pattern for this Ikea bag hack, I have lined it with a soft cotton fabric otherwise I think it would chafe a bit! She wants to wear it at a festival she is going to this summer, I am sure it will be a great conversation starter!

My second make of the month was this stripey pair of Thread Theory Comox trunks, although it is a bit fiddly making boxer shorts, I find it very satisfying and it uses up any left over bits of jersey in my stash!

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This month we had a few new sewing patterns delivered to Trixie Lixie one was the Washi Dress from Made by Rae which I have heard so much about so I was very keen to give it a go. It was surprisingly easy to make, I was a bit nervous about the shirring elastic but the instructions are clear and easy to follow, so now I am hooked! I love it, its so easy to wear, smart or casual. I made this one using Liberty Travelling threads fabric which is available in our shop.

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Doesn’t the garden look great! I love it when we have loads of flowers in bloom and we can take photos in the garden. Of course I had to make some matching knickers to go with this dress because …………………well what better way to use up the scraps!

Also look at the lovely butterfly that we had in the garden!

In May we went to the Malvern Quilt show and I loved some of the gorgeous quilting and applique that was on display, so this inspired me to have a go at decorating a skirt with some applique, this is a denim Tilly and the Buttons Miette skirt that I have decorated with some Kaffe Fassett flowers and a bit of machine embroidery.

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That’s almost all my makes for July, although I also made some samples for our Kids summer sewing classes that will be running during the school holidays, details for these are on the website here!

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The classes are to make a pencil case, a book bag, an Applique cushion and sew a simple skirt or pair of shorts.

Anyway, I think that is everything I made in July, I have got a couple of projects started already that will keep me going into August and if this rain keeps up I may make a lot more than I usually do during the summer months, we will have to wait and see!

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!

Liberty Fabric Knicker Kits

 

We couldn’t have all this new liberty fabric without making up some beautiful and delicate new Liberty Tana Lawn knicker kits.

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There’s Thorpe, Tatum, Wilmillie, Kitty Grace and Clarricoates. See all our knicker kits for presents this Christmas on the website.

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Liberty Jersey Fabric

With all these wild, new Liberty Jersey Fabrics we’ve got in stock at TrixieLixie, it’s sometimes difficult to know what to make with them all.

liberty-jersey2We have made the Sewaholic Davie Dress ourselves and we know others who are ardent fans of Cake Patterns knit dress range.

knits-1Best-selling Colette do three dress patterns, [Myrtle, Moneta, and Wren] and a skirt pattern [Mabel] that have been designed specifically for jersey and after trying them all we can say they are straightforward and great fun, with a size range that will accommodate everyone.

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TrixieLixie’s little summer pattern sale

Have you ever wanted a pattern by Tilly and the Buttons or Sew Over It, but thought that they were about 15% too expensive? Well, now is your chance to buy one. TrixieLixie need to move some stock and you need a discount. It’s a marriage made in heaven…..

15% OFF SEWING PATTERN SALE

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All the sale patterns are here at the TrixieLixie website.

The last of #mmmay2014

Well it has been much fun! I can’t wait to do it all again next year! Any way here is the last few pictures from my Me made May exploits 2014.

MeMadeMay 2014 day 29jpgThis is a self drafted shift dress, the fabric is Michael Miller Scandi Leaves in Forest, its got gorgeous colours in it, and I have used some Deep Purple satin bias binding to finish the neck and arm holes. Thoses dummies are looking at my dress with envy!

MeMadeMay 2014 day 30Yesterday I took a trip back in time to the Wild, Wild West. Smokin’ !!

I am wearing another one of my Amy Butler Barcelona skirts, the fabric is The Birds & the Bees, Tree of life in Pool, its from the Freespirit range designed by Tula Pink. My top is another Sewaholic Renfrew in gorgeous Teal jersey cotton. Such a shame it is in black & white and you can’t see the gorgeous colours!

Me made May 2014 day 30 colourWell look at that! As if by magic you can see my outfit in the glory of colour!

Well today is the last day and we have had such fun doing all these photos! It has been quite hard thinking up a new theme every day so I am glad its not my full time career, and how do those glamour models keep smiling??

Me made May 2014 Day 31I decided to wear my favorite dress today and I am thinking I should definately make another one! Its the By Hand London Anna Dress and the gorgeous fabric is from Riley Blakes vintage Happy Range. Let me know which photo is your favorite, I love the Polar bear one and also I quite like the idea of sitting in the fridge!

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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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