Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Planning my Little Red Dress

I have wanted to make a little red New Girl inspired dress for while now.  In fact this was going to be my Christmas dress, then my New Year dress but it is still laying uncut even now!  I just haven't had the time to work on anything sewing related.  This is starting to become a theme now! I have next week off however, and as well as visiting my parents and Sam's I should have a few days at home to really work on it.  If I am lucky I might even finish it!  That is the plan anyway.

Image from What Would Zooey Wear?
I love the program New Girl (so does nearly every other sewing blogger) possibly more for Zooey's perfect outfits than anything else.  Plus New Girl makes are springing up all over the blog world.  
Dance Bomb Fashion at Burda Style
Vicki at Sew Weekly
Sewingadicta even ran a New Girl Sewalong!

I am going to use a pattern from Burda Style August 2012, blogged about here, which has cap sleeves instead of elbow length sleeves which I think will look really sweet.  Plus it means I can wear layers underneath it which I will definitely need as it is ccccccolddddd here!  
Burda Style 08/12
I envisioned using a fabric with some texture so I have bought some moss crepe fabric (on the left) for the main fabric as I think it will add a bit of interest.  I am using cotton lawn for the lining (on the right) as I know a lot of sewers swear by it as a lining fabric and I really hate the cheapo staticy stuff you can get.  For something close of my skin I want it to feel nice and this lawn is really soft.  

After a my week away next week I am looking forward to getting stuck in to the project!  

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Table Runner Project

For my Mum for Christmas I decided to make her a quilted table runner for her newly decorated dining room.  She had previously told me that she was going for a turquoise and gold theme and she had wallpaper with leaf patterns on it in those colours.  I have since found out, after visiting at Christmas, that this wallpaper fell down and my parents have replaced it with TOTALLY DIFFERENT COLOURS.  Grrr!  So now it doesn't fit in the colour scheme but never mind, it is still pretty and they can always use it in a different room.

As you can see it is quite large, this was taken on my sofa (as my dining table is covered with the next sewing project!)  My parents have a larger than average dining table which I got my brother to measure so that I could get it the right size.  They could also use it on the sideboard as it fits there too, versatile no?

I used matching turquoise, gold, brown and a little red themed fat quarters that I actually won in a giveaway quite a while ago and they will match some coasters I made previously.

I bought the bias binding from ebay in a lovely vivid turquoise which I think goes really well and brightens the whole thing up.

The fabric for the back is another ebay find, a really gorgeous floral print in turquoise and gold which actually shines and shimmer in the light.

I found this tutorial for a runner on the website V and Co and although I didn't follow it exactly, it gave me a pretty good idea of where to start and what to do.  I used felt as the sandwich part of the runner and I stitched the strips on quilting through the bottom fabric.  I only did a few lines of quilting on top of the strips through the whole thing as I really liked how it looked and I was worried about getting my lines straight.  In fact the whole thing is not particularly straight but I hope this adds to the home-made-ness of it!  I haven't actually given it to my Mum yet as I hadn't added the binding by the time Christmas day came around (damn you retail job!) but I am planning on posting it, so hopefully by the time this post goes up she should have had it!  

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Christmas Presents

Look at all the lovely sewing/cooking related goodies I ended up with this year!
I got a lovely Levi Roots desserts book which will no doubt feature in its own blog post in the future, I am eyeing up the molten chocolate puddings recipe already.
I got this lovely scarf from my Mum who bought it at an antiques fair and she thinks it may well be quite old.  I'm not too sure but the sequins on it are quite different to ones I had seen before, they are more domed rather than flat.
 My brother and my now fiancĂ©e both bought me the Burda Style Handbook which was my own fault as I had mentioned it to both of them without realising it.  Basically it has one pattern for each garment with directions then it has lots of ways to alter and change them up.
Some shots from the book

Top - Loving the sheer purple and navy shirts

Skirts - I love the pale blue layered one and the red polka dots

Dress- The pale blue and the cute bow one call my name here

Coat- Gorgeous navy coat with a hood here

Bags - Loving the Gertie cane handled one and the hearts

I am in love with this dress from Casey's blog and I am so happy there is a how to in the book for this!

I also got the Colette book from my brother.  Colette is so popular with bloggers and as yet I have not got my hands on one of their patterns yet.  I think it is good value for money too as you get five lovely patterns included.
I really want to make the Truffle pattern, it is so gorgeous!  I have in fact already ordered some fabric with the intention of making it up for my finance's sisters wedding.


Taffy and Meringue


Monday, 7 January 2013

Review of the Year 2012

I have done a little review of my year in picture collages this year as last year I wrote a resolution post and broke all of them so I don't really want to do that this year!  I have made a sewing resolution and have entered it in Didyoumakethat's resolution sewing jar which is to make 5 items from my current to do list.  This may not seem like a lot but when I have only made 5 actual garments this year due to working 2 jobs now it will be a challenge for me.  Especially as I tend to ignore my list and come up with brand new things I want to make!  My current list is under the My Makes tab at the top of my blog, if I can make more than 5 then all the better!
Banana Carousel, Lilac Love, Anchors Away, Titanic, Emerald City

Magazine Makes
Bunting, Shoe Clips, Tiara, Buttonhole
 Craft Bits
Christening Bunting, Hen Sashes, Sugar Skull Pin, Gnome, Sugar Skull Cross stitch, Cake modelling 
Yummy Goodies
Tea Bag Biscuits, Cocktails, Marshmallow and Toffee Cakes, Teddy Pops, Angry Birds, Cake Pops
So it turns out I made more food than garments oops!  It was a really good year though, my first writing for a wedding magazine and my first hen do.  Seeing 2 lovely couples get married, having a fab time at Halloween and celebrating the Jubilee and the Olympics.  Here's to an amazing 2012!