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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Painting the orange pine wardrobes

Not a sewing project at all, but I've been wanting to paint the built in orange pine wardrobes for a while.
The drawers in particular are beautifully and solidly made. The large wardrobe doors above are slightly warped and may be replaced in future.
For now though I have removed the drawers, sanded the frame and doors and undercoated them with Dulux Super Grip Undercoat, and will then be painting with Dulux Satinwood in Natural Calico.

Of course I've had to empty the wardrobes completely and my clothes are spread about in suitcases and on hanging rails with shoes in cardboard boxes, plus the weather has cooled a couple of degrees and bare legs and sandals now seem a bit chilly. I had a break yesterday evening, but try to do a bit each evening, hopefully being able to finish everything off at the weekend.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Style Challenges

I've been posting pictures for a Style challenge I am doing over on my other blog which is here.
Sew Ruthie's Colour & Style Blog

Please do leave comments if you pop over there.
If you just want to see the next sewing project... the brown turtleneck will appear Monday probably as life got busy.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Cool Dark Brown Ponte Leggings

Here's the leggings, or maybe they are slim knit pants (they are not as tight as leggings, but still a very different silhouette to my usual wide leg pinstripes).
These are McCalls 5394 which I made up previously in a black self stripe knit. I've not worn them yet as it is still summer and more shorts and skirts weather.
So here's what the 6PAC looks like now. (P.S. I know I don't seem to be able to count)

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Cool Dark Brown Ponte Cardigan

The cardigan had to be made from the limited remaining fabric so I used the Prima November 2010 pattern again but shortened it and made the collar area a little narrower.
The selvedge had an interesting fringed effect so I have used that as my finished edge.
So I now have a cardigan, skirt and top all in the same shade of cool dark brown, enabling me to create an inner or outer column.
Here's the 6PAC so far.
I have leggings/slim pants and a turtle neck still to sew in the brown but after 3 garments I am already bored of it. Just need to push through and finish those off this week.

Cool Dark Brown Ponte Skirt

This is a very simple skirt made from the cool dark brown ponte which is the same colour as the drapey viscose (rayon) knit I used for the top yesterday.
I like to use the back piece of the skirt from Vigue 2989 and cut it out twice. Side seams are stitched and overlocked, top is overlocked then elastic zigzagged on by machine (easier to remove if required!). The hem is simply done on the coverhem machine.
With yesterday's top this makes a dark inner column, ideal for wearing a bold jacket/scarf/necklace. Those supporting pieces make getting dressed a lot easier.

Cool Dark Brown 3/4 sleeve tee

I decided to go down a slightly different route for a few garments and pick out the cool dark brown in the leaf print.
The stash yielded two appropriate pieces, both nice quality but no idea when/where I purchased them.

The first is some beautifully drapey viscose knit ideal for the 3/4 sleeve top.
This uses the body from New Look 6414 View C and the 3/4 sleeve from New Look 6735.
It is a very basic piece that can have a supporting role, for example with my existing purchased brown/lime leaf print skirt and bright lime jacket, just add a lime necklace for some colour.

Already cut out I have the same top with long sleeves and a turtleneck for when the weather gets colder. The lovely drapey fabric will be a wonderful piece against the skin if I want to wear a wool sweater or jacket on the top. (I can't bear wool to touch my skin, the fibres make me itch)

The second fabric is the same colour but a much heavier weight ponte type knit, so am planning a classic pencil skirt, some slim pants/loose leggings and maybe a cardigan if there is enough fabric left over.
This is the darkest colour found in my hair and is a great dark neutral for me (I think!).

I have the sewing machine, overlocker and coverhem all threaded up with dark brown so should be able to make good progress over the next few days/evenings. I will share as I go.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Coral pink half sleeve tee

Remember the collection I'm making for late summer.
And I made the leaf print skirt
And now I've made the coral pink top
This uses the body from New Look 6414 View C and the sleeve from New Look 6735 cropped to elbow length due to fabric limitations, I added bands on the sleeves to make them slightly longer.

I now fancy making some dark brown leggings and a cowl top to wear under the coral mesh cardigan but need to stay focussed and make up the coral jacket next if I can find the pattern.
I also need to mow the lawns, trim the front hedge and paint the trim on the garage whilst the weather is good!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Coral Mesh Cardigan: Prima November 2010

I bought the fabric for this a few weeks ago from the fabric stall on the Monday market, mostly because it was coral. As the fabric is cotton I prewashed it to avoid too much shrinkage later. I didn't measure it before hand but I think it did shrink quite a bit in width.
I couldn't quite think what to do with it, and then decided that actually a simple cardigan style would be the best bet.
The fabric is a cotton mesh base with chenille sections, no stretch and quite big holes between everything.
I sewed with a longer than usual straight stitch (length 3) and overlocked immediately to keep the edges contained.
The front is cut on the selvedge of the fabric.
I used a cardigan jacket pattern from the November 2010 issue of Prima magazine. This is a general women's magazine published in the UK, which if you subscribe comes with a free sewing pattern, often a very simple style, so good for things like this.
Not sure what you could possibly do with the leftover mesh scraps!

Cream Culotte Slip

Cream culotte slip made from a lovely soft cotton blouse fabric which has been in the stash for a long time.
This have been made in the same way as the previous ones.
I wanted a light coloured slip to wear under the lighter skirts and dresses.
I will test it tomorrow under a purchased skirt and decide if the rest of the fabric is another slip or a blouse/top instead.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

New Shoes

New shoes purchased on Saturday at the Clarks Outlet.
Sturdy skintone wedge sandals to wear with summer skirts, and slip on suede wedges to wear with dark tights and knee length winter skirts.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Happy Birthday Bunting Finished

Here's the completed Happy Birthday Bunting, hope the recipient (my dad ) likes it.
The description of how I made the letters is here. Happy Birthday Bunting.

Updated to add this is for a family BBQ for my Dad's 70th birthday at the end of the month.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Barcelona Stained Glass Window Quilt

My lovely auntie Joy made this beautiful quilt for me. I am so lucky!!
I am not a quilter and have never had a quilt before.
Isn't it gorgeous?
It is based on one of the stained glass windows of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

It is even better than the photos as the quilt shows both the beautiful stonework and the richness of the colours in the glass which doesn't quite come out in photos.

It is hanging above my sofa and I am overjoyed with it.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Wearing the coral leaf print skirt

A quick shot of me wearing the coral leaf print skirt.
I've added a pink cotton sweater, dark brown belt and sandals and a gold coloured necklace and earrings in the shape of a leaf.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Happy Birthday Bunting Letters

The blue fabric I bought on Monday was for this birthday bunting, each flag is 9" high and 7" wide.
I printed the letters out large on paper, then roughly hand copied them onto the blue fabric with a sliver of soap, then stitched cord over the soap lines with a straight stitch.

I am planning on backing these with matching fabric triangles and turning through as neatly as I can then stitching together with blue tape from my haberdashery box.
The technique was inspired by this cushion from Tesco (no longer available) which I snapped on my phone one day as inspiration.

Hopefully will be able to share the finished item by the end of the week.

Coral Leaf Skirt - Butterick 3972

I made the first first of ployester linen mix leaf print fabric into Butterick 3972.
It was much trickier to cut and sew than the black and white linen print, being much finer weight and very prone to fraying. A good press with a hot iron right at the end seems to have sorted things out and it hangs beautifully, and like a skirt from an expensive shop.
Apologies for the slightly wonky camera angle. I plan to wear it some time this week and will get the wheely bin to take a shot so you can see what it is like being worn.