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Sunday 28 February 2016

Floral Draught excluder

Last year for the craft fair I only made one draught excluder.
Paisley Draught Excluder

This year I have cut 6 liners from a thin IKEA duvet which were each 36" by 18" sewn into a tube with one end left open. I have then been stuffing them with my scraps as I sew and sewing the end up once they are full. I also went through scraps I had saved and used any which were too small as stuffing.

So far I have only made one cover in a dark navy denim type fabric which is printed as though it was embroidered with crewel work.
I love this fabric, but had not used it for anything, so thought it might go down well on the stall.
Shall I do another one the same, do you think? Or is it better to have them all different to give people choice?

I have also made DBF a travel bathrobe but he says he'll model it on holiday so no photos.
I made size XL in plain navy blue polycotton from Simplicity 5763 which I think is OOP, and followed the pattern without deviation! So it looks a lot like the chap on the envelope.

Sunday 7 February 2016

SWAP: Stone skirt

I traced the pattern for this skirt from the skirt section of a RTW dress which is long gone.
It is very economical with fabric so was ideal for using up a remnant of stretch wool in a neutral stone colour.
The darker patches are water from where I was rather liberal with the water spray bottle when pressing, I'll take another photo when its dry.
The two animal print tops, duck egg print tops and neutral skirts make quite a nice little set for Spring, though I suppose I need some toppers.

SWAP: Camo animal print top

I thought this was an animal print, but maybe it is more camoflage?
Usual pattern, this time with bands on the sleeves as I cut this out of a 0.9 m piece of 150cm wide sweater knit, bought on holiday in Madeira, Autumn 2014.
I folded this enough to cut out the front on the fold and the back with a centre back seam. I then cut two sleeves out single layer and added bands at the hem to lengthen them a little.

SWAP: Taupe maxi skirt

Butterick 3972 maxi skirt from a remnant of tropical wool in taupe.
I am not excited by the colour, however it does seem to go with everything in the SWAP so I suspect it will be very useful.
Taupe is apparently french for mole (the burrowing animal) and refers to its colour which is neither grey nor brown but somewhere in between.

SWAP: duck egg blue floral top

New Look 6735 standard with small alterations.
Its lovely soft fabric.