Sunday, 19 June 2016


I really love this bag - I modified the tutorial and use the Pink Penguin template to make these bags. This one was a birthday present for my sister :-) All stash fabrics (actually from my mother-in-laws stash!)


Quick apron which I have been promising O since Christmas (he now wants one for every season/holiday!)

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Goals update end of May 2016

Update after 5 months

For 2016:

1. Select 12 patterns to sew or get rid of by the end of the year (stash is nearly 50 patterns)

  • Lisette K2209
  • Simplicity K2444
  • Simplicity K1913
  • Simplicity K1699 
  • Butterick 6066
  • Simplicity 4277
  • New Look K6107
  • Simple Sews 015 Toile made - BIN pattern
  • New Look K6231
  • Simplicity K1202 Made x 2 Feb 2016
  • Simplicity 2357 - bags
  • Kwik Sew 3815 - bodywarmer  Made May 2016

 2. SWAP (again)
3. Finish outstanding to do pile - T-shirts for boys!  Complete Jan 2016

1. Lingerie
2. Dress
3. Skirt Completed in May 2016
4. Cardigan Completed in April 2016
5. Top  Completed 7 tops in Feb 2016
6. Jeans
7. Coat
8. Activewear - running Completed Jan 2016 - running top x1, running skirt/leggings x2
9. Activewear - swimming Completed May 2016
10. Top  Completed 7 tops in Feb 2016
11. Skirt Completed May 2016
12. Dress
I gave myself 12 garments/things to make in 2016 - so at least one per month. 

AT the end of January I had achieved one of the SWAP - No 8 activewear. I made two sets of fleece lined leggings/skirt and a running top!

At the end of Feb I had achieved the tops that were on the SWAP using a pattern from the pattern stash pile. 

March - nothing

April - I made the cardigan from the swap - which had been cut out and waiting for months!

May - I made a skirt using stash fabric and a pattern I bought in February, I also used a pattern stash pattern to make a fleece jacket for J, made 3 skirts in total and ticked swimwear off the list. I have used 7 patterns from the pattern stash so far this year... AND I sewed for the boys... feeling much more on top of things now.

Me Made May - I need to make some trousers and jeans. I also need to make some plain tops/skirts to mix and match with all my mad patterns.


Lots of swimwear - some to wear under a wet suit and some for actually wearing in a pool...

 I used Merckwaerdigh's Pocket Boxer to make bottoms:

 I then added another 1" to the height ... much better - must remember not to apply the elastic too tight though!

Then I purchased Fehr Trade's XYT Workout Top and made it up straight away as a swim top to wear under the wet suit. The internal bra is hard to get off - but I find that with styles which do not open.... I think it is because I am broad shouldered with no bust?!
 Then from the pattern stash - Jalie 3134! I have now finished up all of this "what was I thinking" swimwear fabric and I can test these out before making up the real garments....

KCW - final garment

This was actually made on the Monday - but I did promise all three boys a garment. This was a real bodge job.....Ok for hiding under a wetsuit but nothing more! Need to order some more fabric and make a better attempt at it!

Ottobre 03/2016/29 (bottom half only - and front cut on fold - no need for a zip)

They came up a bit low at the back once the elastic was added - so I cut the elastic off and added a band with elastic - that was so dreadful I cut that off and then added a yoga style band instead... only I made that too wide so these are really really high! ..

Mental note - make sure I sew him something sensible soon!!

Monday, 30 May 2016

Kids Clothes Week - Denim vest / Waistcoat

Second garment of kids clothes week 5 1/4 hours to create:

The pocket construction is odd and needs carefully marking up.

Make a size larger than measurements. Also longer (this was 110 length 128 - could have made 116 length 134)

Bernina jeans foot was perfect for this.

O loves so job done :-)

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Ottobre 03-2016-24 Shirt - "Starfish"... or in my case "seahorses and octupus"

Finally a shirt for L

 This shirt was made from a bit of fabric from SoZo left over from a dress.... just enough for the shirt - every scrap used up!

The fabric has seahorses and octupus on it - similar to the Starfish on the shirt in magazine

I used the 128 size but my boys are all very long in the back so I needed 140 length....
Don't like the way the buttons bands are put on and I would change this to my usual fold back the wrong way and then stitch and turn back for a clean edge finish next time. 
I love the detail - though it REALLY added to the time - this was 4 hours 45 minutes of KCW challenge!!