Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Goldilocks and the three peg bags

Bag created as per pattern instructions... but "oh no this one is TOO SMALL" .......

When the pattern is increased 143% (which is A4 to A3 and the pattern comes on A4 paper).... then the hand hole is TOO BIG

Really I should have anticipated this and reduced the size of the hand hole and moved it up a little bit when I printed off the paper pattern in the scaled up size :-)  For comparision - here they are side by side (and next to my sewing machine to give a sense of scale!)

Unfortnately I am not as determined as Goldilocks and this "too big" bag will just have to do for the moment... at least all the pegs fit into it.

Pattern available from

Inspired by

The first bag is made with the bias binding around the base as per the instructions. I also used Fast-2-Fuse double sided stiff fusible interfacing for the base (as suggested by inspiration blog posts!). I used fusible volume fleece for the main body of the bag.

The second bag is made with Fase 2 Fuse for the base, the main bag/sides are interfaced with heavyweight interfacing AND fusible volume fleece. I sewed the base on right sides together and then turned the bag out. I prefer this finish.

You can see my seam finishes - but it is a peg bag so I am not fussed. The pattern has all seams enclosed or covered...

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Knitting yellow socks for a 9 year old... these ones actually FIT!

Using Getting started knitting socks 7 sts per inch pattern to create these socks, which actually fit unlike these. Finally finished them last night. So pleased I can move onto something else now.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Indygo Junction Streetcar Bag IJ874

This bag comes out HUGE!!!

Pattern Description:

"Inspired by the styles of the early 1950's, these roomy shoulder bags combine practical size and shape with unique detailing"

Pattern Sizing:

N/A - But these bags come out HUGE..

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes - apart from fabric choice

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Very clear instructions - but seam allowances were in 1/4" and 1/2".

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I liked the ruched detail at the front and the shape of the bag - that is why I bought the pattern.

I also liked the internal zipper pocket.

Fabric Used:

Curtain fabric, fusible volume fleece and cotton sateen lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Essentially none - but used a fusible volume fleece instead of sew in. This worked well as the bag stands by itself with out additional supports. Did not put hard base into bag - as bag stiff enough and I was not sure I would be using it!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I would not sew it again as it is. I found the opening too small for the size of the bag - hard to get things in and out. I might make the bag shorter and a fraction smaller and try it again -but I have so many bag patterns to try I am not sure I will bother


I AM glad I got this pattern out of the stash - it does not take long to make and makes a huge roomy bag, the only slight issue being access to the contents.

Lesson learnt: Fusible volume fleece works really well for bags - might quilt it to add interest next time. Also works well for bodywarmer/vest BUT NOT coats!!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Me Made May 2014

'I, Catherine sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to weara me-made outfit each day for the duration of May 2014, and wear my knitted Miette at least once!'
Crafting a rainbow idea to create a colour palette using photos taken during me made may


SO my goals for 2014 are:

Update 1st April ... 3 months in AND...
1. Complete green coat AND then make a second coat to reinforce all the new skills learnt.YES! I have finished my green coat - now to make another!!
2. Sew / Knit at least 8 things from the book/ magazine stash :(
 3. Adapt the shirt pattern to get a better fit for J :(
4. Lingerie - test knicker patterns and then make at least 2 sets :(

McCalls 5525 - Coat

Finally Finally finished my McCall's 5525

This has been a real exercise in procrastination! I am so glad this is no longer hanging over me - and I am thrilled with my final coat. MUST remember to mark up properly as I sewed the buttons in the wrong place twice before finally asking someone to pin mark them for my while I wore the coat!

My first coat with bound buttonholes - and I used Karen from Did You Make That's e-book to help with them - £2 well spent!!

I made view A + B

Pattern Description:

Semi fitted, lined, double-breasted jacket and coat with collar, sleeve and length variations. Princess seams

Pattern Sizing:


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes - apart from my changes

Were the instructions easy to follow?

They were OK - you really need to go through it and find all the instructions for the coat you are making otherwise all the jumping about can be confusing when making it up. I also used a tailoring book to help complete the coat.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the collar and the fact that I can use the pattern lots of times to make the variations.

Fabric Used:

Wool for shell and mystery slippery viscose stuff for lining

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Well I don't really remember because I toiled it in Feb 2013, but the fabric and then left it in a bag until Jan 2014!! BUT :
1. added width to hips
2. Used sleeve from view A with length from B
3. Did not make the belt
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
YES - I will sew it again

YES - I would recommend it to others.

More pics on my blog.

But basically what has not been said about this pattern by 62 other people, probably is not worth saying!

I can't believe I left it so long to make this coat - the pattern has been in the stash for years, the coat cut and waiting for a year.....I used a mix of traditional techniques and speed tailoring and I am really proud of my coat!

I will use the pattern again - to make this exact coat again and to make a trench coat....

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Little bits and bobs

Firstly a new cover for my sleeve board (and new padding too!)

Then a head start on Easter.....inspired by this and also this, I adapted the tutorials to make my own carrots - which I shall fill with treats come Easter.... if I remember that I have made them that is!

I am knitting some new socks for my eldest, but when I need something more mindless - I knit dishcloths.. Three so far..all of which are on ravelry

this one is a scarf pattern

and my favourite so far - the opening hour dishcloth, now to finish socks and start a cardigan...

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Update for progress feb 2014

I have bought several more patterns BUT not made any new ones in feb :(
I had a coat break while making grey school trousers and swimming trunks (all from stash)
I also bought some more yarn!!
The coat has progressed and I have started the lining ....

Not the best progress...

SO my goals for 2014 are:
1. Complete green coat AND then make a second coat to reinforce all the new skills learnt.
2. Sew / Knit at least 8 things  from the book/ magazine stash
3. Adapt the shirt pattern to get a better fit for J
4. Lingerie - test knicker patterns and then make at least 2 sets

My top "throw it into the ring" goal will be coat making........
All of these are based around using up what I have

1. Working on the green coat - slowly!
2. Nothing :(
3. Nothing
4. Nothing :(

On track to complete the coat in march and then start some other goals....