Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Lisette Traveler

 Another batch of hats :-)


Then another completed pattern getting it out of the stash.. think I might have to give the pattern away though as I really don't like the dress - not sure if it is the pattern, the fabric, the style on me or all of those - but I feel really frumpy wearing it!!

Nevermind - lots more dress patterns to try AND this will work well as a beach cover up while on holiday!

SWAP - sewing with a plan.....here's the plan

1. 2 sets of lingerie (one white, one coloured)
2. Dress Completed Anna Dress in brown - Feb 2015

3. Dress Completed Traveler Dress  - Feb 2015

4, Knitted cardigan (actually knitting not sewing!)
5. Skirt Completed green bustle skirt- Feb 2015
6. Skirt
7. Top
8. Top
9. Top
10. Sewn cardigan / jacket
11. Black tie dress
12. Black tie jacket / bolero etc
13. Activewear
14. Coat

Monday, 16 February 2015

Feb 2015 - goals 2015


Another Anna - which is a little bit toooo brown and and the fabric does not float/drape enough. I don't like it as much as my Christmas one. I may try using the skirt section with the bodice from a different dress.



A bustle skirt that I made ages ago and was too tight. I had ripped the zip out. Now I can fit into it so I re-inserted the zip so that I can wear it. I also put darts into my grey and red bustle skirt and moved the seam line as it was massively too big.


Two items towards my SWAP complete!! Fantastic. I am working on another dress at the moment....... 


For 2015


SWAP - sewing with a plan.....here's the plan

1. 2 sets of lingerie (one white, one coloured)
2. Dress Completed Anna Dress in brown - Feb 2015

3. Dress
4, Knitted cardigan (actually knitting not sewing!)
5. Skirt Completed green bustle skirt- Feb 2015
6. Skirt
7. Top
8. Top
9. Top
10. Sewn cardigan / jacket
11. Black tie dress
12. Black tie jacket / bolero etc
13. Activewear
14. Coat

It would be great to achieve this list once, twice would be brilliant!!

Added to that I want to sew at least 2 smart shirts for J - birthday/anniversary/valentines/Christmas 
 

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Update 2015

Running kit finished in 2014 (and used so much I have now taken them in a bit!)

 
Simple fleece hats - my first make of 2015  
    

   




























Kwik Sew T-shirts - which have been on the go since 2014!!






































2 sets of PJ's each for 3 boys.......

 
Ottobre 06/2009/372PJ top
Ottobre 06/2009/272PJ bottoms
Ottobre 06/2009/352PJ bottoms
Ottobre 06/2009/352PJ bottoms
Ottobre 06/2009/342PJ top
Ottobre 06/2009/341PJ top
Ottobre CW3011PJ top
 

















Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas... knitting and sewing...


BFG pencil case for a friend

I knitted 11 hats in the build up to Christmas! These have reflective fibres/filament in them so they light up when car lights shine on them  - perfect for children walking to school (and adults out walking the dog!)


Friday, 5 December 2014

By Hand London Anna


I bought the Anna pattern last December / January time in order to make myself a dress - 11 months later I finally made it!  I liked it so much that I made a cheesy Christmas Dress to wear for the Christmas season... covered in Santa's, elves, Christmas trees.....

The best thing about this dress is that it is SO FAST...8pm:


10:30pm Finished dress!

AND that included underlining the bodice! I did have to make it about 7" shorter than the pattern though! 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Skorts with leggings...

A quick knit for my youngest - but I was too keen and reduced the stitches too soon so it is not big enough - time to make another one.



The best thing about the hat is the light reflective tape running through it ....
 A birthday present for a friend :-) Knit night scarf from ravelry



It is getting a little bit too cold to be running in a skort (especially at 5.30am)... so I combined McCalls 7026 and Jalie 2796 to make a running skort with leggings.

I used traced the Jalie shorts pattern over the top of the leggings to get the correct crotch lines and the height for attaching the waistband. I also traced a size 8 rather than 14 as I used 6mm seam allowances rather than 1..5cm.

 The fit is good and they are comfortable to run in - success!! (the tag in the back is to mark the back!). The tape is reflective tape. I took 4" off the bottom - though it would have been better if I had only removed 3"!!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Swimming!!


My middle son has been asking for new swimming trunks - and specified which pattern he wanted (the same as his older brother)... which was Jalie 2912.LOVE this pattern - sews up a dream. These are fully lined.




Then I decided it was time to stop being such a procrastinator and actually make a costume for myself - LOTS AND LOTS of room for improvement.. but I do have a wearable swimming costume. I shall find out this week if it stands up to some lengths in the pool. At least it is not a maternity swimming costume (last needed 5 years ago when I was actually pregnant!!)

Kwik Sew 2962 View B - I needed to blend from a small at the top to a medium at the bottom - the bottom is perfect (except I might use a line between highrise and low rise next time!).. but the top half could be tighter. So I shall swim in this before cutting out another suit.