Sunday, 23 December 2012

A top for Faith

I got a voucher for Saints and Pinners from my Mum's cousin last Christmas and had been reminded that I still hadn't used it (long story) a couple of weeks ago.  Said cousin is coming down to see us all tomorrow so I bought some fabric and set about making something so she could see that I was actually grateful for the gift (luckily it was delivered very quickly!).

I don't really do patchwork so fat quarters aren't really that much use to me so I opted for a metre of a few fabrics.  The pattern was 'The O Tunic' which I found in one of my books, 101 Fabric-by-Fabric Ways to Sew a Metre, which was perfect as all it needed was a metre of fabric, thread and a button, all of which I already had.  That never happens!

The only problem I have when making Faith clothing is that when I measure her she spends the next hour measuring me, which is fine when I've got plenty of time to make it but not when I only have one night!

While I cut the paper pattern and the fabric, she sat on the floor next to me cutting her own paper and fabric,  then passed me pins when I needed them.

I love the effect of the white eyes (on the bears!) - from a distance they really pop

I couldn't find my buttonhole foot, so I just made a mini welt pocket-style buttonhole (I don't know if they are technically the same as bound buttonholes or not) because I know how to do those (sort of) and I didn't have time to learn anything new.  That said, I don't think I've done too badly considering it was a bit of a rush job.  I'll just have to finish the seams properly before I wash it.

Friday, 21 December 2012

A coat for Caitlin: Part 2

Well, I finished Caitlin's coat with days to spare.  I messed up the length a bit but as I was planning on stitching some trim onto the bottom of it anyway, I just added a few inches of fabric and stitched the trim over the seam to cover it.

I think it turned out quite well, all things considered.

I really must remember not to use fabrics for the first time on garments for other people when I don't have time to play with hem a bit first.  I would like to make myself a waterproof Minoru for the summer, so I'll have to get practising with the scraps from this coat.

I was so happy to get it finished in time that I rapped it up ready to go before I remembered that  needed to take pictures, so those will be added as soon as I get some!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Sewing bible?

I treated myself to a new sewing book last week which arrived at the weekend and  am totally in love.  I am currently reading it cover to cover and am already thinking of how to improve the next versions of some of my clothes.

How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns

I have quite a number of sewing related books with everything from basic techniques to step by step projects to couture techniques but none of them have grabbed me like this one - yes I dive into them every now and again for the odd tip, but I have never sat down and read them.

I have recently started thinking more about how to adjust garments the proper way rather than just taking in or adding to the side seams (please tell me everyone at least starts out doing that?!) but it always looks so complicated to me when I read tutorials on blogs.  This book has made everything click into place and I can't wait to get started on my 'proper' sewing.

Do you have a book that made everything fall into place for you?  What would you say is your 'sewing bible'?

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Faithisms #6

"You are very good at reading.  Daddy isn't.  It is very hard.  He needs to practice"