Monday, 28 January 2013

A hooded wrap top

Last night I was in the mood for sewing but I didn't want to start a big project because as soon as I find that bloody buttonhole foot I need to make Helen's shirt, so out came 101 Fabric-by-Fabric Ways to Sew a Metre again.

It was another top for Faith, this time it was the 'hooded wrap top'.  It is meant to be for knit fabrics but I didn't have anything remotely suitable for it, but I did have some pink fleece that I bought on a whim and thought it might be a nice cosy cardigan-style top.  Luckily  had bought the matching thread when I got the fleece, but I didn't have enough of it to finish the edges of the top, which is no big deal seen as fleece doesn't fray.

I like the style of the top, but the gap to put the tie through is too high on the side seam and its a bit too short, but it wasn't until she put it on today that I noticed.  Never mind, it'll be fine when she's wearing a dress.

"Just one photo, Mummy"

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Faithisms #8

"You are trying your best, Mummy"

While we were driving in the snow

Saturday, 19 January 2013

A little bit of sewing to keep me going

We had a big tidy up yesterday (great way to spend Stuart's only day off!).  The amount of crap under the sofa was scary, so I set about making some draft excluder type things to wedge under it to stop all the pieces of Faith's toys migrating under there.

As ever, it was a botch job, but it does the trick.

Please excuse the crumbs - I didn't notice them when I was taking the pictures!

Happy days

We ventured out in the snow today to go round to Mum's.  I waas going to take Faith's snow suit, gloves and hat, as well as my wellies (hers are already in the car), gloves and coat.  Stupid me though forgot everything.  But its not all bad - Mum had a change of clothes for her, so Faith was sent out in her wellies, coat and some socks I found in the car on her hands.  Helen even asked Faith if she wanted to make a snowman without being asked.  Which meant I got a nice cosy half an hour watching out the kitchen window.  Bliss!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

The Thurlows

Well, I finally got round to cutting out the interfacing or the waistband, only to realise I had cut the right waistband fabric piece wrong so re-did that, got both waistbands sewn to their lining, understitched, trim, pressed and the left waistband sewn onto the trousers.  Then I went to do the right waistband and it was still wrong.  The lining would be on the outside of the trousers with the fabric on the inside.

After more re-cutting and sewing I managed to get myself sorted out and both waistbands on the trousers ad try them on to decide where the centre back seam needed to be.  For some reason the front is a bit baggy (I'm sure it wasn't on my muslin) and after all the fuss I just wanted to get the trousers done, so the rest of the finishing is a bit of a botch job.

I didn't bother pressing the waistband lining seam allowance under and seen as I had already overlocked it, I just sewed it down as it was.  The centre back bulges a bit and its not the best piece of hemming I've ever done, but the point is it IS done and they are wearable and most of my tops sit over my hips anyway so the back isn't going to be much of an issue.

Anyway, I thought that with all the things that had gone wrong with them, if I didn't wear the trousers straight away they would end u in the back of the wardrobe never to see the light of day.  So I wore them to work today.  Hmm.

They kept falling pretty low on my hips and I was constantly pulling them back up.  And I didn't realise how often I put my hands in my back pockets, something I can't do on these ones because there's not enough of them.

Excuse the bum photo, but it shows the pulling at the centre back.
Also, I didn't realise I had one of Faith's stickers on my bum - you'd think Stuart would have told me!

So, I just need to sort out the fitting issues at the waistband and crotch area, and make the back pockets a bit deeper next time I make some, which I will be doing - they are nice trousers and will still wear these ones.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Capsule wardrobe

I've hit my first stumbling block of 2013 - I was sure I had some interfacing for my Thurlow trousers but I can't find it anywhere so I've been waiting to get some more since last week.  Problem is, I hate waistbands at the best of times, so when I've had a few days of from doing it, I just can't be bothered with it.  I went out to get the interfacing tonight so I WILL do it tomorrow. I will.  Honestly.

So in the mean time, I mentioned last time about wanting to make a capsule wardrobe.  It's all well and good making gorgeous clothes except when you can't wear them because your wardrobe is full of stuff that doesn't fit, doesn't flatter and doesn't go with anything else.  So, I am taking back my wardrobe.

This year I am getting rid of all the crap and starting fresh (sort of).

I figured that I don't have to get rid of everything - even the stuff that doesn't go with anything.  All I need to do is get together a few basics (sewn and bought) in neutral colours that I can match with the rest of my clothes.  I'm going with navy, grey and oatmeal and this is what I'm aiming for:

1 x jeans
2 x trousers
2 x skirts
1 x sweater
1 x cardigan
2 x plain tops/t-shirts
2 x shirts
2 x camisoles
2 x dresses
2 x jackets
1 x coat

With everything I want to do this year and my lack of money, I'm not looking to get all this done very soon, I'll just be happy if I get somewhere near the full list by the end of the year and the Thurlows I'm working on will be the first to tick of the list.

Hmm, the past few posts have been very admin-y, but I will have something more interesting to show you soon.  I've not even been able to go out with Faith for a week as she's not been feeling well, but she's much better now.  I'll have to take her somewhere pretty to take photos!

Sunday, 6 January 2013

New years resolutions

I don't really go in for resolutions because let's face it, they don't usually last longer than a couple of weeks.  But this year I have so many things I want to do that I need to put them somewhere, both to remind me and spur me on to actually do them.  So...

  1. This month I want to paint the living room and set up my sewing corner
  2. I will do 3 modules for my degree with the Open University
  3. I will sew at least one item a month
  4. I will get the house organised and decluttered (a perpetual resolution!)
  5. I will take Faith somewhere new at least once a month
  6. I will make sure Faith and I do something messy at least once a week (baking, painting, glueing, etc)
  7. I will take one photo a day and in the process will finally learn how to use my camera properly!
I would also ideally like to sew myself a capsule wardrobe as well as making things for other people, but it depends how much time I get.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Faithisms #7

"The monkey is stealing my carrot"

She had a bad dream and was pretty distraught about her carrot being stolen!