Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
It's been a weird few months - a loss of sewing motivation followed by a sudden burst of it that left me with no time or inclination to blog, then we moved last month. I'm still working on getting everything sorted and depsite what I had hoped for, my sewing space is looking to be the last thing that will be set up. It's been awesome though and we're all loving our new home. I've got a few things to share, starting with this beauty.
This pattern has been in my stash since April. It was one of those patterns that I loved on everyone else but wasn't convinced it was very 'me'. After my Flora revelation and getting my hands on some lovely cotton lawn, though, I decided to give it a go. So glad I did. I've been wearing it loads in the last couple of months because it is so easy and comfortable to wear without losing any glamour points. I took it on holiday to Wales thinking that it would be perfect for days on the beach or mooching around if the weather was nice, but my dad had us all walking up massive hills every day except our last one so I was mostly in jeans. At least I managed to get some photos that aren't taken in front of a brick wall for a change though!
I was too impatient to make a muslin first so winged it and fit isn't great but as long as I wear the right bra it's not too bad, I just need to make a few little tweaks. I have surprised myself by loving the thigh high split which I only really put in to see how much I would have to close it up before I felt ok wearing it. As it turns out I was perfectly happy walking down the street with an entire leg out despite a little niggle in my mind about flashing a bit too much. I did add a few stitches to it before a night out - a split that high plus alcohol probably wasn't going to go too well for me!
Sunday, 1 June 2014
|links to all clothes can be found on the My Makes page at the top|
Saturday, 31 May 2014
Maxi skirt and last week's WIP. It's a Renfrew I cut out ages ago but never got round to sewing it, no idea why not - I finished it in next to no time last night.
No me mades today
My first Renfrew (unblogged) and Flora skirt
I wore my Flora dress for a trip to Nottingham with Stuart
Georgia dress and rtw cardigan. Until now I had thought of this dress as more of an evening dress rather than everyday wear but after getting behind on all the washing this was pretty much my only option. It's a bit more boobage than I feel comfortable revealing on just a normal day, but the cardigan helped make me feel not quite so exposed so it will be going into a more regular rotation from now on. Stuart moans when I haven't done the washing for a while but I think this proves that it isn't necessarily a bad thing!
Striped Cambie again
Renfrew tunic and GBSB leggings
No WIP this week as my machine needs a service. And that's that for me made may this year, its not been as difficult as I thought it would be. Round up post coming up.
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Star print wrap dress, no photo
Got to wear my Flora sans cardigan for the first time, got some interesting tanlines from the straps.
I wore my new, unblogged Flora skirt with a rtw top. I am now a complete full skirt convert - I have plans for loads of them
No photo, but I wore my Mission maxi again
Another outing for the Spotty cambie, no photo
Wore my apple print wrap dress for a day on the sofa with a poorly Faith
Striped cambie again
Can you tell I'm getting bored of the round ups?! Like last year, I'm finding the documentation much more difficult than the actual challenge.
Friday, 16 May 2014
I've been terrible with photos this week, not helped by the fact that I misplaced my memory card and reader.
No me made today. I woke up feeling rubbish and had to do some cleaning for a viewing and seen as I don't have any slob out me mades, I threw on some rtw. It did spur me on to make some leggings for the next time I feel like that though, so its ok.
Friday's theme was blue so I wore my Mission Maxi and a rtw cardigan
I wore my new leggings (from day 8) and a Renfrew tunic (both unblogged and unphotographed)
Renfrew top and Vogue skirt. I didn't get chance to photograph my outfit in the morning and then the heavens opened and I got drenched, so no photo. Again.
Alma blouse and maxi skirt. This is a top I hardly ever wear (propbably because I can't be bothered to iron it) but every time I do wear it I remember how much I love it.
Felt pretty rough so slipped on my striped Cambie again as it is one of my comfiest and planted myself on the sofa for the day
Apple print wrap dress. Ended up having to attach a safety pin to the skirt to stop the wind revealing too much!
I did start to finish a WIP this week but didn't. My Clovers have been in my sorting out pile since I made them (they need some fitting adjustments) but when I started sorting them out I realised that I just don't care enough to do it. I do really like them in theory but I've stopped wearing trousers and have no inclination to finish them when I know I'm not going to wear them. I did take the zip off to use for a new skirt, so it hasn't been a complete waste.
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Last month Hannah at Dainty and Ivory started a craft swap which will have a different theme each month. The first theme was spring and I was given Sarah at Youngonesfive to send something to. As always I was racing to get finished in time for the deadline and I wasn't helped by the fact that the things I had ordered for Sarah's gift didn't show up in time (and still haven't arrived a week later). Fortunately I managed to substitute some fabrics in my stash for it so all was well. After reading her blog and stalking her on twitter, I discovered that she and her family are keen letter writers so I made a little writing set for her and put in a crochet book to help on her way to becoming a crochet queen.
I received a package from the lovely, and very talented, Gayle at Make Thrift Love Life. Have a look at what she sent, I was overwhelmed.
Faith was with me as I opened the parcel and immediately called dibs on the bag. She didn't look too convinced when I told her she could borrow it sometimes. I've managed to keep hold of it so far but I think it's only a matter of time before it finds its way into her bedroom!
Gayle also made me these lovely earrings and kilt pin. I had no idea what to do with the kilt pin but was immediately on google looking them up. It has been on my coat this week and it has had lots of compliments.
I keep meaning to keep a notebook in my bag to jot things down in because I always forget something so this has found a hom in my most used handbag.
The Matryoshka dolls have also reminded me that I have some fabric with them on that I need to use.
Thank you so much Gayle, I love it all!
This month's theme is 'geek' so if you'd like to join in have a look at Hannah's post for the details.
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Part of my pledge for this year's Me Made May was to finish one work in progress (WIP) each week, so here's number one.
This dress was started back in February but got put away when I messed up the hemming. Since then I've got it out a couple of times with the intention of finishing it but I'd already fallen out of love with it so it just got put back.
The pattern is the same as my star print dress and I didn't make any changes to it but the fabric is stretchier so it hangs differently. To be honest, finishing it hasn't made me like it any more (I think it looks like a granny dress) but I'll see how I feel after wearing it today.
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
I've been meaning to make a coat for Faith for a while now but never quite got around to it. I picked up some fabric for her a while ago and with the weather getting nicer (lasted all of a week!) I felt bad that the only options she had were a too warm winter coat or a not warm enough hoody so I dug the fabric out and two nights later had this done:
I found the pattern on one of my increasingly regular trawls of sewing patterns on etsy. The fabric print is busy so I wanted a simple coat with a hood and this 5berries pattern fit the bill perfectly. I made a size 6 so she had a bit of room to layer up and it fits really well. I decided against the cuffs but think I could have done with making the sleeves a bit longer - they sit perfectly at her wrists now but she grows so quickly.
I've made a few coats with ripstop fabric or similar before and they have a tendency to stick to the foot and wrinkle when sewing the seams, with this in mind I dug out the walking foot I bought before Christmas and immediately threw in the bottom of my sewing box because I fell out with quilting. I was going to put it on ebay but I am so glad I didn't get round to it - it was a godsend. There was no wrinkling, no sticking, and no swearing!
I am by no means an expert on this, but I had a bit of a conversation on twitter about waterproofing the seams so this is what I do:
- Use a small, sharp needle
- Set the machine to a longer stitch length
- Hold fabric together with paperclips instead of pins
- Use a walking foot (or teflon feet are meant to be good too - I do actually have one but haven't used it yet)
- I know you can get seam sealant but in the five waterproof coats I have made now I've never used it - it intimidates me a bit (hot irons on nylon? Eek!) and it looks like a bit too much of a faff. I'm not sure whether this is an actual thing or whether it's just in my head, but I always try and do flat felled seams or at least turn the seam to the side and topstitch rather than having seams pressed open just because I think it probably offers a bit more protection.
Finally, Me Made May starts on Thursday and this year I'm upping my game. Last year got me wearing more of my me mades more often and after a big purge at the start of this year the majority of my wardrobe is now me made but I'm still no good at making basics or buying fabric that is going to go with the rest of my things. With this in mind, here is what I am pledging this year:
"I, Sally of Sally bee makes..., sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear only me made clothing (with the exception of underwear) each day for the duration of May 2014 but will allow myself the use of one ready to wear clothing item once per week. I will also finish one WIP each week."
It's going to be tough, but I'm looking forward to it.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Biker jackets are something I've always liked the idea of having but neve really thought would suit me so I've left well alone but when Maris announced that she and Stacy were hosting a sewalong of the Style Arc Ziggi (a pattern I had already seen and admired) I did a bit of umming and ahhing then threw my hat into the ring. I don't feel like I've really challenged myself sewing-wise for a while so I went for it. Unfortunately I then fell out of love eith sewing for a while and procrastinated so much that I went into a bit of panic when I realised I only had a week to finish it! (The deadline was then extended to the end of the month, phew!)
I had only got as far as cutting out the patten pieces, but luckily it was the easter holidays so I took Faith round to my mum's and hid myself away in her conservatory to cut fabric. The fabric is some wool type stuff I bought a couple of years ago for a coat that never happened and some satin, both from my stash (the saintliness of using my stash fabric was cancelled out by a late shopping spree though, oops!).
The jacket was surprisingly easy to sew, with a bit of guidance from the sewalong posts, but it was only after I had sewn the front pieces together that I realised I'd forgotten the zips on the pockets. Never mind, I like it without the zips there, they always rub on my hands anyway.
Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out. I didn't muslin it but it fits pretty well as is, next time I just want to take it in at the side seams a bit to make it less boxy.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
|The obligatory spin|
Sunday, 30 March 2014
I've been in a bit of a sewing and blogging funk recently but I think I'm through the worst of it and can see light at the end of the tunnel, thanks in part to a couple of big boosts I've had the past couple of weeks. Firstly, my first Georgia was Victoria's pick in the Georgia round up post! I was completely gobsmacked, thank you Victoria.
Then the lovely Jane at Pelly Melly nominated me for the Liebster Award! I feel so honoured to get this, alot of the blogs I now follow were found through links from Liebster Award posts, so thank you very much Jane.
So, onto the nitty gritty... If you don't know about the award, this is how it works:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you
3. Nominate 11 other followers with less than 500 followers
4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer
5. Tag your nominees and post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them
Here are Jane's questions:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. How do you get yourself out of a sewing funk?
3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
4. Sewing for other people: love it or loathe it?
5. What is your best feature?
6. If you had an infinite amount of money that would disappear after one day, how would you spend that day?
7. What is your favourite fabric shop?
8. What is your biggest sewing sin?
9. If you could make any sewing process disappear, what would it be?
10. Which other crafts, if any, do you do?
11. Cats or dogs?
And here are my nominees (based on Bloglovin followers):
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Saturday, 22 February 2014
Sunday, 9 February 2014
At the start of January, the lovely people at Homecrafts UK gave me this salvage yarn in the goody bag from the blogger meetup I went to in Nottingham. Since then I have been watching videos on youtube to try and teach myself how to crochet. I did start learning with the yarn but soon realised it would be easier to practice on 'normal' yarn first while I got used to how to do the stitches and what they should look like. To start with I just wanted to learned the stitches I would need for what I wanted to make and then never crochet again, but the more I practiced the more I enjoyed it and the more relaxing it became.
I tried to follow the shopping bag pattern that came with the yarn but it confused me too much to care about working it out, so I decided to make myself a thread bin to sit next to my machine because at the moment I use whatever I have to hand, normally a plastic bag or a bottle. I also decided to make it easy on myself and make 5 squares of crochet that I could stitch together to make a box using the dishcloth tutorial on one of the videos I had been watching. What I didn't think about though is that the 30 chains I made would be considerably bigger than the 30 chains the lady on the video made with her smaller hook and thinner yarn. I ended up with one very long rectangle and made a circle to go on the bottom of it which my Gran then attached for me. It still needs a lining to make it fit for purpose, but at the moment it is holding the wool my Gran gave me to practice with.
There was some yarn left over which I managed to just squeeze a pen pot out of, which I did in the same way and even attached the bottom myself. They may be a bit wonky but I'm very proud of my first attempt. In fact I was so proud, and enjoyed making them so much, that I might have gone a bit mad and bought these:
Should keep me busy for a while!
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Nearly 7 years ago, my mum bought me a sewing machine for my birthday. I had never sewn before (except a dodgy felt koala cushion in home ec) but was fed up of not being able to find clothes that fitted properly, or that were exactly what I wanted. Rather than easing myself in gently with a tote bag or a-line skirt I went straight for a suit - skirt, jacket, trousers and waistcoat! Obviously it wasn't amazing but I was so proud of myself. That's what set me off with my love of sewing, and I don't think I would have loved it so much if I had started off simple - I like a challenge and I like fitted clothing.
I no longer have three of the pieces (nor do I have any photos of them, something I still regret), but I do have (and wear) the skirt. I often wonder why I've never made another one and when I couldn't face sorting out all the fitting issues for the skirt I had originally planned to make for Blue February, I dug out this pattern.
Rather than doing the centre zip insertion that the pattern gives, I used Sunni's lapped zip tutorial from her Craftsy class and was really impressed with the results - I've been hearing about how you should interface where you are putting your zip but had never done it before, will be doing from now on though.
Now I just have to hope Spring hurries up so I can start wearing it. Is anyone else obsessing over summery makes despite the cold, or is it just me?