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Thursday, 26 November 2020

BUTTON LEG TROUSERS

 This is a post which you will find on Minerva.com website

These trousers are amazing - I have in fact made a second  pair since. The design feature on .the legs makes them special and the fabric  is oh so comfortable.




Here is the link 

My gorgeous Trousers

Please do read my post, links to the pattern and fabric are all on the post 



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Monday, 23 November 2020

Handmade Totes, Bags, laundry bucket and much more. Perfecf for giving or keeping


My Handmade Gifts 


I like to give handmade gifts and I have some to share with you.


This is a set of gifts for a friend. Some of which can be found on my previous blog post -  just click on this link  Lovely Warm Christmas Gifts 

My Bathroom 

I have been decorating my bathroom and want to share the decor ideas and also show you how to sew a laundry bucket. The laundry tub pattern is from this book, you can purchase it from Amazon by clicking this link. There are lots of fabulous things to make in this book and I recommend it either for yourself or as a gift  

That Handmade Touch


There are such a lot of makes in this book , it is one I use a lot and in fact two of the items, my laundry bucket and a pouch to hold make up,  sewing supplies etc is shown below 



The instructions are clear and simple to follow with templates where needed.

I used some furnishing fabric in a nautical design and lined it with calico. I used a stiff interfacing for the base, removing the seam allowance before ironing it in place


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Saturday, 21 November 2020

Lovely Warm gifts for you to sew.

 Handwarmer,  body warmer and a relaxing eyemask for you to sew. Plus a very easy neck scarf. Perfect for giving. 

A lot of us suffer in the  cold with aches and pains sometimes from arthritis. These simple garments are designed to help keep you snug and warm. Even if you don't , these delightful pieces make perfect thoughtful gifts


The pattern is Kwik Sew 4318.

I have used pure 100% cotton from my stash.

I made the Bias Binding myself which is incredibly easy to do. I made a video to show you how to make it. Please don't buy it ready made, your own is far superior




                     My YouTube  video on how to make Bias Binding 



The pattern states that you should, use a cotton or linen interfacing and add rice so that the items can be heated in the microwave.


As an alternative I am using neither of these,  instead I am using a pure  cotton batting which is extremely warm and also has antibacterial properties. This is widely available  from most haberdashery and fabric stores.

 
If you do want to warm them before use simply run an iron over the  inside or leave near a radiator  for a while, but the heat from your own body soon warms them up.  Because of the properties of the wadding there is no need to continuously wash them. If they do need a wash do it gently by hand without squeezing or wringing the item. Dont use fabric conditioner. 



This garment keeps your neck, shoulders and upper back warm.
I added a toggle and a piece of elastic so that it can be fastened.


Monday, 9 November 2020

A Classic Skirt in Derbyshire Tartan


My very special Derbyshire Tartan Skirt



I would like to show you how to work with difficult fabrics. In this case a Tweed which needs careful pattern matching.The thickness of the fabric also requires a lovely finish to the waistband - a faced waistband, which is a couture technique. The waistband also has an  abutted closure at the back. All this makes for a beautiful elegant skirt.
To make a skirt with handsewn zipper and waistband , not to mention pattern matching, is a garment requiring patience and time. A project to be savoured and enjoyed.
 



If you have just a bit of sewing experience, this is definitely within your grasp and will help you to grow as a sewer.
Please remember that nothing and nobody is 100% perfect so if your garment makes you happy then that is all that matters, even if something is not quite right. The point is you made it yourself and that is certainly worth celebrating.
My skirt was made with a length of stunning Derbyshire Tartan. This Tartan comes in different weights and for this project I am using the Harris Tweed on the left of the photograph below







This Tartan was created by my lovely friend Fiona and  her husband, and is registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans. They moved from their successful business and  home on the Isle of Harris to Derbyshire and were inspired by the colours in the Derbyshire countryside and it's heritage to design this beautiful fabric.

To find out more about what the colours represent and to order goods or fabric then please visit their website Derbyshire Tartan  I really admire how they had the courage and inspiration to look around their new home and to express it's very identity in fabric.
I therefore feel honoured to be given the opportunity of working with this Tartan and decided it deserved some of my very best work.

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Saturday, 7 November 2020

Easy to sew Lounge wear

 More loungewear to sew, easy for beginners 


I have shown you how to sew loungewear before but I don't know about you but I need some more.

This is a post for beginners and those not used to sewing stretch fabrics. Use the search tool in the sidebar to find mote posts for "sewing Newbies "

I have a disability as you know, I have Parkinsons, so please never give up on doing what you love, its just a question of finding different ways to do things. 


I have been raiding my stash and finding any fabric with stretch, from Ponte Roma to a wool melange knit and this is my result.

 


I have had a strange sort of year,  I don't know about you but I expect many of us have struggled.
I think that it is mood boosting to have smart but comfortable clothes to wear indoors , preferably something stretchy to encourage  a little exercise - yes  I am exercising indoors. ( smug face )

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

A Butterick dress in Rose patterned floral crepe

 A Minerva.com  post 



The background is black and the print is full blown Rose's. This woven fabric hangs and drapes very well and it has a 1940's feel to it.






This fabric is so beautiful, it is a linen look crepe by Lady  McElroy 

The link to the post and all the information  you need to make your own is 


Angela
Sewangelicthreads 


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