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I am Angela and I really love to sew. I started sewing as a child and by the time I was a teenager I was wearing the very latest fashions to go out in. I wear my Handmade clothes almost exclusively Years have passed and I am passionate about reducing the amount of textiles sent to landfill. So I started this blog in order to have a way in which to pass on my gained knowledge, and my professional knowledge to you, free of charge. Sewing is empowering, you can save money by making items, make money by selling then, and you can pass your knowledge on to others. What is not to love? Interestingly I am a direct descendant of the Flemish weavers who came over to England in the 1300's. I find that fascinating especially as most of my family from as far back as I can trace are somehow involved in the manufacturing of fabric . As a child my Saturday mornings were spent at Dads factory playing amongst razor sharp Card Clothing . My grandmother worked in the cotton mills and one of my aunts made bespoke car seats. I have a degree in tailoring with a special interest in WW2 fashion. I have Parkinson's and support disabled people without question. Do ask if you need help or advice on sewing aids and techniques Angela.

Sunday, 26 December 2021

Winter scarves capes and handwarmers

 I have a lovely little project for you which is so easy to make and you don't need a pattern.


I am going to talk you through making handwarmers and a scarf , which would also make a great gift.


And also a cape which you can either make your own pattern or purchase one ..Both of these simple accessories are suitable for adults and children and only basic sewing skills are needed




Firstly the cape . 


I used a Burda Pattern 
Burda7313 view B 




Alternatively it is easy to make your own pattern.




Take your coat, dress, child's coat etc and lay it flat on some tracing paper. Sleeves at the sides 



Draw around it like this, taking care not to get ink on your garment.






Tidy the new pattern up and make a new copy. You will need a back pattern piece with the centre back on the fold of fabric.
You will need left and right fronts which are the same as the back apart from the front neckline . The  front pattern piece is cut out twice  for left and right  sides.


You need the same amount of lining as the main fabric , suggestions follow further down 


The process is the same however you got your pattern. Stitch fronts to the back along the shoulder and side seam. Do the same with the lining except you need to leave 2-3" open along one edge for turning 

Stitch the main fabric to the lining right sides together all the way round. Press according to the type of fabric you are using .clip into curved edges. Pull the entire garment through the opening , press as required , stitch the opening closed.
You may need or want to top stitch at this point
Add a hook and eye closure. 


Fabric choices are numerous. Ideas are 

Faux fur Faux fur fabric
For a wedding ,Bride or Bridesmaids, a satin would be wonderful Bridal Satin
You could trim it with 


Other ideas include fleece, wool mix. Or for a child you could use the fabric from an old Coat of yours


For linings, satin, lining fabric , fleece etc

Take a look at the fabrics at Minerva.com. this is the link to all the fabrics on sale at the moment 


Scarf and fingerless gloves



To make at least two scarves and fingerless wrist warmers you need just 1/2metre of Fleece backed sweatshirt fabric fleece backed fabric is best because it is warm and being reversible gives you two ways of making them.



The first step is to roughly draw around your hand which will give you the width and thumb position



Decide how long you want the wrist part to be and cut out your fabric , it should look like this 
Cut out with the most stretch going across your fabric on the fold.




Open your fabric out and you will have something like this




Fold your glove in half again with the wrong side facing out.
If you have an overlocker use that, if not use the zigzag on your sewing machine.
Overlock or zigzag the top of the thumbs.
Owerlock the top and bottom, then stitch the seam , leaving the opening for the thumb open

And that is that! Told you it was easy.




A scarf is even easier.
Cut your fabric in a long rectangle to whatever length you want 





Overlock or zigzag all the way round, lifting the needles at the corners and turning the fabric round to start the next side. This will keep your corners neat and will avoid breaking your needle.

And that too is finished.



You could use a faux fur , which would be wonderful, Faux Fur

But it does make a mess and I recommend this only if you are using an overlocker 



I think that these are wonderful and you can make them to coordinate with your coat.



My hands get very cold so I do wear a pair of these fingerless gloves at home and also under normal gloves when I go out



A fabulous. Gift too! 



The fabric I used was left over from a dress I am making, so I will show you that when it is finished

Do make these, the fabric can cost as little of as much as you want, you certainly won't find these anywhere in the shops! 

Angela
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