I have had an extremely productive year this year although I produced much more finished knittingprojects than sewn ones (it’s a huge addiction now, I think about knitting ALL THE TIME!).
Next year no doubt I will knit about a million shawls and socks but I also want to make other planned things. Some of these are already started and been lingering, some for a long time, some of these have been planned (patterns bought even!) for a while, some of them for years.
In the early part of 2016 I took part in a quilt along, making foundation paper pieced blocks from the 1930s farmer’s wife book. It was fn but super time consuming, each blocjk taking at least two hours. After 10 blocks I gave up, but I do want to turn this into something. Maybe a scrappy patchy quilt along the lines of the crochet blankets below?
Talking of scrappy colourful blankets, the Gypsy Wife quilt pattern has been lingering in my stash for about 4 years. I LOVE the look of it but have never got further than reading the first few pages of the description. I really would like 2017 to be the year I make this! Maybe a quilt along with friends? Who’s in? I know Sam has this pattern and not made it yet. Fancy making it together in a quilting bee? Cake and tea?
I have been crocheting a blanket made from all different squares since about 2014. Since before I had a boyfriend basically ;-). I have a trunk full of patches but nowhere near enough yet for a blanket. I feel inspired by the pictures of these to make it scrappy and patchy AND finish it this year.
I want to crochet and knit some more kids ponchos. These are about 12 year old now! And I want to write the pattern down as these were just made up as I went along…
I started knitting this as a jumper after coming back from Arisaig n the west coast of Scotland in summer 2015, then decided to turn it into a poncho. It’s knitted with 2 ply alpaca yarn and skinny needles so progress is s l o w but this year I WILL finish it. Below are some lovely fair isle inspirational photos. Maybe I will even knit another fair isle cardigan too!
This year I WILL knit myself some fun and lovely fair isle socks!
I want to make at least one more pair of Ginger jeans, as they are just such a good fit. Some more bras too as I haven’t finished ANY this year and I have enough fabric and elastic to make about 20!
I am very close to finishing the Sue Pinner Carousel blanket, just a few more pentagons and the final rows. January. Promise.
I’m getting married in September and of course it’s going to be a handmade affair! I am making the dress, have started making a test of this 50s simplicity dress to see if it works. I also want to make a fabric/ yarn bouquet, all the bunting and poms poms and other decorations. Watch this space. I will try finalise everything in the summer holidays.
Having bought this funky shiffon cat fabric for next to nothing on the market I want to make a summery tunic dress with it.
I have long wanted to make a spider’s web quilt and seeing the pattern for the quilt turn up on Instagram reminded me. I have tons of scraps I can use I haven’t made a quilt since spring of this year so this will be timely.
I have had the Swoon pattern for a few years now. 2017 will hopefully be the year I will make one!
This coming year I also want to make a modern wedding ring quilt. I especially love the scrappy and fun grey one on the left.
A few months ago I learnt to macrame. Plant pot holders don’t really do it for me but I have seen some great wall hangings I would like to try my hand at.
Another quilt block I would love to try is the pineapple block. I do think it would test my patience severly to make a whole quilt out of it as it’s rather time consuming but maybe I will make a mini quilt?
I really would love to crochet a rainbow unicorn! Whether I ever will is debatable but you never know…
Last but not least next year there will be another e17 art trail. The theme this time will be STEAM, how the arts and sciences interact. I have all kinds of plans for mathmatical crochet and quilting. This will no doubt occupy a lot of my thinking and time in the months, no really, realistically the weeks leading up to the Art Trail. Am excited already!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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I’ve been so busy and sometimes even just so busy in my mind and unable to get on with real life stuff that I’ve not done any sewing for me for ages. I’ve done the odd quilt block for the Farmers Wife quilt along but even with that I’m way behind.
I’ve put my life and peace of mind back together, everything is looking up again and consequently I’m less “fake” busy and more able to concentrate. And today whilst running a Jeans workshop I cut out two patterns! One for a simple pair of woven fabric knickers, the pattern, fabric and elastics for which came free with a a magazine. Knickers. They take about 30 minutes to make and once you find a fit, there’s a whole world of possibilities out there. Woven fabrics are totally usable as long as you get decent elastics and cut the pattern correctly (laying it out on the bias correctly). I’ve mostly stitched a pair and even though the fit isn’t great (the elastic seems way too baggy) I’m super excited about this new trick in my sewing box. I do love a quick pattern. Next up knickers from old t-shirts. Watch this space:
Here’s some links to blogs about sewing underwear. One day when I’m a bit more together (and not about to watch a film with junior) I’ll also link to all the amazing bra making blogs out there!
The next thing I cut out was a pair of jeans. Another pair of Ginger jeans. I don’t have enough of this denim to make a full length pair which inspired me to make some shorter wider jeans, like culottes maybe. I literally just cut the pattern a bit wider without measuring or working it out. We shall see if it works. It’s tough, sturdy denim without any stretch so very different from the last two Ginger jeans. I’ll keep you posted.
By the way Closet Case Patterns have released a Sewing Jeans e-book which tells your ALL you need to know about choosing denim, threads, needles and how to cut and construct your jeans. I strongly recommend it! Here’s the link: Jeans sewing e-book
I’m running more jeans classes and would be delighted to run knicker making classes, just let me know if you’re interested! [email protected] to let me know 😻
Bookings and schedule here
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Along with making bras making jeans has been on my to sew list since last autumn. I bought two patterns and enrolled on a Craftsy class and bought denim and then ran out of making time.
I finally made a pair of jeans a few months ago by butchering the pattern that was written by Angela Wolf who ran the Craftsy class. Her pattern was for a low rise bootcut whereas I wanted a higher rise skinny pair so I took in the legs and added height to the rise. It worked pretty well and fit but the denim I had used was horrible and the zip broke when I tried it on so I left them to languish in the must-sort-one-day pile. I wasn’t entirely happy with the fit, the pockets at the front pulled open where my belly was pushing the fabric out and despite anchoring the corners to the denim I wanted a better fitting pattern.
I had heard many good things of the Ginger jeans from Closet Case Files (closetcasefile) and last week I set about taping the pattern together and making a pair of jeans. The denim was a nice sturdy dark blue and I used a gorgeous yellow top stitching thread. I read the sew along as well as the instructions and found a very clever way to fix the pulling problem I had found before in the sew along. The inner pocket and facing are extended to make an internal panel to provide support for the front of the jeans and keep unruly bellies in check. Ingenious!
I used my new to me Pfaff 1475 which coped admirably all the way apart from when it suddenly lost its timing on the very last row of stitching. Top stitching is quite heavy on machines, it’s hard to keep the thread from knotting badly underneath and hard to keep an even tension. My machine, being electronic, when faced with a large knot which stopped the needle carried the motion of the bobbin on and hey presto the timing was kaput. It was too delicate a thing to fix myself so off to the shop she went. Luckily I still have an ancient Bernina 700 and used her to finish the jeans off and make another pair straightway!
So. The fit is perfect, second time around it only took me about 4 hours and I’m a happy bunny indeed! Even really splashing out on denim and needles and thread you can make yourself a pair for about £35 and being able to doctor the fit exactly is priceless.
So fitting wise I did what I always have to do. I have no discernible waist so had to start with a waist size 15, grading down to a size 12/11 on the legs. As long as you make the line connecting the sizes nice and smooth you can easily go between sizes. I also made the crotch curve at the front and bit deeper and this took out a lot of the extra fabric I had previously had when doing the first fit.
Once I make my own knickers and knit socks a bit faster I can be totally self sufficient! So cool.
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This week is Selfish Sewing Week. Where we mostly spend a lot of time sewing for others, this week you are encouraged to sew just for yourself! Check out the post on Imaginegnats’ website: http://imaginegnats.com/selfish-sewing-week-fall-2014-giveaway/
My plan for this week is to make blinds and curtains and cushions for the new studio, and make a new tunic top from McCall’s M5050:
I also want to sew up the dress I have already cut up. Pattern is See & Sew B5870, a knit dress (my first!)
And I may just add some more to that list as the week goes on!
You can win prices, check it out. Here’s your chance to enter to win one of the 40 (yes, forty!) indie sewing patterns also donated by these fabulous designers… PLUS one additional winner will get a $25 credit to IndieSew. that’s 41 winners in total!!
Have a look at the fantastic designers and bloggers taking part:
Call Ajaire · The Crafty Kitty · Max California · the quirky peach
Sewbon · Swoodson Says · sewVery · a happy stitch
sew a straight line · Sew Caroline · Our Chez Nous · Casa Crafty
verypurpleperson · Flamingo Toes · Sewing Rabbit · justmejay
groovy baby and mama · you & mie · oona balloona
sew Amy sew · Idle Fancy · miss matatabi · Dandelion Drift
Modern Handcraft · Buzzmills · u&mii · B.Yazoo
A Quilter’s Table · lbg studio · Diary of a Chainstitcher
Compagnie M. · Sew Chibi · la inglesita · Modern Handmade
Sing All You Want · Cookin’ and Craftin’ · Behind the Hedgerow
Milkybeer Handmade · The Charming Needle
many of them will be sewing up patterns donated by these amazing indie pattern designers,
indie pattern designers:
April Rhodes · Blank Slate Patterns · Bluegingerdoll
By Hand London · CaliFaye Collection · Chris W Designs
Christine Haynes · Closet Case Patterns · Clover & Violet
Deer and Doe · Delia Creates · Emmaline Bags
Go To Patterns · grainline studio · GreenStyleCreations
Hey June Handmade · imagine gnats · In-House Patterns
Kate & Rose · Kitschy Coo · Megan Nielsen Patterns
Mouse House Creations · Named Clothing · Noodlehead
Papercut Patterns · Pauline Alice · SBCC Patterns · schnittchen
Scientific Seamstress · see kate sew · Sew Caroline · Sew House Seven
Sew Sweetness · Sewaholic · Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H
Straight Stitch Designs · SUCH Designs · True Bias
Victory Patterns · Violette Field Threads
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I have finally pulled some patterns from my stash that really NEED to be made. Some I’ve had for over a year! I went on some crazy pattern buying sprees last year, some in paper format but many many more in downloadable form, which is kinda worse as I don’t even have them sitting there starting at me, reminding me! I will do a post about my downloaded patterns soon too.
I really want to make this jacket. I’ve actually been waiting to find the perfect fabric (and haven’t yet). Thinking cord, maybe moss green…
I am also looking for fabric for this. I feel this may be made over and over, having two tall teenage sons who both love shirts!
And I still want to make this. I don’t think it will look great on me, with my boobs and stuff, but I love the style
And finally I have been ordered to make many pairs of shorts for the 6 year old. He has shot up so much that all of last year’s shorts now look like hot pants on him, not a good look!
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