Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Serious sewing (by my standards)

I'm still keeping away from knitting and even hand sewing now (sob, sob) but I had a crafting challenge which I really had to conquer - sewing a dress for Pinky to wear to a wedding - yikes!  Pinky doesn't like fussy, frilly, 'girly' stuff so we settled on the pattern below but without the pockets and just in one fabric and definitely no lace on the lower hem.

I put my hours of watching the Great British Sewing Bee to use and tried to remember all the errors the contestants had made and then avoid them myself.

So, I read the whole pattern and (mostly) followed the instructions:

I ironed the pattern.
I used paper scissors for paper.

I cut the patterns out approximately before cutting them exactly.

Pinning (and re-pinning and re-re-pinning).

I probably spent more time reading the machine instructions than the pattern instructions,

and seeking help from this book.

I was thrilled to discover my machine could overlock and hem at the same time (kind of) which saved a lot of time

I knew I was taking it seriously when I took the trouble of marking fabric line edges with masking tape and labelling the tapes.

Really, I am a guerilla crafter when it comes to using the sewing machine, so this was a big step out of my comfort zone.  I managed it though:


I learnt some new things from the pattern instructions and book - stay stitching for example, and I learnt more from the mistakes I made - the best type of learning I think.

In other crafting here, Pinky has continued baking once a week - not everything got photographed, but here's a blackcurrant swirl cake she made from Cake Angels by Julia Thomas.  We have each had a week to choose what she makes and this was my choice -I love the sweet and sour flavours of blackcurrant jam :-)




Monday, 29 August 2016

Paper craft and mending

Oops - I just found this post, all ready with its pictures, but no text.  I thought I had posted it a month ago, but clearly not, so here's what happened in July ...

I read this book (it's more pictures than writing to be honest) which was recommended on a blog somewhere (please let me know if it's your blog and I will link back to you).  I borrowed it from the library and am glad I didn't purchase it.  It was a nice book - lovely soft cover and good pictures inside, but it really isn't my style whatsoever.  It is very upcycle/recycle/repair/make do and I am totally with that, but many of the finished articles were not as neat as I would have aimed for.  Each to their own though, and I am very supportive of ecologically low-impacting slow stitching.

I finished making a wedding gift for my nephew and his wife.  I've made several of these before so it wasn't too tricky.

I did some paper craft (still dare not try anything knitty) and made a plain voucher into something more substantial:

I made this wedding card (to go with the wedding gift) - the couple live in Liskeard, Cornwall, and I used a map which we inherited from the groom's grandfather so that it returned to someone who loved him:

You can see how old the map must be ...

from the price on the back.

I used another part of the map to make a birthday card for a friend who lives in Plymouth, Devon:

Pinky is baking once a week over the holidays - here are her delicious chocolate brownies:

And here are end-of-term thank you cakes for various people decorated by Pinky and Perky:

I ended up in a Christmas-esque wrapping paper up-to-my-elbows evening just before the end of term as dh had several colleagues to say goodbye to and even more to thank:

I risked my hands a bit and repaired some Brownie trousers ready to pass on to a friend's daughter:

and repaired an old tablecloth of my Granny's - I used some of the advice from the Slow Stitch book, but with my own twist: