I did quite a lot of sewing in the summer but didn’t do any blogging about it, my sewing tailed off in the autumn and then a crazy period of Christmas present sewing resulted in 4 cosmetic/pen cases, glasses case, 2 hot water bottle covers and a Kimono style dressing gown in Liberty cotton lawn. None of which I took any photos of!!
Another reason the sewing took a backseat was I got my knitting mojo back (its been lost for a very long time) I knitted a chunky sweater, 2 bobble hats and then I discovered knitting socks ! I have made 5 pairs so far!
Knitted using circular needles, great for TV knitting. After knitting with super chunky on large needles, knitting with tiny circular needles felt a bit like knitting with cocktail sticks.
If you want to try sock knitting, I recommend watching Tina of Simply Stitches on YouTube she uses the Unapologetic Knitter Vanilla Sock pattern which is a free download and converts it very easily to knitting on a circular needle.
But what to do with the left-over yarn?
My Liberty hexagon quilt has been getting some love recently, I got it out after Christmas, as a sofa sewing project.
I currently have on the sewing table a pinafore dress in grey corduroy. The pattern is Simplicity 1252 which I have made before
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I am waiting for a zip to arrive in the post but meantime I can’t decide whether to add pockets or not.
I just couldn’t decide if i was too old to wear a dungaree style pinafore dress, but in the end I just had to have a go, but I didn’t want to spend any money on an expensive pattern, so after some googling around the internet I discovered that Sew Now had a pattern from a past issue that could be download as PDF pattern.
Of course the downside of this is that I didn’t have the magazine, so no instructions.
The fabric is a very nice pincord from John Lewis, but it attracts every bit of fluff, dust and white cat hair that’s in the house.
It turned out a bit on the large size and I had to take in the side seams. If I make it again I would alter the pattern to make bib smaller as I am quite short waisted and so it’s a bit long and tends to be a bit baggy when I am sat at my desk.
Overall I am really pleased with the dress and I love the pockets!
Its 6.35 and my husband has just left for a 12 hour shift, I don’t work weekends so I have the whole day to myself! He kindly woke me up with a cup of tea, so now I am wide awake and planing my day, apart from visiting and shopping for my parents both in their 90’s I plan to get some sewing done. I have not blogged for a while, busy working and holidaying in Scotland for 2 weeks, but always sewing. While on holiday I got some more work done on my EPP Liberty scrap quilt.
Before we went I made a couple of T -shirts from the Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee pattern with different results, it’s a free PDF from Maria Denmark I manged to squeeze the pieces on to what was left from Simplicity 2369 by cutting it a little shorter than the pattern requires, as I am only 5’2″ I didn’t think it would be a problem.
I cut a medium on the neck and shoulders grading out to XL for the side seams. As with all Maria Denmark patterns the seam allowance has to be added to the pattern, but the instructions advise a 1 cm seam allowance, 2 cm on the sleeves and no seam allowance on the neckline, but of course I read these instructions after I had finished sewing it up!!
For the second one in a lovely soft jersey from Fabworks Online, I followed the instructions and the neck is a bit wider , I think I prefer the first version, has I have narrow shoulders it fits better.
Twin needle didn’t work so well this time and I resorted to a zig zag stitch around the neckline.
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Oh and I also made the Dee and Doe Plantain T-shirt, another free pattern download, how I love a free pattern!!
I really like this one has it flares out over the hips, which is great for me and with the option of 3/4 and long sleeves this will be great for the cooler weather or in the UK anytime! Again fabric from Fabworks Online.
I will leave you with a picture of my hanging baskets just because they were on the camera and they are very pretty!!