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Perfect Pinafore

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.

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Pinafore dress pattern free in issue 3 of Sew Now magazine.

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.

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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.

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Overall I am really pleased with the dress and I love the pockets!

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Catching up

Oh dear, I really am not very good at blogging consistently, but while we are still in January, I thought I would play catch up and blog my makes from December.

I needed something to wear to the company Christmas Party, a quick make with a pattern that I knew would fit.  I had a light bulb moment and decided instead of making a dress I would sew up an evening skirt and  blouse, I could wear the skirt again and again with different tops.

I found a suitable fabric online at Croft Mill, called “Days of Yore” ??, described as a good quality evening dress fabric, matt on one side and shiny like a satin on the other.  My most used skirt pattern Butterick 5466 only requires 80cm of 150cm wide fabric so at £4.50 per metre it was a bargain.  I wish I had made view B,  without the waistband which I usually use as it does fit better and I think I will change it before I wear it again.   The photo was taken after I had worn it all night so it’s a bit wrinkled.

For the blouse I decided on a sleeveless version of the Lottie Pussy bow blouse with some Crepe de Chine left over from a dress I made couple of years ago, it was such a small piece of fabric  I didn’t have enough to make the bias binding for the sleeve edges or the pussy bow, I got over this by using  black satin ready made bias binding and for the bow plain black Crepe de chine, which I think I order from Minerva Crafts.

I also made a couple of Christmas gifts.

A quilted hot water bottle cover and matching boxy bag in a lovely Liberty Tana Lawn for my sister.  Even the bag lining is Liberty! (yay for half price Liberty fabric sale)

. I trying to catch up with my blog reader and now I just need to blog about January!

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#Stitching Santa

This year  I again joined in with the Stitching Santa, organised by the amazing Sheila who blogs at Sewchet

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I found it quite difficult to decide what to send my recipient, but finally settled on two 1960’s vintage patterns, a vintage buckle, Wendy Ward MIY sewing tool, a quilted needlebook and mini stocking tree decoration.

 

 

I really hope it arrived ok  and she liked it.

I was really lucky with the stitching santa I received from Corrrine at  Applebymakes

I have already taped together the Molly top pattern and sewn it up with the jersey fabric included in my parcel.

Thank you Corrine

 

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Just a Jiffy

I am very behind with blogging my makes lately  so first up is my Pinafore dress or Jumper depending on where you live.

Simplicity Jiffy 1252, some of the reviews, and there are not many, for this dress are not very encouraging bemoaning the fit of the dress, but I stuck with it anyway.

I shorted the pattern at the waist and the length, I didn’t use the facing as I fully lined the dress and so managed to squeeze it out of 1 metre of fabric, a half price bargain from John Lewis  a couple of years ago.   The fabric frays a lot so I added some strips of  lightweight interfacing to  the seam allowance to strength the side seams.

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It does have a weird kind of dart  up the front and the neckline is a tad wide, but overall  I like it.

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I was a bit unsure about this dress at first but now its a great addition to my work wardrobe.

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Meet Jack & Charlie

Have you ever sewn with Liberty Rossmore Needlecord?  It is unlike any other needlecord I have used before, so fine, soft and silky, its feels beautiful and is  so lovely to sew with.  I have made a skirt with Isla Rose Liberty Kingly cord before which is lovely but firmer and not so silky.

Liberty describe Jack & Charlie as “a conversational pear print”!

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Probably the most expensive fabric I have ever bought at£21.95 per metre, but with 20% off as a special offer at SewBox  not so bad and as the fabric is 150cm wide and only needing 80cm for  my favorite skirt pattern, I think its well worth it.

So once again out came my most used pattern Butterick 5466 but for the first time ever View B, which is the same but with a narrow waistband instead of facings and no waistband.  A simple skirt with a invisible zip and navy lining.

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Happy sewing!

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Learning to Crochet (at last)

I have long wished I could crochet,  My Mum taught me to knit and sew but she didn’t crochet so I never got to learn.  Then a couple of years ago my Father in law and his wife tried to teach me while they were staying in England, but I am left handed and I  just couldn’t get it.

But I can knit and sew, surely I should be able to master crochet.  So armed with a crochet hook and an odd ball of wool I found a tutorial on YouTube from Bella Coco for left handed beginners to make a granny square.  Well I have no desire to make granny squares (yet), but it showed me how to hold the hook and work the wool round my fingers.

Using Google and Pinterest I have discovered  plenty of free patterns I finally settled on the Pavement Scarf from Fiber Flux  here

So far I have made a couple of these………

I am now making a third scarf, think I’m addicted!!

 

 

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Picnic Basket

No 2 son asked me if I could make some kind of liner for his picnic basket

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He chose this fabric from my stash, which has been languishing there for many years, I think mid 90’s.

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I used fusible fleece sandwiched between two layers of fabric.

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I was unsure what to do with the lid, traditionally it would be a board with straps to hold the plates.  Instead I used very thick cardboard from the base of  fruit box,  sandwiched between the fabric.  An elastic pocket forming storage for plates.

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So that’s more fabric used up that I have been hoarding for years!!