Head full of fog

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Head full of fog

Last week a simple cold turned into man flu which resulted in a feeling much akin to having ones head in a vice for several days.

This meant no bending down, so no tracing off patterns and cutting out and no having the concentration nor patience for fiddling with the thread tensions on my machine trying to sew up my new Mrytle Dress with particularly fine polyester/crepe material.

Times like these call for simple crochet.

I’ve needed a couple more pin cushions for a while now. One for every room of the house (almost).

Just two circles of double crochet joined together and stuffed.

Crochet pin cushions

They certainly looked cheerier than I felt. Read the rest of this entry

Sew Magazine and a Blogaversary

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Sew Magazine and a Blogaversary

We’ve had a weekend away. Freya and I shared a friend’s cabin at Center Parcs. It’s something we both love doing but we leave Mr Jones at home; he is rather disparaging about the place!

We had a great time on the Segways and even had some Stand Up Paddleboarding tuition but I seem to have spent the rest of the time submerged in water and have come home with a stinking cold!

So I’ve nothing to update. I can see by the multitude of posts I have to catch up with, you have all been really busy.

I just have this to report. The wedding purses I made for myself and Freya, for my wedding last year, made it into Sew Magazine as part of their wedding day makes article.  

I can hardly believe that this time last year I was up to my neck in wedding preparations. Read the rest of this entry

The start of a new dress

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The start of a new dress

I’ve started a new dress. This will be just my second dress, after my lovely grey number.
Burda syle Cowl Dress 102012
This new one is more fitted. It is this Burda Style empire line dress, view B.

Burda ladies easy sewing pattern 7557 empire line dress

Burda ladies easy sewing pattern 7557 empire line dress

I didn’t realize that this was a pattern for the ‘petite’. Read the rest of this entry

Crochet in the garden

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Crochet in the garden

It’s that time of year again when, hopefully, available weekends start to correspond with some fine weather and I get to sit out in the garden and crochet.

Sunshine, crochet, a little soreness from some much needed gardening and a G & T (pain relief).

My crochet circles within squares are on a roll.

Crochet Circle square blanket
I love to see them all stacked up …….. and fallen over. Read the rest of this entry

‘See me coming’ orange blouse

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‘See me coming’ orange blouse

Did you have some great weather over the Easter weekend? Well here in the UK anyway, as we pull ourselves out of the grey. Doesn’t it lift the spirits to have to take off a layer or two and put on a bright print top?

Friday was wet and cloudy, however, giving me plenty of opportunity to run up this ‘see me coming’ orange blouse.

Since making clothes for myself I feel I have been far more adventurous in my choice of fabric than I ever was in buying ready to wear. Why is that, do you think? Read the rest of this entry

Summer Skirt

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Summer Skirt

I know it’s only a skirt but I’ve not made a skirt before. This one has pockets AND a lapped zip!

Used this Newlook 6106 pattern and went for the simplest view A.

Newlook 6106

Newlook 6106

Cutting on size 16 I made up a toile as I wanted to practice my pockets. It turns out they are the simplest thing. Read the rest of this entry

Abakhan Haul

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Abakhan Haul

I went with 3 projects in mind. I ended up with enough fabric for a dozen.

My rate of dressmaking is about one item every two to three weeks so that means I really shouldn’t buy any more material for 6 months. How likely is that, do you think?
The trouble with going to Abakhan in Mostyn, North Wales is that the choice is so huge and the prices, especially within the remnant section, so darn cheap!
It is a good thing it is two hours away. However, it is just a small detour off my route to visit my parents in North Wales, so Freya and I had arranged to meet my mum there. There was some sort of mad sale going on in one of the converted sheds but we never made it in there; the queues were far too long. I found some bargains amongst the remnant baskets none the less.

Here is my haul. Being hauled out of the remnant section, I can only guess at the fabric types but here goes.

This fabulously bright light weight poly dress fabric was crying out to be a halter neck type top to be worn with my white jeans.

Spotty Viscose

This is a heavier weight stretchy viscose. I have plans for a cross over stretchy top with sleeves. Read the rest of this entry

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