My Cath Kidston fabric!

I saw this lovely fabric from Cath Kidston and fell in love with it!  To the extent that I’ve gone mad making things to sell on my Etsy shop with it!

I ordered the pale blue smudge spot and also the London toile. So far, the order of blue spot fabric has been diminishing by the day!  I’m literally seeing spots!

The London toile feels a more elegant fabric, as if I should be making a nice skirt out of it and not cutting it up at all!  I’ve only made a practical pinboard so far – it does look striking though!

IMG_1225I started making a set of triangular sewing pattern weights for use in dressmaking.  These pattern weights are really useful when cutting out paper patterns as they hold the pattern still so you can pin and cut.  Plus they look nice too.  I’ve made a few of these over the past couple of years and they are fun to make!

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Then, I started on a large sewing organiser.  I’ve made pocket sewing tidys and have had a few orders for a custom made A4 design.  I sell a popular organiser which is made from a delightful retro sewing notions fabric by Makower.  Unfortunately, its a hard fabric to find as they don’t obviously make it anymore.  The large sewing organiser is A4 size and features a zipped pocket and an inside pouch pocket.  Lots of room to store all your sewing knick-knacks. Plus its so handy you can take it on holiday with you or away babysitting for the night in my case!

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Next, I made a pinboard/memoboard/noticeboard – lots of people call them different things!  I love making these pinboards as you can really be imaginative with contrasting ribbons and trimmings.  For the blue smudge spot board, I opted for a “happily ever after” ribbon that I had stored in my ribbon box.  ( I love going to different places and buying different ribbons – I’ve had some great ones from Spain, in particular)!

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Finally, inspiration came in form of a handy credit card wallet/purse.  These are great to make with fabric scraps and again are fun to do as you can be imaginative with contrasting linings and colourful snap fastenings.  In this case, I opeted for a red spotty lining with a matching red fastener.  I’ve made quite a few of these little (and larger) wallets and they always go down well at craft fairs.

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What next then?  I think I may give this fabric a rest for a while until inspiration strikes again.  I’ve a lovely floral fabric next up!

All these products are available on my shop or will be very soon!


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The Cambie Dress

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I loved the look of this dress. It was inspired from the movie “La La Land” with Emma Stones’s gorgeous yellow dress.  I had never previously followed a Sewaholic pattern and did some research before purchasing.  There were lots of positive reviews and a step by step guide on the Sewaholic website which is a great thing to have if you are a bit unsure during the making up stages. http://sewaholic.net/

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The pattern and instructions were easy to follow.  I did a mock up first as I am fairly large chested and always generally have to alter bodice measurements to suit my frame.  I am usually a size 8-10 so plumped for the size 10 to be on the safe side.

The dress is fully lined and actually the finished result looks more difficult than it really was!  Although I think that next time I may not line the skirt and only line the bodice.  The only alteration I had to make was ironically to take in the bodice slightly to achieve a more fitted effect!  I think next time I might even downsize and opt for a size 8!

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The only problem I have now is deciding on which material and pattern fabric to purchase for my next Cambie dress!

Thank you Sewaholic.  I will definitely be making more of your creations in the near future!
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Sewing on Television/Films

The-Dressmaker-1-web-version-660x1024A couple of weeks ago, me and hubby (bullied into!) went to see the new Kate Winslet film, The Dressmaker.  The film is set in the 1950’s and is based on the book by Rosalie Ham.  Its about a dressmaker returning to her native Australia to right the wrongs done to her in the past. Although I quite liked the film, there wasn’t an awful lot of sewing in it!  However the vintage Singer sewing machine did put in quite an appearance!  Nevertheless, my favourite era for clothes and fashion is the 1950’s and there were indeed some lovely gowns and evening attire to feast upon.

This got me thinking, that I can’t actually remember hardly any films that involved that much sewing!  From memory, there are dress making scenes in Walt Disney’s Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, but from then on I struggle!

imagesREENIZPVCurrently there is one programme on television (ok, so I am cheating, its not film!), that I am a huge fan of – The Great British Sewing Bee.  For the unitiated, this is a sewing competition for amateurs that started in 2013.  Every week the sewers are set challenges and one contestant gets eliminated each episode.  I must admit, I do look forward to the Great British Sewing Bee, every year I get encouraged to make the different garments that are showcased on that weeks programme.  As soon as an episode has ended, I get the urge to look at my fabric stash and through all my ribbons, trims and bits and bobs, that I collect from all the haberdashery shops throughout the country and abroad.

But, where does the term “Sewing Bee” originate from?  The Collins English Dictionary definition is “a small informal social gathering (usually of women) based around the activity of making or mending clothes or other things with a needle and thread.” In todays society, they are more generally referred to as sewing circles or sewing groups.

104db236-835a-4977-88de-1cca413c5fbbAlthough with their origins in America, Sewing bees became popular in the UK at around the time of World War II, with the Queen Mother supporting the “make and mend” movement amongst women to support the troops.  Indeed twice a week at Buckingham Palace, the Queen Mother held a sewing bee in the ballroom of the palace with the rest of the palace staff.  See http://www.britishpathe.com/video/her-majestys-sewing-bee for a short clip!

If anyone can recommend a “sewing film” then please leave a comment.