Cosy Winter – the Ivy pinafore

I've been enjoying a bit of dressmaking this month and am finally cutting into some fabrics I bought in one go for numerous projects.  One piece of fabric was some navy polka dot cotton bought especially for the ivy pinafore pattern by Jennifer Lauren. One worry I had at the very beginning was that I didn't have enough fabric.  The pattern for view 1 advises to purchase 150cm wide fabric, and my own fabric was 115cm after pre-washing.  However, my fabric did not have a one way nap or design, so i was able to re-jig the cutting layout plan,…

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Reversible loop scarf

One of my goals is to use up my stash for smaller items and gifts before purchase more fabric.  For a friend's Christmas gift, I followed this aim and found some fabrics to use. Following a guide from Love Sewing Magazine (issue 01), I cut 4 rectangles of cotton fabric, two in each fabric choice, and then stitched them together to create a loop scarf. One issue with using the stash is finding two fabrics which work well together.  Although the purpose of the scarf is to have the option of two different looks, I didn't want the fabric choices…

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Review of 2016 highlights and lessons

It's nice to pause and reflect back over the year before looking forward to the new year, so here are my highlights and lessons from 2016: Highlights Ceramic buttons! I don't have any plans to continue ceramics at the moment, but a highlight for me has been making ceramic buttons!  So far, I have only used one (which may be part of the reason I have decided to leave ceramics for the moment from my stream of hobbies) but I have plans in the new year to use more of them. Free machine embroidery Free machine embroidery has increased the…

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Christmas makes 2016

Just a quick post to reflect on some of the makes I have made this year for Christmas!  There are a few which have been good or challenging which I wanted to share. The upcycled t shirt cushions My dad suggested that his old Hard Rock cafe tshirts should be transformed into cushions about two years ago but I wasn't convinced and didn't do it until this month.  They have come out much better than I expected!  I was worried that they were too faded, but I simply cut out the designs and appliqued them onto calico and created envelope cushions!…

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