Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Posy Baby Cardigan in Three Sizes

I'm sorry it has taken me ages to rewrite this pattern to include three sizes. I have made all three and this is the latest one which is the middle size. I just love this colour and the red heart buttons. I did go with a moss stitch collar, button band, button hole band, cuff and welt on this one just to ring the changes from the garter stitch a little. Looking closely at the picture it seems I have missed a ring of moss stitch on one of the cuffs, should you make one, you won't do that. That's what comes of trying to finish in  hurry.

As I have been a bad blogger I have forgotton how to create a link for this pattern in the tutorials and patterns section of the blog. I will work it out but in the meantime here is the link from this blog post. So I shall post this for now and go an play with creating the better link.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Red Ohio Star Quilt

Well this has been a long time coming. I put it up in the loft a couple of years ago meaning to finish it.  It began as an idea for our bedroom which is cream and dark red. I love red and had seen other ohio star quilts and thought this would be it.

I really enjoyed choosing fabrics and went for those I loved, fat quarters and bits and pieces from other projects as well as a large piece from a fabric shop in Berwick Upon Tweed. I used a patchwork web site to design my quilt, the name of which is long forgotten but it really wasn't hard. This site was really about quantities of fabric which I completely ignored. Anyway I needed to make 20 12" blocks with an added inch and a half border of cream to each block.

Once made and having quilted a bed size quilt on my machine before I decided that I would 'quilt as I go' this time so I sewed four blocks together and then made a quilt sandwich with 'quilter's dream' wadding and backing fabric. I made myself a leaf shaped stencil and drew on quilting lines, they were gently curved as a contrast to the straight lines of the blocks. Quilting was minimal as I don't like the stiffness you get from close quilting. The quilting is hard to see in the main picture.  

I machine stitched the top pieces together, trimmed the wadding, hand stitched the wadding and then hand stitched the backing. I actually really enjoyed the hand sewing part of this quilt. I love that we can make quilts really quickly with our sewing machines but for me that detracts from the hand made essence of quilts. The hand made quality that comes with fabric choices, personal touches and hand work, all things that make a quilt unique.

This is just a piece of the backing which is patchy with left over pieces of fabric from the stars. I will post a picture of the back in a later post as the quilt is in the washing machine and I didn't take a photo.
I love this quilt, it makes me happy when I look at it, I'm glad I made it. 

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Housey, Housey

I've had this quilt idea in my head for a while. I really fancied lots of little houses and was desperate to use up some of my stash of fabric bits and pieces.

I used this pattern, a simple little house on an eight inch block, just the job.  I did have to make a couple of adjustments. The door/ window /house section comes out wider than 61/2" and also I didn't do the roof in two sections, I just cut 1 piece 21/2" by 6 1/2".

I'm really happy with the block and have worked out that I need 88 of them to create the quilt. I've made 8. So a long way to go then.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Aubusson Cardigan

I thought the dress I made, see previous post, needed a cardi. I saw this in the Knitter Magazine issue 92.  I did change it so it doesn't look much like the original, but I'm happy with it. The Drops Air and Big Delight yarns were lovely to work with and the Air is beautifully soft.

The sleeves have been changed form the original pattern to full length and the pattern at the cuff end rather than at the top.

It's just waiting for buttons, I always struggle with finding the right buttons.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Double Fen

Fen Dress by Fancy Tiger Crafts

I had to have this pattern as soon as a I saw it, I loved the casual look of it and that it would be lovely in many different fabrics.

The first one sadly is only wearable with a T shirt under it as the neckline is too wide, having said that I have worn it quite a lot, it's comfy and easy to wear and at this time of year a T shirt is no bad thing.

I did follow the pattern to the letter including the dropped hem the back, it was so easy to put together (especially if you read the pattern carefully) I like the pocket detail and the soft gathers at the front and back are good on me. It doesn't look very good on the hanger though. I know I should model them but I'm settled on the sofa watching the rugby. 

This is the second one, both the pattern and this linen cotton blend fabric are from Backstitch. This time I closed up the neck by redrafting the pattern at the neckline. I made the straight hem option as I wasn't really happy with the dropped hem. I'm very happy with this one. The gathers could have been a bit more even and I'm thinking that next time I'll make the skirt a little wider and put some pleats in the front between the pockets.

Love these pockets. Also added three little buttons as an embellishment on the neck. If I remember correctly these came on a dress label from White Stuff. 
I think I'll get lots of wear out of this one, so much so that I'm knitting a cardigan to go with it. It's almost done.

One of the most exciting things about this second Fen dress is that I used my newly purchased Juki overlocker to finish the seams. Yay!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

First Dyeing of the New Year

And first blog post, I really want to get back into the habit of doing this as it's such a great reminder of things I have done and how I did them. Hence the dyeing. These are new dyes for me from Doodlestop. The main reason for using them is that they can be used in the kitchen with utensils from the kitchen, most importantly, my microwave.

My usual method requires a large pot on the stove that is only used for dyeing, a nuisance and time consuming. I had been wanting to use the microwave for ages and with these dyes I could.

The purple is Superwash Merino, nylon and cashmere. The red is the same as the purple but a high twist so the yarn is denser. The blue is Superwash blue faced leicester and donegal neps. All the dye solutions were 1.25ml with 125ml of water. I then added dye in 10ml amounts to water and put the yarn in. The purple was 10ml blue and 20 ml red. I'm not really happy with it but dyeing is all about experimentation.
 I have quite a lot of sock yarn for dyeing so more playing on the horizon.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Dottie Angel Dress

I had been waiting for this pattern for ages. I saw examples of the dress on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make one. Fortunately Tif from Dottie Angel was able to publish her pattern through Simplicity Patterns, it is pattern 1080. The number of pictures on Pinterest of this dress is growing by the day.

I found this lovely check linen on Hitchin Market for only £5 per metre, it creases like mad but feels and hangs beautifully and I think works really well for this dress. The bias trim and the pockets were some lawn I bought at a sewing show earlier in the year. 

From my measurements I went for medium, unfortunately it did come up rather wide across the shoulders so I had to do some jiggery pokery with pleats front and back at the neckline. I was a bit disappointed, not enough not to wear though. It is the comfiest dress I own. I also lowered the tucks by about 2 inches as on other reviews I had read this was the advice for those of us with an ample bosom. I'm glad I did as that adjustment worked well for me. 

All in all a success as I am wearing it and I do love it. I have today made a toile using an old duvet of the dress in a size small with the tucks lowered, but not as far as on this one. I'm glad I have as the small is definitely the best size for me. I have some lovely fabric I bought in Brugges to make another one. 

This dress is part of a homemade wardrobe project. The Twigs and Willows cardigan by Alana Dakos is almost done, back, fronts and sleeves started using Drops Lima ,my go to yarn for cardi's. It's soft, warm durable and comes in a range of lovely colours. Not in this picture is the yarn for a crescent shaped scarf, shawl thing which hopefully will complete the outfit. It's a light grey silvery colour.