Friday, 25 May 2018

Few more blocks

Little by little, I will get there! But I must admit I have been more drawn towards clothes making against this month. Anyway I did squeeze another 3 Farmer's Wife 1930 blocks, only 3 but 3 more... and with just under a week until the end of May, who knows, I might reach 10 blocks this month!

For now, meet #22 Cat

#25 Crystal

and #40 Grandmother, which was a bit fiddly with the Y-seams

That gives me 9 blocks this month.

Celine

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Nellie blouse

Another successful week-end when I have managed to make a new garment from start to finish. This time I had set my eyes on the Nellie Blouse by Republique du Chiffon after seeing so many great ones online. I had never tried a Republique du Chiffon pattern before, nor had I made a "blouse" really. With the ruffle, this one has no collar to build and it is sleeveless so that another simplification.

I had a lovely Crepe de Chine in my stash that I had bought 2 meters of last year very cheaply so I decided to use it up to try this new-to-me pattern. I cut the pieces on Friday night and managed to complete the blouse between Saturday and Sunday. I even found some buttons in my box that could work for the blouse! Et voila, a new blouse ready to be worn on Monday morning! How good is that?

Plus there is the added feel good factor of using some of my ever-increasing stash. I listened to the Love to Sew podcast episode about Stash size/management recently and Helen and Caroline were mentioning how many pieces of fabric they had in their stash vs how many garments they make in a year and therefore how many months/years of stash they had already. That made me realised that in my case the numbers are from pretty, even though I have only started sewing clothes a year ago or so.... So I need to really think more carefully about what I buy and how I am going to use it... or not. That also made me start to catalog my stash in Trello (there is a great how to tutorial on Camille's blog) and although I haven't yet recorded everything, it has been quite a sobering process so far. And of course I'll need to do the same for my sewing patterns. I won't even try with my quilting fabric stash... I might break the Trello software ;-)
What about the pattern? My measurements came in between 2 sizes so I wondered whether to grade or not. In the end, I only graded the side seams, not the shoulder ones since the difference was very little. Because the blouse is floaty and not fitted, it worked fine with this little adjustment.
One thing I didn't really like is that the seam allowance is not included in the pattern pieces so you need to add it when you cut your fabric. Frankly, I much prefer when it is already included but anyway, I managed it. I guess one of the advantage of not having it included is that you can the seam allowance whichever size you want so if you have a fabric that frays a lot (like mine) and want to make it bigger or if you want to finish your seams with French seams, that's easier.
The instructions were quite easy to follow, even though there were 2 occasions where I only understood what was meant after I had done it! And there is no notches (at least none that I saw) on the pattern pieces so I was a little anxious that it would be difficult to construct it properly but in the end it came together quite easily. The buttonholes are not marked either so again that allows flexibility but can be more daunting if you are not sure!
It is my first made and actually my first garment with ruffles like this one, and I really like. So altogether, a productive week-end with a happy finish ready for summer. Now if it could be warm enough to wear my lovely top!

This is one more OPAM and I am adding it to my Q2 FAL list where I wrongly listed the Orsola dress twice (I'll blame it on the jetlag on the return from China for this one!), hopefully the committee will be kind to me :-).

Linking to Let's Bee Social and Whoop Whoop Friday.
Celine



Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Patchwork blocks

I can't believe it is over a month since I had sewn any patchwork blocks. There is some serious competition for my free time between dressmaking and patchwork! Anyway, after finishing my orsola dress, I picked up my Farmer's Wife 1930 blocks in an attempt to keep it going somehow. We had a glorious week-end with lots of sunshine and an extra day as Monday was bank holiday plus we had some company as my Mum came over. I sneaked a Iittle sewing time here and there and managed to make 6 blocks over the week-end, which I am really happy about, even if they are not all perfect (3/4' squares and HST are fiddly!)

17 Bride

18 Carol

19 Carolina

29 Doris

30 Em

31 Eva

No particular reason for making those blocks other than I had the paper piecing patterns already printed out.

6 blocks so far this month, let's hope I can keep the momentum going and carry on!
Linking to Let's Bee Social
Celine

Sunday, 6 May 2018

A new dress for the sunshine

I didn't finish my Orsola Dress in April as I hoped but she is finally finished now and I have been able to wear it today!
I love it, it is a nice pattern. I love the front hem which is so unusual and the wrap in the back is beautiful. I was coming in between 2 sizes so I made the bigger one but I should really have graded between the sizes for a tighter fit.
Maybe next time, but for now, I'll enjoy my new dress and the sunshine!
I used a gorgeous hot pink cotton/linen fabric that I bought last year and lined it with a floral lawn fabric, all from my stash.

This is my entry for #sewtogetherforsummer and incredibly, I have finished so long before the deadline!

Another one of my Q2 FAL list and also my One Monthly Goal as well as my first OPAM for May.

Celine

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

A new bag

After the success of the Blanche Bag with my youngest daughter last month, I knew I had to make the one for her older sister as promptly as possible. The plan had been to make both in parallel but that didn't quite work out. Anyway, I started cutting it on our return from holidays and I must admit, this is quite a time consuming part as there are so many pieces to cut once you add the main fabric, the lining, the interfacing and the stabiliser! And of course I got really side-tracked with my dressmaking projects.

But I had put this project as my April One Monthly Project so with the end of the month looming, it was time to get focused again, nothing better than a deadline (even a self-imposed one) to get back on track. So I finally started sewing on Saturday night and only went as far as getting the zip for the internal pocket on the lining piece and putting the main body pieces together.... not very far really!
 I had (as usual!) great ambitions for Sunday but my free sewing time ended up much shorter than I anticipated. Anyway, I managed to get the exterior together and from the picture below, it would almost look like a finished bag!
 And finally on Monday evening, with just a few hours to spare until the end of the month, I managed to finish my bag by sewing the lining in. I hate the method that is used in the pattern and if you look closely, you will notice that my zip is wonky (I think I sewed it about 5 times on one of the side because I couldn't get the lining to get far enough from the teeth not to get caught)
 And of course, the handles were added too!
 A finished bag for my daughter who was really happy and proud of it. She has had her previous tiny bag since she started ballet classes 6 years ago so that was well overdue!
 Since then she has added 2 other classes so she now has 3 different pairs of shoes, this bag is definitely more roomy than the previous one who was too small!
 I used fabric from my stash for it, I had ordered the outside fabric especially for her but that was over a year ago and the lining was one I had bought, just because it looked cute.
 Pattern for this bag is again the Blanche Barrel Bag by Swoon Patterns. The outside fabric is an organic cotton Buttermilk Shroom by Birch Fabric
So I finished my One Monthly Project in time, but too late to take decent pictures and post on my blog! And of course this was an OPAM for April as well as one of my Q2 FAL list.
Linking to Let's Bee Social and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Celine

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May goals

Let's hope the Spring comes back to us in May. We had a fabulous summery week in April and now it is freezing cold again. We have got our winter coats out again.... enough! I want some warm weather and sunshine, after all I nearly have a new summer dress to wear! No travelling this month so hopefully plenty of sewing time!

Hoping for finish
1. Orsola dress - nearly finished, I only have the inside waistband to finish sewing by hand. This will be my One monthly goal 


WIP
1. Farmer's wife 
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here 


3. Postcards of the world - 2 more postcards to draw and 1 to finish 


4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - let's try to continue to keep up more or less - I would really like to pick this one up again....

UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - (19 blocks) - this one was my February goal on the APQ UFO challenge, I need a few more blocks to finish this top, it would be good to get there


2. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks
3. Mischief blocks  
4. Project 48 / Summer Solstice 
5. Super Mario quilt 
6. Impromptu quilt 
7. Bubbles quilt - this was my APQ UFO challenge for March, that I progressed from a pile of blocks to a flimsy ready for quilting next time the frame will be coming out. Maybe this month?
8. Zodiac BOM 
9. Granny Square - this was my APQ UFO challenge for April, and is currently a pile of blocks 



New Projects
1. Power trip bag 
2. Flora case
3. Jenna or Blackwood cardi black
4. Colette blouse 
5. Demoiselle dress for A
6. Imagine dress  
7. Kenda dress for me
8. Bubble dress for A
9. Faux leather jacket 
10. Trapezette dress for C
11. Lander trousers (silver) 
12. Passport wallet for me 
13. Gotham cape
14. Swingset skirt C 
15. Kyoto top
16. Pyjama M 
17. Pyjama A 
18. Nightdress C
19. Nightdress for me
20. Pyjama for hubby
21. Uvita top
22. Brasov top
23. Acacia underwear
24. Cadence court
25. Nellie top
26. Yoga trousers from Sew Active wear book
27. PE bag M

Celine

Monday, 30 April 2018

April recap

I must admit that despite the long list I had written, I didn't have high expectations for sewing time this month with half of it spent travelling in China but I did manage a few things on our return, which feels good!

Hoping for finish
1. Dance bag for C -  not started but it would be good to finish it at the same time as the other one more or less . This will be my One monthly goal - finished.... just in time! Better photos in daylight tomorrow (if we get any decent light of course!)


WIP
1. Farmer's wife - no progress
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here -  no progress


3. Postcards of the world - 1 postcard finished, 2 more to do 


4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - let's try to continue to keep up more or less - I would really like to pick this one up again.... -  no progress

UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - (19 blocks) - this one was my February goal on the APQ UFO challenge, I need a few more blocks to finish this top, it would be good to get there -  no progress


2. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks - no progress
3. Mischief blocks  - no progress
4. Project 48 / Summer Solstice - 
5. Super Mario quilt - no progress
6. Impromptu quilt - no progress
7. Bubbles quilt - this was my APQ UFO challenge for March, that I progressed from a pile of blocks to a flimsy ready for quilting next time the frame will be coming out. Maybe this month? - no progress
8. Zodiac BOM - no progress
9. Granny Square - this is my APQ UFO challenge for April, and is currently a pile of blocks - I only got as far as squaring about half of the blocks



New Projects
1. Power trip bag 
2. Flora case
3. Jenna or Blackwood cardi black
4. Colette blouse 
5. Demoiselle dress for A
6. Imagine dress  
7. Kenda dress for me
8. Bubble dress for A
9. Faux leather jacket 
10. Trapezette dress for C
11. Lander trousers (silver) 
12. Passport wallet for me 
13. Gotham cape
14. Swingset skirt C 
15. Kyoto top
16. Pyjama M 
17. Pyjama A 
18. Nightdress C
19. Nightdress for me
20. Pyjama for hubby
21. Uvita top
22. Brasov top
23. Acacia underwear
24. Cadence court
25. Orsola dress - nearly finished, I only have the inside waistband to finish sewing by hand


Celine

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