Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Charity Shop Finds

Hello again!

Just wanted to share a little piece of luck I had this weekend. I popped down to our local charity shop to get some birthday cards and thought I'd have a quick snoop around for anything interesting...

And I was in luck - a lady had dropped off a load of dress making fabric only the day before. I managed to snag myself about 3m of brown double knit, 3m of plaid wool fabric along with about 2m of matching silk lining...

and at least 2.5m of a petrol blue crepe fabric. All for the grand sum of £15. BARGAIN!!

Not bad for a quick trip to buy some greetings cards on a Saturday morning!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Birmingham Goodies

We had another mini-meetup last weekend and I didn't come home empty handed!

I bought 3 somewhat crazy print fabrics from Barry's Fabric Warehouse - My husband was most put out when he saw the fish fabric as I'be banned him from wearing hideous Hawaiian shirts and he thinks the fabric looks just like one of his shirts! Lol I think it'll make a perfect strappy little sun-dress!

The grey and white fabrics are some very lovely and soft lining fabric from the Fancy Silk Store and the blue fabric is a stable jersey also from Barry's. I want to make Gertie's portrait blouse with it.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

FO: World map dress

Hello all, long time no speak.

I have a finished object for you today. My World Map dress. It's a mix of the Pastille bodice and a circle skirt. I love the bodice of the Pastille, as the little cap sleeves are all part of the main bodice.

I finished this about 5 weeks ago and it was a relatively quick make as the pattern pieces were all ones I'd used before. Plus I couldn't be bothered to finish the seams off with anything more than a zig-zag stitch so that made it extra quick too.

I finished the hem off with horse-hair braid, which I really love on this skirt as the cotton is quite lightweight so it gives the skirt a little shape.

I also did a lapped zipper. I'm quite happy with the matching pattern across the zip - especially as it was completely unintentional!

The cotton is from Barry's Fabric Warehouse (where else - it's amazing!).

That's about all I have to tell you about this make really.

In other sewing news, I have a Hollyburn skirt waiting to be hemmed (with horse-hair braid again - I love that stuff).

I also have half an Elizalex dress made, but I had a bit of a stupid turn while cutting out the pattern and managed to cut out the skirt pieces upside down on my fabric (duh). So I've had to convert the skirt pieces to a normal pencil skirt (my trusty Gertie pencil skirt pattern). I've yet to sew the skirt to the bodice but hopefully I'll get it done at some point this month.