Thursday, 21 March 2013

march blog crushes...

I've been so busy moving this month I've barely had time to look at the Internet but here are the things that have been catching my eye this month. 

My favourite new-to-me blog I came across was Maze and Vale for the gorgeous and inspiring hand printed fabrics like these ones that Leslie sells in her shop...

A cute DIY tutorial at fabulously talented Cotton and Curls high-low top

Oh by jingo I woulda loved to have been able to join in Lucky Lucille's Sew For Victory sew-along, but I've had to content myself with with ogling the results. 

The other one I would have joined in on and *technically* still could but there isn't time is the Mad Men II challenge. I so nearly hopped on board before I copped myself on and realised that I don't have time at the moment! 

I have however ordered my Laurel pattern because I can't resist joining in on that one and I know we're going to be seeing a lot of this dress in the next couple of months! 

I've ordered it from America because it doesn't seem to be available locally yet so it has cost a small fortune but, oh well!

The other thing I would have ADORED to join in on was the People's Print competition for designing a fabric in conjunction with DIY Couture. They have just announced the winners: 

Peoples Print and Rosie Martin have the most amazing can-do attitude. I'm halfway through another DIY Couture creation, they are such fun to make. 

I spent a chunk of the weekend making my contribution to House of Pinheiro's International Craft Swap which I will be posting about soon!

The house-move is done, the builders are nearly finished so I now declare myself back in sewing-land. Yeeha!

the house that keeps on giving

We are getting there with our house renovations and all that that entails. It's very exciting but there's not much time for anything else - it will be worth it in the end! 

I posted a while ago about all the handmade clothes that we found in the attic.... well, a couple of weeks ago, we went over to our house/ building site  and Dave the builder said he had a surprise for me!


Dave went a bit deeper into the attic and what did he find??? 

A Singer!! 

There's a really great feature on the Singer website where you can put in the serial code on the machine and it tells you when it was made... 

...and this lil' lady is 90 years old this year - 1923! How cool is that?! 

Anyway, we have been moving for the last week so fabric and sewing machines are packed up at the moment... Looking forward to getting rid of builders and dust and unpacking them - I'm having serious withdrawals!

Someone's getting comfy on the new sofa!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

the envelope clutch...

I hopped on board See Kate Sew's 'clutch-along' over the last week. 

Last Monday she published a great free pattern and tutorial on making this envelope style clutch. 

We are doing up a house at the moment and I am spending what feels like most of my life in Ikea (stealing my sewing time big time!) so aptly enough, my fabric came from... Ikea! 

In fact it's quite a good choice because much of their fabric is designed for upholstery and is quite stiff and this clutch works a bit better with stiffer material.  After reading some other people's posts about making it, I decided to add another layer of interfacing, and it doesn't seem to have done it any harm. 

I didn't manage to get the lining on quite as smoothly as I would have liked. Kate advises pulling it out a bit before sewing the top flap, and I did, but obviously not quite enough. I added a line of top stitching around the edges to keep the lining in place. It's a bit wobbly around the notches, but I think I'll get away with it!

And I didn't do the button hole - basically because every button I used didn't go with the dotty fabric, so I just used a snap closure. 

Would I make it again? Yup, sure would  - and there are tonnes of inspiring interpretations on the flickr pool that I'd be taking a look at for ideas too!

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