One Trick Pony …


I’ve been a bit slack in the sewing and blogging departments lately.  We had visitors for the weekend of Le Tour De France, which meant a week of cleaning beforehand, followed by a weekend of feasting, partying and generally having a ball, and then a further weekend of extremely good weather which led to some much needed exterior painting of the house.  All in all, no time to sew.

Today I finally hemmed the brown & cream dress I made weeks ago, and made yet another Creative Cate.  This one is not for me though, it’s for my friend Carol, who liked my blue one very much when she saw me in it.  So I made one in her colours.  I hope she likes it!


happy birthday Vera! …

I made this apron for my Mother in Law, whose brthday is this weekend. I didn’t want to blog it last week in case she saw it, but I think we are out of danger now!



A birthday present for Vera

A birthday present for Vera

More adventures in pattern drafting …

Behold, a self-drafted Maxi dress.


The fabric is a John Kaldor viscose jersey knit, with a cream on brown ‘rattan’ pattern from the very depths of my stash – in fact, I ‘found it’ whilst desperately trying to stuff carefully place newly acquired fabrics into a drawer that is not nearly big enough.

I used the Butterick bodice pattern from another dress to get a rough shape for the top, the original pattern called for a self lined bodice, which was not what I was after, so I used the Tilton Ultimate T shirt method of binding on both neckline and sleeves.  The skirt is just two rectangles, gathered using the gathering foot on my overlocker (which really didn’t impress me much, perhaps I wasn’t using it right?) and attached to the bodice.  I also reinforced this seam with clear elastic tape.

Now, if we are being super fussy, the pattern matching on the bodice/skirt seam isn’t great.  In fact, it’s shocking.  But this is a long, loose, comfortable dress for wearing in hot weather, which is what we are currently blessed with here in Yorkshire

I will leave it to drop before hemming.

‘Drive By’ Post …

Hi all!  Just a quick post today, as I have spent most of my time altering the clothes I sewed last week for mum.  I swear she is shrinking on a daily basis!

I picked up some white 100% cotton jersey, with a textured stripe, in the local market on Friday.  £3 per metre.  I bought 1.5 metres and made another Style Arc Creative Cate.  The fabric is a bit stiff really; not drapey enough, and shrank spectacularly when I pre-washed it at 60 degrees.  I had to, because I just know, being white, it is going to get thrown in a hot wash sometime by accident.  I photograped it before I re-washed it and gave it a good soak in fabric softener to see it that would help it along a bit, but it isn’t dry yet.  I’m sure it’ll be fine – it looked much better on a real body than on the hanger anyway.


Then I decided to make another.  This time in a very lightweight viscose jersey, mushroom colour, with a dark coffee slub.  I bought heaps of this in the Girl Charlee sale, intending to make a maxi dress, for which, unfortunately, it is far too lightweight.  This one is super duper drapey!


Then a quick crafty project, a present for a friend who is not too well at the moment.  A Needlebook come mending kit.

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Made from scraps of fleece, felt, ribbon and quilting cotton.  On the other ‘pages’, there are pre-threaded needles, spare buttons etc.  I will slip a little pair of embroidery snips and a tiny tape measure in the little inside  pockets back & front.

Selfless Sewing …

I finally have my overlocker back, after two trips to the sewing machine repair shop, all is finally well.  It turned out that the stitch finger had bent, and then it broke off when the repair man tried to straighten it.  So I have a new plate.  Tension problems have been traced and rectified, and the presser foot has been screwed back on properly.

So this afternoon I hammered out two skirts and a top for my mum.  Selfless, that’s me. The top is another Maria Denmark Kirsten, this time with elbow length sleeves.  The skirt is a simple elasticated stretch knit affair, with a nice lettuced hem; mum’s favourite style of skirt.  Times two

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Tomorrow, I’ll sew something for myself :)

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

Maria Denmark Kirsten T

I cut this out this afternoon, after a plumbing emergency put paid to my laundry plans.  All now sorted, but needed to call out an emergency tradesperson, mucho expensive!

The pattern is a free download, and the original pattern has a short kimono sleeve, but this is for my mum and she don’t do no short sleeve!  So I made a pattern piece for a long sleeve.  Unfortunately my overlocker chose to misbehave herself.  I’ve fiddled & faddled about with it, but I can’t get her to form the stitches properly.  I wonder if I have knocked the timing out or something?  Anyway, she is off to the sewing machine hospital on Monday for a check up.  So I had to knock this one out on the sewing machine, which was a faff.

This fabric is a bit odd, the flowers are kind of plasticky feeling and embossed onto lightweight viscose jersey, but mama likes it and that’s all that matters.  I think I bought it from ebay, but I can’t remember.

I took the photo before hemming and cover stitching the neckband, and I can’t be bothered to photograph it again.  You’ll just have to believe me when I say the neckline lies nice and flat, now it is cover hemmed. It has turned out rather well, if I say so myself.

Sleeves still need to be hemmed, but I need mama to try it on before I can do that, they will undoubtedly need significant shortening.


.. and it’s a hat trick!

Another day, another Style Arc top.  This time, it’s Creative Cate.  This is a very, very, quick make.  There are only 3 pattern pieces; back, front and neck binding, but I think none the less flattering for it’s simplicity, no?  I’ve made this pattern up before, in a drapey white knit with a pink, red and beige stylised flower print, I love it and I wear it a lot.  I love this one too, although this knit is a bit firmer, 95% cotton & 5% spandex,  so not quite as drapey around the neckline as my other one.  It might soften up in the wash after a while.  What do you think of the print?  A bit wild, eh?  I love these colours.  (The background is Teal, and the flowers are Lilac, Lime and Turquoise).  I was inspired by seeing a promotional video this morning of a Kaffe Fassett exhibition which is currently on at the American Museum in Britain.


It doesn’t fit quite so snugly on me.  I must get round to sorting Brunnhilde out to more accurately reflect my new size.

It’s been a Bank Holiday here in the UK, so I had an extra day to play.  I’ve cheated a bit though, as I haven’t hemmed it or cover stitched the neck band and seams yet, but I wanted to blog it before it got too late.  I’m off to finish it now, and hope to wear it to work tomorrow with navy linen trousers.


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