Monday, 30 March 2015

Happy Cake Day

Sooo, I've not been big on the card making recently - too busy sewing and with a tres tres big project in the pipeline, that I will tell you all about shortly, but here is a quick card post for y'all.

This was a quick card made using some of the increasing Stampin' Up! stash.  The image and the sentiment come from different sets and are both stamped with memento.  The spotty paper is from an LOTV pad (I think).  I added some faux stitching and lots of gems, and voila!  one card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Cupcake Inspirations - photo challenge
Open Minded Crafting - food
QKR - add a sentiment
Sister Act - anything goes
Seize The Birthday - birthday

Happy Crafting!


Rain Mac

Sooooo, today I would like to share with you a project which was, for me at least, quite a big project, and one I thought would be the hardest so far - I was right.

This is the rain mac I have made myself for Spring, should it ever make an appearance.  My old mac, which I loved loved loved, finally gave up the ghost and was unsalvageable last Autumn.  Not a problem with our cold winters, where I could just wear my giant winter coat.  Now that it is starting to get slightly warmer (although I wouldn't yet call it Spring), I needed something a little lighter.

So, I remembered an old issue of Sew which had a rain mac, and I had already downloaded and printed the pattern eons ago - I just needed to stick it together.  I then spent ages trawling through the back issues of my magazines looking for the instructions, not realising that I could have just looked them up on the Sew website, so for ease of use for the rest of you, download and instructions can be found here.  I went for the cotton mac version.  

However, as I never like to make it easy for myself, I decided not to make my coat out of cotton, but instead I wanted it truly waterproof and made it out of some ripstop, which I bought from The Little Fabric Bazaar.  And just to make it that bit harder for myself, I thought I'd line it too.  I used a bright pink habatoi, which contrasted beautifully with the black and I thought would be silky enough to make getting the coat on and off easily.  The pattern instructions didn't include a lining, so I made this up as I went along.  The lining did have its advantages, as I decided to use that as a working toile to get the fitting etc. correct before cutting and sewing the ripstop, as any mistakes in that would show terribly. 

I also decided to change the design a little too.  I wanted the fastening down the centre, rather than at the side, as the illustrations showed, but this was easily achieved, and by easily achieved, I mean it happened by accident, when I decided to add some shaping in the form of darts.  I also added some invisible pockets in the side seams.

The construction was pretty easy.  I decided to omit the adding of any interfacing - 1) because the fabric is pretty stiff already, so it would be pointless, and 2) I feared for the melting of the ripstop.  This was my first ever attempt at a collar I think, and I am pleased to say that I think it went quite well.  just a minor little bit where I didn't get it quite right, and of course it would have to be where I intended the lining might show, but hey hum pigs bum, I'm hoping that only those looking for flaws (for example, my mother) will notice.

Despite the easy construction, it did take my four weeks in total to make, as I was tres busy at that time and I was sewing in bits at a time.  It took me a week to sew the buttons on after I had done everything else!  And lovely buttons they are, black with little white spots to match the fabric.

So, now that it is finished and I have worn it a few times, there are a few things I would change:  I would add some extra button holes, which I will do eventually, and add two extra buttons for extra security.  I have enough buttons, so why not.  the three I have on there just seem a bit too spaced out.  I would also shorten it a bit.  My general shortness means that the coat comes down  to my knees and for me, this is just a bit too long.  I will hopefully get round to hacking a few inches off the bottom.  Finally, I will do a large bicep adjustment.  The arms do fit, but they are a little snug, and a little extra room would not be horrendous. 

Despite these little bits, I do like this coat, and I have worn it a few times now, even if I do have to keep going back to my winter coat when the cold gets too much again.  That said, I don't think I would make this pattern again.  I think other styles suit me better.  I now need to make myself a Summer jacket, but that is at the back of a long long line of other projects I already have the fabric and the patterns for, which I will share with you, eventually.

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Kimono Dressing Gown

Soooo, happy Mother's Day to all those UK mothers out there, including my three - actual mother, step-mother (non-wicked) and fairy godmother.

Today  I would like to share with you the present I made for actual mother:

Mother loves her dressing gowns and they all got ruined in the house fire last year, so I thought I would make her a summer one for Mother's day.

I used a pattern from an old issue of Sew Magazine, which can be found here with instructions.

I used some floral silky fabric (I think it's rayon, but not 100% sure) from Boyes which I had in my stash. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but I liked it so much I just bought some when I saw it.  Glad I did as I haven't seen it since.  I think I might even have enough left to make myself a top (I hope).  It may be silky, but it was actually lovely to sew.

I also used some satin left over from the Elsa dresses for the borders and the tie.

The pattern pieces were very easy to cut out and the instructions for construction were easy to follow, with the french seams actually being much easier than I thought they would (you can just about make one out in the picture to the right).  I also got to use my new loop turner to turn through the tie loops, which I was very excited about and very impressed with how it worked.  It cut my loop turning time to about 10% of my previous struggles :-) 

I omitted the pockets as I tried to put in some concealed pockets using some from a pj pattern, but this went a bit awry and I decided I didn't have the energy to try again, so I just left them out altogether.  I think it was because when I was cutting them out, I failed to account for the french seam.  I suppose I could have left these off on the pockets, but when I was sewing I thought that to do that would look a bit funny in a kimono where every other seam was a french seam.

I did, however add in some inside ties, using some ribbon from my stash.  I also added a hanging look on the inside of the neckline,and I have just realised that I forgot to take a picture of that bit, however, it is pretty much the same as the tie loops, just a little bit longer.

My other issue with the construction was the border.  I decided to attach  in a similar way to the bias binding technique.  I decided to top stitch the front and catch the back at the same time, however, the back did not catch correctly all the way round.  There was no way I was unpicking satin (that would just make a mess), so I decided to hand stitch the bits that had gone astray.  I also hand stitched on the tie loops.

Anyway, I hope mother likes it.  I know that the inside border seams aren't perfect so will no doubt be subject to some constructive criticism.  Still, at least I am prepared for that . . .  All that matters is that I like it and I think that the Elsa blue goes well with the other fabric.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 7 March 2015

Birthday Candles

Soooooo, still on the birthday theme, I have another card that I would like to share with you today:

I made this card using a Stampin' Up! set, which I have had a while but haven't really used.

I stamped the sentiment onto a white panel with blue distress ink and then added a banner and the candles at the bottom in red ink.  I added red faux stitching to the edge of the panel and tiny red gems in each corner.

I layered this panel onto some red spotty LOTV paper cut to the same size as the panel and attached at a jaunty angle.  I then layered this onto some blue spotty LOTV paper, finally layering the whole thing onto red card before attaching to a x card blank.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Birthday Stars

Sooooo, another share for you today, and this time I would like to share with you a card I made recently for a male colleague's birthday:

This was a pretty simple card to make.  I stamped a large 'birthday' LOTV sentiment with black ink onto a large white pane;, which I then layered onto some black card before layering to a card blank.

I decided the card needed a little bit of colour, so I stamped 'happy' in teal, which seems to be my new fave colour.

I then die-cut some stars (one set) from what I think is a memory box die, using black card.

I then arranged these stars in the corners of the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Thinking of You . . .

Soooo, today I would like to share with you a recent card I made for a friend.  She said she needed a get well card, but unfortunately I didn't have anything get-well-y, so I decided to go for a 'thinking of you'.  It also meant that I got to use my new favourite stamp and die set from Stampin' Up!

So, as I've already said, I used a stamp and die set from Stampin' Up!  I die cut the 'you' from a scrap of paper in my stash.  I think it may have been an LOTV paper originally.  I liked the uplifting spring colours, especially as winter seems to be lasting forever this year.

I them stamped the rest of the sentiment using teal memento and added faux stitching around the edge of the card using a coordinating pen.

To finish, I raided my stash and found two die-cut flowers, which I layered up and then added a flat-backed pearl as a centre.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 2 March 2015

Gerald Giraffe

Sooooo, everyone, I would like you to meet Gerald Giraffe, a recent school project for my youngest niece, Evie.

Her project was to make an African animal.  So, I wracked my brains trying to think what I had patterns for and then remembered that issue 58 (April 2014) of Sew Mag had a giraffe in it.  Cue me talking Evie out of her 'idea' of making a cheetah (I was NOT making a cheetah!) and talking her into the giraffe.  I got there in the end and downloaded the pattern and dug out the relevant magazine (good job I hoard my sewing magazines eh?!).

Naturally, my bright ideas always backfire.  Cue me having to find appropriate giraffe fabric, because apparently, the giraffe had to be the correct colour.  I ask you, what is the point of that if you can't have a multicoloured stripey giraffe?!  Anyway, I managed to source some online but it was quite expensive, so on the off chance and not expecting to find any, I went into Boyes.  Of course, I was in there for another reason really - namely materials for making a solar system for the other niece.  

Anyway, to my great surprise, there was indeedy giraffe fabric, and slightly furry, rather than just plain cotton, so I grabbed some of that, along with some coordinating felt for the nose, feet, tail, ossicones and inner ears.  I also grabbed some pom pom trim, as I thought this would do quite well for the giraffe's mane, rather than trying to make one out of felt as per the pattern.  I also bought some wooden buttons as per the pattern to attach the legs.  I already had some toy stuffing, as I do, you know, so I didn't need to buy that.  This was thankful as it turned out to be an expensive Boyes trip in the end and I got nothing for myself!

Construction of Gerald was relatively easy, if a little time consuming.  After I cut out the pieces (I wasn't letting Evie loose with my fabric scissors) we set about sewing.  This was the first time Evie had used a sewing machine, so I taught her how to thread it and how to start of the sewing and about locking your stitches.  I controlled the pedal (I wasn't letting her loose with that - even if she could have reached) while she sat on my knee and guided the fabric through the machine, including enclosing the pom pom trim using a zipper foot.  

I also taught her about clipping corners and curves and between me, Evie and her friend, Joe, who had come to help, we turned out and stuffed all the legs - a harder job than you would have thought.  We also stuffed the body and I slip stitched it close - Evie watched me do it but decided that it was too hard!

We then (rather wonkily) sewed the legs on between us, withe the buttons, together with the eyes, ears, ossicones and tail.

I don't think we did too bad a job and now the other niece wants to make a giraffe - but she doesn't want to make a giraffe coloured one - she wants to use the left-over giraffe fabric to make a cushion!!!!

Most peeved that Gerald did not win a prize - apparently there were no prizes and the kids just got their pride.  I ask how these children are going to survive in the real world where pride will only get you kicked (probably) - a bit of healthy competition is what they need to teach them how the world works (and I hate it when I don't get to play I win).

Anyway, rant over!  This did end up a small learning experience for all involved as we learned that the giraffe's horn thingies are in fact called ossicones - so now we know that should it ever come up in a pub quiz and I can add it to the ever growing pool of useless information in my brain - no room for useful information or a memory as the pool of useless information now takes up about 95% of the brain.

Happy Crafting!


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