MMM Day 28: Hello sunshine!

Wow the weather was so good recently. And I spent a lot of time away from my sewing table and my computer! I went out for a wander in town in this little number on Saturday. It’s one of the first things I ever made and I still love wearing it! It’s made from quilters cotton in a print called Brooklyn heights. There are little dots arranged in an unusual zig zag pattern and the colour is beautiful (to me anyway). I HAVE to get better at my photos. This was taken in the courtyard and again, we missed the sun and the best picture turned out to be my crazy face snap.

Now moving on, time to brag about my Mother again, AND my Dad this time too! Remember the car boot?

They went back and cleared it out!!

45 zips in varying colours and sizes, some double ended zips too!
3 patterns, some lilac cotton, cream satin and brown satin bias binding and some pink braided cord
3m of blue polyester lining, 7m of peach polyester lining, 2m of peach chiffon, and 1.5m of royal blue silk
9 bobbins of mercerised thread, and then a whole load of colours and sizes. Yummy

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I’m a super lucky girl. And you know what I’m going to say. This lot was an insane bargain!! A massive £12 for the lot. Amazing!!

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My Mum is awesome!

Here’s why….

I went over for our weekly (usually ends up being a-lot-less-than-weekly) swimming session and she said, “I’ve got something for you!”. She passed me this little brown bag…

As you can see it’s well padded and you can already get the feeling the contents are sewing related!

Well I opened it up and it was JAM PACKED with thread and zips.

Mum and Dad had gone to a car boot on Sunday and a woman had a stall selling loads of sewing items. She explained that she was closing down her haberdashery and thought this was the best way to get rid of her stock!

Mum didn’t really know what to get me so she picked a variety of colours and variety of zips. Like I said she’s awesome!

I love the variety of colours in the threads. Nice silvery colours and a range of spool sizes. I love that pinky colour but they all look lovely and shiny.

They’re all polyester threads. Some say “stretch polyester” which I’d never heard of but must mean they can take a bit of strain, right?

And you can never have enough zips.

Some of these are rather small but I’ll find a use for them. Maybe some zip pockets or little purses. Or for a little help getting into a tank top.

There’s only one invisible zip but that’s okay. I’m grateful for anything I get! Mmmm lovely red zip!

And now for my final point on why my Mum is awesome. She got me all this for £2.60!!! OMG can you believe it!?! 10p per thread! And it was roughly 10p a zip! PLUS the woman said she’d be returning until the stock was all gone and bringing different things each week (She told Mum she has lots of ribbon and bias binding to bring another week). So my Mum has promised to keep buying me stuff every time she sees the lady! Woop!

If you’re curious and in Yorkshire, this is the Rufforth Car Boot I’m talking about. Go along and see if you can find her tomorrow, Sunday 27th. And if you see a lady piling a bag high with things it’s probably my Mum! đŸ™‚

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MMM12: Day 21. Elsie knock-off

Woo I’m super pleased with myself. And not afraid to say it!

Ages ago I saw a picture of Elsie and went “ooooooh”.

I love Elsie’s blog A Beautiful Mess. Her fashion taste is fab and she always tries to include lots of varying fun diy ideas. She’s also a lovely photographer.

Immediately I pinned this dress on Pinterest and set about making my duplicate! What do you think?!

Unfortunately my fabric isn’t as bright, but it is still lovely and was £1 a metre! Have I said before that I LOVE Jack’s Fabrics.

I then made my own pattern for the front panel. I use baking paper when making my own pattern pieces. It’s a bit stiffer than tissue paper which makes it harder to pin but the pieces last longer.

I found some cheap red lining fabric and buttons that are a near perfect match for the Elsie buttons. And set about sewing. I decided not to include the sleeves as they looked a bit poofy in the picture and I didn’t think they’d suit me.

I’m super pleased with the construction because I used french seams, top stitching and my serger finished all my seams beautifully!

I wore the dress to work and was quietly smug. It turned out to be lovely and sunny today too so I didn’t feel too out of place in a sundress.

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A brief deviation from sewing….

I’ve just finished an awesome polka dot dress. I’ll be putting photos of me wearing it up here on Monday as we’re going away for the weekend! Yippee.

We’re off to Cambridge to see Jimi’s family. His Grandma Maisie is the sweetest little lady. Jimi speaks to her every week and she always asks what I’ve been baking and sewing! She knows my mum makes cakes for a living so assumes mine are as good.

Well I decided to make her a little birthday cake. Ta da! I didn’t put her age on it because a lady should be modest about her age, so I put some daisies on instead. Daisies for Maisie!

Bit wonky but hope she likes it.

It’s lemon curd cake and I tried not to make it too sweet (as in lemony-sour-sweet). Here’s hoping it’s edible.

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MMM12: Days 9, 11 and 14

I said I’d be back and I AM!

I have been pottering away with a couple of projects. One which will soon be posted as a tutorial.

I won’t go into the drama of Sunday and my time spent watching paramedics scamper round my boyfriend but I will say he’s all fine now. Phew!

Recently I wore two tops made from the same self drafted pattern. I love empire line tops if you haven’t gathered but do plan to try some button and zip up tops to stop having to feed elastic taped to a safety-pin through almost every item I make!

So here are days 9 and 11. Summery tops but here in cold miserable Yorkshire I’ve had to wear jeans, cardigans, scarfs and keep an umbrella with me at all times.

SO what about day 14?

Well after watching Mondo on Project Runway All Stars make his own ink blot / Rorschach print with fabric dye I thought “I CAN DO THAT!” and promptly bought a plain canvas bag and a little tub of fabric paint in a squeezy tube.

The result is this tote bag that I’ve used for hulking stuff about in like shopping and swimming gear. I love it. I think it looks a bit like a woman’s face with a crazy beehive. What do you think?

As I said… tutorial to follow. I plan to make more of these on better quality canvas bags, possibly in different colours (meaning different colour bags AND paints) and then if I’m feeling brave I’ll try like Mondo to make a t-shirt or dress with a panel of this kind of print on it.

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