Dear Blogging friends,
I think its about time I did an update from the sewing room (which is a little messy at present so no photos of the space!!). What have I been doing — not a lot really! I started to make a top but ran into difficulties trying to understand the pattern so taking it off to discuss with friends who sew! But I have been buying patterns, thats really the easy part of sewing!! I buy most from eBay —usually the older patterns that are often out of print or no longer in demand. These are my favourites and I have managed to find some treasures.
I was so excited about the pinafore (jumper) pattern (below) — I have been searching for the perfect pinafore pattern and struggle to find anything I liked, this is what I have been wanting. The pattern is a little too large so I will need to make it small, but I look forward to giving it a go!!
As to the other pattern (long green dress from Buttericks 5461) I plan to make this for summer but before I do, I am going to be clever and make a top using this pattern to see how the neckline goes — the pattern says it is "fast" and "easy", I will let you know if this is true!!
I mentioned in a previous post how I was making a quilt for a friend who is turning 50 next year — here is the fabric I am using. I just love all those purples (my friend's favourite colour) and can't wait to start cutting. I have been delayed in starting this job due to major back problems where I can sit or bend for too long — making sewing and cutting difficult. Hopefully soon I can get started on this project. The green is for the back of the quilt.
I recently finished this over-sized mug rug (place-mat) for a young man of 10 who loves dogs. Whilst it isn't perfect I am quite pleased with the end result. I learnt a few things in the making of it— such as, free motion quilting is REALLY hard and I have no idea how the experts get it so even and beautiful. The pattern comes from Craftsy and they have 24 different designs of boys and girls with cats and dogs (2 for each month of the year). I have bought most and look forward to using them of various projects.
I have another (secret) project I am working on that involves appliqué, sewing, fabric, art etc... I will share the next time I do a "In the sewing room"!!!
My dear cousin (Bets) from Betsy's Boutique has been busy knitting and this is what she made recently for one of her clients — I just love the rainbow colours. Don't forget to visit her Facebook shop if you want to make an order.
And I do love this bright pink one with the pale pink elephant ears. So cute for a little girl.