Sunday, 18 January 2015

Simple blanket using vintage fabric

So far I have no successful 2015 garment makes (My seamwork manila disaster is as yet unblogged - I can't seem to find many makes of this pattern on the blogosphere yet, if anyone has made it please do comment and let me know if you had any issues).  I seem to have contracted some kind of lurgy so for this weekend I decided to make something very easy. Last year I sewed a simple blanket for my newborn niece and my daughter really wanted me to make one for her too.
    My grandma -in-law used to sew all of her own clothes and worked at a tailors in America, when my parents -in-law visit they sometimes bring back some fabric from my grandma-in-laws stash (I assume they ask her first!). Last visit one of the fabric's they brought back was this:
  It is such a pretty floral design on quilted fabric. I think it would have probably been bought to make a dressing gown (I remember my own Grandma having a dressing gown made out of similar fabric). For some reason we don't seem to wear dressing gowns much in this house so it seemed silly to use it to make one, but I knew I wanted to use it for something.
  My daughter has a cabin bed so blankets and bed covers that hang down are no good - it struck me that this quilted fabric was the perfect width for her bed. All I needed to do was back it with another fabric and she would have the blanket that she wanted! I had a cute little ditsy floral cotton in my stash that I thought would do just the job!
  One day I would love to make a proper quilt, currently I know nothing about quilting nor do I have any of the necessary equipment - I'm sure if I had some quilting knowledge It would have helped me to join the two fabric's with a professional finish. I knew it would be a bit of a risk just trying to join the two fabric's together especially as the quilted one was slightly stretchy, and I have to admit that after finishing the third side I had a 2 inch excess of the quilted fabric on one side! However amazingly I managed to join everything up with no real issues! I did wonder about bias binding the edges - I think it would look nice and neat with a contrast edging however given my 2015 sewing history I thought I should quit while I was ahead!
My daughter loved her bedtime owl peaking out from between the seams!
I was worried that the flowers on the cotton would be too bright, but I think it works well.
  I really love this fabric not only because it is so pretty but also because of it's history I am so pleased that I have been able to make something useful and beautiful, hopefully my daughter will cherish it for years to come.

  Thanks for dropping by!

             Su xx



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Back to school and a Seamwork Oslo

So school has begun again and we are getting back into the routine of things. I always look forward to every holiday and dread the beginning of each school term, I both love and hate that my little people are growing up and I really do miss spending time with them.

  On the plus side the dog and I get to walk through the woods on the way home from dropping the little ones off at their schools, which is always lovely!


  There are even a few signs of spring:
Now onto the more important subject of sewing: Over the Christmas break I was working on the Seamwork Oslo Cardigan . When I initially saw the pattern I knew it was just my sort of thing - snuggly and loose fitting. I wanted a knitted fabric and really struggled to find one, eventually I chose this lovely light knit from plush addict.
  Now I have never sewn with this type of fabric before which is probably the first thing that went wrong. The second thing is that I have a love  hate relationship with my serger - I bought it second hand and have spent more money on having it serviced and repaired than I spent buying it originally. In fact I think it has only managed to see one project through from beginning to end! The third thing was that as I love loose fitting garments I made it in a size bigger than it should be so it is huge!
    The Instructions were easy to follow (I did struggle with the cuffs a little -  but this was more my problem rather than the instructions). Putting in the clear elastic for the shoulder seams was tricky and not at all neat, but I think the effort would have been worth it (if only the rest of the make had gone as planned!). There is an option to add buttons which also looks good, but I never wear my cardigans buttoned up so I decided not to add any.
  As I couldn't get my serger working I had to learn how to use the overlock setting on my sewing machine so at least I learnt from the experience!

  Here is the finished result - please excuse my awful selfies in the only mirror in the house that you can see your whole body in (I think I need to invest in a remote for the camera, as well as clean the mirror! - oops!!) The photo's give it a bit of an orange hue, it is more of a pinky colour in real life. Given all that went wrong if I had stuck to the right size I think it would be more wearable - as it is I feel like I am wearing a dressing gown.

  I really am disappointed as the fabric was so soft and pretty and I feel it has been a bit of a waste - still I have learnt new things and as the saying goes 'onwards and upwards' (hopefully)
      Thanks for dropping by!
            Su xx

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Wishing you all good things for 2015!!

So another year has passed and we have moved on to the next one.

  I am not really one for resolutions as I tend to get worried about not keeping them, but I do try to take stock and think about what I might like to change in the coming year. Generally I think I would like to spend less time stressing about things and more time with my little family before they are too big to want to spend any time with me!

  This holiday has been wonderful as both myself and my husband have been off work allowing us all to spend time together - it has been bliss!!

  How about you? Do you make resolutions? Are you able to stick to them?

  Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2015!
             Su xx

Monday, 29 December 2014

In the Bleak midwinter......

    So it has turned cold down here on the south coast but the days have still been sunny and clear which is my favourite winter weather. I love walking over the ground crisp with frost and watching the weak winter sun glinting through the bare tree branches. The little ones have enjoyed breaking the ice that has formed over puddles!!

At the end of November I saw a beautiful crochet poncho being blogged about (Lazy Daisy Jones crochet poncho) , I don't often do this but I knew I just HAD to make it so I rushed out to buy issue 25 of Simply crochet magazine and a suitable amount of yarn (I chose an inexpensive acrylic one as this would be my biggest crochet project to date, and I wasn't sure I could do it!!). I have thoroughly enjoyed spending my evenings snuggled up on the sofa with my creation in progress.

  I have made my poncho longer than the instructions suggest as I wanted the front to finish below my waist, and I chose not to add the fringe at the last minute as I felt it would just get in the way! I used a simple picot edging, Lucy at Attic 24 created a wonderful wave edging for hers (Attic24 cowl neck poncho). I think if I were doing it again I would stick to the magazine's suggestion and use single rows of colour rather than two together, but other than that I am very pleased with it. We try to conserve as much energy as possible at home and add a jumper rather than turning the heat on straight away so the poncho has come in very handy already!! I would love to make a mini sized one for my daughter but I think my next crochet projects will most likely involve making baby blankets as I have a couple of friends who are expecting.

  Please excuse my bizarrely posed photos - I am new at this and have a lot to learn!!
             Thanks for reading!
                           Su xx

Sunday, 28 December 2014

In the beginning....

Hello and welcome! Thank you so much for dropping by!

  I have started this blog as a creative outlet for my already hectic life - Also I think my friends and family are getting bored of me telling/texting/facebooking all the things that I have made!

  Mostly I sew (clothes for both me and my family), also I crochet, enjoy walking and love all things nature related.

  Butterflies are for memories both past - of my wonderful grandparents who still inspire me, of friends who have passed on too young and remind me to cherish every moment, of my little family growing up. And also for all of the memories still to come - hopefully some of them will be captured on this blog.

  'Troubles melt like lemon drops' from 'somewhere over the rainbow' (I love the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole version). Sewing, creating and spending time outdoors helps my troubles to melt away so this just had to be in the title of my blog!

  I hope that you enjoy spending time in my little corner of the world.............