Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Struggling to Come Up With an October GG

It's not that I haven't done any gift related crafting this month, just that none of it is with its intended recipient yet, so I can't show it.
(For a recap of Gifted Gorgeousness see Jo's blog here)
So, having wracked my brains for sometime over what to post I believe that I may well have come up with the most tenuous shoe-horn in the long and proud history of shoe-horning...
I made myself this dress last week.


Pattern is New Look 6632, and the fabric is a mid-weight lurex jersey from The Textile Centre.
How is it gift related I hear you ask. Aha! Since I don't have an overlocker, and sewed this on a regular machine, I used a short piece of vintage seam tape on the inside of each of the shoulder seams to stabilise them.
And the seam tape?
This seam tape?


It was a gift from Julie
Boom! Gifted Gorgeousness!


Friday, 20 September 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness AKA Where Did The Month Go?

Gifted Gorgeousness has snuck up on me again. In fairness August is our busiest month so it kind of slipped past me, and now here we are again with me desperately seeking something even vaguely gift related to show. (If you check out the rules for GG on Jo's Blog, you'll see that "even vaguely related" is just fine)
I did make this dress for my daughter (and the gorgeous sequin fabric was gifted from Minerva) so this will have to suffice.


The pattern is the Elsie Dress from Sew Over It.
I'll try to do better next month.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

August Gifted Gorgeousness - Warning: Picture Heavy

Running a couple of days late with Gifted Gorgeousness this month as it was the annual Village Show yesterday, and since I'm Show Secretary it keeps me rather busy. If you are wondering what Gifted Gorgeousness is, by the way, you can pop over to Jo's blog for a full explanation, but the short version is it's a monthly blog hop where we show our gift related crafting.
I've got a few gifts to show this month.
First up is the VSCyberstitchers July exchange (which happens too late in the month to make the July GG post). Here is the absolutely gorgeous gift I received from Pat


And here is the one that I sent to Marietta.


Then there is this shirt that I made for DH as an anniversary gift.


The pattern is Simplicity 1544, and it is made in a lovely soft ex-Hugo Boss linen, with the contrast details in Liberty Tana Lawn.


I can thoroughly recommend this pattern, it makes a very stylish shirt, though I might be tempted to go a size smaller when I make him another one as there's a lot of ease in it.

I'm going to finish up with a few pictures of the Village Show I mentioned earlier







   





And a spot of shameless bragging about the cup I won for Best in Show Art, with this pastel drawing. (I've no idea who she is, I drew her from a photo I found online)


Naomi also won a cup for best close up floral photo, and we got quite a few 1st place cards between us, so all in all it was a very successful day.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Before and After


Before :- 


Some really rather ugly shoes from Tesco

After:-


Funky new "Fruit Salad" trainers (motifs adapted from a sampler in CrossStitcher magazine. dip-dye effect laces from EvilBay)

Thursday, 1 August 2019

A Quick Update on the Temperature SAL

Spent this morning getting caught up on the Temperature SAL


Don't all those lovely warm colours around the outside make a difference to how it's lookin
In unrelated news I've had the chalk pastels out - here are some bubbles I drew, not quite sure I got them right, but it was fun playing with all those colours



Friday, 19 July 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness July

Running a little late with this month's GG post (if you aren't familiar with Gifted Gorgeousness pop over to Jo's blog for a full explanation) because I've been away for a few days attending Naomi's graduation.


Naomi Wilkins BA (Hons) - German and Italian


I haven't got a lot I can show for gifted gorgeousness this month, but there is this dress which I made for Eloise


It counts double because the beautiful slinky jersey fabric was gifted to me by Minerva Crafts as part of their Minerva Makers programme. The pattern is Simplicity 1653. Full blog post and review here

Friday, 5 July 2019

Two Bees or Not Two Bees

I completely fell in love with this wonderful golden bee printed jersey from Stitch Fabrics, and I was in such a hurry to buy it that I misread the units of sale and thought I was buying it by the half metre, when actually it was by the full metre, so naturally I ended up with twice as much as I needed.
Well there's only one thing to do when that happens - make two somethings!
First is a Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top for me.


And second a racer back tank top for Eloise (pattern is Simplicity 8338)


And just in case you thought I'd abandoned it, here is my up to date temperature SAL, look at all those lovely reds and ornages!