So the knicker making workshop went well. The ladies had a great time. As with every workshop the word ‘gusset’ being mentioned seems to spark laughter all around.
A sneek peek…
Thank you lovely ladies for a great class and have a fantastic wedding Nicola 🍸
Well my summer dress is all cut out and ready to go, so should be updating you on my progress in the next week of so.. Yay!!
I’ve made another couple of Colette sorbettos, I love that I can make a new top in 45mins. It would take me longer to get to a shop and buy one. Ok, il show you one just now but you must excuse the awful photography and the mess in the background!!
I know it’s a bit of a cop out post as its just filled with pictures but I promise I am planning some fantastic makes over the coming months so watch this space as il be letting you in on some fashions from the past that I plan of making.
So… True to my word. The pledge I made. I have started on my summer wardrobe. I recently found Colette Patterns. An American pattern designer combining vintage with modern. Whats even better is they offer a couple of FREE patterns!! One of the free patterns is the Sorbetto Top. Simple and beautiful. To get the pattern I had to print off 20pages then piece them together. The test square should measure 4×4″ but I couldn’t get it to print to the right size, it kept printing off 3.75×3.75″. I soon gave up and just used the pattern at the wrong measurements. When cutting the pattern I just went up a size and it turned out fine .
So here’s the one I made. I love it. It’s such an easy to to wear and could go with anything. I’m defiantly going to be making these in a range of colours.
I will model later to show it on
Mums going on holiday next week so making some sorbettos for her too. Heres one I’ve nearly finished just to add a bit binding.
Just a quick one today as iv loads to do!! Speak soon.
To relax I like to crochet. I love crochet blankets.. The cosiness and granniness (if that’s a word!) of them.
Today I attended a funeral of a friends dad who sadly lost his life suddenly. I don’t enjoy funerals at all, the sadness and the wrenching feelings you get inside your stomach. However today was not a day of sadness as such, it was a day of celebration of life and laughter as this was ‘Dougie’.
Dougie was a big, bright and jolly person who enjoyed life, fun and a good old ‘carry on’.
So… I started to crochet my latest blanket in the brightest and cheeriest colours and soon realised that this blanket reflected who Dougie was as a person. So I’m going to call it the ‘Dougie blanket’ as it is fun, colourful and cheerful and that is how I will remember him. Although he didn’t wear bright colours a lot, his personality certainly was colourful.
I’m not the quickest at crochet and it’s quite a big blanket so it may take a bit time to finish but il keep you posted on the progress and dedicate it to the 55 years of life of a wonderful man and friend to many.
Lastly I would like to say to Kelly and Barry (Dougie’s daughter and son). What a fantastic service you organised today and although your dad is not with us now he will never be forgotten.
So I decided to set myself a new challenge, the challenge of all challenges for a woman who likes to shop. ‘THE PLEDGE’ I pledge that I will not buy any item of clothing for the next six months with the exception of thrifted goods and handmade. In the process I will make many of my own clothes and refashion some of the clothes I have already in the closet that are unworn! This does not include accessories and footwear (I’ve not mastered how to make a pair of shoes yet… Nor will I ever probably master this).
So on the schedule to make is my summer dress I keep ranting about. I will be using New Look pattern 6094 and the gorgeous floral mandors fabric. If it turns out well I may make a few more of this dress.
The Colette violet blouse and the Colette clover ankle grazers which are wardrobe staples. I’ve been looking on Flickr at some of the variations of the violet blouse and found some stunning ones here, here and again here.
I also love the free colette sorbetto top pattern, which is FREE bonus!!! There’s some lovely examples here and here.
P.S. This pledge does not include the rest of my family, just me, myself and I. Hopefully I will be sharing pictures with you soon of my makes and refashions!!
Well it’s been a busy couple of weeks. I thought I’d update you all on my making progresses.
Firstly I’m running a knicker making workshop for a group of crafty ladies coming on a hen weekend to Edinburgh. Knicker making workshops are always a laugh so I’m really looking forward to it. Below is some snaps from the last one.
I’ve also been working on some kiddies dresses to stock my folksy shop, which at the moment is looking a bit bare.
Above: age 2-3years.
Above: age 2-3years.
Above: both age 1-2years.
That was just a snippet.
I’m also going to start working on my new summer dress which will be made from the lovely floral fabric I showed you in the post ‘a new dress’ I’m so exited and will hopefully be able to show you the finished garment soon