The baby’s summer wardrobe all stitched up

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Maybe it was the return of the Great British Sewing Bee, or the fact that I now have a scrumptious little model (who sometimes sleeps long enough for me to get things done!), either way, my sewing machine has come out of retirement in time to make a small summer wardrobe. (It’s for a small person and small as in only 5 items.)

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Crafty Christening

Baby BAM in shrugIt feels as though I have no time to spend on making things recently, and yet I have a ton of stuff to write about. First of all here’s my version of the Entrechat cardigan for BB.

Her original one was made by my very talented sister-in-law Paula, who took a chance on making the 12 months size in DK instead of worsted. It fitted so well I was a bit nervous about making the 6 months size
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More skirts, another granny square bag, and an assortment of events

July has been a busy month for me, and somehow my makes have dropped out of sync with my posts. I’m not complaining, it’s lovely to have so much going on, but I don’t want any projects to slip through the cracks. This blog is as much about me keeping a record for myself as it is about showing off to you lot!

That said, I do want to show off the sequels to the BA*M! skirt. I made them especially to wear to LFCC, and I bought the fabric at a fantastic shop in Tunbridge Wells called World of Sewing. I could have cheerfully spent a fortune there, but I was good and only bought what I needed to make two skirts.

With the first one I tried inserting pockets, and had mixed results. They looked okay, but were a bit too small to fit my hands in properly. As a first attempt they weren’t too bad.

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The *B*A*M skirt.

Just a quick ta-da! and run today. The sun is shining, I have a bag full of portable crochet projects, and an invitation to lunch at the harbour with my big sister!

The *B*A*M Skirt

The *B*A*M Skirt

Remember my restyled charity shop skirt? Well, I used the same method and improvised pattern piece to make another lovely skirt, this time with some of the fabric I bought last week from St Albans market when I was visiting my other sister. I love this fabric (it’s at the top of the page in my banner at the moment!) And Katie (lil sis) was of the opinion that it was perfect for me because the white shapes look like “BAMs”! Continue reading

Cute little hand sewn pouch purses, quick dash to Germany, and (very) minor brush with fame!

I’ve well and truly fallen in love with sewing again. It’s not that I ever really fell out of love with it, but lack of practice had undermined my confidence leaving me too nervous to even try. Fortunately learning how to follow a pattern to make pyjama bottoms, together with the kits I made last week, gave me the confidence to get cracking on some of the projects that have been a very long time in the planning stage! But it was a pattern for a little pouch purse sewn almost all by hand that really captured my attention and pushed its way to the head on the queue.

Kyaza Pochi

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PJ bottoms in funky vintage floral fabric & some nifty little kit projects

Last week I was showing off my foxy PJ bottoms, and this week (as promised) I have a new pair to show you!

Vintage fabric PJs

As I didn’t have the pattern I used in the sewing class, I dug through the patterns I bought a while ago from simplicitynewlook.com when they were on sale, and chose option C from Newlook pattern 6710. I had to use the largest size 😦 and I made a slight adjustment so I wouldn’t have to cut a separate piece of fabric to enclose the waist elastic, but over all I was very pleased with how easy it was to use this pattern!

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Craft fair, bunting, cute and smelly (in a good way!) little owls, WIP and socks.

Suddenly it’s Wednesday and I still haven’t updated my blog! I can’t blame it all on recovering from the Briar Patch craft fair on Saturday, although I was exhausted after spending the day chatting away with both customers and fellow stallholders. A steady stream of compliments more than made up for the slow sales, and it was a fantastic opportunity to network with other creative people locally. There’s not a lot of crochet at this particular craft fair, and what there is is mostly hats and scarves, so my stuff really stood out. I was lucky to be given an extra table to fill at no additional cost due to a last minute reshuffle by the organiser!

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The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace (otherwise known as “Hell on a stick” or “Never again on a Saturday”)

Okay, despite the title of this post I did actually have a pretty good time at this show, and really I can only fault it for being way too successful. I’m no stranger to busy events or even popular tourist attractions in London, Paris or Rome. Hell, I’ve even shopped in Ikea on a bank holiday weekend when there was sale on! Admittedly some of these things drove me to drink and/or psychiatric pharmaceuticals and required bed rest the following day, but you get my point: I’ve seen and shopped in big crowds before.

Yarn bombed Taxi parked out the front of Alexandra Palace. I was a bit disappointed that more yarn bombing hadn't been done in and around the venue.

Yarn bombed Taxi parked out the front of Alexandra Palace. I was a bit disappointed that more yarn bombing hadn’t been done in and around the venue.

This was infinitely worse. Dear God, it was so much worse…

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