Tuesday, 12 June 2018

And another sew-along!

I hadn't joined a sew-along for such a long time and suddenly there are so many I want to take part in. The latest one I have found on Instagram is the #kingfisherstitchalong organised by Tales of Cloth and Stiched in Color. And although I really don't need another EPP project, I thought it would actually be the perfect project to use up the hexie flowers I collected along the year of the Inchy Hexie Swap.

So for now, I have gathered all my flowers and will need to pick the ones I want to include in this Kingfisher top soon.

Of course, my initial plan was to sew a lovely flower garden with a grey path between the flowers and I have at least 50 shades of grey hexies too!

But after 8 years of starting playing with hexies, this is as far as I got.... Not likely to happen soon really.


Hopefully that will be one UFO less soon!

Linking to Let's Bee Social.

Celine

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Kielo dress

I have seen so many of these dresses on Instagram  but when I looked at the pattern I must admit that I couldn't see the appeal really. I just didn't see how the pattern would look good on me. As the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge was announced and the Kielo dress by Named Clothing being one example of a wrap dress, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try it. So I bought the pattern and digged in my stash for a jersey I bought cheaply a while ago with no specific plan (quite usual really). I then realised that I only had 2m of fabric and the pattern was calling for more. The dress is very long and with the wrap, the pieces are huge but anyway I managed to squeeze the pieces on my 2 meters so I was happy about that.

I cut the pieces last month and put the dress together quite quickly (I must admit I was quite intrigue to see the end result). So when I got to the wearable (but not finished stage) and realised that yes it would fit, I parked it before I did the finishing/hemming. Not sure why really apart for the urge to try another new pattern. And also maybe the fact that I was a little square about the binding and messing it up. Anyway, I finally picked it up yesterday and decided that since I hadn't sewn all week more or less, it would be nice to make progress on this piece. And then decided that it would be even better to finish it and enjoy it today.

So with the motivation back, I stitched the binding on one arm hole first (I thought it would be less visible if I messed up than the neckline) and then the second. And finally I took a deep breath and went for the neckline too. With just the hem to finish, it didn't take long to have a new wearable dress. 


Verdict: it is such a comfy garment that I can see myself wearing it often. The long length is great but could easily be shorten as well. Although most people wrap the pieces at the front, I like them wrapped at the back too and this is how I wore them today. I think I would gladly make another one, it is simple enough and yet a lovely unusual piece!

And I must admit that I am really happy to have finished another garment, used up a piece in my stash and of course finished my One monthly goal well before the end of the month! And I am getting so much better with deadlines, I finished both my entries for the challenge with days to spare (last year I finished on the last evening!). And this is also one of my Q2 Finish Along and of course an OPAM for June.


Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.


Celine


Saturday, 2 June 2018

New quilt along(s)



I think I have been very weak! I just joined a new quilt-along on Instagram the #scrappytrip2018 which is based on Bonnie Hunter's tutorial. I have so much fabric in my stash I figured that could be a good way to use some up and my brother is turning 40 next year so that could be a nice present for him. The idea would be to make a big quilt (of course!) so I am thinking (ideally) 6x7 blocks which means 42 blocks or 252 strips. Surely that should make a hole in my stash??? Who am I kidding???
Anyway, next decision is fabric/colour choice. Obviously I don't want it too girly... but will I stick to a colour scheme or should I go for an explosion of colours and just pick my fabric randomly, after all I need quite a few strips... so many decisions. I think I will just start cutting and see what happens after a while.... I'll probably reuse some of the fabric but I think I probably have more than 250 fabrics in my carefully curated collection...

And there is also another quilt along that has caught my eye, it is the Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along that Cheryl and Paige will start on 5th July. The quilt design will be available next Thursday, I can't wait to see it. Let's see if I can resist it or not...
grab button for Modern Plus Sampler
Have you started any quilt/along recently?

Celine



Friday, 1 June 2018

June goals

Another month, another list! With lots in common from last month of course...But let's hope for a few more finishes this month again.


Hoping for finish
1. Kielo dress - I need to finish the armband, the neck and the hem. This will be my One monthly goal 
2. Lucia top by Sew Over It - cut and ready to be assembled 


WIP
1. Farmer's wife 
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here 


3. Postcards of the world - 1 postcard to draw and 1 to finish 


4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - let's try to continue to make more blocks

UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - (19 blocks) - this one was my February goal on the APQ UFO challenge, I need a few more blocks to finish this top, it would be good to get there


2. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks
3. Mischief blocks  
4. Project 48 / Summer Solstice 
5. Super Mario quilt 
6. Impromptu quilt 
7. Bubbles quilt - this was my APQ UFO challenge for March, that I progressed from a pile of blocks to a flimsy ready for quilting next time the frame will be coming out. Maybe this month?
8. Zodiac BOM 
9. Granny Square - this was my APQ UFO challenge for April, and is currently a pile of blocks 



New Projects
1. Power trip bag 
2. Flora case
3. Cardigan
4. Colette blouse or shirt 
5. Demoiselle dress for A
6. Imagine dress  
7. Kenda dress for me
8. Bubble dress for A
9. Faux leather jacket 
10. Trapezette dress for C
11. Lander trousers (silver) 
12. Passport wallet for me 
13. Gotham cape
14. Swingset skirt C 
15. Kyoto top
16. Pyjama M 
17. Pyjama A 
18. Nightdress C
19. Nightdress for me
20. Pyjama for hubby
21. Uvita top
22. Brasov top
23. Acacia underwear
24. Cadence court
25. Tabor V-neck top
26. Yoga Pants
27. PE bag M
28. Scrappy Trip Along
29. Suki Kimono
30. Ostara top
31. Tabor V-neck
32. Teachers' presents

Celine

Thursday, 31 May 2018

May recap

Another month has gone by sooo quickly! I can't believe it is nearly June already. I made a few items this month and also some blocks so I am rather happy about that, including some not on the list one... oops!

Hoping for finish
1. Orsola dress - nearly finished, I only have the inside waistband to finish sewing by hand. This will be my One monthly goal - finished and enjoyed already!


WIP
1. Farmer's wife - no progress 
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here no progress 


3. Postcards of the world - 1 more postcard to draw and 1 to finish - there has been a lot of unpicking and some stitching too.... 


4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - let's try to continue to keep up more or less - I would really like to pick this one up again.... - 10 more blocks this month

UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - (19 blocks) - this one was my February goal on the APQ UFO challenge, I need a few more blocks to finish this top, it would be good to get there - no progress


2. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks - no progress
3. Mischief blocks   - no progress
4. Project 48 / Summer Solstice - no progress
5. Super Mario quilt - no progress
6. Impromptu quilt - no progress
7. Bubbles quilt - this was my APQ UFO challenge for March, that I progressed from a pile of blocks to a flimsy ready for quilting next time the frame will be coming out. Maybe this month? - no progress
8. Zodiac BOM - no progress
9. Granny Square - this was my APQ UFO challenge for April, and is currently a pile of blocks - no progress



New Projects
1. Power trip bag 
2. Flora case
3. Jenna or Blackwood cardi black
4. Colette blouse 
5. Demoiselle dress for A
6. Imagine dress  
7. Kenda dress for me
8. Bubble dress for A
9. Faux leather jacket 
10. Trapezette dress for C
11. Lander trousers (silver) 
12. Passport wallet for me 
13. Gotham cape
14. Swingset skirt C 
15. Kyoto top
16. Pyjama M 
17. Pyjama A 
18. Nightdress C
19. Nightdress for me
20. Pyjama for hubby
21. Uvita top
22. Brasov top
23. Acacia underwear
24. Cadence court
25. Nellie top - finished
26. Yoga trousers from Sew Active wear book
27. PE bag M

Celine

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Ogden - again!

Yes, another one! I really love this pattern, in case you were wondering :-) so I now plan my makes to squeeze in an Ogden as well when I can. And the Nellie blouse I made was no exception of course. So I made an Ogden with the crepe de Chine as well and although I finished it about the same time as the blouse, I hadn't had a chance to wear it yet because the sun just wasn't there! But finally this week-end, I wore it for our meal in the restaurant for French Mother's Day.
 It is interesting to see how fabrics behave differently. Although I used exactly the same size as my other Ogden, this one feels a lot more tight when wearing it. But it is still such a nice top and I love the back of it too.
Another OPAM for May and another one of my Q2 FAL list, after all, I didn't list how many Ogden I was planning to make ;-) there might be more!
Linking to Let's Bee Social

Celine


Friday, 25 May 2018

Few more blocks

Little by little, I will get there! But I must admit I have been more drawn towards clothes making against this month. Anyway I did squeeze another 3 Farmer's Wife 1930 blocks, only 3 but 3 more... and with just under a week until the end of May, who knows, I might reach 10 blocks this month!

For now, meet #22 Cat

#25 Crystal

and #40 Grandmother, which was a bit fiddly with the Y-seams

That gives me 9 blocks this month.

Celine

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Nellie blouse

Another successful week-end when I have managed to make a new garment from start to finish. This time I had set my eyes on the Nellie Blouse by Republique du Chiffon after seeing so many great ones online. I had never tried a Republique du Chiffon pattern before, nor had I made a "blouse" really. With the ruffle, this one has no collar to build and it is sleeveless so that another simplification.

I had a lovely Crepe de Chine in my stash that I had bought 2 meters of last year very cheaply so I decided to use it up to try this new-to-me pattern. I cut the pieces on Friday night and managed to complete the blouse between Saturday and Sunday. I even found some buttons in my box that could work for the blouse! Et voila, a new blouse ready to be worn on Monday morning! How good is that?

Plus there is the added feel good factor of using some of my ever-increasing stash. I listened to the Love to Sew podcast episode about Stash size/management recently and Helen and Caroline were mentioning how many pieces of fabric they had in their stash vs how many garments they make in a year and therefore how many months/years of stash they had already. That made me realised that in my case the numbers are from pretty, even though I have only started sewing clothes a year ago or so.... So I need to really think more carefully about what I buy and how I am going to use it... or not. That also made me start to catalog my stash in Trello (there is a great how to tutorial on Camille's blog) and although I haven't yet recorded everything, it has been quite a sobering process so far. And of course I'll need to do the same for my sewing patterns. I won't even try with my quilting fabric stash... I might break the Trello software ;-)
What about the pattern? My measurements came in between 2 sizes so I wondered whether to grade or not. In the end, I only graded the side seams, not the shoulder ones since the difference was very little. Because the blouse is floaty and not fitted, it worked fine with this little adjustment.
One thing I didn't really like is that the seam allowance is not included in the pattern pieces so you need to add it when you cut your fabric. Frankly, I much prefer when it is already included but anyway, I managed it. I guess one of the advantage of not having it included is that you can the seam allowance whichever size you want so if you have a fabric that frays a lot (like mine) and want to make it bigger or if you want to finish your seams with French seams, that's easier.
The instructions were quite easy to follow, even though there were 2 occasions where I only understood what was meant after I had done it! And there is no notches (at least none that I saw) on the pattern pieces so I was a little anxious that it would be difficult to construct it properly but in the end it came together quite easily. The buttonholes are not marked either so again that allows flexibility but can be more daunting if you are not sure!
It is my first made and actually my first garment with ruffles like this one, and I really like. So altogether, a productive week-end with a happy finish ready for summer. Now if it could be warm enough to wear my lovely top!

This is one more OPAM and I am adding it to my Q2 FAL list where I wrongly listed the Orsola dress twice (I'll blame it on the jetlag on the return from China for this one!), hopefully the committee will be kind to me :-).

Linking to Let's Bee Social and Whoop Whoop Friday.
Celine



Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Patchwork blocks

I can't believe it is over a month since I had sewn any patchwork blocks. There is some serious competition for my free time between dressmaking and patchwork! Anyway, after finishing my orsola dress, I picked up my Farmer's Wife 1930 blocks in an attempt to keep it going somehow. We had a glorious week-end with lots of sunshine and an extra day as Monday was bank holiday plus we had some company as my Mum came over. I sneaked a Iittle sewing time here and there and managed to make 6 blocks over the week-end, which I am really happy about, even if they are not all perfect (3/4' squares and HST are fiddly!)

17 Bride

18 Carol

19 Carolina

29 Doris

30 Em

31 Eva

No particular reason for making those blocks other than I had the paper piecing patterns already printed out.

6 blocks so far this month, let's hope I can keep the momentum going and carry on!
Linking to Let's Bee Social
Celine

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