Tuesday, 31 July 2018

July recap

July has been busy but I feel it has been a productive month! I am so happy to have finished quite a few items, all despite the massive heatwave we had and the extensive travelling time.

Hoping for finish
1. Teacher's presents. This will be my One monthly goal as school finishes later in the month! - all done

2. Suki Kimono - finished
3. Kielo wrap dress - finished

4. Scrappy Trip Along - 10 more blocks to make 15

1. Farmer's wife - no progress
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here - if anything I have been moving backwards with this one since I unpicked all my strips

3. Postcards of the world - 1 postcard finished and last one started

4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - let's try to continue to make more blocks - no progress

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. 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 - navy blue 
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, more!
24. Cadence court
25. Tabor V-neck top - cut
26. Yoga Pants
27. Lander trousers - wine 
28. Lander shorts - green
29. Dress C -  finished

30. Ostara top
31. Suki dressing gown
32. Kingfisher sew-along


Monday, 30 July 2018

Moxi shorts

Shorts have disappeared from my wardrobe years ago but with the recent heatwave, I wish they hadn't . I guess I felt too self-conscious to wear them, even to exercise. I recently ordered a pair online and it was so nice to wear them for fitness when it has been boiling hot. So on a whim, last Sunday I joined Sarah's Moxi shorts sew-along. Fabric was promptly ordered on Monday morning so I grew more and more frustrated when it didn't turn up until Saturday...
I started cutting the shorts Saturday afternoon and managed to complete Day 1 and 2 of the sew-along. The bias binding made me a little anxious but  Sarah's video is so clear that it came together very easily. The compression shorts are a great add on because the shorts are indeed .... short.

With the bias binding on and the the compression shorts assembled, just the waistband was left to finish my first pair of (Moxi) shorts. 

Bonus point, the side leg pocket on the compression shorts fit my (rather large) phone, just! I know I could have checked before cutting etc but I only tried this morning :-)

And here it is, one more finish (that wasn't on my list, oops!) and one more OPAM for July! Of course the heatwave is gone for now so it is indoor photos until I test them in real-life running outing!


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Scrappy Trip Along

The quilt-along has finished earlier in the month and of course I failed to finish and really failed with only 5 blocks completed!

Of course, there was also the teachers' presents to sew and all the clothes I wanted/planned to make that the strips had been parked until this week. I am glad that I finally found some time to pick up the cut strips I had prepared for my sewing day in June and made more blocks
I finished 4 purple blocks
as well as 6 blue blocks
With these 10 additional blocks, I have 15 out of 35... not even half way through.
The orange strips are all cut for the next 5 blocks so hopefully there will be more progress soon again. But you know what I am like, I have so many projects I want to work on at the same time... and so little time....
And that's my 10 blocks for July.
Linking to Let's Bee Social


Monday, 23 July 2018

Pauline dress

Elegance & Elephants is a new pattern company to me and I must admit I really like the look of the designs. I bought the Pauline dress pattern when it came out with my eldest daughter in mind and found the perfect fabric for her!
She is not a princess-loving girl so the clean lines of the Pauline dress with the lovely blue cotton felt like a great combination for her.
I had to use a smaller size than her age for the fit but a bigger one for the length, she is thin and tall! 
The construction of the yoke and the frill brought me a little trouble and I had to unpick a few times but overall I managed to finish it. The wrong side of the fabric is as nice as the right side I think, I love the chambray effect.
I was so happy to finish it just in time for the school holidays so she will be able to wear it in the summer.
It fits her really nicely, so I must say I am really pleased with the outcome. I am pleased to have it finished so quickly as well.
One more of my Q3FAL list and one more OPAM for July.


Sunday, 22 July 2018

New quilt-alongs

Do I need a new project? I know I hear you laughing... of course I do not. Will I start a new project? Of course I will not (whisper: well maybe I will!) In any case, I'll help whoever might be reading my blog with a public announcement! There are 2 new quilt-alongs that I am considering at the moment.

The first one is a Dresden quilt one. It starts on 8 August and honestly, it does look so good, doesn't it? One block a week for 26 weeks, how difficult can that be? Head over to Susan's website to find out more!

The second one is as much a quilt-along as a UFO busting challenge in my case...  so I would definitely need to join! Angie is starting a Farmer's Wife quilt-along on 24 August 2018. I started this project over 5 years ago with the aim to make the quilt for my mother's 60th birthday and of course this didn't happen.... So maybe I can finish it for her 70th...
I am sure I will not keep up with the rhythm of this one (as I have magnificently failed the 2 editions of the FW1930 quilt-along) but any new block is a baby step forward to a finish quilt!
Will you join me in stash busting, UFO creating? :-)


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Suki kimono

Suki was the pattern of the month for the Sew My Style challenge. I had been eyeing that pattern for a while as a cover up for my Ogden cardis so it felt like it was the right time to try it. I duly bought the pattern and raided my stash for a light woven cotton that I had bought a year ago but that was too sheer to wear on its own.

I decided to go for the Suki "short-cover" hack option from Helen's blog partly because I didn't have much fabric and also because of the use I wanted of it.

Because the fabric is really sheer, I used French seams which I thought would look neater.

The pattern comes together beautifully and is easy to make (specially this simpler version) and is also easy to wear. I finished the sleeves with hand stitching to have a neater finish.

I loved the pattern so much that I bought some cotton waffle fabric to make myself a dressing gown... now if I could also buy "time".

So my Suki wasn't finished in June but never mind, it is finished and I have already enjoyed wearing it.

One more OPAM for July and one more of my Q3 FAL list!


Friday, 20 July 2018

Little purses

On my to-do list this week, I had 2 additional little purses that I was planning to make for my youngest daughter's teachers' assistants. 
I used some coated cotton for the top and some glitter cotton for the bottom. I also used the same cheerful French fabric for the lining. 
I used 2 strips of black 2.5 x 6.5 and a piece of glitter 6.5 x 6.5 for the outside and 2 pieces 1.5 x 2.5 for the little tabs on either side of the zip. 
For the lining I used 2 pieces 6.5 x 5 
The purses came together very easily and relatively quickly and used this tutorial by for the zip tabs. I love the way it looks and how it finishes the top really neatly.
I was lucky to find the right zips in my stash too, matching colours and correct size!
 I like those little purses very much and I think they make cute little pressies. I could easily see more of these in my future... if only I had more free time!
And that another cross off my Q3 FAL list as well as more OPAM for July.
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday and Let's Bee Social


Thursday, 19 July 2018

Seeing double?

School is nearly over and for once, I finished all the teachers' gifts early, as in very early (not early in the night before the last day!) - up to a week before. The last pouch I made is an almost exact repetition of the previous one, that's why you could think you're seeing double!

This third one open-wide pouch is for my son's lovely teacher. I used the tutorial by Stitch Mischief again and the same coated cotton fabric from the Cloth House Warehouse sale that I had used before with some lovely cotton glittery fabric that I bought recently for the outside. Inside I also used the same "French" print as before and this time, I didn't cut the piece in half in the middle but 1'' off to avoid having all the seams together

This is my first project off my Q3 FAL list and one more OPAM for July as well as the second half of my One monthly goal.
And of course, when I thought I was all done with presents for teachers, my youngest decided that she also wanted something for the teacher's assistants in her class so more to come!
Also linking to Whoop Whoop Friday and Let's Bee Social.


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