Colette has a fantastic sewing blog, and here they shared some terminology I’ve been struggling with since I started sewing (every one just expects you to KNOW IT!) – like bias, edge stitch and notches. Click through for the full post.
I loved quickly sewing up these jackets for my sweet greyhound, Sophie.
Greyhounds NEED winter jackets because they, like models, they are very thin and have no natural defenses.
It’s been just over a year since I got my sewing machine, and I’m finally feeling daring enough to try make myself clothing – my original aim. I’ve hardly got an ‘off-the-rack’ figure and I love the doors sewing opens up to me.
After buying a Tilly and the Buttons book, I fell in love with her really great, step-by-step tutorials and truly beautiful patterns. They were patterns I wanted to make, with the instructions that made them actually achievable.
So happy! My first sewn garment – a #clemence #skirt designed by AND with lovely & detailed instructions by @tillybuttons – is almost done!! Much thanks to @staceyvorster who helped me with the confusing zip! Tomorrow I 'stitch in the ditch' and sew the hem. So excited to try it on! And a little scared… was a little tight so either a) my circumference has increased (😭) or b) my Maths was wrong. Both are equally possible. Either way, it's an incentive to hit my kick boxing class on Monday! . . . . #sewing #SewingDiary #shweshwe #waxprint #tillyandthebuttons #gatheredskirt #bitchingstitches #clemenceskirt #clėmence
There are few things that make me as anxious as Maths.
I dropped the subject in high school and aside from restaurant bills, I barely touch the stuff. And that, fellow makers, is the only con of making your own Roman blinds: the maths. The pros though! They look really stylish, they need to be custom made for each window, and it’s sooo much fun choosing the perfect fabric.
What I also love is that Roman blinds are fairly easy to do for beginner sewers. I had my sewing guru with me guiding me literally step-by-step, but since she’s not a sewing fairy and can’t magically appear everywhere, she let me photograph the process and put together this pretty exhaustive tutorial.
I’m a bit of a blanket sceptic.
Don’t get me wrong, I love owning them, and frequently give Woolworths vast amounts of money for their beautiful blankets, but as more making them… weeeeelll…
A healthy dose of optimism and misguided craftiness means I’ve started no less than three blankets (with another 2 in the works) … but I never seem to get around to actually FINISHING them. So whenever I think ‘I should make my pregnant friend a blanket!’ a part of me says:
BUT I THINK I FOUND MY SOLUTION!
But not quilting. Oh no. The simplest sewing in the world! And when I found an adorable bunny fleece in the colours of my friend’s nursery, I couldn’t resist. I bought it. And now I’m going to sew a fleece blanket LIKE THIS helpful video shows (except mine will have two sides of fleece. Is that OK?? This is a whole new world to me!)
I love sewing. There’s something thrilling about the speed of the projects and the thuka-thuka-thuka of the machine – compared to knitting, it feels like moving from a horse ride to a motorbike.
There’s pros either side, but it’s nice to mix things up and this holiday I’ve really knuckled down into some home decor sewing projects.
Bunting makes everything feel like a craft market, and I frikkin love it. I also frikkin love shwe-shwe fabric. The bright colours and vibrant patterns really resonate with me, and I have some beautiful dresses in a variety of shwe-shwes that make me feel fabulous.
Though shwe-shwe is an old West African form of fabric printing, it’s gaining in popularity around South Africa and brings a bright, modern look to everything it touches.
So naturally, now that I’ve learnt the rudimentals of sewing from my first few lessons (I even made a cushion!) and since I hosted a kitchen tea this Saturday, I thought it would be MUCH better to make bunting rather than buying some.
Because why not. Because if I can make it, rather than buy it, I will.