Hello possums! Have you missed me? Did you even notice I haven’t been doing any normal sewing for AGES? Well, I’m in an insane flurry right now, feeling unwell [some horrible stomach bug, I look like I’m pregnant] and marking three A level papers simultaneously. Bad planning, what can I say? So I decided to … Continue reading Oh Dear Oh Dear…
In which your beloved Fairy comes to a sticky end with several projects… You know what? I think it’s as important to share disasters as triumphs. I wouldn’t want anyone to think I know what I’m doing, or that everything I make works out. You saw those purple trousers didn’t you? I can’t work … Continue reading What Kind of….
Tomato/tomata… Irrelevant to the dress, but I love the song. There’s an interview with Peter Gabriel where he describes the song’s origins- I just know it makes the hairs on my neck stand up, good enough for me! Back to the sewing: Style Arc ‘Jacinta’ maxi dress, poly jersey, heavy ponte, quite beefy. I got … Continue reading Jacinta/Jacinto
You know I love Style Arc right? Huh? Well I was bored today at work, so I compiled a visual list of all the patterns I have. I think. It was at work, so it’s from memory, but it’s not a bad collection…have a peek. I make that 37. 4 skirts, 7 trousers, 6 jackets, … Continue reading STYLE IT!
Sorted! It wasn’t as much work as I’d thought either: I unpicked the zip on one side only, leaving a pin level with the waistband…moved it all down a tad, basted, re-stitched, and tweaked the hemline on one side to match t’other. A bit of hand sewing to catch down all the facings and do … Continue reading Mindicated
Last of the current batch: StyleArc ‘Mindi’ jeans skirt, zip front and zip patch pockets. Red stretch denim, insides finished in self made bias from Mickey Mouse brushed cotton. If I tell you that I originally bought this fabric from a market stall to make something for my son when he was about 2. [and … Continue reading Bottoms Up! #2
I’ve finally had a letter saying the redundancy threat is lifted. It arrived before we went on our day out on Saturday, so I delayed opening it in case it spoiled the day…phew! We had a lovely, sunshiney, blue skies day out at Goodrich castle and Symonds Yat. Cream tea, pub lunch, a stroll by … Continue reading At Last!
Well they did it again, the little buggers! Another email bulletin, and a ruddy money off voucher. Xmas in July indeed! More printing, cutting and glueing ahead… The latest indulgences, soon to hit the cutting table: Mara shirt dress Lani tunic Both for me. I think the Lani will be great for using some of … Continue reading StyleArc! Enough with the temptation now!
[to the tune of ‘grandma, we love you’] Sorry for that trauma! Here we have the results of a couple of low-stress hours at the machines: Style Arc ‘Ann’ T-top and ‘Flat-bottom Flo’ trousers. The top is pretty plain and simple, bar a bit of elastic at each side front to provide a nice bit … Continue reading Style Arc, I love you!
That was me over the last couple of days, choppy choppy, hacky hacky! Then HOURS today of pressy pressy, fusey fusey, bastey bastey. I then had a brain burp and decided that I wanted contrast facing finishes in EVERYTHING. So lots of bias cutting. The results? A mega-heap of sewing waiting for a couple of … Continue reading Cutting a Swathe