Monday, 11 September 2017

skirt alterations, cloths, binding and some dressmaking

I finished the cloths I was making for Emily last week. I made them from 2 quilt panels which Debbie had bought many moons ago. We decided that Emily really didn't need any more quilts - at the moment - and the squares on the panels would make ideal cloths so cloths were made. Forty of them! They're all sewn on to a starry flannel sheet which I bought from Asda's. I still have some of the sheet left in case I need to make more - although I can't imagine that Emily will run out of cloths any time soon!

I also finished adding the extra flounces to Emily's skirts to make them longer for her.

I cut up a small piece of bright green sheeting to make bindings. This was the same green I'd used for the quilt panels I showed last time. I have 14m of the stuff for future projects!

Over the weekend, I made myself some black trousers. They're made using the Jalie 3243 pattern which I've made before - blogged here.

I think I might need to do a better ironing job on them before I wear them! LOL

Today I sewed the blouse I had cut out a few weeks ago. It's my old favourite pattern McCall's 5359.

It's not very clear in that photo that the white bits are bows.

Apologies for the threads - I still had to finish off the buttons and buttonholes when I took the photo.

I have no idea what I'll be sewing next. No doubt I'll think of something!

Monday, 4 September 2017


I knew I'd been pretty busy recently but it was only when I checked the photos on my camera that I realised how much I had done!

First of all, I made some cloths for Emily.

I'm in the process of making some more.

As you can see from this photo, these will be well used. Peas! Yum!!

Debbie had bought a couple of quilt panels long before Emily was born and they were just sitting on the shelves in my sewing room so I quilted them on to some fleeces which I bought in Asda's last week for £3 each. Can't complain about that price!

There's one with puppies on the front ...

... with a starry fleece on the back.

The other one has owls on the front ...

... with a heart fleece on the back.

Our garden swing seat tore - Douglas was sitting on it at the time! - so I got some swing seat fabric from eBay and sewed a replacement.

I can't say it was my favourite thing to sew but it works! Much cheaper than having to buy a new swing too!

I've got a few bags and pinnies cut out for the tartan bee ...

I've also got a blouse and a pair of trousers (for myself) cut out and ready to sew.

Remember the skirts I made for Emily here? Well, needless to say, they're far too short for her now so Debbie asked me if I could lengthen them. Thankfully, the waist still fits so I didn't need to sort that too. I did the denim one today and hope to get the pink and blue ones sorted tomorrow.

And finally - a photo of Emily and me chatting on Facetime. Isn't she adorable? :o)