Monday, 29 December 2014
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Me and my husbands moved into our flat just over 4 months ago and I have been spending a lot of time thinking about tiles and paint colours whilst bashing things with a hammer. The countless hours of researching wall insulation and scraping paint from the bannister means I have had little time to invest in sewing activities, not to mention that the new study/sewing room is piled high with power tools and sandpaper (sigh).
I have managed to find time for a few projects including this bobble hat that matches a scarf I knitted last year. It is a fun hat, but I cannot seem to find a way to wear it that doesn’t make me look like a giant mushroom. Might have to knit another less mushroomy style soon. I also finished piecing the top of a quilt for our bedroom, but the rest of that project will have to wait until I have finalised the colour scheme, I already spent several hours removing about 15 squares I decided I no longer liked.
Last night I ordered some Rowan Kidsilk Haze in a rich dark purple which I will use to make Kim Hargreaves Aislin pattern. I am experimenting not watching TV so I have more time for life’s gentler pursuits, which will hopefullylast long enough to knit at least one decent jumper and maybe read a book.
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Friday, 29 August 2014
I really like sewing with silk dupion as it stays where you put it and you can finger press the seams and pleats in place.
My mum used the left over fabric to make her own matching hat (she is the source of my craftiness).
Thursday, 28 August 2014
We batted a few ideas about before settling on the 50s inspired design which featured a boat neck, full skirt and peplum at the waist. The fabric is a pale mint/turquoise silk dupion from Silk Society in Soho. The skirt was underlined with silk organza and the bodice is self underlined with plastic boning. The dress was lined with Bremsilk cupro lining and there is a concealed zip in the side seam.
The dress was apparently comfortable from morning until night and I think she looked beautiful, but that isn't surprising.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Friday, 27 June 2014
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Friday, 11 April 2014
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Like many a sewing enthusiast I really enjoyed watching the Great British Sewing Bee and had no idea who was going to win until they made the announcement. I couldn’t decide If I was routing for Heather or Chinelo. I am so jealous of Chinelo’s ability to cut patterns freehand, but pleased to see that the most experienced sewer won in the end. This is probably due to the fact that like Heather I like to sew simple patterns and try to do them well- not always successfully. I know I would fail stupendouslytrying to sew a gown in 7 hours, the thought of sewing to a deadline fills me with terror, but I wonder if I would be a better seamstress if I challenged myself with different types of projects?
Watching the contestants tackle the tasks in such different ways made me think what it important to me as a sewer and what parts of constructing a garment I enjoy most. Most of the contestants had such strong sewing personalities which they seemed to battle throughout the show- I think many of our hearts went out to Chinelo struggling with the tie pattern and I felt a personal sense of alarm when Tamara whipped out the glue gun on couture week!
I have been making more and more of my own patterns and developing my hand sewing techniques. I enjoy having a hand-sewn garment made to my measurements. The time consuming nature means I am increasing drawn to using quality fabrics that will produce long-lasting clothes. It is much more methodical and as a result I enjoy making toiles and pressing seams much more – both of which I used to find dull. I get a great sense of achievement knowing that a garment is emerging solely due to my time, effort and sewing skills.
There is a flip side in that I rarely let my imagination run whilst making something and always start with a pen and paper.I rarely refashion garments. I am never going to have an imagination like Tamara, but I think draping may be a good way to get the creative juices flowing a bit more freely.
Food for thought
Sunday, 6 April 2014
Saturday, 4 January 2014
|Kim Hargreave's logan dress|
It has been a while since I have blogged about knitting, which has taken a back seat to sewing lately. This dress is most deserving of the first post of 2014. I finished this Kim Hargreaves design from her Shadows collection just before Christmas, which was an absolute necessity as I was given the wool for Christmas 2012.
I substituted the yarn from the recommended wool and I was concerned that the pure wool aran would be a little bit bulky and it probably is, but it does have the advantage if being extremely warm and machine washable.
The pattern was simple and easy to follow, although I made a big mistake on my tension square which gives the number of stitches per 10 cm squared "when slightly stretched". Mine and Kim Hargreaves version of slightly stretched must be quite different, yet I failed to realise my mistake until I had knitted the front, back and most of one sleeve. It was huge and the whole lot had to be frogged and knitted again. Soul destroying, but I ploughed on through the misery and I love the end result, I just hope the frogged wool won't bobble up too much.
I think the next project will have to be something I can whip up quickly in a chunky yarn.