Sunday, 29 July 2012

Pattern Pyramid Giveaway!

Hello Lovely Internets

Look what came through the post box yesterday morning!

My pattern pyramid parcel from Sorbet Surprise
Check out that polka dot jiffy bag! I never know such things existed

I ripped open the awesome Union Jack wrapping paper to find these lovelies

My pattern of choice

 Gorgeous ey? I've had to stop myself drooling over it!

 Now the other patterns must go onward and find homes! If you would like to enter the giveaway and become part of the pyramid please have a nosey at the rules below -

  • Anyone, anywhere can enter the giveaway by posting a comment below by midnight GMT Friday 3rd August BUT you must have an active blog. (Reasons to become obvious.)
  • I will randomly select one winner.
  • I will post on a selection of patterns to the winner, along with the Pattern Pyramid hand woven labels to be sewn into anything made from one of these patterns.
  • The winner will pick one pattern to keep for themselves, then host their own giveaway. They will randomly select a winner, post the remaining patterns to that Person C. Person C will pick a pattern for themselves, host their own giveaway and post the remaining patterns to the winner, Person D. Person D will…
  • The patterns have not been checked so pieces may be missing, it is pot luck!
  • If you’re a winner, I would love it if you could make a small contribution to The Brooke. This is a charity close to the heart of Catherine, who so generously provided these patterns.

Best of luck folks and many thanks to Karen of Did you make that? for starting this off :)

Sunday, 8 July 2012

The 50p Outfit

Well this week has been interesting/busy/stressful... I have joined Britain's legion of the unemployed as I was made redundant last Friday, on the plus side that means more time for sewing, on the negative, no money for fabric so I will be working through my epic stash of both fabric and yarn.

Obviously unemployment means I need to economise, which conveniently leads me to this skirt I found on sale at a local charity shop for 50p (OK I'm bending the truth a little bit, as I finished re-fashioning this skirt yonks ago but never blogged it, bad me!)

 This is how the skirt looked when I bought it, the waistline sat super high up on my rib cage and the hem was at my mid calf, soo yeahhhh real attractive!

Here's what it looks like now, with bonus pic of a top made entirely from scraps, more on that in a bit

So here is what i did to the skirt -

Unpicked the zip & rescue waistband button
chopped several inches off the top and bottom of the skirt
sew up old centre back zip opening & unpick side seam
insert zip in newly unpicked side seam (I hate centre back zips on skirts)
create new waistband facing from cut off fabric
sew hem
add hook & eye to top of zip (grudgingly)

shot of the cheap and cheerful waistband and probably the best representation of the colour (which is what drew me to it in the first place)

On to the top! which I have no further full photo's of ... oops...

anyway the pattern is Simplicity 2599 which I think everyone and their dog has made. It went together easily and I will probably make a couple more as it's a good wardrobe basic.

I made this top entirely out of scraps, the blue is from the skirt above, the yellow is from the 1994 dress and the white is the remnants of some cotton poplin that I've been using for lining/underlining

considering I 'eyeballed' rather than measured the fabric I was pretty pleased when everything lined up!

also, should I ever have my own country, this will be my flag

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Theres been a bit of a snag...

well, actually, there have been several...

along with a whole pack of broken denim needles....

and enough swear words to make a sailor blush.

 I have given up on getting these Capri's finished, they have been disgustedly pushed to one side and put in time-out for at least a week.

The one good thing about these trousers so far -

 pretty lining fabric for pockets and waistband! obviously I'm too fed up to consider the white balance and take a proper picture so its much less orange in real life!