Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Newest Stash and A Giveaway!

I finally got my last assignment completed for uni and although I have an exam in a month, I'm allowing myself a few relaxing, crafty days before I really start studying. And in order to celebrate my return to the crafting world, I bought a few little things from my favourite online fabric store, Seamstar. Not only were they having a remnant sale, which I never can resist, but they were also selling random remnant rolls and trimming bags. The element of surprise appealed to me so I went ahead and got one of each. And my haul looks like this.

Firstly I got two Dan Stiles Organics fat quarters that were reduced because they had slight damage. But both are near the selvedge so it shouldn't be a problem. I don't have a project in mind for these right now, but the boyish colours and prints mean they will eventually get used up for some little thing for my sons.

I also got two remnants from the Momo 'It's a Hoot' range, basically because I loved this range and in fact you'd be hard pressed to find Momo fabric that I didn't love.

Next was the remnant bundle. It was pretty much luck of the draw with this one, and while there are fabrics I loved, like the gray and green floral print, or the rich stripe, there are others I'm at a bit of a loss with. Namely the pink kids fabric in the background, since I don't have little girls. But I'm keeping it in the hope that it'll come in handy some day.

Sorry all of the fabrics are so wrinkled. I'm not the type to iron my stash before I take photos.

But by far my favourite is the fun Hallowe'en print, which I'm going to use to make mini bunting to decorate with come Hallowe'en, so that is top on my list of future plans. I'll also be doing a how to guide for the bunting which I will probably post over on Daily Waffle. (PS: Have you been over there recently to check out my writing? Not all of it is about superheroes!)

The trimming bag was a mix of long lengths of basic colours and short lengths of more interesting ribbons. However, there were some that are just too short for the sort of crafting I do. Maybe they'd be good for card makers or scrap-bookers. So with that in mind, I am giving away a few odds and ends from my stash.

Included in the prize is a remnant of Tina Givens Opal Owl Grain fabric in violet approx. 56cm x 35cm, a 64cm of red pom pom trimming, 46cm of white floral trim, 70cm of purple floral trim, 30cm of green ribbon and 1m of cream and brown floral print cotton ribbon.

To win, all you have to do is leave a comment. And if you are a follower of this blog you'll get two entries, so why not click the follow button, eh? The winner will be chosen randomly next Wednesday, so plenty of time to enter. Good luck!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Finally...the crescent skirt

Sorry readers! I haven't forgotten about you, nor have a forgotten about my crafty endeavours, but my sewing machine seems to get more use these days taking up trouser legs than anything really exciting. I was in Ikea yesterday and fell in love with so many of their weird and wonderful fabrics, but since I didn't have a project in mind, I didn't feel the urge to buy anything. Something must be up.

I suppose it's because I've been spreading myself a bit thin recently. The twins are pretty much potty trained, but the baby is resisting feeding himself finger foods, so that's taking up a lot of time and energy. Besides this blog and my comics-centric one, Pink Ink, I also write for Daily Waffle and Team Hellions. That last one is a pretty recent addition, and the tone of my work there is very much tongue in cheek and not to everyone's tastes. In fact, what I find most difficult about the writing work is that I have to adjust my style slightly for each audience, but that's great experience for me. When I started this blog I didn't think it would open up so many oppurtunities for me, but blogging, and using Twitter, has made a huge difference. Now I just have to find a paying writing job!

So, today I'm doing a bit of a retrospective about a skirt I made quite a few months ago. I got the pattern for the Crescent Skirt on Sewaholic where the fantastic Tasia blogs about sewing and has her own patterns available for you to buy. I liked the full skirted style of the Crescent Skirt, the high waist and the pockets, which are essential for me these days. I thought I could manage the pattern by myself, and I probably could have, but one of the great things about Tasia is that she holds sew-alongs where she takes you through the complete sewing of the garment, start to finish, with really helpful tips thrown in. The crescent skirt sew-along was fantastic, and I can't recommend it highly enough. I learned how to do french seams and how to sew perfectly flat pockets which won't ruin the line of a garment. It's like buying a pattern with a free tutorial thrown in!

I chose plain green fabric for my skirt, mostly because I've been looking for a skirt in this colour to go with a few superhero t-shirts I have, and when I couldn't find one, I decided to make one. But I will be making this skirt again in pretty patterns as well as in a heavier fabric for wearing with tights and wellies when the winter comes along.

Please excuse the rubbish photo and poorly ironed skirt - did I mention I'm super busy?

Handy pocketses
 At the moment, Tasia has three patterns; a blouse, a skirt and a dress and sew-alongs for all three too, so why not pop over and see if her elegant styles appeal to you.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

In which I aplogise...

Sorry! Sorry for being a terrible blogger. To be honest, I have that many writing commitments at the moment that it's taken a while to get to grips with it all. But, I've gotten it all under control and I promise I'll be back before the week is out to show you the skirt I made a few months back, and the sew along I followed that made it easy peasy! I also have one or two more tutorials up my sleeve so hopefully I'll be able to keep posting semi regularly from now on :)