Sunday, 26 February 2017
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
However the sewing machine has been out and if you follow me on instagram @craftyclaire74 then you can see what I've been up to. It's sewing and food most of all.
Anyway I've been working on a project since July 2015 which is now finally finished. It is the Drunk Love 2 Tone quilt from Denise Schmidt's book Quilts.
I bought the fabric from Hancocks of Paducah costing $102. I think the exchange rate at that time was pretty good.
Here is some of the journey:
Turquoise back. I stitched in the ditch to quilt it but I love how you see it on the reverse.
Nearly there, you get the idea.
Mitre corner - I still marvel at how this works.
Some of my quilts that I have made. From top: Castle Peeps by Lizzy House, My first ever quilt from Sew Hip Magazine, a quilt made from Amy Butler's Midwest Modern fabric scraps and the bottom one the Denise Schmidt Drunk Love 2 Tone.
More pictures are on my instagram feed, please hop over and take a look.
Posted by craftyclaire at 07:05
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
I did not know what was going on in the inside of the back rest, so it was interesting to remove the fabric cover and see the construction.
The webbing and foam needed replacing, I followed the instructions in a book called House Proud by Danielle Proud, which worked a treat.
My husband helped me stretch and attach the herringbone webbing with upholstery tacks.
I then tacked on a piece of hessian over the webbing. The 1" foam was laid down on top of that and then lightweight batting was stretched down on top of the foam and stapled into place to hold down the foam.
The cover was just pulled down tight over the back rest frame and stapled firmly into place.
I made a box cushion to cover the new 3" foam seat pad, that has a zip fastening at the back
Obligatory gratuitous shots:
I am really proud of our efforts here. My husband still has to sand and varnish the wood, but I've done my side of the bargain. I bought all the webbing and upholstery supplies from ebay shops, and the foam locally. Now that I know we have sorted out the structure, I wouldn't be worried about changing the fabric again. Any questions, please ask.
Posted by craftyclaire at 02:50
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
It may have appeared that i have fallen off the planet, but I've just been busy studying, working and raising a family. In the summer break I have lined up a load of projects to tackle.
The Hawthorn dress by Colette Patterns has queue jumped all the way to the top. I am going to tackle version 3 (sleeveless shirt dress) in this bird print fabric which I found of ebay here.
It is described as a cotton lawn, I am waiting for it to arrive. To make it even more exciting there is a sew along on the Coletterie blog. I will definitely be following that step by step. Here's the schedule:
- June 26 – Buying fabric and making your muslin
- July 1 – Full and Small bust adjustments
- July 3 – Wide or narrow shoulder adjustments
- July 5 – Fitting the cuffs (a quick and easy adjustment)
- July 8 – Interfacing, Staystitching, Darts, and Shoulders
- July 10 – Collar, Facings, and Side Seams
- July 12 – Attaching the skirt or peplum
- July 15 – Version 1, short sleeve
- July 17 – Version 2, 3/4 length sleeve
- July 19 – Version 3, Armhole
- July 22 – Buttons, Hem, and Finishing
- July 29 – Hawthorn Parade: Vote for your favorites!
Posted by craftyclaire at 02:39
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
I have been looking for a jewellery frame holder for a while, to hang my necklaces from, to stop them tangling up. I found an example of one that was ok from Cox & Cox for £35. I didn't really want to spend that on something that I wasn't that keen on aesthetically!
So an idea of how I could make one started to come together in my mind. Yesterday I was out and about and saw a cheap corkboard, and I was off!
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
I hope you like them as much as the teacher's did. I think these make a great present, and tend to be much appreciated by the receiver.
Monday, 23 July 2012
The pattern, itself, is a dream to make. It has brilliantly written instructions, which are very easy to follow. Sarai has set a very high standard for other independent pattern makers (and the big companies too).
Of course, my sewing standards are not quite as high as they were needed, and somehow, my hemming was atrocious, with a wonky bottom. So I unpicked it all and put it away! For THREE years!!! Oh dear, was it really that long?
Well I have decided in this financially tight time, to get out all my WIP/ UFO and to complete them. So the Beignet is finally finished. It is a red linen skirt, for the spring/ summer. It is fully lined, so it's quite warm, I will definitely wear it, and I am pleased with it overall!
I also have a few patterns and fabric brought for some projects that I have not made yet. I will probably try and do those too!
UPDATE: Sew Magazine are offering the Taffy Blouse from the Colette Patterns Handbook as a free download to print and make