Sunday, 17 July 2016

Baby Bundle

Before anything else, all this stuff was nominally free. It all came from my stash (though some is <6 months old), at some point I've paid good money for it, though not specifically to make these items. Actually, it's all from my knit stash and scraps. I had plans to do the same with the regular woven fabrics too, but I just ran out of gusto.

As I've said before, you only get one first nephew, and you only get to meet him for the first time once! Almost everything here was for him, except for a couple of items which have headed to a friend's son, about the same age.

Sunhat (Oliver & S)

Yellow Nautical Bucket Hat

Elephants (Birch Fabrics blog) and Woolly Mammoths

Elephant soft toys

Elephant and mammoth soft toys

Whales, big and small (heavily modified and pirated, so I'm not telling you any more)

Big whale and little whale plushies

2 whale plushies sat next to each other

Onesie (Burda)


Cardigan (Burda)

Serengeti Flight Stripe Cardi

Cardigan and shorts (Burda)

Monster cardi and shorts

Green leggings (Burda)

Green leggings backGreen leggings front


3x shorts (Burda)

Assorted shorts

Robot outfit (Burda)

Robot outfit

Drawstring bags (no pattern)

Drawstring bags

Grenadier Guard outfit, sans hat (Burda)

Grenadier Guard outfit for baby

Everything is in a range of sizes so hopefully they'll all get a bit of use.

First indcators say that the big whale is getting a lot of attention

Not really got much else to say about these...I counted them up and am just a bit staggered really.


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Static on the airways

*Pokes head above the parapet*

"No, not just yet"

*Retreats and scurries away*

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Whatyukata lookin' at??

Hi folks,

Just checking in from a hostel bar in Okayama. Not going anywhere this evening.

Speak soon,

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Extreme Stashbusting and Scrapbusting

How is it I haven't shown you a finished sewing project since March? It's definitely not from lack of sewing...

I'm feeling a bit caught up and weighed down at the moment. In central London I'm surrounded by so many beautiful fabrics. Goldhawk Road and Berwick Street are both completely feasible "pop in on the way home" trips.

There are two things that stop me from buying every single pretty fabric I see:
  1. Finances
  2. Space in the fabric cupboard
While I'm glad that the former isn't going to change anytime soon, the latter is a bit of a downer.

See that blob on the left? Scraps
See the stack on the right? Half is scraps or leftovers.

I'm in one of those phases of not being precious about the cupboard anymore. I'm antsy to get rid of the stuff I have used - to give me an opportunity to use stuff. At the same time, I'm reluctant to recycle it or give it away without actually using it.

I want to go to Japan (in just over a week, eeep!) and bring back meters of beautiful fabrics without worrying where they'll go.

I also want to stop feeling guilty about some gift fabric that will probably never be made up into something wearable.

So it's a bit of a race. How much stuff can I use up or get rid of? How far can I push myself to make things without buying anything new?

Some of these deserve their own blog post. I'll post a roundup once I've won the stashbusting/scrapbusting battle.

Tap Shoe Bags

Yet more tap shoe bags for the London tappers

Drawstring Bags

They look like tap shoe bags but either bigger or smaller and don't have so many funky pockets. They're heading to some little'uns.
*no photo*

Pin Badge Hanger

Somewhere down the line I realised I had an addiction to pin badges. Now I can see then I realise I need to make more jackets with lapels so that I can display them.

Dress Covers

These have actually been on my to-sew list for a very long time and I only just got around to making them. I have a few things that I'd like to keep nice and undamaged.

Scrap Lace Dress

The mother of scrapbusting projects. Six years of silk scraps! This is definitely for the finer rags in your life.


It wasn't intended to be a swimming dress. I promise it wasn't supposed to be a dress. It just sort of happened like that...


My absolute favourite thing

Ain't no way I'm showing you my pants though!

Baby Clothes

This is part of a whole bundle so don't have any good photos right now...

Item 1 of many...

Soft Toys

Like this little dino

And these ...

And many more! This is exhausting...

K x

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Great British Sewing Bee Drinking Game!

Yes, GBSB is back on our screens and that means that I have a regular opportunity to sit down and shout at the telly. This year I want to make the experience more interesting by introducing a drinking game.

I'll be following this series with a delightful new cider every week. No guarantees of live tweets or social media activity. Largely because I don't watch it live, I'm not that keen on getting slaughtered on a Monday night and I'll be in Japan for part of the series.

Here are the rules,

Take a swig every time any of the following happen:

  • Needlessly saucy comments about Patrick Grant
  • Someone cries
  • Someone mentions GBBO
  • Something is sewn on inside out/backwards/upside down/burnt by the iron
  • A walking foot appears on screen
  • Contestant mentions their handmade wedding dress
  • Contestant is using an indie pattern (name it)
  • Contestant is using a recognisable fabric print (name the brand/supplier)
  • Contestant has grossly misunderstood the brief
  • Judges offer heroically diplomatic criticism
  • Unsuccessful/dodgy application of electronics/"wearable tech"

Happy viewing!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Swedish Visions of Chaos

I find myself a bit tongue tied. Knotted threads, crossed wires, tangled yarns, prints that have become unstuck.
That sort of thing.

It feels a bit like the calm after the storm and I'm a little battered. I like a challenge - during March that meant things like producing homemade hummus for two hundred; but at the moment it's more like not falling asleep in my dinner on a Wednesday evening. I'm too stubborn to admit to still being exhausted though. I love these storms because they bring a flurry of excitement and inspiration. They bring new discoveries and new resolutions. It'll be a while before they'll filter into everyday life and to bear their fruits in unexpected ways.

Grains of rice
Straws and camels
Butterfly wings
That sort of thing.

The making has carried on, though I have nothing to show you yet. No words to describe them and no pictures to show you what I actually mean. I wrote a piece in Jan, which should have gone live before Easter. The project is worth sharing but I poured some soul into the first post and it's obsolete now. Feel a bit bruised about that one. So it's going to sit there for a while. Projects may stay undocumented for a while. New ideas may be put on hold for a while.
That sort of thing.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

New Tap Shoes!

Hey guys,

Look at my beautiful snazzy new shoes! Ain't nobody else got these shoes!

Shows pair of tap shoes with design detail, posing on a table

They are Ruben Sanchez dark green suede (#37) and terracotta nobuk (#7).

I wanted to share them because of the laser engraving. I got to customise the flat pattern pieces before they were sewn up. Talk about bespoke!

Shows generic flat pattern pieces for tap shoe

It took a long time to get my skills up to scratch for this etching - narrowing down from about 7 designs and paring back the eccentricities. Obviously the final product looked different to what I had been imagining early in the design. That's pretty standard though for makers, isn't it?

The possibilities were endless - far too easy to go overboard. In the end I tried to keep it simple and worked some crazy Inkscape magic.

Completed engraved accent pieces, ready for assembly

Image shows flat pattern pieces ready for assembly

My left foot has some "speed shading" too, so that my foot can move really fast - because the design will never look like it's in focus. Speed shading (allow Youtube to explain). Yes. Deliberate.

Pair of tap shoes lying on the floor

one tap shoe and my protective shoe bag
And my shoe bag of course