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Tilly and The Buttons Cleo Dress Pattern Review

The day I saw that Tilly and The Buttons had released a pinafore dress pattern was a great day for me. I had been trawling the internet for a decent pinafore pattern for a very long time and whilst I could find patterns with bibs and ‘skater’ style skirts I couldn’t find any with this all in one style with no waist seam. This was perfect! Last Winter I had admired a couple of patterned pinafores I had seen in the shops and this was what I wanted my Cleo to look like.

I was very excited to read that Tilly and the gang were going to be hosting a Cleo sewing party on November 26th, where you could share your progress on Instagram. Do check out the hashtag #sewingcleo for tons of inspiration. I very much wanted to be a part of this so the pattern was promptly ordered and whilst I waited for this to arrive I searched for my perfect patterned Cleo fabric. I ordered a gorgeous cotton drill from eBay – bit of a risk but it was just right. The only other supplies I needed to buy were a couple of buttons as I already had black thread, interfacing and some leftover lining fabric.

I chose to make the mini length version of the dress, which was perfect for my 5’2″ height. There is a knee length version with a front split if you prefer it longer. I also only cut and used the top pocket as I decided the hip pockets would not be flattering on my shape. I  decided to use buttons as the fastenings, as I thought using dungaree buckles would be too tricky – I am really happy with the button finish but have seen so many versions online made with the buckles that next time I will definitely be giving them a go. They can’t be that difficult can they?

As always the instruction booklet is superb. Great step-by-step photos and written instructions guide you through this project easily and it sews up in very little time – it would have been even quicker if I hadn’t chosen to line it. It’s a perfect pattern for any skill level. I must admit I prefer to cut out my pattern the day before sewing but on this occasion I wanted to do it all in one day.cleo6

I was concerned that the weight of the fabric would make the pocket too bulky to lie flat but this was not a problem and I enjoyed the placement of it and the topstitching. I love a bit of topstitching!

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Simple buttons and more topstitching

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I chose to line the dress with some pretty emerald green lining as I know this will always be worn with tights, and I hate it when dresses and skirts ride up over tights. It was simple enough to do I just cut the lining with the front and back dress pattern pieces and lay it on top of the dress pieces and tacked them into place. Easy.

It was such fun to be a part of the Tilly community for the day, I am thrilled with how the pattern came out – I may cut it a size smaller next time. If you love Tilly and The Buttons patterns too you may like to check out my Bettine pattern review on the blog. I am also currently just finishing my first Coco dress and of course that pattern review will be on the blog too very soon.

I love the finished dress, and I know I will happily make many more, I will probably try a corduroy or denim for my next one, or even a pretty upholstery fabric…

Have you enjoyed making a Cleo? Did you take part in the Cleo sewing party too?  As always I love to hear from you.

Thanks for joining me here and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy xcleo5

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Christmas Tree Bunting Garland Tutorial

December is here, which means it is time to think about putting the Christmas tree up and decorating the house. Several years ago I wanted to make some bunting to decorate our staircase, but didn’t want regular triangular bunting so I made some in the shape of Christmas trees. Each year they come out and I love them, and as this is the first Christmas that I have been writing my blog I thought I would share with you how to make them. They are very quick and easy to make. If you can sew a straight line on a machine then you are good to go!

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You will need:

  • A Christmas tree template. Print off from the internet or sketch your own. Mine is approx 18cm tall
  • Scraps of pretty fabric for the ‘front’ of the trees, these need to be slightly bigger than the size of the tree template
  • Interfacing or polyester wadding to give the trees some structure. I chose to use the polyester wadding as I think it bulks it out just enough to give the trees a bit of body
  • Plain fabric for the ‘back’ of the trees
  • Bias binding or cotton twill tape
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Pinking shears or fabric scissors
  • Star shaped buttons, needle and thread

Directions:

Firstly cut out your Christmas tree template. Roughly cut out a scrap of pretty fabric, some wadding and backing fabric just a little bigger than the size of the tree. Layer them so that the backing fabric is on the bottom, the wadding is in the middle and the pretty fabric is on the top. Finally place your Christmas tree template on the top and pin in place.dsc04599

Take your fabric to the machine and carefully sew around the edge of the tree, sewing as close to the paper edge of the template as you can. This just requires a straight stitch on the machine – when you change direction remember to leave your needle in the down position so that your fabric doesn’t slip.dsc04601

Unpin and remove the template. Your fabric should now look like this.dsc04602

Now you need to cut around the outside edge of the stitching using pinking shears or regular fabric scissors. I use pinking shears because I like the effect this gives. Take care not to accidentally snip your stitches.dsc04603

Repeat this with as many trees as you like!dsc04604

If you haven’t already, decide on the length of the bunting you want and cut your tape or binding to this length. I am using bias binding to hang my trees from so I folded it in half along its length and machined it together, encasing the tops of the trees inside the tape at regular intervals as I went. I also sewed little loops at each end to make hanging easier.dsc04607

If you are using a thicker tape that doesn’t require folding in half then simply attach your trees with a few hand stitches through the top of the trees. When all your trees are attached to the tape finish them off by sewing a pretty star shaped button to the top.Perfect!dsc04624

You’re all done! Now all you need to do is hang your garland and enjoy it! You could embellish your trees with buttons, sequins or ric rac if you wish – let your imagination go wild!dsc04620

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I hope you have enjoyed this and will have a go at making them yourself. Let me know how you get on, I would love to hear from you.

Take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

 

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Sew Over It Erin Skirt Pattern Review

This skirt has been on my wishlist of things to make since it came out in September. I love the idea of a pattern eBook capsule wardrobe and had been seriously considering making a purchase of this when I came across this pattern free inside Simply Sewing Magazine. I must admit I had first been attracted to the magazine because of the free Fold Line Joni dress pattern. Imagine my delight when I discovered that part one of the Erin skirt was included in this issue too! It gets better – the paper pattern pieces were included too – not even a download to print off and stick together. Just dreamy!

After I had finished making the Joni dress (check out my review on the blog), I couldn’t wait to make the Erin skirt. I have admired so many versions of this popping up on Instagram, and I knew I wanted a knee length button-front skirt this Autumn/Winter to wear with warm tights and boots. Lush.

The pattern was incredibly simple to follow, with clear images as well as written instructions. Although these were the instructions from the magazine I would expect them to be the same as you would receive if you purchased the eBook.

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I love all the topstitching details in this pattern.

Part one in issue number 22 takes you through cutting out, darts and pockets. The second part in issue 23 completes the skirt by taking you through adding the waistband, hem and buttons and buttonholes. I particularly like the slanted pockets on this skirt.

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Love these buttons, I originally wanted wooden buttons but when I saw these marble effect beauties I knew I had to have them!

I chose to use a soft denim with a slight stretch which was perfect. No interfacing was necessary for this fabric choice. It sewed up really quickly, nothing complicated at all. There is a fair bit of topstitching required ( on the pockets, skirt front edges and waistband), so I was super slow and careful when stitching these parts as any wobbles would be noticeable, but my patience paid off and they all came out nice and neat. I chose an olive green thread as this gave a lovely contrast to the denim without being too crazy.

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I only needed 1.5 yards of fabric as I made the shorter version of this skirt. I’m 5’2″ so thought the longer length would drown me, and as I know I will be wearing this mostly with tights I chose to line it with a pretty bright emerald green lining. Can’t be doing with my skirt sticking to my tights can you? I’ve never lined anything before and it was a doddle and apart from being really practical it gives the skirt a really fancy finished result!

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I will definitely be making this skirt again. I would love it in a nice corduroy or cotton drill. Imagine it in a fabulous African wax. Yes please. The only thing to be careful of when using denim is to watch where it has been folded on the roll. If it has had a fold in it you may find a line in the denim as I discovered on the back of my skirt and waistband. Never mind it’s not too bad – I have learned to watch out for this next time I use denim.

It also came out a little on the small side for my measurements. I think this must have been an error on my part and that I must have cut the wrong size as other reviews of this pattern don’t seem to have found this. Silly me.

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This has been my first experience with a Sew Over It pattern and I was thrilled. I have been following Lisa and the Sew Over It team for a long time now I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make one of their patterns. I am really interested in the other patterns in the City Break collection, and would love to try the Molly top and dress, so cute and comfortable I imagine.

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Love my garment labels – the finishing touch!

Have you made the Erin skirt too?  I would love to hear about it. As always I’m delighted that you are here and I hope this will inspire you to make this easy cute wardrobe staple.

Take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

 

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Handmade Fabric Pocket Hand Warmers

Now that November is here it really is feeling cold outside. Last weekend after watching my youngest son play football on a very cold field in Leicester, I couldn’t feel my fingers and decided to do something about it.

These cute hand warmers are super quick and simple to make, and use very little fabric so are great for using up those little scraps of fabric we all have lying around. They heat up in the microwave in no time at all so are perfect to grab on your way out in the cold.

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Supplies needed:

  • For each pair of hand warmers you will need 4 squares of fabric. I cut mine 4″ x 4″ Any fabric that you have will do but snuggle or flannel would be extra cosy
  • White rice
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Funnel or a tube made from paper
  • Needle
  • Point turner or something similar (knitting needle/chop stick) for nice sharp corners when turning the right side out

Start by cutting your fabric into squares. I used a rotary cutter and mat but if you don’t have this just carefully mark out your square on the reverse side of the fabric and cut out. For each pair of hand warmers you will need 4 squares.

Take 2 of the squares and pin them together with the right sides of the fabric facing together.dsc04546

Take this to your sewing machine and stitch around 4 sides remembering to leave a gap on one of the sides of about 1.5″ so that you can turn it through to the right side. I used a seam allowance of about 1/4″ Make sure that you backstitch a couple of stitches at the opening that you have made so that it is nice and strong and your stitches won’t rip.dsc04548

Snip all 4 corners diagonally. Not too close to the stitching.dsc04552

Turn your bag the right side out now. Gently push the corners out so that they are nice and sharp – you can use a point turner for this or if you don’t have one you could use a knitting needle, chopstick, or something similar. I like to give it a press with the iron too as this helps when you are closing up the opening later.dsc04557

Now it’s time to fill with rice. I would suggest to fill it about 3/4 full. I used a little funnel that I had already but you could use a funnel that you have made yourself using rolled up paper.dsc04559

Time to close the opening now. I decided to hand sew mine closed using ladder stitch (slip stitch). I know this takes a little more effort and time but I love the invisible finish it gives and I think it looks much neater. You can of course use your machine to close up your bag, simply sew your edges together as close to the edge as you can. Take care not to catch any of the rice grains as you go as they may snap your needle!dsc04562

There you have it! To warm them up just pop them into your microwave for 30-45 seconds and you’re good to go! I love how easy and quick these are to make, it’s difficult to stop at just one pair. Perhaps you could add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil to your rice? You could also make them up in larger sizes and use them for your neck or feet.

If you want to use them as a cool bag simply place inside a freezer safe ziplock bag and freeze.

They are a great unisex gift idea maybe for a teacher or a dog walker, neighbour, friend or just to slip in your childs pocket on the way to school.

I hope you like these sweet little hand warmers. Let me know what you think, I would love to hear from you. Have you made or received some hand warmers like these?

Take care, keep warm, and I’ll be back soon,

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The Fold Line Joni Dress Pattern Review

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As soon as I saw this dress I knew I wanted it! I had first noticed it mentioned on social media on @thefoldline and @SimplySewing_ on Twitter. I knew that if Rachel and Kate from the Fold Line were to have any involvement at all in a project it would be a good one! I instantly fell in love with the style of the dress, particularly the flattering pleats, and the contrasting placket, collar and cuffs reminded me very much of a couple of my very favourite RTW dresses that I reach for time and time again when I want to look my best.

So off I went and purchased Simply Sewing magazine issue 22. This was the first time I had bought this particular magazine and it won’t be the last. Apart from the Jodi dress pattern there are tons of projects that I will be making up in the future – one of which is the pattern for the Sew Over it Erin skirt – watch out for a blog on that very soon. The magazine has a lovely feel to it and I have really enjoyed picking it up and relaxing with it this month (when I haven’t been sewing)!

I was really pleased with the paper pattern and instructions. The pattern pieces were printed on good quality paper and clearly marked. The instructions were clear and simple, not overwhelming at all which can sometimes be the case, and accompanied by plenty of colour photos to help you along.

I decided to use some fabric that I already had in my stash. It is a gorgeous grey and green print that I picked up last year from a trip to Florida, and I have been itching for the opportunity to use it. It is called Fresh Mint Posies Grey I believe and it is from www.emmamila.com  I picked it up at Walmart.

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For the most part it was simple to make. The pockets may look like they would be tricky but are as easy as anything when you follow the instructions carefully. I do love me some pockets in a dress, I mean who doesn’t?

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The contrasting cuffs are super cute too. So pretty with the little split detail and again not difficult at all when you are following such precise instructions. The photographs on the instruction sheet were particularly helpful with this part of the pattern.jodi28

The collar I found to be the most challenging part of this make. It is not a simple round collar but has a little shape detail along the inner edge. This is a tiny bit tricky and I had to be very very careful when sewing this edge. Lots of care needs to be taken as you would expect with trimming and clipping these edges so that the finished collar lays flat. I’m pretty pleased with how it came out though and I think I worried about it more than I needed to. The button placket was the finishing touch and I love the grey contrasting pieces on this dress, it really is something special.

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Something else to mention is the zip. It requires a 22″ invisible zip and whilst I contemplated using an exposed zip, as I really like the look of these I stuck with the invisible and glad that I did. I have only sewn an invisible zip once before, way back when, so had some concerns, but after a little internet research (mainly YouTube) I felt confident to go for it. Again I was really pleased with the outcome. I did purchase an invisible zipper foot for my machine for this project which was great fun to use and I know I will get a lot of use out of it in the future.

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Everything else is pretty much straightforward. The set in sleeves are not a problem,  a little bit of topstitching and understitching here and there and ‘bob’s your uncle’ a dress that comes together really quickly. It is a great fit for me and came up true to size which I’m so happy about as I really don’t have the patience to make a toile (naughty, naughty) so is always a risk with beautiful fabric like this. The only very minor alteration I made was to turn the hem up slightly more as I’m only 5’2″. I think next time I may make it in a less fussy fabric, as the beautiful pleats are a little lost amongst the design of the fabric, but so happy with it overall. The long sleeves are a nice feature of this dress too and are perfect for Autumn.

I hope you have enjoyed my thoughts on this pattern. Thanks for taking the time to read my review. I have loved making this dress and can’t wait to wear it now. Have you made a Jodi dress? I would love to hear from you. Do check out www.thefoldline.com it is a gorgeous online sewing community full of patterns, reviews and news. Check it out!

Take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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Getting to know your Overlocker/Serger

This year for my birthday, my husband scored some serious brownie points when he bought me a Janome overlocker. What a gem! It is a Janome 9200D and I had wanted one for a very long time.  Over the course of the following couple of weeks Mr Sew Dainty asked why I hadn’t used it yet and honestly .. although I had wanted one for so long I had no idea how to use it, how to thread it or what to do! I was baffled and didn’t know where to start.

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I am very much a visual learner, so the idea of sitting and reading a book about it was not appealing. I turned to good old YouTube and whilst a lot of the videos were helpful, I still found the thought of using my machine intimidating.

Whilst searching the internet for inspiration I recalled that a little fabric shop not that far from me held workshops and decided to look into it. The Sewing Cafe in Hinckley is a gorgeous haberdashery shop with a great range of workshops and machine hire by the hour. Imagine my delight when I found that they were very conveniently running an ‘introduction to the Overlocker’ workshop that very weekend (£40) and they had one space left. Needless to say I reserved that place immediately. I’m so pleased I did.

The course ran on a Saturday afternoon in September for 2.5 hours, and was held in a lovely little workshop at the back of the store. Greeted with smiles, tea and biscuits, we were asked to select our favourite jersey fabric from the shop before we got started as we would be making a jersey snood/infinity scarf on the overlocker at the end of the session to take home with us.

The course was taken by Lucy who was incredibly calm, friendly and understanding of our individual needs and abilities. We were given a really thorough explanation of the machine, learned how to thread it and how the dials worked and affected the stitch, and I gained so much confidence by being show in such a relaxed environment. Oh! Also a little touch that I thought was superb was that the lovely staff at the shop asked what model machine I had at home so that they could match me with a similar machine on the day. Brilliant!

After more tea we set about making up our jersey snoods. I chose a grey jersey with a pretty turquoise polka dot, so cute. It didn’t take long to put all our new skills to the test and we were all pleased to have something to take home with us – who doesn’t love that?

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Since the workshop I have used my overlocker to make 2 dresses and thoroughly love the professional finish it gives not to mention the time saving element of it. I am no longer nervous about using the overlocker – in fact I can’t wait to use it again – it is definitely a case of how did I ever get by without it! I really love this machine which is not a surprise really as I already own a Janome sewing machine and it’s awesome too!

So a little bit about this machine. It can be used with 3 or 4 thread options, has wide, narrow and rolled hem functions, and a colour coded threading guide. Other features are differential feed and adjustable stitch lengths and widths. It comes complete with a comprehensive instruction book, DVD, and accessories which include spare needles, tweezers and screwdrivers.

I would thoroughly recommend this machine as a beginner, it is REALLY simple to use despite my concerns and it now has a very important place alongside my Janome DC3050 sewing machine. They make a perfect duo when it comes to my dressmaking needs.

 

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So pleased with the professional finish I can now get.

There are so many different ways to learn new skills now, reading, internet research and ‘hands on’ but this is a real  winner for me. If you are within a reasonable travelling distance of Hinckley, Leicestershire then I would recommend a visit to the Sewing Cafe.  They have a fabulous range of fabrics and haberdashery, indie sewing patterns and machines and you really should check out their workshop classes – you will be tempted by several I bet!

www.thesewingcafe.co.uk

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This is the snood I made at the workshop, perfect now the weather is turning cold.

I do hope that this might encourage you in some way to try something different. I am the worst at giving up before I even try, but stepping out to be shown something new has worked in a really positive way for me and it will you too! Do have a look at what courses and workshops the fabric shops have on offer in your area. Have you already tried something new recently? Have you recently started using an overlocker? I would love to hear about it.

Be back soon,

Kathy x

 

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Tilly and the Buttons Bettine Dress Pattern Review

This is a special dress. It is the only dress that I have ever made more than one of, and I don’t plan on stopping yet – there are many more ‘Bettine’s’ still to come, that’s for sure.

  • It’s very easy – no tricky fastenings like zips or buttons. No darts or setting in sleeves.
  • It’s quick to make up – I love seeing it coming together so quickly.
  • It’s comfortable – who doesn’t love an elasticated waist?
  • Pockets. Yes please. Enough said.

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I chose to make it in a navy patterned viscose. It has a lovely drape and a little stretch (not necessary for this dress though), and although I love the fabric it is quite lightweight and sheer. Upon reflection it may have been wise to have lined it. Still great though and very wearable. I also chose to make the version without pockets. I must have taken leave of my senses- my first Bettine was made with pockets and I love it. Note to self – all future Bettine’s to have pockets. I also decided to make the sleeves without the tabs and keep them plain, I prefer the sleeves like this.

It’s a dream to make. Excellent instructions are written so well and accompanied by great pictures take you through the whole process, and if you need extra help then head on over to www.tillyandthebuttons.com where there is lots more help and inspiration with suggestions on fabric choices, pattern hacks etc. It is also worth mentioning that I found the dress is true to size when made up.

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Did I make any alterations to the pattern? No, however I may take in some of the fabric from the hips next time. The skirt piece is cut with a lovely shapely curve which is ideal for my shape, but just a fraction too much so I will taper this in on my next Bettine. The final step of the instructions calls for a 4cm hem. As the unfinished length of the dress was perfect for me, I decided to just turn up a teeny tiny hem on this occasion.

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Would I make it again? Definitely! Two Bettine dresses are not enough! I may try it in a lovely jersey next time as I noticed on the Tilly website that there are some good tips and advice for making it up in jersey.

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Finishing touches.

 

 

It’s a super little ‘throw over the head’ dress, and a real winner in my eyes, so easy to see why this dress is so loved by so many!

 

 

 

I would love to know if you have made a Bettine, let me know your thoughts I would love to hear from you!

Be back soon, Kathy x

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Autumn Fall Felt Leaf Garland Tutorial

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Autumn is well and truly here now, and whilst it is sad to see the end of Summer the beautiful display of glorious colours outside inspired me to create something to reflect such an amazing Season. I think Autumn is far to pretty to be left outdoors don’t you think? Let’s bring a little bit of it inside..

I love a nice garland, and this one is just so quick and easy to make. I whipped this up in a morning, accompanied by a cinnamon candle and a hot chocolate It really was a rewarding little project and a good stress buster too!

Materials

  • Autumn coloured felt pieces – the heavier weight the better.
  • Leaf Templates – search the internet or sketch your own!
  • Neutral coloured thread.
  • Fabric Scissors.
  • Sewing Machine – this is optional, you can string your leaves together by hand if you prefer.

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I decided to make templates for about 4 or 5 different leaf styles/sizes, I also made up an acorn template and for good measure some small circles with my leftovers representing berries. My leaf sizes ranged from 2.5″ – 4″ but you can choose whatever sizes you like.

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As the finished garland will be made with a chain of thread which could move about and be visible from both sides I decided to make the acorns with a neat felt ‘cap’ which would be pretty whichever side is showing. So before I got around to making up the garland I decided to encase the acorn ‘nut’ with 2 ‘cap’ pieces, and machine stitch them securely.

 

So once you have all your leaves, berries and acorns cut out and prepared it is time for the fun bit! Simply run them through the sewing machine in a random order one after another forming a long chain. I used a long length stitch setting as this make the ‘vein’ of the leaf look better and also made the garland come together quicker too.

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In no time at all you will end up with a long length of pretty garland which you can either keep in one length, or snip to whatever lengths you like! So quick and easy. I have decided to decorate my staircase, but they would look amazing hanging vertically at a window, or draped around a plant. I think they would pretty decorating a bed headboard too. The possibilities are endless!

Although I cut my leaf shapes by hand, I’m pretty sure it would be possible to purchase pre-cut shapes if you prefer, or use a die cutting machine.

I left my garland pretty simple, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t embroider your leaves, or machine stitch more detail onto each leaf. If you are including the children in this activity then they could draw ‘veins’ on each leaf with a Sharpie. I also think layering different sizes and colours on top of each other would be stunning too.dsc04516

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I hope you love these garlands as much as I do, and are inspired to create your own! You can cut your felt to whatever shape and size you like. A string of pumpkins would be cute. Maybe Christmas trees or snowmen would be a great idea for the Christmas season – the possibilities are endless. You also do not need to have access to a sewing machine for this project, you could just as easily hand sew them using a running stitch using a sturdy thread.

Oh and finally, a word of warning – they do tangle easily if you’re not careful so I would recommend to store them you should wrap carefully around a large flat piece of cardboard, or use the cardboard tube found inside some rolls of wrapping paper.

Happy Autumn everyone, do let me know how you get on! Be back soon xx

 

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Simplicity 1365 Pattern Review

Welcome to my first pattern review!  During the Summer the lovely people at Simplicity launched their sewing challenge. They very kindly offered a choice of 4 patterns which would be sent to you free of charge. Once your project had been completed you simply post the pictures on your chosen social media site, using the hashtag #SimplicitySewingChallenge and voila! you are considered for a shot of the superb prize of 12 sewing patterns, trimmings and the opportunity to become a VIP Simplicity blogger.

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As soon as I read about this I wanted to take part. I adore reading sewing blogs in my spare time and I although you don’t have to be a blogger to enter this competition I was hoping that this might just give me the incentive to start a blog of my own…

dsc04504I chose pattern 1365, to enter the Best Vintage Make category. I knew the pattern would be clearly written, you can rely on Simplicity for that. As always it pays to spend a few minutes reading the instructions, crucial if you want to avoid making silly mistakes. I chose to make view C, I prefer a simple look and knew the other views would be unflattering on my shape. I enjoyed the finish details on this top – it is as good to look at on the inside as it is on the outside due to the inclusion of facings inside. I had to read through the instructions carefully a couple of times in places to understand what was being asked but it came together beautifully.

I would probably consider this pattern suitable for an advanced beginner/intermediate sewist as it contains several pieces and uses techniques such as buttonholes, gathering and stitch in the ditch.

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As this pattern is a 1970’s vintage style piece I decided to use a navy floral cotton with a vintage vibe purchased from Material Magic in Leicester. I am really pleased with how this turned out, and look forward to getting some wear out of it next Summer, wouldn’t it look just adorable with capri trousers or dressed down with denim shorts. I also think it would look really pretty made from a crisp white broderie anglaise – maybe this will be my next version.

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Finishing touches

 

I chose to use some leftover fabric to cover my own buttons. I feel this really gives the finished project a retro feel keeping in line with the 1970’s style of design. If you have never tried covering your own buttons I would strongly recommend it – so easy and rewarding!

Thank you Simplicity for the pattern and for the inspiration to finally start my blog as a result. Congratulations to all the other entrants, I have such admiration of the talent and creativity of the sewing community out there. Let me know if you have made anything similar, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading, be back soon, Kathy x

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Welcome to my little blog …

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Hello out there, my name is Kathy and today I am doing something that I have dreamed about for a very long time. I am writing my first blog post!

My Mum taught me to sew when I was very small and more seriously when I was about 13 yrs old to help me with my school subject option choice. During the Summer holidays before school resumed we picked an easy sewing pattern (a nightshirt), and some (dodgy) fabric and she took me through the whole wonderful process of cutting up some fabric and then sewing it back together again!

I was hooked. I continued to really enjoy my school lessons in the subject and whilst over the years never lost my love for sewing, I have only dipped in and out of it. I am at a stage in my life now that my family are growing up and I can dedicate more time to it.

So, here goes with the blog, one thing that you might need to take into account is that whilst I love sewing, I don’t love computers and anything technical that goes with them. So bear with me, my blog will be basic at the beginning whilst I understand how this whole thing works, but hopefully in time it will become as beautiful as all of the sewing blogs I love to read myself.

So thank you so much if you have made it to this bit and you are still reading. I hope you will enjoy my posts as much as I plan to enjoy making them.

Be back soon, Kathy x