Indigo Monsoon Dahlia

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A few weeks ago I received my order from Stitch 56 all wrapped up nicely in pink tissue. Rarely for me, I chose my fabric and pattern at the same time.

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I sewed up Colette Pattern’s Dahlia in a straight size 4 and was super pleased with how it turned out. I also made it up first in a quilting cotton first, which was nice too, but it definitely benefits from the nice floaty drape of this fabric.

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My only real modification was to use the selvedge for the hem, and so had to straighten out those pattern pieces.

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Comfortable and pretty to wear, and fun to make, this pattern is a winner!

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I like how the fabric is a bit ocean-y – A wide sandy strip, turquoise shallows, and then a deep blue.

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I think this dress will be getting a lot of wear!

English Paper Piecing Kit

Yay!! Christmas morning has been and gone and I can now safely blog about some of my handmade gifts without ruining the surprise for any of my recipients!

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This one was for my mum. I don’t think she reads the blog, but if you do, hi mum! I’m glad you liked this!

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The idea behind this gift was to gather the all necessary supplies for an English paper piecing project, and package them up in a cute and practical way.

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I spent a while perusing Pinterest looking for the perfect idea. I knew I’d found a winner when I saw this great tutorial from Amy at lotsofpinkhere.

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Having spaces for both the tools needed (thread, needles, scissors) and ample pockets to store cut fabric and paper templates was just what I needed. It was also great seeing so many lovely variations in the Flickr pool!

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It was fun picking fabrics for the pockets! I think my only variations were using a ribbon for the thread holder because I had no Velcro, and I also winged the shape of the scissor holder because I didn’t want to print out the template! Again, I used no pins. What can I say, I’m a crafting rebel. The binding was machine sewn on the inside before being folded and hand stitched to the outside.

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After I took these photos I added a few more things – fabric cut ready into diamonds, and some needles and needle threaders. Mum was very happy with it and I’m excited to see her start her first English paper piecing project!

Quilt #4 (before numbers one, two and three).

So, about a week ago I went to the quilt shop with my mum, because she needed to hang a quilt. I was absolutely definitely not getting anything for myself. Despite a nice long browse, I made it to the counter with my mum, where I was told there were sale items out in one of the back rooms.

I did not leave empty handed. I couldn’t say no to some half price precut selections!!

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A few hours later and this happened. Pairing up squares, sewing and cutting half square triangles, (half triangle squares?), ironing flat, and trimming. These were so much fun! I used this great method I found on a Craftsy blog post. Thanks Craftsy!

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This is how I arranged them! I wanted the heavier spots at the bottom and I kept the more regular prints to one orientation. I had grouped print repeats together, but changed my mind and balanced them out a bit more. It was a fun process, as I had nothing in mind before beginning.

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This is the fabric I chose for the backing.

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It seems to complement most colours used on the front, and has a calming effect over all. I used the backing to bind it all in one piece. I like how it matches one of the stripes exactly! Happy coincidence!

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I finished this off on holidays, away from my rulers, rotary cutter, and sewing machine. I think I did alright squaring it up by eye!

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It was my very first finished quilt. I enjoyed the hand quilting! Just diagonal lines in perle cotton. I like to live on the edge when I craft – no pins, no markings! In the whole quilt! Laura didn’t have fancy rulers either, in her little house on the prairie, and they managed just fine!

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I’m keen to go on with my other quilty projects now!!

heather ross zip pouch

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I sewed up this little pouch a few weeks ago, for a sweet soon to be nine year old whose birthday party I was helping out at.

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I just love this fabric! It’s by Heather Ross, from the Briar Rose collection. Earlier this year I snapped up a half yard bundle of all the prints from Simply Sweet Fabric on Etsy. I’ve been making a log cabin quilt with it, but knew it would be so cute for this little project too!

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I used the excellent tutorial from Flossie Teacakes on how to make a lined zip bag, just tweaking the dimensions to suit the zip I had. This is the second time I’ve used this tutorial, and it is fab!

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I see myself making more of these!

pink jasmine

This was my first make from the beautiful Colette Patterns. I was very pleased with how this pattern came together, and have been a long time fan of their blog, which is filled with tips, tutorials and ideas. I made the Jasmine top.

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I picked up this sweet Japanese lawn from spotlight, and it was nice and easy to press and sew.

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I feel a bit proud about this bow detail! I’ve since been wondering if I can add a bow like this to a scout tee, as you know it is my forever love pattern. I’m not sure how it would work without the v neckline though.

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I like how this top looks, but it feels a bit funny in the shoulders. I made a size 0, but maybe next time I’ll size up.

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I’ve worn this top out a few times now, and I like how both the fabric and pattern are so feminine and pretty.

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Since making this I’ve tried a few more Colette patterns – a bunch of successful laurels, a half finished dahlia, and some clover pants in need of rescuing! I’m hoping to have more sewing time soon.

Happy Friday!

Scoutfit #1

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I have a love affair with grainline patterns.

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Along with the archer shirt, the scout tee and the moss skirt are to blame.

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I probably wear a few scouts a week – usually with black skinny jeans to work or shorts to the beach on the weekend. But I really needed to find a way to keep these tees in rotation in my work wardrobe during the summer months! So I was super pleased to see how well this skirt turned out.

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This is my third complete moss skirt, I have another partly sewn and another cut out. But I began this skirt about a year ago! I excitedly sewed it a bit each day, only to run out of top stitching thread. I bought some more, but the mojo was gone, I didn’t think it was going to look good on me, and it sat unfinished. (Actually I did wear it to uni a few times with a safety pin!!).

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Jen’s patterns always come together so beautifully, and I loved going crazy with the top stitching on this one. Hopefully I will catch some more scouts on camera and I will end up with a few more scoutfit posts!! (And I hope I remember how good it feels to revive a long unfinished project!).

water colour heart sparkle button dress you are fun and silly.. I mean whimsical

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This is my second Alder shirt dress by the lovely Jen of Grainline Studio. I am a huge fan of Jen’s. I have made 4 moss skirts, 8 scout tees and 3 archers with more of each in the works! I love the drafting, the construction, the versatility, and the way the finished items fit so well into my wardrobe.

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I never know which buttons I will use when I begin. I like to audition them right near the end of the sewing process. I’m always a bit in awe of other bloggers who seem to know right from the start just what to choose. In the end I thought seeing as I went with the cute gathered skirt option, in cute kitty/heart water colour fabric, I may as well go all out and choose the cute sparkle buttons!

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Two weeks ago I accidentally sewed one of my french seams back to front, and then last weekend I didn’t read the instructions and struggled with the first right angled french seam, but today I plucked up and finished the dress. I’m super happy and relieved because I love it!

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My bro even helped me out and took the photos for me! In the photo below I was trying to get him to give me pose ideas… Yeah I’ll be working on that! But I do love this dress!

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wip: purl soho advent calendar

Ok, so it’s quickly becoming apparent here that I like to work on lots of projects at once.

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This is another wip which I’ve been enjoying spending time on for the last few weeks.

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This lovely kit is from the Purl Soho, and my lovely parents gave it to me last Christmas. I’m hoping to have it all stitched up in time for this Christmas!

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I dove straight into sewing up the little ornaments, they are irresistibly cute. They are the perfect size to fit in the palm of ones hand, and I am really enjoying the way the glitzy beads and sequins look with the more rustic texture of the wool felt.

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These are so much fun to sew, and I’m looking forward to seeing them all together on the tree.

Trim Treasure

Today I’ve been enjoying a lovely day off work, eating out at some of my favourite spots and doing a little shopping.

We ended up at a tiny haberdashery, jam packed with fabric and notions. I picked out these two trims.

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They aren’t destined for this fabric – but they may be part of another elisalex dress!

Recently I have been feeling very inspired by the colours, fabric and embroidery in collections by Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana. I’ve been on the lookout for supplies that would work to make my own dress inspired by these fun, floral, extravagant vibes. I know these trims will be just right. Now to find fabric!

wip: french market medallion quilt

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How yummy are these fabrics??

I bought them as a kit from the cottage quilt works. I love how all of the colours work so well together, and the way some pieces of fabric I might not have chosen on my own, seem so necessary to really make it sing.

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I knew I loved the fabric, and the pattern included was “french market medallion“, which I thought was beautiful, but possibly beyond my skill level. (Having never completed a quilt before!) so I decided to start with the circles, and possibly just make a quilt out of that block, or if they were too hard to be enjoyable, to use the fabric for a more simple design of my own.

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But, lo and behold, I am really enjoying those circles! So much so that last weekend…

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… I had a go at the centre appliqué!! Yes! The whole quilt is going ahead. I feel very excited about it.

I will do a post on the sneaky cheat-y method of appliqué I used soon!