Yay! Sew Up North 2017!!!!

Hold the Press!!!!

Becca and I have decided that we can’t possibly make it through an entire year without another Leeds sewing meet up.  So we’re doing it all again…. are we mad?!!

Yep, Sew Up North is returning, hopefully bigger and better than last time. Continue reading “Yay! Sew Up North 2017!!!!”

Sew Crafty Design Team March Project 1 – Tea is the Answer!!

Hello you lovely people!

Today I’m showing one of two Projects for March for Sew Crafty Shop!

Now i don’t normally buy Kits as such as i quite like to choose my own fabrics, threads etc but when browsing the Shop I came across this ever so cute ‘Tea is the answer’ Cross Stitch Kit by The Make Arcade.

I’ve not done any Cross Stitching since my teens and thought I’d have a reminisce and it’s always good to have a change once in a while!

This kit uses a 4” wooden embroidery hoop and includes simple instructions to cross stitch the ‘Tea is the Answer’ slogan. The Bright Orange cross stitch lettering stands out against the white background and artwork also has a sweet Blue and White Stripy Teapot. The finished cross stitch can be hung on a wall the wall or propped on a shelf with other cute and kitsch bits and pieces – perfect for kitchen or tea making area!

The kit comes packaged in a sturdy kraft box for you to store your stitching in if you get disturbed mid task and making it great for journeys and holidays or a fun secret santa gift or witty stocking filler for anyone… It’s not gender specific! 🙂

The kit includes: Aida fabric (thats the stuff you stitch through!), DMC embroidery threads, wooden 4” hoop, needle and felt to back your work when you are done. All you need to provide are scissors and some tea and cake – always craft with refreshments! Hahahaha! How cute is that ickle envelope that keeps the threads and needles safe?!

Now, this is great to do whilst watching the Tele and be in the ‘Room’ rather than have my back to the family in the Living Room if I’m at my Sewing Machine.

The Instructions are really easy to follow and it even shows you how to Cross Stitch so It’s aimed at anybody that is willing to give Cross Stitching a go! No previous experience necessary!

I completed this over 4 nights doing a couple of hours each night so if you was on a mission you could probably do in a day but i wanted to enjoy the simpleness of it, if that makes sense?

Now onto the fiddly bit of sewing the felt onto the back! You just need to make sure you catch both the felt and the Aida when sewing 🙂

Here is the finished Piece! Now doesn’t look fab!!

So that’s Part 1 of my March Design Team Project for Sew Crafty!

Now onto this Beauty! I’ll be making a Cushion!

Never tried English paper Piecing before so wish me luck!!

Sal xx

#FabricTag! 12 Questions for Fabric Addicts!

I’ve seen Claire and Eleanor Post’s about their Fabric Answers and I’d thought I’d join in a timely manner for a change…. better than my Seamstress Tag Post which was a little late only by 5 months….but hey who’s counting?!

This is a fab idea was started by Lisa Emerita and Renata of RunningNStyle. Thank you ladies! Continue reading “#FabricTag! 12 Questions for Fabric Addicts!”

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Bronte Top

Hi All!! Hope you are well! It’s super windy here in the UK!

I had some left over Black and White Textured Rose Print Jersey which is still on sale over at Sew Crafty Shop at just £3.41 per Half metre and its 140cm Wide, Boom!

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My February ‘Love is in the Air’ Project for Sew Crafty Shop

Hi All!

Welcome to my 1st Project as a part of the Sew Crafty Design Team!

With my Project being in the Month of February, I couldn’t resist it being a Valentine theme!

So armed with my Giftcard and a brew, I browsed the Shop extensively trying to make my mind up, I’ll tell you It’s very hard to do with all the lovely goodies that they have!

Finally, I decide to make myself the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns which is a Steal for £12.50 as there is a lot variations to it! In the Pattern, it does state to use Clear Elastic to Gather the Skirt but in my past experience of using thin 6mm Elastic (which comes in 3m lengths by the way!) to Gather, i used that option instead!

Now to keep with my chosen theme, I decided to go for the Black and White Textured Rose Print Jersey which is on sale at just £3.41 per Half metre and its 140cm Wide, Boom!

Here are a few pics of my lovely package that was sent very quickly might I add, which is always a bonus when your itching to make a stat on a very eagerly awaited Project! Now aren’t they beautifully packaged!! Of course I couldn’t resist a new Fab-ri-co-lo-ogy Shopping Tote either…well I had some left over pennies so I treated myself!

With looking at the Instructions to the Moneta, It is one easy Dress to make so it’s ideal for someone who hasn’t sewn with jersey before. It doesn’t have loads of different pattern pieces either!

According to my measurements, i was a smack on Medium and it stated on the Pattern that you go with your Body Measurements rather than the measurements of the finished Garment as you are using Jersey it stretches and it’s supposed to hug your curves 🙂

So after i cut out the pattern and made the necessary adjustment of shortening the Skirt Pieces as i am only short! Thankfully I only needed to take an 1″ off, Yay!

I was Ready to begin! Armed with My Black Guterman 250m Thread, a new 80/12 Ballpoint Needle and a very new to me technique of using a Twin Needle to use in My Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 together with My Singer Overlocker, I was ready to make a start on my Project!

As some of you may seen on my Instagram Feed, Its is a very quick Sew! In 15 minutes, I had the Bodice and Sleeves sewn!

I finally plucked up the courage to use my Twin Needle for the 1st time! Yay! After I stitched the Neckline Hem, it stood out a little from my Chest. I must have a slight shallow chest which makes sense as i do have to make a narrow back adjustment with some patterns, So with a quick adjustment of turning the hem again and stitching in place again using my Twin Needle, It sat great on me, so i used 3/4″ hem for the Neckline Hem. I must say though that using a Twin Needle isn’t as daunting as it sounds as long as you take your time and don’t rush, that’s where you won’t get a nice even looking stitching 🙂

The only time consuming part of this Dress, was making sure I had the Elastic spaced out evenly and took my time to make sure it was stretched properly.

Also not to forget to use The Make Arcade Glitter Brooch Kit to finish off my Dress nicely! It’s such a cute and fun kit where you basically trace round the Wooden heart on the back of the Glitter Fabric, Cut and Out, Glue it to the Wooden Heart and then attach the Brooch back and boom!! One Cute Brooch!

Now the Moneta being modeled on ‘Dorris’. Love the proffesional and clean lines on this Dress if i do say so myself!

Of course Moi out and about! First of all with my outing to the Stitching and Hobbycrafts with my Sewing Bestie Becca aka Redwsews. Oh we was getting funny looks from the ‘Card makers’ LOL they don’t undestand us ‘Sewing Bloggers’ hahaha!

Then of course I wore this out to a very nice Valentine meal with the Hubby as unfortunatly I’m at work Valentine Night so we made the most of a child free evening together! Bowling and eating scrummy food in peace! I’m no longer a Nando Virgin! LOL

So here you go folks, my 1st Design Team project for Sew Crafty! Hope you enjoyed and keep your eyes peeled in March for my next Sew Crafty Design Team Project!

Sal xx

I’m a part of The Sew Crafty Design Team!!!

At Last! I can officially say I’m a part of the Sew Crafty Design Team!!! Yay!!!!

You guys have no idea of how long I’ve wanted to let you all know!! It seems like forever….well 2 weeks is a long time, when you want to shout it from the rooftops!!

When I got the email through from Carly to say I was picked to be part of the team from many many applications, I was gobsmacked!!

So who else is on the Team I here you ask? There are 6 New Members including myself and a few members from last year joining the Team this Year!!

Here are my fellow newbies:

Hannah aka @thoughtfultypes. Check out her blog – thoughtfultypes.blogspot.co.uk

Alexa aka @almostahippy. Check out her blog – almostahippy.blogspot.com

Clare aka @missmaker Check out her blog – www.missmaker.co.uk

Elle – aka @sewpositivity. Check out her blog – www.sewpositivity.com

Emma aka @emmamakesandbakes . Check out her blog – emmamakesandbakes.wordpress.com

Rachel aka @sewholchester. Check out her blog – Holchester.com

Seasoned members:

Tina aka @missdaisypatterns

Steph aka @stitchitmama

Rudy aka @roodles_runique

Chole aka @cotton_clara

Zoe aka @floralandfeather

Dominique aka @dominique_major

Wow…what a talented bunch of crafters I’m with eh?!

When we will be posting updates on our projects we will be using the hashtag #scdesignteam so keep an eye out for us! Also be featured regularly in the Sew Crafty Newsletter which is sent out every other Thursday so sign up to the Newsletter here

I’ve already pick my team for my 1st project!! Yay! All I can say it has a Valentine theme to it ? but of course I’ll be posting sneaky peaks on my Instagram FeedFacebook page and Twitter Feed and maybe even on Pinterest!

Happy Friday Y’all!!

Sal xx