Ma Craftine Box Review

Hi All!

As you can probably tell, I’m off with the kids for Easter holidays so i can finally play catch up with my blog!

The lovely Muriel from Craftine asked if i would like to review one of her bi-monthly subscription boxes as they have recently started offering this beautiful boxes to the UK, well as a Yorkshire lass can’t say no to that!! Hahaha!

Let me explain a little about how it works! Continue reading “Ma Craftine Box Review”

Tilly and The Buttons Stella Hoody and a Thumbhole Hack

Hi All!

In Issue 40 of Simply Sewing Magazine there was a fantastic freebie pattern by Tilly and The Buttons – The Stella Hoodie!! It’s also available from her new Book – Stretch! Make yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics.

Continue reading “Tilly and The Buttons Stella Hoody and a Thumbhole Hack”

Sew Crafty Design Team Project #001 for 2018! Passport Holder Tutorial

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Hi All! I’m back for my 2nd year with The Sew Crafty Design Team and kicking off my 1st Project for 2018 showing you how to make your own Passport Cover! Honestly, It is really easy as i say it is!

List of Supplies:

Let’s make your Cover!

Fold the Fabric Right Sides Together.

I calculated for a UK Passport that i needed a rectangle of 31cm wide and 16cm high and includes a seam allowance of 1/4″ (o.6cm). It’s all written down in my Sew Crafty Journal, which is a fab tool as it had plenty of room to add my notes and calculations instead on a scrap piece of paper which i would end up losing!

I drew on the fabric using my tailors chalk and my Pattern ruler and tried my best to get it straight with the aid of the Ruler and my mat but i am only human after all!

Cut all the way around the fabric, following the outline we just drew.

Lay one piece of the Cover onto lightweight woven fusible interfacing. Pin and cut out one piece. I cheated a little, i folded my piece in half and then did the same for interfacing and pinned in place and cut out which meant less cutting! So now you should have 2 pieces of the fabric for your cover and 1 piece of interfacing 🙂

Sewing it all together!

Fuse the interfacing to the outer layer of the fabric with the glue side of the interfacing facing the wrong side of the fabric.

Place the two layers of fabric right sides together. Pin around the entire piece leaving a section about 2″ wide marked to be left unsewn for turning the piece right sides out.

Sew around the perimeter of the pieces using 1/4″ seam allowance starting at one side of the opening and remembering to Pivot (That word always reminds me of the episode of Friends with Ross and Chandler are moving the sofa to Ross’s apartment!!) when you reach each corner. Then back tacking at the otherside of the opening.

Trim the corners to reduce bulk. I trimmed at a 45-degree angle and also shaved off a little bit on either side of the corner to create nice corners.
Carefully turn the entire piece right sides out through the opening left in the bottom. Use a point turner or chopstick like i have to form nice corners after turning right side out.

Fold the seam allowance into the opening left in the bottom of the fabric and press the entire piece.

Now to finish the Cover!

Measure and fold each end of the fabric 2.1″ (6cm) into the inside. Pin in place all the way around the entire piece, and press.

Edge stitch the hole closed and the flaps in place all at the same time by stitching the perimeter of the cover at 1/4″ (0.6cm) seam allowance. Be sure to pivot at each corner. Press the entire piece after sewing.

Slip each end of your passport into the end flaps (hahaha!) sorry i am crude at times, and you’re ready to go!

So here is my lovely cover with 2 other covers!

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Of course the boys needed one a piece doing! Ethan went for Star Wars Darth Vadar Fabric and Rhys went for Spiderman Comic Fabric – which are both are currently on sale for £3 per half metre, bargain!!

Mr K had already bought himself one from Amazon so it saved me a job! So my fist lot of Holiday Sewing! Can’t believe it’s only 10 weeks away till we go away to Florida!! Best get a wiggle on on sewing my holiday wardrobe then!

Happy Sewing!

Sal xx

The Wearable Studio – The Franki Top

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Hi All!

I was lucky enough to be selected by Melyssa for her 1st ever PDF Pattern to test! The Wearable Studio are a new Indie Pattern Company based in Australia and their patterns are designed to embody beauty, femininity, comfort and elegance.  Continue reading “The Wearable Studio – The Franki Top”

Pretty Zip Pouch Tutorial

 

Hi All! I haven’t posted a Tutorial for a while so i thought I’d share with you a nice looking Zip Bag which is quite roomy for a range of uses! But this is one is going to a Friend who needs a little bit of cheering up after a rough few weeks. I’m hoping that this will help! It seems the most annoying thing about pouches using Zips that I’ve seen or made in the past are those pesky corners. Don’t know about you but i hate seeing the ends of zips and it looks a bit odd with the zip ‘jumping out’ of the pouch and it doesn’t look nice and neat. Sorry i think i have an OCD about it!

Continue reading “Pretty Zip Pouch Tutorial”

Sinclair Patterns The Lilly Cami – A Tester Version

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I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for this lovely easy to sew top! Now i am advocate for indie designers as a lot of hard work goes into making patterns and i must admit i strangely like piecing up all the papers when it comes to a pdf pattern too! Continue reading “Sinclair Patterns The Lilly Cami – A Tester Version”

Oh Christmas Tee, Oh Christmas Tee!

Hello!

Look what i managed to finally make this year…. a Christmas top! Like i said last year i hoped to make more Christmas related sewing! I raided my stash as i knew i had some Christmas Jersey left over from last year and thankfully i had a 1m of Reindeer jersey from Fabricstyles which i had won from their Instagram competition last Christmas! Continue reading “Oh Christmas Tee, Oh Christmas Tee!”

Rose Pin Cushion by Michelle Patterns – A Cute Sewing Assistant!

Hello!

My Sewing Mojo has gone a little awol so if you do see it please tell it to get it’s ass back home!

So I decided to make myself a cute little companion whilst I’m sewing, plus it breaks up the norm of making clothes for a change!

I received the Rose Pin Cushion Pattern many moons ago from the lovely Michelle of Michelle Patterns and for some reason I haven’t tackled it till now! Bad Sally! But i think I’ve done it justice though!

This pattern is a great stash buster as it doesn’t require a lot of fabric at all. So I raided my Stash and found these beauties of cotton that i purchased from B and M Fabrics in Leeds earlier on in the year. Who can say no to Swallows, Bows and Polka Dots, very retro!

Now if you don’t have any batting you can use fleece instead but that is a separate piece you need to print here as it isn’t included in the original pdf but no worries, you now know where to find it 🙂 I had plenty of Batting as i bought loads when i made the kids their Advent Calendar last year and with the intention of making my own handbag but just never got round to that either!!

You really do have to refrain from overfilling the Petals as it’s all too easy to say “I need more” but it really doesn’t as it puffed out underneath. So please listen to Michelle’s instructions!

You can see this coming to life really quickly and it is a very satisfying sew as it is really pretty, I love the rose and leave details! A very cleaver pattern indeed and it doesn’t take you ages either, i completed mine in an afternoon even when i confused myself with making the strap, i had a total blonde moment I sewn the band the wrong way round and it didn’t turn out to the right side, doh!!

So here it is, sitting so pretty on my wrist with and without pins, I can’t seem to take it off even when I’m not Sewing! Hahaha!

 A big thank you to Michelle at Michelle Patterns on letting me have this fantastic pattern to review, i can see myself making these for a few sewing buddies for Christmas!

Click here to grab your copy of this ever so cute sewing buddy!

Happy Stitching!

Sal xx

Minerva Crafts Product Review Prada Self Lined Stretch Crepe Suiting Dress Fabric

Happy Friday Y’all!! How have you all been?

If you didn’t know….. I’m a  Minerva Product Tester!

When I received the email with the Products that was on offer for this round, I couldn’t believe that there was Prada fabric!! So I jumped on the chance to give it a whirl as I haven’t really used a crepe before and thought well why not now! I live dangerously!!

It’s such a Fabulous quality Fabric, it’s Self Satin Lined with a slight one way stretch across the width of the Fabric. I’m so glad i went for the Aubergine colourway as it’s just such an autumn colour but really glam at the same time!

Because this fabric has a matt and shiny side, you can use either or a combination of both textures to create dramatic effects. This fabric is PU coated with both anti static and anti click, ensuring the highest quality for special garments. Beautifully soft with a lovely drape, perfect for jackets, dresses, skirts, etc.

I couldn’t stop stroking this stuff when it first arrived as it is just that beautiful! If you have seen my Instagram feed I’ve popped on a short video showing the matt and shiny side.

My review is now live on the Minerva Crafts Blog which shows you what I made out of it!

Happy Reading!!

Sal

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Cocowawacrafts Chestnut Top – A Pattern Review!

Hi All! Sorry for the gap in Blog Posts! I’ve been busy making but not been writing them up! Lol!

Now with the Weather turning….I’m drawing back to snuggly jerseys and making separates again!

When I saw this Pattern on Instagram, i fell totally head over heels in love with it!! It works great for everyday and work clothes and Ana kindly let me have a copy of the Pattern in exchange of a Review, thank you Ana!

First, you can opt for the sweater with three bow options or the top with the same alternatives. Version A of either of them has a lovely circular opening at the back that closes with a big bow; version B sports four bows at the back closing the bodice; and option C offers a more subtle bow alternative with a nice slit or vent at the shoulder seam.

The top has a slightly longer back and two slits at either side of the hem; but i decided not to add them for some reason, think i was just having a lazy day… I just wanted a quick sew!

I’ve used the ever so snuggly Navy Ponte Roma from GirlCharlee its such a great quality knit and a freebie Swallow Print Ribbon from Cloth Magazine that was released many moons ago but unfortunately had stopped being published.

I made the majority of this Top using my Overlocker and finished the hems using my Sewing Machine using my even feed foot to get a lovely stitch all the way round.

When it came to inserting the Ribbon, i made sure that the ends were finished off nicely to stop frying by double folding the end and then hand stitched it to secure it and also stitched my bow together to stop it from unraveling!

Here is the finished Top!! It’s so cute and girly! I love Bows!!

So here I am in My Mum and Dad’s Back Garden, after finishing a day’s work in and it still looks fabulous! Hence the geeky Glasses!!

This is such a snuggly top but next time I’ll size down as I do like a more fitted top but that’s my preference but I’ve had lots of nice comments at work 🙂

I can see myself making the different versions of these to be a staple for my cute winter wear!

A big Thank you to Ana and Mark for supplying the Pattern and Fabric! Such a fantastic combination of a great well made PDF pattern and Superb quality Fabric, It’s had about 4 washes now in the Washing Machine and no sign of fading or bobbling!

Also….

If you didn’t know already, there had been a Sew-a-long going on over at Cocowawacrafts Blog which started on Monday 16th October 🙂

Week 1. Getting ready!

16th of October. Meet the Chestnut Sweater and Top. All you need to know about the new CocoWawa pattern, options and versions.

17th of October. Inspiration. A round up of images to help you decide which option to go for.

18th of October. Fitting, sizes and fabric requirements.

19th of October. The basics on how to assemble a PDF pattern.

20th of October. Main tips on cutting and sewing with knit fabrics.

Week 2. Let’s sew!

23rd of October. Stay stitch necklines, stabilize shoulders and finish slit and bow version C.

24th of October. Bow, facing and neckline versions A and B.

25th of October. Sleeves, cuffs and side seams on both options. Bottom slits and hem’s top.

26th of October. Waistband sweater option.

27th of October. Pattern tester’s round up pics for more inspiration!

After this, they will crown the best ‘chestnuts’ out there (there might be one or two cheeky little prizes waiting for you too) and for this you will just have to post your finished garment with the hashtag #ChestnutSewAlong on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter from the 27th of October till the 12th of November. Easy peasy right!

So it’s a win win situation!!

Sal xx