Fabulous Fabworks Fabrics

Earlier this summer I came into some money (I sold my old phone, thanks son!) so what’s a girl to do but spend it on fabric!!

I am sure if I sewed a different item every day I have enough fabric to sew for a year. Shameful or an investment? I just don’t like to miss a bargain! I bought a big bundle of fabrics from Fabworks and as they were all washed together I thought I should move them from the ironing pile to the sewing room, killing two birds with one stone. Smaller ironing pile and three new tops!


First on the list is this swirly loud print, lovely and soft. I only bought 1m with the idea of using plain black jersey for the neckband and arms. This is the Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studios. There are loads on the Internet and IG and I can see why. A simple shape, one size only as its a freebie but not as loose on my fuller figure as on some. I am pleased how this has turned out and with jeans on a weekend it will get lots of wear.


Scowling in the wintery sun, sorry. This is the Gable Top by Jennifer Lauren made in a really stable wool jersey. I can’t find it on the website but go and have a look. They have a sale on at the moment and there are bargains galore. I should have bought the bolt! It doesn’t fray and sews like a dream. Jennifer suggests joining the shoulders, sewing in the sleeves and sewing the sides so you can try it on before deciding on the neckline. You try it on and pin and baste to suit. I have a dodgy neck so I wanted the back neck to be higher than the front. It took 2 goes to get it right but I am really happy with the results. Looking at this photo I perhaps need a few inches off the bottom. Not sure, I will wear it a bit and see.


The third make is the Blanc Tee by Blank Slate Patterns. Another free pattern if you join the Facebook Group. It’s good as others share their makes and alterations and it can be quite inspiring. This is the only time this tee will see the light of day unless its hung on the washing line. Nothing wrong with this Floral Polka Dot or the Blanc T because this is my new PJ top. Soft and comfy and tidy enough to answer the door. In fact because I have made it a bit big I think it will be good in some wicking fabric I have for a running tee.

This is a little bit of unselfish sewing. My friend who now lives in Shoreham-by-Sea works at Dogs Trust. Each year I try to make some bits and bobs for them to sell at the Christmas Fair. The basket has little stockings with gold hangers. On the front I Bondaweb little bone shapes in Xmas fabric and inside there are some doggie chews. The basket on the left has tissue holders, glasses cases and poo bag holders with lobster clasps to clip to the dogs lead. They came to visit last weekend so I sent her home with them in good time.


Sock knitting is going well.

The socks at the bottom were knit in wool from  Sylvan Tiger Yarns my friend has taken them home with her. Her choice. Appropriate as both she and the wool come from Leeds. I am knitting the ones in the Gin & Tonic named wool I bought at Yarndale but after a delivery from Mothy and the Squid I can’t wait to knit this Xmas sparkly candy cane yarn


Next up is a dip from the ‘Stash Pile’ and more socks,

Keep Sewing (and knitting)

K xXx


Was That Summer?

Was that summer? Where have the last 4 months disappeared. Summer in West Yorkshire hasn’t been as sunny as down South. Mild but just not bright. After making holiday clothes for our early holiday in April/May I just found I was waiting for the hot spell to be inspired to made little tops and cotton skirts. What I did miss on holiday was crafting so on my return I bought dpns and sock wool and taught myself sock knitting from the internet and book. Girls its addictive and totally portable. My socks now travel everywhere with me. This is a little package I bought from The Knitters Attic


The Opal is amazing!! Look at how it knits up, its no effort magic.


I have done some sewing as well,

This was like fabric origami. Its the Hey June Santa Fe Top I made it in some Coral Art Gallery jersey I bought from The Village Haberdashery (hey I have shares I have to keep buying) and Etno Looming from The Drapers Daughter. These fabrics are a joy to cut and sew. They also wash and wear well. You get a lot of variations on this top and I will be making more. Actually I have a few Hey June patterns and they seem to suit me well.

A few of you (well most of you) refer sometimes to your growing fabric stash. I have decided each month I need to ‘stash dip’ and just use what comes out. Sometimes a fabric slides out and I think ‘Oh wow I forgot about that’ and other times I think ‘what was I thinking!’ This months fabric dip was a scuba I bought from Minerva Fabrics 2 years ago when I went to their open day. It said shorts to me. As the Belize pattern had just been released by Itch to Stitch that was it. This is another versatile pattern as it also has a skort version too. As I only had 1m shorts it was. These are a great length for me and being as loud as they are will go with any colour tee. Scuba will be great for holidays as it washes and dries easily and doesn’t need ironing, perfect in my book.


Simplicity 2226 is a skirt everyone has made but me. The sewalong suggests making the waistband first as its a big fit. I took the advise, made it up, putting in my first zip.

Yes we all have to start somewhere, do you remember your first zip?

Result was massive. But the fabric is so lovely I have had to take it apart (don’t you hate that). I have left the zip attached and am just taking in the sides of the waistband and re gathering the panels. It will have to be lined but I should be able to wear this as an autumnal item.


Last month I went to Yarndale. A woolly gathering at Skipton Action Mart. This was a riot of colour, yarns, people and crafts old and new. Spinning, felting, knitting and crochet everywhere. I did succumb to a few hanks of sock wool (did I mention its addictive). The entrance was covered in bunting and little knitted or crochet sheep. The sheep had been donated by people all over the country and some even from abroad. I follow the blog of Postcard from Gibraltar and I knew she had posted over Llanita and I found her. Not Mrs Postcard (we missed each other) but Llanita and I brought her home!!

The green and cream wool to the left has little flecks of colour in it and its not really my colour but its called Gin & Tonic so it had to come home with me. The middle one is named Explosion in a Dye Factory by Sylvan Tiger. Its already been knitted and today my friend from Shoreham by Sea went home wearing the socks. Quite appropriate as she and the wool are from Leeds.

So that’s summer finished for this year and we are onto Autumn. I have some lovely cord to make a skirt with and I must make a Coco as I think I must be the only sewist not to have made one.    Yet!

Happy Sewing

K xXx