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)