Sunday, 30 April 2017

Me Made May 2017

There is nothing like leaving things to the last minute.

I, Katrina of RollingEyeballs pledge to wear only me made clothes including underwear and outerwear as far as is possible for the duration of the month of May 2017.

I needed this to be a challenge, and as I wear me made clothes most of the time, including underwear and outerwear makes it a challenge.  I currently only have one me made bra, but I do have 3 UFO bras needing to be finished.  I should be able to do this relatively quickly as I only wear softcup bras, I don't have enough bust to warrant a structure that resembles the Forth Bridge.

Of course you'll have to take my word for it that I'm wearing me made underwear as I certainly don't plan posting pictures of me in my underwear.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The decade that style forgot - oh no I wasn't born in the 80s

The theme this month on The Monthly Stitch was to make something from or inspired by the decade of your birth.  I know it will seem hard to believe but I was born in the 1970s, it's official I'm vintage.

I have to say I have never felt the need to revisit the 70s (let alone the 80s, been there done that, still having the nightmares) as I was only nine years old by the time the 80s rolled around, so I had very little say in what I worn in the 70s.  I remember a lot of polyester and nylon, I think I must have had a static charge for the whole decade, so I was a little stumped as to what to make, then I remembered Clothkits.


I wore a lot of Clothkits clothes in the 70s that my Mum made for me, I think it is where my love of sewing started.  I bought a vintage Clothkits Maxi skirt from Ebay a couple of years ago and it has sat not being sewn since then.  When Jennifer Lauren released the Ivy Pinafore last year, it made me think of this Clothkits kit sitting in my stash, and so the Clothkits Ivy was born.


It's not that easy to see but there is a navy printed pattern along the bottom of the hem, printed corduroy (or cotton for that matter) was a trademark of Clothkits.  I'm wearing the pinafore here with the Jennifer Lauren Gable Top.

This is a short swing dress and I have to remember not to bend over or I will be flashing my nickers.  Getting pictures in February is not that easy, this is how I was dressed for the rest of the walk.

Bonnie was not that impressed I was faffing about having my picture taken, not fussing her.



Friday, 3 February 2017

What I did on my Winter Holiday

Fluffrick and I (and the two dogs of course) have just spent the last week on the lovely Isle of Arran, at the Auchrannie resort.

The weather has not been this good all week, so I've got a lot of sewing done.  I am the crazy lady that takes her sewing machine on holiday with her.  This is not quite a crazy as it sounds, first of all we drive here and then we stay in a lovely self catering house, with lots of room for me to spread out my sewing stuff.

So I brought nine projects with me (maybe a little over the top) and I have managed to finish seven of them, not bad going.

So first of all I completed my second Grainline Moss Mini (I got this pattern in the Indie Pattern Swap last year in IPM on The Monthly Stitch).  I have no idea what the fabric it, it has been in my stash a long time, but I thought it was a good neutral colour that would go with lots of things (and it goes with my stripey tights).
I'm wearing it with my next make a Navy Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top.  This top is so quick to make and I don't even have an overlocker.


I took about 5cm of the length of the top and the sleeves, because I had only bought 75cm of fabric.  I bought the Gable Dress expansion pack last week, so I definitely see a Gable dress in my future.

Next is another Compagnie M Susanne Cardigan.  This is my forth time making this pattern (first time blogging about) and I just love it.  I also have it in a purple marl ponte, a teal boiled wool and a cycles jersey.  As with most Compagnie M patterns there are wonderful feature pockets.

I am really happy with this cardigan despite the look on my face!


Hagrid always seems to think two heads are better than one.



I did do a little unselfish sewing, I made a wallet for my goodie bag swap for the next Yorkshire Spoolettes meet-up - so no photo yet.  And I made another pair of Thread Theory Jedediah Pants for Fluffrick from a lovely soft corduroy.  Fluffrick says these are the most comfortable trousers he owns, this is the third pair I have made for him, a forth will be on the way soon.


And my final two makes are Blueprints for Sewing Saltbox Top and a third pair of Itch to Stitch Liana Jeans.  The Saltbox Top has been on my to make list for over a year now and I'm glad I finally got round to making it.  It's quite a loose fitting top, so I may go down a size next time.  The Liana Jeans are definitely my go to jeans pattern and I made this pair out of only 1m of fabric (the fabric was 1.6m wide).  These jeans aren't quite finish, they only have one back pocket at the moment.  These jeans were already half made before the holiday and when I was trying to get all my supplies together last Saturday morning I couldn't find the second rear pocket.  I'll put it on when we get back home, as it does look a little weird with only one pocket.



Home tomorrow, hopefully it won't be too wet a drive.  It would be nice if Arran wasn't a 55 minute ferry ride and five hour drive away from home, but it's worth the effort.



Wednesday, 25 January 2017

This is not a New Year's Resolution

I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions; you are just setting yourself up to fail (me cynical, no).  Many a diary has been started on January 1st, only to be discarded before the month is out.  So this is in no way shape for form a New Year’s Resolution; but I do need to get control of my stash.  I sew therefore I stash.  It’s not so much my fabric stash that disturbs me (although it is considerable and has been slowly multiplying over 30 years), but my pattern stash, especially the PDF patterns.  Most are printed off, stuck together and cut to my size, that’s a lot of work for me then not to be using them.

For me most PDF sewing patterns (or the Big 4 printed patterns for that matter) are impulse buys.  See pretty thing, buy pretty thing, all too often do not make pretty thing.  Last November Sew Over It released the Heather Dress, a snugly ponte winter dress with all important integrated pockets and it was only £7.  However, for once I resisted the temptation, I thought those design lines look not dissimilar to the Muse Philippa Dress, I already have the pattern for the Muse Philippa Dress, I have had it for months and not made it up, I know I will make a snugly ponte Philippa winter dress.  Of course I had to buy new fabric to make it, but that’s a different story.  So here it is

Whatever am I saying?


It’s a little longer and a little looser fitting than the Heather dress, but really comfy and very snugly.  I used the Narrow sleeves from the Muse Sleeve Pattern pack, I self drafted a neck band (85% of the neck circumference), also I didn’t insert a zip, I can get it on and off without one.  I stabilised the pocket opening with some elastic, but it was maybe a little too bulky and in hindsight unnecessary, I don’t think the pockets will stretch out.  The only other change and the reason for the dress being looser fitting, is I cut the side back and centre back out together to eliminate the curved seam, which probably added a few centimetres of ease at the waist, I did contemplate removing the ease with a fisheye dart, bit I’m ok with it being on the loose side.

And it's loose enough to give Bonnie Hugs




So that’s one PDF pattern used and likely to be used again, many more to go.  Top of the list are two Blueprints for Sewing Patterns, the Saltbox Top and the A-Frame Skirt, the Rosari Skirt by Pauline Alice and the Tahi Skirt by Muse Patterns.  Not to mention, The Jutland Pants by Thread Theory, the Jasper Top by Paprika Patterns and the Gable Top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade.  That should keep my busy for a little while.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Age Appropriate Sewing

So today is the 29th anniversary of me passing my driving test, I passed when I was 17, so you can do the maths.  So what should someone of my advancing years, sew and wear - answer, what ever the hell they want.

I do have a fondness for novelty prints and as I'm not much of a dress wearer, skirts it is.

I made this skirt at the end of 2015 (I may be a little behind on my blogging) to wear to a screening of Star Wars - The Force Awakens.

Here is a close up of the fabric.

I used the ever trusty New Look 6106.  I can now make this skirt out of only 1 metre (or in this case 1 yard) of fabric and add a bit of fullness to the front, just by setting the front as far away from the fold as the fabric will allow.  I need to do the waist and pocket facings in a co-ordinating fabric, but as they are not seen, I don't have a problem with that.


 Next up is a wonderful Foxy skirt.  I have a love of orange, so was very happy to find a fabric to make another skirt to go with this cardigan.  I made it again using New Look 6106.


And last but not least another Cycle skirt (and two lovely doggies - note to self I must find some lovely doggy fabric).

Here is a close up.

This time I used Megan Nielsen's Brumby Skirt, slightly modified to fit into 1.25 metres of 115cm wide fabric.  I had to reduce the width of the skirt slightly and make the pockets a tad less vast, but it's still swooshy enough.

All the skirts are suitable for dog walking (very important) and suitable for work (I maybe work in a more laid back office than most) and entirely age appropriate I feel. 
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