Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Ooh! It’s a…..Japanese style tunic

Here is what it's supposed to look like (image from Stylish Dress book vol 2):

Here is what mine looks like:

I didn’t have any lace, or enough fabric to make full length sleeves, but I think it works.  The fabric is a blue heavy cotton with white fleck, and I really like it.

Like the dress I made from the same book, it’s lovely and loose, and very easy to wear.  I also love my patch pocket, perfect for posing with:

But remember I’m very new to stitching and made a few errors which experienced people wouldn’t make.  

Oops!  However, we all we learn from our mistakes, and I am not down-heartened at all.  I’ll still wear it at home, and each time I see my error I’llI resolve to think through exactly what I’m doing  before I sew a stitch next time

I’m still proud of myself for finishing and that’s the main thing.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Birthday Gifts

21 again.  My eldest was rather surprised that I was 21 again, and didn’t reach 22!  On a birthday, it’s great having a hobby like sewing, as family and friends know just what to buy you as a gift.  Here’s some lovely things I got this year.

Wahoo! A rotary cutter - I’ve wanted one for ages.  I can’t wait to crack it open and give it a whirl.  It will hopefully help me be a little more accurate when cutting out fabric.

A gridded ruler!  Helps with shortening or adding length to patterns.

Sew! - pocket edition by Cath Kidston.  A lovely book full of inspiration, bags, appliques, and full size patterns.   Which one to try first?

So, a great haul of prezzies this year (thanks everyone!), plus and a cake made and decorated by my loving hubbie.  What could be better?  If anyone has any recommendations of books or equipment to add to my Christmas list, please do let me know!!!