Sunday, February 22, 2015

Treasure hunitng with the Wellington Sewing Bloggers

The Wellington Sewing Bloggers network not only share fabric sale news, we sometimes actually coordinate to meet there together.  A local church was holding a fabric sale so of course I had to go.  I meet up with some of the Wellington Sewing Bloggers and had time for a hot chocolate afterwards. I have plans for the wool and the linen tablecloth. . 
Fabric fair treasures

New scarf wool I'm thinking
The rest of the goodies will go into the stash and the dome/fasteners I'll have a play with before I actually try and use them on some material.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Girls tunic top Kwik Sew 3769

I've made this top before for my goddaughter and it's a great top if you are making for children that are not easy to measure (especially if they live some distance away). It has a neck casing that the tie goes through, so the neckline is easily adjusted. It can also be worn as a dress/tunic or top.  

Kiwk sew 3769

Holes for the neck casing to go through

Top one complete

I made these for my gorgeous nieces. It was too hot for fabric shopping with them, but luckily I had some difference fabrics in my stash they could choose from, - I knew all the fabric shopping/hoarding would come in handy.

I did laugh when I was busy cutting these out and Ms 4 bounced into the room to see if I had finished yet, 20 minutes after choosing her fabric! I had visions of making coordinating hats, but decided to just go with finishing them and posting while they still fitted.  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lazy sewing - a guide

This is what happens when you have twelve white togas to sew for a school production with one days notice. You run out of energy to rethread your machine when the right needle breaks at 11pm at night.
Three thread overlocking for the lazy
So you sew with one needle on a default three thread overlocking style. I figured since they were being worn for 4 minutes once, they could do with a less stable thread. The overlocker is now proudly sporting new needles and black thread. I used to dread rethreading, but amazingly enough, found that if I followed the rethreading instructions exactly it worked fine. Its a very sturdy Huskylock bought second hand and rarely adjusted.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Prem baby''s blanket

My beautiful new pink and orange wool for a baby blanket.
There is a wonderful facebook group called earlybuds who make clothes and blankets for prem babies. I've been following them for a while and decided to make a premature baby's blanket for them. It meant I could knit in pink for a while as I never get to make girls things, and it was a small square (50cmx50cm) so I thought it was achievable. There were a couple of issues though.

My knitting needles when I went to knit today
Everyone denies it, but somehow my metal knitting needles got very bent! I was able to make a quick trip to the yarn shop nearby  to get new needles. I chose bamboo ones. They are very nice to knit with, and it was an easy project to take with me in my purse.
Mr F trying the blanket out for size
Its now finished, but I need to figure out how to get it to not roll at the edges then I can send it off. So that makes it project knitting no 3 completed.