February is Valentine's month so of course I had to make the free newsletter printable all about love! I designed a folk design inspired heart that you can make into a garland, gift tag or a card. Easy to make and full of love! Make sure you get it by subscribing to my newsletter by 6pm 11th February (Perth, Western Australia time).
It's getting close to Christmas! Yay! I love this time of the year. Although I do wish Australia was in the northern hemisphere, the heat can get pretty unbearable! I have a new newsletter coming out in a few days (it will released 6th December 6pm (Perth Australia time) and if you haven't already subscribed, please do! For this month I have a free Christmas printable for you to download. It's a set of 3 gift cards that you can attach to presents. Here's a look at the gift cards!
I have a new newsletter coming out (after quite an absence, sorry!) and with it a new free printable! To celebrate Halloween I've made a tea light luminarie for you to make and spookify your house. If you're not already subscribed to my newsletter, subscribe now so you won't miss it. It'll come out Sunday night (28/10) just in time for Halloween xx
Oh gosh the last blog post was made back in July! Sorry for the absence! I wanted to re-do the website and some other things so I kind of abandoned all of this. But right now I'm working on re-doing the site and making it look better so as of publishing this blog post things may look a bit off on the site. Anyway, I'm working on lots of new things! They will all be launching on the 24th of November at the Etsy Made Local Market here in Perth. Click here for more info on the market (hope you can make it!). These embroidered brooches are one of the things I'll be launching...or I guess re-launching as I have made them in the past before but I've added one design to the line up! If you can't make the market I'll be putting all my new items online after the market xx
I've been busy sewing away but have had a few dud makes unfortunately.
- A pair of pants that I chose the wrong fabric for so it doesn't fit very well.
- A dress that looks great but the fit is a little off in the back.
- A pair of culottes that actually fits nicely but looks a little funny around the waist.
- Another dress that somehow looks like a nightie on me!
So I've been feeling a little discouraged with my sewing but I've been soldiering on because the more you sew the better you get! Right?!
I don't have many skirts so I thought I should make another skirt to add to my wardrobe. I found a free tutorial to make a paneled skirt by Fabrics Store. At the Potter & Co big fabric sale back in March I bought a beautiful pink and white striped linen that is oh so soft and drapey that would be perfect as a skirt. I thought changing the direction of the stripes in the panels of the skirt would create a subtle point of interest.
When I was cutting up the pattern pieces I realised that this linen fabric was really shifty!! I think I cut some of the pieces a little wonky and not on grain but it doesn't seem to have affected the skirt too much. The fabric also has a pretty loose weave so it was fraying all over the place! Lots of zig zag stitching to keep that in check.
I changed a few things from the original pattern:
- I added pockets to the side seams
- I added lining because the fabric is very sheer
- I changed the waistband a little. I kept the 3 channels of elastic but instead of keeping one end open and closing it with hand stitching I sewed the waistband on as one piece and kept a section open in the seam where it attaches to the skirt. I also folded the bottom hem of the waistband into itself and stitched in the ditch to attach it. Does that even make sense?? I am terrible at explaining things!
- Also had to lengthen the skirt by about 10cm and lengthened the waistband by about 5cm when I realised the band is cut at the same width as my hips!
Ta-da! Here is the finished skirt!
It's pretty hard to see the panels but I don't mind, I think it still looks pretty! The elastic waistband came out soooo comfy! I've made a couple other elastic waistbanded items and they have all used wider elastic and it's not as comfortable as using multiple thinner elastics. Something to remember in the future!
Do you love my coat? I love it so much, I wish I could say I had made it! I bought it a few years ago from Bobo Choses, a Spanish fashion brand that mostly makes children's clothing. The print and colours remind me of Japan and Finland. It's quilted which I love, I've been obsessed with quilted jackets/coats for the past few years. I'd love to make my own one day.
Here's a close up of my adorable brooch! My husband bought it for me from Fragola, a designer in Japan. It's amazing how much it looks like a real iced cookie! It looks a lot like Panko doesn't it?
And one more photo - I knitted this headband myself! I've been trying to teach myself how to knit and so far I have only mastered the knit stitch. I made this a month ago so I've probably forgotten how to knit now! I'm quite proud of my headband, it's just a long rectangle sewn together and then the middle pinched and sewn but I think it looks really cute and it keeps my head warm. One day I will be able to knit jumpers and other fancy things!
Look forward to more sewing adventures! I have a pinafore dress that just needs buckles to finish, a pair of overalls that I'm struggling to get the right fit (I think I have a really long back because it is giving me the biggest wedgie!), and a shirt dress that is waiting to be cut out.