Archive for February, 2015

3 Peaks Challenge

I know this isn’t a crafty post but I’d really appreciate your time for a few minutes, it’s for a worthy cause I promise.

A few months ago I was offered the opportunity to support a well deserving charity and knock an item off my bucklist, we’ve all got one I’m sure even if it’s just a “one day…” thought at the back of your mind. A small group of slightly crazy people, including me, will be (hopefully) completing the 3 Peak Challenge to raise awareness and money for CASPA. CASPA support children, young people and families affected by Autism. They’re based in South London and offer some great clubs and services, you can find out more here.

The 3 Peak Challenge is something I’ve wanted to attempt for a while but haven’t felt fit enough, until now (she hopes). The challenge is to climb 3 mountains in the United Kingdom, that’s Ben Nevis, Scotland (1344m), Scafell Pike, England (978m) and Snowdon, Wales (1085m) all in 24 hours. In total it works out to about 14 hours of hiking. The only rest we’ll get will be in the bus on the drive between mountains.

Now here comes the scrounging, I’d really appreciate your support (and cold hard cash) to help motivate my arse up those three lumps of rock! Even £1 would help make a difference, so please take a few mins to go to my Justgiving page here and donate, thank you!!

Right I best start training!

Handmade Wardrobe – Blanket Coat

This is the last make from 2014 I have to share with you and I think it may be my favourite.

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I think I’ve probably told with you before my fear of sleeves. As we all know a winter coat really needs sleeves so this make was another chance for me to face my fear. I’m pleased to say I am gradually getting over my sewing fears, as with everything practice makes perfect! I decided a while a go (before they flooded the shops over autumn/winter I’d like to add!) that I wanted to make a nice big, warm blanket coat for winter. Something snuggly that I could wrap myself up in on the school run, as that seems to be the extent of my social calendar lately. I spent a long time trawling patterns and ended up picking Vogue V8930 MISSES’ JACKET, it’s a very simple pattern but had exactly the look I was hoping for.

Once I found my pattern it was a quick trip to Goldhawk road to find the perfect fabric. I dragged my mum along to help me decide and after looking at some amazing wools I ended up with some kind of man made fibre blend, I’ve got no idea what it was but it washes a dream, was super stable to work with and best of all it was only £7 a metre rather than the £25 plus prices on the beautiful wools we were looking at. I am completely happy paying for quality fabric but as I had never made a coat before I didn’t want to waste lovely fabric on what may have been a disaster. Thankfully my bargain purple coat turned out perfectly.

Before I started cutting out the pattern I had planned on not lining the coat, but as I read through the pattern I preferred the seam finish on the lined version. I did a bit of pattern juggling and managed to cut the extra collar pieces I needed from my purple fabric. On the same shopping trip I had picked up some more African wax print to make another Mortmain dress (I might cut that out this weekend actually) which complemented the purple, so I used it for the back and sleeve lining, it was like it was meant to be!

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I was a little nervous about how my machine would handle the thick layers of fabric, especially now I was adding lining, normally it gets the right hump about thick layers, but to my surprise the fabric was a dream to sew. The coat came together so quickly and the sleeves went in first time, I don’t actually remember having to really use my seam ripper which is really unusual.

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Making this coat made me realise that I’m becoming much more confident about sewing, especially sewing from patterns. I felt comfortable not sticking to a particular pattern version, I used the shorter length, I added the lining but mixed fabric types and used the inset pockets. It’s the little tweaks you make to patterns that really make your clothes your own and different from ready to wear.

This coat has had a lot of wear over the past few months in rain and wind and it has kept me both warm and dry. The fact that the huge collar doubles up as a hood has helped with that.

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I love this coat. I feel like I’m wearing my personality when I wear this, its bright and fun, while still being stylish. I have had lots of compliments about it when I’ve been out, people even asked where I bought it! They couldn’t believe I made it! That made me feel a little proud of myself. Best of all they couldn’t believe how much I made it for, in total it came in at about £35 and that’s including the thread!! The Hubby was very happy when I told him that Ha!

Patchwork Heart Bunting

I’ve been lucky enough to guest post for the lovely Justine and Lisa at Simply Solids. My Patchwork Heart Bunting tutorial is available now so why don’t you head on over there and check it out. I’d love to hear what you think and if you give it a go I’d love to see photos!