Posts Tagged ‘sewing machine’

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!

A Serious Crafty Catch Up

Well hi there, how have you been? I don’t know about you but here at Casa O’Meara we’re all looking forward to the summer holidays, only a few days to go. The down fall to having the monsters at home for 6 weeks is my sewing time gets seriously cut. So before my project progress becomes non-existent I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to.

A few Sundays a go I got to spend a bit of quality time with Monster no1 helping him with his craft homework, he had to make a sea creature of his choice. After trawling the internet he decided on a banded sea snake, we raided my stash of felt and got to work.

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It was great to see him really concentrating and enjoying using the sewing machine. I don’t think I’ve seen him sit still for that long since he started walking! He was so proud of his efforts, he did a brilliant job. I only had to help him sew the curve of the head and to close up the tail.

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As well as homework I’ve been working on my handmade wardrobe. We’ve finally booked our holiday and I’m hoping to have plenty of handmade clothes to take with me. My project list is full of beach cover ups and lightweight easy to pack items. First tick off the to-make list was a quick little upcycle. My t-shirt I love but have sadly shrunk out of (yup that’s right!) was too ridiculously big to wear anymore so thanks to pinterest and my fabric scissors I chopped the sleeves off, changed the neckline and plaited the back.

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Beach cover up done!

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Next on my list – Lace t-shirt
I popped into my local haberdashery and for some reason this coral lace just called out to me, honestly it made me buy it. Next thing you know I’m skipping out the shop with lace and neon binding. I mean it could only end well 🙂

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I already have an old lace t-shirt I bought a few years ago, its cheap but just the right size, so I used that to draught myself a pattern while Monster no2 took a rare nap.

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To finish it off I decided to trim the hemline following the lace pattern, for a cute scallop edge. I love the neon binding and the dropped hem at the back, its little touches like that I like the most on handmade clothes, that’s when you get to really put your personality across.

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My last project to show you for now is a fun little make up bag I made as a gift for a friend, I hope she likes it!

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End of an era and new beginnings

What an emotional few days, I’m sure a lot of you have been through the same this week or over the years. Monster no1 finished nursery and is off to big school in September! How did my scrawny, twiglet legged baby grow into a cheeky, confident boy so fast?!

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Monster no1 is so excited to start big school, but at the same time he is upset he’s going to a different school to his nursery friends and has already been telling me he misses them (he only finished nursery wednesday). I think it’s going to be a great learning curve for him, making new friends, gaining more independence, all the new experiences. I’m so excited for him, I know its selfish but in a way I’m sad too, I’m one step closer to him not needing me, before I know it he will be a grunting teenager who is certain I’m only here to embarrass him. All the time he wants a cuddle before bed I’m going to make the most of it.

As monster no1 was leaving I thought I would make the nursery teachers a thank you present each. I decided to make them key fobs, they have a few keys for gates and doors at nursery that they need handy all the time so I figured this would be a good idea. I have loads of lovely scraps from the Country Garden quilt I’m making for my first exhibition that would be perfect for his teachers.

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I think when I started making them my brain had a bit of a melt down, for some reason I thought I would need a layer of wadding as well as interfacing to make it stiff enough. BIG MISTAKE. After a bit of swearing at myself (and unpicking) I quickly got them done.

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I’m really pleased with them and glad I used a ribbon loop to attach the rings, I don’t know why but I am. I just hope they all like them.

Now these are done I can get back to my list of projects, the first few bits I need to get done are a phone case for my nan, a business card holder for the hubby and my quilts for the exhibition. Once those are out of the way I’m thinking about making myself a cute clutch bag out of one of these overprinted beauties from Lu Summers.

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Oh and I will be making a few key fobs for my Etsy shop too!

I think that little lot will keep me occupied for while, what projects have you got planned for the rest of summer?

Sewing Group Update

Good News! You will be pleased to know that I have found a hall, it is all booked and we are good to go!

The first meeting (I don’t really like that word it sounds a bit boring) gathering will be Monday 23rd July 7:30pm till 9:30pm, that’s NEXT MONDAY (Woohoo!!!!). It will be held in the Miss Coppen room at St Luke’s Church Maidstone, if you click here you can see a map. There is a free carpark next to the church, the entrance to our hall is through the door in the carpark.

If you are coming, and I hope you are, just bring along any projects you want to work on and any equipment you need, or if you haven’t sewn before and are not sure where to start just bring yourself! Don’t worry I won’t go mad if you aren’t there dead on 7:30pm, I’ve got monsters and I know it can be a nightmare getting out of the house sometimes, come when you are ready.

I really want this to be a place for people to make new friends, have fun and hopefully learn new skills along the way. I am not doing this for profit, but unfortunately I do have to hire the hall, because of this there will be a nominal fee of £2 per person, per gathering. If we have any money left after the hall is paid perhaps it could go on a fabric stash kitty for the group or something?

Lastly and most importantly we need a name for our little gathering, unfortunately I can’t call us the stitch and bitch brigade as it will be published in the church’s newsletter ha ha. So please have a think and leave name ideas in the comments below.

Right I’m off to to make presents for monster no1’s nursery teachers, he leaves Wednesday, it’s all going too fast he will be a stroppy teenager in no time *sobs in a snotty sleeve*

Laters!

Sewing groups

Me again! Is it just me or does sewing sometimes get a bit lonely? Don’t get me wrong I love sewing, machine or by hand, just every now and then I envy my husband going off to work and sitting in an office full of like minded people to bounce ideas off of. Do you get that too?

I have been thinking about this more and more lately, especially over the past fortnight where I have been sewing late into the night, just two sleepy mutts and bad tv for company (oh and hubby’s snoring). It would be nice to have a group of ladies (or men, I’m not fussy), that could all get together say once a fortnight and catch up, sew, knit, crotchet or embroider and maybe even have a cake or two. I would love a nice relaxed gathering where people can learn new things, ask for help with problems and hopefully pick up new ideas. I follow the blogs of Katy, Lynne and Justine who are all members of the Kitchen Quilt Guild. They regularly meet at Lynne’s house and talk sewing and everything else. From their blogs it seems like they all have a great to time together and I’m gonna be honest I’m jealous!

I decided to do something about it, I had a search about on the interweb looking for groups to join in my area but they all seem to be for a particular craft or a bit to formal for my liking. I was telling a good friend of mine about this and she suggested I start my own, she would make the tea (I may be called Polly but I’m awful at putting the kettle on) and I could organise the rest. So what do you think? Should I take the plunge and set up my own “Bitch and Stitch” as it were? My flat is too small to do it at home but I could hold it in a hall near by.

Have any of you joined or started your own group like this? I would love to hear about it and of course any tips greatly received 😉 Also if you are close enough (I’m in Maidstone) would you be interested in joining?

Please comment below or email me, I would love to hear from you!