Bags for a pandemic…

I work for the NHS so when Covid-19 was in full swing back in April, we had to start changing out of our uniforms before coming home.  I needed bags that could be put in the wash at 60 degrees, so they could be reused.  And I came up with the idea to make bags out of oil uniforms, as I knew they can be washed at 60, with no problems. I made myself two, and some of my colleagues liked them so I made some for them too. They are proving to be very useful.

The first bag I made, I thought it would be fun to incorporate the pockets. However I then decided not to bother with the rest.

I loved the navy one with the contrast stitching. You can see here where I’ve used zig zag stitches to prevent fraying. And I really love how it looks.

In fact I loved it in navy so much, I made one for myself as a reusable shopping bag. It can fold up nicely to fit in most of my bags, to take when going to town.

The bags for work, are literally two pieces of fabric sewn together with handles attached. So essentially they are flat. Whereas the one I made for myself for shopping, has sides and a bottom. So its a bit bigger and can fit more in.

Haven’t posted in ages…

I have been sewing, lots. Just haven’t got round to blogging about it yet. Sorry xxx

This is my fave so far…

This fabric came from Ditto fabrics in Brighton. I bought some back in January from the shop itself, in black and white. I then decided I wanted some more, but they didn’t have any more of that one, but had it in this black/blue/white combo. Which I’m loving just as much. Its ex-designer (Paul Smith) and the quality is fab! I love that I can make stuff from such excellent quality fabric, for the fraction of the price that I would have to pay for such a garment if I bought it RTW.

You can see the blue in this pic.

Sorry about the dusty mirror!

I’ve only worn it for trying on purposes and picture taking, but it feels so comfortable to wear. Can’t wait to be able to wear it out of the house, to go somewhere nice!

I have enough of this fabric left to make another top. And I also have the black/white combo, which I’m thinking I’ll make a dress from.

More…

Lovely lovely tops with the empire line!

First one made with a cotton fabric from Cloth house London. Bought this end of Feb during a few days stay in London before all this Coronavirus mess started!

I’ve been into red lately, and I couldn’t resist this red and cream small check combo.

Can see the detail of the fabric a little better.

 

Second Linden…

I’ve finally made another Linden. Used the same fabric apparently. Ordered it from the same place “Minerva Crafts”, but this one seems a little stretchier and softer. I also followed the pattern properly this time and used the right seam allowance. So this one fits better. And I used Merchant and Mills ribbing for neck band and sleeves and hem. I had to use different colours for the hem to the neck and sleeves, but I think it works quite well.

Very happy with this one, and its so comfortable to wear too.

 

Gone back to the beginning…

When short of fabric but you want to make something, make a simple rectangle top. I used the fabric that was left over from the maxi navy and white spot dress, but used the wrong side of the fabric as the right side. I really liked the way it looks, looks a bit like a faded denim.

No pattern required, just over two hours start to finish. And that includes ironing before cutting out.

Job done!

New dress for holiday…

Going on holiday soon and I wanted another dress. So happy that I can make what I want and not have to go trawling the shops for something.

Think I’ve finally discovered the perfect fabric for this dress. Its a viscose of some sort I believe, anyway its a lovely soft fabric which drapes beautifully.

This is another Trapeze/Marshmallow hack. Love it.

Nice and long.

Love it from side angle too. Can’t wait to wear it on holiday.

A small detail…

Really can make all the difference.

I made another Trapeze dress back in March. Having made so many already I just assumed I would love it. The fabric was gorgeous, I’d used some previously for this top

The fabric feels wonderful against the skin, and is lovely to work with. And I was excited to make it up in a Trapeze dress.

So I was really bummed when I finished it, tried it on and was oh so underwhelmed. I did not like it. Couldn’t for the life of me work out why? At first  I thought it might be the sleeve length, I’d made short sleeves, but thought perhaps they could be shorter. So I shortened them by about 2cm. Hmmm was a little better, but still did’t want to wear it.

I left it in the wardrobe for a while.  Then thought I might be mistaken, tried it on again, fully prepared to wear it. But NO! It just looked plain and frumpy.

I put it back on Gertie so I could sit and look at it and decide what I might do, if anything. Contemplated shortening it into a top, or maybe just taking a few inches off to make into more of a tunic.

And then it hit me! I’d turn it up, but not cut anything off and make a sort of hem detail. Have done it once before by mistake, which I ended up loving, here…

I had nothing to lose, didn’t like the dress as it was. And if didn’t work I could unpick or cut it off anyway.

Happily it worked out perfectly and I now love it! Just this one small detail has made so much difference. I can’t believe it.

Unfortunately I was so uninspired by the original version that I didn’t take any pics for comparison, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

I’m so happy I was able to resolve this. I loved the fabric and was upset that I might have wasted it. And it also really affected my confidence. I kept looking at my lovely fabric stash and feeling so nervous about making anything, in case I didn’t like it. On the same day I did this alteration, I started on a new project. And thats for another post…

Rediscovering old makes…

Bought some new jeans recently (one of the things I don’t make) and the style is a bit different from my usual skinny fit, Boyfriend style. Taken a while to jump on that band wagon. And the style of tops I’ve been wearing of late don’t go with them at all. So I’ve pulled out my old, Tilly and the Buttons ” Mathilde” blouses.

So happy to be loving them again!

I have many more too…

 

 

Star…

Got this gorgeous sweatshirt fabric from Minerva crafts, sat on it for a while as couldn’t decide what to make. Eventually ended up making another Trapeze tunic length top. I bought 3 metres of it, so still have enough to make something else.

 

Just a few pics, we all know what these tops look like by now!

The stars are glittery!

My sewing really has slowed down of late. I’ve got some beautiful fabrics in my stash, just crying out to be made up, but I just can’t seem to motivate myself at the moment. Think I might need to clear out my wardrobe, make room for new stuff…