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The happiest girl in the world March 23, 2010

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Last week I acquired some old fabric from Katy, the author of Creating Misericordia, which has made me the happiest girl in the world.

If you’re unfamiliar with Creating Misericordia, you should definitely check it out.  Katy takes excellent photos, takes on some epic projects and as previously stated, has made me a very happy girl.

The arrival of these fabrics, and spring, have motivated me to get out my sewing machine.  I decided to make another New Look skirt, which for some reason, was much more difficult the second time.  The waistband on the first skirt I made is kind of awkward, so I tried to fix it this time, but was unsuccessful.  This is either due to me missing out on something with the pattern construction, which is probably the case, or it’s just a cheap pattern.

Coincidentally, I picked up some Rowan Bamboo in Antique Rose that goes really well with the pink in the fabric, so by the end of the summer, I should have a lovely outfit.  Although, I am not waiting to wear the skirt until I knit a top; I will be wearing the skirt often.


New Look Skirt = Success! August 6, 2009

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Finished New Look Skirt

Finished New Look Skirt

I got some fabric last week and whipped up the New Look 6872 skirt and finished it up this afternoon.  It didn’t take me a week to make; I just took my time with it.  It was super simple and turned out a lot better than I thought it would.  The one thing I did change was the length, which I took it up about 4 inches.

The picture doesn’t really show off the fabric enough, but it’s not plain black.  It’s got little red, yellow and blue-gray spatter paint-like speckles.  The speckles add a bit to the fabric, and it was cheaper than plain black.  Which leads me to an increasing frustration, which is the lack of nice fabric in Manchester.

I really miss Joann’s (a craft superstore with a massive fabric selection in the States).  For a fabric store, Abakhan’s in Manchester is really lacking in fabrics with nice prints that are also fashionable.  I feel like whenever I need fabric, I end up choosing the best out of a not very good lot.  There have been 2, maybe 3, times I’ve seen fabric that really makes me excited to use in a project, but it’s very rare and the fabric is usually never ordered again.  When I have more money, I plan on buying more fabric online, and if I become rich, I will buy fabric from John Lewis.  But until then, Abakhan’s it is.

Strawberry Purse

Strawberry Purse

My other really exciting sewing project of the week is this plastic to look like wood handled purse, designed by ME!  When I was close to finishing, I realised that it can also be reversible!  I would have planned it a bit better if I would have known that in the design and fabric buying stages.  But, I am really excited that it turned out as well as it did on the first try and will definitely be making more.

I also started making Amy Butler’s ottoman/pillow this evening and was pleasantly surprised with how incredibly easy it is to assemble.  I thought it would be a multi-day project, but I think it’s very possibly to finish in a few hours, provided you don’t run out of thread!  Pictures will be posted when I buy more thread and finish.


Finger knitting rocks my world June 27, 2009

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I’ve finally decided to follow the blog trend now that it’s not trendy and everyone has one, but oh well.  I love making all sorts of things, so will be posting the stuff I make here, and maybe some patterns and whatever I feel like I guess.

At the moment I am working on a knitted skirt, Skating Queen, from knitty.com’s Fall 2004 issue.  It’s taken me 2 months to knit, and all that is left is sewing over the drawstring casing.  I’ve also been quite addicted to making finger knitted flowers; very easy, cute and versatile.

Finger knitting is fun!

Finger knitting is fun!

The blue flower is sewn onto a ring, but could be made into a little pin or any kind of embellishment.  The white and pink one is a bracelet.  They are both made out of Sirdar Big Softie yarn.

I made a blanket out of Sirdar Bigga and it just sheds wool everywhere and it didn’t take long for the blanket to look a bit worn and natty.  I think it is being discontinued, which I am not surprised about.  So, I hope I don’t have the same problem with the Big Softie; however, they are are so easy, a replacement could easily me made.