St George slaying the Burda dragon

St george and the dragonSt George slaying the dragon by Gustave Moreau

Happy St George’s day!  Just a very quick post – I’ve finished the Burda 6918.  It is super easy and very quick to make once you work out the pleat placement, didn’t use a concealed zip and made it slightly more fitted.  Have found Burda the trickiest patterns to use, simply as I am visual and sitting down and reading lots of instructions is almost impossible at work and at home I just want to get sewing!

Burda 6918

If I make this again I will change the pleats and add pockets in the side seam, thought it could be great in gingham?  Off on a day trip to Margate in the summer and have to dress in vintage style, so this could be the dress to go in?  What do you think?

Burda 6918

It doesn’t look great on my mannequin – she is far more streamlined than me! Yesterday I went to the Decorative antiques and textile fair in Battersea Park, if you can, do go – full of so many beautiful things!  I spied some amazing mannequins with wonderful shapes

decorative antiques and textile fair

we are so luck not to have to squeeze and be laced into corsets.  Although I loved the waspish waist & bustle shapes for their beauty.

jar's of threadThere were some amazing trimmings, millinery blocks, trimmings and fabulous jars of thread.  They look absolutely perfect!

quilted deckchair

quilted deckchair

I finally finished quilting my deckchair sling, just in time to catch a little sunshine!  My little courtyard garden has a south facing wall that is very sheltered and perfect to lie back and read a book with a cup of tea.  The cat has been eyeing it and when I’m not looking loves to curl up in the sunshine.

quilted deckchair 1

I used a strong cotton for the backing in a small gingham check and cotton batting, quilting the hexagons – just because I couldn’t decide what colour to quilt the navy blue.

hexy logcabin

Here it is in progress, really had fun with this and looking forward to some warm sunshine to enjoy it!  My next project is going to be

the utility coat

The Makers Atelier’s Utility Coat, in a coated denim from Fabrics Galore.  I love the Makers Atelier’s patterns, so well written and beautiful – even the pattern envelope is lovely.  If you haven’t tried one, do and Frances will be at the Selvedge Spring Fair at Chelsea Town Hall next weekend – so sad I’m working!  What will you be creating this weekend?

pattern de-stash

Colette Patterns Dahlia sewing pattern

I’m spring cleaning my sewing patterns on Ebay, with the help of the wardrobe architect and what I’ve learnt along the way.  Loved the Dahlia when it came out and ordered it as soon as I saw it – clicking without thinking I guess.

lottie blouse and pencil skirt sewing pattern

I some how have 2 of the Lottie’s and used one, wearing the shirt to work quite often.  Very easy to wear, here’s my version below – doubled the width of the pussy bow and made the sleeves longer.

lottie Blouse | Simple Sews

sew simple ruby dress sewing pattern

The Ruby would be perfect for this weather, its just I have another pattern by Vogue that is almost the same.  There are quite a few other patterns for sale, all unused and in good condition – more to be added later today.

simplicity 2587

I’ve also been sewing, this is a comission for a friend and just finnished – needs a good pressing but ready to fly.

simplicity 2587

The main fabric is a cotton poplin and to add texture and lift the dress form being very plain I used a cotton waffle fabric, I love the way it looks.

simplicity 2587

Now to finish my deckchair sling and enjoy some sunshine!

hexy log cabin blocks

Hexagon Log cabin

I love log cabin blocks and hexagons, decided that I would combine the 2 and make a deckchair sling this way.  Great way of adding a real splash of colour to my courtyard!  I found the fabrics at Tikki Patchwork in Kew, I fell in love with the Lecien Flower Sugar fabrics and just added in other coordating fabrics – there are a few Sketch fabircs and I can not remember the spots.

hexy log cabin blocks

It grew quite quickly and now just the batting and backing.  Not too sure how I’m going to quilt it, thought I’d take inspiration from Judiths circular quilting – maybe hexy version?

Squares – scraptastic

pinwheel quilting

Over the last week fews I’ve been working on using up all my scrap fabrics before I dive in and order a couple of fabric collections I’ve been wanting.  Above is a pencil case, its amazing how far 2 inch squares go!

Christmas stocking  scraptastic quilting

I know somewhat early, the London MQG are making stockings for our charity this year and to have enough to give I thought I’d try and make 1 a month.  LonMQG March challenge was a letter block – my letter was G, made again from what I had at home.  Its a 12.5 inch square block, had just enough of the kona solid backing and Liberty Lifestyle fabric left over to make it.


As you can see its appliqued on using a blanket stitch on my machine, also used bondaweb just to give a perfect edge and secure it.  Another scraptastic project has been a new name badge for the guild meetings and I decided to make a dresden plate and embroider my name in the center.  Using a super small plate and watched this fab tut on you tube

Spring really has pushed me to start stitching and clearing up – a crafty spring clean!