handmade handbags

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So just before Christmas I made the monster a new dress out of some Marvel fabric and there were a few pieces left over.  So instead of making a fabric bag, we decided to buy a shell and strap to make a super cool bag.  The shell is from U handbag, as is the strap – a great detail.

There is a great tutorial and it very simple to make.  The edge detail could be neater and I would love to make another bag and improve the interior edge finish.  Overall I’m happy with it and the monster loves it – which is the best!

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The ultimate pencil skirt

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I decided on New Years Eve to zap up a skirt to wear out and had luckily found some scuba fabric in  Fabrics Galore’s sale – I loved it so much bought it in 2 colour ways!

Pattern:  The Ultimate Pencil Skirt by The Maker’s Atelier

Fabric: Scuba from Fabrics Galore.

Notions: stretch needles, Mara 120 thread, elastic.

Pattern description:  pencil skirt sewing pattern for stretch fabrics – also included is a pattern for woven fabrics.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow:  Yes, the pattern is really well written and so easy to follow.  Looks just like the photograph.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: I love the super simple stretch skirt pattern and is a brilliant quick make.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: none.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others: Yes, Ive made 4 stretch skirts with this pattern so far – although they have not all been for me.

Conclusion: A wonderful simple make, so easy to wear and brilliant as a wardrobe staple.  I hemed the scuba on my machine and it worked well.  Also used the stretch elongated zig zag for the main stitch and zig zag for the elastic casing.  If you haven’t tried the Maker’s Atelier patterns, do they are really well written and wonderful wearable styles.

 

The Landgate | a review

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Goodness its been a while, work has been very busy and has meant not so much sewing time. The landgate has been wanting to be made for a while, Sarah kindly told me quite how long – as we met up in Rye last summer for my first trip to Merchant & Mills.  I had been concerned that my old machine wouldn’t sew the oilskin and having tried a small section was right, my new machine sewed the fabric like a dream.

Pattern:  The Landgate by Merchant & Mills.

Fabric: Gold British oilskin – Merchant & Mills.

Notions: denim size 12 needles, all purpose thread,  Merchant & Mills brass zip.

Pattern description:  This was a straight forward pattern to sew, I followed every step and opted for metal eyelets for a more professional finish – the pattern does say to make button holes.  Delighted with the finished jacket.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: I loved the easy construction and pocket options, thought I may make another version in denim with pockets on the outside, great for walking the dog.  Had anticipated it could be tricky and with a fabric I have newer used before – was wrong on both counts.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: bound the hood facing with bias tape.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others:  Yes, once I got home thought I’d bought a ‘cagoule’ pattern- showing my 70’s roots there!  Perfect outdoors, gardening, walking and of course rain wear.  Would be a fab make for a Chap too, there are pattern changes, very straightforward.

 

The Trapeze Dress

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Today I finally got some sewing done for me!  Yesterday I bought the Trapeze Dress pattern in Liberty and had a plan – this morning I cut it out and made it – yipee.  It is a super simple dress, I went for the sleeveless version using this fabulous eyelet cotton fabric from Ditto Fabrics, found a navy cotton voile on Ebay to line it.

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Pattern: The Trapeze Dress by Merchant & Mills.

Fabric: eyelet cotton and cotton voile.

Notions: hemline number 11 quilting needles & Gutterman sew all thread.

Pattern discription: Merchant & Mills signature dress, designed to flatter most body shapes.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow: Yes, with the exception of the arm hold facing -after comments from Sarah mentioning a tricky part.  I saw immediately what Sarah meant and decided to make up using a traditional method.  Do watch Angela Kane’s great explanation.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: Simple, easy to wear dress, with sleeveless, cap sleeve and 3/4 leng sleave option, making it very versatile.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  Only change I made was shortening the pattern by 6 inches.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others:  Yes, will make more using the sleeves and defernatly reccomend with the sleeveless version made the traditional way to make things super quick and easy.

Conclusion: Brilliant shaped dress that will be much worn – fingers crossed for summer to warm up!

 

 

Big Easy Top | a review

There’s been some sewing going on!

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I made the collarless version earlier in the year with an amazing wool jersey I brought back form a trip to Copenhagen and decided to make a lighter sweatshirt version with the cowl neck.  Perfect for putting on after surfing and walking along English beaches this summer.  In fact I wore it this morning walking the dog before work.

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Pattern: The Big Easy Top by The Maker’s Atelier

Fabric: Fleece lined sweatshirting from Fabrics Galore.

Notions: Schmetz stretch needles, Gutermann sew all thread.

Pattern discription: Simple, stylish and easy to make, these two styles flatter most body shapes. Choose between a round-necked, slim-sleeved, longer top or a more boxy style with a grown-on cowl neck.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow: Yes, brilliant, well written pattern and super fast too.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: I love the simple lines and the way it is cut and goes together so easily.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: none

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others: Yes, will defernatly sew again and its a great pattern for any beginner.  As with Fransis’s patterns they are great to wear and make.

Conclusion: Love this pattern, easy to wear and make in lots of different fabrics.

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here it is with the cowl up and down.

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And just in case I want to slip it on back to front I added a lable!

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To stitch the fabric I used an elongated stretch stitch on my machine and overocked the seams as I went.  It was pointed out to me that I could have just used the overlocker – but I do like to use my machine and overlocker – how do you stitch stretch fabrics?

 

the ultimate pencil skirt | a review

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I bought the ultimate pencil skirt pattern a little while ago and been looking for fabrics to make it in.  Planning a sequined version next once I have found some sequined fabric – thinking of a day trip to Brighton and visiting Ditto Fabrics.  I found some fabulous stripy jersey at Fabrics Galore and decided to sew the stretch version.  As with all of Fransis’ pattens it worked like a dream and I had a skirt ready to wear in under an hour!

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Pattern: The Ultimate pencil skirt

Fabric: stripe jersey from Fabrics Galore.

Notions: Schmetz stretch needles, Gutermann thread, elastic & pins.

Pattern discription: Create the ultimate pencil shaped skirt whether in stretch or woven fabric, this pattern has instructions for both.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow: yes, great instructions and very simple.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: quick and easy to make, perfect to wear – a real wardrobe staple.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: no none

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others: yes, brilliant quick project in jersey and plan to make another in stretch as well as the other woven version.

Conclusion: A brilliant pattern that is so easy to wear, try it!

 

Already worn and its great, can walk the dog and run around at work – had lots of lovely complement too.

Tarnish | knitting wip

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Last year I bought a lovely yarn called Frost in the sales and knitted the Tarnish pattern.  Took me ages to knit as I kept putting it down and loosing my place and then starting again.

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Very simple knit, if you keep track of the pattern repeat – something I kept loosing.   Finally lifted it out of my knitting basket and sewed up the side seams and now its ready to wear in the autumn!

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Going to be a great piece to wear to work, simple throw on and go.  Here is the Rowan book photograph and what it will look like once I have stitched a button on!

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Now to finish off a couple more projects!