Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tatting Progress

Lake Louise
I recently had the pleasure of spending two weeks in Calgary. It was a business trip, but I love getting to know a new city. I stayed right Downtown, near the Bow River which has great trails/paths for running. But that has meant no sewing recently. Although a weekend in Banff and Lake Louise is a very good substitute, so I am not complaining!

On the other hand it was an ideal time to continue my quest to learn to tat. What else was I to do in the evenings?

I am using the on-line tutorials from the blog, Tatted Treasures.

So this is what I have made so far with the tutorials:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Madeleine Mini Bloomers

Doing my bit for the environment!

Over the last year or so my husband  has tossed out about 4 shirts. They tend to give out on the upper sleeve, the rest of the shirt is fine. I couldn't bear to throw them away as I thought I could reuse the fabric. Waste not, want not and all that!

They have been languishing in my sewing room until on a recent weekend I had an idea.

I downloaded the  free Colette Patterns Madeleine Mini Bloomers pattern.

If it wasn't for the fact that I did not have the right width elastic or any white ribbon, these would have been done in under an hour, and that inludes printing, taping and cutting the pattern!!! A nice easy project.

Unfortunately, as I was cutting a size medium I couldn't quite make a pair from one shirt, so I did some mixing and matching of stripes!!!

I have downloaded Zoe's camisole pattern and plan to use an old white t-sirt to make a camisole with a striped ruffle down the front to match.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Cambie Dress

Another successful  Sewaholic  pattern finished and worn! I had cut  out  view A about two months ago, in a blue gingham, and then with vacation and getting children off to school etc., not much time to sew. But then I realized that if I didn’t finish it soon, I won’t be wearing until next year.

It was a nice easy dress to sew up. I chose to only line the top as the fabric is firm enough not to need any lining for the skirt part.

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I plan on also making view B as I have a nice floral material for it. It makes me think of garden parties when I see the fabric. I plan to sew that over the winter ready for next year!!