Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jam Making

Here is another reason why I don't have enough time to sew sometimes - jam making!

I bought gooseberries and red currants at the weekend and was hoping the weather would cool down a bit before I spent time over a hot stove. No break in the weather, but I did end up making my jam this evening.

Now need to find my labels

Looking forward to my toast tomorrow morning!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Scout Woven Tee

I finished my  Grainline Studio Scout Woven Tee last night and it turned out better than anticipated. Once I had cut it out, I had visions of it turning out to look like hospital scrubs. Thank goodness I was very pleasantly surprised!

I used fabric from my stash that was used first as the lining in my Sewaholic Minorou jacket (blogger about here). Totally unlike fabric that I normally go for! It is a medium weight cotton fabric and I was a little concerned that it might be too heavy for this pattern, but it still has a little drape to it.

This was the ultimate quick and easy make.  I did it over a few evenings but probably in total it was just over 2 hours of work (including taping together the printed pattern pieces).

Close up of the fabric and drape!
I will definitely be making more of these. The ideal pick-me-up when you need to cheer yourself up with a quick and easy make!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A Meet Up And An Update

A beautiful hanging basket I saw at the Distillery District (Toronto) last night.
Nothing to do with this post, but they are pretty!!!
It has been five weeks and I have hardly touched my sewing machine. Life really does have a way of getting in the way of sewing sometimes!! But that doesn't mean I haven't been planning....

But first up, if anyone in the Toronto area is available for a meet-up, Funnygrrl from Falling Through Your Clothes will be in town in early August and is looking to meet up on or around August 10. Check her blog for the details! I will be there as we had such fun at out last GTA meet-up back in February.

Anyway, so what am I planning?

For my Birthday I received Gerties New Book For better Sewing from one of my sisters and the moment I opened the book, I just knew that I am going to have to make a black pencil skirt with boning in the waistband. A pencil skirt is such a classic look for the office. I bought black fabric and a zipper a while ago to make a skirt and I have boning left over from my party dress Butterick 5882, so no excuses for not getting started!

Then my younger son has been asking me to make him a jacket or coat for ages, so after much research (thanks Mainely Dad!), I purchased the Japanese Men's Coat pattern Book on Etsy a few weeks ago. I was so impressed with the seller on Etsy, less than two weeks from ordering to arriving! So will be making him a coat, of course my other son has  been eyeing the book too!!

Then I was lucky enough to win a book from Jen at the Grainline Studio, she hosted a Giveaway back in May and I received my Sew Red Sewing book in the mail a few weeks ago. Some lovely projects in the book and a scarf in particular I might need to make!

Coincidently enough I had also been looking at the Grainline patterns, I don't know where I've been hiding but the Scout Tee is cute. So I downloaded the pattern the other evening and have almost finished my first Scout Tee.

When I said I had hardly touched my sewing machine, I had made a selection of Thank You cards, involving stitching some scraps onto cards!!