Firehose

…the Fairy said, “to talk of many things,

Of miles of cloth, and pattern stacks,

Of hats and corset strings.”

Yes folks, the marking is all done, several thousand A level papers have been perused, groaned over, and assessed.  Standards have been seen to fall a little further, and the inability of A level maths students to add two numbers together has been roundly cursed.  Time to return to my neglected sewing debris, and hang my head in shame.  I haven’t sewn anything in weeks, more like months, other than hastily basting my pal’s wedding outfit together for a fitting.

I have, however, been buying.  And everything I’ve bought has been dumped in the sewing room, occasionally fondled wistfully, but generally melded into a heap on the table, the ironing board, and any other available surface.  Several items have found their way there to be mended, and lots of... [read more]


At the beginning of spring I stopped reviewing new Knipmode magazines. For no particular reason, other than being busy. Recently there were few signs that people might be missing these reviews. In a discussion at the Curvy Sewing Collection site it was mentioned that there used to be much more information on pattern magazines available before bloggers shifted from blogging to Instagram. I decided to check the stats for my blog to see if anyone was actually reading my reviews. Guess what?  This week alone over 250 people read the old post about the August 2016 issue, I presume most of them were looking for news about August 2017. The biggest surprise of all was the number one search entry: книпмоде. Coming from a Russian sewing forum. Hi there!
So I thought I might do a quick recap of recent months to see what's new. Today it's April,... [read more]
If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed my quest last week for the perfect pattern to use for a pair of relaxed summer dungarees. I was torn between a few options which I liked various elements of and you guys threw a few more excellent choices into the mix! One that kept coming up as a favourite were the Pauline Alice Turia Dungarees, although the Wear Lemonade Fiona were a close second and nearly won out purely because of the name! However, I really liked the classic details of the Turias, the shape of the back bib and the width through the leg. I’ve also often had success with her patterns in the past as I’m quite petite and the proportions work quite well for me. Although the samples weren’t quite the look I was after a quick Google threw up some other blogger makes using this pattern which I adored.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Pauline Alice Turia Dungarees in Teal Linen from The Fabric Store

I wasn’t sure on the dungaree trend... [read more]
I decided on the way to work one morning that I was going to make Dave a beanie...lucky Dave! I was just looking for a small project to take on that I could do on the commute to/from work each day and a beanie is something that I think can be relatively easy. Sadly he said a firm NO to me adding a pom pom to it.

I found the pattern on Ravelry after searching for super-dooper easy crochet beanies for beginners (it also has a youTube video which helped a LOT). The wool is from The Granny Square in Newtown - of course! I like going there as I can bring along the pattern and they'll help me pick the correct wool and hook. I find wool so confusing (DK, worsted, WTF) so getting help is wondeful!


I had SO much trouble getting this beanie started -- I thought I'd be off to a good start and then lose count of the stitches somewhere along the way. I must have started... [read more]

If you’re not keen on the “slightly cropped” aspect of View A of the Ultraviolet Tee (or if you have a particularly long torso) but you want to keep the gentle curve on the front and back and the scoop on the side, this is how you go about lengthening your pattern pieces. This is also the same process for lengthening View B.

Since the pattern pieces are essentially straight at the sides, it’s just about as easy as can be to make the pattern longer.
1 – Cut the pattern along the lengthen/shorten line on both the Front and Back.
2 – Separate the pattern pieces the amount you would like to lengthen the shirt. 2-3 inches will bring the shirt down to a non-cropped length (like the sample shirt pictured in this post).
3 – Connect the pattern pieces and fill in the gap.

The post Lengthening the Ultraviolet Tee (option 1) is by SeamstressErin Designs. If you have found it elsewhere, please let her know!

Let me explain, in case you missed my IG feed … I headed back to the Calgary Stampede for my summer vacation! I was in such awe of THE Biggest Sewing Room in Canada when I saw it in August of 2014 at the Calgary Stampede, I just knew I would have to return to see THE […]

The True Cost (Part Two): Cotton

Did you read my first post about The True Cost? Yes? Then let’s talk about cotton. Genetically modified cotton to be specific. Need to watch The…

The post The True Cost (Part Two): Cotton appeared first on Thimble End.

Being on the ball is not usually my forté but since my trip to the recent SewUpNorth meet up I’ve actually used 2 pieces of fabric I acquired at the swap and used a pattern that came free with the current issue of the Dressmaker magazine. I’m not a regular of the Dressmaker magazine as I subscribe to Love Sewing and Sew Direct.  I think the hubby would raise an eyebrow at more sewing publications dropping on the mat, but I still have a peek at the others when I’m out shopping. This pattern caught my eye immediately and I was drawn into buying the mag’ and I knew just which fabric would be a perfect match. This John Kaldor ITY knit which was kindly donated to the swap from RuthRuth at Ruth Creates. The pattern was a super simple make, I whizzed it up in a couple of hours (after cutting out) despite having to unpick the off the shoulder part – I’m not sure what it’s name is.  The shoulder band maybe? I’m …
I made this on trend top using Vogue 9242 and a blush pink cotton lawn from Minerva Crafts.  I’ve written a guest post over at Minerva if you’d like to read how I adapted the pattern to take advantage of the tonal border detail. Tagged: Minerva, minervamakes, Reviews, vogue, vogue pattern

Maternity clothes. Just reading those two words sends me into a tailspin of horror, envisioning ill-fitting polyester dresses in drab, matronly prints. While ready-to-wear maternity has improved in recent years, the number of stores that actually offer plus sizes is pitifully low. Curvy women have an even narrower pool to choose from when dressing during a pregnancy than we do normally. Between Loft, Old Navy, and Pink Blush, I’ve found some nice pieces, but as a size 16, I’m near the top of all three size ranges. Thank heavens for sewing!

If you have the time and energy (a gigantic if, admittedly), sewing is one of the best ways to guide your wardrobe through pregnancy. During the first twenty weeks, you probably won’t need many new items, but that quickly changes as things progress. Practically overnight, I went from wearing regular jeans to... [read more]

 

We’re just 8 days away from the end of our sewalong!  I’m blown away by the submissions so far, you guys have some serious skills.  Last week we went over somefabric ideas, and the week before, pattern ideas. This week, I felt like it was time to finally talk about what I’m making, along with some options that were so nearly chosen. First off, pattern…

Surprise surprise, it’s from By Hand London. It may seem bias because they are fabulously sponsoring us, but if you follow my posts at all, you’ll notice the bias is nothing new. Orsola fits in so beautifully with my summer wrap dress obsession, it was really a no brainer. That said, Orsola does not come drafted as a maxi length dress. I will be lengthening the skirt, and maybe altering the shape a bit à la last year’s maxi. But then again, maybe not. I do think Orsola has a beautiful skirt shape, there’s... [read more]

Ah hello there! And how are we all on this fine July afternoon? I'm grand - I have a cup of tea (Earl Grey, hot), Hannibal on in the background (S2, which is mostly not great but, you know, Mads...) and  I'm feeling pretty relaxed generally, having just come back from five days in Edinburgh. Nic was at a conference over the weekend, so we decided to extend the trip on either side and have a little mini holiday out of it. Edinburgh was the first place we ever went on holiday together (in 2007) so it's always had a special place in our hearts, but we haven't been back there for almost nine years. It was so good to go back and fall in love with it all over again.

Me at Edinburgh castle, October 2007

Me and Greyfriars Bobby, July 2017. I don't think I've changed that much in the last ten years.

Work has been kind of crazy for us both, so having a... [read more]

During my last trip to Egypt in June, I tried my hand at crocheting toys as you might have already read in my post about the bunny. Then you'd also know that I used the bunny to train for bigger things. And here it is: The frog! 😀

Half was through this frog I realized I was using the wrong stitch and the frog was growing extremely long! I stopped, scratched my head, googled a bit then undid and redid using the correct stitch. Again, if you read about the bunny, you know I haven't bothered to redo that, but the frog would've looked awful otherwise 😂.


The scarf was made by my mom who decided to give me a bit of a hand.

This little guy is also based on a pattern from Stoff & Stil, all yarn is also from there apart from that used for the scarf, it was leftovers from my mom's stash.


And although this frog looks way better (and more professional) than the bunny, and although everybody in the family loved it, the bunny is still me nephew's favorite. And I'm fine with that.

Over at the Sewcialists blog I posted about a few of the bloggers that inspire me in preparation for August’s Tribute Month. If you aren’t already following them, go check it out!

https://sewcialists.wordpress.com/


Filed under: Sewing Tagged: Inspiration, News!, Other People's Blogs
Yesssss the scissors are out again!!


One dress-length fluorescent striped Sutton blouse hack, coming right up!

In other news, knitting.

I'll spare you the story of why there is a sofa in front of the door to the garden.

I started the sweater - in fact I liked starting it so much, I did it about 4 times until I got a gauge I was happy with. 




It starts with a neckline welt, which reminded me how much I love provisional cast ons. Such a clever thing! You know what else I love? That on Ravelry, you can use "provisional cast on" as a pattern search criteria. (Yes I know that should be 'criterion' but it just sounds weird). On Ravelry you can use almost anything as as a search criterion (ok fine, inner grammer nazi). You want free patterns for socks knit sideways with a provisional cast on in Estonian, sorted in order of hotness? Take your pick.




Also this week, I blocked a cowl... [read more]

It’s ok Rhoda- come on out. We’re here to help. 

Gentle readers- do you know a model who is suffering from abuse at the hands of a bad designer?

Do they lack the will to stand upright and say ‘no. That’s not a dress! I won’t wear it!’

Do they suffer back and neck pain trying desperately to get their face out of frame during photo shoots?

Do you worry that they are hiding the matching belt for possible suicide attempts? 

Do they suffer from excessive high waist chafing?

Do they feel weak and helpless in their dayglo textile shrouds?

Well, at least if they sit over a vent their dress will make jiffy pop!

Photo credits: vogue.com


How are your maxi dresses coming along? I am in the middle of tracing my pattern and then hopefully I’ll get a bunch of sewing done this weekend. I’ve been a little behind lately, trying to take care of Guinness and give him all the care he needs – but that means he’s still here!

Today I’m revealing my maxi dress pattern and fabric – woo hoo!

Named Clothing – Delphi Layered Maxi Dress

I wanted to make it in a lovely black drape fabric that I’m obsessed with from JoAnn but decided to be good (and less boring) and make it in fabric I currently have from my stash. This is a floral knit spandex jersey and should hang really nicely.

Head over to Sewn By Ashley’s website and check out what she choose!

For more inspiration, check out our Facebook group or Instagram, I’ll be sharing your makes all through out the sew along. #maxisewalong2017 wraps up July... [read more]

This dress was sewn up using a FREE pattern! Click through to find out how to sew your own tropical summer dress.This dress was sewn up using a FREE pattern! Click through to find out how to sew your own tropical summer dress.This dress was sewn up using a FREE pattern! Click through to find out how to sew your own tropical summer dress.This dress was sewn up using a FREE pattern! Click through to find out how to sew your own tropical summer dress.This dress was sewn up using a FREE pattern! Click through to find out how to sew your own tropical summer dress.

We're a little over halfway through an Orla Affair and I have seriously been blown away with all of the beautiful things you guys have been sewing up with this free dress pattern.

(If you aren't familiar with an Orla Affair, here's where you can find out all the details about the contest.)

Today I'll be showing you how I hacked this pattern to include a boatneck, buttons at the back, and a v-neck. I'll also be talking a little bit about my inspiration behind the dress and the fabric I used to get this look (which, spoiler alert, can be won by entering an Orla Affair!!)

For this dress, I used the FREE Orla Dress Pattern by French Navy. As usual, I've sewn a XS and graded to a S at the hips. However, any fitted bodice pattern you love will work for this tutorial. The Orla dress is a fan-favourite for small busted ladies, but if you're needing a bigger size or... [read more]

Below you’ll find a list of Back to School Sewing Projects that I’m sure will put a smile in your little ones (or even the ones that are not that little – my oldest is going to collage on the … Read More

The post Back to School Sewing Projects appeared first on My Handmade Space.

Things that have made me cry so far today : An advert for a donkey charity and the donkey couldn't carry any more bricks and collapsed. [also he had sore feet] Rikki showed me a picture of a puppy [it was very fluffy] I banged my head on the wall for the second time. Oh yeah the pms train has fully pulled into the station [ Part of me's wondering if this is TMI but the other half of me

Inspiration doesn’t have an age, race, or religion…or maybe it’s a religion of it’s own. One where anyone can come and worship at the altar of beauty and creativity. There are so many voices, each with their own unique additions to this creative adventure, and obviously I can’t list them all here, but I’ve narrowed it down a few of my absolute favorites in the hopes that you’ll find something that inspires you. If you aren’t already, I highly recommend that you check out each of these lovely, talented ladies!

Dressmaking Debacles

Images from Dressmaking Debacles blog, click to see posts: 1, 2, 3.

Why? She is nearly my body twin, though I’ll readily admit that she wears it better. We also have similar taste in sewing patterns, but she’s a lot faster! Cut me some slack though, her kids don’t require her constant attention... [read more]

Welcome back to Who Made It Best, a series on mahlicadesigns. Who Made It Best is a friendly challenge where one of my blogger friends joins me in making up the same pattern to see Who Made It Best. The challenge rules are simple: 1. We agree on a pattern to use 2. sew it … Continue reading Cheyenne Tunic- Who Made It Best
Think you might want to swap out a zipper for a cute button back on your next sewing project? This sewing tutorial will show you how to easily modify your pattern to add buttons.

I'm fortunate enough to have a huge collection of vintage buttons passed down to me from women in my family who sew. And while I'm usually a big fan of a simple zipper, buttons are a great choice to add a beautiful design detail to your next project.

This tutorial will teach you how to replace a zipper in a woven dress pattern and replace it with some buttons. If you've been scared to give a zipper a try (you shouldn't, they're easy!) this is a great pattern modification to make.  

For this dress, I used the FREE Orla Dress Pattern by French Navy. However, any fitted bodice pattern you love will work for this tutorial. 

Let's get started!
 

How to Replace a Back Zipper with Buttons

  Think you might want to swap out a zipper for a cute button back on your next sewing project? This sewing tutorial will show you how to easily modify your pattern to add buttons.

Step 1: 

Remove your seam allowances from the neckline, shoulder, and center back seams. On the Orla Dress, this is 1cm.... [read more]

Considering adding a boatneck to your next sewing project? This tutorial will walk you through the steps of modifying a pattern you already have to do the trick! Don't have a pattern in mind? I have a great recommendation for a FREE dress pattern to get you started.

Boatnecks are one of my favourite necklines. They're modest, but not matronly. Classy, without too much effort. And generally, pretty great at hiding your bra straps. 

Basically my dream neckline. 

If you've been considering adding a boatneck onto your next dress project, this tutorial will show you how to easily alter a pattern in just a few steps. 

For this dress, I used the FREE Orla Dress Pattern by French Navy. However, any fitted bodice pattern you love will work for this tutorial. 

Let's get started!
 

How to Hack a Boatneck

  Considering adding a boatneck to your next sewing project? This tutorial will walk you through the steps of modifying a pattern you already have to do the trick! Don't have a pattern in mind? I have a great recommendation for a FREE dress pattern to get you started.

Step 1: 

Remove your seam allowances from the neckline and shoulder seams. On the Orla Dress, this is 1cm.

STEP 2:

Trace your pattern piece (now without seam allowances around the neck or shoulders) on a new piece of paper. Swedish tracing paper, parchment paper, or brown craft... [read more]

Looking to add an eye-catching v-neck to the back of your next dress? This tutorial will walk you through how to modify a pattern to help you achieve this look. PLUS I'll make a great recommendation for a free dress pattern to try this out with.

Encorperating a V-Neck back into your next sewing project is an easy way to add an unexpected design detail. 

The best part is that this is incredibly easy to do, especially if you're adding it to a dress that already has a back closure (zippers, buttons, etc.)

This tutorial will teach you how to modify a standard scoop-back neckline into a v-neck in just 6 steps - seriously, easy peasy!

For this dress, I used the FREE Orla Dress Pattern by French Navy. However, any fitted bodice pattern you love will work for this tutorial. 

Let's get started!
 

How to Hack a V-Neck Back on a Woven Dress

  Looking to add an eye-catching v-neck to the back of your next dress? This tutorial will walk you through how to modify a pattern to help you achieve this look. PLUS I'll make a great recommendation for a free dress pattern to try this out with.

Step 1: 

Remove your seam allowances from the neckline, shoulder, and center back seams. On the Orla Dress, this is 1cm. 
 

STEP 2:

Trace your pattern piece (now without seam allowances around the neck, shoulders or center back)... [read more]

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