Friday, 12 July 2013


Well, today finally took a deep breath in:, watched several you tube videos, bought elastic thread and tried shirring.

Well, luckily my BF told me that someone on the great british sewing bee had said you do NOT have to hand wind the elastic onto the bobbin as is the received wisdom....just go slowly....and it works!

First attempt rubbish as used basting length stitch and I had left my automatic feed unengaged

Second go, remembered to back stitch to stop it all pinging out, and  a 3.0 stitch length, and although a bit wobbly, getting there I think

Really want a nice simple summer dress pattern that I can make loads of , so a shirred waist seemed to be easiest

Meanwhile have hand tied my kaffe fassett quilt, phew, hundreds of ties; Just needs binding now.

Spent the morning buying 6 pairs of summer sandals for my daughter who finds shopping for herself a bit overwhelming...and success! She actually likes one pair, only 5 to go back tomorrow.......

Friday, 5 July 2013

summer time

Got my kaffe fassett quilt back from Debbie the longarm lady, she's basted it for me. I think I will tie the quilt ; I think you won't notice the ties amongst the clash of colours and patterns
I plan to use it on the balcony to keep me warm when the sun goes down, so used a nice puffy polyester batting.

Found a lovely tutorial for a 'no pattern' shell top for summer, 

I made one from some amy  butler fabric I had lying around for a trial run, and very pleased with fit, so will make some more I think

I'll be on the look out for lovely cottons at FOQ

I think the liberty lawns would drape really well for this top

Last but not least...finally been allocated an allotment, take a look.......

scary eh? garden services man took one look and said I needed a combine funny ( not )