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Rory's tiger costume is finally fully finished. Tiger Costume, Monkey, Sewing, House, Cheetah Costume, Monkeys, Dressmaking, Tigger Costume, Couture

Tiger update

Rory's tiger costume is finally fully finished. It's been mostly finished for ages, but he repeatedly said he wanted back paws too. Anyway, back to his costume: I made it using patterns in the cute and easy costumes for kids sewing book that I have. The book has loads of simple costumes that can very easily be adapted into whatever you fancy. I mostly used the lion costume, but used the black cat head and then the back paws are adapted from another pattern. I found a free pattern for fleece…

Module 2 finish up and a manicure

Module 2 finish up and a manicure

This week, so far has been about finishing up Module 2 of my City and Guilds course I'm doing. And yesterday - hoorah... It got boxed up and set on its merry way to England, hopefully to arrive in about a week's time. To celebrate finishing this module I decided to do a little bit of sewing before I start the next module. For Christmas Frances got a nail painting kit from my parents - lots of bottles of nail varnish and stickers and gems and bits. She is chuffed to bits with it, but it came…

I said I'd make Frances another dress - I was going to make one from a pink spotty fabric I have with a nod towards being a Flamenco style d.

Camouflage

I said I'd make Frances another dress - I was going to make one from a pink spotty fabric I have with a nod towards being a Flamenco style dress - so ruffles and more ruffles and twirly. Before I started figuring out what I was actually going to do I made the new curtains for the kids' bedroom. There was a bit left over of the fabric and Frances decided that she would like a dress made from that. I used the Absolutely A-line dress from the book of the same name. I think Frances was hoping…

Last week was all about curtains. We're slowly adding curtain poles and curtains to all of our windows - there's no real rush as they all. Curtain Poles, Ikea, Curtains, Shower, Sewing, Prints, House, Home Decor, Rain Shower Heads
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curtains

Last week was all about curtains. We're slowly adding curtain poles and curtains to all of our windows - there's no real rush as they all have shutters over them, but it makes the place feel cosier, especially at this time of year when there's curtains up. The kid's had some old curtains from our dining room in Bristol at their window, but we decided it was time to have something more fun. I made these from fabric bought at ikea. I learnt to make curtains when I had a temporary job in a…

JJ blouse

JJ blouse finished.

I little while ago (back in April!) I blogged that I had started the JJ blouse using some of the fabric I bought in Vietnam. After my old sewing machine playing silly buggers, this is now the first piece of clothing made fully on my new machine :-) I'm really enjoying sewing on it. Anyway, back to my JJ blouse. I had originally thought of doing some pin tucks on either side of the centre front instead of the ruffles that are on the original pattern, but then changed my mind and decided to…

I answered a request for Pattern testers from Beth of Sew DIY - this is not something I've done before, but thought it could be fun. Box Tops, Top Pattern, Floral Tops, Sewing, Women, Fashion, Moda, Dressmaking, Couture
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Lou Box Top pattern test

I answered a request for Pattern testers from Beth of Sew DIY - this is not something I've done before, but thought it could be fun. The pattern is for a boxy top that can either be made from woven or knit fabrics and has a couple of neckline options and a few hem shape options. It's very loose fitting and it's recommended that very drapey fabric is used to make it more flattering rather than looking too boxy. I must admit here that I'm not a big fan of clothes that are described as boxy - I…

Mermaid costume

Monkey House Jam

upcycled jumper cushion cover. Upcycle, Jumper, Cushions, Throw Pillows, Quilts, Blanket, Sewing, Bed, Cover
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upcycled jumper cushion cover.

Hello blog, I've been away again - this time back to the UK for a bit of blighty time. The weather was surprisingly good, and apart from a bit of a luggage diversion (3 bags decided they wanted to be a day late and one bag decided it wanted to go for a holiday on its own for a few days to Rhodes) we had a great time. I'm now waiting for my birthday present to arrive - we bought it in the UK and are having it shipped back - it's meant to be delivered today so I'm very excited. While we were…

First Day Dress Day Dresses, Summer Dresses, Sewing Blogs, Fashion, Moda, Fashion Styles, Fasion, Gowns, Summer Outfits
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Winning dress.

Just before we left to go on holiday I won a competition! I love all the giveaways on the sewing blogs, and enter quite a few - and apparently if you enter enough eventually you will win something. I won a copy of the First Day Dress pattern by Dana Made It. Now, although I enter quite a few competitions, I don't enter for anything I don't think I would actually use. I thought this pattern was very cute and I could see Frances wearing it. While we were away on holiday I got my Mother-in-Law…

Laila and Lottie Pairs, Shirt Dress, Sewing, Mens Tops, Dresses, Fashion, Vestidos, Moda, Shirtdress
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Laila and Lottie

A couple of things to show today on my show and tell blog: First are a pair of socks I've knitted for my MIL for Christmas - they're Laila's socks from Folk Knitting in Estonia by Nancy Bush. Raveled here. This is the second time I've knitted them, the first pair were for me. I really like the design and how simple, yet effective the colourwork is. Next is the Lottie Blouse that came with the 2nd editions of Love Sewing magazine - I saw this pattern and bought the magazine over the internet…

Before I get going with sewing my Vietnamese fabric I need to get my sewing machine serviced. I bought it when I was at University - so nea.

Ottobre Pintuck tunic

Before I get going with sewing my Vietnamese fabric I need to get my sewing machine serviced. I bought it when I was at University - so nearly 20 years ago and have never done anything to it apart from clean the lint out. I think it must have got banged a bit in one of the many moves and also been used a fair amount so at the moment the tension won't behave for anything apart from a straight stitch - this is fine to a point, but the next project I've started on is the JJ blouse from Burda…

I would have thought that the first thing I would make with the return of my sewing machine would have been something vaguely taxing, or at . Pattern Weights, Monkey, Sewing, How To Make, House, Monkeys, Dressmaking, Couture, Home

Pattern weights

I would have thought that the first thing I would make with the return of my sewing machine would have been something vaguely taxing, or at least using more than a straight stitch ... but no, I made myself some pattern weights. I used the tutorial from Zaaberry and some bits of old jeans:- the legs of some of Rory's jeans that I'd made into shorts and some bits I'd cut off some jeans I'd bought and bothered to turn up. I find it really difficult to throw out any fabric, no matter how small…