Friday, 25 July 2014

Gathered Lace Skirt for Skirting the Issue...

Each year, the girls at Simple Simon and Company host Skirting the Issue, a month long event where everyone is invited to sew along and make skirts to donate to the charity of their choice.


Making a girl's skirt really is very easy and it's not at all hard to work out the measurements to draft your own pattern. This one I made with a simple yoke, adding two more tiers, each one slightly gathered. Using lace as the bottom layer even eliminates the need for a hem.

Last year I made two skirts and five pillowcases in support of Skirting the Issue. I think they're sticking to skirts this year. This year, however, I've only managed the one, but, even if I do say so myself, I think it is adorable. I know it's subjective, but to my eye, the proportions are right and the colour combination works perfectly. Usually it takes me ages to co-ordinate fabrics, but this combo took about two minutes. Yay!!! All that practice is paying off.

This little skirt will be making its way to Anglicare, where it will be given to a disadvantaged girl in Sydney.

I have more of these fabrics left and just happen to know a little family member who would love a skirt exactly the same, so I'll make another in a different size, taking a few photos along the way and then I'll write up a tutorial so you can make your own gathered lace skirt.

... Pam

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Flannelette Pillowcases...

What do you need to go with mismatched pyjamas? Mismatched pillowcases, of course!!! I'd love to show you pictures of a beautifully co-ordinated bedroom set, but not in this blog post. Today I'm showing how I was able to use up the left over pieces of fabric from my flannelette pyjama pants.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Retro Sweatpants ~ a Refashion...

Retro Sweatpants... made using a pattern by 'Elegance & Elephants' ~ Threading My Way

When my kids were young, I made all their track pants. They were a quick and easy garment to sew. Unfortunately, I no longer have the patterns I used to sew with. Not a problem, as there are so many patterns to be found online. I've recently come across several versions of Elegance & Elephants' Retro Sweatpants. Everyone had given the pattern a good write up and it's free, so I thought I'd give it a go.  

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Pyjama Pants - Getting the Right Fit...

I don't have much luck making pants that fit. In fact, in all the years that I've been sewing, I can't recall making one pair of pants that I was happy with, other than track pants. In recent years, I've tried Zumba pants and pyjama pants. In both cases, they were wearable, but the fit was way off.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Leather Handbag Repairs...

Don't ditch it. Repair that old leather handbag ~ Threading My Way
Just how far do you go with repairing clothes and bags? When do you get to the point of - enough is enough? Time to throw something out.

I thought the leather bag in the photo above was beyond repair. Perhaps time to deconstruct it and add the various pieces to my stash.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Barcelona Strip and Flip Quilt...

Barcelona Strip and Flip Quilt ~ Threading My Way

I've finished my 5th quilt and I'm super thrilled with how it's turned out!!! Not only do I love how it looks, but I can see, oh, so much progress in the construction of this quilt.