Sunday, 26 February 2012

Project Recycle ~ Week 4 Entry...


Voting is over for Round 4 of Project Recycle, so now I can show you my entry. The category was Bottoms Up.

Week 4 ~ Project Recycle...


This week, my refashion started as two skirts, one top and a t-shirt...


The first item I cut, was the black skirt with white lace.
  • Cut off the elastic waist.
  • Cut the skirt just below the first line of lace.
  • Add a casing and insert elastic for a smaller waist.
  • Add a row of polka dot bias (from my stash).
  • Finish the hem with red bias (from my stash).
  • Add red lace to the original skirt lining (from my stash).
  • Add a bow made from lace and bias (from my stash).
... to create a short, little skirt.

Next up was to use the remaining portion of the black, lace skirt and the blue, denim top.
  • Cut a strip from the blue denim skirt.
  • Gather the black fabric and attach to the strip of denim.
  • Add a casing and insert elastic.
  • Add a bow made from bias (from my stash).
... to create a longer skirt.

The short skirt needed something to be worn underneath, so I cut into the second black skirt.
  • Cut and make a pair of three quarter length pants, using a pattern.
  • Add shirring to the legs.
... to create a pair of pantaloons.

And to complete the set, I used the red t-shirt.
  • Cut the t-shirt using a pattern.
  • Add elastic for the waist.
  • Use the neck from the t-shirt as the hem.
... to create a pair of leggings.

The long skirt can be worn by itself or with the pantaloons.

The short skirt can be worn with either the leggings or the pantaloons.


Four items of unwanted women's clothing, turned into four little pieces of clothing to mix and match, for a little girl.

The owner of these clothes has hardly taken the skirts off since they were given to her. The long skirt on the left is her favourite, but she has at times layered the two skirts, wearing them both together with the short one on top. Certainly not how I had envisaged them being worn, but definitely cute as!!!


I haven't made it through to Round Five, but voting for the finals begins tomorrow. My congratulations to the last two contestants. Head on over and vote for your favourite. Thanks, Robin, for hosting Project Recycled. I've had fun deciding each week what to make.


... Pam

Don't forget to check out our ongoing themed link parties at  Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way.

Threading Your Way ~ Purses, Clutches, Pouches ~ Link Party

Welcome to the ninth edition of Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way ...

... a new link list each week that will build into a resource of sewing ideas, tutorials, pattern reviews and pictures. Each list is an ongoing linky where you can link up as many projects as you like throughout the year.

Our first eight linkys have been a great success, with such a wide variety of projects shared;: tutorials, pattern reviews, tips, hints and lots of photos full of ideas and inspiration. Our Bags and Totes linky has been the most popular so far, with 128 entries at last count, followed by 78 entries in the Girls' Dresses linky.

Remember, these linkys are ongoing, so you can continue to add projects throughout the year. Add as many projects as you would like.

Our ninth linky for 2012 is everything Purses, Clutches, Wallets and Zippered Pouches made by YOU.

Purses, Clutches, Wallets, Key Cases and Zippered Pouches
Link up any posts that you have written on Purses, Clutches, Wallets, Key Cases or Zippered Pouches. Your posts might (but don't have to) include any of the following:
  • how you made it
  • tutorials
  • photos
  • pattern reviews
  • tips for making
  • what you learnt
As long as YOU have made it, link it up and show it off. Link up as many posts on Purses, Clutches, Wallets, Key Cases and Pouches, as you would like. Come back through the year and add more.

Guidelines for linking up:
  • Each post needs to be about a purse, clutch, wallet, key case or pouch that you have made.
  • Link to a specific post (not the home page of your blog).
  • No direct links to shops or giveaways.
The fine print:
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to use one of your photos in a feature. I will, of course, link back to your post, giving you full credit.
If you'd like:
  • Subscribe to Threading My Way (GFC, RSS, Linky Followers), to keep up to date, to see if you've been featured and to know when the next themed party starts.
  • Grab a button to spread the word about Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way and put it somewhere on your blog. 
  • Visit some of the other links. Everyone loves comments.




I look forward to seeing your purses, clutches and pouches...

Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 


Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 
  1. Bags and Totes
  2. Dresses for Girls
  3. Dresses for Women
  4. Hair Accessories
  5. Pillows and Cushions
  6. Boys' Clothes
  7. Skirts for Girls
  8. Aprons and Art Smocks
  9. Purses, Clutches, Pouches
  10. Dolls' Clothes
  11. Women's Skirts
  12. Baby Clothes and Accessories
  13. Children's Tops and Shirts
  14. Women's Tops and Shirts
  15. Softies, Dolls, Toys
  16. Sewing Tips and Techniques
  17. Sewing with stretch fabric
  18. Quilting and Patchwork
  19. Embroidery, Stitching and Appliqué
  20. Jackets, Coats, Raincoats, Ponchos
  21. Hats, Bonnets, Beanies and Scarves
  22. Pants, Shorts, Trousers for Children
  23. Drawstring Bags and Fabric Baskets
  24. Pretend Dress Up Clothes
  25. Clothes for Men
  26. Kitchen Accessories
  27. Swimwear
  28. Sleepwear
  29. Gift Wrapping
  30. Electronic Gadget Covers and Cases
  31. Blog Tips
  32. Refashioning with Denim
  33. Pants for Women
  34. Sewing Accessories
  35. Home Decor
  36. Sewing Tutorials Pages
  37. Sewing Spaces
  38. Sewing for Charity
  39. Fabric Baskets

... Pam

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Saturday, 25 February 2012

Threading Your Way ~ Features

Our Girls' Skirts linky has been another popular party, with lots of girlie goodness: ruffles, frills, gathers and lots of skirts with that all important twirl factor.  Don't forget, this is an ONGOING linky which will remain open all year. So, if you do make a girl's skirt, add it at any time. We'd love to have a look.

And now, onto some features...



According to Mr Linky, the most viewed girls' skirts were:
And another skirt which I absolutely adore:
A fabulous new pillow added:
An oh so girlie hair accessory:
And another awesome bag:

Head on over and visit these talented ladies. 

Each week, I will place a blog button, belonging to the blog which was most viewed, in my sidebar. This week, the most viewed link was First Sewing LessonLindsay, look out for your blog button in my sidebar.


Feel free to grab a button if you've been featured...


You can find the Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 

Remember, all of our link parties are ongoing. You can add projects at any time.
A new party for Purses, Clutches and Zippered Pouches  begins tomorrow.

I look forward to seeing more of your creativity...


... Pam

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Typography Challenge...

Once again I'm joining in with Rikka and Keren, from Ricochet and Away and Sew la Vie!, for their next challenge...







PROJECT: Home decor... curtains, wall art, bedding, place mats, etc
THE KICKER: Use letters/numbers/symbols in your design
WHEN CAN YOU ENTER: Now through March 31st, 2012

I've been toying with ideas for my entry. As usual, I'll probably change my mind a hundred times before I settle on the final project. But, hey, that's half the fun! 

My first thought was to make a magnetic board and some fabric letters like these or these. This is a fun way to get children interested in letters and words, especially their names.

Then I saw this beautiful embroidery, by Amy from A Home, Made. I learnt to embroider when I was at school, but haven't done any since then. I could relearn some embroidery stitches and make a wall hanging. Hmmmm... what words would I like hung on my wall? love, fun, laughter.....

Or perhaps I might use some wire to make the words Threading My Way and wrap them in fabric, like Nova from A Cuppa and a Catchup. The fabric wrapped wire that Nova made is so cool.

Kristin, from Pritty Tings, wrote a fabulous tutorial on screen printing Cookie Monster onto a t-shirt. Many years ago I did some silk screen printing and really enjoyed it. Perhaps I could use this technique to print words onto a wall hanging.

Or, what about an appliquéd cushion. Check out these awesome cushions made by Erin, from Missy Mac Creations. I could appliqué a child's name onto a cushion.

Or perhaps I could create a collage of fabric letters on a canvas, or perhaps...

The challenge runs until the end of March, so there's plenty of time for me to make up my mind. Would you like to join me in the challenge? Head on over to the challenge home page to find out more details. Or have a look at the Typography Inspiration board over on Pinterest.

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Linking up with Rebecca, from Making Rebecca Lynn, for Think Tank Thursday.








Thursday Think Tank


... Pam

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Topkids..

Look what arrived in the mail yesterday...


... two copies of Topkids Magazine sent by my blogging friend, Christie, from Joyfoolery. The magazine on the left is from the late 90s and I'm guessing the right hand one is from the early 80s. I used Topkids during the 80s, to sew clothes for my children.

Unfortunately, I gave my old Topkids magazines away several years ago, along with ALL of my sewing patterns, knitting patterns, crochet patterns, knitting needles, crocheting hooks, fabric and wool. I had quite a stash which I gave away to Opportunity Shops.

Growing up, my mother made all of our clothes and her sister, a dressmaker, made us a special outfit every birthday and Christmas. Here's me as a child. I can still remember some of those outfits and how special I felt wearing them: the blue shorts with the striped top and the green tartan skirt and jacket.


We were well dressed, but in my teens, all I wanted was store bought clothes. I can remember shopping for my high school uniform, Mum with her tape measure in hand. She would take measurements of the uniform in the shop and then go home and whip one up. Somehow, I felt my uniform was different, although, when I look at photos, I can't for the life of me see how it was different, except that it didn't have a label in the back. It's hard to see the detail, but the blouse in the photo below on the left, has rows of pin tucks. It's beautifully sewn.


In my late teens and until I began work in my twenties, I took over the sewing of my clothes. Except for jeans, I sewed everything I owned. In the main I enjoyed it. Here's my wedding dress that I sewed. My aunty, the dressmaker, made my bridesmaids' dresses and offered to do mine, but I wanted to make my wedding dress myself. This is the best photo that shows any detail. It's hard to see, but the sheer fabric had blue and pink flowers on it.


When I began work, I started to buy store bought clothes. In fact, most of my clothes were store bought at that time. I could afford store bought and so I spent my money on them, as it was something I'd always wanted. Years later, when I became pregnant, I refused to pay the exorbitant amounts that the stores were asking for maternity clothes and out came my machine again. Mainly out of necessity, I continued to sew until our children were almost teenagers and I also sewed a lot for school fetes. When the kids were little, almost all their clothes were handmade.

As time went on, the kids in turn wanted store bought clothes and we were able to afford them. I became very busy with full time work, bringing up children and other interests took over. I no longer had to sew. Sewing became a thing of the past. My machine only came out for alterations and my sewing and knitting supplies were carefully packed away.

Over the years, I had accumulated a LOT of patterns, fabric and wool. In recent years, I decided that my stash would have to go, as I needed the room to store other things. My sewing days were over, so there was no point keeping things I would never use again. And so, I donated EVERYTHING from my stash, to an Opportunity shop.

Last year, in retirement, I started sewing again. This time round, there is no pressure to sew. I sew what I want, when I want and I am LOVING it. I do, however, regret giving all my patterns and fabric away, but that's life and others will have benefited from my old stash. Even though I am building up my stash of patterns again, I can sometimes be heard to say, I wish I hadn't given away......

I was so excited to receive the Topkids magazines from Christie!!! Flipping through the magazines, brought back happy memories of clothes I had made for my children in the 80s. Have a look at these fabulous outfits...




I am really looking forward to sewing up some of these outfits!!! Thanks so much, Christie!!! They will be well used.

I know Easter is still several weeks away, but if you want to make an Easter basket for your children, head on over to Christie's blog for her free tutorial on making an awesome Easter Bunny Ears Basket. It even has ears that are bendable. I love it!!!


... Pam

Don't forget to check out our ongoing themed link parties at  Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Project Recycle ~ Week 3 Entry...

Voting is over for Round 3 of Project Recycle, so now I can show you my entry. The brief was to make something from t-shirts.

Week 3 ~ Project Recycle...


I began with this pile of old t-shirts, but ended up not using the yellow t-shirt. All three garments I used had been women's t-shirts.

First up was to alter the neck line to suit a little girl.

Secondly, the t-shirt needed to be recut to a much smaller size. I used a child's t-shirt as a guide.
  • Cut off the sleeves.
  • Cut new armholes.
  • Take width from the sides.
  • Shorten the sleeves.
  • Reattach the new sleeves.
  • Finish the bottom of the sleeve with a band.

I used this pattern as a size guide for cutting the strips for the skirt. I tried attaching a strip at the bottom, as in the pattern, but it didn't work. I used yellow for the strip and as the colours didn't work together, I unpicked the bottom strip. Unpicking a thread on stretch fabric is not fun! As I didn't have any t-shirts in a suitable colour, I decided to make the outfit without the strip at the bottom, making it a top rather than a dress.

Gathering and attaching the skirt, should have been a quick process, but in reality it wasn't. The floral t-shirt and the green t-shirt were made from different types of stretch fabric. I think you would call the floral one a jersey. The green fabric was much thicker. Getting the gathers even was not easy, however, in the end it all turned out fine.
  • Join the eight strips to form the skirt.
  • Hem.
  • Gather the top of the skirt.
  • Attach to the black t-shirt.

And to finish off, I used a black tie that was originally on the floral t-shirt. I used this tutorial to make the fabric flower. Originally, I wasn't happy with the flower, as it turned out much larger and bulkier than the original, because I had made it from t-shirting, rather than a cotton fabric. However, when I added the extra green circle, plus the large button, it worked well and I think suits the style of top.
  • Make a fabric flower.
  • Sew it to the black tie.
  • Make tabs to hold the belt.


front view...

back view...

There you have it, three old t-shirts turned into a little girl's top, ready to be worn with a pair of black leggings. Funnily enough, it also looks good with a pair of blue denim jeans worn underneath.

Voting has begun for Round Four and I've made it through. Again, I can't tell you which one is mine. Head on over, take a look and vote for your favourite.


... Pam

Don't forget to check out our ongoing themed link parties at  Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Threading Your Way ~ Aprons and Art Smocks ~ Link Party

Welcome to the eighth edition of Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way ...

... a new link list each week that will build into a resource of sewing ideas, tutorials, pattern reviews and pictures. Each list is an ongoing linky where you can link up as many projects as you like throughout the year.

Our first seven linkys have been a great success, with such a wide variety of projects shared;: tutorials, pattern reviews, tips, hints and lots of photos full of ideas and inspiration. Our Bags and Totes linky has been the most popular so far, with 122 entries at last count, followed by 75 entries in the Girls' Dresses linky.

Remember, these linkys are ongoing, so you can continue to add projects throughout the year. Add as many projects as you would like.

Our eighth linky for 2012 is everything Aprons and Art Smocks, made by YOU. Link up anything that is a cover all of some sort, like an apron or an art smock. You can also link up aprons to hold things, such as peg aprons or tool belts.

Aprons and Art Smocks
Link up any posts that you have written on Aprons or Art Smocks. Your posts might (but don't have to) include any of the following:
  • how you made it
  • tutorials
  • photos
  • pattern reviews
  • tips for making
  • what you learnt
As long as YOU have made it, link it up and show it off. Link up as many posts on Aprons and Art Smocks, as you would like. Come back through the year and add more.

Guidelines for linking up:
  • Each post needs to be about an apron or art smock that you have made.
  • Link to a specific post (not the home page of your blog).
  • No direct links to shops or giveaways.
The fine print:
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to use one of your photos in a feature. I will, of course, link back to your post, giving you full credit.
If you'd like:
  • Subscribe to Threading My Way (GFC, RSS, Linky Followers), to keep up to date, to see if you've been featured and to know when the next themed party starts.
  • Grab a button to spread the word about Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way and put it somewhere on your blog. 
  • Visit some of the other links. Everyone loves comments.




I look forward to seeing your aprons and smocks...

Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 



Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 
  1. Bags and Totes
  2. Dresses for Girls
  3. Dresses for Women
  4. Hair Accessories
  5. Pillows and Cushions
  6. Boys' Clothes
  7. Skirts for Girls
  8. Aprons and Art Smocks
  9. Purses, Clutches, Pouches
  10. Dolls' Clothes
  11. Women's Skirts
  12. Baby Clothes and Accessories
  13. Children's Tops and Shirts
  14. Women's Tops and Shirts
  15. Softies, Dolls, Toys
  16. Sewing Tips and Techniques
  17. Sewing with stretch fabric
  18. Quilting and Patchwork
  19. Embroidery, Stitching and Appliqué
  20. Jackets, Coats, Raincoats, Ponchos
  21. Hats, Bonnets, Beanies and Scarves
  22. Pants, Shorts, Trousers for Children
  23. Drawstring Bags and Fabric Baskets
  24. Pretend Dress Up Clothes
  25. Clothes for Men
  26. Kitchen Accessories
  27. Swimwear
  28. Sleepwear
  29. Gift Wrapping
  30. Electronic Gadget Covers and Cases
  31. Blog Tips
  32. Refashioning with Denim
  33. Pants for Women
  34. Sewing Accessories
  35. Home Decor
... Pam




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Threading Your Way ~ Features

I always find it harder to sew for boys than for girls, so it's been great to read through all the posts linked to the Boys' Clothes Link Party. You've given me lots of ideas!!!  Don't forget, this is an ONGOING linky which will remain open all year. So, if you do make some clothes for boys, add them. We'd love to have a look.

And now, onto some features...



According to Mr Linky, the most viewed clothes for boys were:
Some more which also caught my eye:
A fabulous new dress added:
And an awesome bag:

Head on over and visit these talented ladies. 

Each week, I will place a blog button, belonging to the blog which was most viewed, in my sidebar. This week, the most viewed link was Rhino AppliquéHeather, look out for your blog button in my sidebar.


Feel free to grab a button if you've been featured...


You can find the Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 

Remember, all of our link parties are ongoing. You can add projects at any time.
A new party for Aprons and Art Shirts begins tomorrow.

I look forward to seeing more of your creativity...


... Pam