Archive | May 2013

Lining The Eco Dress – Butterick 5882

Today I have been working on the lining of the Butterick 5882 dress that I am making out of recycled fabric. The lining for the bodice was relatively easy to cut out but the lining for the skirt presented a few more problems, firstly I did not have enough of the bed sheet left to go the full width of any of the skirt pieces. Because this is an eco challenge I really wanted to make the most put of the fabric I had to hand and therefore created a sort of patchwork to cut the pattern from:


The skirt consists of seven pattern pieces and I could get five from the sheet once I had sewn it together. The other two pattern pieces for the skirt came from the man’s shirt that I used to make the bra section. This has meant that the majority of both the sheet and shirt have been used, resulting in very little waste.

I managed to complete the skirt lining and attach it to the dress:


I then managed to insert the zip. It was my first time using the invisible zipper foot….wow, it makes the zip insertion very easy!


I finally started the bodice lining including adding the boning:


This is how the dress is currently looking, all that is left is to add the bodice lining and hem it. Then I’ll work on the coffee filter flowers:


Refashioned Shoes


These are my favourite work shoes; they are flat and black but with a bit of sparkle from the gems. They go with everything. Unfortunately the other day I lost of of the gems:


I hunted around for a replacement but could not find anything suitable so I decided to refashion. Firstly I took of the gem part:


I then made a new fabric attachment. I stuck with the back theme so the shoes will continue to g with everything but added in a little white embellishment for detail:


Firstly I cut out two rectangles, from black wool fabric, for each shoe. I then sew the rectangles together, sew on the buttons in the centre and then attached the lace detail. Final I used fabric glue to attach them to the shoes:


My shoes now have a new lease of life but continue to be nice and practical for work.

The Eco Dress – Butterick 5882

Over the bank holiday weekend I made a great start on the eco dress. I am using the Butterick 5882 pattern to turn a bed sheet and man’s shirt into a wearable dress for the eco round of the Miss England competition.

This is how the dress currently looks, on request I shortened the skirt by six inches:


The bed sheet is the main body of the dress and the shirt is the bra section. Here is a close up of the bust bit:


When I brought the shirt from the charity shop I never thought about the fact it had a bit of stretch in it, it made sorting the pleat detail out pretty tricky! Currently the bra part is only pinned in because on Monday the person I am making it for came around for a fitting, fortunately measuring her beforehand has really paid off and there is very little to alter. I am particuarly please because I got the seams to meet up beautifully when attaching the skirt to the bodice:


Now I know the fit is right I need to make up the lining, including the boning before adding the coffee filter flowers. Making this dress really has me thinking about fabric, it is unbelievable that this was a bed sheet originally.

Crochet blanket

I have been really bitten by the crochet bug after making the flower at the knitting group. A lot of the people at the group are making blankets and so I have decided to start my own. I firstly sat on my bed to make the chain so that I could check it was the right length. I have then been slowly but surely working on it for the last couple of weeks.

I found that this was the perfect craft for being a passenger on a long journey. After my exam Si and I went up to York and on the three hour journey there and back I completed the whole of the second colour. Here is how the blanket is currently looking:


And a close up:


I am mainly working in greys and purples because this is the colour of our bedroom but I have used some lemon to break it all up. So far I am very happy with it, it is very thick so should be lovely and warm in the winter months.

An Exciting Project

I am usually quite a selfish seamstress, preferring to make things for myself. I know how much work goes into each item I make and I get so much pleasure out of wearing/using what I have made. My massive exception to this is usually presents that I make for my family for birthdays and Christmas. That said however I have recently taken on a project because when I was asked if I would do it I found it a vet interesting and exciting thing to be involved in.

Basically a lady who I work with asked me if I would make an eco friendly dress for her daughter who is in the Miss England competition. I met up with them both and exchanged some ideas and we settled on this Butterick pattern:


I was very happy with this because as soon as I saw it on Gertie’s blog I knew it was a dress I would love to make. I went shopping in the local charity shops and came away with a shirt:


And a bed sheet:


To add something a little different I am going to make up some flowers road to the skirt, for the flowers the main material will be:


Coffee filters! The dress is being handed over on the 13th June, hopefully what I have pictured i my head will work out.

I’m Back with a Little Flower

I’m back, exams all over and now time for some crafting…very relieved and can’t wait to use Thursdays (my old study day) as my new crafting day. Although I stayed off the blog during revision and exams, my crafting continued so I have some things to share over the next few days. First up, I learned to make a crochet flower.

The knitting group that I attend at The Blossom Centre is made up of a wide variety of knitting and crocheting lovers a couple learned to crochet in the very first meet up in January and have been proper converts since. By popular demand Corinna arranged for a friend to come an teach us how to crochet flowers. It gave me a great excuse to use my project bag made by A Good Talking To for the nautical craft swap, because I just needed to take some wool and hooks (usually I take my Paperdolls jumper which is far to big for the project bag):


Corinna’s  friend was GlammaMamma and she was incredibly patient, showing us how to count stitches when we lost count and working with me when I somehow crocheted backwards. Here is my finished flower (my third ever crocheted item, see the baby booties and granny squares for my other two):



Check out Glammamamma to see flowers from the other people in the group and for some other stunning crochet.

I is for Ironman

Firstly I apologise for being so quiet on here for the past few days, I have my final exams this upcoming week so sewing and crafting has taken a bit of a back seat (boo!). I haven’t even been checking out other people’s blogs because my revision is computer based and by the time I have done that I really don’t want to be going back onto another screen. Anyway….back to normal after next week and I really can not wait.

I have been continuing to work on the superheroes alphabet sampler because it is very easy to do around other commitments, yesterday I finished up I for Ironman:


Knit ten, throw the frisbee

Thursday is my study day (soon to be my crafting day as my final exam is on May 15th) and I usually do my study in the morning and like to do something creative in the afternoon. When I awoke this morning I knew that I wanted to be outside, but one of the massive downsides to where I live is that I have no garden. Oh well, I live on the outskirts of Epping forest so once I had completed revision I packed up Little One and I and headed to the forest.

I found the perfect spot for a bit of knitting:


Sorted out Little One by giving her a frisbee and a bone:


Then set myself up for a bit of knitting:


I was working on my paperdolls jumper:


Knitting whilst entertaining Little One in the woods took quite a bit of multitasking expertise, fortunately I was on a purple only round so it was relatively easy to do, on average it worked out to be knit ten, throw frisbee. It was wonderful knitting out in the sun (although somewhat crazy that I am knitting the thickest jumper ever) and I’ll look forward to doing it again in the future. Little one seemed to enjoy herself too: