Wednesday, 29 May 2013

A bit more sewing ....

... I'm still here! Busy sewing, working, being ill and spending some family time in the Lakes (where we saw sunshine - I promise!!) Thought I'd share some clothes I've made for Mia recently. She really wanted a maxi dress, so following Flossie Teacakes shirring tutorial I self drafted this dress (well tube really that I flared out to the bottom), so easy to do and planning more tops, dresses and skirts.

Making clothes up til now has just been a case of finding the right age on the instructions and then cutting out the fabric, but I'm finding that as the girls are older and different shapes, and making clothes for myself that I need to pay more attention to body measurements and making up a toile where necessary.

Mia's next outfit is proof of this - a self drafted peasant top that's a little short and shorts (Burda Kids 9467) that are a little tight. I've redrafted the top and made another one for Lily. The shorts were super-simple so plan to make another pair probably a couple sizes bigger and making sure I catch all the bias binding this time!

When I get decent photos I'll share the dresses I've made for Lily and myself.
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Friday, 10 May 2013

Onwards and Upwards...

... thank you for joining me on Jennifer's blog hop as part of her 'Onwards and Upwards' weekend  -  you should have arrived here via Jacky. I was so pleased to be asked to be a part of the weekend, and Jennifer is offering a prize which you can find out about at the bottom of this post.

The theme for the weekend is inspired by Jennifer's word of the year 'Progress'. 'Onwards and Upwards', however, is about more than that though - hopes and dreams, resolutions and goals, trying new things or finding direction.

At first I was going to write a post about my weight loss over the last few years, but when I thought about it  more my transition from stay at home mum to working mum is more prevalent in my mind. This has meant lots of things over the last few months - giving the girls more independence (walking to school on their own), new confidence, learning new skills and a new working wardrobe.

I actually went back to work about 6 years ago starting with just about 10 hours a week, progressing from administrator to manager, but all working from home. The New Year saw a change in role to Finance Administration Manager and it now feels more like I have a 'proper' job! Still part-time (20 hours) although it often feels like full-time. I also now travel into the office at least once a week, which is where I've also seen changes in me.

The office started life with just the tech boys in it, other employees were generally working from home mums and therefore the dress code has been quite casual. More office workers have joined over the years, and although  it is still pretty casual  I'm finding that I want to make a bit more effort when I visit (plus now that I'm lighter I can enjoy different clothes to when I worked before having the girls.) So, along with the jeans, I have bought a couple of dresses and even wear high heels at times!!

Presenting casual Fay (looking pained in the sunlight!!!)

to Smart Fay!

And of course a layout to record the story (with added sparkle in honour of Jennifer).

The giveaway ....

If you comment on all the blogs in the hop, finishing at to let Jennifer know you've been all the way round, then you'll be in with a chance to win a prize pack of cheerful Glitz Designs Color Me Happy and Simple Stories 24/7 worth over £25! All entries must be received by Monday 13th May at 10.59pm BST.

So your next stop is Daphne.

Currently ...

listening ... to the early dawn chorus.

reading ... sewing blogs, instruction manuals and backs of patterns.

eating ... a good meal at Jamie's Italian, but a better meal at our local gastropub.

drinking ... a tad too much wine! Well with the Bank Holiday sun you've got to make the most of it!

wearing ... dresses (more on that later today).

weather ... slowly getting warmer.

thinking ...  has my hair really turned this colour in the sun? It's meant to be honey brown!

wishing ... there were more hours in the day for crafting.

What are you doing currently?

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Mia's Dress ...

... for a few years I made the girl's a summer dress each, but recently they'd shown less interest in handmade clothes. However, it seems the Sewing Bee programme not only piqued my interest, I was thrilled when they asked me to make them dresses this year.

I had this pattern McCalls M5574 for a while and convinced Mia to have one of the styles, so with fabric choosen I got off to a quick start and was finished in a few hours. It doesn't show up well here, but there's a band between the bodice and skirt which give a nice detail.

I don't think Mia is thrilled with it (I was surprised at her fabric choice, not her usual colours), but it's growing on her. She keeps fussing with the halterneck, so I think I'm going to cross the straps at the back and stitch them down.

I'm now finishing up a maxi dress for her and waiting for Lily's fabric to arrive which seems to be taking ages.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

My new toy ...

... and I'm so in love!!

Sorry for my absence, but I've got the sewing bug. After my Singer broke whilst making cushions I decided that it was time for a new machine. I had been pondering this purchase for a while, but as I'm emotionally attached to my old machine (my dad bought it for me over 20 years ago) I'd been very hesitant. Then after reading about 1-step button holes, amongst over new features, I was sold!!

Now I've been stocking up on fabric (with a trip to Birmingham Rag Market yesterday) and researching a few new patterns. I've made Mia a dress, a skirt for me and started another dress for Mia, just waiting on some fabric for Lily's, so more about that in the next post.

Hope you're all enjoying the much needed sunshine this Bank Holiday.
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