Friday, 12 June 2015

Dino roar and fresh stitch patterns

I have been pattern testing again, this time for Fresh Stitch patterns. I got to try a boat neck top and baby harem pants in jersey fabric. I have told a bit of jersey sewing lately and I am totally hooked. It's so quick and easy and looks so professional. We now stock some reasonably priced jersey in our fabric shop however I used my new jersey from Lillestoff, I love this dinosaur print with exploding volcanoes and prehistoric creatures.





I chose to make for my sister's little boy. So I teamed the dinosaur print with a petrol blue and white stripe with bright orange cuffs to match the dino print.
I love how it turned out but the trousers in an age 1 were just so huge on his tiny frame I guess he is small for his age. The top fitted perfectly and the instructions were easy to follow with great diagrams to help too. Get your pattern now while they are still reduced here https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/236304428/combo-special-new-release-only-750

Sunday, 7 June 2015

oh buttons!

Pinterest is dangerous, my Dad has started making buttons for me out of tree trunks, after i found a pin i liked of oversized buttons on a mantlepiece.
These are mine
 Here one i added sparkles to
He has gone a bit button crazy ��

Monday, 11 May 2015

Zipper pouch tutorial


Well, this is a first for me my first tutorial! I was thinking what can I make for all the teachers this year, that won't cost the earth or won't take too long. Then it hit me we had the perfect Apple fabric in our shop, a pencil/ makeup case is cute but useful. 
So here goes-
1. Decide on your size and cut four pieces of fabric exactly the same size - two lining and two of your main fabric
Grab a zip of the right length, if you have purchased a kit from our Facebook shop you can skip this stage as it's all ready in your kit.
2. Take one lining piece, one main and the zip. Lay the lining down right side up, lay the zip right side up on the edge of the lining. Then take the main fabric and lay it right side down and pin all the layers together. 

3. Now change to a zipper foot on your machine and sew down the zip nearest to the edge of the fabric.


4. Next flip the two layers together and edge stitch on the right side of the main fabric. This stops the fabric from moving when you use the zip. Make sure you keep the two layers tight when edge stitching so it is not baggy near the zipper. Sometimes you have to move the zip closer to get a straight line as it gets in the way.

5. Next do the same with the other side. You will need to lay the main fabric down on the edge of the zip right side down. Then lay the lining on top right side up.
Flip the pieces around and edge stitch the other side keeping the fabric taut away from the zip. Edge stitching both main and lining fabric together.
6. Next move the fabric around again so the main fabric are right sides together and the lining pieces are right sides together.
7.Pin the sides together and sew around the sides and along the bottom. Make sure you leave a hole for turning and reach in to unzip the zipper to be able to turn. When you go over the zip do a few back stitches to make sure it is really secure.
8. When leaving a hole for turning sew along stop and continue to sew to the edge of the fabric. This will create a strong turning hole and the seam allowance will be forced inside creating a neat closure. See picture for detail.
9. Clip the corners and trim the seam allowance to reduce bulk. Trim the zip if you need to.
10. Turn the pouch in the right way, finger press and poke out the corners.
11. Now you have to neatly stitch the turning hole closed and press. Stand back and marvel at what you have achieved �� give to teacher and forever be teacher's pet x


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Friday, 1 May 2015

Tree climbing days

Yet again I had the pleasure of testing a new pattern for Biglittle, who has just had a baby boy, yay Congratulations!
Perfect for summer adventures the tree climbing pants is a really fun, easy pattern and quick to whip up a pair during a nap time. It's also unisex so you can have twice as much fun plus there are loads of variations you can try out. I can't wait to try out a few more ideas and make them for both my little stitches. Lisa is offering a discount at the moment so do not delay use code TCP30 on etsy to receive the pattern for $4.85 USD until Sunday May 3rd! http://www.biglittle.etsy.com/










 

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Little Stitch and me

I tried facebook for the first time at the beginning of March I have always been a bit wary of it wondering why people want to see what people had for breakfast or where they have been on holiday. Little did I know about the facebook revelation that small businesses sell on there, especially crafty people. I have bought some lovely things from very talented people.







Well, my husband and my Nan, especially,  are always bugging me to start sewing for other people so I decided to give it a go. I lauched at the beginning of March and my page seems to be growing steadily with more interest. I have now got a small rail of clothes in a local shabby chic craft shop called 'Susie's' in Maldon High Street which i am adding to all the time. We also have started a FB page for our extra fabric that we haven't used which is going crazy at the moment.
I have now got 17 dresses to make and am booked up until the middle of the Summer so things are looking very bright. I am quite amazed at the FB phenomenon it has taken me by surprise and i am loving every minute so far. I am doing something that i love and getting paid for it you can't ask any more than that.
www.facebook.com/Littlestitchandme
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

At the beginning of February I volunteered to test for Lisa at Biglittle again. This time it was the pixie hood pattern, Lisa wanted to perfect the pattern and introduce it in bigger sizes and adult's too. I have made this coat before when little Miss was about 19 months, I used a red wool and embroidered the bottom with bees and flowers. It was our favourite coat.

This time i tried the size 8 for my niece. She is such a poser she loved showing off the coat.






I loved making it and used some of my favourite buttons from Mossy roots, I bought the wool mix fabric locally. I tried my best to line up the plaid around the seams and I think it wasn't too bad.

Lisa is currently selling the pattern for a discounted price the children's size goes up to age 14 and adults sizes 6-18. It features layered pattern pieces so you only print the size you want. You can make it with a collar, pixie hood or rounded hood. The tutorial has been rewritten and includes more details like pockets and you can download the rounded hood for free from the Big Little facebook page.

Visit the Big Little facebook page for inspiration
https://www.etsy.com/nz/listing/168767221/pixie-hood-coat-sizes-1-14-unisex-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_3 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sew like mad...

Sewing is something I am doing more and more at the moment I can't get enough of it. Plus it's sewing bee time which is perfect light hearted entertainment whilst sewing.
I wanted a simple dress to sew for my little girl that would showcase some of the lovely fabrics I have hoarded so I chose the Geranium pattern from Made by Rae.
Wonderfully simple and looks so cute on, it's a great pattern. I love that you can customise it, patch pocket, ruffle sleeves, built in sleeves, pleats or gathers, piping, ricrac, bobbles you name it you can use it.
So far I have done ruffle sleeves




Built in sleeves, notch and patch pockets





Built in sleeves and a ribbon detail

Such a pretty dress and it has toddler approval too.
I am also pattern testing for BigLittle in New Zealand again with two lovely projects. I should be able to show you soon until then it is top secret x