Saturday, July 16, 2011

Staying busy and sewing madly.

Hello there. Sorry, it is rather a while since I last posted anything here. I've been sewing madly, making clothes and working on two journal quilts at the same time.

Since the last post, I have completed the pair of trousers (Kwik Sew 3363) I had made such a mess of making, and finished a second blouse from the same Hot Patterns design shown in my last post.

The trousers turned out quite well, although the waistband is still a little looser than I would like. However, they are really nice to wear and I shall use the pattern again.

The dress (Simplicity 2174), was made quickly for a friend's 60th birthday party. He had asked for a Scottish theme and everyone had to wear something tartan. Luckily I had this tartan in my stash. It was a lucky find a couple of years ago in a local charity shop.

The party was huge fun with an English Ceilidh - and yes, I danced most of the dances. The food was superb and so were the fireworks. It was such fun to meet some old friends there whom we hadn't seen in years.

The wedding dress has been started. This is for my elder daughter and will be ready for her wedding next month. So far, I have made the toile for the fitted bodice, but got no further since I need to catch up with Liz and check that it fits. There will be no photos of the dress until after the wedding, which I hope you will understand.

Two Journal Quilts are currently under way, but photos of these will have to wait until they have been completed and photos posted on the Contemporary Quilt Yahoo site.

Apart from all this, I have started Gretchen Hirsch's "Sew Retro - perfect bombshell dresses" course with This may appear total madness, but Gertie goes through a lot of techniques which will be helpful to me in making the wedding dress.


catsmum said...

busy little bee :)
I flatly refused to make DD's wedding dress [ but she did get the wedding quilt of her dreams ... did you see the pic I posted on sewing circle ? ]

Mandy said...

Thanks for visiting my Blog. Yes, I have just seen the wedding quilt. It is gorgeous. Such a lovely idea.
I made Liz and Simon a quilt some time ago. You can see it here:

Jade@How to Sew a Dress said...

Nice one mate, just to add up.. Select the material that suits your body type, complexion and style without sacrificing comfort. Most women choose to wear clothes that are made with the cotton fabric. It is also the easiest material to work with. Fancier fabrics are hard to sew. Don’t forget your buttons, snaps or a zipper for the closure.

Mandy said...

Thanks Jade. Finding the correct colours and fabric are things I find hard. However, I am learning.