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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

How to make snaps for your children's clothes using a Prym Vario Pliers Tool

Something new to try if you haven't already.  I have to say I've had mixed success with these.  They don't always work. Be warned!  Try it a few times on a scrap piece of fabric before you do it on the garment you are making...

Friday, 16 March 2018

My Latest Project - The Georgina Dress

I recently bought some very pretty cotton material with pictures of Peter Rabbit on it - just right I thought, for my next project, which will be the Georgina dress from Frocks and Frolics. I love Peter Rabbit and I hope my newest little grand-daughter will too.

This dress is aimed at beginners and there is a lovely video to go with it. Marina steers you through from start to finish, making it so easy to follow and avoid mistakes before they happen.

Hopefully I will soon have a picture of my grand-daughter wearing the dress, to complete the sequence.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Vintage knitted baby dress


I love making these pretty little baby dresses in a vintage style. This time I made it in teal, but it can look good in other colours too. See the side panel for the pink version.

Finished project - a cover for my sewing machine.

My new sewing machine needed a cover because it didn’t come with one. I took the opportunity of using the variety of different stitches that exist on the new gem of a machine and I’m pleased with the result.  I particularly liked doing the smoke from the chimneys on the little houses and for that I used a curly stitch.  If you click on the picture you can make it bigger to see the detail.

The sewing machine is bigger at the base by quite a lot so I had to be careful with the measurements, but it came out just right in the end.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Learning to use my new Singer C440 sewing machine - How to use a blind hem foot.

I found this little tutorial on YouTube and it really is very good. Tried it out today, but didn't get it quite right. Practise makes perfect! I'll try again tomorrow.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

A New Sewing Machine

I am excited about getting a new sewing machine for my birthday. It will be a Singer C440 like the one in the video above.

As I start using it, I am hopeful that all the new features will be easy to use.  It is several steps up on the machine I already have so I expect it will be challenging for me while I get used to it.

I have watched the video several times and find it very good to follow. I won't say 'easy' but everything is strange to start with, isn't it.

Looking forward to showing you what I make with it soon.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Vivienne Dress for one/two year old

I just finished this Vivienne dress for my grand-daughter. It is all cotton, fully lined and this time, with sleeves.

If you want to make it for yourself you can find the pattern here or just click on the Frocks and Frolics button on the right hand side panel.

The dress has a circular skirt of 2 metres, which is great for a 'spin'.
This pattern is not just for little girls. It is for big girls too. The pattern is available for all ages to adult size (just) and comes in a variety of guises: circular skirt, box pleat skirt etc. with or without sleeves and all from one pattern. It's a real gem.

Here is the video which shows you how to make it up (although it does come with instructions too).

I'd love to see what variations you come up with?

Happy sewing!