Thursday, 29 January 2015

Dressmaking skills

Here is my dressmaking update, I am obsessed with looking at fabric online at the moment and trying not to keep buying it. I also have a very old machine, I think we bought it in the early 1980s so it only does the basics but it works for me and I don't want to change to anything new just yet !
So I just finished the jacket for Laura and managed to get a better photo in the natural light. I also put a dress under the jacket on the hanger so you can see the shape better. I sent her the photo too and she thinks it looks good. Just hope it fits fine now.
It was very simple really, front and sleeve are all one piece and no fastenings or anything.

I made this to go with the dress she wants me to make. I found a lovely fabric with Russian dolls on and sent her the picture to see what she thought. Her response was she wanted a dress made from it and choose New Look 6143 pattern.

I am doing the pink version in the middle with no sleeves. I have made just the top part up in scrap fabric to see what the fit is going to be like. She is back home on the 13th Feb so I will check the fit then and then start the actual dress. Becki also likes this pattern and wants me to do one like the model is wearing, which is a red underlay dress with lace overlay (no challenge there then!)

Lastly here is the top pattern I have been using. I made the main one with straps for me (sorry no photo this time) then have 2 more lots of fabric. The light blue is for Laura she has picked the strapless version - bottom left. And the terracotta Broderie Anglaise is for me to do the top - top right. This is Simplicity pattern 4127.

So lots to keep me going and several more plans on my to do list.

Thanks for looking

Ginnie xx

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

What I am working on

As promised a little photo update.
I was going to post a photo of the jacket I am stitching Laura using the pattern I showed earlier but it is in dark navy and I can't get a great photo in this light with flash on. I also need to finish the sleeve edge, so a photo of that will have to be another time.
So just cross stitch this time.
Here is my progress on the Disney Dreams Sleeping Beauty - this is quite a challenge, on 18 ct aida with lots of colours so it is slow going but I am loving how it is turning out.

Then this is the birth sampler I have only just started. It is from World of Cross Stitching 188. The toys have either blue or pink added bits. This is for a work colleague whose wife is due to have their first baby the end of July. They don't know yet if it is a boy or girl so I am just doing the colours that are in both versions.

As for an update on my life in general, well nothing has really changed since the post in 2013. The girls are now in their final year of University and will be graduated in the summer. So I aim to sew me a nice dress for both graduations ! They plan on coming back home. Laura wants to do an MA in Antiquity at Birmingham Uni (part time) and work part time. Becki wants to come home to work and then in 2016 do an MA in ballet studies at Roehampton Uni in London. This is the plan but neither have sent in their applications yet. Will be strange to have a full house again and I have no idea where all their acquired stuff will go !!
Until next time
Ginnie xx

New blog title

I have been away a long time again and I am sorry BUT I am now back and with a slightly different blog title (I have left the web address the same)
Over the last few months I have really got back into dressmaking as well as still doing some cross stitch. So decided to start up the blog again to show my progress on both. Hence the new title !
So my posts from now on will be either cross stitch themed or dressmaking themed.

I will update with photos later but this is what I am working on -

Cross Stitch - Disney Dreams - Sleeping Beauty and Pension Day (from an old magazine on my WIP list for ages!) My daughter Becki also now cross stitches (yeah) so I will sometimes post her work too. And just started a birth sampler for a friend.

Dressmaking - About to finish a nice linen jacket for Laura. About to start a summer top for me in Broderie Anglaise and part way through a top for Laura (she needs a fitting and isn't home until mid Feb)

Here is the pattern I am using for the jacket NEWLOOK 6217.

Back later with photos and more updates
Ginnie xx