Having a crafty/sewing day - what projects are you working on?

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Katymac Sun 05-Jun-16 09:12:34

I have a roman blind to remake
2 dresses to alter

And I need to work out a price & a name for the thing to cover a drink in the summer to keep the flies/wasps off

Katymac Sun 05-Jun-16 11:08:47

Oh & I have to hang a mirror too!!

& possibly collect and construct a wardrobe!

JoffreyBaratheon Sun 05-Jun-16 14:07:31

Not in a day but over the next fortnight...

I have to make 2 dresses. One because I'm teaching a workshop (knitting) and want to look nice.

The second dress I want to make for a big family occasion later this month. I got a length of original 1950s' fabric on eBay and I have a pattern I made a couple of times last year, that I think will work:

gatherkits.com/shop/product/the-mortmain

Just got my sewing machine back from the repairman yesterday. Can't wait to get going!

lljkk Sun 05-Jun-16 14:54:23

Small Quilt in Hunter's Star pattern... I think. Not convinced I'm going to like it, yet!!

Katymac Sun 05-Jun-16 16:34:57

I ended up having to go into work - so only just starting (might have a rest first)

That pattern looks nice

CatherineDeB Sun 05-Jun-16 16:39:15

It was too nice to stay in today here. I went for a long solo bike ride, including a stop at a pub for some cold sparkling water and some peanuts (push the boat out).

I have got tons to do, finish my suit for the 14th, shorts for DD and a really lovely dress as well (I love your pattern Joffrey) for a formal party thing. I have bought some really expensive fabric for the dress (£105 for 3m!) which I need to have more than a few deep breaths before I cut.

FiveGoMadInDorset Sun 05-Jun-16 16:44:00

Working on a sampler quilt so completed another block today, I am a new quilter

Katymac Sun 05-Jun-16 17:27:06

Gulp £105!!

I have never quilted but I watched an expert a few weeks ago - she was amazing!

I also have 'too much to do'!!

But at least I have put my mirror up the wardrobe will have to wait until another day sadly

CatherineDeB Sun 05-Jun-16 17:51:13

Yep - gulp. I was talking to the pattern designer at the time and she thought it was the perfect fabric, after talking to her for a while it seemed really rude not to agree even though I was sweating at the ppm (have not admitted my purchase to any one else apart from the 000s on here and of course, by default, the Daily Mail).

Katymac Sun 05-Jun-16 17:54:34

Seems reasonable to me not to have told anyone wink

Any ideas what I can call my drinks cover thingies?

CatherineDeB Sun 05-Jun-16 17:57:37

Are they a circle with beads sort of thing, like these.

Katymac Sun 05-Jun-16 18:08:59

not crochet - but yes - pic soon (I hope)

Katymac Sun 05-Jun-16 18:20:23

Or not - my big plan was the do a rolled hem with a piece of embroidery thread in the middle - but it doesn't work

Poop

RatherBeIndoors Sun 05-Jun-16 18:28:01

Sure you have a plan B in mind! Looking fwd to the pics.

Am intermittently working on drawstring bags, very prettified ones, to be carried by a troop of bridesmaids. Keep getting interrupted by the child, not unreasonably wanting to play grin Then need to make my dress for same wedding (as guest). Have made a trial run, and it's a merchant and mills pattern so fairly bombproof! After that only two flower girl dresses and a wedding quilt to do...do you think I could persuade them to postpone the wedding a bit?!

In lovely news, a friend has just shared that a longed for pregnancy is happening (yay!) so in due course there will be a gift to make there too.

Katymac Sun 05-Jun-16 20:08:45

Plan B is a bit flawed atm

May have to rethink..

The wedding stuff sounds lovely - I am hating a dress I started as it is not playing fair with me AT all!!

I may do something else and go back to it - DD has a dress she needs taking in, so I may do that instead or sit on my bum

ConfuciousSayWhat Sun 05-Jun-16 23:04:03

I'm working on two projects. One is a themed blanket for one dc that's made up of various crochet squares - I've messed it up so probably going to bin it.

Also working on a blanket for the fun of it to see if I have the patience to make a large project. I don't. I'm a third through and I'm bored grin

I've ordered some super chunky wool to make throws for Christmas presents and I'm glad I'm starting now as I know I'll get bored quickly!

queenofthepirates Sun 05-Jun-16 23:33:50

Just finished a quilt and darning my jeans with my machine as I've worn a hole. Thinking about altering a dress pattern to get rid of the gapey arm holes and not quite mustering the enthusiasm.

JoffreyBaratheon Mon 06-Jun-16 10:10:19

CatherineDeB, I'd normally have a glass of wine before cutting into a scary fabric but it's probably not wise at £105! Would love to see a pic of your fabric!

Sometimes my kids ask me what the clothes I make would be worth if I sold them, and I say it's impossible to calculate - bespoke, handmade clothing using pure cotton/linen/cashmere/wool whatever? Whatever we pay for the fabrics, the finished items are worth so much more than something bought from a shop!

Last year I made one of my sons for xmas Bilbo's dressing gown from 'The Hobbit' - patchwork - and I used a fair few vintage, unusual fabrics from stash (cos we normally sew for living history so have a lot of weird stuff). Younger son couldn't get his head round the fact I spent a month making an item with a value we couldn't calculate, just to give it away to his brother!

CatherineDeB Mon 06-Jun-16 11:46:03

It is just a really lovely wool from Fox's Joffrey. I would call it crepe but I think they must be calling it flannel. It doesn't look special in the photo but it feels lovely and the drape is fabulous ... and I got two sew in labels grin.

I sew with lovely fabrics generally too but I do believe that £35pm is the most I have spent yet!

I don't sew to save money though, I sew to get what I want. Like the mad idea of a tailored suit for next week, I have spent as much as I could have bought one in the Jaegar Outlet store (my usual place for suits) for but wanted to make one. Not sure if that was wise given my week this week but never mind!

Katymac Tue 07-Jun-16 21:01:03

I have another crafty day planned tomorrow plus a trip to a sewing shop to buy supplies

Katymac Sat 11-Jun-16 18:00:15

I finished my dress

RatherBeIndoors Sat 11-Jun-16 19:36:48

Wow, that looks brilliant, it drapes beautifully! Was it horribly slidey to sew?

I have finished all the bridesmaids' bags, precisely to spec, and the bride now thinks they look like wrong even though they match her drawing to the mm, and has changed her mind about the whole idea. Taking a moment to give thanks I'm not a bridal seamstress - must be a nightmare job!

Dilligufdarling Sat 11-Jun-16 19:44:14

Wow that dress is gorgeous!
I'm frantically trying to finish my dad's Father's Day present.
...2 down 2 to go. Can you guess what they are?

Katymac Sat 11-Jun-16 19:52:27

It wasn't as bad as I thought - the full bust adjustment was a nightmare tho'

I have decided I won't 'do' bridal

I can't guess Dilli....something 70's? Maybe?

abbsismyhero Sat 11-Jun-16 19:56:46

im just making curtains i think i need to do more with my machine!

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