So the dreaded C word is just round the corner, Christmas!!!!
To make the white season a little more fun and special I am hosting my very first Christmas swap.
If you have never done a swap before it is A. lots of fun and B.very easy!
Here is how it works, I will pair you up with a swap partner. You will give me some details about yourself that I can share with your swap partner. (This will help them to make a parcel of lovliness tailored to your tastes)
Then you have to make, sew, knit, buy, find, recycle, upcycle each of the following:
Tree decoration - Something sparkly and pretty to hang from the tree
Personal adornment - Can be earrings, brooch, scarf, anything to make your swap partner look even more gorgeous for the party season
Something to make you feel fabulous - What puts a smile on your face and makes you feel really special? Handmade bathsalts for that 1 hour of me time? New nail varnish?
'Let me entertain you' - A joke, a fantastic party tune, a funny story, a magic trick, use your inmagination...
Make sure you parcel up all the goodies nicely then post them to your swap partner, please let me know if you are happy to post abroad as it would be lovely to have swap partners around the world.
Please sign up by the 15th October to give plenty of time to get your parcels ready.
Please share with your friends so we can make as many special christmasses as possible! You can use the image (feel free to add it to your blog!)
Simply let me know that you want to join us in the comment box below, make sure you leave an email address so I can contact you.
Happy gifting xxx
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Chanel is famous for its tweed jackets, here is some inspiration to make your own designer inspired tweed jackets
Gwyneth Paltrow in Chanel
Chanel winter 12/13
Happy sewing xxx
Friday, September 21, 2012
I really fancied making a sexy pussy bow blouse so I followed option D with a few alterations.
1. As it was a couple of sizes bigger than me I used this pattern and removed the front button fastening and joined the 2 front sections together, leaving just a small gap below the collar to fit my head through that fastened with a hook and eye. This resulted in a looser fit blouse.
2. I added a few extra inches to the front and back so the blouse was longer and could be worn tucked into my low rise jeans.
3. I also lengthened the sleeves removed the cuffs and replaced them with elastic to give a puff sleeve effect. At the top of the sleeve I eased all of the fabric give to the top creating a little puff sleeve.
4.Using a satin backed crepe I flipped the fabric to the satin side out for the collar section, giving a fabulous contrast between the collar and the blouse.
You can tie the collar in different ways depending on the rest of your outfit
Overall I am thrilled with this and can't wait to dress up a pair of jeans with this and a pair of killer heels.
Here are some current blouse patterns with a tie collar so you can make your own....
Happy sewing xxx
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
There is something wonderful about curling up on the sofa on a Sunday evening in a pair of leggings and a cosy jumper. The only downside is I usually look like a cross between Bridget Jones and the bin man. So I decided to make myself my very own stylish Sunday Sweatshirt.
What you need:
Your favourite old sweatshirt
Heavy weight jersey fabric ( I used the lovely Mystique jersey fabric)
1.Lay your old sweatshirt onto your jersey fabric (folded in half so it is 2 layers thick) and fold in the arms
2.Cut carefully round 1 half of the sweatshirt, then remove the sweatshirt and fold the cut piece on top of the uncut half as use this as a template for the second half (doing this means that both sides of your sweater will be the same shape)
3.Lay one sleeve of your old sweatshirt along a folded piece of jersey fabric and cut round (do this twice, 1 for each arm)
5.Sew along the sleeve seem then insert the sleeves
6.To shape the neckline, fold your new sweatshirt in half down the middle so that the shoulder seams meet. Then trim the front as low as you want (it is worth trying it on before this to mark where you want the neckline to finish