Saturday, 21 February 2015

Sew Over It! or a short trip to the UK

I've been back from our flying visit to London for a good few weeks now. Despite the lenght (or rather lack of) of our trip I managed to get to the Sew Over It -cafe in Islington, yay! No shopping at Goldhawk road though which was a shame, but probably better for my budjet and ever-growing fabric stash.

Sew Over It! 



How adorable and perfect is that place? The purple exterior, the amazing fabrics, beautiful patterns, friendly staff, lovely garments and the cosy sewing area. I'm in love. Unfortunately I didn't have time to attend any classes there, but I did spend quite some time admiring the fabrics and adoring the patterns. I did buy new fabric, woops, but they were calling me and it would have been rude not to and it's not like I'm in London every weekend. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it ,)

A Spot of Shopping 


I'd been eyeing up the black birdy fabric on their website for a while. I also got some polka dot rayon crepe, because dots <3  The adorable geometric cotton jumped at the from the remnants pile, I'm not sure what I'll do with it, but it will make a nice collar if nothing else.  

I also bought the 40's tea dress pattern. It might be a bit advanced for my skills, but we'll see. I also contemplated the pencil skirt kit, the blue and green tartan that comes with it is very pretty. For some reason I decided against getting the kit and now I'm regretting it, dur. I suppose it's good to leave something to come back for, though that list is probably longer than just the pencil skirt kit...

All in all we had a fab trip to the UK despite it being short. We managed to catch up with friends, go see the Sherlock exhibition at the museum of London, a bit of shopping, geek heavens: the Orc's Nest and the Forbidden Planet, lots of walking around and I'm stocked up with Marmite too!

I'm now going to go stroke my lovely fabrics. Over&out for now dear readers. 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Meet Bernette Funlock 4000 by Bernina


My new-old serger which I inherited from my Nan. I wish I'd paid more attention when she was using the serger as I've discovered the hard way how temperamental it can be. We've had a bit of a rocky start, but I think we're getting along better now.

I have to confess Bernette was in the cupboard for a fair few years until I plucked enough courage to take her out. I figured it would be sensible to have it serviced before starting my new sewing chapter. Good news is that everything was fine, they added new blades and new needles and that was it. Apparently Bernette has a very nice stitch as well, needless to say I was very excited.

Nice stitching


When I got home I tested it and everything seemed fine. For some reason I had beige (I know what colour?!) thread on the machine when I took it to be looked at and I don't really use beige ever so I thought I'd change the thread. This is when my troubles began. I'd seen my Nan change the thread by knotting the old one to the new one, I figured I'd try to do the same. It seemed to go fine, but the lower looper thread broke, so I then thought no worries I'll just re-thread that and everything will be fine. BIG MISTAKE. I did it and Bernette would do a few stitches but then the thread would break. I kept repeating this for a while and I had no clue what to do. I got so disheartened I left Bernette back in her case for a while.

Luckily when I was feeling up for the challenge again I came across this fab blog post series called Relationship Rescue: you and your serger by Palak from Make it Handmade that explained how important it is to thread the machine in the right order. I tried it and it worked though the stitching didn't look very nice, it looked the like the tension was way off. After some fiddling around and some more reading I figured that the needle threads weren't going through the tension thingymibobs properly. After adjusting those the stitching is nice and smooth again. I've only done small test pieces, but I can't wait to get started properly with Bernette.

Sur-rur-rur for now dear readers!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

New year and all that jazz...

So January's drawing to an end, how did that happen? I did have a new years, new sewing plans -post that I was supposed to post just after new years, but somehow life got in the way (or sleeping, but I suspect life sounds better).

Not much of a re-cap to be done about last year, I didn't really get around doing too much sewing last year, but I think it was still more than the year before so win some, lose some. Surprisingly enough I didn't finish my long list of sewing for 2014, but I knew it was optimistic when I wrote. Really it was more of a list to keep me in check about the patterns I have and ideas I'd been toying around with rather than something I'd thick item off...And the obvious problem with lists made in the new year is that you can't possibly take into account all the lovely new patterns that will come out that year, that you just have to have. But that doesn't stop me from trying!

So here's my very long list of sewing for 2015



It looks like I'm even more optimistic than last year, but you have to have plans, don't you? And I am planning on setting more time aside to do some sewing, knitting and other crafts. Our Martta-club was a bit lazy over the autumn, but hopefully we'll get back on track as social sewing is so much fun.

I'm pretty sure I promised myself I wouldn't buy too many new patterns/books until I'd made some items from my existing patterns and books. And yes, I did make a few before buying new ones, but I did also buy quite a few that I still haven't made, oooops. After digging around my pattern stash I count that I bought eight new patterns, two new sewing books (Tilly's Love at First Stitch and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual) and a two pattern magazines (Suuri Käsityö 1/2015 and Burda Style 6/2014) last year, which isn't as bad as I thought.

Last year's haul



Good news is I have already made some of the patterns in the picture and I think the rest feature on my sewing list for this year so not many misses pattern buying-wise. I am going to attempt to make some existing patterns and using up fabric I have before buying new ones again this year. Though I am going to London for a flying visit end of the month and I'm planning on visiting Sew Over It's -sewing cafe so the not buying fabric or patterns might go out of the window -.-

My fave and possibly the most worn item from 2014 is rain drop Delphine skirt despite me only finishing it end of November. The black Coco-top is a close 2nd. I'm pleased that I've made more "everyday" clothes last year as I get more wear out of them. Though I think I'd like to make a few fluffy, crazy fabric, completely out-there dresses this year so that my sewing wouldn't be too sensible, life's too short not to make some crazy clothes, isn't it? And I have some raccoon fabric ready and waiting!

Over&out for now dear readers and hope you've had a good start to 2015!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Raindrops keep falling on my head ...

I had plans of making something other than a Delphine-skirt, but I came across this adorable rain drop fabric from Eurokangas which looked so appropriate for autumn that I couldn't resist (even though it's nearly winter here in the land of finn). The raindrops look a bit like dots which probably explains why I was drawn to it...
 
Rain drops 


Cutting Delphine n:o 2


I've worn my black Delphine a lot and I really like, but I occasionally wish it had lined it as the twill keeps clinging to my tights and riding up. It's still very wearable, but it did make me think about lining this one. Also Tilly posted an excellent tutorial on how to add lining to the Delphine skirt  on her blog a few months back. But being lazy I eventually decided against lining it, the fabric is some kind of stretch cotton so I'm hoping it won't ride up as much as the twill, it definitely has more drape than the twill.

The project came together fairly quickly. Luckily I'd marked the sway back adjustment I did last time on the pattern so no fiddling abouts with that. Hurrah. I had a bit trouble with the zipper, the top wouldn't sit right for some reason, maybe I left too room much there or something, after re-stitching a few times it's better, but not quite as neat as I would like it to be.

I hand-stitched the waist cause I figured it would look neater if there wasn't a black thread going through the white drops which is what would have happened had I used the machine. I need a bit more practice on stiching in the ditch with a machine...

The nearly invisible zipper


The Rainy Day Delphine and jazz hands



Despite the slight problems with the zipper I'm pleased with this project. I'm sure I'll get loads of wear out of this and those are the best projects, don't you think? Over&out for now dear readers.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Dot mad knitting

Autumn is here and there's more than a hint of colder weather to come in the air so it's time to dig out the knitting needles and start making socks! (I will attempt to make some epic fair isle Cthulhu mittens at some point, but I wanted something easier to begin with.)

I found this rather yummy purple yarn a while back, which I of course added to my stash. It's Novita's Seitsemän veljestä and I think the colour is one their seasonal ones. I was toying with the idea of some sort of fair isle pattern,  but then I realised I don't have dotty woollen socks, so that was pretty muched sorted. I know you're all wondering how is that even possible? Believe me I'm stunned too.  After the realisation I took out a notebook and dotted down a few pattern suggestions.

My professional (ahem) pattern  (and the first version underneath) 


OK, maybe calling that a pattern is a bit too much. It's mainly a few scribbles on paper, but it helped me figure out the spacing and how big the dots should be. I was going to make the dot bigger to begin with, but it didn't look right so I went for option no 2. The needles  I'm using are 3 1/2 (european, I know the sizing different in the UK and US) and I have 48 stitches divided onto 4 needles. 

Sock no 1 in the making 



The first sock is coming along nicely as you can see. I think I'm going to make a few more rows befor starting with the heel. I'm going to continue with the dots in the front and maybe purple toes, but we'll see how they turn out. I'll post photos of the finished product once I get there.  Ovet&out now dear readers.