Thursday, 19 January 2017


More Christmas crafting!  I ran up a couple of waistcoats for friends!  This is the first of them.

It's made of grey suiting with a collar of black chenille and a back of black silk.  The buttons came from my stash as did the d-rings.

I'll show you the other waistcoat next week!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Table Mats

Another Christmas gift, I made some of my friends some table mats!  2 round and 6 rectangular.

They are cotton, free motion quilted and bound with white cotton bias binding.

I was very proud to know that they saw their first use on Christmas day!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Christmas Frocks Part Two

The second dress is also Cottage Mama.  I made it for a little one I spend a lot of time with and who's favourite colour is yellow.

This dress is made in cotton with a satin sash and I added white trim to the neckline and the hemline.

The buttons are also from my stash, I thought she'd like the pretty flowers!  I'm told it fits well which is a relief, because I guessed at the size!  I'm also told it is a much loved present and my small person loves to admire it in her wardrobe when she's not wearing it, so all in all I think it was a very good choice of gift!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Christmas Frocks

But not for me!  I made a couple of dresses for some of the small people in my life!  Today I'll show you the littlest one, made for Starbug.

Made in my perennial favourite Party Frock pattern from the Cottage Mama and using up the snowflake fabric I acquired for last years patchwork.

I lengthened the skirt and omitted the contrast binding at the bottom.  I also used a red grosgrain ribbon in place of the waist sash.

I'm not entirely sure where the buttons came from, but I have a sneaking suspicion they might actually come from Starbug's Great Grandma's button collection, some of which made their way into my stash a few years back, to be carefully hoarded until I find the right project!

I'll show you the other one on Thursday!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Green Man

When we were at the Knitting and Stitching show this year, we found a stall selling beautiful patterns for various things made with tweed.  I picked up a Green Man pattern and made this for Xanthipe.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out!  I did deviate from the pattern slightly in that I left off the flowers and I didn't use all the recommended fabrics.

Making the leaves was the trickiest part because I couldn't find a way to transfer the pattern but a paper template worked for me so it wasn't an insurmountable issue.

I wrapped the milliners wire in ribbon, mostly to make the back at pretty as the front.  It was a lovely gentle make though and I really enjoyed stitching it!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Nightmare Unicorn!

So...  I have been told I have a capricious sense of humour.  A friend mentioned ages ago, that a unicorn head with red eyes would be a creepy nightmare pony.  Guess what she got for Christmas?

Nightmare pony!  The ears and horn are made of red crinkly taffeta and the mane is a black crepe satin I think.  

I actually think I prefer this one to the pink Unicorn...

Thursday, 29 December 2016

A Festive Unicorn

I know a lot of people who like Unicorns.  Handily for me they also all seem to be into faux taxidermy.

So I've made another Unicorn head!

This one is all sweet and cute and pretty in pink.  Check out next week's blog for a different sort of Unicorn!