Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Blouses - done! part 2

Thanks for the comment on the white blouse. I have gone through the wardrobe and got rid of 4 white Ready to Wear blouses, none of which managed to fit comfortably at all! Yet I put up with them for years!

Blouse no.2 is blue and pink stripe cotton. The collar and stand, cuffs, and button stand are in white cotton.

The side panels of the front and back princess pattern have been cut on bias and sewn together to create a chevron. I showed that the other day, but here it is again.

Cutting the stripe on the bias was not so easy because there was not enough to get it on a 45 degree angle. I ended up with 30/60 degrees (depends on which way you think of your angles!) This still worked to create chevrons at the side seam.

Detail: as well as the angled stripes and contrast sections, I used a selection of buttons in different shades of lavender colour. The blouse looks lavender at a distance because the dusky blue and dusky pink blend visually.
They were from one of the mixed packs I got at the Festival of Quilts. There were just enough of the ones with words on (like Tommy Hilfiger) to be able to use for the blouse. Each one is different.

I like how it creates a unique feature; basically because they were the only buttons I had that were anywhere near the colour!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Blouses - done!

Recovering today from going all out on finishing the blouses for the end of the contest!
Assembly line work has its plusses, but then again, it is not always wise. I was still sewing buttons at 10pm, then doing photos, then processing them, then writing the reviews. VERY LATE. But they were in by the deadline - midnight east coast America.

Somehow I need to learn better how to gauge the length of time things take - and add on the other things I do to that figure!

If you want to see what others have made, you can go to the Gallery for the One Pattern, Many Looks contest.

Here is the first one, made from white on white embroidered cotton I got when the Offcuts group went to Goldhawk road last year.

And a bit of detail. I used flower shaped buttons I bought from The Button Lady last year at Festival of Quilts.

I will post about the others during the rest of the week while I get my head together on what (out of plenty) project to do next!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

"And the Bead Goes On and on..." 7-13 September

2014 - Week 37 Daily Beads

some of the beads this week were a little bigger. A little different in overall look, but not too much.


This one is a pale aqua that shows colour more obviously in person.







Wednesday, 10 September 2014

adding trim

The turquoise dot blouse is getting a bit of trim here and there. I had thought of frilly, but decided against it. So, we will see how these flat bits turn out.
I am stitching them down with a simple pattern stitch on my machine.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

It's in the details

One of the blouses I am making is from fat quarters of fabric from Fair Trade Fabrics.
The front panels and the back panel (cut on the fold) are longer than the side panels because they go right up to the inside neck on one side. So, that made it difficult to cut from a fat quarter. I decided to carry on with the colour blocking and add a bit to the bottom from the turquoise dot fabric I am using for the other blouse.
For the front panel, it is just added in and cut making up the missing part of the pattern. But for the back panel, since it is cut on the fold, I hadn't a big enough piece from the scraps to cut out a piece without joining it in the centre. If I did that, I had enough to do something interesting.
I decided to pleat it in such a way as to hide the centre join a bit, and then just one more pleat to give it a false peplum look. I sure don't need great ruffles and peplums on my backside, but this gives a bit of interest referring to current style while still working for my figure.

The added piece then gets a bit more control when sewn and pressed. and even more when joined to the side back panels.

I got the sleeves on this blouse and the turquoise dot blouse today. Not much more because I also had a request to hem jeans for a Certain Young Man. They were also a bit too wide, and I tapered them in at the side to the hem. He looks very good in them now. Because they were cream colour, it was a lot easier to stitch the hem and make it look like original.
Sorry, I didn't get a photo.

Monday, 8 September 2014


The past few days I have been working to sew up the blouses I cut out earlier in August.

So far I have all the vertical seams (and shoulder seams) done. And the collars, cuffs and button stands interfaced.
and now I have the 2 with long sleeves nearly finished.
left: pink and blue stripe with contrast collar, cuffs, and button stands.
right: white on white embroidered cotton

Up to the point of needing the hem and needing the buttonholes and buttons.

The side panels of the pink and blue stripe are cut on an angle, so that the underarm seam has a chevron effect.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

"And the Bead Goes On and on..." 1-6 September

2014 - Week 36 Daily Beads
I am going back to posting Sunday to Saturday results rather than Monday to Sunday. The weekends are too busy to do 2 on Saturday - which is what I was doing in July and August - or to post later in the day on Sunday.

I am working with O rings this month. I had thought about something a little more complex, but soon realised I had too much on at the end of August and beginning of September to develop a different technique. ...and since plans look like I will be busy throughout September, not really a good time for something more time consuming!

So, O rings - these are red. I almost went with white beads, having white in my head from the beads I did for Karen Ruane, but decided on black beads instead, as I haven't worked with it much. Red and black go well together. I also decided to add blue to the colour combination. The blues will range from the greenish side of blue through to the purple side of blue.

I will post about the making up later in the month. But it is the same technique used for the star washers, curtain rings, and paper clips.




a blend of 3 different blue beads. There were not enough of each bead to do a whole ring on their own, so I worked out a pattern using them together.



Saturday, 6 September 2014

Cycling Race

As I mentioned with the Cycling journal quilt, I was also working on an A4 size piece with the same theme.

This time I used a hoop to do the thread painting which helped to keep the fabric from drawing up.

I was stitching through all 3 layers. the photo above shows the work just after  I had moved the hoop. One of the reasons I don't like using a hoop is that you run out of space. But, I will definitely consider it again if I am doing intense thread painting.

When I cut the cyclists out of the fabric, using a freezer paper stencil, I realised I hadn't fused the fabric first. I couldn't face having to trim round all those little bits, so I chose to use Pritt stick this time to temporarily adhere the cyclists to the background. Then I stitched them down with black thread.

And here is the complete piece.

I have joined up with an online group who are working to prompts every 2 months, and the size is A4. So, this will be for that group. But I can also use it for the Grosvenor shows journal quilts, which I usually take part in. The theme this time is Picture This, which can be interpreted quite broadly. and so I am picturing a Cycle race.

I specifically had in mind that the Tour de France had the Grand Depart in Yorkshire this year. So, it is called Tour de Yorkshire.

Hurrah! Blogger is working with my browser again!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Sailing By Dover - complete

I worked into the chalk cliff of the sailing piece with a white colour pencil. The added benefit is that it gives a bit of a chalky feel and look, which helps immensely with the over all scene.

And then sandwiched and quilted. I have been using felt as a wadding for these pieces. A good way to use up the scraps of felt I have hanging about.

I am quite pleased with the result! To be honest, it isn't totally sporty, but it works for an iconic Around Britain scene.

(Somehow these show up as electric blue when I upload them, even though they look the same as yesterday's in my photo programme. So, if it shows electric blue, please refer to yesterday's post for the proper colour! I am still having to use Chrome for adding photos to my blog.)

Thursday, 4 September 2014

August Journal Quilt

I have a list of subject matter I am thinking of using for these journal quilts. A few more ideas than there are months of the year. So, I thought I would combine one of the sports with one of the classic images which come to mind when you think of the United Kingdom.

So, here it is in development stage -

The White Cliffs of Dover with an (imaginary) Sailing scene. Sailing and boating are a few of the UK sports we are known for our success in events like the Olympics. And quite reasonable being located in the British Isles.

It is useful to take photos of work in development because you can see things that need attention. once I added the photo here *, I realised I needed to knock back the darker lines on the chalk cliff. In reality there are darker areas, but the over all look is that it is nearly white. I thought a bit of white colour pencil would be good here.

I will show you the finished piece tomorrow.

*(I began these posts in draft mode the other day because I had to add description to the photos when I uploaded it for the CQ deadline. So it helped me work out what I wanted to say.)