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Friday, 17 February 2017

Cleo Goes to Work ....

I've finished my first Cleo and it won't be the last!  This Tilly and the Buttons pattern was a joy to sew from start to finish and ended up looking so professional - nothing homemade about it at all!  I stayed safe with my choice of fabric in navy blue, figuring that I could then wear it with a variety of tops.  I found it at The Fent Shop in King's Lynn, Norfolk which is a small, family run store which has been there for years (it even has it's own Royal Warrant!).  They now sell online too for anyone who's interested, although a visit in person is a treat as it is well stocked upstairs and down with all kinds of fabric treasures and discoveries - they are known as an 'Aladdin's Cave' of fabrics.

I've never sewn with corduroy before though but that was a pleasant experience - I used a thick cord which holds its shape nicely.  I only made one slight alteration to the pattern to suit my shape which was easy enough, grading the bottom half slightly larger to suit my shape.  The cord sewed up beautifully and is wonderfully soft.  I used a single row of topstitching all around to finish off.  It's a perfect outfit with a stripy top for our dress down days at work - I always stress about what to wear but this is perfect!  Watch out for more versions as spring and summer draws near ....... want to do a print version next ......

Friday, 3 February 2017

100,000 hits ...

Well for a small blog, then that's not bad!  Particularly as I haven't been as active in the last year. Thanks everyone and to all who have stayed around ...  I already have a couple of new posts coming up and am looking forward to the new blogging year.  In the meantime, some 'Fair Maids of February' to cheer us all up and show that spring is on its way!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Our Wedding

I've had the official photos back for some time now but in the meantime I was really busy at work as well as ill with cold - so I've been resting as much as I can in spare time to recover.  No crafting ... no blogging ... no nothing and I enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and New Year.  No doubt all the stress of organising my special day didn't help, but when the time came, everything went to plan and Kevin and I had a wonderful time. I'm glad I have such a gorgeous set of photographs to look back over and make the day come alive again and I would like to document it so here are a few photos to give an idea of what went on ...

I tried to keep things as simple as possible and had a vintage theme going through a number of eras.

I bought my dress ... the plan was to make one but I went on an expedition with a couple of friends to try lots of shapes and see which suited me best - the last one I tried was perfect and I decided to just go for it and take the pressure of making away.  I chose a simple shift shape in a heavy dusty pink lace with an interesting construction detail at the sides.  A simple jacket with a curved hem completed the outfit.

I didn't find the shoes until the week before the wedding - I had another pair lined up but then spotted these in a sale in exactly the same kind of fabric as the dress and of course had to have them.

I kept the flowers to the same colour scheme - in pink and cream - just simple bouquets of roses.

A friend of mine owns a 1930's Austin Seven named Alice and this was to be our transport to the Registry Office.

We had to be there half an hour earlier than everyone else for a pre-wedding interview.  Thankfully, we made it in time and didn't hold up the Saturday morning traffic to King's Lynn too much!

The rest of the wedding guests travelled on a vintage coach dating from the 1960's, decked out in pink and white roses for the occasion.

Our ceremony was held at the historic King's Lynn Town Hall, which dates back to the 1200's.  It is famous for it's checkerboard frontage in local stone.

Afterwards, we all travelled together on Dolly the bus to the wedding reception.

This was held in our local social club and we kept it simply decorated in pink and cream with bunting and lanterns..

We also had a wonderful band playing songs from the 30's, 40's and early 50's.  

Just a few more images of the day ...

We finished up with a honeymoon week in Cromer on the Norfolk Coast where the weather stayed sunny and fine.

 I hope you like this little potted version of the day.  It seems a long time ago now but I've really enjoyed putting this post together.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Happy Holidays

I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas and New Year break.  Kev and I have a whole week off work, enjoying some time to ourselves to get refreshed and organised, ready for the New Year.  It's been a very busy 2016, the biggest event being our wedding and wonderful as it was, it's nice to have that done and dusted now.  Looking forward to 2017 now - hope you all have a good one.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Sewvember and the future ....

This past November I took part in both #sewvember at Mood Fabrics and #bpsewvember over at Bimble and Pimble.  The idea was to publish a photograph for each day of November on a specific theme.  I didn't really follow the rules about timing and used photographs from a lot of different sewing projects done over the years ...

My main reason for having a go was to do a kind of review over all the work I'd done so far and see if it led me to any kind of conclusion about the projects I like to do and want to continue with, as well as boost my Instagram account which I've just opened at #margueritedesigns ...  I was amazed that I should have enough material to cover all of the days and I can see that my sewing has some kind of 'arts and crafts' basis to it which I suppose comes from my artistic background.  It's not just straightforward making up of patterns ....  There has to be some sort of craft element involved such as applique, tie dye or felting for instance, or else an interesting print, probably with a historical background.  So I can see that this is what I'll continue with.  But I also ended up both challenges with a photograph of one of my textile designs ...  I've come kind of full circle in life and ended up where I started out as a career but didn't follow ...  It seems like a natural conclusion and it's my plan to carry on at Make It in Design too as well as crafting.

I've enrolled for the Winter School in January and then Module 2 in February.  I finished Module 1 and the Summer School earlier on this year.  I hope I don't become a serial course taker but there's no harm in being prepared as much as possible and these courses seem to carry on where I left off all those years ago - preparing for the business world.  I am looking forward to a sewing and designing New Year ....

Friday, 28 October 2016

The Girl with the Cherry Smile

Lots of things have been going on in my life since finishing my hand knitting City & Guilds.  Working working full-time and getting married!  This dress has been on the go for some time now. Plans first formulated in my head during international pattern swap at The Monthly Stitch, when I received the Sew Over It 1940’s Teadress pattern, as explained in an earlier post.  I wasn’t sure that the shape of the dress was going to suit me at first but I thought I’d give it a try as my first sewing project for a long time.  I’d seen the perfect fabric for it at Croft Mill but couldn’t get my hands on it first time round.  I was lucky when they re-stocked -  it’s called, ‘The Girl with the Cherry Smile’ and works really well with the pattern.  My new sewing companion likes it too ... 


To ease myself back into sewing, I took my time and decided to enjoy the whole process rather than rushing anything, hence the tea and cake. 

The pattern cover said that the dress was a close fit and as I’m between sizes at the moment I made the larger one.  This was a mistake for me – the bodice did look a bit loose on my new dress form, but as I hadn’t used the form before, then I gave it the benefit of the doubt.
When it came to actually trying it on though, it was huge …  I actually ended up having to re-make the whole of the top section.  That was tiresome and tricky but I stuck with it and it was worthwhile in the end.  The second learning curve was the insertion of an invisible zip which I’ve never done before.

I found the zip in the right colour and length and was ready to sew it in with an invisible machine foot I’d been given when I found the foot wasn’t compatible with my machine.  Aaargh!  My patience (and dress!) was nearly in tatters at this point …  I had to do an internet search and managed to find one for a couple of pounds that would fit my trusty 1980’s New Home.  I nervously fitted it when it arrived and my heart did a little dance when it worked!  I was very proud of my first attempt at sewing the zip in.
The rest of the dress went together comparatively smoothly, apart from forgetting to sew rear darts in the skirt section in my haste to get it finished.  I did unpick the skirt and included them though it was tempting not to.
A couple of months had passed and I was still doing the handstitching at the beginning of October on the facings and hem.  I had a feeling of triumph at finishing and persevering!
I wore the dress on my honeymoon on the Norfolk coast.  The weather was great for this time of year.
I am confident enough to make another of these dresses now, but I think I’ll try something simpler in the meantime to get my sewjo going again ….

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Signs of Christmas

In the little town in Norfolk where I live, we are fortunate to have a sewing shop - a fairly large one in comparison to all the other surrounding stores.  It is now under new management and has undergone a lot of changes, making it contemporary and fresh.  Now named The Sewing Room, there is a Christmas window under construction.  I went for a short walk yesterday evening and stumbled upon it ... it's very inspiring ...

I love these little bags ...