Saturday, 27 May 2017

Burda 9828 Pants in Blue Denim - Sewing Project

Every wardrobe should include a pair of jeans.  Comfy, cute and hardwearing, what's not to love?

I was hoping to get these out of an old pair of my jeans but Little Miss has got too big and I used to be too skinny . . . I foresee some sort of patchwork version in the pipeline.  But for now I'll make them up according to the pattern with some denim fabric I have.

The pattern includes instructions for hems in a contrasting colour which isn't the look I'm going for so I'm skipping those steps.

Side seams first.  

Then the edges of the pockets are finished.  

Tops folded over and sewn in place.

Turned to the right side and raw edges pressed inwards.  

Pocket positioned and sewn in place with contrasting top stitching.  

Inner leg seams.  

Then one pant leg turned right side out to go inside the other, right sides together.  Then the crotch seam.  


Elastic inserted into the top waistband.  

And voila!  

I wonder if I could use a contrasting band of another denim across the middle of each leg.  Perhaps with the pockets in the same fabric.  Just to figure out how to make the seam without it being too bulky.  So far I'm thinking scrappy and distressed.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Samlesbury Hall Dog Show

Samlesbury Hall is a great place to visit with young kiddos.

There's no entry fee so you don't feel obliged to stay all day and get your money's worth.

There's lots of little things to see so it's easy to move onto something else and avoid a bored toddler.

There's a small farm with chickens, sheep, pigs and goats.  A beekeeper's hut where you can taste honey and buy some exceedingly scrummy fudge.  An adventure playground and formal gardens.  Then there's the house itself which has brilliantly entertaining tours.

They make their money from the cafe so you aren't allowed to bring a picnic but the food is very good so I can't complain.

Today we popped along for their annual Dog Show.  It was fun entering our pup and catching up with some of his old friends from SASD.  He didn't win but Little Miss was very pleased with her participation rosette.

Little Miss also had a fab time playing in the adventure playground.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Dufex Pyramage Christmas Card

A quick and easy christmas card to help me get ahead.

Challenges Entered:

Burda 9424 Romper in Red Brushed Cotton Sewing Project

These overalls are just too freaking adorable!!  

They were nice and easy to make too.  

You can see my inspiration in the bottom left hand corner, I had that image in my head when I came across this fabric on offer at Abakhan.  

I'm sort of following view A but I've skipped the contrasting turn ups because I don;t like them.

Press and top stitch the pocket top.

Press the edges to the inside and tack (baste) in place.  I often skip tacking steps but I've learnt that for neat pockets it's well worth spending the time tacking the edges to keep them even.  

The the pocket is top stitched in place and the tacking stitching removed.  

Facings finished with the overlocker then sewn onto pant fronts.

Then the side seam.

Leaving the top part open.  

Then the inner leg seams.

One leg is turned right side out and put inside the other to stitch the crotch seam.  

The bib front goes on next.  

Then the back.

Fold, press and stitch the underlaps.  I've nipped off the corner so that I get a neater finish when I turn them right side out.  

Sen in place on the pant back.  

Straps, folded, pressed and seamed.

Turned and pressed.  

Stitched to the back bib.  

The front bib lining bottom is finished and pressed up, like a hem.  Then stitched onto the front bib piece, right sides together.  

Turned right sides out.  

The same treatment for the back bib which I appear to have neglected to photograph - whoops.

Ankles finished on the overlocker, turned and top stitched in place.  

I stitched an extra two buttons further up the straps to make this fit Little Miss a bit better as it's a touch on the big side as yet.  

How gorgeous is my Little Miss putting the overalls through their paces.  

Here are the linky parties I'm joining with this project:

Have a fab weekend everyone!