Monthly Archives: October 2017

Double Scissors Case

Way back in the mists of time there was a feature in Threads magazine of how to make a crazy patchwork scissors case. Over the years I have adapted and refined my own personal version. Now I am able to offer a class and demonstrate how to make this really useful addition to sewing room accessories.

To promote the class I have made (yet another) a sample from 2 fat quarters of quilting cotton fabric that was in my stash. The closure is a hair bungee and the button also came from my button box. There are several variations to this project to include the original crazy patchwork, a bias binding edge and the use of an embroidered motif.

So that’s another sample crossed off the list of projects to be completed this month – now onto the next!

Padded Hangers with ‘secret’ Pockets

This set of samples are for the class where we will be making padded coat hanger covers with secret pockets. With its “pocket(s)” these hangers are great to take anywhere – even if visiting friends. It is an easy way to keep scarves, belts and small items tidy and out of the way. In hotels, you can hang your coat over the pocket with the outer pocket to the back to conceal private papers, etc., when a safe isn’t available.

I chose some Fat Quarters of fabrics from my stash along with contrast-coloured remnants for the patch pockets. Zips came from that vast selection acquired when my father worked as an Engineer for Opti-lon ®.

 

First version with long zip at the bottom               Reverse with large patch pocket

The first cover took a while to construct as I had to calculate the sizes and work out the order of work. Having finished the first cover I thought that rather than have the long zip at the bottom of the hanger, I would prefer to have it completely concealed on the reverse.

 

Second version                                                                          Reverse with concealed long zip

I also changed the construction of the patch pocket slightly and used the zip insertion method that I have used in the past when bag-making. For the second construction I timed myself and was pleased to discover that it took just 52 minutes from start to finish.

These hangers not only look good but are ideal for use with some of my ‘slippery’ garments.

Plans for October 2017

Despite going ‘off plan’ with several projects in September I did manage to complete some of the items on my list.

The Pink floral print jersey ‘Elmira’ ballet wrap cardigan was completed and with the remnant of fabric I made a co-ordinating tee shirt. The Dark print viscose jersey for Kwiksew 3915 for a friend was also completed and again another tee shirt for me from the remnant of fabric. I did not get to the Cobra corsage lawn dress but I have today washed the plain Black lawn that I will use for a lining so maybe that project will finally make it to completion. The other dress using a Lewis & Irene cotton print, ‘Our friends in the garden’, was started in September but was not completed until earlier this week. But still with tights and a cardigan it should get some airings until the really cold weather sets in.

Whilst I have made several samples for the classes to be taught in the Autumn and Winter terms, there are still a few outstanding plus the workbooks to be prepared. The final outstanding item from September is the Sewing print linen-look seat covering. That should not take too long as is basically a shape with elasticated hem so hopefully that will also make it to completion in October.

Now, let’s think about sewing plans for the coming month, the list looks like this:-

  1. Cover for sewing room chair in sewing theme linen-look
  2. Samples for classes – Coat hanger peg bag, Scissors Case, Dresden Plate Blocks (2) and Zip top Window Project Bags.
  3. Cobra and Corsage print cotton lawn dress. Style as yet undecided.
  4. Cobra and Corsage print luxury scuba top with asymmetrical hem & cowl collar. Fabric just arrived from Sewisfaction. Absolutely yummy!

    5. Paisley print jersey trapeze tunic with cowl collar. Fabric just arrived from         eBay. Fine weight with a good drape.

  5. Coat with waterfall collar.                                                                                                                                         This is probably too much considering that we are already 7 days into the month but still it is good to have targets!

‘Kitty’ Dress in Lewis & Irene printed cotton

As a break from making samples for the classes, I wanted to finish a dress that was originally included in my plans for August and September.

I have had the great fabric, ‘My friends in the Garden’ by Lewis & Irene, in my stash for a long, long time. I did get to cut out a ‘Kitty’ dress with gathered skirt but with one thing and another, have not got around to construction, until now. Even though the print is possibly a bit ‘summery’, due to the dark background colour and the fact that the cotton is a little heavier than the usual quilting cotton, this dress will be ideal as a trans-season option, worn with tights and a cardigan.

The ‘Kitty’ dress is a hack from my basic bodice plus the collar and facings from the Bolero jackets that I made back in June. The previous ‘Kitty’ was a button through shirt-dress as I wanted to use some great coordinating buttons, but this time I have made the bodice only as button-up. The buttons are re-cycled from a pair of my husband’s pyjamas.

As the pattern is very busy I needed to accentuate the outline of the collar which I have done by adding some Bright Pink piping. To make the setting of the piping easier, I have rounded off the corners of the collar. The facings have been machined on place to avoid any chance of them popping out.

The sleeves are the usual short length but due to the thickness of the fabric I did not self-line them. Instead I made some self bias binding which has been machine stitched in place.

The skirt is made from two full-width panels and has pockets set into the side seams. I used my TNT pocket bag pattern which means the bags are stitched into the waistline seam and are thus prevented from ‘flapping about’. The 2 inch hem has been hand sewn.

I notice from my wardrobe that I am a little short of trans-seasonal dresses, especially in Autumnal shades so will include plans for another cotton print ‘Kitty’ to be made this month.

Barbara Bunny Kit

Later this year I will be teaching a class making up this charming Rabbit who I have named ‘Barbara Bunny’. The project comes in the form of a kit which includes everything that you need to make Barbara – with the exception of time!

I started with enthusiasm that this was going to be a fairly simple make but unfortunately there was a hold up as I tried to stitch the centre panel to the Bunny’s head on the machine. It took quite a bit of ‘finessing’ and also involved some hand (!) sewing to get the Y-seam of the nose just right. Setting in the soles of the feet was also done by hand as it was just too fiddly to try on the machine. After that it was plain sailing, probably because over the past 50 plus years of sewing I have made many, many soft toys. However, this was the first time that I have made a button-jointed animal and despite not having a really long needle, I managed to stitch the joints firmly whilst still retaining movement.

For this first ‘trial run’ I have not used the fabric that came with the kit, I shall save that for the class. The project can be sewn (mostly) on the machine when it took approximately 2 hours to complete. Alternatively, as this is a small project (completed Bunny is about 8 ins tall) it would also make an ideal hand-sewing project.