Twitchy Fingers

It may seem that Miss M gets the lion’s share of the handmade items, but this is not true, she just enjoys the whole process of modelling more than Miss E. Also, Miss E’s new shorts are still waiting for elastic to hold them up.

While we wait for the elastic we can look at Miss M’s new dress, another geranium dress to add to her collection, this time made from a vintage skirt donated to me by my Mum.

Geranium dress

Geranium dress

 

Vintage fabric

Vintage fabric

Posing

Posing

For kids that keep growing

 

Indigo Dyed Lazy Days Skirt

Indigo Dyed Lazy Days Skirt

I am so glad to have children that love to have clothes made for them, though I realise this will not last forever. So while they enjoy and wear them, I cannot help but make them more. Above is an Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt, my favourite easy pattern for my skirt loving girls. The fabric is some that I dyed at home using indigo dye.

Indigo Dyed Fabric

Indigo Dyed Fabric

Lazy Days Skirt in action

Lazy Days Skirt in action

 

Miss M got a new shirt, another Oliver and S pattern, this time the Music Class Blouse. I normally avoid anything with buttonholes, but my new sewing machine has an easy buttonhole program and I will never be afraid of buttonholes ever again.

Music Class Blouse

Music Class Blouse

Music Class Blouse

Music Class Blouse

The fabric is a fine white gauze with Swiss dots and the buttons are vintage. The pink tinge is from the vest Miss M is wearing underneath – because she liked it. Miss M must have been happy with the shirt because she insisted on wearing it before I had a chance to remove all the blue pattern markings.

Sew and sew

This is a bit of catch up of some the sewing I have been doing over the past couple of months.

I had the Merchant and Mills Landgate jacket pattern and enough black British Millerain waxed fabric to make 2 jackets since last summer, but it was the impending Christmas gift season that spurred me on to get started. Dave was the first to get a complete jacket.

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The lovely Dave and the lovely Maya in matching beards.

Dave has the version with the side pockets. A couple of weeks ago I finally got around to making my own jacket and decided to go for the patch pocket and to add a lining to the jacket. Instructions for a lining are not included in the pattern, so it was all a bit of an experiment. I cut out all the pieces of the pattern in the waxed cotton and all but the hood facing, drawstring band and pockets in the lining fabric. The lining was stitched together in the same method as the outer and the two were joined together at the topstitching stage. I was very glad to have already had the practice with making Dave’s jacket, otherwise I would have given up!

The Landgate Jacket with patch pockets

 

Here is a dodgy picture of the lining fabric.

Lining fabric

Lining fabric

The resulting jacket is warm and cosy, though I need to practice getting it off without removing all my top layers. The pattern is pretty straightforward, just follow the instructions and I liked the simple method of marking the notches.

So, what to make with my leftover pieces of waxed cotton?