Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts

Sunday, 15 June 2014

My First Dress : I Made...


I have finally finished making my first ever dress!!

I brought some different material from Ikea with my birthday money last month with the idea to make 3 fun skirts.


I started making this dress with the intentions of making a maxi skirt.

Being a little worried I would make it to small or to short,

I made it to wide and too long for a skirt!!


Oh well!!

I like it better as a dress!?!

What do you think?


I am loving this pattern on the material.

60's or 70's era?

Amazing, how it is only £4.00 a metre.


With the elastic I picked up from Hobbycraft the dress cost me less than £5.00 to make.


Now I need somewhere fun to wear it...

Happy Sunday...

Thanks for stopping by...

Don't forget to come back later and share what has got you creative this week :)

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Up-cycled Denim Waistcoat...





I have had this dirty look denim waistcoat for years and years.

I picked it up cheap back in the day but never really got into the dirty denim style.

It got just got stored.

Thrown into Nardia after only being worn once a year (honestly if that) never to be worn again.

I keep sorting it out but hate chucking things away I've paid for and not had much wear.

Arr a good excuse for a make over!?!...


What I used-
  • 1 unloved jacket
  • 1 old lace doily (charity shop 50p)
  • Vintage lace and collars (gave to me by mum)
  • Red gingham ribbon ( hobby craft)  
  • Sewing machine



What I did-
  • Pin collars onto jacket and sew then on.
  • Pin doily onto back in place then sew on.
  • Pin ribbons and lace onto jacket and sew.
  • Simply eh?


I am loving this waistcoat now it has had a super cool makeover.

I'm thinking red polka dot pencil skirt and plain cream blouse?

Happy Saturday everyone :)

What are your plans for the weekend?


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Re-fashioned : Maxi Skirt...



Now I really have the sewing and recycling bug here is my old unused dress and skirt turned into a new maxi skirt.


What I used 

  • Old skirt that is too short.
  • Dress that looks wrong on and will not wear again. (too short to be a maxi but to long to be a nice length)
  • Bit of string.
  • Bleach.
  • Buttons, needle and cotton.
  • Ribbons.
  • Sewing machine.






What I did

  • Tie a bit of string onto skirt.
  • Place a little bleach on and leave a few hours to fade.
  • Wash skirt.
Day after
  • Hand sew buttons on.
  • Machine sew some ribbon around bottom of denim skirt.
  • Measure length needed for dress to be cut at to make a skirt.
  • Cut dress.
  • Pin the cut dress bottom evenly around the bottom of the denim skirt.
  • Sew together.




Add a belt and finished!!

What do you think?


Monday, 5 May 2014

IKEA Table Cloth Pattern : Tried And Tested!!


Since shows like The Great British Sewing Bee have been on TV, Ikea have seen sales of fabric and sewing accessories soar. Sewing and crafts are making a come back, I am very happy to hear this.

My mum has a sewing shop, so it has always been a big part of my family life. I have dabbled in sewing over the years, normally asking mum for help when it goes wrong or I get stuck. Lately I have been doing a little sewing for myself by up-cycling old clothes to make something unique. My sewing machine was over 20 years old though with lots of things broken, so it did not make sewing much fun.

It has all changed now since I took on a IKEA challenge. See how easy it is to make a table cloth from one of their patterns. How exciting....


I had never undertaken anything big before just fixing or finishing, at first then this seemed a daunting challenge. I need not have worried though, sewing machines have improved alot in 20 years. It was instantly a pleasure using the Ikea machine, the tide had turned, watch out mum!! I got to try out the patterns that Ikea stock, which anyone can pick up for free in store.

The patterns that they have include the following:
  • Curtains
  • Tablecloth
  • Table runner
  • Napkins
Along with one of their sewing machines, some accessories and a choice of fabric to start me off. I chose EVALENA material, I was excited to try out the table cloth pattern out.


First up I set up the sewing machine. It was so straight forward to set up and only took me a few minutes to figure out how to sew, most things were similar to my old machine, just in slightly different positions.

5 minutes later I had a shuttle full of cotton and a sewing machine ready to use to try out the table cloth pattern.


You will also need
  • A tape measure
  •  Iron
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine.

How much fabric will I need?
  • To make a cloth to fit a table for 4–6 people you will need 225 cm of fabric.
  •  Most metre fabrics are now sold in 150 cm widths.


  • Fold over 1 cm of fabric on each long side. 
  • Then fold again so that you have a double hem of 1 cm. 
  • Press with an iron so that the hem stays in place.

  • Set the sewing machine to a simple straight stitch with a stitch length of 3 mm. 
  • Sew the double hem in place.
  • Now do exactly the same on the short sides of the tablecloth.



I was very pleased with my table cloth. From setting my sewing machine up to making the table cloth it took under an hour. I really liked the material I picked, loving how professional the table cloth turned out! Thanks again to the easy follow pattern...

When my youngest son can home from school, I asked him "do you like my new table cloth?" He said "yes, where did you buy this from?"

"I made it"

"No way" he replied "it looks great"!!

Aww "thanks son"!!

I think the material is fabulous and I still have some left over.

Now what shall I make next?

I cannot wait to visit IKEA this week with my birthday money, I have so many things planned to make with the great choice of material they stock.

About this post-

I got sent a sewing machine, accessories and some material to take part in this challenge. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion. 


Thursday, 29 August 2013

Upcycled : New Peg Bag...



Arr don't you just hate it when you keep leaving something that really winds you up? silly little things that really bug you but you do nothing to make it better?

One thing that has really been bugging me all through the summer holidays is the hole in my Peg bag!!

It really wound me up every time you put the washing out, grab one peg and 5 fall out with the hole in the bottom. Pick 5 up and 3 more fall out, before you know it there all over the garden so you walk off and leave them, haha... Looking back I should have put a peg on it!!

I was going to sew it, though it is getting old and faded I decided to make a new one.

I brought this dress earlier this year from the  car boot sale. I love polka dots and really love this dress but when your buying a bargain you forget your allergic to Nylon!! so after a hour of wearing my hands went numb.



I cut the top off, turned it inside out and did a few rows of sewing to make sure no pegs get out along the bottom and sewn inside the sleeves to make sure none escape here too!!

A little top stitching down the sides and added a coat hanger, Yeah I love my new peg bag...

Now I have something fun planned to make with the material from the skirt and a big wooden basket, that's when I  find some spare time :)




Monday, 15 July 2013

Monday, 1 October 2012

Old Jeans New Skirt : Creative Mondays Blog Hop...




Hello and welcome to Creative Mondays hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up all your creative post each week.... what have you all been up to this week?

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