How to improve your sewing. Run away!

Well again I start with an apology for the delay in posting . I have been without my computer for a little while – it has been a bit ‘huffy’ for a little while so it was time for it to go for some TLC. Now that it’s back I anticipate being able to post without problems.

If only the same could be said of my sewing. I have realised that I need to give as much importance to my own work as I would do for a client. Perhaps I need to make me one of my clients?  “What has caused this revelation?” I hear you ask. The Burda trousers. The ones I was going to finish last week.

New Forest Ponies have right of way

New Forest Ponies have right of way

Beautiful Bucklers Hard

Beautiful Bucklers Hard

I’m afraid I made an error tracing the pattern (Burda maps are much more ‘busy’ than the Patrones sheets) and it took me a while to work out why the pockets seemed to be pulling, and when I tried to put the waistband on all became clear. Or at least clear that there was a problem. It was only a very small corner of one pattern piece, but that was enough to cause problems. So I chucked the whole lot into a corner and ran away to Lyndhurst in the New Forest with the Management for a few days.

Everything seems much better having spent time walking – amazingly in sunshine! – and admiring the New Forest ponies who live loose in this area.Very relaxing although it may take a little while for my calf muscles to recover. 😦

On one of our days we visited the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu which had an exhibition of Bond vehicles. Now whilst I like sewing I LOVE Bond films! This was clearly going to be a lot of fun. In addition there are lots of other beautiful cars including Chitty chitty bang bang, the Back to the Future De Lorian, Mr Beans Mini, Del Boys Reliant (from Only Fools and Horses) and best of all ……. Ron Weasleys Flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter. The Management thought I would probably last a couple of hours until he spotted this lot. Six hours later we staggered out. If you get the opportunity this place is well worth a visit. There were other attractions too. I hadn’t realised that a lot of the training of the Special Operations Executive agents was done in this area (and the SOE was also known as the Stately ‘Omes of England).

Bond vehicles!

Bond vehicles!

More Bond vehicles! (Love the alligator)

More Bond vehicles! (Love the alligator)

Ron Weasleys flying car

Ron Weasleys flying car

I came home thoroughly ready to do battle with my trousers – and today I have got them to the point where they just need to have to inside waistband fitted, a fastener, and be hemmed. I feel confident that I will have them finished tomorrow so provided I can get the Management to take some photographs I will post the finished article then.

Considering they almost ended up in the bin last week they are actually looking pretty good. Watch this space.


Introducing ‘Harriet’

Not much sewing been done here this week (well, not for me) but I have finished the cardigan I have been knitting. This is ‘Harriet’ from the Kim Hargreaves ‘Quirky’ book. I used Rowan felted tweed in a colour I think was called Avocado which almost exactly matches my sofa – didn’t realise that when I bought it!

Harriet Cardigan

Harriet Cardigan

I was very fortunate to find the lovely little brass (real metal) buttons in one of my button tins. I even have one left over as a spare – how often does that happen! The usual state of affairs when you find the perfect button in the tin is that there aren’t enough there. Happy Hoody!

Love those buttons!

Love those buttons!

The sleeves are, I think, a bit too long and it will take some thought as to how to shorten them retrospectively. I may just learn to live with them. Lazy cat. Apart from the sleeve niggle I really like this cardigan, and I have the perfect dark blue cotton velvet (yes, I know it is almost spring but it is lovely) to make trousers. Maybe jeans style.

Burda trouser trial

Burda trouser trial

I have made a start on the Burda/Patrones trouser trial.  I haven’t made trousers from both magazines to compare previously so they are both very simple styles. Burda is first and is currently in pieces in my work room. I hope to have them finished in a couple of days – providing I can clear the essential customer work that should be possible. I will cut out the Patrones style in the same sort of fabric so a true comparison can be made.

 

 

My new Threads magazine arrived today. I have only had a quick flick through so far but I just  LOVE the dress on the back cover. I think the flounce is just gorgeous. I really would like to try this (and I think it might do some favours to my tummy region) but I am thinking – Is this a step too girly for me? Clearly I wouldn’t be going floral – there are limits! Opinions would be welcomed.

Fabulous dress!

Fabulous dress!