Fabric buys

I bought fabric.  I bought star wars fabric. Randomly. Online. Via Facebook.  I don't know me any more.  Its pretty amazing though, eh?  I started going through my phone photos and realised there was a whole world of sewing related purchases I haven't blogged.  I think I had a bit of a stash realisation just before the end of last year.  I just wasn't sewing enough to reduce my stash and I was adding to it at a rate that while so satisfying also meant I would have to rehouse my LP altogether if I didn't do something.  LP is due to move into my former sewing room when she graduates from her cot.
The fabric is cotton lycra and a really good weight.  My plan is to make matching tees for my brother and his daughter (please don't tell him!) and BM and our LP too.  I've gotten as far as cutting out and then losing hope (see below for the black cotton lycra deets).

I shuffled off to Spotlight to buy a man's T pattern and came home with two extra (oophs - there wa…

Dino Sparkles

I spent a little too much time shopping online since the arrival of the LP into my life.  On the plus side, I've discovered far flung corners of the internet.  I bought two iron on patches online during one late night foraging session.  I had a few plain white and cream tees for LP and wanted to jazz them up a bit. 

Rather pleased with how this tee and patch turned out.  I can't seem to find the second patch (my sewing supplies are distributed between three rooms at the moment and its beyond this mere mortal to keep track despite my best efforts). 

I ordered them from Ali Express and they took the normal 5 weeks or so to arrive for stupidly cheap.  I ironed on the patch and then sewed around the outside.  The second patch was missing its iron on backing so I'm not chomping at the bit to find a means of sticking it on before I sew it.  Haven't washed it yet so don't know the durability.  The tee is 12-18 months so not sure if I should just add it to the present box…

Black and white Tierras woven joggers

Pattern: Itch to Stitch Tierras Woven Joggers in size 12 (I think - I really need to start taking electronic notes when I finish sewing the garment) Fabric: Can't remember but stashed.

(The black and white top was for the photos - I couldn't help it) I quite like the fit and I didn't do any pattern adjustments.  These were actually the second pair I cut out but the first finished - I ran into a snag based on the fabric for the first pair.  These 'joggers' are elastic low waisted and are simply constructed but thankfully also include pockets.  Boom!  Love me some pockets!

The major downside is that I haven't got the elastic length right at the waist and they have a tendency to migrate South on my body if I put anything into the pockets.  The pattern suggests a draw string but I wasn't keen and now I'm regretting it.  I reckon a hidden drawstring is the way to go in future and may even be what's needed to make me happier about wearing these.  Its tur…

Crochet basket

Yes, it a humongous crochet basket.
No, I don't have a good reason for making it,
Yes, it was awesome.

A few months ago on the way back from swimming with the LP, I dropped into an open studio at the Neighbourhood Studio on Adelaide Road.  I ended up buying three cones of oversized yarn from Plump & Co.  It was a complete OTT impulse purchase and I loved the stuff!

I then hand crocheted (as in no crochet hook) myself a two coloured basket - for no particularly good reason at all.

A rather quick but cramping process for my poor hands!  I used single crochet and three spools of yarn.  Two in purple and one in grey.

The wonderful sewists of the Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network (who are also often fiber enthusiasts of some description - thanks Joy) helped me figure out how to join the yarn together.

Happily gifted to a house guest of ours the week it was finished and currently residing in Ireland.


I also ended up crocheting a few bits and pieces for my cousins new little people (she had twins!).  I made an octopus each. 

I've also made a few crochet balls for my own little person to play with. 

Yarn: Gifted cotton yarn (from the lovely Caroline)
Stuffed with pillow stuffing.
Pattern: video tutorial: and text pattern:

Even more Bibs

Some quick sewing makes for new arrivals.  My cousin had twins a little while ago and I couldn't pass by the opportunity for a few quick makes.

Pattern: same as these (and STILL can't find the free online pattern)
Fabric: Gifted quilting cotton for the fronts and a newly purchased and then chopped up towel for the back.
I also use my Kam Snaps press to attached some quick plastic snaps.
I also did a little applique to jazz up the front.  Rather pleased with how it turned out as it looks a little sheriff-y!

Fabric a brac

Fabric - a - brac is a biennial sewing event I adore.  I'm not really sure why I get quite as giddily excited every time.  Its partly the insight into other people's sewing stash and excitement of not knowing what you'll find and then meeting up with other sewing enthusiasts! The photo above is my haul from the second to last event.  And the photo below is from the last (I was quite constrained!).  So how have I done in terms of sewing this up in the meantime?

Still to sew - the cotton deer, blue cotton terry.
Sewn - B&W stripes and animals (top and pants for LP), red merino (used but didn't go well!), purple cotton ribbing (used for LP)

Sewn: Green cotton terry sewn as shorts for LP.
Pattern: Not yet - but so need to!
Yarn: Haven't crocheted this up yet :)

About a 50% pass rate I think!  I've been trying very hard to reduce my stash since the start of the year and have been using the Stash Shrinker spreadsheet by SewJourners.  I was doing well…