Saturday, 20 May 2017

Needlework and Fabric Craft Inspiration on Book Depository

My new favourite way to get some inspiration.. browsing the books on Book Depository. There are many many needlework and fabric crafts books for sale and it is easy to read a short bit about them, see the cover and get inspired.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Crochet for fun in the sun

Happy yellow crochet bikini briefs being created from the same 100 % cotton yarn as the top.

I am using a vintage crochet pattern but there are modern ones using modern threads - one example is this one by Audrey Lopez

Monday, 1 February 2016


Sewing projects are going slowly, while the colouring pages are adding up

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Easy 2 hour dress New Look 6750 stretch fabric casual dresses and stash busting

I oiled my overlock machine, dove into my fabric stash and made three dresses from my remnants. All are view B from New Look 6750.

Dress 2 and 3 have twin needle stitched hems. Dress 3 is my favourite to wear, the others are very figure hugging on me and I am just not used to it.

Dress no. 1 - View B, cotton blend fabric with little stretch,
made as per pattern instructions

Dress no.2 - View B
a drapey knit by John Kaldor fabrics.

Dress no.3 - View B, a cotton knit.
This time I removed the shaping
at the waist by ruling straight from the underarm to the hip.
It is cool dress for hot days.

Two colour twin needle stitching on dress 3.

This is a classic easy to wear dress. The BurdaStyle range of dressmaking books are another source of classic patterns and are available with free postage from the Book Depository.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Akita Top again an easy to sew Seamworks Magazine pattern

This is my second Akita top. The first one, I didn't have a long enough piece of fabric, so had to join a bit on the back. This one is made from one piece as per the pattern.

The fabric is a cotton blend remnant and I used a vintage binding from my collection for the neckline.

The side seams are French seams, the other hems are all narrow hems and machine stitched.

Seamworks magazine patterns are print at home. The Akita assembled quickly and was easy to sew. (The French seams were my choice, not required by the pattern)