Last day to signup- Free Creativebug classes for 30 days

I’ve just signed up for 30 days free classes from Creativebug.  Today is the last day!

I was catching up on some blog reading and remembered a post by Karen at Fringe Association.  (Follow the link in her post to get the full details.)


My most recent knitting location!

I have no experience of using Creativebug, but nothing to lose since it’s free!

Also I’d highly recommend reading more of Karen’s blog – lots of knitting inspiration to be found :-)

Lisette dress continued

Hi there :-) Sewing for myself has taken a backseat lately… We’ve been lucky with the weather here the last few weeks. Irish summers are always unpredictable, so if the sun comes out then I rush to the beach. Blogging has taken an even bigger back seat!

Before I share some pics, I want to thank Kate at Fabrickated for the recent blog award she passed on to me and some others, I’m chuffed to have been included!

I hadn’t been in a hurry to finish my red Lisette dress…. until a party invite came along….. So Saturday morning I launched into finishing and had everything ready in time for Saturday night. Nothing like a deadline to speed things up!


At last posting my front bodice was almost complete –


Inside front bodice

The bodice is sandwiched between the waist and waist lining, which encloses the bodice lower edge –



The sewalong instructions show the back neckline finished with bias tape.
I used my lining pieces instead.

I caught the shoulder seams between the bodice back and the bodice back lining – and stitched across the neckline and shoulder in one go…..


Which looks quite neat after turning and pressing


I then tacked the bodice lining to the back bodice and treated it as a single piece from there on.

The sleeves were hemmed by stitching to the lining with right sides together –


Then pressing seams towards lining and understitching. I pinned in the zip and the sleeve and side seams were then pinned to the bodice to check the fit.


Before sewing and overlocking raw edges-


After that it was a matter of seaming the skirt and skirt lining, before attaching to the bodice, photos of which I’ll share soon :-)…. depending on the weather!

Lisette B6168 Red dress

I have yet to get some pictures of my new culottes, so in the meantime I’m sharing some details from a dress I’ve been making.  It’s a Lisette dress from Butterick – B6168.

There is a detailed sew-along on the Lisette site, but their version is unlined.  So because I’m lining my dress, some pictures might be helpful for anyone who wants to add a lining.


b6168 lisette


My main fabric is a red linen-look cotton, I bought it locally as the end of a roll. Minerva Crafts looks to have something similar for sale  (I’ve sent for a sample and, if it is the same fabric, I might buy some for a light summer top) .   It is quite lightweight, so I am lining it with a lightweight cotton that I had lying around.


Lisette B6168

There are centre front pleats which could make lining it bulky, so the front bodice panels are actually underlined ( both fabric are tacked together and then treated as one piece). The pleats are then folded and held in place with pins or tacking stitches. I made a quick muslin of the bodice and it fit well – so if you’re above a b-cup, you would most likely need to alter the pattern first!


The centre front facing is being attached below:




Here’s how the inside right bodice looks:



The front tab is caught in the stitching of the facing on the right side . The facing is understitched as far as possible:




The tab is then caught onto the left bodice when sewing the other facing on:




Here is how it looks from the inside ,after the fronts were overlapped and the waist band pieces have been attached:    bod8


I am working on it in small chunks of time in between other work and it is coming together nicely.

I’ve also cast on a new knitting project!!! I’m determined to have some new knits ready in plenty of time for next winter.  All the fantastic entries from SWAP 2015 must have inspired me to start planning my projects ahead of time!!

P.S …..Check out this years winner Kate who blogs at Fabrickated 



Feb Burdastyle… (again?)

Hi there, I know it’s May, (the weeks have flown by!)  but somehow I’m still stuck on my skirt from February’s Burdastyle!  I didn’t find anything I liked in the March issue,  but I have made culottes from the April issue, which should show up here soon…

In the meantime – I’m finally finished with my blue wrap skirt.


Ta da!

I machine embroidered some leftover fabric and then cut out the pockets.


Embroidery in progress

My Pfaff is about nine years old, but it’s working fine. The only issue is the software is outdated and only works on an old desktop running Windows 2000 or xp ( forgotten which one?). This means waiting a looooong while for the computer to sluggishly boot – normally time to make a cuppa.!


I rarely use my embroidery machine for clothing – it’s normally used for gifts or interior sewing.  I’m always conscious that it could look like I made the garment from an old tablecloth!!

But I didn’t think it could make the skirt any worse, so what the heck.


Positioning the pockets

The pockets are topstitched in place:


Now that I’ve added some colour to the skirt it’s much nicer to wear,  and easier to match with other clothes. Definitely an improvement!

Next up are some culottes – they’ve gotten some bemused looks around here, but I’m kind of pleased with them. Once I get a picture,  you can make up your own mind….!


Textured top – Feb Burdastyle 02/2015


I put my blue skirt aside to work on a quick make – again from the February Burdastyle Magazine – it’s the cropped top style 127



Cropped top… No thanks…. I’d freeze! The sun might have appeared the last few days… but it’s still an Irish spring! So I lengthened mine – 4cm above the dart and another 7cm onto the hem.


I had traced this at the same time as my blue skirt. (… Which btw I have started to like again – pockets are in progress).

I used french seams on the sides and shoulders. And then overlocked and turned back the armhole seam.


I bound the neckline and continued it into a button loop at the back neck:


I quite like the shaped armhole seam, which I topstitched down-


I used a lightweight fabric that isn’t very drapey – not surprising since this isn’t apparel fabric! It’s cut from a curtain voile remnant.
I thought it was sticking out too much at the back, so instead of closing the centre back, I added a thread chain and two buttons –



I’m wearing it with along sleeve top underneath, but it looks quite nice on it’s own too…. when it’s warmer maybe!