Wednesday, 27 February 2008
I used the rosebud papers from the Occasions cd, the rose bouquet stamp, the For You sentiment stamp, some flower soft, H2O's and some pink organza ribbon.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
The leopard print is the same as below.
I have had my fill of natural fibres making me look creased and untidy so this time I am going for crease resistant, I only hope because they are good quality man made fabrics they will look as lovely as natural fibres when they are made up.
There are three fabrics here....the white is a ployester charmeuse satin is washable at 40 degrees, I got this at the wedding section, it is for lingerie and is £7 a metre.
The other two fabrics are fine silk organza in ivory and black, also from the wedding section.....I got this for interlining my trousers but these fabrics are dry clean only....I am hoping they will be alright on a cool wash. These fabrics are also £7 a metre.
The beige fabric is a matka style polyester suiting is washable at 40 degrees and I got this for half price at £7.50 a metre.
The leopard print is a ployester crepe, is washable a 40 degrees and is £10 a metre.
Monday, 11 February 2008
Today my husband, daughter and I took a trip to John Lewis to see if I could find some decent fabric......well I did and because I don't go there very often I really splashed out and spent £182, I won't be going back for some time lol lol
I got two lots of suiting in a light grey and chocolate brown for trousers.....two lengths of fabric for blouses to match.....a light beige viscose for more trousers for the summer......silk organzer for interlining and a press cloth and some white lingerie satin for two camisoles......also two weights of iron on interfacing.
I also went to the Janome counter to stock up on machine needles and they didn't have any.....apparently Janome and Elna have merged and have been in a mix up over machine needles, in all of the John Lewis stores there is only a few packs of Janome machine needles, can you believe it.
I am quite tired now but tomorrow I will take photographs of my fabrics if I have time.
In an earlier post I made a wearable muslin of a Sandra Betzina cross over top. I have got some light grey stretch cotton so I am going to make make this top again........this is going to be my next project......hopefully.
Friday, 8 February 2008
All in all I think these two garment have cost me round about £30.......and lots of blood, sweat and tears as they say.......but that isn't bad for two garment that fit and are comfortable.
I don't know what my next project will be...what I do know is I need to get some colour onto this blog .....there is too much grey and black at the moment lol lol.
Friday, 1 February 2008
I have used Liz Earl skin products for a while now..I use the cleanser and moisturiser religiously. I recently placed and order for my usual moisturiser and a few other things and I got a free gift because I have been a good customer.
My free gift is in the picture above.......I never get anything for nothing so I was absolutely delighted to receive these trial size products in a little bag.......they also smell beautiful.
I have made a few changes to this skirt.....I have put slits at both sides instead of just one side and lengthened it to just below my knee, I am going to put 2 side pockets in, I have also added a seam allowance and inserted the zip into the back of the skirt, it was previously a side zip and no seam allowance at the back.
These pictures were taken a while ago of my trousers I was making. I had altered the pattern, cut them out and was busy marking amd thread tracing them, I find thread tracing very useful because it marks the fabric on both sides.
The little metal measuring gauge is an invaluable little tool. I mark my fabric with tailors chalk first then thread trace to make the markings permanent. I use embroidery silks for thread tracing, they are soft and don't leave a mark and also because I have lots and lots of them in all different colours, I don't embroider anymore and rather than waste them I am using them up.
The other picture you see is the fly fronted zipper marked with tailors chalk and then thread traced.
I have finished these trousers and have worn them numerous times, I will take a picture of me wearing them in another post. I had about a metre of this fabric left which is a dark grey worsted wool.......that is what I am making my skirt out of.