Saturday, 20 February 2010

Navy chino cotton trousers

Trousers.....I am even bored talking about them, but with my lifestyle that is what I wear mainly.......anyway here is another pair. White cotton tee shirt and white shoes, I haven't got any decent navy shoes so they will be on my list to buy. I could possibly wear trainers with these trousers as well for another casual look.

Back view....the sun was shining into my dining room and onto my leg.

Welt pocket.....I haven't got tired of this style yet.

Trousers with a blouse I made about 3 years ago.....needs navy shoes.

Closer look at my blouse.

Next on my list...... I am still trying to perfect the fit of my shirt, I don't think I will ever be satisfied with it.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Must do better

I am my own worse critic and I don't need anyone to tell me my work just isn't good enough. I am trying .........not succeeding some of the go for quality and not quantity. I haven't got a lot of time to sew, but I really do enjoy it and with my kind of lifestyle I don't need lots of clothes. So I am trying to perfect my sewing. I thought I would take a few pictures of some of the things that need some practise. The picture above is of the finished closures of my waistband, not too bad to look at.

I have lightened this picture so you can see what a mess this buttonhole is.....this buttonhole at the pointed end of my waistband gives me a huge amount of grief......I think it is bulky in that area and my machine doesn't like it....I will have put up or shut up on this one.

Here is the same buttonhole after it has been tidied up. I put a double layer of stitch and tear underneath before I stitched my buttonhole....when I cut it open the white from the stitch and tear can be seen........I then took a blue marker and coloured in the white bits, this isn't my idea I read it somewhere. It doesn't look too bad now. I think if you sew you have to be an expert at covering up mistakes because you just can't be perfect.

This hook should go into the waistband and only the end bit should be seen, I will have to practise this one, I am frightened I spoil my waistband altogether if I try it on the actual garment.

This is the inside of my waist band which was stitched both top and bottom by hand. I have to search for my sanity on this one because it takes hours to do. Hemming stitches along the bottom into every machine stitch and felling along the top of the makes for a non bulky waistband but it is an awful lot of work, I need to try something different.

I only have the hems to do now but I have to go grocery shopping this afternoon.......not my favourite activity......maybe I can get somthing done tonight.

Happy sewing

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Busy, Busy

I still haven't finished my trousers, but there isn't much left to do.
The trouble is I am also treasurer of a dog club and Jan. & Feb. are really busy for me so the spare time I have for sewing is being used up by the club at the moment.
hclairec asked........ what breed of dog was Niamh? pronounced Neeve...... she was a working cocker spaniel, I still get choked up when I think of her.
I am on my way up to my mothers, my sister and niece are there waiting for me.....we will have a good old natter tonight.

Saturday, 6 February 2010


Sorry to those who commented on Niamh's post and your comment isn't there....I thought I had published them all but when I looked some have been lost. Thank you for your kind words I did read them all.

Friday, 5 February 2010


Sweet little girl.
This post is for Niamh, Sharon and Linzie's little pet who had to be put to sleep yesterday. They loved her so much.
Niamh deserves a post all to herself and for me to remember this little bundle of joy who brought so much joy into our lives.
A little pet who when entering the house would greet you and roll on her back in submission just to be stroked and would wander behind you carrying her toys. I also absolutely adored her.