Thursday, 20 February 2014

A challenge, a bodging

Several weeks ago Mr CB found a beautiful cashmere/wool mix coat in a charity shop.  It's lining was shredded but at £6.99 it was too good to leave behind.  Since loosing lots of weight since having to give up gluten he's been in serious need of a new coat and this one fits beautifully.

But oh, that lining:

The cost to have it re-lined is beyond our means so I decided to try and reline the bottom part (the only really damaged bit) myself.  Actually under the arms need reinforcing but that should be simple enough to do with some cotton tape.  I bought a meter of lining fabric for about £2 then unpicked the lover half of the lining and used it to cut out a replacement from the new fabric.  

There have been several unexpected hurdles so far.  Firstly, lining fabric is one of the slipperiest materials in the known world and working with it has been a challenging experience;  I've done a lot of pinning and readjusting.  Secondly I failed to notice that the inside of the coat has a wider hem on one side than the other.  I cut both sides the same then pinned them in place and realised my mistake, so I had to unpick one half and re-sew the hems all around to try to eak out more fabric and make it fit.

Now I'm here:

I've sewn the two halves together and pinned them in place.  Hurdle number three has just loomed up in front of me tonight though.  I got Mr CB to try the coat on and I could see that the lining was pulling the hem of the coat upwards, making it bunch up.  I've unpinned the lower half of it and am going to have a hot bath to ponder my next bit of bodging.  It's been a funny stop/start process so far, with me making progress, hitting an obstacle, walking away until I get my head around it then coming back and making a little more progress.  I'm determined to finish though, it will be held together by thread, determination and bodging.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Cushions and scones

 I ordered a bundle of fat quarters from Sew Crafty earlier this week and today I've been using them to make cushion covers.  I love this sweet shop fabric, I matched it with red polka dot fabric on the back (not shown as I quickly snapped the photos and forgot).  The cover is 16 inches square which I made deliberately smaller than the cushion pad to make it squishy and full, following a tip from a good sewing friend.

I've seen this sewing tape fabric around in a few places and have had my eye on it.  The back is creamy yellow.  Both cushions have envelope backs rather than zippers or buttons. 

I got part way through making a third cushion but my machine suddenly decided not to play and the stitches went uneven and messy.  I was tired by then so after unpicking, changing the needle and fiddling around with the tension to no avail I put it all away and made scones instead (lovely gluten free ones based on this one but with chopped up crystalised ginger).  

If in doubt, make scones.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Mug cosies and an apron

At long last here are photos of what I've been making lately, beginning with mug cosies; lots of mug cosies!

The top three are on sale in my Etsy shop (Crafty Blueberry Shop) and the bottom two were for a work colleague.  They were such fun to make because it was an opportunity to play with colour combinations I've never tried before.  I'm planning on using the colours from the top two to crochet blankets when I've finished the rainbow one I'm working on at the moment.

I've also been stitching on my new sewing machine (which I adore and which is such a great little machine that it deserves a post of it's own).  I found some cotton fabric that was begging to be made into a jaunty apron.  It's neck strap and ties are made of thick satin ribbon, because why not add a touch of sexy satin to an apron?  Hey, pinny's could be the new pin up wear.

I'm still working on sewing straight lines but had great fun making this.  I can't remember where I got the pattern from as I've had it for awhile, but it was a free one I found by searching for free apron patterns on Google.  Other than that I've been sewing a quilt top which I'll try to get some photos off this week, and I'm replacing part of the lining of a coat for Mr Crafty Blueberry.  This is a scary undertaking but I'll be chuffed to bits if I succeed.