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Monday, 19 September 2016

How to sew very easy loungewear with Liberty Tana Lawn





This is an Abakhan.co.uk  and Jaycotts.co.uk Blog post.

I was thrilled and a bit amazed to be given this fabulous length of Librty Tana Lawn which Abakhan.co.uk are selling at a fantastic price . For details of the fabrics in this range go to Liberty Tana Lawn from Abakhan.co.uk the fabric I used is listed below.



The fabric is rather extravagant for loungewear but then again why not? I wanted pj's which look like they should be a man's pair, and so decided that they should also be loose fitting.






The fabric is Liberty Tana Lawn , Seth Rankine Blue from Abakhan.co.uk.  available to buy on this link here Liberty Tana Lawn from Abakhan.co.uk But do look at their other fabrics too! This fabric is £12.95 a metre and you need four metres for women's pyjamas.  This is an extremely good price. There are a lot of designs in this range, your only problem will be in choosing your favourite.
the pattern is SIMLICITY 1504 FROM Jaycotts.co.uk Simplicity1504 at Jaycotts.co.uk  This is a multi sized patern with thankfully seperate pattern pieces for childens, teens and adult sizes.


Saturday, 10 September 2016

This is how I altered a coat pattern to make a simple raincoat.

This is a jaycotts.co.uk  Blog post

I have wanted to make myself a cheery raincoat for a very long time but just could not find a pattern. In the end , determined to have my raincoat, I did some rather major alterations to an ordinary coat pattern. The pattern has princess seams which would have spoiled the rather beautiful pattern,  so they needed eliminating,  as did some of the shaping because I wanted a straight style. Do you want to make one too? There are some things you need to bear in mind,  but it's not that difficult I promise.





This is the finished coat.  I used a ripstop fabric in a very colorfully print called Ellies. I purchased it from WhiteTreeFabrics.com but do sadly this was the last piece. However I never like to dictate to you exactly what fabric you should use, we all have very different tastes. What you  need to look out for though is a RIP-STOP fabric or a showerproofed cotton. For the linings I chose a firm shot taffeta. With the raincoat outer being quite firm it called for a stiffer lining than normal. I chose a darker colour than my  main  fabric.



And yes, the rather cute 60s style fabric does have elephant's on it!








This is the pattern, it is Mccalls M7058 and you can buy it from jaycotts.co.uk  by clicking on this link  Mccalls M7058 at Jaycotts.co.uk
It is a lovely pattern with lots of variations to choose from. I wanted the style which has the hood, and as I bought the last of this roll of fabric there was only enough to make the mid-length version. Which was what I wanted anyway!




Tuesday, 6 September 2016

How I made my Autumn Leaves velvet cord Jacket - a MCBN POST

How to make a jacket in velvet corduroy 



I love jackets and I especially love this one. Why? Because it is made out of the most deliciously soft and cuddly velvet cord from MinervaCrafts.com
It is perfect for Autumn as the print is beautiful autumn leaves in a very easy to wear green. It will go with most things and will be a great all-occasion jacket for the cooler days ahead.






It was very nearly a disaster though, so if you want to find out more, including details of the pattern and fabric do take a look at Minerva Crafts Blogger Network where you will find my full tutorial.

So, what are you waiting for? Here is the link to the full post, it's worth a read I promise you, oh, and do please leave me a comment.


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Thursday, 1 September 2016

HOW TO MAKE A STUNNING SATIN DRESS A Minerva Craft Blogger Network post

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL EVENING DRESS. PERFECT FOR PARTIES
A Butterick pattern

You may be surprised to learn that the beautiful dress below, which I have just made for the Minerva Craft Blogger Network is exactly the same pattern as the one I made previously in Orange Linen. For this version I lengthened the skirt and sleeves and made a tie belt to tie in a bow at the front.



Patterns are expensive and when I have found one I like I feel that I need to get full value out of it by using it again as often as possible.



 I vary the design a lot as you can see from the pictures, and I would be surprised if you realised at first that these two very different dresses are from the same pattern! Both are lovely in their own way.