Monday, 11 April 2011

Stocking up on Sewing Goodies!

This weekend i travelled southwards to the town where i grew up (and where my parents still live) for a Wedding and a Baby Shower (the same persons were not involved in both events, i would just like to add!). I had a great time catching up with people i hadn't seen for a while, and it all made me feel very growed up! I took today off (woop!) for travelling back to Leicester (official reason) and with the plan to head to Leicester market and stock up on some goodies for future makes! I was also very happy to note that this means no more five day working weeks for me until the middle of May, due to Easter and of course THE wedding (cheers Will and Kate!!).

Sooo, onto my goodies! Firstly i finally purchased my fabric for the Crescent Skirt Sew-Along, which kicks off next week! I had originally planned to use this fabric:




However, due to my terrible organisational skills i realised late last week that i did not have enough fabric. So i went back to my favourite fabric stall in Leicester market, only to find that the last cut had been sold on Saturday! Boo. After much umming and ahhing (i'm indecisive me!) i settled on this lovely cotton:



This time i am taking no chances so i bought 2 and a half metres fabric...more than enough!! I am really looking forward to the start of the sewalong. I was also VERY excited to discover that i am a size 12 according to this pattern....woop woop!!

From the same stall i also purchased another cotton which is destined to be a bag i am planning to make for myself. It is from Lisa Lam's Bag Making Bible which i can highly recommend, not just for the fabulous patterns but also the clear and easy to follow instructions for many basic techniques. Truly a bible methinks :) I am planning to make the "Reversible Bucket Bag" with these two fabrics:


I just love them together! I also bought several balls of wool at a very reasonable price...




These two are baby wools for future cardigans for potential baby girls....if i ever finish my first attempt! I was told this week that a friend of mine managed to finish a baby cardigan AND hat in under 3 months just by doing a maximum of 1 hour of knitting a night....considering i have been struggling on with mine since Christmas i was very envious, therefore my new endeavour is to complete at least 1 hour of knitting a day in an attempt to make progress with my cardigan. The babies i am knitting for are due in May and July, so i do have to get a wiggle on! I did take my cardigan-in-progress home to show my mum this weekend. She is a very speedy knitter and a fountain of knowledge. However, not impressed by the sight that i had dropped a stitch (i was planning to sew the hole shut and hope nobody would notice) and pretty much horrified by my slapdash solution of adding another stitch on the end to make up to numbers and hoping for the best (opps!) she proceeded to undo half my sleeve and correct my error. So no progress made overall!

I also bought some gorgeous pink wool, which is destined for a blanket. My mum recently unearthed a lovely babies blanket she knitted for my cousin many moons ago, but for some reason never got used. She suggested that we could add some squared around the edge, making it into a grown-up sized blanket for me. I love the idea of making with my mum, and this weekend we dug through my mum's wool stash and found a lovely dark green. I chose the pink to go with it, so the blanket will be green, pink and white. When i go home for Easter we will begin to knit or crochet squares (not sure which yet) to add to it. Here is the pink wool and a sample of the green...this is a shocking picture which does not do the colours justice, take my word they are gorgeous!



So lots of projects planned for the future! What do you think of my fabric choices? Is anyone else participating in the Crescent Skirt Sewalong? I can't wait to see what fabrics you have chosen!

K xx

3 comments:

  1. I like both your fabric choices! I already made a Crescent skirt -- more of a (very) wearable muslin, as I want to tweak the fit a bit. It was a lot of fun to sew, and I can't wait to make another.

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  2. Lurve your fabric and even though I have the one you originally intended on using for the Crescent Skirt, I think the maroon one is divine! I've yet to pick my fabric out...decisions, decisions!

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  3. Thank you for your comments! Andrea - how exciting that you have already made your crescent skirt - how did you find the pattern, was it easy to follow? Will there be pictures soon? I hope so as i'd love to see the result :) Marie, how are you getting on with fabric choices? x

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