First off, I have been remiss in not telling you about a meet up of sewing bloggers in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. Franca of Oranges and Apples was the mastermind behind the afternoon. We met in the Cloth Shop and then had coffee and cake at Mimi's Bakehouse. As ever, it was lovely to catch up with fellow creative blogging ladies to discuss fabric, patterns, blogging and life in general.
Disaster in a Dress, who now works for Remnant Kings (who also own the Cloth Shop) had kindly arranged for us all to receive a goodie bag of a tote bag containing a tin full of thoughtful sewing items. Thanks Hazel and Remnant Kings! Also included was a 10% discount card, which I made use of for this ripstop nylon fabric:
I used the card again this week to buy this polka dot ponte roma which caught my eye in Remnant Kings Glasgow:
raglan sleeve dress, a pattern I've made before. I might use the fabric reversed on the sleeves but I'm not sure if it will look too much like the back of the fabric (as it is, obviously). You can get the fabric from Remnant Kings (here) but I also noticed it featured on the Guthrie & Ghani blog today too. There wasn't a note with the fabric content on the bolt in store but I bought it anyway though I see from the RK website that it's 98% poly which I'm a bit sad about as I always worry about poly fabrics getting a bit sweaty. My previous version of this dress is in a poly jersey which washes brilliantly (big plus) but of course isn't very breathable (a minus).
Helen, Franca, Nessa, Elaine, Amy & Hazel - Well done to Elaine for being organised and taking the photo!
Apart from making sewing plans, I have been crocheting up a storm. I decided that I really needed to make some new Christmas decorations this year. I had my eye on a more complicated pattern - Christmas lights, as made by Elise and seen here alongside a host of other brilliant creations. However these are beyond my skills to tackle without assistance. I found a really easy star tutorial on the Royal Sisters blog here, and whipped up 16 stars on the train journey to London:
Pre and post blocking & all 16 stars ready to be made into a garland
The same website also has this Grandma tree pattern:
I'll remember to post some pictures of the finished garlands too plus I have some finished garments to photograph and am suffering from that seasonal curse of the blogger - trying to take photos in terrible light.