Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Sewing Bee inspiration

So like almost everyone else I've been hooked on the new season the The Great British Sewing Bee. How inspirational? I particularly enjoy the middle challenge, where they're given an existing garment and have to use their own creativity to create something new. I think I like it so much because I know I'd be rubbish at it!

But it has prompted me to try to think outside the box and look at how I can reuse existing garments and fabrics that I have in my stash.

So when I was tidying out my fabrics, I found a single curtain that I'd got from the remnant box in John Lewis for £2.

Although I'd been holding onto it with the view of making some sort of cushion, I wondered whether it would make up into something else - a skirt maybe? So using the BurdaStyle pattern I used a couple of weeks ago for my fox skirt, I thought I'd have a go at remaking it in this slightly heavier weight fabric.

Here it is half made up. It still needs to be hemmed, but I think it might be a bit roomy on the hips so I'll try it on again later and perhaps take it in a bit. What do you think? Although its upholstery fabric I think it makes an interesting skirt - nice with a white t-shirt. And all for about £4!!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Beach and garden

What fabulous weather we've had - at least here in the usually chilly North East! 

We celebrated the return of Spring by getting out into the garden for a general tidy up. I also managed to re-turf the 'penalty spot' created by my footy-mad kids, and got some seeds planted. Every year I'm determined to grow some veg and every year it doesn't happen - so fingers crossed I've got off to a good start. I've planted some spring onions and salad leaves, and I'm busy chitting some seed potatoes too.

This corner of the garden next to the back door used to be home to a rather manky water butt, so I've ditched that and put some plants on an old metal table to brighten the place up. I put my salad bowl there plus a lovely standard rosemary I got last year which has really come on well. And I added a few primroses for a splash of colour.

Love that purple and yellow combination!

We also headed to one of our beautiful local beaches at Alnmouth for a spot of rock pooling and shell collecting!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Feeling Foxy?

Isn't this fabric just fab? I found it in my local fabric store for just £7.50/m.

I've treated myself to a couple of metres, which I'm planning to make into a skirt using this A-line pattern from Burdastyle. Possibly a bit thin to wear right now, but it'll be perfect for summer.

If foxes are your thing, there's lots of choice out there - here's a round-up of my favourites.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Quick crochet cowl

I was looking through my Ravelry page the other day for an easy project I could take with me to a craft fair I'd booked for last week. And the one that jumped out was the 'effortless cowl' which was originally published on the Crochet in Color blog.

And it certainly lived up to its name! Super quick and super easy - it took only two balls of Stylecraft Weekender Super Chunky in Dawn and because it was done on an 8mm hook it took no time at all. It's all done in half trebles, and you can do either rows, which you join together, or - as I did - hook it as one continuous spiral.

And here it is!! Excuse the blurred selfie!!