Season Sew Wardrobe: Plans

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 12.08.48Crystal is running a Seasonal Sew Wardrobe over in the Sew-A-Longs and Sewing Contests Facebook group, and as we all know, I love a good bandwagon to jump on and then fall off.

The premise is fairly straightforward – we have from February to May to sew a minimum of eight pieces which fit within a theme of your choosing. My theme is ‘things I can make in time to wear for my holiday, and things that I can make after my holiday to go with the holiday things so I can wear them when it’s cold’. Catchy, innit?

There’s some debate in this house as to whether I can maintain the sewing level required to produce one item every two weeks, but I’m going to give it a try. I’m bored of all my clothes, so this will give me a chance to branch out into some interesting new ones. I’ve finished the first three pieces, and I should be able to crack on with the others once I’m back from India, although choosing a jacket and a pair of trousers may have been foolish. Fingers crossed the abandoned trousers toile works out (reason for abandonment: I didn’t want to sew a side seam).

I created the look above on Polyvore- I just picked similar looking pieces from their library, so you’re just going to have to trust me that the colours I use will go together! The good news on that front is that I’ve made Ben check the ones I already own and he is content that they go well enough.

Top row, from left:

Bottom row, from left:

To be honest, I’ve changed my mind about five times so far, so this is probably not going to be the wardrobe I end up with, but it’s nice to have a plan set down.

What do you think of my wardrobe plans? Ever participate in sewing challenges? Got any tips for actually finishing the damn list?

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Inlight Glass Fusion Workshop

A couple of weeks ago, my mum and I had the BEST DAY EVER(!!) at an ornament making workshop held by Chantal of Inlight at her studio in Hove.  

I found the workshop on Groupon and got it as a Christmas present for my mum – I had to tag along of course, just to make sure she was enjoying herself. My mum is like me, and loves anything crafty or creative. She’s also always happy to have a nice day out. We were joined by another mother and daughter combo, these ones had both received the workshop for Christmas from their daughter/sister. 
 

The three hour session started with cups of tea, and an explanation from Chantal about the basics of glass fusion, what we could do with our glass, and what effects different decorations would have on the finished product. Before we went, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I was quite worried about serious burns from molten glass, and the effect that those might have on my life. 

I needn’t have worried, as it turns out that you start with a solid sheet of glass, which you cut into the shapes you want. First of all, we drew out some templates and practised cutting them out on sheets of cheaper glass, then, once Chantal had checked our work, and explained how to avoid any of our mistakes in future, we were set loose on our allocated bit of nice glass.

The technique used involved scoring the shape you want into the glass, before snapping the excess off with some pliers. This was a bit scary at first, but it all worked out fine, and we were soon cutting out squares, icicles, owls and birdies to our hearts content. Once cut out, they were decorated with small bits of glass, copper wire or foil, special paint, and silver glitter.

There were so many ideas floating round, not to mention Chantal’s beautiful work hanging above us, it was hard to decide what to do!I settled on a crazy-eyed red owl, an abstract square and a blue bird, while mum went for a partridge, a blobby rectangle, and a kitty cat (modelled on her own cat, Hank).  It’s funny how we both work in such different ways – she’s much more abstract in her designs, whereas I like everything to line up very neatly (strangely, I’m the messy one). You can see my designs after and before cooking at the top, and mum’s below.

Chantal took our creations away and cooked them in her kiln, before we picked them up a few days later. I was really pleased with how they turned out, and I loved the opportunity to try out a different craft for the day.

I’d love to go back and try another of the workshops – the jewellery making one really caught my eye!

Home Made Jewellery Display

What do you do with a blank wall and a jewellery collection which is rarely worn because it’s stored in boxes and you forget about things which aren‘t in front of your face? 
Well, one option would be to make yourself a pretty jewellery display from an old pin board. You could also probably manage to take a nicer picture of it than I have.
It was all very simple, really:
  1. Pop some eye screws into the top corners and wind picture wire around them (you could also use ribbon)
  2. Stick washi tape around the edges of the board to brighten it up a bit
  3. Grab some dressmaking pins (as they are what you have to hand) and pin your jewellery up neatly (or messily, up to you)
  4. Whack a picture hook into the wall, hang your jewellery dislay up, spend an hour straightening it
  5. You, my friend, are DONE! Stand back and admire your work.

100 extra points if you manage to match your tape colour to that of your duvet by accident.

250 extra points if your cat deems this piece of DIY worth walking past.

Apologies for the dreadful pictures. Bad weather, bad light. Too impatient to wait for something better.