I don’t know if I can make a December deadline for one last blog of 2019. I tend to post on instagram (grangoesteckie) these days as I don’t have a bloggers’ following. Having seen the Tilly and the Buttons blog about how she set up her blogger network and started sewing generally I’m not really surprised that I don’t get many views. Incredible what she (Tilly Walnes) has achieved. I remember the first Great British Sewing Bee (GBSB) in 2013 and although I was interested in sewing prior to that it really ignited a fire. Lauren from Guthrie & Ghani was also on the show (many tears) and Stuart Hillard. We don’t see much of the others but no doubt they are still sewing strong as once it grabs you it doesn’t tend to lose it’s grip easily. For the longest while I had all the early GBSB series recorded including the Children in need series and the Christmas special but they have gone with the kaput box that recorded them. I watch the later series 3, 4, & 5 still! I did manage to catch the repeats of series 1 that was repeated before the latest GBSB series. Luckily I also managed to view the 2nd (and best) series via another platform a few times as well.
Of course the big news is that The Sewing Quarter has finished, big disappointment and a hole (waiting to be mended) left in my sewing viewing. Hopefully Hochanda and create and craft will step up their sewing shows with a little more than bargain Brother sewing machines although even that is better than nothing. I found SQ frustrating and irritating in equal measure with fantastic and inspiring and it opened up a new world of Indie sewing designers I didn’t know much about. I also realised the Big Four actually produce loads of great patterns which are just as easy to use as the Indie ones and are more frequently on sale. Of course YouTube remains a wonderful resource although some of the old favourites have disappeared and there’s been some sad news from some of the current vloggers. It’s probably pretty obvious that quilts don’t really fill me with passion in the same way that dressmaking does and I do like a bit of craft sewing but not to the extent that I adore making garments. Goodness knows why as I still flounder terribly with mistake upon mistake. The adage you only make the mistake once really doesn’t apply to me….I seem to be able to repeat mistakes very easily.
Heres a cuddly fleecy top I made for the mister in my life. He loves soft fabrics and oversized items, the bigger the better as far as he’s concerned. The fabric was so affordable that I bought several metres of it but its mostly all been used. Trying to make a cat blanket with the remnants but cutting straight lines seems to be another challenge for me. The pieces are getting smaller and smaller.
The above bolster cushions from Dunelm Mill are covered in a fabric from Trago Mills, Falmouth and were made as poor Mister has a bad back and finds the shape of these cushions really help support him when sitting. We’ve done a lot of sitting since I got ill….not something we really thought would happen but then who does? Hits you out of the blue. I made the pattern for the cushions by simply measuring length and girth (adding seam allowance of course) and sewing a round piece (drawn around a plate) in each end. A zip means I can take the covers off and wash when needed, essential in my book. I tried to follow a tutorial from the talented Debbie Shore but bodged it terribly so just did what I thought would work instead. Not perfect but he likes them.
The earlier pictures are Mccalls cowl neck that I’ve made before a few times in a fabric from 1st for Fabrics (online), A Heidi Dress from a sew over it pattern (one of the magazines) in some sea salt fabric and a Mccalls Coatigan thing in the fleecy fabric which I believe I got from Tia Knight fabrics online. The Heidi dress will never be worn, the Coatigan is soft and snuggly but doesn’t look wonderful ( may be due to poor picture taking) but I like it and the cowl neck is okay with its yoga poses design. Happy 2020 IBFs …..hope I may be around to blog some more.