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MCBN August: Kwik Sew K3389 Coveralls & Allotment Stuff

This heatwave has been so good for our allotment. Berries have never sweeter, pumpkins have never grown as large, our bounty from the allotment is the best we have yet had in the 5 years of allotmenteering! It seemed only fitting that this would be the year that I finally made my OH some coveralls to protect his clothes when he does all the outdoor work. Here are some pictures from the allotment taken on Saturday and…..

Here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva Craft Blogger Network. Enjoy!

Bright Orange cotton drill Kwik Sew K3389 Coveralls
Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins
Wildflowers
The swiss chard has been a prolific cropper!
Carrots doing well.
Cant wait for the tomatoes to ripen.
I love marigolds – they remind me of my childhood.
A new strawberry bed that has done really well.
Leeks are coming along nicely.

Apples. When we took over this plot this tree only cropped 5 apples in that first year.
Our sunflowers didnt do too well – this was the best one.
The children love the allotment and thats the most important thing for me.
The kids decorated the shed using sample points of paint left over from when we renovated our house.
Another pumpkin variety. This is the first time we have had more than one pumpkin grow to these sizes.
Another massive pumpkin growing. Looking forward to harveting!
I grew globe artichokes from seed and now they are keeping bees very happy.
Globe artichokes are so beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

Girl’s Seersucker Dresses 11/2017 #130A #burdachallenge2018

As it happens, the twins were going to a wedding in June with their dad in the USA. Since it was term time and we didn’t want the school going kids to miss school, we sent a delegation to represent us at the wedding so to speak. And so began the wedding guest dresses project.

It all started with the seersucker fabric that I picked up when I was at Fletchers Fabrics in Leeds Market with my friend Eleanor. There was something about the crisp delicate lightness of the pastel colours that caught my eye. Eleanor has had experience with seersucker and she advised me to not press it – its supposed to have the raised texture. Wikipedia explains it “……..giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating heat dissipation and air circulation. It also means that pressing is not necessary.

There is a joy to working with a woven fabric that does not need pressing! It made me realise just how much time is taken up with pressing when sewing up a garment. There were times when I forgot though and found myself pressing a seam out of a deeply ingrained habit.

Girl’s Dress 11/2017 #130A

As for the pattern, I went with a cute but simple dress from BurdaStyle 11/2017. Here is the line drawing:

BurdaStyle 11/2017 #130

 

And here is the style picture – 

Its a relatively simple dress to sew up especially since the skirt is a rectangle gathered to fit the bodice. I traced out the size 110cm though they are about 100cm tall – and the fit is just right for something I want them to wear for at least another year. They are at the stage where they are growing rather fast so I am finding that I have to size up so I don’t blink and they can’t fit into it. It’s not so much of an issue with knit fabrics.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough fabric to cut both front and back bodice pieces on the bias so only the front had to do. The neckline is finished with a facing. I added patch pockets to the skirt fronts. Still, they love their dresses and the seersucker was perfect for a hot and humid Saturday in Annapolis. Pictures..

Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Sewing!

If you’d like to see the fabric texture and drape you can check out this quick video where I talk about my plan for it.

Peace and love,

Hila

#burdachallenge2018

Vogue 9259 Short Jumpsuit: Pattern Review Pt 2

I knew that I would be making Vogue 9259 again after the success of the first one. Its a pattern that comes so easily together that when I decided I needed a hot pink number for the summer I reached for it. Except for this time, I made the “shorty shorts” view A.

Here is the line drawing:

I used some crepe fabric that I picked up from The Shuttle in Shipley. It washed well and irons quite nicely. It has what I like to call a “spongy” like texture. I didnt like topsticthing the fabric because of the texture so I opted to use a fair bit of hand sewing where I could. I think it gives the jumpsuit a more luxe look, but thats just my opinion.

Speaking of pictures, do you recall me talking about the StitchRoom Sewcial? And how we had a photoshoot for up to 2 outfits in a professional studio ? Well guess which outfit I took with me for that? :-)…

Vogue 9259
Vogue 9259
Vogue 9259
Vogue 9259
Vogue 9259

Vogue 9259

I used some silk habotai to line the waistband which makes it so very comfortable. Unfortunately I didnt manage to get interior pictures but they can be seen here on my Youtube video.

 

Verdict: a cute and dare I say it “sexy” little number that my hubs loves :-). Good thing its comfortable too!!!

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

xox

The Mystery Blogger Award

I have been nominated by the zaney Demented Fairy for this award. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her post and so I have jumped in too.

“Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.” Created by: Okoto Enigma

Here are “The Rules” to the “Mystery Blogger Award”:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  1. What’s the most embarrassing thing YOU’VE done?
  2. Where did you meet the love of your life?
  3. What’s your favourite holiday destination?
  4. What song do you want played at your funeral?
  5. Can I come over for tea?

Three things about me that you may not know –

I was a bed wetter until I was 11 years old. Brightest kid in school but I wet my bed – hence my firm belief in compassion for bed wetting in children. I know they dont want it to happen but its outside their control.

I failed my practical driving test 6 times when I was 18 and gave up. Then when I was 24 I got it the first time after I had waited months to book it in order to save up money in case I had to redo the exam again.

I am an introvert. Though I can be and do enjoy being around people it does tire me out and I need a recovery period.

 

The most embarrassing thing I have ever done. Way back when, I went on a blind date with a guy whom I totally ghosted by not answering calls or texts. About six months later I bumped into him at an event and I pretended to never have met him and played off how funny it is to find someone’s doppleganger. Yeah. Cringe.

Hugh Jackman and I will meet soon on a yacht cruising the Caribbean – our eyes will meet across a room where Careless Whisper is playing softly (it’s a Christmas cruise) and the electricity is tangible as we glide towards each other. He gazes into my eyes and says -“Is that a linen Giselle maxi dress with hand sewn sashiko embroidery?” I swoon :-).

Rome. Gelatarias around every corner – need I say more?

Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye. Seriously – I don’t want a funeral- I want a celebration of life and whats more life-affirming than getting it on eh?

Absolutely! Can you handle a table of 5 rowdy kids?

 

Now my turn! Here are my questions:

  1. What song will ALWAYS get you on the dance floor?
  2. Whats your signature dish?
  3. Your proudest moment was…….
  4. Favourite colour
  5. Your best dance move is….

 

I nominate

NelnanandNora

Frivolousatlast

ElleGeeMakes

Magscreativemeanderings

Ellens sewing passion

AllisonCsewing

DreamCutSew

SewSarahSmith

RedWSews

MCBN July: Linen Shirt Burda 7525

Blue skies, bright shining sun, birdsong. I love summer, the light grants bright vibrant colours. This July we have been out at dawn and dusk to catch the perfect light for photographs. I love how the linen shirt I made for my July Minerva make is in harmony with the current beautiful weather we are experiencing here in the North of England. Its almost as if when I ordered the fabric 3 months ago, I also ordered the perfect weather to wear it in once finished!

Here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva Craft Blogger Network. Enjoy!

 

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace and love,

Hila

 

Girl’s Jersey Dresses 04/2018 #128 #burdachallenge2018

 

There’s something about bright highly contrasting colours that I find attractive. During the last SEWDOWNDEWSBURY I bought 1 meter of such psychedelic swirling colours at Fabworks. Its not the best quality jersey – the pattern is printed – but it is not the worst either. It washed well and kept its brightness well for the quality of jersey it is. That is to say, it lost about 20% of the colour.

The pattern was one of my #burdachallenge2018 planned makes for April 2018. Its style number 128, here is the line drawing:

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128

I think this particular issue of Burda has a lot of great kids patterns and I will be making more from it.

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 
BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 

I traced the 110cm. They are 104cm currently, so they can grow into these. The pattern is a super fast sew. For the neckline, I just turned under and sewed with zigzag stitches. The contrast yoke is a scrap fabric that I picked up at a swap.

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 

The fit is just as I have come to expect from Burda – spot on for them. Up next I’d like to make these in a better quality jersey like maybe AGF.

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 

They love the dresses and they have been worn  A LOT since I sewed them up:-).

Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

#burdachallenge2018