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My 2013 In Review....

This year seems to have flown by, for every year I get older I swear time speeds up. This year has also really been a bit of a roller coaster, but in a good way!

This year we moved into our first home together, and I've loved turning it from a house into a home, (even though I don't want to see a paint brush ever again) but we still have a little way to go! right now we are both looking forward to our first Christmas together in our home and the January sales where hopefully we can finish furnishing the house. I'm such a sale queen!

Having the house to do up has really put a dampener on sewing time, now the house is nearly done sewing momentum is picking up again. Although I'm trying my best to still shop my stash whilst also making things that is in my style.

It's not something I mention a lot on hear, all though I am think of doing a few alterations post showing how I do them. I've been doing alterations for about three years now m…

How to: Sewing a snood with a French seam (part 2)

Hiya! Yesterday I shared with you how I stamped my fabric and today I'll show you how I sewed it together (It's super easy). I'll also show you how I created a French seam too. Although it was really easy, I loved making this scarf (good for instant gratification). Hand stamping the fabric was the really fulfilling part knowing that it's a unique one of a kind print ;) I've worn the scarf a few times and it's received compliments too, which is always nice :) 
Sewing up the scarf

Once the fabric is cut and stamped and I began by joining the two edges together to create the circle, thus making it a snood. With this type of scarf a French seam tends to be the neatest when joining it together and it gives it a really sturdy nice finish too.

To create a French seam I began by placing the wrong sides of fabric together and pining in place. 

I then stitched the fabric with a small  0.5cm seam allowance and trimmed any loose threads from the fabric. ( opps don't lo…

How To Stamp Your Own Fabric (Part 1)

Hiya! Last Friday I blogged about the hand stamped scarf/snood I made. Today I thought I would share with you how I printed the fabric, and what you'll need if you wanted to do the same or something similar.

What I used .....

2* meters of light/medium weight muslinSelection of wooden block Rubber stamps (I used two medium sized stamps)Stamping ink pads (suitable for use on fabric)Large sheet of card or paper to stop the ink from bleeding onto other surfacesDamp cloth to wipe up any messy from the ink 

 First I made a test sample just to see how the ink would behave on the fabric, generally on a plain cotton the ink should be fine with no bleeding or feathering, but it's always good to try it first! This also a good time to try out what colour combinations to use and how to place the stamps. 

To achieve the multicoloured stamp I used an ink pad that has five small colour inks on one pad!
Once you've worked out if your fabric is suitable to stamp on, it's time to cut the s…

Completed: Hand Stamped Snood

I've been wanting to hand stamp fabric for aggges! So when I purchased that muslin for the bombshell dress and it didn't work out, I knew exactly what to do with it.  There's something quite relaxing about stamping in general, but when it involves fabric it's a whole new level!! I cut out the roughly the size I wanted the scarf, then I printed it first, before sewing it up. I choose two different stamps to work with, but thought I would mix it up by printing one in black and the other in rainbow colour.

 I used a french seam to join up the two ends to form the snood. This is probably the neatest finish for this type of scarf and then hemmed round the edges, to get the best finish.

I'm quite impressed by how well this scarf turned out, but I wished I'd washed the material before hand as it feels stiff. I'm not sure how well it will wash. The ink is meant to be permanent when heat set, but it would be just my luck that it will run! I'm also in two minds …

How To: Inserting a side seam zip with pocket

This skirt was meant to have a center back zip along with side seam pockets. Instead I put the two together and combined the zip into the side seam pocket and thought I would share with you how I did it or basically winged it ;)

What You should Know First:
This is easier than it looks all you need to do is be able to insert an invisible zip. The waist band was faced but I found it easier to attach the facing once the zip was in place.  This skirt also had lining but the lining fabric is treated as a single layer with the fashion fabric.
Prior to inserting the zip and pockets and treating the lining and fabric as one layer, I made sure both side seams were over-locked 
Construction Tips: These are by no means a definite way to do this, just the way I did it.  . 

1.  Pocket pieces should be kept separate, which makes it easier to place on the the skirt.

2. Taking the one pocket piece (Ignore that I have two in the pic) I lined it up on the right side of the skirt, with the correspondin…