Since attending the blogger meet up in Dewsbury, I have felt inspired to dust off my sewing machine and finish some projects that have been ongoing for quite some time now. I’d put a few sewing projects on hold because I either still needed some bits and pieces to get them finished, or I hadn’t found a day that I could set aside to get my sewing machine out. However, recently I have felt motivated to get some of my abandoned projects finished and checked of my WIP list!
The first project that I wanted to get finished was just a small one – my campervan cushion! My poor caravan cushion has been waiting for its partner for ages so I wanted to get it completed as I already had the pieces cut, so it was just a case of sewing everything together! I often think that sewing will take me a long time as I don’t do it very often, but when I sit down and put my mind to it I can fly through projects! It only took me a matter of minutes to stitch the design onto the cushion and to assemble it after all! I love the finished cushion though as it looks really cute but I do need to get a smaller cushion pad for it – it is looking a bit stretched with this one!
The next project that I wanted to get a move on with was my quilt…how long has this one been on the go??? I have had all of the fabric sat around for ages with the squares cut and I was up to cutting the sashing but then it got packed away when I moved house and I couldn’t find it for ages! When I dug it out I kept it to hand so that I could finally make some progress with this one. I spent an evening cutting out the sashing then the next morning I assembled the quilt top – another one that was a lot quicker than I had expected! Although it isn’t finished yet I’m really pleased with the progress I have made. I am now ready to quilt (eek!) which is pretty scary but I’m excited about trying something new! My wadding had arrived so I just have to order my bobbinfil then I’m good to go! I really want this one finishing quickly because I have another two(!) quilts in various stages of planning and cutting at the moment! If you have any tips for first time quilters please let me know!
After seeing all of the wonderful handmade clothes at the meetup, I decided to take the plunge and finally have a go at making something wearable. I’d been terrified for a long time that my sewing skills weren’t up to scratch to make something that I would actually wear without it having obvious signs of poor sewing and trial and error, but I realised that I couldn’t keep putting it off any longer. I chose this tunic from The Great British Sewing Bee book as it was a simple beginner project and (if successful) it would be a great top to wear for work over summer. And the finished result…?
Even I’m amazed how it turned out! Considering I’ve never made clothes before I was pretty impressed that I got the fit right, the front darts even and even the exposed zip isn’t too bad! I had a headache with step 7 of the pattern, trying to stitch the facing to the arm holes but it turns out I’m not the only one who thought the instructions were less than adequate, so there are some wonderful Youtube videos that saved me from burning the thing!
The fabric that I used was left over from what James bought me at Christmas for another project that I am still yet to finish! I really wanted to make a top out of this fabric though as it is so lovely and summery! Originally I was going to insert a white exposed zip, but as the fabric is slightly off white it didn’t look right. Fortunately I was also planning on making this top in another fabric so I had bought the pink zip too which I think adds a really striking feature to the back. The zip is slightly wonky at the neckline, but that is the only noticeable blip so I don’t mind (it’s also useful that I NEVER wear my hair up so no one will see it anyway!) I’m so pleased that my first dressmaking project went well though as it may have put me off if it went badly! Now I can’t wait to get started on more projects, including the ones that I bought fabric for at the meet up! Jersey cotton here I come!