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ebay trader the vintage pattern shop has thousands of patterns from many era's.... this is circa 1940's

ebay trader the vintage pattern shop has thousands of patterns from many era’s…. this is circa 1940’s

Failure to comply with my own rule of blog each Sunday has led to an overwhelming feeling of bloguilt today!

I am battling with a vintage creation. A wonderful little clutch bag and maybe even a hat, think I have successfully deciphered the pattern but the vintage fabric isn’t being quite so compliant. I found an odd vintage curtain in the loveliest fabric and now know after cutting that I will in future put my fusible facing onto the fabric BEFORE cutting. Dabnabit, it slid all over the place ….. I think my dog was privy to a few unsavoury words as I chased it about.(fabric not the dog)

As a seasoned seamstress I knew full well to put it away for the day lest I take my hissy mood out on the make …. which I must confess I have done before. Outcome, everything goes even further south.

May get a bit done tomorrow but my priority is a private lesson with 2 utterly delightful ladies who have little ones who have dwarfism. This brings such challenges for them as they want for the gorgeous little ones to be dressed snazzily but off the shelf just doesn’t work. Whilst they learn tomorrow, I too shall be learning not having yet had the opportunity to teach this specialist area. I am expecting it to be fascinating as I so want to be able to pass some skills along that will in turn allow these devoted Mum’s to use their creative juices for there little loved ones.

Look forward to telling you all more about that at another time.

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Technicolor Reversible Skirts

Technicolor Reversible Skirts

This super stash of fabrics will next week be magically turned into reversible skirts and with any luck and a good wind behind me (Oi, lay off the curry Mrs ) more happy faces.

Keep your fingers crossed for me please x

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Concentration Equals Quiet!

Concentration Equals Quiet!

Look at the concentration. I just love that it matters this much to these lovely ladies that they spend 3 hours on a Saturday in a room with ME, Mrs Twenty to the Dozen! God Bless them.

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Hard At It

Hard At It

Modifying our simple pattern to fit their unique, special little ones

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PolkaTastic picture 2

PolkaTastic picture 2.

PolkaTastic picture 3

PolkaTastic picture 3

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PolkaTastic picture 2

PolkaTastic picture 2

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PolkaTastic!

PolkaTastic!

Getting ready to rumble.

Kiddie’s Klobber workshop tomorrow with some fabulous ladies who are treading into the unknown with some basic machine skills.

Workshop came about as a direct request from some attendees of my Absolute Beginners workshop.

The desire to learn to make garments as unique as their little one’s.

The joy of being able to sew is only the seamstress/tailor limits their creations once the core skills are learnt.

Before long these brave, creative souls will be sewing up a storm and delighting in that pleasure when people comment “did you really make that yourself, you’re so clever”.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it started on good foundations. My aim is to give them the good foundations.

This little skirt is a sample I ran up before workshop to be sure it goes together well, is effective without overloading the learner with too much technicality. Yet!

Hope you agree this age 3 reversible skirt turned ut pretty well?

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Absolute Beginners …

This is a 3 hour workshop that I run from the superb facilities at my friends haberdashery shop My Sewing Basket in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.

My attendees have little to no experience so we explore how to thread a machine, wind the bobbin, practice a bit of sewing in a straight -ish line and then I throw them right in.

Although at the beginning they are a little nervous a real comradery builds amongst them and before I know it the volume level is through the roof…..just where I like it!

 

By the end they start to turn through their cushion slips and I just stand back and watch their faces as the penny drops with them how this inside out thing really is a cushion cover, they insert the cushion pad and laughter is the over riding sound. How fantastic is that? To know I helped get them there.

Happy Faces Are My Favourite Thing

Happy Faces Are My Favourite Thing

I must make mention to the lovely lady with the ‘book’ fabric. She came along with her own machine but didn’t know how to use it, she was rather nervous and we took it all nice a gently, at the end she waited so she could speak with me alone and said “I honestly can’t believe I have spent 3 hours with you and I can now use my machine and I am taking home a cushion I made all by myself”. I was just so thrilled, there lay the reward, happy faces. LOVE IT!

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