"" The girl who makes things: July 2013

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

I couldn't agree more with Karen Ball's blog post in the guardian today. She's absolutely right, bodies come in different shapes and sizes and shouldn't be pigeon holed by the high street's standard model. Sewing your own clothes gives you all kinds of pleasure, not least the realisation that you can make a garment that is unique and taylored to your body shape. Well worth a read:

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/did-you-make-that/2013/jul/30/can-sewing-change-your-body-image

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Another day, another bed sheet turned into an item of clothing. I made this from a tiny scrap of fabric I got from the Sue Ryder shop. I love the pattern and the colour so I felt this had to be turned into something. There wasn't really enough to make the kind of top I wanted so I took the bodice from a strapless maxi dress pattern and then gathered the fabric I had left to make the bottom half of the top. Could also work well a maternity top.




Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Just discovered this painting I did of my first cat Sapphy a few years ago. I like how cosy she looks.


Friday, 19 July 2013

I've gone home to my parent's house for the weekend (due to cat sitting reasons) and aside from scavenging the fridge for lots of yummy free food, one of the best things about going home is the chance to have a good old rummage through the sewing box. 50 years worth of my Mum's collection of sewing materials brings up some interesting finds. Pick of the day is a rather lovely cutting board, fabric ruler and a selection of patterns. They'll be coming home with me then.


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

I've been commissioned by my boyfriend's parents to make lots of things for their new house. One thing they wanted me to do was to draw a picture of the house so they could use it on the invitations they're sending out for the house warming. The rather dubious results are below.



Monday, 15 July 2013



This weekend's been really productive! I've just started volunteering for the Sue Ryder vintage shop as a seamstress. Getting to make lots of things and being able to help a fantastic charity - the best of both worlds.

I went to visit the shop on Saturday to sign the forms and have a look around. The shop has lots of seamstresses who alter ready made clothes, but they've never had anyone who makes anything from scratch. I asked the shop manager whether they'd be interested in having someone make the clothes and she practically bit my hand off. Apparently they're overloaded with fabric donations. I ended up with my head in a box of fabric, digging out reams of vintage, floral fabric and took a huge pile home (not as much as I'd wanted).

So far I've made two dresses since Sunday - not bad going for two days!