Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Trip to Burghley House


Had a lovely day out with hubby today.  We went to Burghley House - one of England's greatest Elizabethan Houses.



It was right up hubby's street because there was a Deer park.




The inside of the house was amazing with so much art, the place took my breath away. Below are some pics of the walls and ceilings.





My favorite room in the old houses is always the kitchen.


Some of the gorgeous textiles and tapestries.




Just a few of the pics taken on the day.

Wendy -x-

Friday, 18 July 2014

A Good Splash of Orange!


Another maxi dress plus a light weight jacket.  Maxi dress made using McCalls 6886 and the Jacket was made using New Look 6028 with some slight alterations.  


When I was thinking about something to go over the top of this dress I first of all went with Navy and then thought I would add a good splash of colour and picked out the little bit of orange in the dress to make the jacket with.  I didn't want the jacket lined, just wanted a light weight top to throw over it so some slight alterations were made. 

Wendy -x-

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Busy With The Needle


 I have been a busy little bee on the sewing front this week. Firstly I made this maxi dress with three quarter length sleeves and a round neckline.


Then I made this sleeveless maxi that I could pop a tee shirt under if I wished.  Both these were made with McCalls 6886.


Then I made a matching set compirsing of a maxi skirt with side slit and round neck, raglan style tee shirt. Pattern used was New Look 6762.


Finally I had a remnant that I wasn't sure what to do with - it was a camouflage cotton jersey but it didn't have any lycra in it.  So I decided to do a lightweight sweetshirt, V neck with ruched sleeves and ruched bottom band.  Pattern Used was New Look 6648.

Wendy -x-




Sunday, 29 June 2014

More from the Sewing Table


I am on a mission to add lots of dresses to my wardrobe and I bought a large selection of jersey remnants from EBay.  So I am able to churn them out!  This is a V neck maxi - McCalls 6886.


I made the black waistcoat to wear with it if required.



Yesterday I made this little number - a scoop neck with a floppy bow detail to the front, knee length this time.  Same pattern McCalls 6886.  Have to get your moneys worth out of a pattern these days as most are almost a tenner to buy!  


Was worried the floppy bow would drag the dress down but it doesn't it sits nice and flat.  

Wendy -x-

Monday, 23 June 2014

Jersey Midi Dress & Waistcoat



Sharing my latest sewing projects.  I have bought a large number of Jersey remnants so that I can add some feminine bits and pieces to my wardrobe.  For the dress I used McCalls 6886 and made it a midi length.


I decided to make a long line waistcoat to go over the top and managed to get the camel colour to match the dress.  I decided to make the front trim from the same fabric as the dress - pattern used for waistcoat Simplicity 1593.  Have had this on today and it is so comfortable and cool. 

Thanks for the visit.

Wendy -x-


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Thinking of My dad


Thinking of my Dad today.  Sharing a page of a pic of him and my Mum at my Christening. What a handsome couple they made. 

Wendy -x-

Saturday, 7 June 2014

A Little Bit of Sewing to Share


I have recently taken up an old hobby again. Dusted off the old sewing machine and bought a new Serger so that I could sew knits and this is my first garment in over 15 years.

I decided to start with something easy - made a nice big slouchy batwing top.  Very comfortable and easy to wear.


 Then I made this maxi skirt in a flowery stretch jersey remnant I picked up on EBay.  



I have just finished this jacket, made to go with the Maxi Skirt made previously.  The jacket is made of a cherry red cotton twill in a denim jacket style with a nicer feminine shape to the bottom.  I joined a class on craftsy and the pattern came with the class.   There were a lot of hours sewing in this jacket and I can honestly say I think I made every mistake I could possibly make.  Spent a lot of time unpicking but persevered.  I found the welt pockets especially hard and my top stitching leaves a lot to be desired!  Had fun with it though and plan to make a few more of these.



Wendy