Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas... knitting and sewing...

BFG pencil case for a friend

I knitted 11 hats in the build up to Christmas! These have reflective fibres/filament in them so they light up when car lights shine on them  - perfect for children walking to school (and adults out walking the dog!)

Friday, 5 December 2014

By Hand London Anna

I bought the Anna pattern last December / January time in order to make myself a dress - 11 months later I finally made it!  I liked it so much that I made a cheesy Christmas Dress to wear for the Christmas season... covered in Santa's, elves, Christmas trees.....

The best thing about this dress is that it is SO FAST...8pm:

10:30pm Finished dress!

AND that included underlining the bodice! I did have to make it about 7" shorter than the pattern though! 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Skorts with leggings...

A quick knit for my youngest - but I was too keen and reduced the stitches too soon so it is not big enough - time to make another one.

The best thing about the hat is the light reflective tape running through it ....
 A birthday present for a friend :-) Knit night scarf from ravelry

It is getting a little bit too cold to be running in a skort (especially at 5.30am)... so I combined McCalls 7026 and Jalie 2796 to make a running skort with leggings.

I used traced the Jalie shorts pattern over the top of the leggings to get the correct crotch lines and the height for attaching the waistband. I also traced a size 8 rather than 14 as I used 6mm seam allowances rather than 1..5cm.

 The fit is good and they are comfortable to run in - success!! (the tag in the back is to mark the back!). The tape is reflective tape. I took 4" off the bottom - though it would have been better if I had only removed 3"!!

Sunday, 9 November 2014


My middle son has been asking for new swimming trunks - and specified which pattern he wanted (the same as his older brother)... which was Jalie 2912.LOVE this pattern - sews up a dream. These are fully lined.

Then I decided it was time to stop being such a procrastinator and actually make a costume for myself - LOTS AND LOTS of room for improvement.. but I do have a wearable swimming costume. I shall find out this week if it stands up to some lengths in the pool. At least it is not a maternity swimming costume (last needed 5 years ago when I was actually pregnant!!)

Kwik Sew 2962 View B - I needed to blend from a small at the top to a medium at the bottom - the bottom is perfect (except I might use a line between highrise and low rise next time!).. but the top half could be tighter. So I shall swim in this before cutting out another suit.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Saga of the sports bra

First I tried using

Kwik Sew Master Pattern - Swimming and Activewear book:

Which does not have an obvious front or back. I used the scoop neck leotard pattern to make the crop top - but it is not suitable for running... not enough Compression......

Then I moved onto trying Kwik Sew 3660 which has darts in:

Also not enough compression despite using two layers of powernet

Next I tried the Jalie 2563.. hoping for success since the skort was so great! This is a racer back sports bra:

I tried using two layers of powernrt, stronger powernet and for the 2nd Jalie - sewing 1.5cm side seams not 6mm side seams... but still not enough compression. I have bought some running sports bras to wear in the mean time.. Maybe make several sizes smaller, strong powernet AND double layers????

On the back burner for now... the weather is getting cooler and sewing running capri / tights might be a better plan!!

Friday, 24 October 2014

 More Jalie running skorts - with extra reflective tape

Running skorts are FANTASTIC ... love the pattern really function well when out on a run...... the sports bras are considerably less successful!!

Ottobre Creative Workshop 301 T-shirt
 Simplicity 5512 fancy dress cape - being space. This was whipped up this morning in time to wear to school for the special celebration of the topic morning!!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Lingerie and running!

My second completed set of matching lingerie. Using Kwik Sew 3300 for the bra and Merckwaerdigh Mix 30 View C for the knickers. Also used a fabric pack from Merckwaerdigh. Did not use power net on the sides so the bra is a little tight.

I have started using the NHS Couch to 5K running app in a bid to get fit a shed some weight. Now that I am in week 6 of the plan I decided I really need some running kit. Jalie 2796 running skort.....

Love the pockets. Need to make the shorts tighter at the hem and the waistband tighter. Held up well on this mornings run so I am really happy!!