Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Latest midnight maraudings

Latest midnight maraudings
Forcing myself to do samples is paying off. Because it can be really bloody frustrating when things don't work, but at least it's on a sample rather than on a bag. Loving the red lines thing, but the silk is totally stretching so I need to find a way to keep it stable. One of those ring things - but are they made big enough I wonder?

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Upping the scale

Enlarged Amy Butler

I enlarged my Amy Butler pattern to see if it scaled it up nicely. I think the proportions still hold out which is great, but at this size it's fairly floppy and I have no idea how to attach that bag firming plastic stuff and still be able to sew it. Hmmm. Time to buy another pattern I think that includes instructions. And also, it's clearly time to bite the bullet and get to grips with zips because a bag like this needs one otherwise all my belongings will be whipped away the second I get on the tube!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

The glasses case that never was

Wanted to try out a bit of quilting using type as seen at the V&A exhibition. Then when it was done thought I'd turn it into a glasses case for The Magnificent Mum. But I rushed it, it went all cock eyed, so now Mum is just going to get this sample as a "thank you for having us to stay at Easter" instead. Typeface is Gotham (perfect, solid, modern, I heart it). Learnings? Quilting takes bleedin' ages.

Gotham was made for quilting

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

The fountain of all knowledge

This is the Magnificent Mum. In her sewing room. Which is totally crammed full of interesting things and little boxes of stuff and colours and books and sewing machines and jelly rolls and fat quarters. I am insanely jealous of the space and all the wonderful things in it.

A mum in her natural habitat

She gave me a masterclass in how to put zips in and do understitching. We had a bit of mother/daughter argy bargy but we came out alive and still friends. What a brilliant Mum.

Mum's sewing room. How jealous?