Archive for November, 2011

The Liberty book of home sewing

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

I know what you are thinking…. “what? another Liberty book review?” Well,why not! This is, after all, a beyond lovely book. So if you have a few minutes spare, I invite you to stay with me and read this short review and also, see a bit more of the inside of this book, if you haven’t already bought it yet of course!

The Liberty book of home sewing

Pretty cover but prettier things inside


Like the overwhelming majority whoalready have this pretty book in their hands, I too must say that this is just such abeautiful book. Quadrille, the Liberty team and every person that collaboratedin the creation of this book managed to encapsulate the very essence of Liberty within it.

Rose corsage

If you have been to Liberty, the shop, you will probably agree with me that is full of beautiful things, some might not be to your taste but you cannot deny that many of the designs are amazing, beautiful textures, luxury smells,the place is full of so many shinny things. But what are all those things? Well, they are normal, everyday things, like slippers, bags, scarves, fabrics, buttons, plates, diaries; they are just beautifully designed, amazingly pretty and well, sometimes the price is a bit steep.

Book Covers

Well, The Liberty Book of Home Sewing is full of patterns for many “normal” things like shopping bags, a flower brooch, book covers, quilts, pincushions; however when they aremade with very pretty and ultra traditional Liberty prints, they become something special, almost decadent.

Sugar-bag doorstop

Theentire bookitself screams Liberty, the quality of the paper and the lush photos just makes you forget that you probably already have more than one or two patterns for an apron, butthe pinny in this book is the one that you need tohave ;)

Frilly pinny with potholder

I have already markedtwo projects from this book that I will make myself,which will become very nice Christmas presents , I will keep you posted about these, and as alwaysif you havemade anything from this book alreadyshare it with us, we would love to see it!


Simplicity 2226 done and dusted!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Well yes, believe it or not I have finished Simplicity pattern 2226. The sew-a-long run by Anna from Noodle-head blog was great. She took the time to show step-by-step instructions with photos; she also shared additional links and notes that were incredibly useful and I will probably use in many other projects.

I did view C of the pattern but with a few changes, I didn’t make a belt and didn’t include the tie belts and I used an invisible zipper because, believe it or not, I find it much easier than the other zip with the flap and well it looks tidier.

I made a skirt a few sizes smaller than I should have if I had followed the sizing in the back of the pattern, and I took in a bit on the sides just to have a better fit.

Simplicity 2226 view C front

I used this ultra soft corduroy, even with all the care that you need to take when sewing with fabrics with nap it was a real pleasure working with it. It is thick enough to use in the winter months but still thin to use in the cooler days and nights during spring and autumn, so I am quite sure that I will get a lot of use out of this skirt.

What I like about this skirt so much, is that it is simple enough to make in a day, but because it has a yoke and pockets, you end up with a skirt that looks a bit more complicated that it actually is, and the sense of achievement is incredible.

Will I make it again? That is for sure! I have already put aside some fabric for the next one!

Simplicity 2226 view C back

The busy girl’s guide to sewing

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Do you love sewing and/or other crafts and you don’t find time to do anything? Do you spend hours jumping from blog to blog reading what other people have made and you end up wondering how they manage to do all that and blog about it? Well, you are not alone, I am the same. So when I saw Carrie Maclennan’s new book, The busy girl’s guide to sewing, I saw a light at the end of the tunnel.

But then again, I have had this book for quite some time and I haven’t managed to write a review :S what I have been doing is going through the pages and choosing projects and fabrics to make it.

I like the book for many reasons, it has a very fresh and realistic approach. It even has a chapter on Making Time! The answers are not difficult or out of this world, so it won’t ask you to leave your day job, or to avoid going out with your friends, all the opposite it suggest to make friends with similar creative ideas and get together and make something. Not difficult eh?

Carrie has organized the projects by the time it takes to make them, so you will find pincushions and needle cases in the 30min chapter; Christmas decorations, aprons and phone covers, etc in the One hour or less chapter, and more elaborate cushions, a pouffe and even a skirt made out of a duvet cover in the Four hours or less chapter.

In between projects and chapters you will find a bit more of information about blogging, going shopping and meeting makers. This book is a truly XXI century approach on sewing.

Now, one very clever thing that the author has done in this book is to break down projects in “chunks”. What is that? Well, in her own words “the projects have been organized into manageable little blocks of sewing activity”. You might not have 4hrs to make the embroidered bag, but you might have 30min spare every day and in a few days you will have a brand new bag sewn by you! Once you get the hand of it, you will probably see every project in “chunks” and you will be able to make anything you want to, regardless of how busy your agenda is.


The busy girl’s guide to sewingby Carrie Maclennan is published by David and Charles.

Sunday Stash #21

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Hello! How is your weekend going? Our week was great, busy cutting and posting fabric to many of you. Last Sunday Stash was a success (it was all Teal and Ash on the cutting table!) and if you got Kona in Ash, and you don’t know what to do with it, today’s fabric might help you out on taking that worry out of your shoulders.

Patch it, from the New London collection, is a layout of 5 squares that give you lots of creative options. Click on this link to find out how you can make the perfect pinwheel or speed up on making that quilt before Christmas.

Patch it by Faye Burgos

So if you like neutrals, pastels and soft tones, this is the fabric to go for, and with a 15%discount until November 16th it is going to be hard to resist.

Soft neutrals and pastel tones.


I close for now, I have a skirt to finish ;)

Happy shopping!

Sunday Stash #20

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Calling all seamstress and quilters with good taste! You are going to love the 2 fabrics we have chosen this time for you, yes 2 fabrics that you are going to adore, or have adored already for some time now, so we thought to offer them to you at a sale price.

Kona in Ash

Kona in Ash

and Kona in Teal Blue

Kona in Teal Blue

Both incredible versatile, very different from each other but beautiful in its own right.

I close for now and let you do the shopping.

Sale will end on midnight Wednesday 9th November, 2011.


A new skirt

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I was looking for a quick and easy skirt to make when I went to my Google Reader and to my surprise the Noodlehead blog will be running a sewalong next week.  I have already done the Proper Attire Skirt so I thought of give it a go at this Simplicity pattern.  I have everything I need, so I just went over the shop and chose a fabric.  Since winter is upon us, I decided to use the soft corduroy in Silver.  I think it will be great, and I have the perfect boots already, and I am sure I have a top somewhere to make a whole new outfit.

So wish me luck, I am terrible at finishing projects, so I thought that joining a sewalong will help me stay focus and get things done.

I tried to take a photo of the lovely cord but the light was terrible, so you will have to wait for images of the finished skirt.


Just in!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Just a warm hello and a quick note to let you know that Lotta’s new fabrics are in stock now! We have 5 designs so far, let us know if you want to see more and which ones, they are gorgeous, I am already putting some on the side for myself.

Lotta and her first fabric line by Windham Fabrics

We have also recevied 2 cuties, pink, flowers, bold, fun, who can resist a Pocket full of posies??

Pink flowers


Multicolour flowers