Monday, 30 January 2012

Packing Up

Just a quicky post today, folks.






Spurred on by some very lovely (and cheap!) fabric which I bought from the Ardingly Quilt Festival on Saturday, yesterday, I finally decided to tackle a dress making pattern I bought ages ago. I must confess, one of my weaknesses is getting over excited and buying patterns which I take ages (or never get round) to making.






I bought this Colette pattern from Liberty, it wasn't cheap as patterns go but I had heard good things about these patterns and the styles are lovely and vintage-inspired. They also cover a huge size range from skinnies to curvies. Hurrah! Although the pattern states it is beginner level, I think you need to be fairly confident before setting off on this. Personally, I have very good intentions when it comes to making clothes but I don't usually enjoy it that much. I've had so many items turn out too small or too large and then have no idea how to alter them.


I'm happy to report that I did rather enjoy making this blouse and am pleased with how it has turned out. It's also a pretty good fit!






Sorry to rush on... Other sewing I've whipped up recently is this little collection of bags, jolly useful they are too. I made them to house different collections of crafty bits 'n' bobs; vintage lace, ribbons, bits of embroidered cloths and so on.






You see I'm in a rush as I'm packing to head off to Sussex for a few days, crikey four days away from my beloved Den. No complaints though, I can't wait to spend four days and three nights in the company of other like minded crafty fellows, learning new skills and not doing a shred of housework! Not forgetting our tutor, whom I greatly admire and am massively inspired by. Eeek, very over-excited here!







So, I will love you and leave you, readers as I need to get off and still have many important clothing/accessories/pinny selection issues to wrangle with. But the important stuff is packed!






See you soon...

27 comments:

  1. Have a great time. Look forward to seeing what you make..........
    Julie xxxxxx

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  2. The blouse is lovely, such pretty fabric. Have a fun filled few days.
    nattie x

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  3. Beautiful blouse such pretty fabric. I love your hexagon cushion that has given me and idea ;-) Have a lovely time. dee x

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  4. my dressmaking is hopeless but I'm good at altering- I just can't start anything from scratch!
    Have a good few days away
    x

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  5. Hope you have a wondeful time,looking forward to seeing your new makes,love juliexxx

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  6. Well done with the blouse. Wishing you a happy learning,socialising, sewing time away.It should be great fun.

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  7. Blouse looks smashing- like the fabric. Off on a course, splendid. Have a good time! Looking forward to your Show and Tell upon return.

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  8. Lovely blouse. Enjoy yourself!

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  9. That is so beautiful! I;m so impressed by your talent! xx

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  10. Oh the blouse is beautiful, I wish I could sew!!
    T x

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  11. ooo curiouser and curiouser...
    Have a fab time wherever you're heading!
    Ellie
    x

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  12. Your blouse is lovely, well done!

    Have a marvellous time with the ladies too.

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  13. Such a pretty blouse Hen. Hope you have a lovely time,and lots of fun in my home county! :0)

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  14. OOOoo, Hen!
    Now that IS teasing! LOL
    Where are you going? What are you doing? Who are you doing it with? ;o)
    I'm so hoping we get to see all the brilliant things you will make!
    I hope you have a most fantastic time though my dear :o)

    Your blouse looks fabulous, and I really do like that fabric. - What a lovely find!

    Your little bags are an inspiring idea for keeping trims in...I might have to whip a few up myself. I'll let you know if I do.

    Have a splendid time Hen.
    Take care my dear, and wrap up warm.
    Love Donna xx

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  15. Well done, your blouse is very pretty and very professional looking. Enjoy your course, love Linda x

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  16. Hen.. what a glorious getaway you are going on! I look forward to your post afterwards! I am also excited about some classes I have signed up for at the Damascus Fiber Arts School here in Oregon. I will attend 2 spinning workshops and one Cedar bark basket class! All in the next 3 weeks or so. Fun!!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. I'd love to make my own clothes but they never work out well :( I love the little bags.... I have loads to carry my bits n bobs around x

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  18. Congratulations on your blouse, it's so nice! Love all the small bags. I'll be waiting for a report of the four crafty-days! Enjoy, Clara.

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  19. So intrigued where you heading to, but sounds great fun. A long weekend crafting and no housework, Bliss.
    louise x

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  20. Your blouse looks lovely.
    Have a good time away!

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  21. Hi Hen, I love, love, love your blouse.
    Look forward to hearing all about your course/workshop and seeing what you have made.
    Thank you for your kind caring comment on my blog last week, it really was appreciated.
    Carol xx

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  22. What lovely material! I live close to Ardingly they have some wonderful events there - in fact I am off to a car boot sale there this Sunday. Only just found your blog so have a few wonderful hours in front of me reading all your posts! Nikki

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  23. your blouse is gorgeous! I love the fabric! I am the same as you - keep buying patterns and never getting round to making them ... until now .. I'm on a roll at the mo. Just posted a pic of a dress I made this week and almost finished a shirt dress today :O)

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  24. The blouse is wonderful hen! Well done on finally making something from one of your patterns, it looks like it was a breeze for you! Love the fabric. Would love to see you modelling it too! Perhaps when you return from your course, not anything to do with The Battery is it?! Vanessa xxx

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  25. Your new picture looks so nice and the blouse is gorgeous. Nicole xxx

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  26. Just wanted to stop by and tell you I have given you the versatile blogger award. Please stop by my blog to pick it up. (If you don't do these types of things...that's fine...at least you know I enjoy your blog) :)
    www.grammaritascrochetetc.com

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