A little better maybe

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Not so horrendous!

I made myself a top, based on  a pattern in an old Burda magazine. It's this pattern 131  from March 2004

 and it is meant to look something like this

 This is how it is on me, kind of sofa covered apple. I think I need to learn to pose. Yeah, that'll make it  look better!

The 17 - Y-O thinks I look cute.  Cute!  Sigh.....
                                                                  .l..
I really like it on me.  It was very easy to make and since I have so many items in my wardrobe that I can wear with brown, I'm gonna get a lot of wear out of it!

Some more pictures

Vent in add on sleeve

Gathered side seams
Double stitched hems



There are only 2 pattern pieces, the rest being cut straight from the fabric.  There's meant to be a couple of  little drawstrings in a seam casing on the top of the sleeve vent from the shoulders. No.  Not for me.  The fabric is one I described as a chocolate brown with a silver and cream pattern. I bought the fabric 2 years ago and then as often happens, I immediately hated it and stuck it in a box along with other 'awkward fabric'.  It's a stretchy 100 denier hose kind of fabric.  When I looked at it again recently, I knew what I could do with it.  And I did this instead!
 I'm wearing it tonight but I want to take the hem up a couple inches. I think it falls at a length I call pure frump.  I'll post some more pics tomorrow if I remember! 

Enough for now.

How do you get an alien baby to sleep?

You rocket!   





Tuesday, 17 July 2012

We had a beach party today courtesy of the money we raised from selling bags, T-shirts, bracelets, bookmarks and temporary tattoos, designed by or approved of by the 6-7 year old darlings!
One of the Olympic themed bags we painted
I cant show pictures of the children in the very big; inflatable pool cause we're not allowed to take personal pics of schoolkids for obvious reasons.

I wore this outfit,



 not knowing the party was beach themed. They decided on the theme yesterday after I went home. I chose this outfit because I knew we were going to have sunshine in London for once.

I'm not trying a new pose here!  I placed a mirror behind the  camera so that I could see if I was actually in the range of the camera lens. Then I took some proper pics, well proper for me!
I have been following this blog http://sewingfantaticdiary.blogspot.co.uk/  because it's just fabulous.

I got this kit

curve line and seam allowance drawer

curvy line draw-e thing


dart template

From Sure-Fit designs.


I also had a lesson with a young woman who made clothes back home with her Grandmother without the use of patterns.
They fitted people of all shape and size range;  it is a skill that I have wanted to learn for a long time. I've never been able to work out how to do it myself and I've never seen it on any sites I've visited.  I need to be shown things.  She showed me during a very long afternoon session.  She is very strict and I am a rubbish student, easily distracted.
The good news for me is, I have a few weeks holiday to try the methods I have been learning.  I can practice on myself and The 17-year-old. 
(I am off work 'till September 4th).

These three things, the blog, the African way of making patterns and the kit, will, I hope enable me to make myself some simple, well fitting garments that are comfy and, I hope, stylish.

This is what I've got so far.


I would say sorry about the pics but, you're better off not seeing them  too well.

 It's a steep learning curve for me. I am measuring, analysing, trying to tweak, crease, and fold away bits of fabric that are not suitable. The aim, is a few basic patterns that I can use to make basic garments that I can embellish with pattern, cording, bling, lace, pleats, tucks......

I think  I have the sewing knowledge and maybe even the skills.  I now have to learn to exercise patience and take my time and sew as slowly as is needed instead of trying to make a whole garment in one day or evening and just hope it turns out well!
Am I supposed to sign my name here?  Well anyway, see ya'll
Caje. xx


What's the most dangerous vegetable to have on a boat?
A leek!




Sunday, 1 July 2012


(It never occurred to me that a blog would take up so much of my time!)


Our school is doing an Olympic fair with each class making various items to sell.  My class is making bracelets, doing tattoos and bookmarks and little lunch bags.  I was asked to make 25 little totes by Friday coming and, 




here they are!
This is only 11 bags, there ar 15 more already made up and sitting in the classroom.


Here  are some of the steps I took to make them


Lines of handles.  14cm of 50cm long fabric folded in 1/2 lengthways , edges turned under and sewn along the long edge then cut in half to make a pair of handles


The 17 - year - old.  Elegant hands!

I'll describe how to do this on another, less tired blog

production line of bags

fabric folded in half.  size 50cm x 32cm (ish)


Remember the shawl?
It stays on as you move around

The owner is nuff pleased!

I used a length of the same fabric cut on the bias, to lengthen her dress by 6" (15cm) at the hem because  she said, 'I don't do short!' 
I've not seen the result but she is well chuffed!