Inspiration: Sewing with Oilcloth

Sewing with Oilcloth
by Kelly McCants

This book has some lovely crafty ideas for things to make around the house, gifts or for yourself. I really liked this make up bag and thought it’d be nice as a birthday present too.

I thought this Chalk Cloth Table Runner was quite a cute idea if I owned a cafe (hopefully I wouldn’t feel the need to label my food at home.)

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And I thought these were totally sweet and homely too:

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I’m also quite keen on this tote bag:

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Just a couple more things on my wish list….

ISBN: 978 – 0 – 470 – 91232 – 4

I’m Making a Cape!

The other day when I was choosing fabric with my sister for her birthday dress (link here) I saw these in the end of roll basket.

I know – white wool – what an extravagance!!! …and how impractical…

A long time ago I blogged about Capes, Yay or Nay? after I first fell in love with Erica’s Camel Cape. Since then I’ve seen some lovely capes that other bloggers have made. The overwheming response was that people in blogland think that capes are awesome. And who am I to argue with bloggers? (A very opinionated lot!) So I guess I’m making a cape.

I think I’ll go with the same pattern Erica used – Vogue 8776. I love that this pattern is loose fitted and has the high collar so snuggle my face into when it gets cold.

So more opinions please – shall I go with this pattern and this fabric?

Blue Dress: Finished!

Here’s a photo journey of the Blue Dress (here’s where we left off from):

I sewed the facings to the bodice:

I pinked the edges around the arm and neck holes:

I finished the side seams:

Shortened the straps by about 3 cms:

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And slip stitched the facing down:

Bodice finished:

I folded and pressed 1cm, then folded and pressed an 8cm hem.

20120626-221521.jpgPinked some more:

20120626-221527.jpgSewed the hem down:

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HOPE YOU LIKE IT SISTER 🙂

Bunting Tutorial

All my friends are leaving. Well not quite. [Another friend has just confirmed she is also leaving.] But two of them are. One is doing a university exchange to the UK (London) and the other is doing Camp America (New York state). Pretty much I’m quite jealous of their travels and will miss them both.

But enough of me and on to sewing – what this blog is REALLY about. I decided that as a going away present I would make them each some bunting. This way when they get to their, respective, new accomodation they will have something to put on the wall and make it a bit more homely. I must give due credit to {re}purposed mind for this gift idea.

I decided to go with a green gingham (I heart gingham) and fabric with Pohutukawa blossoms and Tui (I also heart kiwiana).

You will need: scissors, a ruler, some bias seam binding, some card board or paper, thread, some fabric, pins and a pen.

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1. Using your ruler measure a triangle. This will be your template to mark your fabric with. Remember to include a 1.5 cm seam allowance. I made mine 13 x 18 cm.

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2. Trace around your template to mark your triangles. Cut them out. Remember you’ll need twice as many triangles as flags.

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3. Pin your pieces together.

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4. Sew them together.

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5. Trim off the end of the triangle and the excess on the sides at the end.

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6. Press the seams open. This will help the flags to lie flat.

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7. Turn the flag inside out and give it another press.

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8. Count your flags and measure the length of your seam binding. Decide on a distance that you wish to spread the flags out by. I decided on 4 cm between each flag.
Pin the binding over the raw edges at the top of the flag. Sew together.

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9. Hang and enjoy.

I’ll post some photos of it finished when we have some good weather here!

 

Vintage Pattern on Sunday

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Prettiest ways to bare your shoulders – in the sun – after five. Blouse in all views smooth fitting.

Suggested fabrics: linen, pique, cotton broadcloth, shantung, faille, taffeta, velveteen.