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#PatternoftheWeek Simplicity 1080

#POW again!
How quaint and adorable is this pattern that is designed by dottie angel.  I've searched and searched to find fabrics that would do this pattern justice and yes I think I've found just the right ones.
My first choice for the bodice part of the dress is this Cotton Lawn Fabric;
How close is that?
It is described as a fun and quirky floral print fabric on a cotton lawn base. This lovely summery design would look lovely made up into a summer top, dress or skirt. Cotton lawn is an extremely soft and light fabric which will breathe well, perfect for the summer months. Very reasonably priced too! 
For the bottom part of the dress I have chosen this floral Cotton Poplin Fabric;
Again pretty good match and reasonable price. I've teamed both of these with our marble cotton fabric (shade 706). This is a quilting fabric but hey who says I can't use it for dressmaking. Because there are only the pockets to cut out of this fabric, I am just using a Fat Quarter piece. 
So all in all a reasonable price for a bohemium styled dress. I would stress because although all 3 fabrics are cottons they may wash slightly differently so PLEASE WASH FIRST!!!
This shows all 3 fabrics together along with 1/2 inch bias binding in black. 
I've only changed the bottom fabric in this display to this fabric in brown and brown bias binding.
For this display I've used the same brown for the bottom half and changed the top half to another cotton poplin print and used a cream for the pockets. Again brown bias binding.
Here I've changed the top and the pocket fabric around, still looking good don't you think. 
I think version A or B would look good in the cream but how about a lovely patchwork print for a patch pocket? I would team this with a mustard bias binding.
Again swaping these few fabrics around creates so many looks. This is my favourite for the top.
Now back to the pattern. There are only 7 pieces altogether and 2 of these are for the pocket!
Both the fronts and backs are placed on the fold so no zip.The armholes and neck edges are bound with the bias binding. Just a thought you could make your own bias binding with a bias binding maker. As I mentioned earlier the pockets are made from 2 pieces.
There is a little pleat to be made in the main pocket piece and then a band attached to the top edge. Bias binding is applied around the pocket sides and bottom.
The binding is tacked on to the pocket edge and then machine stitched to secure it to the front of the dress or top. The last photo shows the tie bands.
The dress has 'tucks' instead of darts and the tie ends are very cleverly sewn into these tucks which you can see more clearly on my last photo. 
Until next time my sewist friends remember, 'Any day spent sewing is a good day'!
Annette xx
P.S. Dont forget you can get 50% off this pattern, this week only!

#FabricFriday - Monochrome Week!

I so enjoyed looking at black and white fabrics for #POW last week that I thought I would share some more black and white's with you for #FabricFriday. The in-name at the moment is Monochrome. It can appear as pin-stripes and polka dots or even a classic layered look, It is a trend that remains season to season and when teamed with black or white heels it ensures you keep your style strong. I personally love it when a teeny little hint of colour is added somewhere in the outfit which may even be in the accessories, for example the shoes or bag. Sewing wise it could be the buttons or a purchased belt or fabric wise it could be the cuffs, the underside of a collar or even just an inner band on the front edge. For my first fabric I have chosen a New Look pattern 6106.
I love the simplicity of this skirt. It has a slightly shaped waistband which usually fit really well and gives you a good 'line' from waist to hips. And my favourite shape of pockets! I think most types of fabrics are given in the list of suitable fabrics but obviously the fabric you choose will reflect in the hang of the skirt. The 'real' picture on the pattern hangs in a proper A-line and to achieve this a suitable weight fabric must be used. So my first choice of fabric is our stretch Denim Fabric;
Yes I'm steering slightly away from white but it is only slightly!! This is a fabulous stretch denim made from 32% polyester, 65% cotton and 3% spandex. On my next photo I've teamed it with these Dill Buttons. I just love these buttons that actually say on them 'Selfmade' - How cool is that! This follows my 'hint of colour' from earlier and yes if you look closer on the pattern (version C) you can see the red buttons.
Just to mention the other versions shown on this pattern. There are so many possibilities. There are different lengths and even a band added to the hemline so you can make quite a few variations, ie a lovely floral cotton with a co-ordinating plain band, worn with a plain coloured jacket of the same colourway or a plain cotton skirt with a band made in a spotty, floral or stripe and teamed with a top in the same patterned fabric. Yes you can make that too!
For my second fabric I am choosing black revue Jersey Fabric. Any black jersey would be fine but I feel a viscose jersey would be better than a cotton one. Where is the white? you ask, well look at my choice of sewing pattern
How fab is that? For both the front and the back there is the main pattern piece then an upper band and a lower band. On the main picture the middle band has been cut out of a different fabric. So my first choice for this would be this stretch Lace Fabric;
The floral design is very delicate, it is a light to medium stretch fabric and would therefore team really well with the Revue.
This lace trimming is the one which I think stands out the most and looks very similar to the one used on the pattern. As I'm showing in the following photo - the vertical strips of lace are sewn on first followed by two long lengths sewn horizontally along the two band seams and at the same time enclosing the short ends of the lace trim.
Another option for the upper of the two bands would be power net fabric. This wouldn't be as 'see-through' as the lace. If you look at my photo you only see a hint of my hand. 
My own personal choice would be Chiffon Fabric for this band. The problem is it doesn't stretch. On looking at the shapes of the pieces on the pattern instructions I feel that chiffon could be used because of the 'swing' of the shape and also because there is a pleat down the back therefore adding even more fabric into the width.
However care must be taken that the chiffon fabric isn't 'pulled' in any way and that the two different fabrics lie good next to each other with no puckering etc. But hey, how good does this look!
Have a look too at the other variations on this pattern. The one that intrigues me the most is version D. Check the back version...
That would be so me! I'm sure we have a fabric similar to this on our website here at Minerva. Just haven't had the chance to search yet. If you find it meanwhile please let me know! Before I close on this fabric, just to throw a spanner in the works, how about reversing this!! White revue jersey and lace or chiffon and black lace trim.

Last fabric for today but certainly not least has been a favourite of mine for some time. The fabric is a Cotton Canvas Fabric.

How cool is that? The photo above shows almost the full width of the fabric, so you can see it is quite a large print.

Some of you may remember a bag I made in this fabric that I shared some time ago now. I used Simplicity Pattern 2164 version A

I chose this pattern mostly because the front and the back of the bag is in one piece. Therefore making the most of the print. I used Marilyn on the front of my bag and Audrey Hepburn and I think it is Warren Beatty??? on the back. There is also James Dean, Humphrey Boghart and Jane Russell to choose from. I think I've got the names right! Fabric amounts must be reflected in your purchase in order to get the faces you want. I seem to remember I used 0.75 of a metre. I still have the bits I had over...sometime I will use them!

I've displayed the bag alongside my first fabric for today, the stretch denim, they look pretty good together don't you think? Note the red in the fabric! I emphasized this by using red polycotton to line the bag and red polypropylene webbing to make the bag handles. I still love this bag as much as when I first made it.

Sew long for now,

Annette xx


#PatternoftheWeek - Vogue 9067

Scrumptious. Thats how I describe this pattern. It has been on my 'to do' list ever since it launched. I just love the casualness (is that a word I ask myself?) of each piece in the collection. And so Vogue Pattern 9067 is my choice for #POW this week...
The pictures on the front of this pattern and the fabrics used look quite stunning. We all come across this problem don't we? Where we fall in love with what is on the front of the pattern and then can't find a fabric match anywhere, even in this day and age when we have the internet to explore. On our website alone there are tons of black and white prints that could be used for these trousers. One of the beauty's of this pattern is you can use jerseys or non-stretch fabrics for any item. And so I thought I would look for something a little different...
My first choice would be in jersey. Similar design but in reds. Fantastic for on holiday don't you think! Our description says of this fabric "A beautifully soft viscose/rayon jersey with spandex from the 'Mambo' collection. This fabric is very soft and fluid with a show-stopping print. What an amazing maxi dress this would make! Perfect for summer holidays and easy-care clothing". Definitely suitable for either design trousers. I've teamed this with Revue jersey. This is fast becoming my favourite silky jersey fabric. It is described as "a  luxury knitted fabric from the Revue collection. It is a gorgeous soft, drapey and very stretchy jersey fabric. It is a medium weight with a good amount of stretch in all directions and would be well suited to sewing patterns that require an all way stretch fabric. It has a very smooth and soft texture and is washable by either hand or machine. Ideal for making slinky tops, skirts and dresses. Styles with lots of drapes and folds would really show off this fabric to its full potential" Just look at all three fabrics on my next photo.
Yes quite bright (remember holiday) but you could put black and white together for the top or all white or all black. Lots of possibilities! Now I am really buzzing about this next choice. For me this looks even better than version A/E on the pattern! 
This gorgeous viscose/lycra stretch jersey fabric has a beautiful abstract design and is ideal for all-way stretch knit patterns, for tops, dresses, skirts and more! The pink colour within the print really makes it pop! It is a medium weight with a lovely drape and handle. It is machine washable and relatively easy to sew, so great for anyone new to knit fabrics.
My photo shows this beautiful fabric with the pink colour in our cotton jersey fabric along with the white. These three fabrics feel good together even though the patterned one is viscose. It would be ideal to wear these say for day wear but if you want more of a slinky top how about our plain viscose jersey in rose pink. This is a slightly darker pink than the one in the patterned fabric but still matches well. And again use along with the white or how about black. Or a black back, white front and pink insert! I could go on and on.
Now my next choice of fabrics has been much admired here in the Craft Centre by our lovely customers when I was photographing it. This was the talked about photo! Remember the fabric does not have to be jersey.
The patterned fabric is a polyester print. I have matched it to two shades of Trieste peachskin fabric - jade and ivory.
The Trieste collection is a gorgeous soft and drapey peachskin. Not to be confused with microfibre, peachskin is the highest quality, very finely woven polyester fabric. Because this fabric is woven so finely (down to 0.001 denier) it means this fabric does not crease easily. Perfect for occasions when you need a fabric that will not crease such as travel wear or special occasion wear for bridesmaid dresses. It is a medium weight fabric that  is perfect for making lots of different garments but is particularly suited to loose unstructured styles such as Jackets, Dresses, Tops, Skirts, Trousers and more. Peachskin has a beautiful softness and drape whilst still retaining body and weight unlike any other fabric. It is very easy to sew (when you use a very fine needle) and comes in a wide range of colours for all occasions. I think all three fabrics look quite stunning together don't you agree?
Just before I returned these trieste to their 'home' I couldn't help but notice this next fabric. So I just added the navy trieste and voila another lovely combination...
Last but not least, I possibly would say this is my favourite combination. Only because this patterned fabric is high on my list to make a jumpsuit. Now I'm seeing it with these two other fabrics I don't know what to do!! It comes in red and fuchsia too but I absolutely love the turquoise.The fabric to go with this is a lighter weight than the trieste but otherwise quite similar. It is described on our website as 'A beautiful quality soft polyester dress fabric which has the most amazing drapes and handle. It is soft and floaty yet at the same time has a good amount of body and is not very see through. It would be perfect for making dresses, skirts and tops, but you could also utilise this fabric to make soft, drapey trousers and jackets. Because it is made from a synthetic fibre this fabric will be very easy case and require little or no pressing.'
Now back to the pattern. At first glance they all look the same top with sleeve variations. On closer inspection version C is totally different. 
As you can see from the drawing off the pattern, the seams within the tops are in different places. And you can tell more easily how you could work your colour combinations. When you look at the drawing of Top A you will notice there is a back seam with an opening at the top. 
The next photo shows how you sew that seam and finish off the edges of the opening- pretty easy and straightforward. 
The last photo for today shows the opening on top C. Now because there is no back seam, this opening has to be bound, a little harder.
You could easily change this to an opening as on version A. Simply get piece 11 upper back and where it says 'place on fold' add on 5/8" or 1.5cm on to this to create a back seam. This can be added on when cutting the pattern pieces out. Then just follow instructions for version A.
Until next time Happy Sewing
Annette xx

#FabricFriday - Linen Inspiration!

As I am writing this I am glancing out of the window and yes it is snowing. I only like snow when I'm at home and don't need to venture out of the front door! But after an eventful journey sliding about in the car I got to work at last and here I am doing what I love, writing about some of our lovely fabrics for #FabricFriday. I'll worry about sliding my way home later!!
And so for #FabricFriday should I talk wools again with this snow? No lets think spring and summer, Cotton Fabrics and Linen Fabrics or combinations of. When thinking about which fabrics to choose this week, I came across a New Look Pattern  that would fit the bill perfectly (its on sale at the moment too!)
I love suggesting these sort of patterns for you where there are a few different items (value for money and especially with being half price at the moment). So there's a jacket and trousers, a dress with sleeve variations or a top and a cute little clutch bag. I must admit I'm thinking linens, linens and more linens. Yes it does crease and I know it will never suit everybody but sometimes I think please give it a chance. My conversations about linen with my lovely customers in the Craft Centre usually ends with "but people will think I haven't ironed my dress". My view is anybody looking usually knows it's linen because of any creases. For me the wearability goes above and beyond any creases. Linen is known to allow more airflow and less likely to cling. It is highly absorbent, is a good conductor of heat but feels cool to the touch. It will therefore absorb perspiration and won't feel clammy. It acts like a cooling system!
This gorgeous Linen Fabric is made from a blend of 55% linen and 45% cotton. It has a lovely weight and drape and is perfect for creating your summer wardrobe, from tops and shirts to skirts and dresses, as linen keeps you cool in heat! (just to mention it again!!) 
From the 'Promenade' collection this fabric is beautiful quality and easy to sew - all the excellent qualities of Linen!
My next choice of linen is this fab striped linen fabric;
This gorgeous 100% Linen fabric features a pretty woven stripe in shades of green and taupe on an ivory background. This fabric is a good weight and has a gorgeous drape. And my last fabric this week is... 
I may be repeating myself in parts but below is our description of this linen on our website;
Dressy or casual, for a day at the office or a day on the beach, garments made of natural linen are comfortable, versatile and attractive. Natural linen has long been a fashionable choice for people wanting an easy-care, go-everywhere fabric. If you have never sewn with linen, you may be afraid it is difficult to work with. Actually, linen is easy to sew, it does not slip or stretch when you are cutting it out or sewing a seam. Linen is ideal for warm weather because it "breathes", allowing perspiration to wick away from the skin. This 100% Linen Fabric is a medium-heavy weight and is perfect for Dresses, Soft Jackets, Skirts, Trousers, Wraps, etc. Because of the weight of this linen, it is also lovely for all sorts of home decor projects such as tablecloths, napkins, placemats, drapes, pillows, and slipcovers. Linen is also ideal for historical enactment garments. This Linen is a non-stretch, machine washable and it's flow and handle is absolutely stunning!
And now for my photo of all three fabrics together with the pattern...
Don't they look just gorgeous?
I immediatly see the jacket and trousers in the plain linen and the top in the stripe. Or striped trousers and plain top. Patterned dress with plain jacket. Striped top with patterned trousers. Indeed each item could be made in each fabric and mixed accordingly. I think it quite acceptable to put the patterned and the striped fabrics together. 
Until next time my fellow sewists,
Annette xx

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#POW Pattern of the Week - Vogue Lynn Mizono 1455

I hope you liked the Sewing Pattern of the week I shared with you last time even though it was mainly aimed at boys (they do get left out sometimes in our sewing world don't they?). My #POW Pattern of the Week this time couldn't be more different if I tried!! This has to be one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen for a little girl. 
It is designed exclusively for Vogue by the American designer Lynn Mizono and is available in sizes 2 to 8 years old. If you have never used patterns designed by Lynn Mizono I can only describe them as quite casual but they always have that 'something extra'. My favourites are when she changes the shape of the hemlines. She uses buttons alongside buttonholes to create unusual drape on the hemlines. And so this little girl's dress is a dream dress. The designer has used her button technique to shape the hem. I would imagine that each time this dress is worn the hemline will hang a little different! 
The dress is made using four different fabrics. Two for the 'outside' and two for the 'inside'. In other words this dress is reversible. For the fabrics I immediately steered towards our fantastic range of cotton Quilting Fabrics and just fell in love with these...
My first photo (above) shows my choice of fabrics altogether. I thought these replicate the fabrics used on the pattern. On my second photo below I have introduced the ribbon I would use along with the pattern. 
Don't you agree these would serve this pattern well?
For the 'outer dress' or side 1, I love these two fabric (above) together; a Timless Treasures Fabric in a floral print and the co-ordinating Fabric along with a 15mm Polka Dot Ribbon in red with white spots on.
And for the 'inner dress' or side 2 I love these two together; Timeless Treasures Fabric and the red Polka Dot Fabric along with 25mm Polka Dot Ribbon in green with white spots on. 
On reading the instructions for the pattern you will find that the pieces are worked together in an unusual way;
This photo shows how the pieces are sewn together.
The photo (above) shows how the hemline is turned up towards the bodice of the dress. Buttons and buttonholes are placed on the side seams and this is the only attachment. And so the hemline drapes in the middle (I hope that makes sense!). On the pattern photo you will notice how there are three of the fabrics showing on the righthand design. On the instructions it states that "additional buttons may be added for varied dress lengths".
So when you look at the pattern, the red dotted fabric is actually the turned up hem of the under dress but fastened on a lower button on the side seam and therefore hangs longer. It really is a most impressive design that is quite easy to sew. It could be made in such a variety of fabrics. The list is endless!
And 'sew' until next week,
Annette xx

#FabricFriday - Lyocell & Canvas Fabrics

I 'sew' look forward to #FabricFriday! 
There are so many new fabrics each week that arrive here at Minerva HQ but also some fantastic fabrics that have been with us for a while and when you put them with say a new pattern or with new trims a whole new world is opened up to you. And yes that is the beauty of fabrics. My first fabric choice for this week is this linen blend Fabric...
This is a firm favourite with our lovely customers and with myself and by the end of this I'm sure you will see why! It is a gorgeous lyocell and linen blend fabric and although it is classed as a medium to heavy weight it is still quite a 'floaty' fabric and would be absolutely perfect for something like Simplicity Pattern 1883...
This style would take you through spring and summer and would be perfect dressed up with styletos and a hat for a wedding or dressed down with ballet pumps and a sunhat (like the picture) for casual wear. And what to use for the jacket and/or trousers? I so love our Blades Linen Fabric. There are 31 sumptuous shades in this range and it is a blend of 55% linen and 45% cotton. There is a beautiful softness, drape and texture to this fabric and is very easy to sew, perfect for anybody new to dressmaking. Please, please wash and dry first (sorry to be repeating myself). Linen does fray very easily so a good tip is to zigzag around each piece as soon as possible after cutting out. Some would paint around the edge with Fraycheck. I haven't tried that so let me know if you use that method or indeed your thoughts if you are trying it for the first time.
I have teamed together the blue/turquoise lyocell and linen blend fabric with the peacock colour in the blades fabric to show you how they look together...
And now for my last Fabric to show you for this week...
I know you're thinking Annette's made an error here but no I haven't. This is the same design in the same colours but is a stretch cotton canvas.  And so why not make a matching bag! You could make a clutch bag for a wedding or evening wear as in Burda Pattern 7120.
I love version D with the cutout handle. Or for casual wear how about Kwiksew Pattern 3597 (which is on half price sale at the moment!)
This next sewing pattern from simplicity is a handy shopper or could be made into a beach bag. 
This is a simple shoulder bag. The outside could be made in the stretch cotton and possible line it in the blades linen. Use all your bits up! Last but not least my favourite bag pattern at the moment is Simplicity Pattern 1519...
With this pattern you could combine the stretch cotton with the linen for the band. To make this a similar weight you could use a heavy weight iron on interfacing. There is a clutch version as well.
Sew long for now,
Annette xx


#POW Pattern of the Week - McCalls 6222

The Sewing Pattern I have chose for this weeks pattern of the week is McCalls 6222...
From feedback we get here at Minerva, boys as well as girls are now asking Mums to sew for them. Yes there are still the latest trends in 'what make your t-shirt is or indeed your trainers' but I do think some like the individuality of a made to measure garment! This pattern fits the bill perfectly with a Gilet, a shirt and combat trousers. 
For the Gilet I have chose Fleece Fabric in orange. Our Anti-Pil Polar Fleece fabric is the best quality as it pills and stretches the least. Synthetic fleece is a knit fabric that stretches on the crossgrain. It sheds water, holds body heat, but allows perspiration to escape. Fleece is comfortable and warm and survives years of abuse. It is such a versatile fabric and is widely used for sweatshirts, pull-on pants, jackets, coats, cushions, blankets, throws and much more! A chunky zip in a contrast colour will complete the look. The fabric I have chose for the shirt is a Brushed Tartan Fabric called Glenbarroch. The thin orange line running through the fabric works really well with the orange fleece. The third fabric on this photo shows Gaberchino Fabric in Beige. This is a fabric that is highly suitable for these trousers. It is a medium-heavy weight durable fabric ideal for making uniforms and work clothes, jackets, trousers, skirts, dresses, handbags, cushions, aprons and much more. It is between a gaberdine and a chino fabric - hence the name 'Gaberchino'! It has a twill weave and is non-stretch, machine washable, easy care and easy to sew. 
So with these fabrics you are getting warmth with the brushed tartan and the fleece and durability with all three. 
My next choice of fabrics for this pattern is...
I have chose Corduroy Fabric for the trousers. These would be thicker than the gaberchinos and therefore warmer so could easily replace the fabric above. 
It is an 8 Wale medium weight Corduroy fabric and is machine washable, easy to sew and widely used for tops, skirts, dresses, shirts, structured jackets, trousers and children's clothing. I think of it as a very versatile fabric which is machine washable, non-stretch and easy to sew with. The range of colours is amazing and covers pastels, bright and dark colours. I love the cream in this but if you think the colour  is a little too light for your boy then how about dark brown. The check fabric is a lovely light weight polycotton fabric with a fun and trendy tartan check design - bang on trend this season! This fabric would be perfect for making maxi dresses, skirts, summer dresses, tops and definately this shirt! Just peeping out at the corner of the photo is the orange fleece again perfect with these fabrics. 
Another choice of fabrics is shown in my next photo...
This time I am using the gaberchino for the gilet. It shows this effect on our pattern of the week. For the trousers I quite fancy this Camouflage Fabric. This colourway has more beiges in it and therefore blends really well with all the other fabrics I am using. I love the pockets on the side legs of these trousers and you could always add more pockets if required. 
My last choice of fabrics for this pattern is...
I am thinking more summertime with these two fabrics and I am steering away from the beiges! The Cotton Tartan Fabric again, but this time in a navy and white check. This is a fabulous 100% cotton that is available in a huge range of colours. It is a light-medium weight crisp fabric that is easy to sew, is machine washable and presses like a dream. The photo shows this teamed with our charcoal grey Chambray Fabric. Although the check fabrics base colour is navy they go together really well. 
Thats all for this week fellow sewists. I have a fabulous pattern for you next Monday. Think Blacks and Whites!
Sew long for now,
Annette xx

#FabricFriday - Washable Wool and Felting Inspiration

Hi everybody!
#FabricFriday again and we still have this cold and windy weather. So with this in mind I so want to share with you our Washable Wool Fabric. I have mentioned it briefly in previous #fabricfridays but only in a small way. This week I am concentrating on the washable wool. It is a medium to heavy fabric with a lovely soft brushed surface. This fabric is named  'washable wool' because it has the look, feel and characteristics of wool, but because it is made from polyester and viscose only, it is washable and easy care. It comes in a lovely range of rich autumn shades and is a great price for such a lovely quality fabric.
Fab for winter coats that will keep you lovely and warm, which leads me to tell you about some great patterns that would suit this fabric really well. I love how the colours have been used in my first choice of pattern which is Vogue Pattern 8958.
I love version D and yes as you can see from the colour range the washable wool comes in both black and red! How very convenient for this pattern! But I won't stop there, how about teaming this pattern with Butterick Pattern 5566.
Version D (how weird, same version D, and both shown in red and black, meant to be perhaps). In the next photo I have tried to show both images together.
The skirt isn't lined but it is just a case of using the same pieces. Make as a separate skirt in lining fabric and then putting wrong sides together finish as one piece within the waist facing. The jacket has just the one button fastening but how about using my way which is make a feature of the buttons up each sleeve. I think in this instance I would use buttons that you cover yourself. This would give you a quite stunning suit that would be described on a designer level!
I do like the idea of a plain white or ivory vest top worn under this suit, but just to throw a spanner in the works how about making a top in a fabric that would harmonize well with the red and black. This is a lovely soft jersey fabric that drapes beautifully in black, red and ivory.
Most of us would have a pattern of a top in our stash but just in case something like McCalls Pattern 6927 would be ideal.
This is a very easy top with a round neckline which I think this jacket needs but with a choice of sleeveless, short or three/quarter length sleeves.
Ive also found another pattern I think would be amazing in our Washable Wool fabric. What do you think of Vogue Pattern 8430;
This is a very loose fitting, unlined, felted jacket. It has dropped shoulders, a raised neckline and an uneven hemline. If you decide you want a felted jacket then there are instructions included in this pattern for just that. However for the purpose of here and now I want to make this jacket in the beautiful washable wool. It is a dream fabric to needle felt on. The sample below is my Granddaughter Jess messing about with colours!
The next picture is my version of the colours used on the pattern. Washable Wool fabric in grey and I've suggested Sirdar Snowflake Chunky in White and Trimits Natural Roving Wool in Red...
Another choice would be the camel washable wool, snowflake chunky again in shade 625 and the roving yarn is the Clover Roving Wool in Brown. Very yummy!!
And not stopping there how about the brown washable wool with snowflake chunky in shade 666 and clover felting wool in 7929 Gold...
But here is my favourite (yes I still love my browns). The Brown washable wool with Sirdar Bouffle 723 and Trimits Natural Roving wool in Cream/Beige...
Now I have decided I am going to make this jacket so I will write a blog post alongside my blisstime of sewing it! I will mention now though (as you've probably gathered) that the washable wool will not felt because it is not pure wool and because of that the cut edges will fray a little. 
This Vogue pattern is intended for felted fabric so there is no facing in the pattern pieces. There is only the back, front and sleeve pieces. So although there are seam allowances on the shoulder, side and sleeve seams (anywhere where two pieces are being joined together) there are none on the edges i.e, bottom edge, sleeve edge and around the front lapels and neckline.
So when I am making this jacket I will need to do something with the edges. My first thought was to use bias binding. The one I love the most is the one shown on my photo; 
This is a linen look bias binding - which is the darker of the two shades. This matches really well with the colours I am using. However I have spent a little time with my sewing machine trying different ways of attaching the Bouffle yarn along the raw edge and hey it's worked!
I will talk more about that when I am making it. I am so excited about starting this project as I have never done needle felting on a garment. Hehe I can't wait!
Annette xx

#POW Pattern of the Week - Butterick 5867

Hi Everyone. If you are a dog lover and a quilter it could be said that our pattern of the week this week is just for you!
The bag is a dog carrier with a little 'window' for it to look out of! How cute!
But considering the shape of it, it would make a fab bag for anything. 
Then there is an organiser which on the pattern photo has all doggy things in it but that could be used for a multitude of things. I think I would keep my jewellery in it, hung on the back of my bedroom door. 
Now the next is definitely for the dog because it is an indoor kennel! I can't think of any other uses for this can you haha! But I must show this to my daughter and granddaughter for their little dog Minnie. She would just love cosying up in this, oh and I mustn't forget to mention the bone!
For those of you not familiar with printed sewing patterns, this image below shows you the shape of all the pieces included in this particular pattern. 
So immediately I can see that the items on this pattern are made mostly from small pieces. So the reason I mentioned quilters is now obvious. Get your stash of off-cuts out. Patterns like this are brilliant to use some of these up. You could go completely mad and cut every single piece from a different fabric. If you feel some of your stash pieces are too thin of a fabric you could always iron on an interfacing to give them some body. 
For pattern A which is the 'bone' I would suggest Fleece Fabric if possible, especially if you have any off cuts. To be fair this could be made out of absolutely anything, stuffed with a bit of toy filling or be very cost effective and stuff it with old tights! These are ideal to make for craft fairs or small gifts. 
For view B which is the organiser I would say it depends what you are using it for. For me I would have to make it in Timeless Treasures Fabric with a Make Up design.
This fabric has every girly thing possible on it. Hairdryers and brushes. Lipsticks and nail varnish. False eyelashes and even razors!! 
How about making one for your sewing room? Our tape measure Cotton Poplin Fabric would be ideal. It comes in four colourways so you could colour coordinate.
Or how about our Timeless Treasures Sewing Tools Poplin Fabric.
This would look brilliant in my sewing room. It has everything to do with sewing on it. Reels of thread and Needles. Sewing Machines and Irons. Pins and Scissors and is all against a hexagonal background. And indeed if it is for all the doggy bits and pieces how about one of our many Dog Print Fabrics
This brings me to the indoor dog kennel, how nice would that be in a doggy fabric? My choices would be Timeless Treasures Dogs Fabric...
The Dogs are so realistic.
This Fabric is another lovely choice. It comes in four stunning colours but my favourite is the black.
This K9 Cronicles Fabric would look good in most any room...
And last but not least...
Those of you who follow my blog will know I've mentioned this Fabric before. At first glance it looks like a dogtooth check but on closer examination hey ho it is of scottie dogs and comes in nine super colours!
As always, my Sewing Pattern of the week has 50% off, but for one week only!
Until next time my furry, sorry, sewing friends :)
Annette xx

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