Archives: August 2017
Posted in Product Reviews on Thursday the 31st August 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
The bag of fabric was surprisingly heavy, making me wonder just how many pieces of fabric were in there! Opening the fabric delivery is a bit like Christmas; the anticipation of what you might get, and wondering what you will make with it all. Would it be soft, floaty fabrics, or linen that my Gran would be insisting needs ironing? Or perhaps pastel shades, that don’t necessarily suit my skin tone, or maybe some bright summery lemons and oranges?
First up is a linen-like lined fabric; something I’ve never come across before. I had a generous two metres, which worked out as a perfect length to make a pair of Blank Slate Oceanside trousers. Being lined, it would also have worked well for a jacket. It was a bit more “fray-happy” than I’d anticipated, but swapping over to a ballpoint needle seemed to help when it came to finishing off the seams.
The Oceanside trousers have quite a relaxed feel, but the fabric looks dressy enough for them to be smart casual. I think these trousers will get a lot of wear, as they feel like they would be plenty warm enough for spring and autumn as well as cool summer evenings.
After making these trousers, I had just enough left over to make a pair of Oceanside shorts as well. This time rather than just zigzagging the raw edges, I chose to finish the seams as mock flat-felled seams which not only gives a slightly different look to the shorts themselves, but should also make the seams a little stronger.
If I’d come across the stretchy striped fabric in a shop, I probably would have walked straight on by – the pattern is a lot more vivid than I would normally pick. However, with just over a metre and a half of this fabric, I knew it could make a fantastic unique jacket. New Look Pattern 6351 was my pattern choice, as being a cropped jacket, I knew I should have enough fabric length to make it work.
I did hack the pattern a little, adding in an extra half inch on both sides of the back seam just for ease of movement, and also added pockets in the side seams. I find three quarter length sleeves really don’t suit me, as they look more like 7/8 length. So rather than hemming the sleeves to the 3/4 length specified in the pattern, I used some blue bias binding. This meant that I ended up with full length sleeves which look much better. Sewing this fabric felt like a dream – it fed through my machine perfectly, and the small amount of unpicking I needed to do went really smoothly.
Next up we have some purple fabric with a diagonal metallic thread running through it; I was debating for a while on whether I should make a top or craft item - a much needed new container for my collection of sewing patterns. In the end, the metallic thread looked too fancy for simply storing my patterns, so I settled on view E from this New Look Sewing Pattern (6110). 110cm was just enough to make the top and belt. This one was quite challenging to sew, as it was rather slinky and slipped about while I was trying to pin the seams. The metallic thread made spotting the stitches a little more challenging when it came to unpicking, (is it just me that needs to unpick?) but the fabric has a really nice feel to it, which balances out the challenge of sewing it!
I will admit I gave up on trying to sew the belt “properly” – there was no way the fabric would turn on such a narrow tube, so I simply folded the fabric over as if I was making bias binding, and stitched down one side.
Finally, I had just over 120cm of a chiffon-like fabric with what I’m assuming are ‘pleather’ pieces sewn on to make a border design. I’d left this one for last, as I really hadn’t a clue what to make with it. I’d considered making it into a bag, but I thought the chiffon might be likely to catch and run. Or maybe it would work as a maxi skirt – but I couldn’t work out how to squash the pattern into the 120cm width, so I could have the border running neatly along the bottom edge.
In the end, I decided to use some gold coloured lining fabric with it, and cut out the Blank Slate Oceanside Shorts pattern from the top of the chiffon. It would have looked great if I had been able to use the pleather border on the legs, but again there wasn’t quite enough width to achieve it. However, I found a perfect place to show off that pattern effect – on the pockets! I didn’t follow the pattern entirely for these pockets; the top corner should be turned back, but to allow the main focus to be the pleather border itself, I cut that pocket edge across the diagonal fold line. That way you get the angle, without the turned fabric corner.
I will admit that the chiffon was my least favourite fabric to sew – I’m not used to sewing something so delicate, and there were a few arguments between me and my sewing machine before I’d finished! This was one reason why I decided to sew a bound hem on these shorts instead of simply folding the hem allowance twice and stitching; I didn’t think I would be able to get the hem to sit neatly otherwise.
Overall, I had a great time picking out the patterns and sewing them. This mystery Fabric Bag has given me some challenges, and I’ve got 5 great garments from it, and the knowledge that I don’t just need to stick to basic polycotton when it comes to picking fabric for clothing!
Posted in Q&A's on Wednesday the 30th August 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
Posted in Projects on Tuesday the 29th August 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
Are you looking to sew a fabric this Summer that I promise you haven’t sewn before? Yes, then you must read this post...
Let me introduce you to gold shimmer Cork Fabric and it’s pretty special. The fabric is made with natural cork on a fabric backing with a gold fleck that sparkles. Here’s why I love it...
It’s Soft To Handle
Because the backing is a fine gauge with a linen feel, this means that the fabric is soft and easy to cut, sew and make with. On this blog post, I am going to see how my sewing machine can take the fabric and make a one on trend clutch bag for your Summer holidays.
It Sews Up To Four Layers On Your Machine
The first thing I wanted to do was to see how my sewing machine would sew the fabric and how to iron it. I pinned the fabric with quilting pins and decided to make a simple tote bag as a test. I firstly pinned the fabric with quilting pins as dressmaking pins were too small to puncture the cork. I then stitched the inside of the fabric with a 100 Ball Point Needle and this was the outcome...
I then turned my bag the right way out and tried to press it. I used a pressing cloth on the bag and it pressed just like a heavy weight cotton. I was being to like my new found fabric a lot!
I then looked at how many thickness of cork fabric my sewing machine would handle (it’s only a domestic machine), I tested this on making the handles for the bag. I needed four thickness of cork fabric stitched together with a top stitching thread. I firstly pressed the handles as I couldn’t tack/baste them together to form the shape as it was too much for pins to puncture the four thickness of cork. The stitching was perfect and my feed dogs took the fabric normally. Plus the gold didn’t shed all over my machine, now that would have been a mess to clear up. Phew! A gold fabric that didn’t shed sparkle to clear up, a bonus!
You Can Glue It!
My oversized holiday bag was taking shape, so I stitched on the handles and top stitched the top of the bag. I’m going to admit that I am a picky seamstress and I wasn’t totally happy with the stitching of my handles to the bag due to working the fabric around the machine arm. The fabric has some drape but not enough to fold it get my sewing machine arm around the fabric. I decided to take the selvage of the fabric and stitch that over the handle bases at the sides to form a contrast. I’m really happy with this look.
You Can Hand Stitch It!
To finish off my handles I hand stitched with a tapestry needle to secure the threads. The needle stitched perfectly and gave a really tidy finish.
And here is my final oversize tote bag which it so comfy to wear and the gold just makes it so Summer 2017.
After I had tested the fabric out on my tote bag, I had only used half the fabric. I was hooked on making something else now I knew what my fabric and my machine could do! So I made a cute tassel clutch to add to my cork bag collection.
Here is my step by step tutorial to make yours in a Crafternoon...
Firstly cut out your fabric 50x 27cm
Iron it with a towel or pressing cloth to remove these fold lines.
Fold your clutch to the side you want, you may prefer a deeper pocket and smaller front fabric, it is up to you!
Take a dinner plate and trace a curve to the front of your bag. Cut out.
Your bag should look like this, then pin down the sides of the bag.
Sew along the side seams on the outside. I choose a black thread but choose any that sums up you!
Your bag is now ready to sew, you just need to finish the ends off with a tapestry needle.
Fold your bag in half and mark off where the middle is and mark with a soft pencil.
You are ready to make your tassel. Take a piece of cork fabric 50cm x 12cm and mark off every .75cm along the fabric or however wide you want your tassels to be.
Then cut your tassels to 1cm of the top of the fabric.
Cut off a piece of the selvedge of your fabric 6 x 2cm and stitch down the sides and across the bottom to form a loop.
Place the loop at the top far end of the tassel and you are ready to roll!. Run your UHU glue along the top of the tassel. Then roll your tassel along regularly to you reach the end.
Press your tassel at the top and then glue another piece of selvedge around the top to finish off your tassel.
Stitch your tassel to the bag in on the pencil mark.
I used a tapestry needle and stranded cotton used as the 6 strands to make it super thick!
Stitch over and over a few times around the tassel and secure on the inside of the bag.
And your bag is ready for you to enjoy Summer!
I have really enjoyed making these projects. I think the cork would also look amazing painted with Fabric Paints or cut into with a design. That maybe next weekend’s plan!
For more information on Samantha’s Crafternoon Teas visit my website @ Crafternoon Tea Hostess
Thanks for reading,
Posted in Guest Posts on Saturday the 26th August 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
Posted in Product Reviews on Thursday the 24th August 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
Hi everyone, it’s Wendy here from Wendy Stitch blog, here to tell you my thoughts on the Minerva mystery Fabric Bundles.
There are loads of different types of bundles available - sheer fabrics, knit fabrics, summer fabrics to name a few. There are also a number of coloured bundles to choose from.
When I first spoke to Minerva about reviewing a bundle I mentioned a couple of colours that I like but that I was open to anything really and to surprise me. They certainly did surprise me! I received not one but two 5m bundles in the post in my favourite colours to wear - red and navy blue.
I wasn’t expecting to get quite so much fabric. Nor was I expecting it to be so lovely. At £9.99 for each bundle they are such amazing value for money.
I am a high school textiles teacher, so I am used to working with all different types of fabrics, but these packs would be really great for new stitchers who want to experiment with different fabric types without spending much.
Let’s take a look at what I got in each bundle and match it up to some summer patterns.
Red and white striped, 2 metres.
This is a heavy weight fabric, that is quite sturdy, possibly a canvas but I could be mistaken. A furnishing fabric rather than a dress making fabric. And so much of it! I’ve got this ear marked for a beach bag for a holiday I have coming up but there’s enough fabric here to do a lot more with it. A Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Dress would be amazing.
Red and white polka dot, 1metre.
I love polka dots. Very happy to see some woven polka dot fabric has been included. This appears to be a cotton and is a light/medium weight. I love the combination of spots with stripes so this is going to become the lining of my striped beach bag.
Red floral, 1 metre.
This is a really good quality cotton with a gorgeous bright floral print. I could imagine this fabric becoming an amazing Hawaiian style shirt or a vintage style dress. I do love this fabric but it’s not really my style, so I probably wouldn’t wear it. Instead I am going to turn it into a lovely make up bag. If there is enough left I might also make a vintage style head band.
Red and white narrow stripe, 1 metre.
A beautiful narrow striped cotton seersucker. This is just crying out to be a summer top. Perhaps an Ogden Cami by True Bias Patterns.
Navy stretch, 2 meters.
I’m not sure what this is to be honest. It is a knit fabric with quite a lot of stretch. I suspect it is synthetic but without burning it I can’t be sure! This is my least favourite fabric from the bundles. I could see it being made into a casual day dress or sports wear, but it is not really me. I will use it for when I am making toiles of garments that need a stretch fabric.
Navy and white stripe, 1 metre.
Don’t you just love navy and white stripes. So nautical and summery. I am thinking of making a simple self drafted gathered skirt for summer with this striped cotton.
Blue and white narrow stripe, 1 metre.
A classic blue and white striped seersucker. I am hoping I can squeeze a pair of shorts out of this gorgeous fabric. I’m going to have to order more of this, it would make an amazing summer dress. I’d love a Christine Haynes Emery Dress from it.
Tie Dye knit, 1 metre.
I would never have picked out this fabric for myself but I absolutely adore it. It’s a tie dye jersey fabric with a bit of an intentional crinkle to it. I might actually try to iron out the crinkle but otherwise this fabric is so great. It’ll make a great summer top like the Rumi Tank and will be perfect for my holiday.
Fabulous fabrics bundles and such amazing value. I am seriously impressed. I can’t recommend highly enough!
Thanks for reading,
Wendy @ Wendy Stitch
Posted in Projects on Wednesday the 23rd August 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
Posted in Projects on Tuesday the 22nd August 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
Hello, I’m Allie from The Aspiring Seamstress and today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on my current favorite dress pattern, the B6453 from Patterns by Gertie. I’ll also show you how I widened my dress straps so that they hide my bra straps. Before I get started though, I’d like to thank Minerva Crafts for allowing me to write a guest post on their blog and for sending me some lovely materials for the dress.
So for those of you who don’t know, the B6453 Sewing Pattern is a pretty little sundress with the option for either a full or fitted skirt. It has a good mix of easy and challenging techniques, which to me makes it perfect for the beginner seamstress. I myself am a beginning seamstress and while some parts were hard, I did make it through alright. I learned how to do an FBA, sew princess seams, and put in a lapped zipper. The hardest parts for me were the princess seams, I still need some practice with those!
This will be my third B6453 dress. I’ve already made two others, both full skirted versions as well. I’m kind of in love with this pattern! I chose this pretty claret red Cotton Poplin Fabric for this version, as I wanted something a little more grown up than the other ones I’ve made (if you want to see those, check them out on my blog!). I’m very happy with my fabric choice, it feels nice and the color is so gorgeous and rich!
I love pretty details so I chose the Heart Pull Zipper. The pattern calls for a 14” zip and the longest this one comes in is 12”, but that wasn’t a big deal. I just sewed the back skirt panels up a couple inches higher than usual. I can still get the dress on AND I have a pretty little heart dangling in the back.
I also added some waist ties because I love bows. I made some long rectangular tubes and sandwiched them in between the side front and back seam, making sure to keep them above the skirt and bodice seam. I also ironed on some interfacing so the bow would keep its shape and not droop.
This dress can be styled in the retro way as it’s meant to be…..
Or in a modern way.
I really love that because as much as I love vintage fashion, I don’t always feel like wearing it. It’s nice that I can wear this dress both ways.
So, how did I widen my straps? Well, I’ll show you! You will need: measuring tape, a rectangular ruler(not needed but it does make things easier), scissors, and something to write your pattern onto(paper, pattern paper, muslin, etc.). Oh, and a writing tool of your choice of course!
I didn’t make my straps adjustable, by the way. I don’t need them to be adjustable and I’m not entirely attached to the look so made I them stationary.
We will need two measurements, how long we want our straps and how wide we want them to be. To get the strap length, try on your dress bodice(or dress muslin bodice) and measure from the back strap point to the front strap point. You might need some help with this! Add about ½” to the length measurement as seam allowance.
The width is a little trickier to get, you may have to experiment with it. I measured the width of my bra straps and added ¼” to get 1” wide straps, which worked ok for me. I was experimenting to see if I could go a little smaller this time(it works, but just barely). It may be different for you, depending on how wide your straps are.
Take your width measurement and multiply by two(since we’ll be folding them in half). Then add your seam allowance(mine was 5/8” but you can do whatever seam allowance you're comfortable with). Here’s a handy graphic for you:
Next, use your measurements to draw a nice little rectangle onto your chosen pattern paper. It’ll look something like this.
Cut your new customized strap pattern out(you just made a pattern, yay!). Pin it to your dress strap fabric and cut away. Remember that you’ll need two straps, so fold your fabric in half before you pin. Or you can cut them out one at a time if you’d like, whatever floats your boat.
Alrighty now we’re going to fold each rectangle in half (right sides together!) and sew a straight stitch down the long sides so we end up with two tubes:
Turn those babies right side out. I just used my fingers to do this because my straps were wide enough, but you can also do the safety pin method. Or use one of those helpful strap turner contraptions.
Ok, now you’re going to attach the straps to your bodice. All you have to do is line up the end of your strap at the original pattern’s strap point. Sew close to the end of your strap and then just a little above that to make sure it stays on.
Now continue making your dress the usual way until you get to the facings. Not much is different here really, you’ll just be sewing with a smaller seam allowance at the sides of the straps. Mark the top of the strap and where it begins/ends with pins. It’ll look like this:
Sew on your facing, and when you get to the straps sew where the pins were. Be careful not to sew the sides of the straps with the facing! Continue making your dress according to the pattern directions and ta-da!
Now you can wear your favorite bra with your B6453 dress! I hope my instructions were clear enough. If you have any questions just ask by leaving a comment here on the Minerva blog and I’ll be quick as I can to answer.
I really love my B6453 dresses, they get a lot of wear. I’m so glad I decided to make them! I learned so much from this pattern and I’m now very excited to make all sorts of pretty things to wear.
If you’re a beginner like me and you’re thinking of attempting the B6453 dress, go for it! You will not regret it. If you get stuck there are some nice ladies in the sew along group on Facebook who are happy to answer your questions, and Gertie wrote some very helpful posts on her blog about each of the dressmaking steps. The making process can be frustrating at times but I promise you it is worth it! You’ll have some very twirlable dresses in the end. Or some sassy fitted dresses, depending on what you choose.
Thank you for having me here!
Allie @ The Aspiring Seamstress
Posted in Q&A's on Sunday the 20th August 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
We have a new blogger joining the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network next month, so here is a little Q&A to introduce Athina to the team...
Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?
My name is Athina and I am 26 years old. I live in a small town in Greece and I’ve been sewing since 2012. My personal blog is athinakakou.com where I share my sewing adventures and my quest to a fully handmade wardrobe.
I love organizing my pattern stash but I wish the day had more hours so I could make them all!
When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?
I have always been a creative person and did lots of crafting since I was a little girl. Sewing came to my life much later, though, when I was in university and I was trying to find a hobby for my free time. I started making felt animals, key chains and softies and I then moved on to kids clothes and accessories. A few years later this became my job when I opened Craftaholic, my handmade business here in Greece.
A peek into my sewing space
Do your friends or family craft along with you?
Unfortunately, I don’t have many friends that share my passion for sewing but my mom and I like to crochet in the winter. My grandma is always a seamstress and when all of us are together we like to discuss our sewing projects and make stuff for one another, she helps me with fitting issues and offers me advice.
My SOI Nancy dress
Who do you make things for?
Well, as I said I sew for a living so I make kids clothes for many children every day. When it comes to... grownup clothes, I mostly sew for myself but I very often make things for my mom and my friends.
One of my favorite outfits is this Sew Over It combo, an Ella blouse with an ultimate pencil skirt
What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?
I love a good quality Viscose Fabric. It presses really well and it hangs beautifully, it’s my go-to fabric!
This summer I made lots of Kimonos, one of them is this gorgeous Sew Caroline Florence Kimono made of a floral chiffon
How many projects do you have on the go at one time?
I always work on 2-3 project simultaneously. That prevents me from getting bored and if a project gets harder or it’s a bit trickier to work on in an evening, I pick an easier one and leave this for a day until I am well rested. However, this has it’s disadvantages because it can be very overwhelming.
My Vintage Shirt Dress from SOI
What's your favourite thing you have ever made?
Without a doubt, my first Betty dress, which I made for my birthday. There’s something about a full circle skirt that makes a girl happy :)
My birthday dress, a SOI Betty in navy polka dots. I love it!
What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)?
I recently made a maxi dress for my mom to wear at a wedding she attended. It was made out of a beautiful floral viscose and she looked stunning!
My Tilly and the buttons Clemence Skirt
What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start crafting?
A few months ago Pinterest was my main source of inspiration. These days though Instagram has taken over. The sewing community there is so active and my feed is always full of beautiful garments, ideas and useful advice. I find myself saving lots of pictures and I’m so thankful for everyone I met so far!
That said, The Foldline is a website I visit almost daily for pattern inspiration and of course the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network is also amazing!
A “named clothing” Reeta dress in a floral viscose, which I made as a wearable toile before I cut into the “real” fabric. This will be my first project for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network, coming soon!
Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?
Oh, yes! I follow so many lovely bloggers that it’s hard for me to choose! From the top of my head, Jessica Lorraine, Rosabella from Sewn, Gabberdashery, Emilly Hallman, Self Assembly Sewing, The Crafty Pinup and many more!
A SOI Susie Blouse made of a beautiful viscose with contrasting cuffs and collar
And that's it for today. Thanks so much to Athina for this lovely Q&A today, it's been great to get to know you ahead of you joining the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network!
Keep your eyes peeled for Athina's first post on the #MCBN, which will be out in September :)
Thanks for reading,
I have always loved sewing with Felt and there are several examples of crafting with this fabric over on my blog at www.margueritedesigns.blogspot.co.uk. I even wrote a dissertation on the history of the felt hatting industry in my hometown of Denton, Manchester. I was curious to see what I could do with the felt sheets stocked by Minerva in both soft and hard qualities.
You can buy these Soft Felt Fabrics and Hard Felt Fabrics in packs of 10 assorted sheets. Each pack comes in a variety of geometric designs that complement each other which helped me decide that I would like to use the sheets in a patchwork effect. I have recently begun bag making and thought I could create a patchwork duffel. The sheets are just the right size to attach to each other – 2 each for the front and back. I attached them with a decorative zigzag fell seam in the centre front and back.
I used the hard quality felt for the body of the bag to give it some shape. I needed to make a contrasting lower band and upper drawstring band on the bag and for this I used a shiny crepe backed Satin Fabric as a different texture to the fuzziness of the felt. Crepe backed satin is a very volatile and difficult fabric to manoeuvre and I wasn’t impressed with my attempt at sewing it to the felt neatly on the lower band.
I found some Grosgrain Ribbon and used this to hide the machined seam, sewing it on by hand. I was happy with this result although it delayed my progress.
I wanted to use the satin for the strap to tone in with the rest of the bag and I wrapped a length of the fabric around an inner core of canvas ribbon with the raw edges to the centre. I cut a zigzag patchwork band to run along the entire length of the middle of the strap to make a decorative effect and tie in with the rest of the bag. This made a nice co-ordinating feature with the centre front seam. The canvas ribbon helped to keep the satin stable and I was able to machine along the length with no trouble.
I also made a feature of the bag’s closing flap. I used a white and purple gingham for the outside and again white and purple on the inside in a star print. In a small quantity, it doesn’t look out of place with the black and purple of the rest of the bag. I used the soft felt for the outer surfaces and, to give it a bit of body, cut a piece out of the firm felt as an inner to give it shape.
The satin drawstring casing at the top of the bag was easier to construct than the lower band in that there was no seam on view – it was hidden inside. I used the soft felt as a backing to the casing and to give a bit of body. A cord was threaded through and out to the centre front where it can be tied and hidden by the closing flap.
Soft felt was also used as the base of the bag as it had some ‘give’ in it and was easier to sew to the main harder body but I also cut another base out of the harder felt to place inside the bag to make it firmer.
I have made this bag a couple of times before and loved it – it’s from a very old Vogue pattern that I have in my stash. On each occasion I’ve used different fabrics and been happy with the result. I am just as happy with this felt version. It’s turned out really well and I’m looking forward to using it on a weekend out somewhere.
Thanks for reading!
Diane @ Marguerite Designs
Posted in Product Reviews on Thursday the 17th August 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
If you’re anything like me then a surprise is just about the best parcel you could hope to receive! This is exactly what I got when I signed up to review a Fabric Bundle from Minerva. It’s so exciting to not quite know what you are going to get…of course it’s not a complete surprise – you can choose your fabric type or colour and amount. I opted for Knit Fabrics as I just can’t get enough of how comfy they are to wear. I knew I was getting 5m of fabric but did not know what lengths it was going to be. Each piece would be a minimum of 0.5 m but after that anything goes, 10 half metre pieces, 1 five metre piece, or anything in between.
When my parcel arrived, I was so excited to see what I had received. Each piece was as exciting as the rest. There were 5 pieces of fabric in my bundle, each a metre in length (some were even a little more). The first piece, which I was drawn to immediately was a deep red/burgundy colour. It is quite a dense knit, but with some drape and a slight sponginess. I think it is probably a scuba knit.
There was also a creamy white fabric with a similar feel to it but slightly lighter weight.
The next fabric that caught my eye was a black double layered knit. The two layers are held loosely together and are quite different in texture and weight. The back piece of fabric feels like Ponte de Roma with a loose patterned knit on the front. This fabric is so soft and feels like it will be nice and warm to wear due to the layers whilst being light weight.
Next up were two quite different fabrics which I probably wouldn’t have picked out myself but I already have lots of ideas on how to use them. This is one of the bonuses of getting a mystery bundle – you get to try fabrics you might not have otherwise chosen. This yellow shiny loose knit is a medium weight with a strange almost tie-dye effect but in stripes. It is very drapy and has a lot of stretch. I think it will be perfect to try making some sportswear, such as leggings and vest tops.
Finally, this black/blue fabric is particularly interesting, it feels like jersey fused onto tights! The jersey has cut out holes so you can see the tights material behind and creates an animal print. It is not something I would have picked out but I can see how you might use it for making a costume – perhaps for Halloween.
Once I had unpacked all the fabrics and made a quick assessment as to which ones were my favourites, I started to hatch some plans in my head as to what I could make with all of them. Whilst doing this, I stuck them all straight in the wash to avoid any nasty surprises once you’ve finished sewing. Nobody wants to spend all that time sewing something amazing, only to find it shrinks in the first wash. However, I needn’t have worried. All the pieces came out of the wash the exact size they went in! This is always a bonus when buying fabric as you really do get the yardage you had hoped for.
Whilst the fabrics were washing I set about hunting in the packaging for the packing slip. It was here I found the first and only downfall of the mystery bundle – it was just that, a mystery; no description of any of the fabrics. If you know your fabric types well I guess this is not a problem, but sometimes it is nice to know exactly what you have got, but I guess it is also fun to just go ahead and make something without sticking to the rules!
With so much fabric it was impossible to decide what to make first but I had to trust my instincts and go with the dark red material, with a metre of fabric it was plenty to make a pencil skirt and the weight of the fabric was just right! It was such a speedy sew, the fabric just glides through the machine and this type of skirt is so easy to make as you can just try it on and pin it to fit and then sew away!
To go with the skirt, I needed to make a cardigan and the black fabric from the bundle was perfect for this. Again, a simple sew but this time there were a few snags along the way (quite literally!). As the fabric has two layers the looser knit on the top kept getting stuck on the foot of my machine and so it was necessary to take it quite slowly but I think the result was worth it.
I loved my mystery bundle – 5 metres of Fabric and it is only £9.99, what a bargain! There is bound to be something you will love with such a selection of fabric and even if it is not all the sort of fabric you would normally choose to buy it is a great way to try something new without breaking the bank!
Thanks for reading,
Helen @ H's Handcrafts