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Now look – I don’t do mending!!!!! ……

14 Apr

…. but the zip slider on my favourite gilet has broken aJnd it is impossible to use the zip properly.


Well, whenever there is a problem, there’s always a solution so a quick scour on my favourite auction site have me a thought.

I only needed the slider part and having guessed that it’s a chunky size 5 plastic slider ( fingers and toes crossed for this) I eventually decided that if I bought a continuous zip with two separate sliders, then if it wasn’t right then at least if have something great for bag making. Good sense eh??

So we’re in the Heelands at the moment and after a few days the postie arrived with the parcel. Good start.

With trepidation I put the slider on the jacket and miracle of miracles it was a perfect fit.

Only thing now was that I had to get the broken slider off the jacket so I could then anchor the new one. So yes, there was zipper stop at the end of the zip but with brute strength and an old pair of scissors that was soon removed…

The fabric though was still a bit bulky but with delicate manoeuvring the new slider was finally positioned and the jacket zip is now working brilliantly for the total cost of £1.99 – although I have a metre of zip and one slider spare! RESULT.

If course, I’m still missing a slider stopper at the top, but I can definitely live with that.

Or should I embroider one ???? …..hmmmm……

Broken zip slider

Continuous zip slider

Fixed gilet!


Now she has a knitted dress!

1 Apr

Must admit I fell in love with this little dress when my close friend’s daughter was expecting a baby girl, so I knitted it for her.

The pattern was actually free from Deramores and I probably liked it because the baby looked cool and the bunny was sweet!

Something to keep her warm…

1 Apr

When I first heard about the arrival of grand daughter, my first thought was to knit something to welcome her to the world and so off went the order for some yarn to knit her a cosy blanket.

Easy eh?

Well no, not really. The yarn is lovely (Sublime 4ply made with silk, cashmere and extra time merino) and the pattern looks really good too (Gracie, downloaded free from t’internet..) – trouble was I just got a bit bored…

I made a mistake after about four inches so had to pull that out and I see that there is about 6″ in one row which  er is not quite right as well. …. Hopefully baby won’t notice.

We’re at our Scottish hideaway for the next few weeks so the target was to finish it, and yes, finally it is done! Hurray!!

So it’s not the best knitting I’ve ever done but at least it feels soft and squishy which is good 👍👍.

Thank you t’internet

A lovely way to spend a few hours…

15 Mar

I believe I’m becoming addicted to my little sewing machine at the moment – just loving spending a few hours in my bolthole trying to make something reasonable…

Anyway another pattern found by Shwin Designs and it’s called ‘Summer Breeze’, a really sweet baby dress with little straps. I made this with a couple of fat quarters and I chose a grey polka dot fabric partly because I think my dil will like it and actually I really liked it too.

I brightened it a bit by appliquing a pink heart on the bodice and the pattern was really incredibly easy to follow. I was so neat with this one – even bound the seams between bodice and skirt – well don’t want the baby to be uncomfy do we?? I sewed little owl buttons on the back too which makes it look a little different. As a finishing touch, I hemmed it with a row of hearts….

Little owl buttons!

Teeny Baby Dress…… part 2

14 Mar

OK then….

Well I looked at the pattern and immediately thought it is far too tiny… just how big are babies these days???

So before I started, it was a surreptitious trip to Sainsbury’s with tape measure in hand just to check the size of 3 month old dresses you understand… So yes, it was the right size!

So pieces duly cut out it appeared I had the wrong instructions for the pattern – but surely even I could put those pieces together??  Yes, only logic really.

Well, the end result is that my little dress was made and I so enjoyed doing it! The buttons were finally sewn on today and I have to say it looks quite sweet.

Yes, there are mistakes but I hope my little granddaughter won’t notice them!

So here it is – hope you like..

Baby Dress

This one shows the buttons a bit better..

Showing covered buttons

While this one shows the buttons on the back – but they blend in a bit well!

Spot the button!





Teeny Baby Dress

4 Mar

My first grandchild, a granddaughter, is due at the end of May, and I’m so thrilled about it! I only had one child (a son), so you can guess how pleased I am with all these lovely clothes to browse……mmmm…..

However, while looking at some lovely ‘special’ dresses with my daughter in law last weekend at a very well known department store, I was really shocked at the prices they were charging for basically less than half a yard of fabric and really simple designs.

Surely something there I could do??? So the internet is a wonderful thing and I found a lovely free pdf pattern for a simple dress and after a quick trip to Crafter’s Companions (that store is just far too handy in afraid!) for the required fabric – then off I go!

So as the point of starting a blog on the first place was to record the actual details of what I was doing (getting older does create failing memory!!) – then this is where I’ll begin..

The first part was selecting the pattern so a big thank you to Shwin Designs who provided a great PDF download and good online instructions.

Then it was time to get the fabric…

I really thought that the Makower Papillon Floral fabric stocked by Crafter’s Companion was really sweet and of lovely quality so decision was made!

To be continued…

Let’s get a bit more up to date then…

24 Feb


OK, perhaps there are reminders in life which made me realise why I set up a blog on the first place!

Hmmm – well it was meant to be a place where I could set up a record of my work; so that’s gone for a burton then! Yes, I’ve given lots of items away but here are a few pictures of things I’ve done over the last few months when exploring my renewed interest in sewing (or should that be attempts at sewing???).

Debbie Shore had been such a great inspiration to me- just wish I could reach her standard – sigh….



Good old Charlie bag – made several of these!


Hand quilted bag – forgot about that one..


Over arm sewing storage – thanks Debbie! Made five for Christmas presents!


Sewing roll _ all sorts of pockets inside too


My little piggie thread catcher – he’s a sweetie!