Moving to a new internet location

I am now at this address:https://brackencrafts.blogspot.com.
I simply could not get to grips with WordPress. I am sure its a great blogging site but right now I do not really want to spend the time learning how to use it so have started again here. I have had a blog before with Blogger and although things have changed quite a bit since then I suspect I am going to find it pretty similar to use to what it was a few years ago. Hopefully that means I can spend more time actually blogging rather than spending ages and ages learning what to do to get a blog post up at all. Sorry WordPress but I am simply just too busy to learn to use you right now. Maybe later this will change though. I may well come back here once the PhD is over and I have time to learn to use WordPress. For now this site will close. Please feel free to pop over to Blogger at
https://brackencrafts.blogspot.com

Thanks for reading
Bracken

1: Boxy orange top

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1= boxy orange top

The floor is now complete, I have a table to work on and my machines are out the boxes and I have started two projects. The first is a boxy orange top made from a remnant I picked up in Ikea in their bargain basement section. I think probably it was cut off one of their display curtains or sheets. I think it is a cotton polyester mix but I am not sure. It has almost a rayon type of feel to it and is a lightweight fabric with some shimmer. This project was pretty quick and intended just to get me into sewing again. Really it has been sometime since I did any serious sewing. This top is also made from a very cheap remnant so it did not really matter if it went wrong!

I should have taken more photos but stupidly did not think to do so. I will get better at blogging I expect as time goes by.

Anyway:

The pattern is based on this Burda style pattern:

http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/lace-floral-top-052013

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I followed the directions for the Burda Style pattern except that my version is only 50cm long after hemming due to lack of fabric. Possibly a bit short for me but OK over a vest or a slip!

I only used one layer of fabric, not two like the burda version, which I then edged with lace. The lace is doubled over to bind the neck since it stuck up kind of funny when it was a single layer so I sewed it over like a binding.

The sleeves are cut from rectangles and measured:

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Please excuse my rubbish sketch. The dimensions are correct and you need to cut two sleeve pieces, both on the fold of the fabric.The 25cm long edge when opened out is 50cm and thats the bit you join onto the shoulders of the top. I sewed the side seam of the top and the sleeve seams together. I could have tapered the sleeves in slightly more since they are quite wide but I am happy with this top as a first project to get me going and the orange fabric is very cheery on a grey rainy day such as today is in the UK.

The lace was from my stash and is a stretch lace like you would use for lingerie and to be honest it may well have been better to use a non-stretch lace. I think it was from Weston Fabrics off Ebay. I sewed one row of lace on the neck and sleeves with the neck being used as a binding and two rows of lace around the bottom edge. However, it does give the bottom edge a kind of gathered effect which I do like although it was not originally planned that way. The lace was available and I did not want to spend much on this project. I did not serge or zigzag the inside seams which is probably a mistake since the fabric does fray. Anyway I am reasonably happy with it. I have worn it a couple of times now. It looks especially good with jeans. Considering it cost virtually nothing and was very quick and easy to make I consider it a success.

If I made it again I think I would make it slightly longer but I only had a  small remnant of fabric so that was not possible. I suppose I could have added a bit on the bottom like a double hem rather than add sleeves. It is my first real project in ages and my first garment of 100 garments so at least I have begun my sewing journey at last.

I will add a photo of me in this top later on.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back soon.

Bracken

Still waiting for a table:

Well Mick, my other half has nearly finished the floor which took a lot more work than expected because our conservatory was built using a Durabase so it has dwarf walls. Well these dwarf walls have to be insulated and lined inside with plasterboard so it was not actually just a floor he had to do. We also had to delay so the electrician could put in lights and sockets. Otherwise the room will have no electricity making it a difficult task indeed for me to sew in there or at least not without using extensions to get the electric into the room. Anyway the majority is now done and hopefully by the end of this week we will have our floor and can finally move into the room. We seriously need the extra space too. The conservatory¬† is almost as big as the entire ground floor of the rest of our house! Our house is tiny! I can’t wait, to be honest about it, to actually put furniture in there and to start living in it. And most of all I can’t wait to beggining my sewing a hundred garments project.

Thanks for popping by and feel free to come back again later.

Bracken

The beggining- One hundred garments

In the beggining I started to collect sewing and knitting patterns. Over the past 3-4 years I have downloaded over 3000 sewing patterns from free online sources. I also have a current subscription to Burda magazine which has now been running for over a year and have even bought some older second hand burda magazines. At one point I ventured into Prima but found there are very few things worth making in Prima and really its a “womens ” magazine rather than a sewing magazine although does come with a free pattern each issue. I have so far made one pattern from the free resources at burdastyle.com which you can find here
http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/rainbow-festival-dress-based-on-free-pattern-so-very-blue
and one pattern I made myself or sort of bodged but it works and I love these cullottes here:
http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/circular-shorts-or-cullottes
Anyway, now I also have a huge stash of fabric so am raring to go and make stuff. My aim is to make One Hundred garments and probably a few other things as well. I have absolutly no idea how long it is going to take me to make a hundred items of clothing but starting this week I should have a table to sew on and I am intending to begin as soon as possible. Right now I have the sewing space but no table just a floor so I am waiting and planning and getting fabric out and deciding what to do with it all. If you do stop by thank you for reading this blog and I hope you drop back in sometime soon

Hello world!

This is my first post and right now I am struggling to set up this blog so it is taking somewhat longer to get going than I had hoped it would. Still nothing ventured nothing gained. I am seriously trying to get everything to look good right now because I had this silly idea I could just start up a blog just like that. In the end it is taking a bit longer than I expected. Also interestingly I still am waiting on my table. My other half has nearly put down the laminate floor in our conservatory which is where I am basing all my sewing equipment for now so once that has finally been finished then I can start to fulfill my ambition and get sewing. Really it is soooooo frustrating!

If anyone does drop by thanks for visiting and I hope you come back again.