Cynthia Rowley 1873 – Sew Along With Me!

sewalong image

I posted this pattern earlier in the week as one of my goals to make within June.  Camilla suggested a sew along and Katy expressed that she would like to join in too!  So, I’m opening it up to anyone else who might want to make this with us. 🙂

There aren’t going to be any set rules for this sew along but hopefully we will be able to publish blog posts at around the same time to share our experiences of making one of the garments.  That’s right, you could make any of the views, though I will be making the dress in view B.  As this is one of my June goals, I’m planning to blog about it the week beginning June 28th.  If you are joining in, you could do your post around then but there are no rules so it can be later or earlier!

I’m hoping that anyone who would like to sew along with us is also on Facebook.  I’ve made this private group so that we can post any updates or questions.  I thought that this would be easier than doing lots of little blog posts!

Just let me know if you are going to join in so I can add you to the group or click the above link and request to join!  🙂

Don’t worry if you aren’t on Facebook though…You can still blog about your make!

A Lilou in Downtown Mobile

Over the last 2 weeks, I slowly traced and cut the fabric for 3 different dresses that I had on my ‘to make’ list.  I really hate tracing patterns & cutting fabric out so I decided to get this done all at once so that I could just get on with the construction of the dresses when I was ready.

me in street

The Dress That Almost Wasn’t Blogged About… & a Tilly Brigitte Scarf

Back in November I made a dress from my vintage stash using this pattern. It’s the Simplicity 8541 from back in 1969…I could have submitted it for the 2014 vintage pledge but I didn’t.

SONY DSC

This was my first time using a polyester knit for a garment and it just didn’t go smoothly. I couldn’t get the collar to sit right, the pleat had disappeared and it was too tight. It was put into the cupboard and forgotten about. However, I got it out to try on earlier this week as I wanted to use the left over material for something else I had in mind. I put it on and then wondered what I had been fussing about when I made it. The collar isn’t a disaster, it’s ok and it wasn’t as tight as I remembered it being! So here I am today, blogging about it!

Post Christmas Bargains

I have always been one for post-Christmas sales.  For around 5 years running, I would go to our local shopping centre, Meadowhall, for when it opened on Boxing day.  We would have a few hours shopping and would then trundle off home with many bargains, mainly clothes and Christmas items.  Last year, I did the sales on December 26th but did them online, in my pyjamas with a cup of tea to hand.

This year I didn’t do any shopping on Boxing Day…AT ALL!!  But I did go a few days later 😀

I took our Mums up to my local Joanns Fabric & Craft store.  I actually didn’t think that there would be much left as it was 5 days after Christmas.  However, we had a good search and found some great buys that I have just got to share with you!

I love the look of vintage blown decorations.  I found these remakes at $2!!
Untitled

Talented Tuesday Link Party – No.9

2

 Welcome to Talented Tuesday No. 9!

After a little Christmas break, we are back with our ninth link party!  Christmas has passed and I know that the tidying up and sorting has already happened in our apartment.  How long do you keep your presents & decorations out?  Our tree is still up but we have put our gifts and cards away!  Our parents are across from the UK and are with us for another week.  We have some activities planned over the next few days, including plenty of eating and shopping.  I am looking forward to January so that I can get on with some crafting…I have plenty of projects whizzing around in my head!

I hope that you have all had a Merry Christmas and I would like to wish you a very happy New Year 😀