Making Progress

Thanks for all the great replies to my previous post!  It’s not the first time I’ve used a soft furnishing fabric for a jacket, but it is the first time I hadn’t intended for it to be seen by the general public!  Now I did say I wouldn’t be making another Bellatrix until I’d sorted my Jungle January stuff.  Yeah, I got distracted!  Daughter No2 & I got digging in the stash & identified 3 pieces of fabric that could be used for the next one, & the winner was…

Paris print cotton canvas for Bellatrix take two
Paris print cotton canvas for Bellatrix take two

It’s a cotton canvas with a French print, writing & Eiffel towers all over.  I cut it out yesterday & raided the stash lining box again.  There was enough of a silver/grey/lilac that I’d used for a vintage jacket.  Again, praise for the small pattern pieces!  I have added a movement pleat in the back lining piece.  This cotton canvas had a degree of movement in it & I don’t want to be fixing ripped armhole seams in the lining after a couple of wears.  I managed to interface the fabric in the 30 minutes before Sherlock started last night, so today I’m ready to hit the ground running!  YAY!

I was asked by a local store to make them some bunting (who else wants winter over now already?), so I again resorted to the stash.  Funny how many pieces of left-over fabrics there are in my cupboard!  Anyhow, I yanked out a pile of pretty stuff, a lot of which are Liberty lawn, so this is going to be high-class bunting!!

Fabrics for bunting
Fabrics for bunting

I also re-measured husband for his pattern cut shirt.  Thank goodness I did!  In the 3 years since I decided to make him a handmade shirt (or 2) he’s got a teeny bit bigger!  🙂  We both have to be honest, and he’s not been that bad.  Anyhow, so that’s another thing to start, in addition to the Jungle blouse for me.

As well as rambling on about my progress this weekend, I have a special offer for the readers of this blog.  There are so many talented people plying their crafts on Etsy, but here’s one person who makes the most amazing handbags & totes.  Seriously, I have spent far too much time on her page, drooling over the colours & styles & being absolutely hopeless in my decision making.  However, as it’s the New Year & we all need a boost – and a new handbag – Raquel Gonzalez is offering you guys 15% off any purchase over $50 (that’s US Dollars), including free postage.  The discount is valid until Monday 20th January, so don’t dither too long over making a decision!

Use the code:  NewYearNewPurse when you check out.  As for me, I cannot decide between this floral tote (perfect for stashing fabric shopping in, yes??)  & this block colour turquoise one.  I wonder how much fabric one could stuff into one of these….  Then again, if I wasn’t worried about hiding fabric, I could totally have this purple crocodile number – drool!!

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Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

3 thoughts on “Making Progress”

  1. That canvas is so pretty! I always forget what a brilliant stash buster bunting is. It sounds very luxurious if it’s going to be Liberty!

    1. I think it’s the perfect thing to start my stashbusting year off with. Those darned left-overs take up good stash space for proper lengths of fabric 🙂

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