Archive | July 2013

hippy looking hoody and back to the Hellbunny ripoff.

So I’m now 3/4 of the way through my Learn To Use My Overlocker project. Its looping on the back and the front now, I’ve had to rethread it so many times its becoming much less of a horror and I’ve virtually stopped making stupid mistakes now (the 2 hours trying to work out what was wrong cuz I was using different sized bobbins was a classic).

This particular project was one for someone else. I’ve been dying to have a go at my Mum’s old hoody,skirt,t-shirt and trousers jersey pattern ever since she gave it me years ago… this 70’s simplicity one. I love the 70’s styling and although the t-shirt and trousers weren’t massively my thing, I thought the hoody and skirt patterns could be my ideal patterns for making that sort of thing.

However since Mum gave me the pattern about 10 years ago, I’ve put on considerable amounts of weight, and the pattern is a size 12, so I thought I’d better experiment on someone else and I’d look for a bigger pattern (I believe it goes up to size 16 though I’ve never seen one that size) if it worked.

So it was Liz’s birthday yesterday, and she is an oldskool (ie small) size 12 so I thought I’d use her as a victim. (manic evil laugh!)

The  hoody was easy enough to sew. Apart from basic overlocker mistakes which weren’t the patterns fault and one annoying bit of hand sewing, which was, it came together extremely well.

I knew there was a potential problem because I’d used light weight t-shirt jersey (thank-you very much lewisham market stall) which is probably not ideal, but for a mock up will do nicely.


Massive apologies to Liz for mugging her for these photos btw! Obviously her outfit doesn’t go with the hoody much at all, but I think its worked ok. I have taken it back to take an inch each side out of the chest and armpit area, and it needs a couple of hooks and eyes on the waistband (I have no idea why the zip doesn’t go down to the bottom) but it has the makings of a reasonably useful pattern about it.

The hood however is hilarious……


Its properly into 1970’s hippy Gandalf territory! It works fine when down though. And when I told my Mum about it she was all like ‘Oh yeah, the hood was purely decorative’ about when she made it in the 70’s. I’m not sure that a heavierweight fabric would have helped even.

Anyway, I am going to do the alterations, give it back to Liz and see if she wants a better version for xmas or birthday next year or something, after she’s had time to see if she can be arsed to wear it a bit. 🙂

So enough bad pictures of Liz….onto bad pictures of ME!

The second post I ever posted on this blog was back almost 2 years ago now, long before I’d decided what I intended to do with it, I’d just kind of lurched off livejournal without any real plan apart from no one really uses lj anymore so I needed to be somewhere else. I also had no idea how to take photos (or at least Jon didn’t) or how to write a post properly.

Unfortunately therefore, this bluddy post became the most popular one on my blog in terms of getting hits in search engines and has stayed that way, which is a right shame as I know what I’m doing now (sort of)

Anyway, so I made what I fondly imagined was an attempt at ripping off a Hellbunny dress . I was still very much a sewing novice at that point and made a couple of basic mistakes, the skirt isn’t as wide as it could have been as I cut a piece upside down and the black cotton I bought to contrast the skullprint with was cheap quality (though overpriced) and has faded a lot quicker than it should have done. So I’ve been kind of ignoring the dress for two years.

However I wore it out to a friends gig a couple of months back and everyone liked it and the weather has been really hot recently so everything and anything remotely resembling a sun dress has been worn loads, and then my Mum sent me this white shrug which goes with it perfectly, and I’ve kinda reevaluated the dress and worn with appropriate accessories (ie not the way I ‘styled’ it the first time I blogged about it) I’ve really come round to liking it!



So yeah, I think thats much better! 🙂 The pattern was Simplicity 2886 in case anyone is interested!

I’m away next week, so won’t be posting! 🙂

Pollen in the park

I am coping surprisingly well with the hot weather, but am struggling a bit with hay fever.

I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago in Ladywell Fields that kind of explain why….






And the pretty photo app version…..


In other news, I have done more sewing, but am waiting for the chosen victim to try it on then I can take pictures of it! 🙂

china lady, dr who,another ladybird top and vexatious overlockers!

A while ago I know, but last time I posted I mentioned the necklace and the ceramic bust of a woman I was massively regretting not picking up from the charity shops in Beckenham. So early last week I went down there, the necklace had gone, which is sad, but I can always find another one I guess, but the woman’s head was still there…..

It is a little smaller than I thought so only my teeny tiny hat will fit it, but it is settling in nicely on my mini hat shelf….


i thought that was it for charity shopping for a while, but our as I passed our local British Heart Foundation the other day I spotted a load of Dr Who DVD’S in the window for 99p each. There were some old series and some new series, and at first I thought each dvd was one episode they were so cheap, but for the new series it was 2 and the old series it was a complete story arc! Now I don’t mind watching Dr Who, which given I can’t really be bothered with TV is enthusiasm from me. Jon however loves Dr Who massively. So I bought them all….


Turns out when I got them home and did a little digging on the internet, that they originally came with one of those monthly magazines, called the Dr Who Files . Anyway, when I went back the next day there were 40 odd more there. So I bought all of them! I don’t have photos cuz they are in a massive bag waiting till we can find somewhere to put them. but Jon is completely over the moon, and we are looking at it as a long term investment! 🙂

Also end of the week before last I sewed up another ladybird top….


Same fabric, same pattern as last time….the ubiquitous Sewaholic Renfrew. Long sleeved version this time though. I’m going to try a couple more adventurous knit problems next time, however I didn’t manage to get any momentum going as despite it only taking an hour and a half to make and looking amazing on the outside, the back side of the overlocker stitch was looping/bubbling and no amount of fiddling with the tension settings would tell me what was wrong. So I left starting the next one for a week whilst I researched on the internet. Finally I found a couple of blogs which suggested the problem probably was one of the threads wasn’t between its tension plates properly (as opposed to every other blog which said rethread it entirely with  multicoloured threads and fiddle some more…not if I can get away with it!) and looking at it closely, yes one of the threads was out from its tension plates. So I’ve fixed that!

I have no idea if it has worked yet though, as the builder came yesterday to sort us with new radiators and put a power point in behind the table where I sew so I don’t have to keep long and dangerous extension cables winding across the floor to plug the machines into. So I had to put the machines away on a shelf and hopefully when I get them out again the overlocker will have been sufficiently un-jolted it will work and not need rethreading anyway! :-S

However when I got up to get a glass of water a few minutes ago I had to peel myself off the seat I’m on, so I’m not going to try anything potentially very frustrating in this kind of heat!