Crafty sew and sew in Dorset

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2017 Make nine

imageRochelle on instagram has set a challenge again this year to pick nine patterns that you want to make in 2017.

These are my nine:
1. Sew over it Ultimate trousers
2. Simple sew ‘Jackie o’ jacket
3. Butterick B6164 view a

imageThese are all to make me focus on the fit of my makes;

I have made one pair of ultimate trousers but want to improve my fit and play around with waist band ideas etc. I can see a few more of these in my wardrobe next year.

I have fabric en route from an online fabric shop in pink houndstooth to make the Jackie o jacket up, this could be my January entry to the monthly stitch!

The butterick pattern has been in my stash for a long time but not got round to it. I think because it looks like it needs and thought and effort to achieve a good fit and won’t be fine in a few hours. I like the green polka dot from the packet so might cost this idea.

4. Named Saunio cardigan and sew house seven toaster jumper.
imageI have included these together as they are part of the sew my style challenge during 2017. I have already made the toaster sweater #1 and love it, and have fabric for the cardigan.

5. New look 6769 coat
6. Great British sewing bee palazzo trousers
7. Butterick b6057 swimsuit
imageI know it has taken me a year to finish my duffle coat but I already have this new look vintage pattern for a spring/autumn coat in my sights. I love both the colours shown in the package and have seen since lovely Melton wool fabric on the sew over it website.

The palazzo trousers caught my eye after watching a vlog from sew over it when she reviewed the book and made this up in a bright but deep blue crepe. I have found a similar fabric in my local fabric shop and think these would be practical for work.

The swimsuit pattern has been in my stash for too long as well. I keep buying all in one costumes and struggle to find one that fits properly so finally conceded that I need to make myself one, just need to source all the fabric and notions.

8. Colette negroni shirt
9. GBSB t shirt
imageI have added these two as I need to get past my selfish sewing (and if I make hubby a few outfits it buys me some brownie points for more fabric shopping).
I have seen a few of the GBSB t shirt made up and its seems to offer a good fit so hopefully he will actually wear it if I make it up. Plus this would be an evening work so really rewarding.

The negroni shirt is yet to be in my possession but we both like the design and I just need to find somewhere in the UK I can buy it from. I am thinking of making it up in brushed cotton like in the photo.

What are your 2017 make nine?

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It’s finished!!!! 😁


I will post a thousand decent photos at the weekend of this beautiful coat but for now I just wanted to share the news that I finally finished it.
I started this grainline cascade duffle coat a whole year ago ( I did put it down for 8-9 months over spring and summer) and it is finally completed ready for the coldest part of winter.
It’s not perfect; I’ve realised how much better my sewing quality has improved in the last year,  but it’s still my biggest sewing achievement so far (even if the armholes are a little tighter then I’d like…  No big jumpers will fit under this!!)


Simple Sew Sophia pattern


The latest edition of Love Sewing magazine came out this week with a new Simple Sew pattern.

This will be one of my next projects ready for Christmas. I plan to make the skirt in a champagne coloured silky fabric and a sequin top in gold like in the photo below.


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Back in July this year my husband, daughter and I were baptised in the the sea at Sandbanks Beach, Dorset.

I made invitation cards for our friends and family.

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I went to Hobby craft the other day and was drawn into the decoupage aisle – a new craft for me!!

I made this sweet picture of fairy princess castles and frogs for my daughter’s bedroom.

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Cards, cards and more cards!

I have been making lots of cards recently for birthdays and thank you. I have added a selection below – most of the decorations are from Hobbycraft and an assortment of paper from Lidl.

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

Happy Mother’s day to all the other Mummy’s out there! Hope you all had a lovely day and were spoilt as much I was.

I wanted to show you the cards I made for my mum and mum-in-law. Inspiration was gained from the card below:

and my cards below:

I used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to attach the fabric to the card and then cut out some Cath Kidston fabric to spell Mum and used straight stitch to attach this to the card.

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Butterfly Cards

Here is a picture of three cards I made today.

I recently bought a set of paper cutters from Lidl and wanted to try them out. I have used an edge cutter to cut out hearts down the side.

I cut out a butterfly shape from corrugated cardboard and pink tissue paper and then used sticky foam pads to glue them together and onto the card.

To finish them off I add some seed beads on jewellery wire to make up the body of the butterfly and brushed the cards with fine card making glitter.

Below is a picture of most of the materials you need to make one yourself. Have a go…. quick to make and more personal then Clinton cards!!

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Welcome to my new blog about craft! I will be posting photos of all the crafty things I have made over the last 5 and a half years, since my mother in law introduded me to this whole other realm of craft!!

I will also add photos of any on going projects which tend to be a few at a time as I am always to keen to get started on something else that I couldn’t resist buying!!

I love all sorts of craft and have filled our bedroom to bursting with all the kit to have a go at most things. So if you like any of the following then please follow my blog and hopefully be inspired!!

  • Dressmaking (latest acquisition)
  • Home furnishing
  • Tapestry (think Emily Peacock)
  • Cross Stitch
  • Knitting
  • Toy Making (including teddies and dolls)
  • Felt making
  • Jewellery Making
  • Card Making
  • Spinning (not the bicycle type!)

Thanks for looking

Jenny x

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