Don’t you step on my blue suede shoes

I can’t believe I forgot to mention this in my last post! At the end of September, we went to the Festival of Thrift in Darlington. What a lovely day out! This was the second Festival of Thrift, with over 40,000 people visiting this year. It’s a giant gathering of thrifty crafters and artists, making all sorts of things — jewellery, clothes, furniture, yummy foods. There were loads of stalls selling loads of lovely things. We even managed to get a couple of Christmas presents.

As well as buying pretty stuff, you can try your hand at different things by attending workshops or drop-in sessions. The highlight of the day for me was the Pimp Your Pumps workshop, ran by the lovely Charlotte Liddle. We were asked to bring a pair of ballet pumps along with us to ‘pimp’ with ribbon and netting and beads and lace — all those wonderful things — to get an entirely different look.

Aren’t they pretty?  “You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.”  I will definitely try this again and have purchased Charlotte’s Pimp Your Pumps book! Charlotte has written a few books now and they all look great — they’re all available in Amazon. You can find Charlotte on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to follow her. Or, if you live in the North East, you could book onto one of her workshops yourself!

It’s been a while…

It’s been over a month since I blogged (gasp!).  My apologies – I’ve been very busy recently.  I’ve been on holiday to sunny Spain, which was lurrrrverly!

What else have I been up to?  Let’s see…

I haven’t actually done much ‘proper sewing’ over the past few weeks, because we’ve started out new dressmaking course.  This one is aimed at teaching us the skills we need to make trousers.  I’m finding this one very challenging – trousers are hard!  I gave up of the Burda Sailor Pants I was going to make – I may make them someday, especially since I have already got the pattern, but I decided to go with a more simplistic pattern for my first try.  I decided to try out Collette’s Juniper pattern.  I’m having to make a proper toile for the first time, which I’m finding frightfully dull, but I’m struggling with fitting and I’d really like to try to get a good fit.   I’m nearing the point now where I’ll be able to move onto my proper fabric.  I went slightly mad in 1st For Fabrics and decided to go with this vibrant red corduroy.  I love red trousers, but they may turn out to be a better idea in theory rather than practice.

I did manage to make a skirt out of my leftover fabric from my Red Riding Hood dress.  I’ll blog about that at some point– I just need to get some photos of it.

In my spare time, when I’ve been taking a well needed break from trouser making, I’ve been making this Brigitte dress.  the pattern is by Simple Sew and is free!  I’m using this lush Shroomy Knit fabric by Monaluna.

Shroomy Knit

It’s from the lovely Woodland Knits Collection, but you can get the same prints in cotton from Fox Hollow Collection.  I really like toadstools, so don’t be surprised if they pop up on here again.  I’ll be blogging about my finished dress very soon.  I have at least a metre of this fabric left, so I’m open to any suggestions you may have on what to make with it 🙂

Finally, I must, must, must mention the BBC Children in Need Sewing Bee!  Wasn’t it so exciting to have the Sewing Bee back on our TV screens?  The only trouble is that I’ve come away with another list of things I want to make!  Starting with this stunning Peter Pan inspired skirt, made by Pam Ferris.  I’m going to have a go at this very soon.  If you didn’t manage to watch it, you may still have time to catch it on BBC iPlayer.

What are you all making at the moment?