Occasionally it seems that world is in pure chaos with nothing making sense, but that doesn't matter as long as I can sew. Sewing is a form of art, or at the very least creativity, and a form of expression. A great outlet for the tension of everyday life. Also you can make cute things. The craft revolution is truly taking place, old skills are being revived by a new generation, but with a seriously modern twist.

I've made Mario pillow cases, a giraffe print background, and turned duvet covers into summer dresses. I enjoy making something unique, special, and me- then I like wearing it and watching it fall to pieces or not fit properly. Then I enjoy (slightly less) fixing it.

One day I shall have a room filled with glorious fabrics and boxes of notions, and on that day I will have found my nirvana. But until then this blog will exist as my virtual haberdashery and sewing room. Hopefully you'll enjoy looking at my creations as much as I enjoy looking at other blogs, and you'll be inspire to make something of your own.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Orange Waistcoat

Made this orange waistcoat for my dad, at his request and payment, and using the fabric of his choice (orange upolstry fabric and grey lining).  It wasn't difficult but it took about 2 days during which I nearly keeled over and wept out of tiredness.   I drew around my dad's shirt, then made a mock up, which he tried on.  I made some alterations until he was happy with it.  I changed the pattern pieces, and cut out the real fabric and lining. I sewed the front and back pieces together in both the outer and lining material but left the shoulders unsewn and the bottom unhemmed.  I then sewed the outer and lining together right sides facing, then turned it inside out.   I then sewed up the shoulders and hemmed the bottom.  Unfortunately my memory card broke and I lost the pictures I took whilst making the waistcoat, so no jazzy step by step.  But here's the final product.