Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Here it is:
And here's another piece of cross stitch I made for another Young Farmers competition, which is now on display in my parent's kitchen:
It's originally from a book called Pwytho Pennill where I also got the love spoon sampler from (way down there somewhere!) but I changed the poem in the middle to one about the valley where my mum was brought up.
Anyway, my mum and I decided before I went it would be a good idea to choose a project to make at the class, and I chose this pattern:
The gold jacket on the left, that is. I chose it because I needed a new spring/summer jacket and I absolutely loved the fluted sleeves. I bought some red corduroy fabric (because I love red) and some really cute strawberry print cotton for the lining.This way the most complicated item I'd undertaken, by a long way, but with the help I got at the sewing class I was able to complete it and I love it! Here are some photos taken along the way:
Here's the jacket on a hanger before I put the sleeves on. This is when all the separate pieces came together and I started to realise I was actually making a real item of clothing! I don't think you can see in this photo but there is some gathering on both sides of the front (sort of on the bust line) and at the back. I must admit that I found this gathering quite a challenge (but much easier with the cotton I used for th linig!) but I'm so please with the finished effect.
Here's a close up of the lining - isn't it cute? I also used an overlocker for the first time with this project - we overlocked the seam between the corduroy and the lining along the inside of the jacket front openings (does that make sense?!). I really want an overlocker now - it looks so professional.
And finally, here's a photo of me wearing the jacket. I couldn't find any buttons I liked so I got some big self cover ones from Dunelm Mill and covered them in the corduroy. Another unique touch I added is the the underside of the collar is in the lining fabric not the corduroy.
I've already worn this jacket loads, and to start with I was a bit worried people would think it looked 'home made' but people have actually asked me where I bought it from! Just need to get some 'Pwythau Pengwern' labels now to sew onto the collar!
It's probably a good job you can't see below waist level as I used pinking shears on the trouser hems rather than doing a proper hem - oh the shame! I was quite proud of the trousers though, as they had pockets!
I still haven't posted photos of my coat, fancy dress costumes etc! I will try to do so tonight...
Thanks for your comments as well, it's so lovely to see people reading my little blog.
In terms of current projects, I'm working on a cross stitch sampler as a wedding present for two of my best friends and also on a summery tea dress - this is a link to the pattern :
in a red patterned cotton.
I'm also going to make this pinafore too:
in a black and white 'wooly' sort of fabric.