Sew Shop Local: The Sewing Studio, Dunfermline And The Fife Sewists Meet Up!

A week on after the #SewScottish Afternoon Tea another group of lovely ladies held a smaller but equally nice meet up in Dunfermline.

We all met at the Heaven Scent Cafe, which is set in the new building beside the abbey. The cafe has a lovely selection of cakes and hot drinks on offer but as the weather was so warm I opted for a cool fizzy elderflower juice.

We sat round a couple of tables for about an hour exchanging information about patterns, materials, fabric shops, discount codes and a little bit about our wonderful selves. It was a lovely chilled out affair and “suited me down to a t” as I had been up at 3:30am that morning for a 4:45am start at work!

After some much needed refreshments we headed up to the newly opened Sewing Studio. The Sewing Studio is a fantastic extension of Sew Yarn Crafty after locals were giving feedback back to owner, that there was a massive dressmaking following and they wanted more fabric choice and classes. It all came together pretty simply as there was a property available to extend into and that’s how it all happened.

It’s been a little over a year since I’ve been up to Dunfermline and checked out Sew Yarn Crafty. The last time I’d took a trip up was with my mum and my aunt. Mum was not that great at that point but wanted to get out the house and always supported me in my hobbies. That woman was always pushing herself, where she got the strength from was unbelievable.

Anyway before I go to a dark place … (everything connects!!)

Aileen, the owner of Sew Yarn Crafty and The Sewing Studio and myself!

The sewing Studio has a great range of fabrics and independent patterns (TATB’s, papercut, cashmerette, Sew over it and a couple of others.

I actually saw quite a few fabrics that I really wanted but I had to refrain as I’m only a week in from making that (damn) pact with @Sew_Sleep_Deprived so I wouldn’t buy anymore fabric – urghhhh!

I was stroking them and crying ūüė≠. It was tough. I did refrain from fabrics but I bought two cashmerette patterns and a book about drafting dress and skirts.

The weather was on it’s truly best behaviour as it was gorgeous. I really need to come up and check out the Abbey.

So all in all, it was a lovely afternoon out and I’m looking forward to catching up with the girls again. Hopefully I’ll have made a few me makes by then and I can show them off!

Advertisements

My Sewing Room

Having “had” to sew in living room because of my lack of tidying up mojo of the sewing room this week I’ve been focusing trying to find the floor of it.

I had a great idea last year to wash all of my fabrics, iron, fold away whilst measuring and recording them. It was such a monumental task, it all became quite overwhelming to dealt with. It was all very well in idea form but when you decide to get a puppy all things and plans go out of the window. I’m not blaming the puppy nor myself here, I’m simply addressing the matter that I took too much on and something had to give.

Move on 4 months and I finally can sneak up to the sewing room and finally get to grips with the hoarding of fabrics and goodness knows what else! Don’t think for one second did the puppy stop me from buying fabric nor the billion bags of fabric already up in the S.R. Ha!

I’m seeing a clear path now. It’s looking pretty organised now. There’s a plan to go through all the magazines and pull out projects that I might get round to. I’m going to be stopping my magazine subscriptions as I’m finding I just don’t have the time to read them just now and feel I can keep up to date with other methods. Plus I’ve got to keep the momentum up with my make nine and need space to concentrate on that!

Here’s some photos of the progress so far – sorry don’t have any “before photos” but just imagine lots of bags on the floor!

Loom there's a Floor! Just a couple of pieces ... Ohhh more fabric...And more fabric!Even got the overlocker out of it box ūüď¶ (finally!!)<<<<
ks for popping by!

Happy Sewing xx

Sewing Plans: My #MakeNine2018 Choices

DRUMROLL PLEASE …

So, it’s taken me until now to get my shit together.¬† Yeah I know I’m already slipping!

However, rather than ramble on anymore to delay it even further here are my choices for #MakeNine2018 …

1.  Cleo РTilly and the Buttons (TATB)

images
Cleo by TATB

2.  McCalls Top 7360

download
McCalls 7360

3.¬† Seamwork’s Mesa

sw3013-mesa-03-thumb-7857ee3564fe3915ef4de3c43e6ce241bc4db51b1675b17884a6ff17924fe557
Seamwork’s Mesa Dress

4. Penny Dress By Colette

images-1
The Penny Dress by Colette

5. Toaster – Sew House 7

download-1
The Toaster by Sew House Seven

6. McCalls 7536 Dress

download-2
McCall’s 7536

7.¬†¬†Colette’s Moneta

images-2
Colette’s Moneta

8.  The Washi Dress РMade by Rae

pattern_RAE_washidress_a_1024x1024
The Washi Dress – Made by Rae

9. The Scout Tee by Grainline Studio

images-3
Grainline Studio’s Scout Tee

I’ll be able to match them up with Fabric without purchasing anything new.¬† Most of the patterns I’ve also got.¬† You may know That I’ve already sewn a Cleo and the McCalls 7536 but definitely attempting another of both!

Once I’ve dug out my fabric choices, I’ll do another post.

Here’s a sneak peak of my 2018 Sewing BuJo too, which I’ll¬†leave you with!

img_9654-e1515846140702.jpg
My #MakeNine2018 in my #SewingBuJo

 

Thanks for visiting!

Emma

 

Sew what’s ahead?

So it’s the first of January and we’ve all made these new year resolutions, right?

I haven’t. Yesterday I made a pact with myself not to set massive goal posts that I simply can’t fill. Instead I’ve decided to make a promise to myself to look after me.

Last year we had two massive and devastating blows when cancer told hold of both our mothers and they past away. Both gave it there all to fight the horrible disease but unfortunately there was no miracle in both situations. Cancer sucks big time, right?

Life has been somewhat mental as we went all in and got an adorable puppy, who’s now five months. Adorable but mischievous and a boundless amount of springer energy!

Sewing has definitely taken a step back as I’m trying to really have the almighty clear out of possessions that I no longer need nor remember that they existed. It’s going to take a few charity runs but at the end of it less clutter in the house.

I’ve been trying to get my sewing room in order, but ever since I did a massive “wash all my fabric” it’s been sitting in bags waiting to be ironed, folded back into board and put away. Of course I want to take a photo and enter it into my Cora app and that takes up more time.

That being said sewing hasn’t ceased altogether. I’ll be back at my Monday class, which I enjoy immensely. Not just seeing but socially too. Abi is a great teacher and keeps me right! I’ll probably finish the coat mum started for me but never managed to finish. Hopefully I’ll make a good job and I’ll get some wear out of before the weather gets warmer (here’s wishing!).

I don’t think I’ll be putting myself in for #sewmystyle this year but I’ll try #makenine2018. I’m trying to narrow things down so I can actually finish challenges! So I’m just doing #makenine this year and trying to think carefully at which patterns I’m going for as I’m definitely aiming to step onto different garments but I do love a dress! Really want to add a couple of tops, jackets, skirts to the handmade wardrobe, maybe even jeans before the year is out.

So in order to do this, I’m going to carefully sieve through my pattern collection and see what I’ve got and try and make use of the fabrics I’ve got (boy there’s a lot!) and that can some make space in my sewing room. Don’t worry I’ll put my selection into another blog and Instagram it!

Having the journal last year was enjoyable but I overspent in time on it. This year is going to be basic and more to the point. It will still have the illustrations and the doodles but I’ll be looking at what worked for me and what didn’t.

Another thing that I want to start using is my fabric cards. I’d just like to see what I’ve used and what I’ve got as a record (perhaps it’s double the work as I’ve got the Cora app but having a swatch of fabric is slightly different than just a photo).

Not sure if I’ve missed anything in my sewing plans for 2018, but I’m sure you guys will keep me right!

I hope you all have a full on sewing and Fun filled 2018!

Till next time x

Sew Shop Local: Rejects, Kirkcaldy

Kirkaldy has fond memories for me as I used to study at Adam Smith College back in 2008 and completed my Higher Diploma in Interior Architecture there.

Rejects was a go-to place for the velcro we needed for the back of our display boards at the end of year exhibit of works but I had never explored the fabric section or knew of it.

So when it came to meet the lovely Carol, who I’d¬†been chatting too via Instagram, it was a perfect date to explore the fabric department and have some fun with Carol.

We met in the cafe first off for a much-needed coffee and cake and a good old chin wag. We then skidadeld¬†up to the fabric department, where I was wow’ed. ¬†I had to hold on for dear life as I wasn’t expecting this awesomeness!

Are you ready?  Here come the photos!

 

Crafty things.

 

Rolls and Rolls …

 

and more rolls of gorgeous fabrics 
Check out all these gadgets!
Need I say it?
Boom! More rolls ..
Plenty of craft fabrics too.

 

So there you have it. A good insider of Rejects.  I saw lots of beautiful fabrics and in case you are wondering if I did buy any fabric, then yes I did!

21886908_10159339124500191_1599698179_o

Here’s a map and the address…. now go go go!

map
Rejects, 123 St Clair St, Kirkcaldy KY1 2BS

Emma

An Open letter to Vogue Patterns

Screenshot 2017-04-01 08.49.24

When I first laid my eyes on Vogue #1353 I fell in love. Yes, it was love at first sight. ¬†I’m still in love with the actual shape of the garment on the pack but for how long? ¬†The reason behind this question is because whilst putting the front and side bodice pieces together my sewing teacher, Abi and I found a massive flaw in the pattern. annoyan

 

19988750_10158992751410191_418580751_n
HUGE GAP!

 

 

It’s definitely (the flaw!) in the F5 (16-18-20-22-24) edition, I’m not sure if you have come across the same problem in the smaller size pattern.

When you put the notches to match on the front and side pieces there is a HUGE frickin¬†gap. ¬†For sure there is is no way that you can stretch the front¬†bodice piece with the dart in to match the side bodice. ¬†BUT as soon as you take the dart out, it magically fits (yes I have a magic wand – ¬†It’s Abi!).

I have to shorten the bodice pieces as my back is shorter that the standard. ¬†But that shouldn’t¬†affect the darts, notches and all, should it?

But then looking at the line drawing it does have a dart but the haven’t given enough of the front bodice¬†to include that!!

20030717_10158992757975191_152857361_n

 

If ANYONE else has come across this fault, please let me know!

I’m pretty annoyed at VOGUE patterns¬†right now.

  1. Vogue patterns are bloody expensive, so you expect no flaws AT ALL.
  2. Now I’ve removed the dart, there are tiny holes where the thread went through the fabric – my lovely woodland fabric!
  3. From what Abi has seen, the dart isn’t really needed as you¬†have pleats on the front¬†bodice anyway.
  4. You carefully take the time to put a dart in, making sure its pinpoint sharp, then realising after you need to take it out because it’s NOT required. ¬† But if the dart is required and it’s on the line drawings then surely you should remember to get enough allowance for that so it that when you¬†come to sew the front piece and side you don’t have a gap! ??!!

I’m hoping I get some correspondence back from McCalls/Vogue. ¬†I sent a message¬†via the contact form on their website. ¬†I’ll update you all when I get an update myself.

Just so peeved right now. Can you imagine?!!  I bet some of you have been there!

NOW I’m going to take a deep¬†breath and try to relax because I go near the pieces (need to go and get interfacing first, anyway).

giphy-downsized (2)

On that¬†note: The pattern says for “sew in” but both myself and Abi thinks this might be too stiff, so might opt for the “iron on” – What do you guys think?

URGHHHHH!

Emma

 

Sew Local: Sew Yarn Crafty, Dunfermline

For those who know me, I like to venture out into the unknown, especially when it comes to fabric shops.

It’s also been awhile since I did a shop too.  I like this series because It helps other find fabric shops they may not know about too.

How did I find out about Sew Yarn Crafty?  Well, it was actually a customer at my now old work.   He basically told me to go and check it out!  I’m glad he did.

Based, in the town centre (on the pedestrianised part, don’t let google take you on a wild goose chase!) Sew Yarn Crafty was Dunfermline Sewing Machines and is now the new owner.  They re-opened late last year after gutting and refurbishing the premises.

It’s a nice wee shop.  Stop there.  Appearances can be deceiving!  Yes, it looks small from the outside but not only a ground floor but this shop has a basement too!

It certainly is, very contagious!
Sew Yarn Crafty stocks Tilly And The Buttons patterns – which is a tick in my book.  They have a small selection of fabric for both dressmaking and craft.  I’m going to say small because it was.  The haberdashery is very well laid out and the button selection is enormous.

Step inside to sewing Narnia!
Tilly and the Buttons pattern galore!
They also sell sewing machines, Janome, Singer and Brother were the ones on display.

Did I buy anything?  Eh, that’s a silly question.  It would be rude not too!

TATB Agnes pattern, trimming, dungaree buckles & some rather cute otter fabric!
Cute as a button: Otters!
It’s a cute wee shop. Maybe out of the way for me but a lovely addition to the high street. There’s plenty of parking in the car parks surrounding the shop.  If you need a cuppa and cake after spending some dosh, there are the usual chains and some niche indie cafes.

Sew Yarn Crafty is also on Facebook.

Emma

 Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and pretty please ask for permission before using any of my photos – ta! 

What next to buy (sewing wise)?

You lot should know I like buying things. ¬†However, I’m trying very hard not to buy anything, especially fabrics for the month of February. ¬†Although I have slipped once (I’ll mention that later what fabric I bought!) – I have been quite good about it and I’ll refrain from doing any more fabric shopping until march (will probably go bananas by then.

¬†I thought I’d share my thoughts on the next few purchases that I’ll be getting.

New rotary cutter – I currently have this one but I have issues with it when the safety cap slides down when I’m using it. ¬†So I’m opting for a Fiskars.

screenshot-2017-02-12-12-08-26

T-shirt cotton fabric ¬†_ I’ve been thinking of making a couple of t-shirts and think I’ve found a good source online. ¬†

screenshot-2017-02-12-13-45-59

Seamwork‚Äôs ‚ÄúAberdeen” PDF – I’m thinking of using this pattern for my t-shirts. ¬†I really like the collar/ v-neck detail on this and I presume (correct me if I’m wrong), I could shorten¬†the¬†sleeves to t-shirt length for our “hot Scottish days”.

Spotty fabric with a wine coloured crepe from cloth shop to make an occasion dress, then the spare spotty fabric will be use for detail on a nice top. ¬†Sorry, no pictures at the moment but once I get the fabric, I’ll¬†get them up OR get a Vlog done and really show off!

Dylan Dye for a denim skirt that I will be remaking from an old pair of pink jeans. ¬†I have a pair of pink jeans, that I no longer wear. ¬†A wee while ago I saw a feature in a sewing magazine that showed me how to turn an old pair of jeans into a skirt. ¬†So I’m going to do that and then dye, yes dye the skirt red. ¬†Why red? ¬†I think I need a red skirt in my wardrobe.

screenshot-2017-02-12-13-43-47

Grading up on many patterns seems to be my objective at the moment. ¬†It’s such a useful tool/skill to have and use. ¬†So whilst watching a Cocowawa crafts YT vlog, (<<< link to that¬†vlog right there!!) the lovely Ana was showing her favourite tools of her trade which included a Pattern Master. ¬†I’m figuring it will be bloody useful and take some time out of grading up.

screenshot-2017-02-15-11-18-23

I’m actually trying to make space for another double billy from ikea,¬†just to finally¬†finish organising my sewing room – I think that will be the first purchase out of this lot.

Processed with MOLDIV
Question is, with or without doors!!??

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are of my own and this post wasn’t sponsored and no I’m not on commission xx

Sewing: Simplicity 4789

It’s week 4 at Fabric Focus’s Beginners Dressmaking class and I’ve not had to unpick a single thread – woo hooo!

 

31068742412_7501bdabe4_m
Simplicity’s 4789

 

Amazingly I’ve not had a tantrum with pockets (Simple Sew’s Sophia Skirt has the blame for that). It went a bit¬†like this with the skirt hitting the floor and scaring my husband in the process. It went a bit like below!

//giphy.com/embed/sIabtKqa9YJP2?html5=true

So moving on (quickly) (in fact, the speed of light quickly)… I’m seeing this cotton fabric is quite slippery whilst getting it on the sewing machine. ¬†I’m still in love with it despite it trying to escape the sewing needle.

Darts are now in the front with the front part of the pockets attached. ¬†I’m going to attempt to attach the back pockets on the back bodice/panel then tack the sides together.

Remember in my first project I said I wasn’t going to go full steam ahead of the rest of the class, well I’ve kept the pace – woo hooo (again)!

Also, I’ve learnt how to do tailor’s tacks, which I will be using from now in my sewing!

I’m still collecting fabric and patterns, that won’t stop (now that would be weird if I did) and in a few days time, I will release a post about my November Haul! ¬†Plus there will be a post on the #SewScottish / #ScottishBloggersMeetup and also on my visit to Dovecot Gallery. ¬†Plenty of reading for you to look forward too (plus lots of photos!!).

Only 2 more days until #SewScottish / #ScottishBloggersMeetup (at the time of this post-release) Woooooppppppeeee!

Over and oot!

Emma

Disclaimer: All images are my own and opinions are too, in no way are they sponsored!