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 
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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!

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

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Rejects, 123 St Clair St, Kirkcaldy KY1 2BS

Emma

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An Open letter to Vogue Patterns

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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

 

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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!!

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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).

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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.

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

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Seamwork’s “Aberdeen” 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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!

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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!

Fabric Haul: November 2016

As you know I do like to keep topping up my fabrics for all of these projects I have in mind. But Boy, the list is now bonkers – I don’t really have a list on paper as most of the ideas are in my head!!

Most of you know I’m doing the #thelittlereddressproject by the lovely running with style’s Renata and finally I’ve got my fabric – woot-woot! To date the PDF still has to be printed, which I’m concerned about as time is tick, ticking, tocking away – should I opt for a pattern I already have? The answer to that one should be a yes, now the big question- WHICH ONE? I think it should be a nice easy number, something that’s straight forward but party bound.

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Next, we have some gorgeous cotton and it’s a John Lewis own brand. I instantly fell in love with it as it has lovely wildflowers on a dark green background. It was £14.99 per metre but it’s totally gorgeous and has a lovely feel to it.

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I also bought the rather Christmassy Nordic fabric at the same time as the green John Lewis fabric. It was reduced to £5 per metre, so couldn’t say no to the bargain. Plus I actually need it to back my homemade advent calendar. And on that note, I’m still looking into wadding as I don’t want polyester wadding. I got a metre of the Nordic fabric to back the advent calendar. Looking at the date, I better get this done and dusted. Might have some time this week to sew it up. Might. Otherwise, I’ll be sewing it for next year 😂😂😂

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Next up, is the fabric I bought from Susie D Designs Shop in Penicuik on her most recent open day. See post for more details about her shop! I have a soft touch for geometrics and this called my same. I bought 2.5 meters of it so it will be a dress! It’s an Art Gallery Fabric, 100% cotton and a lovely feel to it.

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Fabric focus has this gorgeous suede in both Khaki and tan colours.  I opted to go for the Khaki.  Got 2.5 metres of it.  More than enough for a simple shift or CLEO!

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Erm … I added something else and that was the trip that the Lovely #SewScottish Meetup and this was some more lovely suede polyester material.  At £9 a metre from Edinburgh Fabrics, it has a lovely texture.  I thinking another classic shift style dress , perhaps the Bennett Dress from Marilla Walker.  Edinburgh Fabrics has a good range of colour with the suede – it’s worth checking out. Also, I bought matching thread but now I’m thinking contrasting thread and with that i would have to ultra careful of stitching!

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BENNETT DRESS by MARILLA WALKER – Gorgeous in suede!

Not only fabric lies in this “Haul” but some niche little tools have been purchased also …

 

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Awing tool

 

 

Corner tool

Both purchased via amazon. And a bargain as under a fiver each. I picked up from a youtube video by Last Stitch

 

Some tailors chalk … I seem to lose mine quite quickly and no idea how!

This handy box should keep the chalk from getting bashed!

Patterns on my radar …

Yes there are always patterns on my radar, don’t  you know I have a list? Ok now you do and boy it is long.  It only seems to be getting longer 😂

And to add to the list is the cute “Cleo Pinafore & Dungaree Dress” by Tilly and the Buttons – isn’t it just adorable? I ❤️ it! I’m head over heels for the dungaree dress 😍!

With Black Friday looming Cleo was quickly purchased with a nice 25% off!

And then ALIX from By Hand London was also snapped up in PDF form!  SO WHEN THERES A NICE DISCOUNT – it’s just impossible for me to say no.  Impossible.

 

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ALIX from BY HAND LONDON – so in love with this dress.

 

And then there are all the Seam work patterns that I have in my library – eek, I just love seam work (I actually did a wee post about them a wee while ago and all about why I love them). The “Kennedy” and the “Mesa” are the top two favourites to try first from seam work. And I’ve just heard that you can now use your credits to buy Collette patterns- Eeeeek!   YES, YOU READ RIGHT!!

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Seamworks’ Mesa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding to my stash of patterns and these were from the swap at the #SEWSCOTTISH meetup –

With these patterns came two bits of fabric – I may have to ask who put them in to the haul and also if they remember what it is … I have a mind like a sieve!

 

Then there’s this month’s gorgeous pattern from simply sewing magazine – well I think the Audrey dress is stunning and at one point I will try and make it.

So not just fabric, notions, patterns and tools have been added to the haul but also books 📚! Yes, I am also a sucker for a good sewing book.

The most recent one is “The better bag maker” by Nicole Mallalieu. One of my many projects is to make a bag, a weekender bag specifically and this book shows you how with handy techniques, tips and tricks. It’s got loads of lovely bag to make as well as a weekender.

I spotted it via Instagram and I’d say it’s a good find judging by all the hashtag #thebetterbagmaker attached photos!

Beautiful makes from various instagramers.

Next we have

Couldn’t put this one down …
Love the look of these garments!

I was just in Dobbies and spotted these two and somehow they managed to be brought home with me … mind you total bargains!


Talking of bargains, the buttons below were too. I bought them from a stall at the North Berwick Quilters Exhibition. I will post more on the actual exhibition very soon on the blog.  The buttons were £1 plus a book, which was also £1 too.  I’m hoping this holds a couple of good shortcuts for garments.

A little less of a bargain were these buttons bought from Kathy’s Knits on Broughton Street – there’s a nice selection to choose from and are vintage finds! The thicker metal ones are ideal for a jacket!

Remember I said I have a mind like a sieve.  Let me reinstate that dramatically – I received this “Simple Shift Dress” Sew Over Pattern yonks ago with a magazine subscription, only now I realise it has actual fabric in the box – total revelation and I realise I’m quite ditsy at times!

So for December, I’ve decided no fabric, no books, no nothing unless it’s interfacing or lining for projects.  We will see how long I last … Day 3 and still nothing bought!

That’s all for now,

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and I was not sponsored in any way, shape or form. All copyrighted pictures are my own.

 

Fabric Addictions: Recent Additions

Some of you may know I have a little problem with fabric and I just love collecting it, so much so that my little Billy “fabric wardrobe” is full (I can just about squeeze in a couple more, but it will be a squeeze!).

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I can’t say no to a bargain or a fabric pattern that catches my eye.   Working in a fabric shop is sheer dangerous for me as I rarely walk out from week to week without purchasing something sewing related.  Then again if I don’t get something as work then I usually buy fabric online or another shop.

In this post, I’d thought I’d share my recent purchases with you.  Usually, I post the fabric on my Instagram feed but I thought I’d give you a little more detail on what project/pattern I’m going to pair it up with, where I purchased it and the story behind it.

“Make Another Wish – Hedgerow” Lewis & Irene

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It all started with a customer trying to find the ivory version and I was helping to source it. We didn’t have much luck, but I did find the navy variation on eBay.  I kept this in mind and decided to splurge as I love the nature theme on it.  There’s definitely enough for a simple shift …

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Vintage Roses on Cotton 

This was bought from The Cloth Shop by Remnant Kings for my dress that I’m doing in the class I mentioned in this post.

I love the vintage print of the roses.  Those of you who have read the class post will know what pattern I’m using.  I’m going to pair it with a grey lining as it’s slightly thin and you can see through it.  The lining will also help give it a bit more body.

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Can’t wait to have tea and cakes in this dress!

 

Seeing Red

No. I’m not angry!  But it’s getting closer to the deadline for #thelittlereddressproject as I write!  It won’t be long until have to down the thread and scissors and show off my creation with the hashtag.  I’m crapping myself!  Have I taken on something too short of a time period?

Anyway, I saw this Ditte cotton Fabric in Ikea and thought what the heck, it’s only £3 per metre!  I don’t think it will be for the #thelittlereddressproject but it’s back up.  I think I have found a shade that I like and that would suit my skin tone at Fabric Focus but want to check that out when it’s daylight!

 

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It’s not that easy get the right shade with a solid colour!

That’s the 3 most recent fabric spurlges  … you will probably see another injection of colour pretty soon on the blog!

Emma

 

Lessons: Fabric Focus

Yeap, I’ve signed up for a block of lessons: Dressmaking for beginners at Fabric Focus, Edinburgh. Ok I’m no beginner but I’m no expert. I think confidence is the key but it’s always good to pick up tips and tricks for future projects and gain that extra confidence and experience to make a garment. I’d say I was a borderline novice. I’m happy to go at the class’s speed and not show off. Plus it’s always interesting to see what other sewers are using for both fabric and pattern! I’ve already noted a McCalls pattern which I like the look off! Yes, I AM A PATTERN MAGPIE! 

Lesson one:

We were all sat down and guided through our hand outs. Abi introduced us to our surroundings and what we would cover in our classes. 

Lots of room in the sewing room!

There is a sheet for marking all your measurements in the handout, which will be handy for the project and for future ones too. Our task was to take our measurements and jot them down – Hips, upper hips, waist and bust are the important ones for this now as I’m making a simple shift dress, Well at least I’m hoping too!

Grading the pattern – my hips are wider than my waist, which is seriously annoying sometimes. Abi showed me how to do this for the front and then I did it for the back. We then all cut out our patterns according to our sizes. 

Abi has sent us all home with strict instructions to pin the pattern pieces to the fabric for the next lesson. This includes ironing the pattern but absolutely NO CUTTING! I’m chomping at the bit, I will NOT CUT THE FABRIC

Next class we will cut the fabric and start sewing! 

I’ve chosen this beautiful Vintage blue cotton twill digitally printed fabric (see image below) from The Cloth Shop.

I can’t wait to wear this!

It’s a simplicity number for the pattern and it’s good value being the “easy-to-sew wardrobe elements” pack as I’m eyeing up the coat to do next. 

Great value with Simplicity’s 4789!

I’m going with the “simple” shift dress (option C) for classes. I just want to be able to finish and wear it!

I’ll continue to update you with my lessons as I go to each one! 

The Little Red Dress Project: Inspiration & Research (1 of 4)

So I’m scrolling through my instagram feed and there’s this image of a lady wearing a little red dress with @runningwithstyle ‘s handle and a hashtag #thelittlereddressproject and I’m immediately intrigued.  And before I question it, I’ve signed up – eeeeeeek!


Why on earth would I go for red? It’s not a colour I would normally opt to wear but it’s probably because I’ve haven’t found that perfect red shade. Well now’s the time to change that then! Positive thinking and all that jazz.

So the dear old Pinterest came out and I’ve made a board … yes another board of umpteen ideas of ooooohsss and ahhhhhhssss! 


The biggest problem at the moment is choosing the pattern.  I have a love affair with the Butterick 5748 as I’ve made a emerald number (which needs hemmed) a navy number (a tad more work) and a summer number (skirt bit done) – there is a pattern with the 5748 pattern and I’m determined not to not finish the red dress. It’s a great challlenge, so why would I not want to finish it?!! It’s a stunner of a dress but there a few other contenders …

Flippin’ sew the hem Emma!
The good old classic option navy here!
Summer colours here with a contrast purple for the top part
Butterick’s 5748, a firm favourite!
 

Next pattern – contrast to go there or not to go there? I’ve not worked with lace before, like ever. So is this the challenge to do such a thing? So I’d love to do something in lace but I might just hold my horses and do a simple number! 

Ooooh nice contrast with Butterick’s 6280
Beautiful lace from Remnant Kings
Cotton stretch sateen from Remnant Kings
 
I’m still floating back to a cotton stretch sateen. Perhaps because I’ve worked with it before. I would love to add a black edging to give the dress an extra element but I’ll see how I cope! 

Then it’s actually hunting down a red that I would like to work with and wear. I’m going to troll the local fabric shops in November as I’m off for a week then. I’ll also order a few samples from online fabric shops and then I’ll decide from there. I’ve not came across much online though … it’s quite meeeeh. I’m thinking of going for a wine red but if forced to do a red like in the image above, I will. 

Patterns, patterns, patterns … I’ve still not homed into my final choice but here’s just a few of my options … 

Butterick’s 5748
Butterick’s 6280

Another easy option with red drawing me in towards the dress!
Another lace option with B ? I don’t make it easy for myself, do I?
I’m liking this option C – it floats but I think it’s too long for a LRD?
Something cute for the back detail with option C!
Grading up option A would be nice!
Should I go all retro with option B?
I love C – but is it because of the Red?!
It would have to be C or D for this one!

That’s all for the moment but I will give you an update on my final choice!