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Altered Hoodie Top ~ Appliqué Style

I am exploring this world of altering clothes. Amazing. 

I found this hoodie in my favourite supermarket in their bargain bins. It has a large motif reminiscent of the Olympics. At £1.99 it was a steal and I was sure I could cover over the pattern.

I am new to appliqué and slowly discovering the tricks and techniques. I’ve worked out the bonda web and I’m now experimenting with stitches. My machine has an appliqué setting which I used for this top.

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If you have any items of clothing that would benefit from a little appliqué love or you just want to spruce something up,  join me:

→ item to appliqué
→ sewing machine or your fair hands, needle and thread
→ bonda web
→ fabric
→ iron
→ box of maltesers

Measure out the fabric you need and the shape you wish to appliqué.

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Cut out bonda web the same size as your fabric pieces.

Iron the rough side of the bonda web to your fabric shape. Once it has adhered peel off the backing

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Iron the shape onto the main piece of fabric and stitch closely around the edge.

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Keep banda webbing and stitching the pieces together until voilà

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Hee hee, excuse the cheesy rose. I don’t know what came over me!

Do, do, please do, give me appliqué tips…can you use different stitches? The zigzag seems just a bit cumbersome. And my biggest fear is the fraying.  Quelle horreur!

I’ll keep you posted on any other appliqué projects.

♡naomi

Altered Trousers

I have owned these pair of warm brown  wool mix trousers since 2002. Yep, 11 years! They have a fetching late 90’s wide leg look. To be honest they never fitted perfectly but they were a steal in a discount shop sale. And warm. In winter you can never be too warm. I recently dragged them out from the back of my wardrobe and wore them to work. I dressed quickly in the cold chilly air and didn’t second glance in the mirror..until I got home. Ghastly. They were about to be confined to my scrap fabric box when my maman reminded me that I was going to practice altering clothes~perfect opportunity. 

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So here is a wee tutorial in case you have a decade old pair of trousers that could benefit from some love and an upcycle to 2013!

Lay out your trousers and over the top lay your favourite fitting trousers. Draw around these. I actually used Minou’s crayola pens as they’re washable and showed up nicely!

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Either draw yourself a hem line or sew a little to the edge of your pen line. Try on for fit and make any alterations needed.

Cut off excess fabric.

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Voilà. Yep, it really is that straightforward. I managed to get these done in Minou’s quiet time after lunch so they are a quick project. 

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I must hunt through the rest of my wardrobe now. 

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Do tell me about your alterations…

♡naomi

Winter Warmer ~ Snuggly Dressing Gown

I live in a house. Before that I lived in many flats. The relevance of this I will explain. I had quite forgotten how chilly downstairs can become as all your lovely warm air rises up the stairwell. So at present we snuggle in warm beds heated from the day and freeze for the first half hour in the morning. After we wake we bundle into the kitchen, shut the door and throw open the curtains to let the low, meek sun warm the room.

I haven’t worked out an effective radiator heating strategy. It surely can’t be too hard but as it doesn’t involve stitching, gluing or casting on, its not my forte. So my answer to such problems: make a dressing gown! Work to your skills they say!

I found this lovely fabric from my second home. [Eeek, having just searched their website for you, my lovely readers, I have just become aware that there are two other shops! Oh dear, dangerous]. They have a selection of either Cath Kidston  ‘end of range’ stock or similar patterns. Either way, it’s gorgeous. I have lined it with a brushed cotton in letterbox red which is so soft you’d think it was a tiny kitten.

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I was bought Making Children’s Clothes by Emma Hardy by my lovely maman a couple of years ago. I had thumbed the pages and looked longingly at each design. Finally, I found the courage to give it a go. I borrowed my mum’s machine and started simply with a scarf. One scarf turned into several which turned into hats, trousers, tops, dresses, ponchos and finally this dressing gown. It is a great ‘first-time’ sewers book. The designs are straightforward – the dressing gown was 6 steps. Seriously.  And they range from very straightforward to more detailed. My only critique would be that some of the sizing can be a little off [but that may be my cutting skills].

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You can make some darling items and although the cover looks focused on girls dresses and skirts there are several patterns for boys trousers etc.

Let me know if you have this book and what you have made. Any tips or insights into how you cut your fabric would be welcome in this home.

♡naomi

Tweet Tweet Little T-shirt Bird

These dear little t-shirts are gifts for little ladies. I did make another but I forgot to photograph it before it was wrapped and sent.

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My sewing machine had a little rebellion whilst sewing the ribbon legs on one of the t-shirts.  Very frustrating.  Other than that they were fun to make.

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I accidentally forgot to switch from a zigzag stitch however this seemed to be a better way to attach the felt to the t-shirt. Happy mistake!

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Have a lovely Christmas Eve

♡naomi

Knitted Hats Finale

Finally I re-finished the knitted hats. In the most part it was enjoyable!

I added a dinky bow to the girls hats. I looked at adding a button for the boy hat but it just didn’t look right so that one will stand alone as a woolen hat.

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The pattern I found for these bows was from pinterest but the link is no good. So, if anyone out there knows who this came from please let me know so I can credit them.

They are straightforward, quick to make and really effective.  Here is a photo step by step:

Cut three pieces from felt [my new all time fav!]

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Fold biggest pieces sides into middle

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Add smaller piece to back and sew together

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Wrap strip around centre and sew. Voila

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By the way. I finished these late evening, went to bed. Woke up, came downstairs, took the bag off my banister and inside found the “lost” hats. Yup. What timing. Life is hilarious.

Have a lovely last few days before Christmas and I hope you avoid all winter bugs!

♡naomi