I’ve moved!

moving-homeWell, there’s still a lot of unpacking and decorating to do, but the business of shifting my blog to it’s new home is mostly complete!  This is an admin post – I am so grateful for all you guys who’ve followed along with me this far, and I’d hate to leave you behind!

If you follow on Bloglovin’, you should have automatically been transferred to receive updates from Turner’s Cloth.

If you are an email subscriber, I’m going to attempt to transfer you right now.  Wish me luck!

If you follow in WordPress Reader, please toddle over to Turner’s Cloth and subscribe again if you wish to continue reading.

I hope you’ll all come with me, it’s great to have you along!

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Scrappy Log Cabins, and a new website coming soon!

red-and-white-log-cabin-quilt-blocksAfter being ill before Christmas, and really lacking in energy for a couple of weeks, since the New Year rolled around I’ve managed to fit in a load of time sewing.  I’ve actually completed one of my #2017makenine garments and started another, but I’ll wait until it stops raining and I can take pictures before I start bragging about that…

I’ve also been making these cute little log cabin blocks, which are pretty labour-intensive but seem quicker if you do them in batches.  I’ve made nine so far, which would make a teeny-tiny quilt, so I’m going to keep plugging away for a while and see what i get up to once I run out of red and white scraps.

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In other news, I am ploughing through setting up my new blog/website.  It’ll mean a(nother) change of name, but I’ve been working towards it for a while and finally hit on something I’m happy with.  Now that I’m setting up an online store as well as a personal sewing blog, both of which I hope to grow in the future, I wanted a name which would be suitable for both, without being too ‘pigeonhole’y at this stage, when I’m still unsure where I’ll end up with it all.

So, coming soon (in a couple of weeks) will be ‘Turner’s Cloth’, a new self-hosted website, where I’ll be blogging and developing my shop from now on.  It’s a steep learning curve at the moment, but I am slowly getting somewhere!  I apologise to anyone who follows my blog’s Facebook page, where I’ve been changing names and logos left right and centre.  This is probably really confusing and irritating, so sorry!  Everything will be straightened out, linked up and made consistent over the next few weeks.

Anyway, there’s a bit of an explanation, which will also explain any radio silence over the next couple of weeks!

Take care!

X

New Year Plans and 2017makenine

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Well, a very happy New Year to you all!  I’ve been slowly recovering from the bug I had before Christmas, and I’m feeling pretty ok, now.  I’m excited about a new year of sewing, and also gradually making clearer plans about where I want to go with blogging and sewing in general.  (It will hopefully involve moving to a self-hosted site soon, although my IT skills mean that this process is slow, painful, and results in lots of technical support people needing a stiff drink.)

So, I sorted my stash the other day, and labelled the outsides of the boxes (a key achievement), which has reminded me of all the lovely fabric hiding in them.  I’ve been badly neglecting my personal sewing recently, which put me in the mood to nick Rochelle’s cute #makenine initiative, and actually think about my priority garments for this year.  Pictured above are:

  1. The Tessuti Pia dress is quite a departure from my current style, but I’m weirdly drawn to it.  I plan to make a linen one, and then be super wrinkly in it.
  2. I’ve been lusting after the Merchant & Mills Landgate jacket for ages.  I resisted buying the paper pattern when I was in Liberty’s, but I’d definitely love to make it this year.  I badly need to up my coat game.
  3. I made Grainline’s Scout up last year (I think, though it may have been 2015), hoping it would be a go-to T-shirt pattern (as it is for every other sewist in the world apparently…).  It’s not.  I only wear it for scruffs, and I just don’t feel it suits me.  I’m hoping to have more luck with the Lou Box Top, although I’m already second-guessing the size I’ve printed.  We’ll see…
  4. True Bias Emerson trousers – what I really want is the Style Arc Erin culottes did you see Sallie’s I still can’t get over them but the fabric I have is denim, with a slight stretch, which doesn’t have the drape for all those pleats.  The Emersons, with less volume going on round the hips, seem like they would suit denim better.  Plus, if they work out, shorts for ever!  I’m wary of elastic waists, but I also hate invisible zips in trousers, which most trouser/culotte patterns seem to have.
  5. Jeans.  I bought the Named Wyome jeans pattern like a week before Heather Lou released the Morgan Jeans pattern.  I’m going to make them out of stubbornness, because I own the pattern, and then I think we all know what I’ll do after that…
  6. Named Asaka Kimono – I have a length of this Liberty silk destined for this, and I’m excited!  But also not desperate to have it shifting silkily around all over my cutting table, so I’m gearing up to it.  My mum also wants the Seamwork Almada. We bought A LOT of this silk.
  7. Is this cheating?  But I have to get these done this year!  I bought 2 vintage Ercol chairs and a footstool (not the one pictured here, but a similar style) on eBay.  I’ve replaced the webbing (a filthy job.  If you were wondering how much compacted dust collects in the fastenings of a chair over 60 years, it’s a lot), and now I need to make new covers.  Home Dec sewing makes me proud that I can do it, and also gives me a sense of impending doom at the boredom.  Still, I’d rather suck it up than pay someone else, and these are the decisions we make!
  8. Shirtdress from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing.  I’ve had this book a while, and I love reading it, but I’m ashamed to say I’ve only made the portrait blouse from it.  But this is a shirtdress with elastic in the back.  What have I been waiting for?
  9. Obviously not this exact cardigan (which I chose for the bloke, who clearly feels he’s the 80’s gift to woman/mankind, you’re welcome), but I’d really like to knit myself something this year.  Not 100% confident this will happen, knitting’s fallen by the wayside in the last year or so in favour of sewing, sleeping and procrastinating.  Hopefully this year there’ll be less procrastinating, but the sleeping still takes up a lot of time and effort…

So there’s my 2017makenine!  I’m going to try really hard this year to make things I can get some mileage out of, but I’m also going to give up quicker on things which aren’t working.  I don’t need to set myself up to wrangle every project through to completion – I craft to make me happy (or to slightly decrease my grumpiness and fill the spare room with boxes of fabric, depending who you talk to), so I’m going to give myself permission to quit if something’s not working out.  Mistakes are valuable, but I think to get that value I need to recognise them and move on, not necessarily feel like I have to fix them all!

Well, those are my plans, what are yours?  Do you find it helpful to make lists, or would you rather make it up as you go?  Either way, have an awesome 2017, and let’s keep in touch!

Take care

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Completed: Carolyn Pajamas, take 3

image of floral cotton Carolyn Pajamas pattern by Closet Case Patterns

Hi guys!  I’ve been a bit absent recently, in all senses if I’m honest.  Every year Christmas seems to creep up stealthily and then just suddenly be NOW, and I’m never prepared…  I’m off work today with some kind of horrible cold/cough/general shakiness, which I put down to trying to fit 36 hours worth of stuff into a regular 24 hour day.  Add that to trying to navigate the world of setting-up-a-proper-website and I’ve basically checked out.  Still, as always, I love to over-commit, which is why I agreed to make another set of Carolyn Pajamas, this time for a colleague to gift.

I made life easy on myself and chose a cotton poplin from Minerva Crafts.  The print is really beautiful, although if I’m honest the fabric isn’t really £9/m quality.  It is, however, nice and stable – after the Liberty silk set, sewing these felt like I could have done it with my eyes closed!  There’s something very comforting about going back to a pattern you know is going to turn out awesome.

close up image of Carolyn pajama collar and pocket

I made my own piping again, from pink poplin and #1 piping cord.  If I’m honest, I haven’t really got much to add about this pattern now – it’s beautifully drafted and explained, and I’ve never had to do any extra research on techniques, everything is included in the pattern or on the Closet Case Files blog.

In other news, I’m still wrestling with technical issues, but I hope I’ve done enough for now to keep things trundling along gently while I sort them out…  I’m going to stop worrying about it for now and go back on the attack in the new year.  Speaking of which, there’s all that Christmas prep to get back to, after I’ve gone back to bed for a bit…  So maybe tomorrow then.

It’s unlikely I’l be back here before the new year, so until then I wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and see you in 2017!

Take care of yourselves,

X

First steps in eCommerce

image of a vintage toy cash register

And boy do I mean first steps…  I didn’t shout about it here a few weeks ago when I opened my Etsy shop, although I did on social media – I simply haven’t found the time to sit down and write yet.  This is one of the first things I need to change, which is why I suspect my first big investment in my micro-mini-business will be my own personal computer.  Sharing a laptop no longer works if you both need it out of hours!

Anyway, I decided to take myself a bit seriously and get a proper shopfront.  I did a bit of research on eCommerce platforms, and narrowed it down to two;   Shopify or BigCartel.

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Completed: Colette Ceylon Round Two

image of Lucy wearing Colette Ceylon dress front view

In which I give up on make-up, control of my facial expression, and keeping children and bins out of the picture.  Sorry guys, children and bins make up a large part of my life right now…  It is what it is.  Anyway, here’s my second Ceylon.  I should have made it before now really, as my first one is wearing thin on the shoulder where I carry my bag.  As I think I’ve said before, although this pattern has quite strong vintage styling, it results in a very wearable dress – it’s comfortable (YAY for no waist seam 🙂 ), cute and smart enough for work.  Well, my work anyway.  I guess our dress-code isn’t that stringent… Continue reading “Completed: Colette Ceylon Round Two”

Completed: Carolyn Pajamas II

an image of liberty floral silk carolyn pajamas, pattern by closet case patternsSometimes time runs away with one a bit…  I’ve been so busy recently that I haven’t found time to check in here, so apologies for that!  Also, I seem to have about 10 half-finished projects, 3 half-painted rooms and a huge pile of ironing, so it would have been tough to find anything to report even if I had got to sit down at the laptop…

Good news though – I’m back with a finish which *ahem* may have been due in February, but I’m over that and I’m still really happy with it! Continue reading “Completed: Carolyn Pajamas II”