Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Me MAde May 16 pledge

So, I've been deliberating over whether to sign up for Me Made May (MMM) this year as my me made wardrobe is vastly smaller than it was due to the additional pounds I'm still carrying after having the Little boy at the end of last year. However, I've had a bit of a sewing streak recently and feel like I could make a good go of it now (I'm also slowly starting to fit back into some of my things), so I've decided to bite the bullet and do it.

So here's my pledge.

I Helen of Helen Made, sign up as a participant of Me Made May '16. I will wear at least one handmade or refashioned item a day for the whole of May. 

A simple pledge but that should be tricky enough at the moment.

So here's to another great MMM!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

FINALLY!!! Another finished project. Tilly and the Buttons Delphine Skirt.

Hola Chicas! I hope I find yo all well on this sunny Wednesday!

I've finally been able to start and finish a sewing project. Technically this isn't the first sewing project completed since the little boy was born but the other project (A Gertie Pencil Skirt in animal print) turned out to be far too big for me after my post baby sizing adjustments, and I have yet to sort it out. Which is a shame because not only do I love a good pencil skirt (as seen here and here), but I also love the fabric.

Anyway, enough of the failed pencil skirt for now and on to the first finished (and wearable) sewn item post bubba. A Delphine Skirt from Tilly's book Love at First Stitch.

I made a trial version of this way back last year (never blogged) and found that I needed a sway back adjustment before it fit properly, because of the high waist. So it got put in the to be finished pile and forgotten about until a couple of weeks back when I decided I needed to make a few things that would actually fit me now as I was bored of jeans and t-shirt combos.

I took out about 1" from the back skirt piece at the centre back, tapering to nothing at the hips, by marking then slicing the pattern piece about 2 1/2 " down from the top.

Then I overlapped the pieces at the centre back by 1" and taped it down.

I also added 2" to the length because I don't like my skirts too short and I always need to add length because of my height. Other than that there were no other adjustments to the pattern. Tilly's instructions were, as always, really clear.

And because I can, so why not, I used some lovely yellow chevron fabric, left over from the boys quilt, for the facing.

The skirt fabric is some navy brushed cotton polka dot which I found at a charity shop a couple of years ago.

All in all a satisfying and simple make and one I'm sure I'll get loads of wear out of.

Up next (once the fabric arrives) is  TATB's Bettine Dress, using some sage green chambray fabric from Croft Mill. I also bought this blue chambray to potentially make another version, or some other summery dress.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Finished project: baby cardigan

Hello all. Hope you're well. I have a finished knitted make for you today. I've finally got round to finishing the Baba's cardigan from this Patons booklet.

I started it back over half term at the end of October and only had the button band and hood band to finish when he came along, so it got sidelined whilst I coped with being sleep deprived and keeping a little person alive. Finally finished it last night. Yay!

I picked out this green wool as I didn't know whether buba was going to be a boy or girl so it seemed to work for both. The pattern is called Corey.

I really love the ridged stripy effect the pattern creates. The make was quite straightforward once you got used to the pattern repeat and I was able to do a lot of it without constantly needing to check back to the pattern, which was a refreshing change for my knitting as I normally need to check constantly to remind myself.

I only did one button and button hole in the end as a rarely actually button up the cardigans I have already so figured I wouldn't button this one up either really.

Next up a crochet hat for him using this pattern. I'm going with a petrol blue colour and I'm going to add on a purple pom-pom for good measure, because, why the hell not!

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Finished project: Christmas cake

A little Christmas make for you today. My first ever home made Christmas cake. In the past I've made Christmas puddings but never bothered with Christmas cake until this year.

It's a traditional fruitcake but since I'm not the biggest fan of normal marzipan I made an orange flavoured marzipan instead.

It's the first time I've decorated a full sized cake too - having only decorated cupcakes in the past.
overall, I'm very happy with this make.

Merry Christmas too you all.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Finished Objects: An advent calendar and a 2 week early surprise!

Hello hello!

Hope everyone is well. So I managed to finish the advent calendar I was working on for Mr HM and I before advent began (very chuffed).

Not much to report in terms of the manufacture. Its a pre-prepared fabric panel from Cotton Patch which you cut out and sew together. Probably only took me about an hour in total from start to finish.

I've been meaning to make a reusable advent panel for years and finally got round to it so I'm very happy with myself!

In other news... this happened ... 2 weeks earlier than expected! Baby Felix.

One of the reasons I'm so chuffed with making the advent calendar is because I made it up after he was born - and he slept through the noise of the machine beautifully (yay for more sewing time when he's sleeping - that is when he's sleeping better at night and therefore I don't need to join him in a nap when he sleeps in the day!) :-)

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Finished Project: Christmas Stockings

Hello all! Hope you're well.

Another finished project for you today - something Christmasy (I know it's a bit early, but with Baby HM on the way I need to get stuff out of the way as I'm pretty certain I'll only have eyes for the baby once it finally makes an appearance!)

Anyhoo - it's three Christmas stockings, one for each of us.

I drew the stocking template by freehand till it looked right then pieced together loads of Christmas coloured fabric scraps to make the front stocking piece. The back is made of plain calico for ease and a little more strength. All pretty straightforward and uncomplicated really.

I'm planning on embroidering name labels for each of them so father Christmas knows who's is who's but I haven't got round to it yet.

I've also finished an advent calendar wall hanging for my nieces which I forgot to photograph (oops) and have one for our house to sew up too so that's next on the list.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Finished Project: Baby Blanket

Hello all! How are you all doing?

Another finished project for you today. I finished for maternity leave last Friday so I've got time to start doing some crafting again before Bean arrives in just a few short weeks! Eeek!

Having made a baby blanket for both my nieces, I thought it only fitting that I make a blanket for my soon to be addition to the family too. Since we don't know whether Bean is a boy or a girl, I wanted something relatively neutral  in terms of fabric choices. I decided to go for greys, blues and yellows.

The chevron fabric came from Ditto Fabric, the polka-dots from Cotton Patch and the cloud fabric came from an Etsy seller in Australia sine I wanted cloud fabric and couldn't find anyone in this country selling any I liked.

It's not a complicated design - I'm no expert patchwork sewer - plus I really just wanted the fabrics to stand out and speak for themselves. I've backed it in a plain yellow brushed cotton for a softer touch underneath. Other than that, not much to add really.

Next up - 3x Christmas stockings for me, Mr HM and Bean - 1 1/2 of them have already been made and then 2x hanging fabric advent calendars - once for the nieces and one for our house. I've been meaning to make these advent calendars for the last couple of years and never got round to it.

I'm also currently finishing off a baby cardigan for Bean - just the hood and button band to finish.