A Cranberry and Ice Delphine

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Despite the irony of it being three weeks into my Dry January and subscribing to a weekly, organic fruit and vegetable box for the same amount of time, I’ve been feeling more ill than I have done for years, the last few days. 😦 We’ve all been struck down with a horrible, wheezy-chesty-flu like bug. Still, much though I’ve barely ventured from the house I have managed to slowly sew up a Tilly and the Buttons Delphine. And I’m counting it as a drinks theme over at The Monthly Stitch, hence the title.

I’ve made a fair few of these in the past, so this was a nice, easy introduction into the New Year. The fabric was interesting though. It was a bargain find from a local, charity shop, presumably the off-cut from a Winter coat. I think it’s some kind of tweedy -wool-like fabric and it cost me the princely sum of Β£1.50 πŸ™‚ I thought its stiff texture would make a lovely Delphine because of its exaggerated A-one shape. I used Tilly’s online tutorial for adding a lining, essential I think with this rougher type fabric. Because I wasn’t up to venturing too far this week I made do with what I had in, hence the cream zip which isn’t quite perfect, but does the job. The lining I had in for a jacket and I’m hoping I’ve still got enough of it left…

And the cranberries? Well, it looked the right colour in the teabag…

And I couldn’t resist adding the ice because of the first bit of snow on the ground from yesterday. The monkeys made the best of it as they could with their baby snowman.

Jeans next… Gulp! #jeansjanuary

Simple Pleasures

Anyone else have a favourite, simple make? My guilty pleasure is knitting scarves. I like nothing better than hunkering down on the sofa of a Winter’s evening with a self-patterned yarn and knitting away, eager to see which colour comes through next πŸ™‚

I made five such scarves for Christmas presents this year. Two for friends (top right), one for my sister-in-law (top left), one for my mother-in-law (below) and one for Sheila of Sewchet fame as part of her Stitching Santa parcel. You’ll have to hop over to her site for an image though sorry, as I totally forgot to take one of it before it got posted…

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I’ve exhausted myself of scarves for now though (and run out of people to knit them for). I already have an alarming amount myself! My excuse is that we live in an old and very cold house and I’m sticking to it. To replace my simple, scarf knitting I’ve found a fab ‘Squishy Ted‘ pattern in Issue 119 of Knit Today. I’m hoping it will make both of my children a comfy, reading cushion. Here’s hoping it will make as satisfying a project as my trusty scarves πŸ™‚

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Sewing Resolutions 2016 #sewingtop5s

So having been pleasantly surprised at how much progress I’d made since this time last year, here are my sewing goals for this one…

  1. Jackets and Jeans! I have a whole host of lovely jacket patterns at the ready and even have the appropriate fabric in my stash, so 2016s the year for this. And of course there’s #jeansjanuary!
  2. Active Wear and Underwear!Β I’ve been itching to attempt both of these areas for a while now after seeing so many other bloggers venture here. While bras seem to involve a whole lot of separate and expensive paraphernalia, pants seem pretty straightforward, so hopefully a good, starting point. Seamworks have two leggings patterns and two, suitable tops for sportswear, so time to utilise my subscription more πŸ™‚ Talking of which…
  3. Make more use of my sewing subscriptions! I subscribe to two print magazines, and one online magazine. Whilst I get a lot of enjoyment from just the flicking and reading parts, I need to justify these more. I’m thinking at least one make from one of these a month, but hoping they’ll overlap with the above.
  4. Get more sewing sociable!Β While I love the idea of joining a local sewing group, this is impractical on lots of different levels for me. Joining Instagram feels like a step in the right direction, as does taking part in sewing meet ups where possible, hello Yorkshire Spoolettes! Online challenges also sounds like a do-able way of getting more sociable? Keep hearing about Jungle January, anyone point me in the right direction on this one? And related to this…
  5. Participate in more monthly challenges over at The Monthly Stitch, despite joining some time ago, I think I’ve only ever managed two or three of them. Should be pretty easy to improve upon this…

So nothing too scary (apart from those jeans, but I’m in good company there so hopefully lots of help along the way…) and hopefully lots of practical but fun sewing ahead πŸ™‚

Phew! Finally completed my #sewingtopfives, hop over to Gillian’s site at crafting a rainbow for more details.