Sunday, January 15, 2017

Liberty Lawn Top

Olive has a lot of dresses in her wardrobe and is lacking in tops so go with shorts so I looked through my Japanese Sewing Books and found a cute little top and then found the perfect piece of Liberty Lawn in the stash. 
It is from this book which I'm sure I've had since the twins were little. ISBN 9784529047005.
 I haven't used a Japanese Sewing book for a while and it took me a few minutes to find the pieces and get used to tracing again.
I wasn't sure which was the front piece and which was the back and I suddenly remembered I downloaded Google translate as soon as we got to Paris. It is complete wizard, I have gone from working only from diagrams to being able to nearly read the entire instructions!
The pattern has you sewing two channels and threading through elastic, instead I went for one of my favourite techniques - shirring. Five rows on the front and five on the back, a little less than 1cm apart.
 Other than taking up the hem a little I didn't make any alterations. I would normally just overlock the side seams, but I am glad I used their instructions for a fully enclosed seam, it is a lot neater.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Fabric Shopping in Hong Kong

Hong Kong was the last stop on our trip so I waited until there to do most of my fabric shopping. My excellent husband pulled out a rolled up bag out of his suitcase and told me to fill it. The first stop was Sham Shui Po and the Hawkers Bazaar.
It was even more jammed with fabric than I imagined.
There was lots and lots of nice wools and cottons. Chris bought a few pieces for me to try and make him pants and maybe a jacket one day.
I found one place with lovely lingerie laces.
After the Hawkers Bazaar we wandered to Tim Ho Wan for lunch - an amazingly yummy and very cheap Michelin starred restaurant. It was so good and the girls loved it too.
Then we headed to Ki Lung Street, some great bargains here on basic fabrics and shirting.
I had read about Moon Yue Piece Goods on a few blogs, it is on Yu Chau Street and is definitely worth a visit. It is up some stairs and took a little bit to find, but I'm glad I did, they were extremely helpful and I picked up a few nice pieces of silk.
The other place I bought fabric was on the second floor Western Market. Definitely not as cheap as Sham Shui Po, but some very nice fabrics in there that I didn't see in Sham Shui Po. I couldn't leave without some of this beautiful Italian silk brocade. 
And that is the end of my fabric shopping travels from 2016.
I wish you all a happy and wonderful 2017!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Glam Clam Quilt

I finished the Glam Clam Quilt just in time for Christmas.
I quilted it with lots and lots of straight lines. As soon s I started I regretted how close the lines were, but it is not a huge quilt and it does look better with more lines so it was worth it. 
 Olive loves it. My sister suggested I could make her a king size one. I think the 12" template might be good for a project that size!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mini Southport Dress

And the winner of I Love Churn Dashes is Abbe

Amongst the end of year parties, assemblies and Amelia and Grace's graduation (yikes) from Primary School I managed a little sewing. Our wonderful local quilt shop has this great Tula Pink snail fabric in and I knew Olive would love a dress out of it. I used the Mini Southport Dress from True Bias

In the never ending mixed bag of buttons I found some ladybird buttons. A perfect match!!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Japanese Craft Books - Embroidery

A peek inside the other two embroidery books I bought in Japan.
ISBN 9784579115051 - This might be my new favourite embroidery book, I love every design in there.
ISBN 9784529055130 - lots of nice designs on felt and linen.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Garden Snails Quilt

I had a huge list of things that needed to be done over the weekend, but I woke up on Saturday, glanced through Instagram and all of a sudden I was paper piecing a snail. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Yumiko Higuchi Embroidery

I tried to choose just one embroidery book to buy in Japan, but that was impossible. Three of the ones I bought were by Yumiko Higuchi.  Once I get through Christmas and finish some quilting that needs to be done I have plans to try something from each book.
ISBN 9784579114917 - beautiful two colour embroidery.
ISBN 9784529056373 - embroidery that incorporates fabric and felt scraps.
ISBN 9784579115389 - embroidery through the year.