cardigan knitting

Last year at the ‘sewing for pleasure’ exhibition I bought a kit to knit a cardigan.  I chose the colour and it contained the correct amount of wool needed, the pattern and a wooden button – even though I couldn’t find it by the time I needed it so bought another!


It was a very quick and easy knit – just stocking stitch and a simple alternating knit one, slip one purlways pattern.

One thing I would do different next time is to change the cuffs.  The pattern is a turn over cuff but with that pattern I find it unnecessarily bulky. It still has the lovely pattern at the end without turning it up so I shall reduce a few inches of stocking stitch rows on my next one.


I’m sure I’ll find the missing button now I don’t need it.

Happy sewing ~ and knitting

Carol x

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Winter skirts

With the weather warming up – a little!  It’ll soon be time to pack away some of our winter makes.  Skirts…


Tracy picked this fabric up at the Rag Market and used a pattern from one of the sewing mags.


Tracy used another wool based fabric from the market to make this one..


and I used this wool fabric from Guthrie Ghani for my self drafted skirt.

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We lined each of these skirts but i did have a lazy moment with mine – I couldn’t be bothered re-threading my overlocker so i used a heart stitch to stop the hem from fraying.P1010537

I quite like it actually, might do it again one day!

Happy sewing – Carol x

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Sewing for pleasure 2016

Yay, it was that time of the year again.  Me and Tracy love our sewing exhibitions at the’s local to us and a great day out.


We went to Yarnia…I’ve usually got some knitting on the go but goodness me – EVERYTHING you could see was knitted!


I also love period dramas and each year they have a costume display. Last year it was  Mr Selfridge and this year was Far from the madding crowd.


When I see costumes from films and TV shows it always amazes me how tiny all the women are. Part of the job I suppose.

Of course a big part of the day for us (and everyone else) is buying fabric.



Black crepe for a blouse and some black lace for the shoulders, strawberry thief Liberty and the orange and white which hangs lovely.




The same orange and white for me, some Liberty for a dress, a fat quarter for my new quilting course which starts next month and a lovely park scene for Tash (even when she doesn’t go with me she ends up with fabric..daughters!)


Already looking forward to the next one!

Happy sewng – Carol x

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It’s been a long spell of no sewing for me I’m afraid thanks to the flu…the real one not just a cold!!  It was horrible – 2 weeks off work (never done that before) and another 3 weeks before I started to be myself again.

No knitting…….

No sewing…….

No housework………there’s always a silver lining!


My sewing partner in crime, the lovely Tracy, however decided to make her friend a present.

An apron to use for her pottery class.

Tracy spent loads of time and effort for her friend even though I told her it would soon be covered in clay and other mucky stuff.


She even made a matching bag   (yes, her friend loves ducks)


and here Tonya is,  wearing her new apron



Happy sewing – Carol x

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Christmas past

I had a lovely Christmas and went out….oh yes I did!  I’m a bit of a slippers and TV gal these days but did venture out into the ‘mild weather’ a few times.

One of those occasions was for my work Christmas do.  Last year I made a dress to wear…

I fancied red with black lace over the top and bought the fabrics at the rag Market in Brum.


I chose this pattern as I really liked the blue one.


By the time it was finished the only changes I had made were to leave off the ribbon around the waist as it looked much nicer on Mrs Slim on the picture!


This year Christmas party look….


I cheated and bought the skirt because….well I liked it!   The top I made using fabric from Guthrie & Ghani.  I chose a dull black sequin and loved it.

The pattern for the top was…

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I also wore my favourite, comfiest red shoes!!


I work in a primary school and for our Nativity we wore black and I made us all a star to wear (and keep for years hopefully!!!).


My lovely friends at work


Happy sewing – Carol x

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Our Sewing Bee Christmas party

Our last monday evening get together before the big day was party time for me and Tracy…..and sewing of cause.

We wore party hats (sewing themed) and ate cakes….although they had gone before I remembered to take photos!


We pulled crackers….


We made little stockings for our Christmas trees…


And we played pass the parcel with our husbands – although they soon realised that it had a sewing theme – and began to complain…

Tracy’s hubby won the main prize…


We had a fun party with Michael Buble’s Christmas CD on constant loop…..perfect.

Looking forward to many more sewing bee mondays in 2016 with my mate Tracy.

Happy Sewing – Carol xx

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Making Christmas prezzies

Tracy has been a busy lady making prezzies for her friends and family…..oh and for herself

DSCN2806This is one of 2 cushion covers she made for her settee.



A cushion cover for her mom.  This was the result of the patchwork day we had in september.   Quilting newbies   Although we were making a table mat Tracy thought her mom would prefer it as a cushion.  Mine as usual remains unfinished – I am still working on it though – just at a snails pace!!



Her gorgeous little nephew has a new Christmas stocking.

Although the adults were more impressed with it than Dan…


Happy sewing – Carol xx

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