Girls/Tweens Pattern Parcel 5

Fishsticks Playhouse Dress
The Fishsticks Playhouse Dress is a lovely dress featuring puff sleeves and a flared skirt.

Girls dress

It super quick to make with a stylish result:)

Playhouse Dress

This is the first time I have used a stretch knit for the top, and cotton for the flared skirt. It is fractionally large for my daughter, but this is deliberate. She chose short sleeves as we head for winter – it WILL fit next summer!!!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

I am delighted to bring you this wonderful pattern parcel – five patterns from independent designers raising money for childrens education. Plus the sizes go from 18 months – 16 years, a great age span:)

If you love dress making for your daughter/grandchild/niece you can buy the patterns here.

If you are like me and are really inspired by seeing how patterns look in different fabrics visit other stops on the inspiration tour;

Parcel #5 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, September 19 Pienkel || Cookin’ and Craftin’

Saturday, September 20 Sew Busy Lizzy || The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

Sunday, September 21 Keep Calm and Carrion || Felt With Love Designs

Monday, September 22 Radiant Home Studio || Sewing Sober

Tuesday, September 23 Sew Fishsticks || La Pantigana || Amanda Rose

Wednesday,September 24 Shawnta Sews || Sprouting JubeJube || Knot Sew Normal

Thursday, September 25 Make It Perfect || Mimi’s Mom || Climbing the Willow

Friday, September 26 Needle and Ted || Our Family Four

Saturday, September 27 Froo & Boo

Sunday, September 28 Stitches by Laura || Vicky Myers creations

Monday, September 29 Cookin’ and Craftin’ || The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, September 30 mama says sew || FABulous Home Sewn || The Inspired Wren

Wednesday, October 1 lady and the gents || That’s-Sew-Kari || Sewing Sober

Thursday,October 2 Gracious Threads || Blogs Like A Mother || SewsNBows

Friday, October 3 sew chibi || Lulu & Celeste || Made by Sara





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Rush Hour Blog Hop

I am very excited to be taking part in this blog hop – the theme to create anything in the colours red, black and grey around the topic Rush Hour.

Rush HOURtagbutton

If you have not visited me before one very big Welcome:) I enjoy the challenge of upcycling a former item into something new. Regularly creating bags out of former clothes – this challenge is perfect for me:)

Rush Hour Bag design

I started off with this wonderful tweed skirt, you can imagine my delight when I discovered it in my stash fitting the theme perfectly:)

Tweed woollen skirt

The skirt is a 100% wool, with sewn in pleats. I have set myself the challenge to create as many Rush Hour themed items as I can from the one skirt.

tweed shoulder bag

First off this gorgeous bag, which highlights the original pleats from the skirt. I have lined it with red cotton, and included an internal zip pocket. Hardware for the bag is rescued from an old bag. There is a tutorial here if you fancy making one yourself:)

tablet case

With the left over fabric I unpicked the pleats and washed on the highest setting on the machine to felt the woollen fabric. I created the tablet sleeve with complimentary red fabric (a former curtain).

Tweed upcycled tablet sleeve

If you fancy making your tablet case I have a simple tutorial here.

Next up a smaller ladies shoulder bag, again lined with complimentary red:) It’s such a fab colour combination.

tweed handmade bag

Having sketched this bag out I am chuffed it fits a mini IPAD.

I am delighted with all of them, in fact I am feeling inspired for these to designs to be the basis of a new autumn range.

upcycledWhich is your favourite make? What would you make with an former tweed skirt?

Red, White, and Black will be stopping traffic!

Visit this wide range of bloggers to see how they have interpreted the theme:)

Tuesday, September 23

Just Let Me Quilt

I piece 2-Mary

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Quilt in a not-Shell

The Slow Quilter

The Blended Blog

Quilting Bias

Wednesday, September 24

Stitchin’ By The Lake

Buzzing and Bumbling

Lixie Makes It

Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Living With Purpose

Madly Mid Mod

Coral Canyon Quilting

Thursday, September 25

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Kwilty Pleasures

Selina Quilts

A Stitch in Time

It Seams To Be Sew

Pig Tales and Quilts

Lakeshore Stiches

Tea Time Creations

Friday, September 26

The Quilting Queen Online

Quilting Quietly

Vicky Myers Creations

Grammie Q’s

From This to That

Quilted Delights

Coeur d’Alene

Sew at Home Mummy

Monday, September 29

Grandmama’s Stories

Kris Loves Fabric

Jane’s Quilting

Life, Quilts, and Cats, too

Thimblemouse and Spouse

Creatin’ in the sticks

Bquiltin Studio

Tuesday, September 30

Lily Patch

MooseStash Quilting

Words & Stitches

Karma Willow Designs

Kwilt Krazy

How arT you?

Sew We Quilt

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Be Resourceful

This week is Waste Less Live More week, the title being fairly self explanatory:) The week aims to raise awareness that environmental and social issues are interlinked and tackling these issues together is a far more effective solution.

waste less live more

I have signed up to take part in the Be Resourceful challenge. To be honest it comes with perfect timing for me. I have been seriously tempted by a £15 off if you spend £30 on Ebay Fashion, 20% off Marks & Spencers (I was thinking winter tights) and £25 of you spend £50 at Body Shop.

I am delighted to say I have resisted, I don’t need any clothes, irrespective of whether they are second hand, or any more makeup (which I wear at the most once a week!). I have this saved my wallet at least £40:).

The Be Resourceful week focusses on different ideas each day:

So here’s a run-down of them:
Monday-Make It
Tuesday-Borrow It
Wednesday-Value It
Thursday-Grow It
Friday-Share It
Saturday-Fix It
Sunday-Discover It

Perhaps there should be a swap it day?

Today I have been working on making items for blog posts later in the week, and Fixing:)

Handbag fix

A friend of mine borrowed this handbag from a work colleague, unfortunately the handle broke. I offered to repair it.

Handbag fixed

After an attempt at trying to create leather straps I moved onto fabric (to be kind to my sewing machine). Hopefully they are strong enough to hold.

I am going to be visiting the Waste Less Live More site daily to read the variety of interesting guest bloggers. I hope you have a good week,




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