Maker Gallery - January and February

By Lauren Guthrie

I had to admit defeat with the blog last week. It was time for a bit of a break in the hot sun for me and after my good intentions to get blog posts ready before I left, alas it didn’t happen.

I’m right back with you though and have lots of new projects to share but first I’ve got some amazing makes from you guys.  You never fail to blow me away with the lovely things you create……

Amy made this lovely bird cushion cover in the Beginners Envelope Cushion Cover Workshop - awesome job for a first make! 

Victoria made this very beautiful piped cushion cover in the Trimmed Cushion Cover Workshop. I LOVE how the bright pinks really pops out to frame the print on the farbic!

Clairinda and Hannah have both been busy making super cool Yoke Tops - awesome fabric choices guys! (Pattern from Learn to Sew with Lauren Book).

Joanne made a lovely Simple Sleeveless Top with great contrast binding and Claire made these brilliant adventure shorts for her boys! (Both patterns from Learn to Sew with Lauren too). 

After attending the Purse Making Workshop, Dawn was straight to work and made this beautiful bunch of purses! 

We had another set of super lampshades from Zoes Shade School Workshop

Emma and Jane finished their shades off perfectly at home with these cool trims. 

Lorna has been really busy and made this fab striped Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top - good call on the alternating stripe direction of the pockets, and this really pretty vintage blouse using our Orange Blossom Fabric

I so want one of these beautiful ottomans that Alison has renovated with Emma Hardickers Spring Teal Fabric

And please may I also have one of the Liberty Betsy Print Cushions that Carolyn has made - gorgeous!

While on the subject of Liberty prints, how awesome are these knickers made by Claire using Gallymoggers Reynard and Bellis Liberty Prints?

Caitlin made the lovely quilt for her neice using various fabrics from our collection - what a special gift!

Elizabeth is keeping cosy in her cardy using our Black and White Tile Knit Fabric

As is Melissa who made this amazing top using our Mustard Viscose Wool Stretch fabric

And finally we have Rachel's Sewaholic Cambie Dress made with our Navy Anchors Double gauze fabric, how pretty is the trim on the pockets?! 

Thanks again for sharing everyone - I love seeing what you make! 

If you want to share your own makes just tag me @guthrieghani on Twitter or Instagram or post on the Facebook feed (link here), or send us an email [email protected]

Freshly Stitched - The Sewaholic Oakridge Blouse

By Lauren Guthrie

I know a few of you might have caught a glimpse of my Oakridge Blouse on Instagram the other week. 

I’ve now got the full story ready, and my second version is finished too!

This is one of the latest patterns to come from Sewaholic. It’s partner in crime, the Granville Shirt, has also gone down a storm!

I love the Oakridge because it has such a simple construction with just one piece each from front and back bodice and then the really special detail of the proper cuff. Ah, that cuff, that topstitching! Love it!

For my first version I used the Phoebe Liberty Lawn Print.

I made version C, so no collar - necktie bit, I just wanted a really simple version, as the fabric is so beautiful.

I hadn’t made a cuff like that before but the instructions were really easy to follow and I just loved how neat it looked once it was pressed and top stitched.

I’ve been layering it up under cardys and I think it looks great with the cuffs turned up a bit.

I usually keep the top button open too; I think it looks a bit more relaxed.

I enjoyed making this blouse so much, and it’s really rare that I do make the same pattern twice so close together, but the next week I made another one!

I had wanted to make a garment with one of the new Liberty Alice in Wonderland prints and this simple blouse seemed perfect!

I choose the Theo print which is apparently….”Flora and animals running around the fabric as if in the Caucus race”.!

I decided with this one to not use the Overlocker to whiz up the inside edges, but instead do a bit of French seaming, which I love, I just haven’t done it in ages.

Feeling like I didn’t want to spoil a lovely inside, I then tried something a bit different with the raw edges around the sleeve head.

I stitched them as normal with the 5/8” seam allowance that’s included in the pattern. Then I trimmed the seam allowance form the sleeve (only-not the bodice raw edges) in half and pressed them towards the sleeve. 

I then tucked under and pressed the seam allowance of the bodice over it. Using this awesome wonder tape, which is basically like then double sided sticky tape for fabric, I held all my little edges in place.

Finally I top stitched them down from the outside of the garment and .....Voila! An awesome neat finish and more topstitching, go with my cuff, whoop!

As I went to stitch the button on this version, I got the shock of my life! Without realising it, I had perfectly pattern matched the button stand on the right to the fabric of the main bodice on the left! I honestly screamed out loud! It's the biggest fluke of my life! I'd love to say I planned this perfectly but there is no way! 

Have you ever had any spooky flukes happen in a garment? 

On My Knitting Needles - NEW MilliaMia Yarn!

By Lauren Guthrie

I’ve fallen a bit out of sync with my knitting lately. I started a really easy garter stitch cardigan using this Quince and Co pattern,  (I used Navia Duo yarn instead).

It is really easy to knit but I think I have a one-sleeve problem.

Its’ been on my needles with only one sleeve for a few months now and that last bit of knitting, that would probably take less than a week to do, is just not happening. 

It was the same story with my mustard peacock eyes cardigan as well - took ages to get that done! 

Then my knitting mojo was back on after I came across the beautiful MilliaMia range of yarn and I’m so excited and pleased to announce that we are now an official stockist of their yarn! Yay!

I needed something colourful and bright, with really simple design ideas to get me going again!

We have all 16 colours of their soft 100% merino wool, aran weight yarn which they have grouped together into the loveliest palettes.

The brights....

The chalky tones....

and the melanges...

There are two great pattern books full of lovely, easy projects. One for the bambinos,

And one for the ladies that has all really stylish, simple accessories - some only even need a few balls.

I was so excited about getting it that I’ve started making some of their Elika Wrist Warmers already. They are knitted flat which is great and even though the stitch looks really fancy smanchy, it’s actually a really simple no-cable needle required, cable design.

There is even a great little video on their blog of how to do it. Link here.

This yarn is in store now so if your looking for some great new ideas to help you move on from simple wrist warmers and moss stitch scarves, your in for a treat! You can see all the colours in this link