October to do list.


Well after a brilliantly busy and creative September I want October to be just as great. However there is no photowalk or Handmade Fair to go to but I’m sure I can still inspire myself!
First up here’s what I’m hoping to sew:
I’m going to attempt my first Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress. I’ve never sewn with knits but I’ve got the correct needle for my machine and all of Tilly’s very helpful posts ready to follow so I should be ok! I bought this amazing coral ponte de aroma online from Fabmill Works, there only 9 meters available which you can get here.

Cant wait to start this.

Last time, my first time and it certainly won’t be my last time, I visited the Fab Works Mill shop I got this cotton denim with a teeny tiny red polka dot to make the Simple Sew Skaterdress. As its getting cold I really need to get this made so I can get lots of wear out of it over the winter.

My post-wash creased fabric!

I’m just going to commit to the two dresses this month as I have lots to do around the house that I can’t keep putting off to sew!
One of my other loves is my garden. I like to grow lots of vegetables and for the first time I’m attempting suede, turnips, pak choi, spinach and broccoli over the winter months, I usually just grown garlic over winter. I really need to get out in the garden to give it one last tidy up before winter really sets in so that really needs to be at the top end of my to do list.

Already completed this task as well, well partly!! Some of the flowers still haven’t died down but I’ve made a good start.

My garden.

The growing end.

I also need to paint the new amazing scaffold shelf brackets and organise all the pretty “stuff” on them so they look their best.

I have actually managed to sort the shelves already as I was so excited to have them looking amazing. 

My amazing shelves .

I’m also planning another trip to the Fabworks Mill as I will be up visiting my dad at the end of the month so will be checking my patterns to see what’s next on my sewing list.
It doesn’t sound a lot to get through but working shifts and fitting everything in is always a challenge. Next year I’m going to start a bullet journal so any tips on those let me know!
I’ll keep you up dated throughout the month.
Happy October!

My busy September 


Wow September was a very creative busy month. Here’s a roundup of what I got up to…
First up was my very first photo walk. Initially I was very nervous about going as I didn’t know anyone but so so so glad I did as I had so much fun taking photographs I’m the rain and meeting so many lovely creative people. I blogged about it earlier here.

Me and the lovely Claire with our perfectly suited umbrellas.

For the walk, and the up coming Handmade Fair I decided I wanted a new dress to wear so I made another Tilly and the Buttons Megan dress out of this brilliant IKEA cat fabric. You can buy it here. It’s probably a little on the thick/heavy side but I think you can just about get away with it for the winter. It would probably work better as a skirt?

Me , Tilly and Megan at The Handmade Fair.

A week after the photo walk and I was off to the Handmade Fair. Which was ah-maxing. I wrote loads about it here.

I also managed some more sewing at the beginning of the month and made the Helens Closet winslow culottes. The first pair didn’t quite work out. I made the short version but they came nearly to my knees so the crotch was swinging around and being uncomfortable! I wasn’t going to give up as I really wanted some culottes so I decided to see what happened if I took 2 inches off the top of the pattern. I’ve never attempted making culottes or trousers so didn’t have a clue if this was even allowed! But I figured the side seams are straight and the crotch was low enough to that I didn’t think I would end up being too high. I have a stash of old bedding which is perfect for toiles, especially as they often end up as wearable toiles, that I decided to just go for it a see what happens. Yay it worked! I love them and managed to wear them lots during the last few weeks of the extended summer we had!

Never throw away bedding!

I did a little bit of selfless sewing and made some personalised hunting for a new little baby girl and 9 meters of bunting for her little cousin.

Brief: not too much pink. Done!

Oh and I finally got the ends sewn in on my as-you-go-stripy blanket.

A perfect way to use up odd bits of wool.

We also managed so get some creative jobs done around the house and garden. We now have a little seating area at the end of the garden as this gets the sun later on in the day. A bit late I know as it is now Autumn/Winter but it will be ready for next year!
We, I mean Mr C, finally got the light fitting sorted in the dining room, damn you IKEA light fittings. And he made the most amazing shelves in the living room from scaffold boards. I decided I wanted a shelf for rainbow glass finds and he goes and make me three brilliant shelves in the alcove.
I got some new curtains in the bedroom which needed shortening, more like halving they were so long! Instead of finishing them just below the windowsill I decided to make the, floor length. The window is set quite low and it makes it feel really cosy now which is super for the winter months.
I’m hoping October will be just as productive as September. I do like crossing things of my to do list. I’ll share my October to do list with you next week.
What have you been making in September?