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Making Monday #1

October 7, 2013

Welcome to my first Making Monday which will hopefully be a regular weekly feature on the blog. I wanted to do a little round up of everything I’ve made over the last week and any craft purchases I’ve made. Typically the first week I’d planned this my sewing machine died a dramatic death and Lila was sick, which slowed down progress a little. Luckily I have bought a brand spanking new sewing machine and the little one is all better now.

Vintage Project Of The Week Each week I’d like to share something I’ve found in a vintage magazine be it a sewing project or recipe that I’d like to try. This week I found this idea in a copy of Heiress Magazine from 1949. Incase it’s too small to read it’s basically saying that the latest trend for french teenagers is to appliqué vegetables onto their dresses. Sounds a bit strange, but I think it looks really cute and I’d love to do something like this on a gingham dress.

What I’ve Made This Week As I said it’s been a bit of a slow week for me, but I did manage a couple of things…

I made some toffee apple cupcakes, which are basically apple cupcakes with a hard toffee glaze. Easier said than done, and I ended up having to do a few attempts. The glaze was either too hard or too runny, but I eventually managed 5 successful cakes and they were delicious.

As you may have seen in my post last week I also made a floral cushion using the templates from Sew and Stitch Magazine.

What I Bought This Week

I did a lot better on the shopping front this week. I discovered a fabric shop I’ve never been to before. Fabric Land in Kingston is by far the best fabric shop i’ve been to. They have a massive choice and sell their fabrics at wholesale prices to the public. With 100% cotton printed fabrics at £3.69 a metre it just can’t be beaten! They have shops all over the South of England and have a telephone mail order service more details here.

These are the pretty fabrics I bought there…

I also got these pretty bias bindings for 69p a metre…

I also took a trip to Lidl where I always manage to find a few handy sewing and making bits and picked up these…

Baking and Cupcake books, Cupcake Decorating Kit, Circular Knitting Needles, Scissors, Sock Knitting Loom.

I also picked up some new sewing patterns on Ebay, I wanted to make some cotton tops for the girls using some of my vintage fabric stash, these all look really pretty and should be quite quick and easy. I got a bag pattern as I thought they would make nice gifts for christmas and I got a pattern for 1940s trousers as I really want a pair!

So I have loads to be getting on with this week and hopefully there will be less buying and more making next week! I hope you like this post and if you’ve made anything nice or bought any new craft bits please link up in the comments as I’d love to see.

P.S I haven’t forgotten about Fall For Cotton, but my sewing machine died right in the middle of making my skirt, so I’m very very late with this one. I will have it finished by next week and will be sharing. Better late than never after all!

  • Reply
    October 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Love this! Such a great idea for a post! Also thanks for recommending the Kingston fabric shop – it looks great, I’ll certainly be having a look at their cheap dressmaking fabrics.

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      October 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it. You should definitely check out the shop I was really impressed!

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    October 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Love the LOVE pillow and how you mixed the florals.

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      October 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you! I’m a total floral fabric addict!

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    shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
    October 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    The cupcakes sound delicious!

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    Grace Ainsworth
    October 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    ooh defo gonna take a trip to fabric land looks great! that bias binding is lovely.

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      October 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it! I was thinking of you when I was there as I know you’ll love it.

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    Jessica Cangiano
    October 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    That is so awesome! I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m endlessly wild about fruit and veg depicted on clothing and in jewelry, and would love some veggie appliques on any kind of garment. Please post oodles of snaps if you add some to a gingham dress – or anything, I’d love to see!

    ♥ Jessica

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    October 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Ooh, I’m so excited to see what these fabrics turn into! Love them!

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