sewing september blue


Don't know if you remember, but in the spring I made some clothes for the littlun, some of which I made out of some lovely fabric that I bought in a haberdashery in Hampstead (I just found it by accident, I'm not that posh to go shopping in Hampstead generally speaking). Anyways, the makers of that fabric found my blog and the little clothes I'd made and they offered to send me some samples of their new collection 'September Blue' to make something out of. On their blog they have lots of bloggers photos of things they have made with their fabric, which I think is a very nice idea to promote their British textile company. They are called Dashwood Studio. They let me choose some patterns I liked. Well, it has been a while and I just never seem to get enough time to be in my shed lately, but yesterday I managed an afternoon by myself. I must say, however, I didn't have my sewing mojo for some reason, and so I made many mistakes and got all frustrated, even Radio 4 couldn't calm me down. Maybe it was the low atmospheric pressure?

anyways, I just about made something wearable. As usual I didn't use a pattern so I just cut the fabric free hand...the problem I had was with the collar. I love this fabric on her, blue seems to be her colour me thinks.

I also made a vest, I didn't have that much of this fabric, but I love it so I might buy some more and make another little shirt like the one above.

 ...and lastly, I made a little dress but it all went wrong, so I may recycle this to use for a quilt. I'm just showing you anyways, that for every two or so sewing success, there will be at least one failure, where I feel like I wasted three precious hours for nothing, and swear I'll never touch that sewing machine again!

I still quite like the idea and the shape seems to suit her, so I will make a better pattern for a new one. I like that it is quite lose on the top which could look good with long sleeve top and tights under for winter. 
When you are can look good in ANYTHING lets face it. So thanks to my little model for making me feel a bit better about it!
I will be making some more things out of my stash of fabric as soon as I get a toddler free day.

These are the previous clothes I made from Dashwood Studio fabric in the spring. I think these are from the 'Wildwood' collection.

junk shed to business office


Our bottom shed, which we inherited from the previous house owner who built it for his office, it is in a dark leafy area, susceptible to spiders and other creepies. It is basically a dumping ground for all those things that we don't know where to put or just don't need anymore. However, I've found that I'm working from home more now (and saving myself the trip to London) and working from any tiny clear space I can find in our rather untidy house, it is all ways a big stress for me. I'd been using the cupboard under the stairs to store all my work stuff and it was becoming a real chore just to find and get out all the bits I need. Today was THE day, that I was going to do battle with 'the shed of doom'.



and after a lot of heaving of boxes and furniture and sucking up dead insects with hoover...I managed to squeeze in a little office area amongst our, now very organised *blows on nails*, storage tubs.
Lots of boxes were actually half empty and big trunks and suitcase were empty too. Some things will go to charity shop and some to chuck away...most stuff was actually just badly stacked not making the most of the space. Its amazing how much room became available after sorting.
From this space I will be running two businesses! Rust Jewellery and Junkaholique Shop.
Just admin only, no jewellery making, we do all that in London.
I ran a 30 metre power cable from my other shed, so I have power for lamp, heater, radio and soon...a printer!

Xmas decorations safely stored away in those trunks, garden equipment in the cabinet and baskets, sewing threads and stuff packing in tubs and jars...oh yes, it feel so gooood... me roberts radio to listen to radio 4, whilst typing dispatch notes...

well, I do still have this stuff to deal with, but I have ordered some zink metal shelves that will hopefully house all this. A lot of our other car related stuff will go over to our newly rented garage space.

All the furniture in this shed are things we love but can't find a space for in our house (which is a not very big two bed house). I wish there was less in this shed so we could have it as a lovely room...but this will do for now. I just sort of utilised what was there. One day we will paint it inside and day...

I might want to live in there y'know.

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