Sew Creative in Petersfield

We had a trip to Petersfield in Hampshire on Saturday because W had spotted a promotion for the opening of a new cycle shop on Facebook.  I’ve always liked Petersfield because it has lots of independent shops but we hadn’t been for quite a while.  There is a market in the town square on a Saturday selling excellent quality fruit and veg, bread etc. and there was a stall with some lovely baskets.  There are bookshops, quirky vintage stores, galleries, interesting food shops – definitely worth a visit.

After the cycle shop – which was packed with people in lycra – we had a wander round and I came across Sew Creative.  They have been open since last October and sell a range of fabrics, haberdashery and kits.  They also have a great programme of workshops – including some for children and teens which is good to see.  There were sewing machines whirring away in the background on Saturday morning.

Jo, the owner, is really friendly and has just introduced a loyalty card scheme which is a great idea.  The cards are very cute and designed to fit on your key ring.

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I left W sitting on a wall across the road reading a book he’d just bought in The Petersfield Bookshop while I had a browse.  I was very restrained and just invested in some excellent quality calico ready to make a toile of the Brumby skirt from Megan Nielsen.  I bought the pdf pattern the other day and splashed out on having it printed at the local copy shop to save all the sticking together of A4 sheets.  The denim fabric was bought to make a jacket but I’m now thinking of using it for the Brumby.  The enormous pockets on the short version are irresistible!  The skirt has an exposed zip and I found this really nice denim one in C & H Fabrics the other day.

I love the way Jo wraps up your purchases in sheets of pattern tissue.  I haven’t unwrapped it yet!

There are lots of charity shops in Petersfield but I didn’t manage to find any bargains.  I am fast becoming an expert at scanning a rail of men’s shirts to see whether there is a Refashioning project in the making!

Zip Perfection

This week’s make is progressing well and after the last rather poorly executed concealed zip insertion this one went in reasonably well. However, compared with Karen from didyoumakethat?, my efforts are nothing! The care and attention to detail she has put into the zip insertion for her beautiful red lace dress are pretty impressive.

Spotty Skirt Spots

The spotty double gauze fabric from Clothkits tends to fray a lot so I’ve been finishing the seams off quite carefully by folding the edges under and using a zig zag to hold everything together. I might post a photo of the inside at the end if it looks presentable enough! The fabric isn’t as see-through as I originally thought but I’m still going with a lining because I think the gauzy nature of the fabric will catch on tights and stop the skirt from moving freely. A happy discovery was that I already had a lining cut out from this pattern which I hadn’t used so that will save some time. I experimented with pinning up the hem last night because I cut the pattern a bit shorter than I meant to so needed to be sure that it was going to be wearable and decent!

I’m still on course with my Me-Made-May pledge. Before the temperature plummeted today I was able to wear this dress. It is the same pattern as the infamous Brighton Pavilion frock but is showing signs of wear having been a favourite for several summers. The fabric came from C & H Fabrics in Chichester and is not a typical choice for me but it is very pretty and goes well with several of my cardigans which makes it quite versatile.

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C & H Fabrics currently have a window display showcasing some fabrics by our local famous dress designer and founder of Red or Dead, Wayne Hemingway. The images on their website really don’t do the fabrics justice and the Tulip design is very tempting. I shall have to buy some so I can post a decent image of it.

My latest fabric purchase is from Raystitch. I found this organic cotton denim on their site a while ago but it was out of stock.  I was keen to make another denim skirt in a neutral colour and discovered it was available again. It is lovely and soft but seems very robust. I’m thinking of trying a new pattern as an alternative to the last denim skirt – perhaps this one from Hot Patterns – but may end up sticking with what I know works. I think this is another fabric that needs to be washed before use in case of shrinkage.

No more Morsbags created over the last few days.  I’d like to get another couple finished by the weekend as I have potential recipients in mind.