Sally @theyorkshiresewist and her Nautical dream dress!

A Nautical Dream

Hi all!

Geez, what a crazy couple of months… Had a stint of nearly 2 weeks in the hospital to an un-confirmed IBD which I’m back and forth to Hospital and GP but fingers crossed I’ll get there in the end eh?!

Thankfully in between, I had some energy to concrete on a bit of selfish sewing which of course involves a twirly dress!!

Since it was International Women’s Day on 8th March, Lisa from Sew Over It has kindly given the pdf pattern for free and of course, the Yorkshire lass in me couldn’t say no a freebie!

With this pattern having a full circle skirt and plus couldn’t be bothered with taping copious amounts of A4 paper together I sent my copy shop version to a local company to print.

Now when Sammy asked the Team of what materials we wanted to use… Now that’s where the hard part began as there is so much choice and they are all so pretty!

So after much consideration, I decided to go with The Robert Kaufman Anchor Print Chambray as I am quite a fan of nautical and you can’t go wrong with the quality of this fabric either.

I tried to get the thread to match the best I could and of course, I don’t do the ordinary and went for a lighter colour zip.

Just how cute does your bundle of goodies arrive too, I love little attention to details like this!

So before I cut out my pattern pieces, I checked my measurements and I fell in-between the 14 and 16. So I started at size 14 for shoulders and bust and graded to the 16 for the waist and hips.

Rather than cutting into the good stuff straight away, I made a toile of the bodice out of an old bedsheet and with disbelief it was a perfect fit, no alterations needed!!

With the sun shining, I brought my sewing supplies to the garden and cut out my pattern pieces, nothing better than sunshine and sewing!

Don’t know about you guys but sometimes I just can’t get a straight line for my darts so I still now even mark my dart placements using Tailor’s Chalk.

As always, since I am vertically challenged (aka short!) I had to shorten my zip. So I measured down from the top towards the bottom to my preferred length which is 16”. I then marked the spot with a pin as this is where the new bottom stopper will be.

I then heated up a metal knife on my Gas hob and then carefully placed the knife onto the plastic teeth to melt it.

Then I trimmed off the excess zip and there we go a zip that fits me!

Also whilst I was altering my zip, to help with the install of the invisible zip, later on, I gently ease the teeth with my iron (on low Setting as we don’t want to melt it!) to be more accessible and to get a closer stitch line the first time.

This dress was sewn up in no time at all, as always I finished my seams before I started to sew just to speed up the process and plus saves bringing one machine up at a time. To remember where my notches were, I just placed a pin for reference.

As always I have my Man Mog at hand as my Sewing Assistant!

As I’ve previously made the Silk Cami and the way you sew the straps together is great and is visually pleasing.

So the long part was letting the dress hang to make sure the circle skirt dropped and there was no uneven hem. Also, where did I think it was a good idea to double hem a full circle skirt?! It took absolutely ages! It does look good though!

Then I slipped stitch the shoulder straps, so a bit of hand sewing thrown in too!

Here’s a view of it before putting on.

So here you folks my swishy nautical dress whilst I was at Teesidecreatives, a very nice Sewing weekend break with fellow teamie Carol, her daughter Vicky and Becca.

Sally

10 Charity Craft Projects and Ideas

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Charity craft, another reason to get making!

One of the biggest reasons so many of us craft as much as we do, is to give. To pass on our heartfelt creations to the ones we love. Having a lovingly made project on the go constantly is a part of who we are, and knowing what and who we’re making it for just makes us work even harder to create something beautiful and full of love. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I don’t know about you, but sometimes I run out of people to make for. I’m a hobbyist so not interested in making en masse and selling on Etsy, but I would love to find a new outlet and reason for the amount I craft.

Hopefully I have stumbled upon the answer! Did you know there are charities, all around the world, whose main donations consist of handmade items that are craved by those in need. Hopefully one or more of these options sounds right for you. Let us know if you make anything and who you’re sending it to by telling us on social media – @sewcraftyshop – and using the hashtag #showcrafty x

1. Dress a Girl

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This wonderful worldwide initiative helps get adorable dresses to children in places around the world where they would normally never even dream of getting something to cute and just for them. With a great guide on how to make the simplest but best dresses, the types of fabric to use, and where to send your dress to locally to you – there are ambassadors world wide – as well as how to start your own Dress a Girl event and tons of photos of the kids looking adorable, this site just pulls on the creative heart strings and is something anyone can take part in.

Full info on the Dress a Girl website: http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com

2. A Gift of Quilts

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It’s a well known joke among quilters and those that love them that it’s an addiction. We’ve all got multiple quilts or beginnings of quilts surrounded by fabric, and here’s a new reason to finish! Inspired by the 2012 Olympics, A Gift of Quilts sources charities and hospices around the world that are in dire need of something warm and homemade to make people suffering feel better and loved. Head over to their website to see the list of “Who Wants What” and how you can get involved! http://www.agiftofquilts.co.uk/

3. Made 4 Aid

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This brilliant organisation collects handmade anythings and sells them to raise money for Medicins sans Frontiers/Doctors without borders. It has a few criteria like the gift must be made by you, recently and be in good quality. But other than that the world is your oyster. Check out what other work they do and how you can get involved on their website now. http://www.made4aid.org/

4. Are you being bullied?

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This lovely charity have a book they send out to schools and community groups explaining the importance of speaking out if they are being bullied. They have an adorable mascot called Percy the Pigeon who helps! The charity need volunteers to knit a Percy, following the pattern on their website, and send it in to be used during talks, and let’s children know they are not alone. Knit your own Percy with the pattern on the Are you being bullied? website now! http://areyoubeingbullied.com/

5. The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund

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Another knitting one! The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund (RN&RMCF), the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work for the Naval Services, is looking for knitters to volunteer their time and their spare wool to create small dolls for the charity. All the patterns, info inc materials needed are on the website – these dolls are so so sweet! Get involved on their website now. http://rnrmchildrensfund.org.uk/

6. Craftivist Collective

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Craftivism as a concept isn’t new, but this website is certainly a breath of fresh air. Learn what you can do to bring craft into making a difference, a quiet creative protest for things that matter. With a whole heap of creative project ideas, you can get lost in this website and its inspiring ideas for weeks! Learn what you can do to make a difference with your craft, bit by bit, it’s all important. Something a bit different here but we love it! Learn more at https://craftivist-collective.com

7. Making for Charity

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This organisation encourages people to make sweet syringe driver bags for people who need to carry them around with them. Usually those in palliative care or cancer fighters. They also need small personal effects bags and small ring pouches for when belongings need to be safely returned to loved ones after someones passing. This is such a kind and unheard of idea, to me anyway, and a lovely way to give back and make someones day a little easier. Find the detailed patterns and info on how to get involved on the Making for Charity website now. http://www.makingforcharity.co.uk/

8. Snuggles Project

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Animals need donations too! The Snuggles Project is a totally beautiful idea to connect crafters with lonely shelter animals that just need a snuggle. Make Snuggles following their patterns (knitting, crochet, sew, no-sew, toys etc), find a local shelter on their list, using the kitten symbol to show they a re participating, and send your donations in! Even if your local shelter isn’t involved yet (but lots are) let them know about it and become a part of a wonderful movement. Ah my heart. http://www.snugglesproject.org/

9. Love for the Elderly & The Forgotten Ones : International Card Exchange for the Elderly

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It’s been so wonderful researching this post, and this one is great to end on. Create beautiful cards and letters to be sent to people who may never receive another card again. Let them know they are thought of and loved. Wish them a Happy Birthday or Merry Christmas. You don’t know how much one thought, one handmade keepsake, can really mean to those lonely and often forgotten members of society.

Head to this website for more info on what your card or letter could consist of, and find their general North American address to send your cards to. If you would like to look internationally, a world wide database of places you can send your cards and letters can be found on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thelonelyelderly/posts/483569565082163?fref=nf

10. Find A Great Charity That Needs YOU!

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Lion Brand have this fantastic search form on their website. Type in the sort of charity craft you’re into, where you are and BOOM! Lots of needy charities just waiting for your goodies. http://www.lionbrand.com/charityConnection.html

Let us know if you know of ANY other fabulous charities gagging for our crafty donations, or if you already donate, and they’re not on this list, let us know who to! And next time you’re about to send something off, tag us on social media using @sewcraftyshop and #showcrafty so we can be extra proud of you.

Thanks for reading! xx

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12 Purrfect Pet Projects

We absolutely love these sorts of projects! Easy, upcycled or both, and when they’re for our furry pals, what could be better. Here is our round up of 12 of the best pet projects we’ve found on the interwebs! Comment below if you make anything, or tag us on social media using #showcrafty!

Enjoy!

  1. Puppy Sock Sweater

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Have you ever seen anything more adorable? Make a simple sweater for your tiny dog for the winter months from a thick sock. Love it!

From Prakticideas.com

  1. Smart Dog Shirt Collar

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Smarten any pooch up for a big day out with the perfect shirt collar.

From Cheefultimesblog.com

  1. Kitty Bow Tie Collar

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Not forgetting our kitty pals, they want to look smart too! Maybe make a Valentine’s themed one with one of our LOVEly heart themed fabrics

From Instructables.com

  1. Crochet Cat Critter

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A quick crochet project for your kitty’s play time. Pop catnip in it and watch him go bananas!

From Anne Maries Brei Blog

  1. Crochet Cat Cave

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If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious why not try this brilliant chunky pet bed crochet project! We love working with roving, this is perfect.

From Eilen Tein – use Google Translate to get the English translation

  1. Pet Collar Pouch

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This is brilliantly practical and so simple to make! You could make lots, for all your pets, and all your friends and family’s pets and everyone pets! Why not use one of these adorable fabrics, and this amazing Sausage Dog trim to finish it off!

From ModernDogMagazine.com

  1. Doggie Cooling Jacket w/ Giant Pocket

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The bigger version as it were! This is so clever and made from old cargo shorts! Very good.

From lifehacker.com

  1. Tshirt Cat Tent

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So cute and quick, why haven’t I made one for each room yet??

From Handimania.com

  1. Snuggly Suitcase

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Such a perfect example of upcycling! Grab an old suitcase from a charity shop and decorate it to create the perfect designer pet bed. Simples! Get this look with one of these fun Crepe de Chines!

From Absolute Bodo

  1. Scrappy Dappy Do!

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Another great idea for those spare FQ, scrap fabrics and old clothes. Just adorable and completely down to your own style to make it perfect!

From Apartment Therapy

  1. Cage Bumpers

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Put that cosy touch to those necessary cages with left over material and bits!

From Diycozyhome.com

  1. Sweater Bed

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This has to be my favourite! Make the cutest bed out of an entire old sweater and a cushion! Brilliant!
From Handimania.com

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