Even before I finished my first Shoreline Boatneck, I was already planning my next one. I needed a jacket to wear on the allotment if it looked like it might rain (typical British summers and all that), and my previous hacked Shoreline Boatneck looked like it would be just the right style.
I found some navy Rip-Stop and floral polycotton at Minerva Crafts, which look like they should be ideal for the jacket I want to make. So far I have most of the pieces cut out, but I’m still working on getting the hood to fit – the hood pattern comes from a different top, so the neckline is a totally different length, which is taking a bit of fiddling to get it to line up properly.
I will admit that I have never hacked a pattern before – literally every item of clothing I’ve made so far, has been done according to the pattern. However, the Blank Slate Patterns Shoreline Boatneck caught my eye, and was screaming to be hacked into something slightly different.
The pattern itself comes with a ‘hack pack’ with suggestions like a button back, or making it into a dress. But the idea of buttons down the back has never really appealed to me – I wanted to add them to the front. However, my sewing machine didn’t really like me sewing 7 buttons on the front of my previous shirt so I wanted to find a way around that. Really, I needed to stitch the buttonholes first, so if I messed it up, I wasn’t ruining an entire top.
Luckily I found a tutorial for a hidden button placket at Craftsy, which with a few tweaks was able to be used on my Shoreline top. Ironically, those buttonholes are the neatest I’ve sewn so far, but it definitely looks nicer having them hidden from view.
The fabric is a double duvet cover set from Shaws Direct – I actually only used the two pillowcases for this top, so that leaves me with about 4m of fabric I can use for a couple of dresses.
I started the buttons just above the bust level, although I think I could’ve done with adding in another on the neckline just to help keep the shape. But as it is, I can use a small clip as a decorative feature if I want to. The only other change I made was to add a seam allowance to the back, and cut those pieces separately – the pillowcases didn’t quite work out to be the right size to cut the back on the fold!
So there you have it; my first Shoreline Boatneck, and my first pattern hack – you wouldn’t really know that was made from two pillowcases, would you?
I was looking for something relatively easy to make for K’s Christmas present – his Mum has given me a great idea for a present I can work on for his birthday, but I needed something that would be a faster make for Christmas!
Enter the free Fleece Hat pattern from Fleece Fun – not only was it useful to make my own hat, but it has sizes all the way from baby to extra-large adult! I found just over half a metre of red fleece in my local fabric shop, along with a cute zebra iron-on patch just to liven it up a little.
I did modify the pattern slightly, making the hat a little longer than it’s meant to be, to allow for the brim to be rolled for a snugglier fit. I wasn’t too confident at how the patch would iron on (there weren’t any instructions on it), so I zigzag stitched around the outside just to ensure it would stay in place.
Hopefully we’ll get some seasonal cold weather, so K has an excuse to wear it!
Ok, so it’s still a few days to go, but I had to share the Christmas tree from Johanna’s Christmas – I stuck with some basic shading with colouring pencils for the tree itself, and fineliners for the rest to make it stand out.
I didn’t add any metallic detail into these, as the deep colours I used on the baubles meant the lighter colours stand out really well on their own.
Sticking with the Johanna’s Christmas book, this one was actually printed off from the Staedtler website for their #mycreativeescape competition.
I used Staedtler fineliners (of course) for most of the image, but the shading needed something a little less harsh, so I dug out my Derwent Coloursoft pencils to give the snow, polar bear and ice some depth.
I’m not all that confident at knowing how to place shadow, but I’m quite pleased with how the polar bear came out.
I wasn’t able to find a copy of Johanna Basford’s Johanna’s Christmas in town, but I was able to order it from Amazon at a great price (£5 instead of £12.99), but that did give the disadvantage of not knowing what the book would be like until it arrived.
The pages are quite thick, with 37 one-sided images to colour (the reverse side of each image has a generic Christmassy pattern, which can also be coloured if you feel so inclined). The pages are also perforated, so you can remove them from the book once they’re coloured – or even remove them to use paints without the risk of getting paints or water over the other pages.
I used Staedtler fineline pens and a couple of metallic gel pens from Paperchase just to liven things up a little. I’m not sure if the background needs some colouring pencil shading or not….
Notice a theme with these colouring pages yet? This one is also from Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest, and was also started with paperchase fineline pens. Unfortunately that pack only came with two shades of green, but when combined with the Staedtler pens, that gave me four shades to work with.
Another page from Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest today. I started this one ages ago, using some fineliners from Paperchase, but I was getting annoyed with the lack of colour options in that pack. I recently purchased some Staedtler fineliners, and those gave me the inspiration needed to actually get on and finish this page.
There’s just enough small detail to make it interesting, without making the page too busy for me to look at, let alone colour!
November is proving a busy month, and as such I’m not getting much chance to work on my sewing projects. However, I have been trying out some ‘adult colouring’ as a way of switching my brain off of an evening, and I’ve got quite a few pictures finished now.
So rather than those pictures just sitting in the books unseen by anyone else, I thought I would share them here, to help pass the time until I can work on my next sewing project!
Coloured with Staedtler fineliners, this was surprisingly fun to pick a colourscheme – I wanted to avoid greens for this one, so I went with an autumnal look instead.
A true WIP (Work in Progress) today, rather than another UFO (Unfinished Object). I was given this wallet a few years ago, but the material has started to break up and it’s not looking all that startling now. So given that I like the style of this particular wallet, I wanted to try and make my own ‘knockoff’ version of it. Only trouble is, I’ve never attempted anything like that before, so where on earth do you start?
The original wallet
I began unpicking the topstitching, gradually making my way through the various layers, taking photos as I went so I know where each piece was attached. When the wallet was made, they cheated and glued down the seam on the inside before topstitching it, which was an experience to try unpicking the stitches from!
So far I have almost all the pieces unpicked and my next aim will be to trace around them to make a paper pattern. Given how complex it looks, I’ll probably then make a rough version in some cheap polycotton to ensure I’m happy with how it all should go together. And then with a bit of luck I can make the ‘proper’ wallet!
Wish me luck!