Blackmore Vintage Pj Pattern – DONE!!!

Hello there

I’ve been sewing away at the WIP (Work In Progress) / UFO (Un-Finished Object) pile…. And these Pj’s have been there for a shameful 6 months!!!!

They are for Mr.P, And he is a fan indeed!

I used a Vintage Pattern

Blackmore Patterns 2/1

8785 CHEST 38



 This has to be my fave pattern for men’s Pj’s…..




 I loved making these up….. One piece for the leg, Mr.P says they are very roomy and comfy. He loved the fabric too, it’s so difficult to get a decent fabric for me that is good quality too.


 I also love the placket, It’s well put together…..


 I mean look at it…. I just adore a lovely placket, especially if it looks this nice from the inside. They don’t make them like this anymore!


 I have to show you my meeting seams too….. You know I love a good matching seam (seam line not pattern match clearly!!)


 For the hem I added a good 5 inches extra, I wanted these to hang well, so doubled up the hem… It’s good quality 100% cotton, so wanted them to look just right!

I think the only thing I would alter in this pattern for next time would be take a 1.5 inches off the waist then add a waist band, I found sewing through the layers at the placket a little tricky…. To be honest I ripped out that section at least 3 times, but I did want it to be just right.

Basically this pattern is a total winner in my book… I loved sewing it and Mr.P is a fan for sure, I can see a couple of pairs in the stocking this Christmas!


I have not made the Pj top….. Mr.P prefers a t-shirt!



Abakhan Fabrics Sewing Seams for £15


Oh BOY, is this a overdue post or what!!

As some of you may know I am MEANT to do a monthly Sewing Seams For Fifteen (SSFF) I won’t embarrass myself by saying how long this post has been in the making!!

If your new to my SSFF, This (From now on)  is a monthly show and tell, on making lovely things for £15, may that be something for me, my boys, Mr.P or my home. I will have all the links if you fancy a go too… Abakhan Fabrics have a fab online shop, and deliver everywhere! If you have a shop near by I suggest you save your sewing pennies and just dive in!


Anyways enough of all that!!!

On to the juicy sewing stuff!

I chose a pair of shorts, I NEVER sew for me so this was a fun…


So here we are… Do you like the linen?!?! I love the shade &  the weave is fantastic..


I have to say I am a massive fan of Kwik Sew Patterns, their pattern paper is so  durable, Have you used them before??

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 I had lots of fun picking up the facings with this project… I stopped in my tracks when I seem this, How cute is it!!!

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I done this part on holiday hence the non overlocked edge & blurry photo (my phone)

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I loved the pattern from the start, but these pockets are just lush, They are deep enough for stuff not to fall out!

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And look at the detail on this corner, isn’t it just divine!

Zip detail Kwik sew shorts

And a zip shot!!

Zip view Kwik sew shorts

And another!!!

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And here we are all sewn up…. Do you see the facings there, it’s the same fabric as the pockets but in a differnt colour way! I am such a fan… I’ve even kept the teeny tiny scraps JUST in case I can use them for something!

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Here’s the front view. They are a great length, I have to say some of the shorts that are out at the mo are TERRIBLE….. I mean do you really have to see so much of the bottom!! I feel old!

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A close up of the darts!

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Another Close up shot…. I’m a stickler for seams matching up, I think it’s because I used to be soooo bad at them!!!

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And here is the lovely facing fabric again…. Do you love it?!?!? I like having a secret in my sewing and this totally hits the spot!

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Did I say I loved the pockets already?!?!?!? That tiny squared off edge…. Just lush!

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So that’s my SSFF #3

I have to say, I have a vague excuse for this taking so long to sew/post… I made a rookie mistake, I cut it a size too big, body dis-morphia or what!! So I lost my mojo when I was half way through.

Anyways, on to the numbers…

Kwik Sew K3614 



There is a few options, I was in store and got a meter for


6 inch zip


Hook and eye




TOTAL = £14.62

Not bad for a custom pair of shorts!!

(I have to edit here, the facing fabric was in my stash. But can be purchased here. A quarter meter would do it! )

Anyways, that’s Sewing Seams For Fifteen #3 done and dusted.

I promise you, me and Will, SSFF #4 is en-route!


Pincushion Marathon!


At night when my boys go to bed I indulge in what I call Sofa Crafting, Normally it’s crochet of some kind but of late I’ve taken to embroidery… I have been using guide to embroidery stitches – Jennifer Campbell & Anne-Marie Backwell, it’s a great reference and has fab photos too. There are heaps of sections too Eg,Chain stitches, Feather stitches, Couching stitches, Smocking…. I could go on but!!!!

Basically I think this books going to keep me going a while!


 Here’s a feather pincushion in the making!


 And another…..


 And another……


 And another feather……


And a lazy daisy…..



Do you love it?!?!?!?

And to think all this is from the stash! A small part but I think I can mark this as stash busting!

Anyways I’m off to enjoy the lovely weather, Have a fabulous Sunday everyone.



Simplicity 1621 – Overlocker UPDATE!!!!









Hey there,

So after all my flapping the other day I thought i’d give you a update…. With the help of 3 sources I managed to win the was with my Toyota overlocker.




I’m so happy 

Thanx so much Craftsy, The curious kiwi & Steph from 3 hours past. With all three I managed to sort out my overlocking nightmare! The the cutting bite was moved from 3 to 6 and the differential was turned up from N to 1.5 TAD-DAH I now have a lovely overlocked edge!



I’m now on the bias binding…. So looking forward to the full TAH-DAH!





Simplicity 1621 so far…..




I’ve been busy with the house move, But it’s 3 weeks on and we’re settled. Just a few more boxes for the attic, and I can safely say this is the most organized I’ve ever been when moving house…. But I have had lots of practice, 7 years 7 houses!

My Granny Mattie says I have my Great Grannies Rankin blood in me for sure, Great Granddad Rankin used to say to the removing men “Don’t bother tacking the carpets, she won’t be staying long!”


Anyways after that wee ramble…. On to sewing!

I’ve been sewing away at Simplicity 1621 top, I am loving the colour Mrs.M has chosen. I love sewing for others, you get to use patterns and fabric you wouldn’t choose yourself. 

So here’s the story so far….



As much as I love this linen, and the colour F-A-B, it is a nightmare the stretch is hectic. Even when I was laying the pattern to cut, I had soooo many pins in it. I think if I worked with this fabric again I would hand baste throughout.



When I finished the Darts I figured it would be best to fix the end of the dart by hand rather than ripping the whole thing out again…




I reckon it looks grand now, (It was pointy before!)


So after the fitting AKA playing with buttons and beads whilst drinking coffee! I got to fitting the dress.. After altering the the vintage sheet muslin, I still had to drop a size in the sleeve, shoulder strap and armscye…..



Then the gape under the arm became apparent… This has now been sewn up. I’m ready to Overlock seams, add bias binding to the neckline and hem the bottom of the top/dress and the sleeves.







My overlocker is not playing ball…..




I have been fighting with is all day but alas, this is the best I seem to be able to get the tension… The edge just wont tighten up. I have left a tweet with Toyota hoping they have magic numbers for my tension!




There is a upside to all this tension gloom though….



I can soon use this lovely grosgrain ribbon to fancy up my projects…



I now have not 1…..




But 2 apprentices.


If you have any tips or want to shake some pom pom’s, then I’ll be happy for the advice of cheerleading squad!!





Drum Roll, The winner is……


Hey there 

So I’m a little late


But we do have a winner for my first Giveaway

chosen my wee guys….



And the winner is….







You are now the new owner of Neferitti

I’ll twitter you shortly!!

And you can let me know your address.

Thanx for everyone who took part.

Speak to you soon Angela!!


Solely Sewing Giveaway #1 Cross stitch Nefertiti


**Waves & Smiles**

So since moving, I have had time to evaluate my craft hoard stash. I’m going to stock up the shop with FQ’s and other bits and bobs, I’m also going to host a sewing pattern swap, but I thought I would have a couple of giveaways.

First up is a Nefertiti cross stitch project I was intending to do….. But alas no, I have started it a whole 2 rows, I think someone else should finish it!!


So here she is


I love her, but I think when your a hoarder crafter like me, you have to chose your crafts wisely. I am a sewist & a crocheter, so this beauty has to go to a new home!!


 She comes with all floss….


Chart and a needle


So what to you think?!?!?!

Is this a lady you’d love to be stitching?!?!?!


So the boring bit

Who can enter???


This is a worldwide Giveaway!!!

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