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Hello there,
Just finding my feet with wordpress again…. its been a while. I hope you are all well.

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Testing, testing….. 1,2,3

Traci

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Shortening a hem. 

I tried with no avail to attach more photos to my last post! 

So I figured I’d add a new post! 

I was given another pair or men’s work trousers to alter this time a hem to be shortened. These had a durable insert at the back. 

   
 I used my seam ripper to detach the durable insert then cut the hem to the required length, I then pinned and reattached. 

   
 I pleased with the outcome, as these will also have a long life span, I could have just shortened without reattaching the durable insert…. But what sort of seamstress would I be then!! 

Traci xx 

Make do and mend

So I am still working away on my alterations and mends. 

   
 So we all have that gave pair of jeans right?!? Men and workwear are no different!

   
 These required a patch inserted and I used a sturdy zigzag stitch and some double sided glue to secure. 

   
    
 I ended up using a zig zag stitch to finish this project as my sewing machine couldn’t take the layers! 

I reckon these have a few more wears in them now! 

Traci xx 

Well hello there!! 

Hi there everyone!

Yes it has been a while! I took a break there from blogging… I have a few projects I thought I would share as I have been remembering to take photos! 

I’m doing some christmas sewing atm, I feel like the craft is the only safe place to speak the “C word” because us crafty people are all about preping for our stalls and fairs! 

  I’m lucky enough to have a sewing room at home… That being said I do have my wee sewing space in the living room too! 

   
 I’m currently making hanging hearts stuffed with christmas spice! 
I love my living room being so festive. My kids are at such a great age they love this time of year. 

  A wee sneak peek! 

   
    
    
 My Christmas stockings are in full flight too. 
So is anyone else Christmas crafting?!?

Traci xx 

Busy as a bee over here!

Good morning!

It’s been so quite here of late! My new job over at The Hub has kept me so busy! I have so many blog posts to write about fashion shows and organising the studio BUT that’s for another time!

Today I’m just popping in to say hi! Dropping you a *wave*!!

I’m teaching colleges how to thread our new industrial machines! I feel I may be utilising my craftsy classes so I’m confident on the over locker!

In my studio I have 9 industrial machines….

* 4 Standard Machines
* 1 Zig-zag
* 1 Blind Hem
* 1 Button Hole
* 1 Heavy machine
* 1 Overlocker

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So I’m off for another day at the studio, I’m making a copy of 2 tops for a teacher at the collage!

Have you used industrial sewing machines before? What did you think?

And have you ever replicated a ready to wear item? Please leave your adventures in the comments!

Traci

* I’m blogging from my phone and will add links later tonight!

Prom dress.

Hello there peeps!

How is everyone?!?

I’m playing catch up as ever! I have several posts in the pipeline, and am back on the wordpress app to publish for now!

So what have I been sewing in my absence?!? Well this little number was for a girls prom, it’s a variation on Vogue V8849…

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I added a lace overlay on the bodice, added thick pleated lace straps…

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Little Miss wanted a little ribbon added to the waist to break up the dress a bit… The skirt was meant to be above the knee but it was made in a column style. Aka right down the the floor with a vent at the back that was just above the back of the knee.

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I pleased with the outcome, although I did not have enough fabric to do the facing on the bias to had to cut and hem it!!

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In the end it all worked out great! And fitted like a dream… After a few tacks were added to the facing!

I was in such a rush to get it out I never got a photo of little miss wearing it… Although, that is true to form around here!

So have you been sewing any special occasion dresses if late?!? Do share.

Traci

Hemming hemming hemming

Hello there peeps!

How is everyone?

So it’s been quite of late around here BUT I am supper busy. So busy I’m forgetting to post!

So what’s keeping me so busy?!? Well alterations are pretty high on the list! Make do and mend and all that jazz.

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There’s the hemming of trousers, I love the simple ones but note to self…. Learn how to use the blind hem foot! Hand stitching is soooo time consuming!

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There’s been a couple of waist alterations too.. Letting out the seams, this can seem a little scary at first but to be honest, I’m becoming a dab hand at them! I have another pair of trousers in the list but they are to be taken in.

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So I have recently ventured in to the world of stretch fabric alterations… And with my new machine it’s a breeze, So neat and tidy!

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This is a dress I bought from river island, I had to take it in at the waist… In so happy with the end result! And it was a measly £10 in the sale… Gotta love a bargain!

So have you been altering much lately?!? Do share!

Traci

New classes for me via Craftsy!

Hello there peeps..

 

How is everyone enjoying their Sunday?

I’m having a lazy afternoon, filled with coffee and shopping! 

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You might have seen that Craftsy are having a flash sale to celebrate they’re Birthday! There are a few bargains to be had… It says that there is up to 50% off, But I just got 3 new classes 2 of which were just £6 that’s a massive 70 odd % off!!

 

So what classes did I pick up?!?!

 

Free Motion Quilting a Sampler

By Leah Day

£6

 

Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets

With Janet Pray

£9.50

 

Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery

with Jessica Marquez

£6

 

I can’t wait to get stuck in! 

 

There is a class that I found to be fantastic that’s Beginner Serging with Amy Alan…. It’s not on sale but if you want to get to grips with your overlocker this is the class for you!

 

Well, That’s it for me I’m off to get my Sunday Dinner!

 

Traci

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Fancy a wee catch up?!?!

Hello there peep’s

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So, As you all know dear readers, I am indeed a sporadic blogger! As much as I wish I wasn’t that is just me.. I plan on keeping on top of Solely Sewing, this is post is more for me than it is you if I’m honest! I am giving myself a public kick up the ass!! 

 

So a little catch up for you all huh….

I am still sewing away and have been recently finished a Mother of the Bride Jacket with matching embellishments and a wee clutch, true to form, I forgot to take a photo of the finished garment! WALLY

I am also still working away on alterations, my current jobs are a white trousers and top (two piece set) that needs taken in by one size (10 to 8) And a lace communion dress that needs taken in 2 inches and the sleeves to be lined as the lace is itchy on the arms, I’m planning on using light weight muslin. As ever there are trousers to be shortened…. Is anyone else drowning in these!! it’s crazy, that being said when you find a pair of jeans that fit just right, there’s no problem in getting them the right length!

I’m in the last few weeks of my pattern cutting course, which is going real well. I have my skirt pattern drafted and am now moving on to my top, it is a mini collection (Trio) and I am hoping to get these in to PDF form in 2015, when I have got used to my routine and my time management problems have been resolved!

My other news is that I now have a job, I’ve been easing into it. I have my first week over me and I have to say….. I am loving it, it’s a new project called “The Fashion and Textiles Hub” I am super excited to be involved in such a innovative business. This opens in the summer and we are now getting everything prepared for the big opening, I shall be sewing…. Amongst other things, the sky is the limit! 

I also have family/home life to keep up with… HOW DO PEOPLE DO IT!!!!!Image

 

I will keep you up to date on my new work adventure, as well as everything else….. This again is my public ass whooping, and purely for my benefit!

So do you have a lot on?!?!  

How do you share your time out?!?!

Time Management tips in the comments please!!

 

 

Traci