Abakhan Fabrics ~ Sewing Seams For Fifteen #2

Well hello there peeps…
How is everyone’s Sunday going?? We are happy here at chez Traci, It’s a very lazy Sunday for sure!!
This post has been a long time coming (Sorry Will)
So here it is “Sewing Seams For Fifteen” #2
What’s it all about I hear you say, well it’s all about making a garment or 2 for £15 or under… And all from the same place.. The ever Inspiring Abakhan Fabrics, they have a wealth of fabrics, patterns, habredashery, woolly good~ness
This month we are making a lovely top with ruffles…. I need those ruffles, so yummy and made with charmeuse, they scream luxuary!!!
This is the first time I have ever used Charmuse befor and it was not as scary as people were making out if I am honest…. I done alot of reaserch and toilet roll seems to be the answer!!!!
This is THEE ruffles front view with the flash…
And side view in overcast natural light!!
This is a button I would never go for it normally, But on this occassion it defo suits the pattern and fabric!!
This is the side view, sorry about the overcast pics!!
Now on to the clutch…
This pattern wasn’t with the simplicity top pattern, BUT there are so so many tutorials out there. I found a couple I liked and used a little of both.. Here & here….. I added a few beads too just to add a bit of WoW!!
This was a good tip from Kill them with craftiness… It makes a great neat finish!
My lovely JEM at work…. JEM is my new sewing machine and she’s a Janome, I have always had a Brother machine. My mind may have been changed though, I have found a love for the… Purring noise you could call it that my JEM has.. She has limited stitches but hey I can sooo work with that… I mean if I get to grips with my overlocker I may not need another machine for some time yet!!!
Anyways things I learnt during this long winded project… I found that sandwiching the toilet roll in between your fabric (I forgot to take a pic) makes the fabric way easier to control, Starch defo helps with the cutting proces.. And last but by no means least if you plan to use intefacing, then defo use SEW-IN it leaves you with a much better finish…. I found that Gertie has some fab tips… You should defo read the comments too!!
So what do I need to make this fab duo??

You need to head on over to

And pick up the following (or similar if sold out)
Simplicity pattern 1831 ~ £3.44
Charmuse fabric (2x=) ~ £6.50
Enclosed Zip ~ £1.15
Nylon lining ~ £1.09
Total £14.70!!
With a whole 30 pence to spare!!!

How’s that for looking fab for under 15 quid!!!!

Just as a wee foot note…
 3 things I’m loving over at Abakhan Fabrics
1 ~ They have added a new delivery section so there are way less people being left out!
2 ~ There is now a swimwear & Lingerie section!
3 ~ The also now stock Kwick Sew patterns too!

Well that’s instalment #2

Let me know what you think peeps… Of this post and of the site, a little constructive criticism goes a long way!

Happy Sunday



Abakhan Fabrics, Sewing Seams for 15

Hello there peeps….
So this post has been in the pipe line for to long, why you ask? Life and Laundry is why!
I was approached by the lovely Abakhan Fabrics, and asked if I would like to write for their news section on their site… I have to say I was so excited to be contacted… I mean me!!!! Anyways on to the nitty gritty.
I will be writing a post once a month called…. Drum roll please!
“Sewing Seams For 15”
The idea is for just £15, yes fifteen pounds, you can make a garment/outfit for you or yours, whatever takes your fancy! I will be making a garment/outfit every month, hoping to give you inspiration by the bucket load… I mean if I can do it, YOU most certainly can too!
So for my first SSFF (Sewing Seams For 15) I wanted to get straight in to making something for my boys. I always find that sewing for men and boys can have it’s challenges… I mean finding a pattern worth it’s salt is hard enough!
So when I came across this wee bute, I thought right this is the one. It’s not a everyday jacket I know, but I thought it was very “cool” not to sure if I’m showing how not up with the kids I am saying that, I think it’s all “sweet” & “ream” now!!!
 I am very happy with the collar, I reckon it turned out well… There was alot of basting which I found time consuming but alas look it’s crisp indeed!!
 The buttons came from my stash, I was not to sure to begin with because I had a wooden set in the frame but … I think that these turned out perfect!!
 I love the linen… Looks so fresh!
Check out them seams!!!
They match!!!
(even if they do need a little press, the trials of working with linen!!)
So on to my wee model shoot!
This months model is my Finn…
Our rainy photo shoot!!!
What a smile!!
The trousers were just the right length…
They are oh so very comfortable I’m told!
I have to say I had so much fun with this challenge, I done alot of research for it and I have a few helpful links to share with you, I am so a visual learner so these would have helped me when I first started sewing, and a great refresher for me now!
*Working with linen ~ Fantastic with more links
*Sewing curved pockets ~ Simple but great tip
*Sewing a vent ~ It’s for a skirt but a great visual
 So on to the numbers huh!!!
~ Pattern 
Age 1y-4y
1 Meter
(with some left to stash!)
1 Meter
(with 3/4 left over for stashing)
 3 x 1 meter
(You will only use 1.5 meters so 1.5 for the stash!)
~ Buttons
x4 metal anchors @ £0.36 = £1.44

TOTAL £15 exactly!

So there’s my first instalment of
“Sewing Seams For 15”
I hope you guys have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed sewing/writing it….. Any questions comments or suggestions, I would love to hear them in the comments below, I read and answer all. Just check back later on. I hope to see you all back next month.

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Abakhan Fabric