PAPERCUT PATTERNS RIGEL BOMBER [MY LATEST MAKE]

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It’s been a while since I sewed a new garm so I’m excited to share some photos of my finished bomber jacket today! The pattern is, of course, the Rigel Bomber by Papercut PatternsΒ – a simple, unlined bomber jacket with welt pockets. I chose a pink sweatshirt fabric (rather more lurid than these photos make it appear…) as I wanted something warm, comfy and easy to care for. Also, since it’s super cosy, fleece backed sweat-shirting, I thought it might be nice to see the contrast in texture on the inside of the jacket.

I learned a couple of things while working on this project. One thing, which is blindingly obvious in hindsight, is that (of course) if you choose to make details like ribbing, zips and welt pockets in a contrasting colour then any imperfections will stick out like a sore thumb. But if I stand at a jaunty angle like this then perhaps you won’t notice πŸ˜‰ The other is that although this is a simple enough jacket pattern, jackets are inherently more difficult than dresses as they don’t look ‘pretty’ in-and-of themselves and don’t ‘spark joy’ in quite the same way. Also there are more straight lines and corners to match up so if something is slightly off then it’s harder to sort of ‘use the force’ and ease on down the road and lose the excess in the side seams (or wherever – hope it’s not just me that sews like this!).

I’m hoping this will be a good addition to my day to day getup, especially once the temperature drops a little more. I’m already planning a silk version for work but think I might try lining it this time – and maybe skip the pockets to save myself a whole load of time (and a little bit of heartache – my overlocker chewed up two side panels as I tried to make the inside of the pocket situation look neater). Thinking about the pockets just then made my heart feel all heavy and then it hit me – making jackets feels a lot more like ‘tailoring’ and a lot less like ‘dressmaking’ – more mathematical somehow with fewer nice, curved seams and pretty necklines. One thing I have realised though is that I desperately need to sew more every-day things so perhaps jackets are something I’ll come to enjoy more with practice?

One last thing (to do with my upside down feet). Long story short, my tripod is broken. I really wanted to show off these trainers which are by New BalanceΒ though as they just go so well with the jacket – what a coincidence πŸ˜‰

HOW TO MAKE: MARBLED FLUFFY POM POMS [DIY TUTORIAL]

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I made these fluffy pom poms recently for an upcoming DIY project and was so pleased with them I thought they deserved a tutorial in their own right…

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HOW TO MAKE: A HEATED EYE MASK [DIY TUTORIAL]

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Most of my DIY projects are born out of necessity. When my optometrist advised me to spend 20 minutes lying down with a heated eye mask every few days I didn’t need much convincing. Later that day I had my finger poised to order a Β£12 rice filled eye bag from Amazon when I had a lightbulb moment and realised that I could totally make it myself!

I decided to make a tutorial as I think everyone should experience the delight of a warm eye compress. This tutorial is simple to follow and contains a free template that you can download as a PDF. The finished eye mask is generously sized and just the right weight – it even doubles as a warm neck/shoulder compress too! A heated eye mask is really good for the various ducts and glands in your eyes as well as being super relaxing. I like to take mine to bed and pretend it’s a spa treatment…

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LIBERTY PRINT TISSUE BOX COVERS [MY LATEST MAKE]

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A few days before I went into full blown labour with Emily I was looking for a sewing project to keep my mind occupied and found this tutorial for a tissue box coverΒ by Brett Bara on Design Sponge… Continue reading

HOW TO MAKE: BLOCK PRINTED WRAPPING PAPER [DIY TUTORIAL]

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This DIY wrapping paper couldn’t be simpler and is perfect for some relaxed weekend crafting before the final Christmas countdown…

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A QUICK AND EASY TODDLER HAT [FREE KNITTING PATTERN]

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A few weeks back I set out to knit Orla a cosy winter hat using some long neglected yarn from my stash (you can see the work in progress here!). Children’s hats are tricky things – on the one hand they need to be warm which to me means real wool but on the other hand they tend to disappear into the ether so they’re not something I want to spend too much money or time on…

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HOW TO MAKE: ROLLED BEESWAX CANDLES [DIY TUTORIAL]

 

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Beeswax candles have some pretty amazing properties – did you know they clean the air as they burn?Β They also smell amazing and best of all, are easy to make at home! Round about this time every year I make a pot of tea, dust off the record player and spend an evening making a big old batch of these DIY candles to see us through winter. There’s no hot wax involved so you can even do it with one eye on the TV! They’re easy to make at home and I’m going to show you how in today’s tutorial…

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