Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Hello There. Long time no see!

Its been a year since I posted. Honestly, something had to give, and this was it. However I thought perhaps I should just pop this here because its quite a big thing for me...I released a pattern!

On the Move Day Bag PDF Pattern:

About the Pattern:
This bag was designed for parents like me, who don’t need a large bag but still carry a load of children’s bits and bobs with them as well as their own essentials. Think drinks bottles, snacks, mobile phone (cellphone), lip balm, plasters (band-aids), cards, keys, sunglasses and so on.
I had ripstop (nylon) in mind because it is durable, lightweight and wipe clean, however variations can be made with any fabric. (see blog posts)
The bottle pockets can be made from the exterior fabric, or alternatively, stretchy mesh for a different look.
Where to purchase:

Where to purchase:

Please feel free to join the facebook group after purchase if you wish to add your photos/require assistance and so on.
Social media tags I'm using are #onthemovedaybag and #shewearsredfeathersand #pdfpattern
This is my website blog with a link to all the tester photographs and details

I also have an instagram account https://www.instagram.com/elpie74/ which you are welcome to follow (not just for bags though!)
Intermediate. Construction is simple but there are lots of pieces.

2 front pockets with flaps (featuring magnetic snaps) (fits phone, sunglasses etc.)
2 side bottle pockets using fabric or mesh (fits water bottles, mini umbrella, sun lotion etc.)
1 rear zipped pocket full width of bag
Adjustable strap
Zipped gusset for security, with open ends to allow access to inner key fob
2 inner zipped pockets
2 inner slip pockets at the sides for smaller items e.g. lip balm
2 larger inner slip pockets

Ripstop version requires no interfacing/stabliser.
Fabric version requires interfacing and foam stabliser is optional but will structure the bag.

83 pages with photographs. Text version only available. PLEASE NOTE: this pattern is cut using measurements not pattern pieces.

Finished Size:
11” wide (excluding bottle pockets), 9” tall, 3” deep. Full width 16” (including fabric bottle pockets)
28cm W x 22.9cm H x 7.6cm D (40.1 W with bottle pockets)

Monday, 13 June 2016

What else is happening?

And in other news:

Both of my babies now need glasses. Noah got his first pair on Wednesday, and Joey got a pair with a slightly lower prescription which is good news as it means his eyes are correcting.

I dismantled this:

and put up this:

Very happy with it. Noah has his own room of course so we didn't need a bunk, however I thought it would be more useful. Joey doesn't like using a ladder, so we can throw his extra junk up there and also use it for sleepovers.

We had some sun, and I broke out the paddling pool.

I bought some new running shoes because for some reason I entered the Race for Life in Cambridge next month...

...and some fabric


I met up with some of the gals in London and visited the pinup popup shop off Brick Lane and then we ate and drank and were merry

And Godmanchester had a 1940s event

Bagmaking: Cat Portrait Coin Purses and Swim Bag

I have to say it a while since I made a swim bag, but this was a commission so I had to make it work. Its simple enough - you just need to get the measurements right.
This one has a PUL (waterproof - although I'd say not quite waterproof as the seams aren't treated) lining, and a front pocket.

I also made two little cat coin purses for her to choose from.


Thursday, 9 June 2016

Plus Size Fashion: Miss Fortune and Dorothy Perkins (again)

*Work Loo Shot Alert*

Sometimes I just can't wait to try things on. Luckily the toilets are nice and clean where I work. 

Package from Clarence and Alabama arrived Friday at 2pm. Sadly I'd already left at 1pm, so I picked it up this morning.

Pretty packaging. Well done C&A

I ordered two dresses - both £20 in the sale which is a bargain. Both in a size XL

I honestly was a bit baffled by the sizing. I'm usually an 18. Approx 44-38-48 (however hips not relevant here)
So I went for the XL (16) because I figured the bust on the XXL would be way too big. It was kind of a gamble.

Luckily a gamble that paid off. This is the 'Into The Sunset Blue Hawaiian'
I've been eyeing this up for a few years, but never gone for it. However at £20 I couldn't say no. I'm really pleased with it, but it is quite snug. Half a stone less might make it feel more comfy. It does look great though, even if I say so myself.

This is the Lady Luck Swing Dress Red Atomic
Believe it or not, its the same size as the one above. However there is a LOT of gape on the armscyes. I will have to take it in, but I still love it. Very comfy. More of a day dress.


I made adjustments and I'm happier with it now. Darts on the front, darts on the bag to reduce the gape, and then a little tuck on the front to make it a more flattering sweetheart neckline. Ta Da!!

And so to Dotty P.

Its just not happening for me. If they'd had this dress in an 18, I might have kept it. The one in this pic is a 22 (all they had left). I was going to modify it but the bodice is lined which means more faff, and I didn't like it enough to want to bother, so I returned it. Bit sad but not the end of the world.

Then there's this one. Same design. Right size. I just don't think I'm a stripes person though. It just felt wrong. So It went back.

Then on the way back to the car park, I popped into M&Co, and fell for this little minty coloured cardi. I would have preferred shorter sleeves, but it was a tenner in the sale, so I bought it anyway. I think it might require a motif, but chances of me ever remembering to sew one on are slim!

Its CRAFTfest time!!

Best of British Community Crafting event HERE