Bombshell progress, and other news!

30 Jun

I spent most of this week desperate to have some sewing time, and finally had some time yesterday. I spent most of the day working on my Bombshell Swimsuit, and it’s so nearly finished! In a moment of being very organised, I printed out the instructions, as well as all of Heather Lou’s blog posts from the sewalong, and put them all in a folder so that I would easily flick through it as I worked, rather than dropping loose sheets of paper everywhere!

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I got up to the end of part 5 of the sewalong – the costume is basically all constructed, I just need to sew all the elastic in, and do the straps. And it is looking gooooood! I can’t wait to get it finished and be able to wear it! I’ll write a post on it with more details (and pictures!) once it’s finished, but here’s how it’s looking so far.

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One of the things that made my bombshell creation is much easier, was the fact that I have a new toy :) I am now the proud owner of a beautiful overlocker!

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I’d always liked the idea of having an overlocker, but they were way too expensive to even consider. But last week at my sewing class, our teacher mentioned that Lidl were going to have a Singer one on offer this week, for £150. It’s still a lot, but when you consider that this same model sells everywhere else for at least £240, it was definitely a good deal! I spent a while umming and ahhing, but once I decided to make the bombshell, it kind of sealed the deal. I went to Lidl on the way to work on Monday and got my new toy, and I’m glad I went early – by all accounts, most stores in the country had sold out by about lunchtime.

I spent a little while this week trying to understand it and get it working – I need to spend a lot longer getting to know it properly, but I really just wanted to get it working to the extent that I could use it for the swimsuit. And boy did it make things easier! Plus, check out those seams!

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Ok, one is a little messy, because I didn’t line it up properly first time around, and had to go over it again, but they still look great!

I have a thank you in order this week as well – the lovely Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher nominated me for a Liebster Blogging award.

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In  nutshell, the Liebster blogging award is given by bloggers to other bloggers, with under 200 followers, to help promote new bloggers, and spread appreciation and recognition in the blogging world.  So thank you very much Fiona for nominating me – it’s so nice to know that people are actually reading (and enjoying!) my blog!

I now need to answer Fiona’s 11 questions for me, give you 11 random facts about myself, nominate some other bloggers, and devise my questions for them to answer.

Right, here goes!

1. What is your favourite film of all time and why?

Hmmm, I used to always say The Shawshank Redemption, but I’ve seen so many films in the last couple of years that I genuinely don’t know any more!

2. What kind of holidays do you like? Beach, city break, raving in Ibiza?!

I think I am yet to find a holiday I didn’t like! I spent all my childhood years camping every summer and my teenage years lying on a beach in Greece (and reading 10 books in a fortnight!), both of which I loved. But in the last couple of years, my holidays have been much more active – skiing, climbing, city breaks and a combination of everything, including mountain biking and canoeing, in the Czech Republic. I’ve loved those holidays as well, although have generally come home feeling more exhausted than when I went! I’m going on my first beach holiday in years next week, and Marcus’ first ever (he doesn’t really understand the concept!) and am looking forward to just relaxing a bit!

3. I spend a lot of time commuting, if you had a spare hour on the train what would you do?

I would be reading! I hate the fact that I now have to commute by car – I always find a train journey is guilt free reading time!

4. What is the best sewing book you have read?

I don’t really own any sewing books, but I have one, which my parents gave me for Christmas – its a Readers’ Digest complete guide to sewing, and is the first Christmas present my dad gave my mum, about 35 years ago. In her words, she hoped that I’d get more use out of it than she did (she never really sewed). It’s got loads of great information in and is a brilliant reference book.

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5. Knits or wovens?

I’ve only really sewn with (and planned things to sew) with wovens so far, but I’ve realised that most of the dresses I wear are knits, so I’m definitely going to have to venture into them soon!

6. What is your favourite blog?

There are a lot of great blogs that have really inspired me, but if I had to pick one, it would be Lladybird, for three reasons: her two versions of Simplicity 1803 were one of the key factors in me picking that pattern for my first dress; I saw her bombshell swimsuit and thought ‘I have GOT to make me one of those!’; I find her style of writing brilliant, and hilarious.

7. What other crafts do you do and which is your favourite?

I’m really into baking, both cakes and breads, which I’ve been experimenting with a lot more recently. Although that’s taking a bit of a backseat at the moment, and my previous baking time is now sewing time. I also took up knitting a while ago, although I feel that is a bit more of a winter hobby! Photography is the other thing, although my decent camera is broken at the moment, I really must get that fixed! Right now, sewing is definitely my favourite!

8. What is your karaoke song?

I’ve only done karaoke once in my life, and that was at my sister’s birthday party when I was abut 14, and was with a group of friends! Maybe I’ll give it a go one day! I do like a good singalong in the car though – Billy Joel and Amy Macdonald feature highly!.

9. Sweet or savoury?

I definitely have a sweet tooth, but am not eating sugar at the moment, so…

10. What is your favourite accessory?

I have 2 wide elastic belts which I bought from the vintage section of TopShop years ago which just finish off outfits nicely, particularly sweater dresses. They’re probably some of the only non-mainstream accessories that I have, and I love them!

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It’s not an amazingly clear photo, but I love the buckle on this one!

11. If I gave you £50 to spend on fabrics, patterns or craft supplies what would you make from it?

I’d probably buy a few Indie patterns to try out, using your Indie patterns post for inspiration! And there would have to be another trip to Walthamstow to pick up some knit fabrics, so that I could give those a go!

11 random facts:

    1. I make a mean mojito
    2. I once spent 4 weeks living on a Navy ship
    3. I met my boyfriend while dressed as Marble Arch
    4. I once swam in Loch Ness at 6am; cold is an understatement!
    5. I love crime fiction, and like having crime TV shows on in the background when I sew
    6. I practice Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art)
    7. There are at least 8 musical instruments in our flat
    8. None of them get played enough
    9. I think the soundtrack to Cats sounds better in German than English
    10. The first thing I ever sewed was a patchwork quilt, for a teacher who was going on maternity leave, when I was 10
    11. When I’m not sewing (and the weather is nice), I like to spend my free time doing this

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The bloggers that I’m going to nominate for the award (based on less than 200 followers on bloglovin’) are:

  1. Marion of Stitch ‘n’ knit – Marion was one of the people who first inspired me to start sewing and is very talented at all sorts of crafty things.
  2. Claire of I want to be a turtle – a fellow Oxford sewist whose blog I’ve recently discovered.
  3. Jen and Elena of Tea for Two – they’ve got some really inspiring blog posts and a few things I want to try!
  4. The amazing adventures of Taracat – I’m so jealous of her new sewing space!
  5. Sewinggoddess – some great outfits (and costumes!) on her blog

And my questions for them all are as follows:

  1. Who or what inspired you to start sewing?
  2. What’s your favourite non-sewn thing you’ve made?
  3. What’s your favourite thing to do with a free weekend?
  4. What’s the next sewing project you’ve got planned?
  5. If someone you know was about to start sewing, what would be your best piece of advice for them?
  6. And what pattern would you recommend  for them to start them off?
  7. Cheese or chocolate?
  8. What are 5 of your favourite sewing blogs?
  9. Where do you prefer to get sewing tips from – blogs, books, magazines, tutorials?
  10. Where’s your favourite place for fabric shopping online?
  11. And in real life?

And a big thank you to all of you who have been reading and commenting on my blog – I love hearing your thoughts!

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6 Responses to “Bombshell progress, and other news!”

  1. Gjeometry June 30, 2013 at 23:00 #

    Your bombshell bathing suit is looking fabulous! And, congrats on your overlocker. I was gifted a vintage one and I just love having it! Also, congrats on your award. I actually JUST got that Reader’s Digest book yesterday at a thrift shop for $2! It is supposed to be an excellent reference book.

    • Kelly July 1, 2013 at 09:08 #

      Thanks Catja! I’m really happy with how it’s looking so far. Just have elastic and straps to go! The overlocker is amazing, I love it! Although also slightly terrifying – my heart was actually pounding when I did the first seam! I hadn’t actually looked at the book much until a couple of weeks ago, but it has such clear information, I think I’ll be using it a lot!

  2. ClaireE July 1, 2013 at 06:49 #

    Aw, thanks for the award! I’m incredibly jealous of your overlocker, I so want one.

    • Kelly July 1, 2013 at 09:15 #

      It is lovely, but a bit scary! And one more thing to find space for! I’m loving your pattern drafting posts btw!

  3. tania@sewitanyway July 30, 2013 at 20:11 #

    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve also just nominated you for a Liebster, to get more people coming your way! But don’t feel you have to answer the questions! :)

    • Kelly July 31, 2013 at 22:05 #

      Aw, thank you Tania! And thanks for all your lovely comments on my blog. I may answer your questions just for your entertainment :)

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