December Days

The last month of the year has come & gone already!  Don’t know about all of you, but the holidays always seem to be upon me before I’ve really gotten into my December groove, sitting by the fire working on my Purple Waves blanket… then, just when I’m really beginning to get the hang of this whole Visiting/Doing Nothing/Eating a Lot business, it’s all over!  But it’s been a lovely month, full of friends and family and lots of crafty goodness…

…kicking off with manic making in time for the Machynlleth Craft Fair on the first weekend.  Just look at all that funky stuff!  Our stall may not have been the most profitable, but it was definitely one of the most colourful…craftstallside.…I also got to play with my printing block again this month, making a hand-printed lining for my best ever yet crochet bag, which – hurray! – I did finally manage to photograph as I went along, so that much-promised tutorial is underway at last…blockprinting…then things got a bit frantic as I tried to finish making gifts in time for the last Xmas posting date!  These are mini versions of the cute owls I made last year, using Bunny Mummy’s brilliant tutorial (which you can find HERE).  I put little muslin bags of incense inside these and they smell gorgeous…Xmasowls

…and so, finally, the food and pressies were loaded into the car and my friend Ursula (of One Woman Walks Wales fame) and I shared the drive across Wales and on into England to visit our respective folks.  We waved goodbye at the motorway services and normal life ended for a couple of weeks as the holidays began…ursulawaving

...I hope you all had a wonderful end to 2014 and are feeling relaxed and ready for a colourful New Year!   🙂

 

WhooHoo! Limeade Dress

flouncyshotYes, it’s DONE!  As reported in the comments on Project:Stalled last week, I managed to get my hand-printed Sweetheart Sundress back on track and it is now FINISHED!  Just in time for the sudden demise of summer (anyone else noticed that it appears to be autumn already??), but I don’t care, I think it looks pretty good with a cardie anywaycardieshot1I made a few adjustments to the pattern after my last make to address the fitting issues on the bodice.  I took 1.5″ out of the side seams at the top but cut a more generous curve into the centre front seam (the equivalent of an FBA, I guess!), and I shortened the bodice by 1.5″ as well.  I also left off the bias band and started the front gathers about 1″ down from the top, so as to show off my lovely hand-printed border.  I’m pretty pleased with the fit overall this time – although despite shortening them twice, those damn straps are still slightly too long!bodicedetail

I absolutely LOVE the way this lime green fabric works with the dark green print!  I had so much fun doing the block printing – such a simple thing, just using my little indian woodcut block and some fabric paint.  A word of warning though – if you accidentally splash any paint, or even the water you’ve used to rinse your brush, etc, onto your fabric, it WILL stain.  Ask me how I know…borderprinting1

Now, remember how last week my nice dotty polycotton lining was all hanging out in    half-stitched bits and pieces?  Well, check OUT how busy I’ve been with my needle!

finishedliningI always used to loathe hand sewing, but I must admit to quite getting into it having now made two of these dresses.  I’m finding that I rather enjoy stepping away from Auntie Janis for a bit and sitting by the balcony to slip-stitch a lining or hand sew a hem.  And my technique’s definitely improving, too!  And speaking of hems and linings…skirthemOoh yes, I am just a *little bit* pleased with that!!  And okay, so I AM slightly disappointed that I didn’t get it finished in time for the really hot sunny weather, but heyho, I can dress up and daydream, right?OMGSunshine

Wishing you all a Lusciously Limey kinda week! x