Monday, 24 November 2014

That Poncho from simply crochet Issue 25

It was love at first sight for me....
have you seen....that Poncho from Simply crochet issue 25...?

Chunky yarn, a quick make and a new 'ribbing effect' to learn on the delightfully cosy looking cowl neck.

I liked the colours in the original, but I do like to put my own personality on a pattern, hence the colour change.

I did however stick to the neutral 'parchment' colour for the cowl neck, border and tassels, this way I can wear it with most things.....

The tassels were fiddly but worth it....I think

(I have noticed lots of 'tassely trendy, things in the expensive shops.....)

The sun was out in my sewing room when I took these pictures....makes such a difference, so cheery.

so here it granny similar to the one my Mum made me when I was 7!!

A confession .....I have to admit, if I pull back the camera.......only half the tassels are finished...oops 

I will finish it later and get the other half to takes some pics of me prancing around in it.
You can see the one my Mum made me HERE I posted about it in January this year....

The Facts:
I used: 

Yarn: Stylecraft 'Chunky special' 

In Colours:
Denim x 1 100g ball
Midnight X 2 100g balls
Plum x 2 100g balls
Parchment x 5 100g  balls

Hooks: a 6mm and a 7mm, as per pattern info.

Total cost £18

So anyone else out there crocheting this? its fab.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Sewing Francois ...yay!

The pattern arrived on Saturday morning, I started sewing saturday evening, finished it on Monday (would have been Sunday but I had to work) and wore it on Tuesday!

May I present Francois my newly made dress and yet another Tilly and the Buttons triumph!


FABRIC: This was my trial run so I used fabric from my stash, It was a lightweight linen and silk mix, looked nice but I needed a fabric with a little more natural stretch which this did not have.Tilly recommends a fabric that will hold a shape and has some natural stretch. Next time I will make sure of this.

FIT: This was my 'trial run'  so I cut for my size after reviewing the pattern measurements. It fit me perfectly everywhere, I needed no adjustments. However I would cut it longer next time (I am 5ft 7") It is a little too short for me to be comfortable wearing this length.

SEW: No problems, watch out for the long front dart, it does curve and Tilly does mentions this in the superb instruction booklet, you have been warned.

SEWING SKILL LEVEL : This is only my opinion, but if you are a beginner sewer, I would not recommend starting with this pattern,Tilly has so many other patterns in her range that are suitable for beginners, such as 'Coco' and her 'Miette' skirt pattern too, I would try those first.

You can find all the Tilly's patterns and info you need on Francois HERE as Tilly is having a sew along..... there is even a competition exciting or what?

I added my new swan brooch for that little extra touch!

No pics of me wearing it yesterday, I forgot the camera....duh!

bestest 'sewing Francois' wishes to you!

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