ScrapHappy January: Bright, for the sun

Welcome once again to ScrapHappy Day!

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

For a change, I’m not showing the hexie project I’m making for Days for Girls. Instead, I decided to use some more recent scraps for a small, quick project.

I had a good few largish scraps left over from making the bag for Chippy. When I say large, the biggest piece was about 12 x 5 inches, the others were smaller. But there was enough to piece together something small but cheerful. Chippy likes her big, big sunglasses, so I though a pouch that might serve as a sunglass case would do the trick. It’s also large enough for an iPhone or other large smartphone if that’s what she prefers. You may remember some time ago I made something similar for myself, from pink scraps.

I sandwiched a pieced outer with a batting scrap and a scrap of the blue I used for a recent top, quilted it with straight parallel(ish!) lines, and bound it with some leftover green binding. It’ll be hard to lose inside a handbag, don’t you agree, even inside the bright green lining of her new tote?

And now I have only really small scraps of that Kaffe Fasset Artisan fabric, but I’m sure they’ll be making an appearance in some scrappy blocks or strips some time or other…

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at). If you’ve copied this list from previous posts, please use the one below as it’s the most up to date – we are being joined by Sunny, a new member 🙂

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline, Sue L
and Sunny

See you again, same time next month

Topping it off

I’m saying farewell to the sewing machine for the remainder of 2019.

After a protracted period of enforced abstinence, I wanted to finish off this nice orange top. Over the last few days, my eye has got back to normal working order, so I wanted to get the job done before the festivities began. (Apart from the soluble stitches, I no longer look like a movie extra [either Pirates of the Caribbean or some police drama], so no longer feel obliged to inflict pirate jokes on you.) Sadly, the Husband is on night shift and I have no-one to take photos of me wearing it, so Rosita has had to stand in, and very fetching she looks too.

The pattern isn’t one I want to repeat; it was a bit more complicated than I felt it needed to be to achieve the final result, but having said that, it does look pretty and feel comfortable; those big sleeves are especially cool in hot weather. The back looks much the same as the front, but the neckline is higher and there’s no opening slit.

Most of the garments I’ve made recently have been quick, easy and fun, but this one, not so much. Here’s why:

Pattern comments:
McCall’s M7325. I made view D but with shorter sleeves, ending at bracelet length instead of wrist length. The yoke is fully faced, but then, weirdly, they don’t enclose the inside edges of it neatly with the facing, so that apart from the neck and opening, you have to overlock all the other seams. There was a great deal of gathering to be done, and if I’d made View B I’d have lost the will to live long before adding the hem and sleeve ruffles. I didn’t think there was enough fulness in the sleeve head to warrant the length of the gathered area; I would have placed the pattern markings closer together. I also found the way the top was constructed and the sleeves/yoke were added to the bottom half was strange; the same result could have been achieved more easily without Y seams under the arms. The sizing was also a little on the small side for the dress sizes suggested; I had to make my seam allowances smaller here and there. I would not have called this pattern Very Easy, but Intermediate, and I am a competent dressmaker. The steps are few, but some of the processes are unduly complicated. Having said all that, I’ll happily wear the top.

The outer yoke is made from the same Kaffe Fassett Artisan Floral Border for Westminster Fibers as the last top I made, but this time in the orange colourway. The rest of the top is made in a pretty coral batik with a small white spiral dot.

Over the Christmas – New Year period, I hope to spend some time developing the big project I’ve mentioned before. It needs a lot of drawing, erasing, re-drawing, transferring, measuring and standing back and squinting, so it’s a perfect Christmas distraction. If I’m doing all that, I won’t be fridge-diving for mince pies, sausages, chocolate, cake, cold ham and all those other enticing snacky delights. I hope to emerge out the other side actually lighter, instead of heavier. The doctor has told me to lose weight due to some alarming blood test results, and I propose to give it my best shot, despite the season.

Happy Christmas or other festive celebration of your choice. It’s been fun having you along for the doings in Chiconia, and I’ll see you all next decade!

Hugs ❤

Laughing up my sleeve

I’ve finally finished this one.

I’ve been working on it off and on for a few days, doing as much as I could each time before the eye gave out. I cut it all out on impulse before eye surgery, as a sort of distraction from pre-op nerves. Now, it feels almost like a secret sewing project, since I haven’t posted anything about it before, mainly because I had no idea how long it would take.

You may recognise the pattern, this time with a longer sleeve length than the Mango & Papaya top I made earlier. Speaking of sleeves, what do you think? Bright, aren’t they? I bought two half-metre pieces of Kaffe Fassett fabric from his Artisan range for Westminster Fibers. It’s gorgeous, but not cheap (AU$29/metre). One piece was this blue version, and the other is the same print, but in bright orange. In order to make something wearable from the small quantities, I also bought this blender fabric in the same blue. I didn’t have a plan or the pattern at the time, I just wanted to make something that didn’t involve totally cutting up the print.

By shortening the long sleeve from the pattern options, I was able to squeeze both sleeves out of just half the fabric, leaving me a reasonable amount to make something quilty with. I couldn’t resist the acid green binding for this top too, the remainder of what I made for M&P. It’s a great match for colour in the big print, and gives the neckline a bit of zing. The top probably wouldn’t work in northern Europe without sunglasses, but here in the very bright sunshine of a tropical summer, it’s just another colourful garment.

Now I need to get some fabric to go with the other colourway. I still have some coral pink binding from the sleeveless top variant I made from this pattern (did I show that one? I don’t think I did). I reckon coral and orange would work nicely… The question is, same top again, or something different this time? I have a pattern I haven’t tried yet which might utilise the print panel nicely.

Right, on with the next thing!

PS: the eye’s definitely mending. For those who wanted a status update, here’s the new yellow/ brown colourway!