Tuesday, 18 February 2014

So...I sew!

Another long-term WIP finished! This is my sewing machine cover.

I sheepishly admit that I began this project more than a year ago, finished the tiny patchwork panel and put it away for a long while...sewing being so new to me, I found it easier to pick up a hook after a long day and crochet.

But after finishing – no, *achieving*! – my first quilt, I knew that I must keep going with the sewing, practice makes perfect and all that...

So Lady Elna, my dear sewing machine, has herself a new frock. Fully padded and lined, I might add...

Golly, my hat’s off to all you experienced seamstresses out there...trying to sew the curved layers of fabric – and not run over the piping – was no mean feat! 

I managed in the end, but don’t look at the reverse of this panel, I’m glad it is lined with pretty pink fabric to hide the mess!

I refused to trim the seams to 1/8”, I was just too paranoid that I would snip a seam and it would all unravel. No one needs to know but us.

So. I sew. I’m no contestant for the Great British Sewing Bee, but I’m going to watch tonight to see if I can pick up some tips.

Today we had bright blue skies and dark black clouds all in one afternoon. Another hailstorm dumped loads of little balls of ice within about two minutes.

I donned my Nordic Shawl, poured a fresh cup of tea, and thanked my lucky stars I didn’t have to do the school run today!

My raised herb border being pelted by ice...poor thyme!
Now I want to sew something simple. An quick and easy make, using colourful, fun fabrics:

Watch this space...

Happy crafting!
Chrissie x


  1. I'm very impressed with your sewing machine cover....cant wait to see what you do with that lovely fabric!

  2. I'm so impressed - I can't sew at all! I think I might try - but it's quite scary, and that's the end of that!

  3. Sew sew well done for finishing it...(could not resist) it is lovely !

    trimming seams makes them all lie flatter when pressed and helps ease out curves!! Sew maybe next time?

    Will be watching GBsb too tonight...bestest d x

    1. Ahhh, so there is method to the madness! I'll be braver next time with the shears...and have you coaching me on Skype!? Cx

  4. Ooooh, that fabric looks yummy. Can't wait to see what you make.
    What an achievement the sewing machine cover is. I am so proud of you for finishing it.

  5. It looks amazing! Well done!

  6. Looking forward to seeing what you do with that amazing fabric. Loved the patchwork on the sewing machine cover.

  7. So lovely Chrissie ! Enjoy The G B Sewing Bee tonight, I have reserved my place on the sofa too.
    Kate x

  8. Clever you and lucky Lady Elna! you did a brilliant job and it really looks so very pretty too.
    I shall be watching tonight!
    What might you be up to next with those pretties I wonder???
    Love Jooles x x x

  9. Great job, Chrissie! I love how it came out. You really did wonderfully with it.

  10. Oh I absolutely LOVE those fabrics! I love that they are sewing themed, my favorite is the spools of thread! Great job!

  11. I love it! I must get mine made - my poor sewing machine is covered with a carrier bag at the moment! Can't wait to see what you make with the colourful fabric! And thanks for mentioning The Sewing Bee - I've just rushed over to the TV to get it set up to record - can't believe I nearly missed it!!! Maria x

  12. It's lovely Chrissie, well done you. Enjoy the Sewing Bee tonight, I shall be watching too - I really enjoyed the last series.
    Jane x

  13. Oh my goodness, that hail is amazing. Glad you were able to stay in wrapped in yarny goodness with a cup of tea, sounds perfect to me.

  14. It looks really good! I would love to make a sewing machine cover, but mine came with a hard case. It would seem wrong to throw it out, and kind of silly to store it to make a new one. I do like yours though!


  15. It is beautiful Chrissie!!! You did an amazing job, and it is probably all the better for you having taken your time with it, I like the little embroidery detail and am very impressed that you did piping!! The hailstones make everything look very cold indeed!! Wrapping up in your shawl is a good idea at a time like that. xx

  16. Well you have set the bar pretty high, I need to make one for my Minerva post and I have all the stuff but haven't even started yet. There is the friendly inspirational nudge I need to get it done. Good work, each thing you make teaches you something new. Jo x

  17. Dear Chrissie
    What a great job you have done on the complicated job of the sewing machine cover. I'm sure Lady Elna is thrilled with her new outfit! I watched GBSB tonight and really enjoyed it too - I enjoy sewing but am not very confident with a machine so am thinking of getting some lessons (I would love to make a simple A line denim skirt which actually fits me!)
    Enjoy your next project - looks intriguing!
    Best wishes

  18. It looks fab u lous, I'n very impressed and yay the Sewing Bee's back
    Clare x

  19. Yeah Go Chrissie - so nice to see the completed project - you did a wonderful job! Now can you do one for me please? Ooooooh, why not!!!
    Seriously, just to add another little tip - as well as trimming seams (to 1/4 inch), it's then also good to do little neat 'v' cuts into and around corners and curves - that really fixes them, and if you use sharp-pointed scissors you won't have a problem! Of course you can do it!
    I'm looking forward to seeing your next project in full swing - lovely bright and cute fabric there! Love, Joy xo

  20. Well done Chrissie, it looks great!
    The GBSB was brilliant, not sure I would put myself through all that pressure though!
    V x

  21. It looks great! Well done.

  22. The sewing machine cover is gorgeous - I'm so impressed at all the details : the lining, the piping - very professional looking! I watched Sewing Bee last night and can't wait for next week - love it! Can't wait to see what you'll be doing with those lovely fabrics too. x

  23. Oh Chrissie, this is really lovely. The detail is so pretty and you have made an excellent job! You have totally inspired me to make one for my machine, I gave it a clean yesterday as it was soooo dusty. Have a great day!!

  24. Well done. It's lovely!

  25. And you did it well !
    Have a nice day !

  26. Ohhh, how pretty, what a great result. And who needs to know if it took over a year, thats what WIP is all about after all! Well done x

  27. Well done you, it sure is a piece of art. I love that it took you ages to make and suspect you will love it all the more for it. It has oodles of character and I am sure it is going to make you and Lady Elna smile for many more years to come. Yes how lovely not to do the school run, hale or not, it is just bliss to have a few lazy mornings to enjoy with the kids. Oooh now you have us all on the edge of our seats, don't take too long! Sewing Bee, well it lacked a little something, not sure what, but its early days still. Sending much love xoxo

  28. It is absolutely gorgeous! Well done...and a year really isn't that long for a WIP! Looking forward to seeing what your next sewing project will be...
    Marianne x

  29. It's beautiful, all of it, and looks pretty perfect to me. My sewing machine is jealous - the old plastic cover it came with is torn and I really should make something nicer. Don't know if I'll be up to piping though! Good job. xx

  30. What a well dressed sewing machine you have...looks fabulous! Looking forward to seeing your next project Sarah xo

  31. Beautiful! Congratulations on making such a gorgeous cover, with so much detail! I love the patchwork strip and button detailing, and the piping and contrast lining are so pretty. Looks amazing Chrissie and you should be very proud!
    Gill xx