Sewing Plans & Progress, and a Beautiful Fabric Book

First up, the beautiful fabric book. I was lucky enough to win a Alex’s giveaway. Alex is a wonderfully gifted textile artist – check out her blog here. The book is made up of pages of gorgeous kimono silk, and has the most beautifully stitched cover. What an amazing tactile experience holding this little treasure is:

wintery fabric book cover
wintery fabric book inside 1
wintery fabric book inside 2
wintery fabric book inside 3

Alex said in her post “It’s a pretty miserable time of year here in the UK so I thought it would be nice to have a giveaway for my little wintry book.” It has certainly cheered up an otherwise cold and miserable week here for me πŸ™‚

Next up, the sewing progress. My good friend Paula gave me an old Sew magazine which had a dear little hexagon patchwork journal case project in it. I have nearly put together the patchwork piece to assemble it. I was only slightly delayed by the fact that I didn’t pay quite as much attention to the instructions as I should have ;-). The hexagons should have had 1 1/4 inch sides, and I used 1 inch hexies so my patchwork obviously was going to come out too small & I have ended up having to baste and piece more than I thought. Anyway, it’s coming together now and hopefully will make a lovely gift for someone (not sure who yet!):

panel in progress

And lastly, sewing plans. I am itching to make another doll after enjoying making Maud so much and recently bought this rather wonderful book:

we make dolls cover

The only trouble is, I want to make so many of the dolls that I can’t decide where to start! Should it be with Supergirl?:

we make dolls super girl

Or maybe Frida?

we make dolls frida

Or what about Fleur?

we make dolls fleur

Or should it perhaps be the tattooed man?

we make dolls tattooed man

How on earth shall I decide where to start?!

Another sewing plan I have in mind is to make my mother-in-law an apron. A while back she arrived early for a lunch I was cooking, and I still had my pinny on. She admitted that she didn’t own an apron, but probably should as she was always covering herself with stuff when cooking! I am planning to make her an apron for Mother’s Day (which is on Sunday 10th March in the UK) and have selected this pattern to use:

apron pattern

I just need to get some suitable fabric and decide whether to go for the full or half size. Pockets are a definite requirement, of course!

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18 thoughts on “Sewing Plans & Progress, and a Beautiful Fabric Book

  1. lalinsocal says:

    I’m putting my vote in for Fleur and a full size apron. . .love your hexies

  2. Gjeometry says:

    What a lovely fabric book!! I’m going to have to check out Alex’s blog. And good luck with your apron. (And SuperGirl, is the obvious choice for plushies). πŸ™‚

    • vivjm says:

      Thanks – I am sure you will love Alex’s work!

      • Gjeometry says:

        I do love it! Am following her blog now. Thanks!

        Also, Have you noticed that you are not getting updates in WordPress? I used to get an update telling me if somebody replied to my comment on their wordpress blog and now I don’t. I have to go right to their blog and scroll down to see if they replied. I was wondering if that is just me, or if other people are not getting updates that I have replied to their comments on my blog. ?? Not sure why it’s changed.

      • vivjm says:

        Oh, what a pain. As far as I can tell, I am still getting updates as normal – worth a look on the wordpress forums perhaps?

  3. Ha ha, tattooed man and his super tight trousers! But I think I like Fleur the best.

  4. Kat H says:

    Ooooh, that book! Love it! (Both of them, actually.)

    My vote is for Supergirl – just think of all the superheros you could invent!

    • vivjm says:

      Supergirl’s great isn’t she? I might just have to make her for my niece, as an antidote to all the anodyne shop bought dollies she has πŸ™‚

  5. I like Fleur! I like full size apron (since I get covered when I cook too!) I like your textile book (wow). So many things to like in this one post! πŸ˜€ I always start to get the itch to sew and draw when I come here……………………..!!! Hugs, Sharon

    • vivjm says:

      Sharon, I love that you get the itch to draw & sew when you visit my blog – that’s possibly the best ever compliment :-). Looks like Fleur is the overall winner, so I am going to raid my fabric stash and see what I can use to make her.

  6. How on earth are you able to do a gazillion projects at once! I envy you! I’m as slow as a turtle when it comes to keeping up with my projects!

  7. annjrippin says:

    I love that book – all the things I have made from it have been a triumph. The Frida doll I gave to my Colombian friend is really treasured. I think Supergirl, personally!

    • vivjm says:

      It was thanks to your dolls that I decided to buy the book! And I am so glad I did. I have gone for Fleur first of all, just because she is a bit easier, but will do Supergirl next, especially as I just picked up a remnant of yellow fake fur that will be perfect for her shoes!

  8. Andria says:

    Ooh, I love the Tattooed Man and Frida, in addition to the one you ended up choosing. I hope you will make them all!

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