Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Bye Bye Vertical Blinds

I totally dislike vertical blinds, sure they have their uses - like in my room at work, but not on the landing in our house!
So I've spent the last few evenings making a roman blind to turn the window from this...

(Its really hard taking good photos of windows, isn't it?)

To this...

The old person extra handrail has gone too - hoorah!
The blind has been made for under £40, half of that going on the fabric, which is called Twist from Clarke and Clarke, the full length of the blind is nearly 2m.  I've made it with blackout lining, the old blinds were useless at keeping light out and in the winter it will hopefully help keep the heat in.
Mr B was glad there was no drilling - the blind is attached by velcro at the top and the screws for the cleat went it by hand (I'm not sure that is a good thing though, wonder what is underneath the wallpaper?)
We won't be properly decorating the hall, stairs and landing for a while but this has made it much more homely.
And look at these guys...

50% off from Laura Ashley at the weekend - they light up!  I've had my eye on them for a while. 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Vogue 1327

I've just finished making Vogue pattern 1327, its taken a little while because I am trying to improve my finishing!
This is what it looks like made by Vogue...


And this is what it looks like made by me...

Pretty similar don't you think?
The main feature is the twisted bodice and its worked out well despite me pinning and sewing the lining in and then trimming the seams before realising that the twist had come out before I'd pinned it - oops!  I managed to rectify but only just - this fabric frays as soon as you look at it, my house is covered with duck egg blue thread.
Here is a close up.

And this is what took me a little while on the inside.

The bias tape on the hem is making me really happy!
Mr B isn't sure whether I made enough bias tape...

... I may have gotten carried away.  Still plenty left for future makes!

And I can't resist a little moan about the pattern.
How can I be a size 6 bust and a size 14 hip?  Ridiculous! 
Pattern pieces overlapping on the tissue?  Annoying!
And what about these for pleat markings?

I don't know what is going on at the fold line. Somehow when I folded it all I had 8 pleats going one way and 5 in the other so I ended up gathering it in the middle instead.

I'm determined to have made something else by the end of June.  Definitely.