Friday, 30 September 2016

Handsome in...yellow!

Finish A Long 2016

One of the (many) items on my Q3 FAL list was a new collar for Archie:

Collar for Archie

Back in the middle of May, when Mam was getting ready to bring Eddie to live with her, Archie started to feel a bit left out and wondered whether he could have a new collar.  As you can see in the photo below, he requested a yellow one.

Is yellow my colour? I know I really suit blue, but I'm wondering whether I need a yellow collar to welcome the sunshine. Can you get yellow collars? You've never seen one? Best get busy in that sewing room then!
I think yellow might be my colour.  I mean, I know I suit blue, but I fancy a change to welcome in the summer.  And our new friend, of course.

 I decided (as you do) that I would make one because you don't get many yellow collars in pet shops. I'd seen photos of Tina's dog wearing handmade collars and got in touch with her.  She owns and runs Tikki London and she a pdf pattern for a dog collar (or cats, I suppose, if you're that way out) as well as all the hardware for them.  I also bought quarter of a metre of heavy weight interfacing for the inside, as recommended in the pattern.

It didn't take long to make the collar (I don't have any progress photos, I'm afraid, as I had barely got started before I was finished!) and Archie's very pleased with the results:

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Handsome, aren't I?

I used variegated YLI quilting thread and a scrap of Warm and White wadding inside the collar, as well as the interfacing.  I didn't have a long enough piece of yellow fabric so I joined two pieces and then top stitched the seam allowances to add strength.

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It makes a lightweight collar, but I think you could add webbing to make it sturdier as there seems to be enough room in the hardware to take another layer.  Archie doesn't really need to wear a collar because he isn't walked on a lead and doesn't need restraining at the front door when I open it, so the weight doesn't really matter in this case, he wears one because he likes wearing one and I think it makes him feel safe and secure.  If (when!) I make him another one, I think I'll use triple stitch to add extra strength to the stitching.  I used a Superior titanium topstitch needle for all the stitching and both it and the machine managed fine through all the layers (which was up to eighteen at one point).

I seem to remember that if I stand here when neighbours are in the garden, food appears eventually...
I seem to remember that if I stand right here when people are in their gardens, I get food...
While I'm toiling in the garden, Archie and Mini Archie are relaxing in the sun and appreciating the gentle sea breeze which is taking the edge off the sun. #theadventuresofArchieandMiniArchie #ArchiesaysthattoilingisanoverstatementofwhatImdoingandthatpot
That's right, you toil away planting up the garden, and Mini Archie and I will supervise and tell you when you get something wrong.

Doesn't he wear it well?!

I'm linking this up to the end of quarter finishes link, don't forget to add your finishes!!

I know this has been a post full of photos of Archie, but I can't not end on an Archie photo, albeit one where he's in the background:

Eddie wants me to throw the ball. Unfortunately, he won't let go of it...
Just let her have the ball so she can throw it.  If you insist on snatching it up every time she twitches, I'm going to be waiting to catch it for a very long time...

Thanks for popping in!!

End Of Quarter Three: Link Up Your Finishes!

Finish A Long 2016

I really don't know how it's happened, but it's suddenly the end of quarter three and it's time to link up your finishes for this quarter.  (And, as usual, I'm way behind in blogging about mine and am going to have to sprint to catch up with myself!

As you know, the 2016 FAL has a global community of host bloggers and they are:


Before we get to the rules and link up, let's give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:




This year, we've brought back the tutorial week at the end of each quarter, and the rota for this quarter's tutorials is as follows:



The 2016 Q3 link for your finishes is now open on each of the blogs; remember that you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on each blog.  Also remember that you do not need to link up your original list, but a link or reference to it (your personalised hashtag, etc.) is needed.

The link-up "rules" are as follows:
  • Add one link for each finish. If you want to link a round up post of all your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link the rest of your finishes separately. Please, only one link per finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws.
  • Please use the 2016 FAL button or the hashtag #2016FAL
  • Please ensure that the photo or blog post you link up contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can verify your entry (make sure it is from the appropriate quarter)
  • Please become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others and comment. We all need encouragement so let's applaud each other. The 2016 FAL Facebook page is here and follow us on Instagram @finishalong and tag your photos #2016fal and #falq3yourname (substitute your name - this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your lists.
  • Our hosts will also link their finishes to share in the community, but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.

The Q3 Finishes link will stay open from now (6am 30th September) until 4am 8th October.  It's generally best to link up your finishes early to avoid missing the deadline (you'd be surprised how often it happens!) and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don't miss out.

Prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the draw, and the winners will be posted on each host blog.

Once you've linked up all your finishes, start making your Q4 FAL lists as the Q4 list link opens at 6am on 8th October.

Now, just a word from my supervisor and you can get linking!

My contract clearly states that my breakfast is to be served in the conservatory, preferably in my favourite corner. Serving it in the corner of the kitchen where I eat my tea just isn't good enough, so get a grip and sort it out.
My contract clearly states that breakfast is to be served in the conservatory, preferably in my favourite corner.  Putting it in the kitchen where I eat my tea just isn't cutting the mustard, so get a grip and get it sorted.  I hope you're making a better fist of being a FAL host...



Thursday, 29 September 2016

Kate Dress: A Wearable Toile

Hello!  Oh, the shame of neglecting my blog for so long!!  Still, I'm here now and ready to blame both the FAL and the garden for my absence. I started the quarter like an ageing, arthritic greyhound: straight out of the trap and full of enthusiasm, built up a little speed and then stopped for a long sniff and a nap about halfway through. This, combined with being busy in the garden, meant I just haven't had the energy to blog.  I have finished some things from my quarter three FAL list, though!

I'm going to blog them in the order they were finished, so if you could just pretend that it's mid July, then I'd be ever so grateful!


My Kate dress looked like this when I wrote my Q3 list:

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which meant it was (machine) tacked together to check the fit.  I'd added 1" to the armscye when tracing it and discovered that I needed to take 1/4" back out and then raise the bust dart by 1/2", which I then did on the pattern and then the fabric:

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Making alterations
I added two sleeves (this is the first one):

A sleeve! • • Cameo appearance by my beautiful cushion from @daisyandjack.



Two sleeves! (Crumpled and not at all nicely presented, but it has two sleeves!)
Two sleeves!

Finished the neckline with some (bought) gingham bias binding, levelled the hem, and I was done!!

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Pattern details

Pattern - Kate Dress by Sew Me Something
Fabric - 100% cotton poplin from Boyes, for about £5.25/m (I can't quite remember)
Thread - Gutermann sew all navy and Coats cotton in bright pink (for the top stitching on the bias binding because that's what I had that matched!)
Alterations - added 3/4" to the armscye and sleevehead, raised bust dart by 1/2" (I added length to the body and sleeves and ended up taking it back out when it came to hemming!)


I'm really happy with this toile and have worn it a few times and it's really comfortable.  I have another few planned, with various adaptations.

I'll be linking up when the time comes (tomorrow!)

Finish A Long 2016

At the end of July, Archie got a partner in crime:

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Well hello there, little fella!  Come on out and say hello!

I was Betti's 1,000 follower on her Instagram account (@bettis_stitches - mind that first photo if you're scared of spiders) and she kindly said she'd make me something special to mark the occasion. If you don't know Betti, she makes the most wonderful tiny creatures out of felt, complete with removable outfits and strong personalities!  (She takes commissions, just DM her on Instagram or contact her through her blog bettisstitches.wordpress.com - that's in the very early stages so if that doesn't work, leave me a comment and I'll put you in touch.)


And here's who Betti made me (us) - Mini Archie!!

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The pair of them are having a lovely time together and Archie has even agreed to share his food!  (After he negotiated extra rations...)

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Thanks for popping in!!


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