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    A little hearty wrapper

    Me: What do you think of this photo? Is it a keeper? Tree: It shows your face [I’m trying to keep some vague sort of web anonymity] Me: I’m pretty sure if people recognised me it would be because of the full length heart printed dress instead of the slither of forehead… Another post to add to my “Little chronicles of a small time sewer” collection. To be honest, I probably give my sewing machine a lot more love and attention than my crochet needles at the moment which is why the next few posts are all sewing based! I decided that with each new project I would try to learn at least one new technique. First up was this heart print cotton from Cape Town. Having watched this year’s Great British Sewing Bee, I learnt that ‘pattern matching’ was 1. an actual thing. 2. apparently quite important. 3. big prints are easier than small prints…or maybe it was the other way around?

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    The little chronicles of a small time sewer: upcycling

    In the middle of revision week I got it into my head that I needed a tailors mannequin. Ok, maybe ‘needed’ isn’t the right word. Perhaps, ‘wanted’ was more appropriate…[I tried the ‘need’ argument with Tree and he gave me one of those who are you trying to kid looks…] But as you do during revision time, you let yourself get preoccupied with anything else but the books sitting open on the desk gathering dust. So I went on the hunt for a mannequin which would be both practical and pretty and entered a fierce Ebay bidding war (which I won. Mwah ha ha!). And lo and behold it arrived (mid exam week!) providing a much needed pick-me-up!

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    The little chronicles of a small time sewer

    Hello all! Thanks to the friendly folk over at WordPress, all you faithful followers should have been transferred across from my old site to this new sparkly, rainbow skied and fairy dusted website of mine. From what I can tell, you’ve all been accounted for- including the new followers who joined mid-renovation (hello there!). All of you…apart from Tree?! [For new readers: my husband]… Suspicious that…Perhaps he’s weary of what I might write about him? Anyways, on to today’s post/rant/rave. When it comes to what clothes I wear, I have a few more requirements than the average high street shopper. I cover my legs and arms and keep the neckline high (or at least coverable by my headscarf). Over the years, even before I started wearing a headscarf, I learnt the tricks of the trade for suitably modest clothes, like making simple tweaks; pulling up the neckline here and there; buying a bigger size and taking it in, and layering. And trust me when I say, layering is every hijabi’s best friend, especially in the summer when the amount of material put into clothes seems to dwindle as the temperature supposedly (this is England after all) increases. With cardigans, maxi skirts and long sleeve…

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    A little tee hee

    My sewing skills are still very much in the ‘extreme beginner’ realm (remember my maxi skirt fail?). That said, I have since managed to make a maxi skirt win! But I’m afraid that’s not what today’s post is about. It’s actually about an experiment with the remaining cloth from the maxi skirt. I had about 90 cm x 100 cm of cloth left so decided to make a top! I don’t know about you but I love this new style of ‘box’ cut tops out in the shops, with a very wide body to the top and cropped size. They’re so comfy to wear! I love the bagginess. And being essentially a giant rectangle with sleeves I thought: I can do this….right? With my blog in mind and fellow sewing extreme beginners- I decided to experiment and really simplify things (mainly to make sure the tricky step of  ‘inserted sleeves’ is avoided!). And also, why lie, I really wanted a cropped tee to go with my growing collection of maxi skirts!

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    The little spider web

    I recently got a few new readers (yay!), including one of my friend’s mum! She made a special request for ribbon embroidery tutorials- so here I am- uber happy to oblige! Unfortunately I’m a bit squeezed for time, so I only managed to do spider web roses and having left my camera at home, I had to use my phone. So apologies for the blurry photos. Ribbon embroidery is incredibly simple to do and super fast to work up. It’s one of my favourite types of embroidery (out of the two types I know how to do. Chuckle.) The problem with ribbon embroidery is that it can come out really frumpy and old-fashioned (do a quick google search and you’ll see what I mean!). [No offence to whoever did them, they are lovely…but just not my style…] It’s such a beautiful type of embroidery, it just needs to be given a new lease of life. So my tips for non-frumpy ribbon embroidery?

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    A little vintage touch

    Now, I’ve been sitting on this pattern for weeks. Weeks. It’s not that I’ve been keeping it to myself, it’s just that I’ve had the biggest mental block ever. It’s not for lack of stories to tell or pattern to post. I just haven’t been able to make a post. I’d sit here, write a few sentences, fail miserably and go off and watch some New Girl (who, by the way, loves crocheting). I was almost tempted to just post the pattern and leave it at that. But that felt too empty. Does anyone else get that type of block? Anyway, I think I’ve pulled myself together enough to do this post- though, regretfully I don’t think it’ll be my best. So today’s pattern is a crochet lace headband. It’s inspired by my sister-in-law (big one) who recently started to wear hijab (if you’re wondering why I would be making a hair accessory for someone who er… covers up their hair- oh you have so much to learn about us 🙂 Let’s just say, we love to accessorise).

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    A little pin puff

    Crafters use an awful lot of pins. Hijabis (someone who wears hijab/ headscarf) use a whole ton more. As one of both, can you imagine the amount of pins I have lying around? And when you use pins every day, having to store them in those pesky pin wheels is a real pain…especially when you’ve got one hand over your head awkwardly holding your pashmina in the perfect position, having to wrangle out a pin one-handed is not the easiest thing. So the perfect solution? A cute pin cushion that would look pretty alongside my perfumes and jewellery on my dressing table as well as being practical.

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    A little bit of frill and a little bit of failure

    My mum arrived back in the country a few days ago, she didn’t take my story about the escalator very well. She pretty much ignored me waving my new fangled skirt in her face whilst giving me a stern telling off for ‘not being careful enough’. How many times can I say-it was the wind!!! Sigh. Mums. I say that, but this scene was pretty much repeated with my dad too. Don’t worry, lesson learnt- I shall be more careful on escalators from now on… In the theme of maxi skirts (sorry that the last post was also maxi skirt related…but that one was a little unplanned…)- I was going to post you a tutorial on how to make your own easy peasy summery maxi skirt. I say ‘was’ because it didn’t exactly go to plan. In fact it went rather badly… Don’t get me wrong- the method is sound and it will be ‘easy peasy’ when I finally get around to doing it again (without my silly mistakes)… But for now, things didn’t go so perfectly.

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    A little bit of pastel and pearls

    Shh… I can’t tell you who this was made for… or why (look out for a future post) but after finishing it off- I can’t help but share it with you! So, yes I’ve posted on memo boards before (http://thelittlepomegranate.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/the-little-memo-board/) but this time its a quilted memo board! Oo-er. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about: rather than using wallpaper on a cork notice board, this involves a frame, some fabric, needles, quilting and of course-pearls. (Pearls, optional.) Anyway, on to the how: