Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Chair Covers Project

Wonderful news, those pesky chair covers that have been on my sewing to do list for what feels like forever are finally complete!  Hurrah! 

For anyone wondering, this project was put into work a long time ago. Our conservatory furniture was beginning to look tired and worn, and was in definate need of replacing once the rabbit started munching the piping off all of the cushions she could reach!

Here's the furniture before it's transformation - in need of a freshen up!





So to begin I traced our existing chair covers to make the pattern. It was quite tricky as not only are they quite large but the covers themselves aren't removable. So I had to battle with giant cushions,  paper, tape measure and work both on our kitchen table and on the floor to get the pattern, but I got there in the end.  

Lay Planning - To estimate how much fabric I'd need




The fabric for the chairs was bought from Shepherd's Bush Market last October (you can read about it here) and has been sitting in a giant bag waiting for the perfect time for me to get down to business!
Unfortunately with my dream house still under construction... (in my head!) my fabric cutting had to take place on the living room floor.  I spent the whole time praying my pattern cutting skills were up to scratch and I'd told my mum to buy the correct amount of fabric!

Cutting out fabric on my trusty living room floor!




Luckily for me I had and we even saved some fabric as my mum wasn't bothered about the fabric pattern matching at the seams. It's a lovely all over leaf print so you could cut the fabric both ways round and it would look fine.

I was slightly worried about the fabric fraying so to solve this I used some fray stopping glue on the main seams that's would be under the most amount of strain. This stuff is amazing, you just put it onto the part of the fabric you want to stop fraying and it dries clear and hard to ensure the fray doesn't go any further. I've used it on loads of stuff, even a chiffon top and I would recommend it to anyone,  you can buy it from Hobbycraft, or Amazon for a reasonable price and it lasts ages. (Check it out here and here). Normally I would fuse the seams in a normal garment if I was worried about fraying or the seams slipping, but the fray stopper seems to work just fine and doesn't show on the right side as it's a thicker fabric. 


As I also needed a zip for every cover I bought a length of flat zip on a roll so I could just cut each one to the length I needed instead of trying to locate so many different individual zips. It's really easy to use and I'm sure it worked out a bit cheaper. I ordered my roll online from a company called Jaycotts that I've used quite a lot in the past - they have a great selection of sewing supplies so if you need anything sewing related their website is well worth a look - http://www.jaycotts.co.uk/


 First up were the stool covers which I manage to do in 2 hours on quiet Friday evening - with mandatory tea breaks obviously! Then I worked my way up with the single chairs next , before finally sewing the large sofa pieces. 

Stool cover in progress!


For all of the covers I decided to insert any zips first before continuing with the piece, that way you have less fabric to battle with under the machine. I also trim the threads as I go rather than waiting till the end, that way I shouldn't forget any!



And here we have the finished products!





I am really chuffed with how these came out, considering I have never sewn or patterned any chair covers before. They look brilliant (even if I do say so myself!) and have made such a difference to the conservatory. 

The next task, assisting with the cushion & lampshade buying!
Perhaps a potential career in interior design beckons?!

Em x

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Sunday Shopping

Going for a leisurely stroll around the shops on a Sunday has become a bit of a habit for me in the past few months. I like plugging my ipod in and wandering around the shops in my own little world,  thinking through various things and getting away from it all for a while. It's not great for my bank balance,  but I like to think it's good for my well being!

One Sunday - must be a few weeks ago now! - I felt like some company and took my mum for a nice lunch before hitting the shops.  I still have some gift vouchers leftover from Christmas and I'm pretty pleased with what I came back with. As I've mentioned before River Island is one of my favourite high street shops, and they didn't disappoint this time.  I managed to spend my gift card and come away with a lovely tshirt and some cute socks.



I admit to being a flamingo lover, it's somewhat of an ongoing theme between one of my besties and I to get each other flamingo themed gifts. To cut a long story short, we once went to an 18th birthday party* in flamingo costumes - bright pink feathers and all!

*I should mention it was an animal themed fancy dress party, we didn't just turn up covered in pink feathers! ...Though that would definately have been a talking point!*  

So obviously, I was immediately drawn to the flamingos on this t shirt. They are made out of tiny pink caviar beads, so one for the delicates wash I think! River Island do a good variety of printed tops and this is a nice subtle addition to my growing t shirt collection.

Anyone remember the dinosaur tee I got at River Island last time?! (Read about it here) 



You can get the flamingo tee here

There's always loads of flamingo products all over the high street during summer and we're just starting to see them coming through as we finally start heading into spring/summer. Here are a few I think are pretty cute.







My second purchase was these cute little pug socks. 
I have to say I've never been a sock person... random sentence I know! I've just always had your standard kind of socks, maybe with the occasional spot or strip thrown in! Very boring I know!
But there is such a variety of novelty socks available now it's an easy way to inject a bit of fun into your wardrobe. So the pugs came home with me!


You can get the pug socks here

I've found some other dog themed socks available online that are pretty cute.







So there are some of my latest buys, and I do confess to now being a novelty sock lover!
So I may be adding to the pugs some time soon!

Any great tees or socks you've come across recently? 

Em x

Monday, 2 March 2015

A Sour Cherry Treat

As you have probably guessed by now I love a good piece of kitsch jewellery, necklaces, rings, bracelets,  you name it! So I added to my collection yet again with this brilliant sewing machine necklace by Sour Cherry.



I've been eyeing up this piece for quite a long time but finally decided to buy it after much umming and ahhing over which size and colour to go for. I made the purchase on my lunch break and it arrived exactly 24 hours later! Now that's some great customer service!

The necklace features a sewing machine, scissors & a spool of thread.There are two different sizes and 17 different perspex colours to choose from. In the end I chose to go for the large size in purple perspex.


I love everything about this necklace, I'm picturing it dressed down over jumpers for a day time look, and with a strappy top or dress for something a bit smarter. The only downside is the chain on the large size is quite long, which is fine for wearing over jumpers or a high neck top, but for a vest top like the below photo I've actually put a small knot in either end oft he chain to shorten it slightly. I know this is probably terrible for your jewellery but I do it with quite a few of my pieces with longer chains so they're more versatile.

I have to say Sour Cherry is a great place to shop for jewellery. They have a great selection of quirky jewellery and the service has always been brilliant. This is where my Roar! Dino Necklace came from which I love! (Read about it here)
  

Anyone else shopped at Sour Cherry before? 
Or any other kitsch jewellery retailers you'd recommend?  
I'd love to hear about it :)

Em x

Buy the Sewing Necklace here:

Shop Sour Cherry here