A week of firsts and a trio of Dahlias

My pink sewing journal has recorded a lot of firsts during the early days of January and I am feeling rather pleased!



I went fabric shopping in Brighton for the first time and thanks to Ditto Fabrics I have increased my stash which was paltry compared to others I have seen.  I loved having a jolly good rummage and I can see how addictive it could become.  Anyway, having said in my last post that I thought sewing with denim was a bit of a challenge for me, I DID actually go ahead and buy some which has led to further firsts: sewing with a denim needle and using topstitch thread.  I know this probably seems rather dull to some of the more experienced sewistas but if you are fairly new to the sewing, you will appreciate my trepidation and excitement – hopefully I will be able to blog my denim outfit in due course but here is a taster of my fabric and facing combination – look familiar?!


The doggie fabric is for a shirt which I will wear with black twill Ultimate trousers – once I have made them that is. The polka dot is for a skirt and as for the bird fabric – who knows? It just looked so sweet I couldn’t resist it. Any suggestions for one metre? Whilst in Brighton I also saw this amazing display in All Saints – 200 antique sewing machines: I counted them!


The overlocker has finally been used on a garment – shock, horror.  When did I get it? October maybe? Anyway, I am tinkering about with Tilly’s Megan (sounds rude doesn’t it?) which has been a WIP abandoned from about August. I’m still making slow progress.

I never sleep well the night before the return to school so when I was wide awake at 2am I decided to read some blogs, as you do, and saw this absolutely cracking dress from Dolly Clackett.  I have to admit I shamelessly immediately bought the fabric and pattern – Paypal makes everything too easy – and intend to make one for myself for my niece’s wedding in April.  What do you think?  Stunning.

And lastly, we had another sewing bee at work.  Six of us were supposed to take part but Christmas is a busy time and not every one finished.  Here are three of the Dahlias – without exception we all had problems with excessive fabric at the neckline and had to make significant adjustments.  I do love Liz’s version  – the plaid.


So, lots of things on the go at the moment but nothing quite finished as yet!

Toodle pip,

Clarinda x

7 responses

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  3. The Dahlia’s look gorgeous and such a good example of how a pattern changes with each persons own fabric choice and styling.
    Am in love with your bird fabric, can’t wait ti see what you make with it! 🙂


  4. Ooh, a new fabric shop to add to my list of places to visit. The Dahlias all look great despite neckline dramas, just a shame it doesn’t seem to be the ‘beginners’ make it’s supposed to be.


  5. Hi. thanks for stopping by my blog. Ditto is a fabulous place to buy fabric, I’m always on the lookout for something a little unusual . Nice to meet you and hope to see some of your creations in 2015

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  6. Lovely fabrics! Ditto is one of my fave shops and I must get in there soon for some sewing inspiration! I look forward to seeing your creations. Happy sewing! 🙂


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