#SewApril2017

Hello,

I’m taking part in the #sewapril2017 challenge over on Instagram. If you love anything to do with sewing and clothes design, please go and check it out.

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Cherry Gingham Dress, by Champagne Twist
Cherry Gingham Dress, by Champagne Twist
Clothkits bag and purse set | Champagne Twist - champagnetwist.wordpress.com
Clothkits bag and purse set | Champagne Twist – champagnetwist.wordpress.com

Easter Spring Dress 2017 Sew-along | Champagne Twist


“#EasterSpringDress2017"

Hello folks,

In addition to the #2017MakeNine sewing and knitting challenge, I’ve just signed up for the #EasterSpringDress2017 sew along hosted by Akram of Akram’s Ideas and Judith of Judith Dee’s World.

I already have the bonnet, which I have never worn – long story, will explain one day – the fabric and most of the notions.  When I dig them out from the darkest depths of my fabric stash Indiana Jones style, I will show you.  I have a pattern in mind too, again I will show you in another post shortly.

The deadline is Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017, (I believe the absolute deadline is Tuesday 18th April, but I want to wear my frock on the actual day!) so if you would like to participate you still have time, but maybe start thinking about putting your skates on.

For more information, please head over to judithdeesworld.com and akramsideas.com. Please find below links to Judith’s and Akram’s YouTube channels.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing all your wonderful Easter sewing creations.

Monthly Resolutions – March

Wait! It’s March already? How did that happen?

Well, to be honest, I’m happy that March is finally here, because it means that Spring is officially around the corner. It’s been a long, cold and dull Winter. But now hope Springs anew and we can all start acting on our plans for the season of hope and renewal.

This month is Spring Clean month, which means at CT HQ, there will be a lot of clearing out KonMari style, a lot of decorating Hygge style and tons of fashion and dressmaking, my style!

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I have actually made a start on my life spring cleansing, focusing mainly on my new look blog and social network. But March for me is the official kick off of Spring and all related merriment. So please join me as I stitch, hammer, bake, knit and paint my way through March.

#2017MakeNine – March Update

Hello,

This is an update of my #2017MakeNine challenge.

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fullsizeoutput_9f93Greenery knit set – I am re-doing the hat because I made it far too big for my little head. I tried blocking it, and then shrink washed it, but it didn’t help. I even thought about adding a couple of pleats, but I knew I wouldn’t be happy with the end result, so I spent half an hour in front of the TV and unravelled it.  I shall start the remake as soon as I have completed my current knitting project.

I also plan to decorate my Greenery Knit set with embroidery, and I think I may have found a nice pattern to adapt. Watch this space.

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Protest hat – I managed to get the sizing correct, but ran out of wool. But no fear, I managed to find another ball of yarn in my stash, so this will be next on the list after the Greenery knit set.

 

 

Neptune wrap cardigan – this is not part of the Make 9 project, but is the reason for the delay in the 2 projects above.  I don’t like to have too many projects on the go at the same time, hence I won’t be starting anything else, until these 3 knitting goals have been completed._DSC5427

However, I will take this opportunity to explain my Neptune wrap cardigan, so called because of the beautiful sea greens and blues of the yarn.  A cardigan made of this wool, caught my eye during my visit to the Spring Knitting and Stitching show. I was inspired and nabbed myself a couple of balls – and they are huge.  Lovely to knit, vibrant of colour and a bargain at £5.25 per ball, I initially thought I would make a simple, quick scarf for spring. As the wool features a shade of green close to the Patone colour of the year, Greenery, I figured it would be an affordable way to update my wardrobe.

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Neil the Knit Stall at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show. 

Then I started knitting. And knitting and knitting. My ‘scarf’ grew into the the size of a blanket. Then, somehow, I thought, ‘I have more than enough scarves, I should make a cardigan’. I’ve never knitted a cardigan before, but heck, I’m not going to let a little thing like that stop me. I have knitting needles, courage (or madness, not sure which yet!) and wool. How hard can this be? Famous last words …

It’s taken me about 3 days to knit the back piece, and now I’ve sort of come up with a plan to make the front – a 2 piece affair which I hope will have an wrap over effect and self ties. And maybe some sleeves. Did I mention I was winging this?

I have employed my bamboo stitch skills for all of the back, which took up about 75% of the first ball of wool.  For the front I think I will start with the bamboo stitch at the bottom of the bodice to the mid way point, and then switch to good old stocking stitch. That’s the plan anyway, fingers crossed.

It feels strangely liberating to be free style knitting like this. I love the fact that I am utilising my knitting skills in a slightly different way. I’m looking forward to finishing it, and showcasing the final results in the near future. Keep posted via my Instagram account and fingers crossed, I will be able to model it here on the blog soon.

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February Favourites | Champagne Twist

February was a fun filled, choc-a-block month. And it looks like March with continue the pace. Here is a favourites video, highlighting the events of the 2nd month of 2017 on Champagne Twist.

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The CT Show, new episodes live – The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

Not 1, but 2 new episodes of The CT Show now live on the YouTube channel, featuring The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show. Check them out here!

Village Haberdashery – New Location Report

vh-dummy-2Some afternoons start off a little dreary with grey skies, as did last Wednesday when I made a trip to the new Village Haberdashery site. However, the grey skies were soon banished, to be replaced by a rainbow of fabrics, yarn and flowers.

The Village Haberdashery is a sewing and knitting emporium, newly situated in West Hampstead Square. A very short walking distance from West Hampstead Tube, Rail and Thameslink stations, the store is ideally situated for those who live in and around North London.
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The new shopping estate where the store is located is still a bit of a building site, but it’s easy to find, and if you look suitably lost, a skill I have perfected over the years, a nice group of helpful builders are on hand to provide precise directions should you need them. After climbing a flight of stairs, or if you’re more sensible using the lift, you are greeted by a beautiful retro dressmaker’s
mannequin on the first floor, outside the shop front.

 

Follow the sign, where a magical wonderland awaits.

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A unique, and I think better, use of a wheelbarrow. I wonder if I plant my yarn scraps in the garden, will they grow to be huge balls of wool like these ones?

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After seeing this beautiful dress, I was inspired to purchase some of the fabric. Initially, I thought about making a summer skirt with it, but I’ve changed my mind and will instead make a square necked tunic, to show off the beautiful print. The tunic is part of my #2017MakeNine challenge, so please stay tuned.

If there is any fabric leftover, I hope to make a matching Ghislaine hair tie.

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Les Fleurs Rayon by Rifle Paper Co. – Birch Floral in Periwinkle

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Lots of space for sewing and knitting classes, or for a good cup of tea and a natter. In the background, you can see some of the sewing machines set aside for classes.
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Just look at this marvellous wall of wool. Imagine the wonderful array of knitted goodies you could make with this collection of yarn.

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I have often tried to visit the old location, but it was a bit of a trek and difficult for me to get to, however the new location is more ideally situated. The new store is bright and roomy, yet jammed packed with lots of sewing, knitting and paper crafting goodies.  It is quite easy to spend an entire afternoon browsing and chatting to the owner and members of staff. They are welcoming, helpful and ready to offer their expertise should you need it. A home from home. I’m already looking forward to my next visit and adding to my ever increasing stash.

Have you visited the new Village Haberdashery? What do you think? Please add your comments below.

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The CT Show | Champagne Twist

Hello,

Here is the first episode of the CT Show!

ct-show I finally took the plunge and decided to make a show! Would love to hear your comments :)

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My Great Big Sewing Resolution – Cherry Gingham Dress

Hello,

Have another one for you! I am pleased to introduce to you the Cherry Gingham Dress.

Cherry Gingham Dress, by Champagne Twist
Cherry Gingham Dress, by Champagne Twist

Like the daisy meadow dress, I used the bodice from Simplicity pattern 2444, and self drafted the skirt. Pockets were added in the side seams, and the dress has an invisible zip installed at the back. I have added a red ribbon belt, and finished the arm hole facings with gingham bias binding.

Cherry Gingham Dress, by Champagne Twist
Cherry Gingham Dress, by Champagne Twist

I’m pretty pleased with this dress, the only slight snag, and I’m only saying this because I’m honest, I didn’t match the back skirt seams as well as I should.  I didn’t even notice until I gave it’s final pressing. However, the nature of the pattern means that you have to have pretty sharp eyesight, and be purposely looking for it to notice.  If you can see it, and your name isn’t Bradley Cooper from the A-Team, you’re too darn close!

Details:

  • Fabric: 100% cotton
  • Fabric name: Fruit Basket
  • Print Pattern: Red cherries with green foliage on a black, grey and white, small gingham check background
  • Fabric designer/brand: Robert Kaufman
  • Finishing: Armholes competed with black, grey and white mini gingham check bias binding (purchased)

Currently watching NCIS … again … I know I said I wouldn’t, but it’s either that or another back-to-back rewatch of all the Sherlock episodes … again.  I have to pace my Sherlock rewatches, otherwise I will be climbing the walls by Autumn.

Also, as much as I adore the Simplicity 2444 pattern, I think it’s time for a change.  I fancy making either a pair of trousers, or my first Vogue pattern. Details are on my Instagram account or you can subscribe to my blog to find out more.

What are your sewing plans for the rest of the month?  I would love to hear them, please comment below.

Thanks as ever for reading, see you soon 🙂

 

Ikea fabric shopping and the philosophy of a cup of tea

Hello,

Just a quick little post today about a fabric haul from my Ikea trip.  I purchased 3 pieces of fabric – 1 black solid, 1 white solid and 1 black and white stipe fabric.  And yes there is a theme here 🙂

Sofia fabric, black and white stripe
Sofia fabric, black and white stripe

Photo source: Ikea.com

 

Photo source: Ikea.com

The striped fabric will soon be a self drafted pleated skirt. I’ve been hoping to make this skirt for an age, so I’m glad I finally found the idea fabric with the required wide stripes.  I’m aiming to get this completed by the end of the week, and posted on Saturday-ish. The fabric is a quite heavy cotton, so I’m wondering if I should line it.

The plain white fabric may be used as a top, not quite sure yet. However, the plain black fabric is going to be made into trousers, which I will make to match with my Burberry check top – a UFO which I will finish at the end of this month.

As for other news, I’ve decided to ban all TV until Doctor Who and Sherlock comes back on.  It’s all far too depressing, the UK’s political system is in complete disarray, the US isn’t any better, and quite frankly if I see one more program with initials as a title – i.e. CSI, NCIS, CSI New York, CSI Miami, NCIS New Orleans, JAG, NCIS London … OK that last one may have been made up, but deep down you know it’s coming … I think I will scream. Not that I  hate like these programs, I think they’re great (well NCIS is, the rest are OK-ish), but for goodness sakes, at the rate everyone gets killed in these shows, it’s a wonder there is anyone left in the US. If these shows are in anyway a reflection of the US social demographic, they are in a lot more trouble then they think.  It also explains a lot, sadly.

Society seems to have taken a huge backwards step, maybe we should take recent events as a much needed wake up call.  Many of us perhaps took things as read, and became complacent in our understanding of the workings of the world.  As human beings, we continue to fail to think peace first and foremost. Until we do, people will continue to die because of the colour of their skin, their life preferences and their gender. Our parents and grandparents left the horrible times of war, hatred and destruction, so that we could live in peace and harmony. Let’s not fail them or ourselves and return to those dark times.

So you are probably wondering what the philosophy of tea has to do with fabric or world politics.  Well, I have a notion, a daft one perhaps, but a notion all the same. If people stop to drink a cup of tea, instead of thinking up more brutal ways of killing each other, the world can achieve peace. Think about it, if you are holding a cup of tea in one hand, and a small plate of delicious cakes, pastries and biscuits in the other, generally, they have run out of hands to hold a gun, or push a button.  Hopefully, they would be too busy enjoying each others company, and sticky bun, to even contemplate harming anyone.

Yes, it’s a daft notion, but at times like these, you have to cling onto any hope you can.

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Hope you have a nice, peaceful day. See you soon 🙂