Hello guys! Hope you're having a lovely week thus week. September was a busy ol' month for me and I barely had any time to myself to sew but this October I have a few free weekends that I intend to use catching up on some me time- aka sewing! My main project for this month is sewing up the By Hand London Kim dress which I hope to wear to my friends wedding on the 24th. I have sewn up a full toile and just have a few tweaks to do before I cut into the fancy stuff. We shall see!
I thought I would start a little monthly blog post on the things that I've been loving during that month. Obviously, this being a sewing blog an all, this will be sewing related although I won't rule out something else might creep in from time to time. So, without further ado here are the things I have been loving this month:
Ok so let's just take a minute to marvel in the beauty and engineering of these shears. Stunning, right? Well, I guess only if you're into this kinda thing, which I am, in a BIG way. These steel beauties were a birthday gift from Rob and they're made by Ernest Wright & Son Ltd . 10" of pure loveliness (oh, careful there!) and I honestly couldn't think of a better gift he could have gotten me.
Using them is even more of a pleasure than just looking at them. They cut through fabric like butter and, because of they're size, they make cutting long straight lines an absolute breeze. They have a straight edge on the bottom too which means you can keep the scissors flat on your cutting surface while you work.
The scissors come with quite a price tag but honestly, they are worth every penny if you can afford it.
This isn't anything revolutionary - it's just a magnet inside some plastic but boy, is it helpful! I now don't even have to stop sewing to take pins out and stick them back in the pin cushion, I simply just throw them in it's general direction, barely lifting my foot from the pedal. Easy.
As I say, it's not an exciting purchase but it's a useful thing to have. I still love a pin cushion though.
Oh. My. God. This little hermit crab-like creature is an absolute life saver. Period. I started sewing with knit fabrics a little while ago and gave up. It just wasn't working with my machine. One side would end up longer than the other, I was getting skipped stitches... not fun. Enter this little bad boy and, honestly, life changed.
In case you don't know, a walking foot has some extra feed dogs on top, this combined with the existing feed dogs on your machine, helps feed both pieces of fabric through evenly at the same time. One-side-longer-than-the-other no more!
I was lucky enough to get this foot free with my new sewing machine (which also helped with sewing knits as I can now alter the width and length of my stitch) but I think they are well worth the investment if you enjoy sewing and most importantly wearing knits.
I used to use tracing paper and a tracing wheel to mark my fabric but I found, no matter the brand, it was difficult to see the lines on my fabric. I went back to tailors chalk but boy, does that blunt quickly. Then I found these chalk pens and fell in love!
They have a little wheel at the tip which the chalk comes out of in a nice thin line and it shows up really well on fabric. It's really easy to mark darts with as it makes light work of those straight lines. As it's chalk, it also rubs off fabric easily so no permanent marks. However, you should still test it out first - just in case!
They come in four colours (yellow, white, red and blue) and you can replace the tubes of chalk when they run out.
I bought all four in a set and they weren't cheap (I can't quite remember but I'm thinking they were around the £18 mark) but they are worth it if you struggle with other marking tools.
So technically not a thing, but in September I finally visited the wonderland that is Goldhawk road in London. Fabric shops as far as the eye could see. It was heaven. There's an amazing array of fabric here (in face a slightly overwhelming amount!) and the best bit - it's ridiculously cheap!
It's quite a trip out of central London but if you're in the market for a lot cheap fabric (whilst not necessarily sacrificing on quality) then this is the place for you. And I say it's far out, it's only a tube ride away.
I said above, it can be overwhelming as there is a lot of fabric in each shop. It's piled quite high and sometimes a little precariously but I found (in the shops I visited anyway) that the staff in there are friendly and there to help. They also just cut your fabric there and then - no carrying it to a table, so don't be alarmed.
I would also recommend allocating a fair amount of time for your visit if you can and be prepared to be carrying a lot of fabric on the way home!
You can see what I bought during this trip on my fabric haul post from September.