Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Mini Jersey Kielo Wrap Dress and a Girl Charlee Fabric + Pattern Giveaway

I've ben spending most of the summer enjoying my daughter being at home.  High school has ended. results are imminent and college is coming in September.  Meanwhile, I've been making more Kielo dresses including a shortened version for my daughter's 16th birthday.


The fabric is a another drapey floral kindly sent by Mark at Girl Charlee.  He was kind enough to send me samples first to make sure the drape was right for this style.   She chose Red Pink Roses on black cotton jersey blend which is lightweight with lovely drape.  


I shortened  by working upwards from the hem on the pattern  and using a jersey dress in L's wardrobe that was a favourite length.  I traced a copy off my  size 36/UK 8 pattern for L.  She tried on my jersey Kielo and she needed a narrower  lower back and waist so I reduced these areas along the back centre seam.  The front is unchanged apart from being shorter. 


Otherwise construction was like my first jersey Kielo.  When it came to hemming I let it hang and then evened out the hem whilst L was wearing it.  There's more fabric to contend with as the dress gets narrower as it gets longer but it worked out fine.  This short version used 2 metres of 142cm wide fabric based on a one way print.  If it had been multi directional or plain it could've been 1.75 metres.  Other suitable fabrics in terms of weight/drape were:
These are all florals as that was her preference but there's other options and Mark and the team are happy to advise, they know their stock well!



Now for the GVEAWAY!

Mark has kindly offered the sort of giveaway prize that I would love to win,  a PDF pattern (lots to chose from including Wendy Ward, Named Clothing, Itch to Stitch and many more) and knitted fabric of your choice to make the pattern from Girl Charlee Fabrics UK and Europe.  As the company name suggest, entries are open to UK and Europe.  

To enter, comment below and tell me what you would choose- it's not binding, you can change your mind if you win, I'm just curious! 

For extra entries, share this giveaway on Twitter, or Facebook and add an extra comment for each mentioning where you shared.  That's it, nice and simple.  Competition closes Monday 7am GMT.  I must be able to contact you so check if you are no-reply and include email details if needed.  Good luck!



Monday, 22 August 2016

Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along blocks 95 and 96, Sylvia and Tirzah

Almost complete with the Farmer's Wife 1930s QAL and time for blocks 95 and 96.    Block 95 is Sylvia (p.254, letter p.18)  and Charise  from Charise Creates has written her final guest post for this one.  Here's my version:



Fabric Credits
Kona Corn
Penny Rose Fabrics Hope Chest 2 Floral Blooms
Ayumi Takahashi for Kokka, Kitchen print floral from Lighthearted

Tirzah, Block 96 ( p. 255, letter p.86) looked a little tight or dense from the block photo in the book so I used a pattern rather than a solid colour to break it up a little and added a bit of fussy cutting so it now looks like cats in various playpens.  I didn't know Tirzah as a name so I looked it up and Wiki informed me it is a Hebrew word and meaning, "she is my delight".



Pink floral- gift from a friend

{For both blocks, I link to sponsor shops for fabric bought from them and elsewhere for other fabrics}

The letter is worth a read.  It starts with a familiar description of a less than immaculate house but the reason for a little untidiness goes beyond a desire to sew or even help on the farm.  It's a touching read and a timeless message to enjoy home and family above all else.

Rotary Cutting 
These are for foundation piecing so are cut larger than needed.  
  • Green centre square: cut (1) 2 ¾" square
  • Green rectangles: cut (4) 1 ⅝" x 2 ¾"  rectangles 
  • Green half-square triangles:  cut (8) 2" squares; subcut each square in half along the diagonal to yield 16 HSTs in total
  • Narrow pink rectangles for A1,2,5,7, F1,3, G1,3 : cut (8) 1 ¼" x 2 ¾"  rectangles  
  • Pink rectangles for B4, C4, D4, E4:  cut (4) 1 ⅜" x 4" rectangles 
  • Small pink rectangles for B2, C2, D2, E2 H2, I2, J2, K: cut (8) 1 ⅜" x 2" rectangles

Top Tips for Foundation Piecing this Block
  • Pre cut all pieces
  • Use a water based glue stick e.g. Sewline, to stick the first piece of fabric on each section
  • Chain piece where possible
  • Use an index card or a Dritz seam guide to fold the paper back when trimming excess
  • Nest Seams where possible
  • Press final section seams open
No nine-patch blocks this week.  I need some time to check how many I need and how big the final quilt will be so I'll leave that until the Farmer's Wife 1930s QAL blocks are complete.  Meanwhile, 
Don't forget to share your blocks or leave me a link in the comments so I can see where you are.  I know the QAL is coming to an end but you may be working on a block from earlier on and I'd love to see.
Jo from A Life in Lists returns for the last guest blogger post next Monday.   
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

August at Plush Addict: Sale time, ends Midnight today!

Good timing as I put nine choices together for my sponsor post for Plush Addict this month- there's a sale that ends Midnight today, quick quick!


Links are from left to right, row by row:

  1. Robert Kaufman yarn dyed ⅛" gingham squares in pepper.  Beautiful cotton gingham- woven check not printed.  Also available in brown in this size and a little smaller 1/16" size.
  2. Lori Holt for Riley Blake, Flower Patch text print.  Lovely low volume print, I have this in my stash and it's one of my favourite text backgrounds to combine with bright floral prints. 
  3. Anna Maria Horner for Free spirit,  Hand Drawn Garden Coral Waltz.
  4. Tula Pink for Free Spirit, Floaties and Sinkies.
  5. Papa Kit Make Your Own Dog in Green.  Unbelievable reduction from £19 to £5.  Other kits available including fawn and owls
  6. Carrie Bloomston for Windham, Paint Staggered Stripe.  Described as hot pink but in reality a violet purple and a great quilting print. 
  7. Tana Lawn, Chairs- an absolute bargain for dressmaking!
  8. Heather Ross for Windham, Swimming with Sea Creatures in cream/blue ( also available in pink), there's lots of other Mendocino in the sale too. 
  9. Lotta Jansdotter for Windham,  Follie canvas.  Great for cushions, bags, purses.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Summer linen Kielo Wrap Dress

Kielo wrap dresses have been my go-to garment for the summer.  I've made three for myself and one for my daughter.  I've also had more requests to make these for other people than any other clothing item I've made.  I've made one for my daughter- next on the blog post list, but I don't tend to sew commissions, it's a minefield of pricing and fitting.  


Each Kielo I've made has been from a different fabric.  The first was a rayon blend jersey, the second was woven rayon and now this version is sewn in linen.  Purported to be Ralph Lauren by the seller at Preston market last year, it is a beautiful quality fabric.  It's been sitting waiting for a pattern that will make the most of it's picture print and although cutting out a Kielo dress on a single direction fabric is a little wasteful, it was worth it.


This one definitely looks better loose and with the ties at the back.  The print design is better displayed and the informality suits hot days.  It's still fitted at the shoulders and the rest of the dress flows as I walk  When tied to the front, it looks a little bulky and origami like- almost Kimono style.    I made it in the same way as the woven rayon version, including the jersey binding. 


I was in London last weekend visiting my brother and I took three Kielo's as my wardrobe for the warm weather.  I was even stopped in the street by a stranger wearing this Kielo and I undid the ties to show her how it worked!


Thanks to my bro for taking the pics.  This followed a lovely afternoon spent at St Pauls cathedral followed by a walk by the canal and a walk through London Fields, a beautiful park in Hackney filled with people barbecuing, playing games and enjoying the weather.


Happy days, the peak of late summer, good times.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Farmer's Wife 1930s Quilt Along Blocks 93 and 94, Starlight and Susannah

Moving ever closer to the end goal of 99 blocks in the Farmer's Wife 1930s QAL. and here are blocks 93 and 94.    Starlight, (p.252, letter p.72)  is a straightforward block to foundation piece.



Fabric Credits
Kona Candy Green
Toychest Florals Pink Pressed Flowers
Ayumi Takahashi for Kokka, Kitchen print (blue colour way) from Lighthearted
Lecien blue pinhead dot

I rotary cut the squares, half-square triangles and rectangles for the large green triangles using the dimensions below.  For the outer shapes, I used freezer paper templates to pre-cut the shapes before foundation paper piecing - see here and here for the technique.

Rotary Cutting 
These are for foundation piecing so are cut larger than needed.  Quantities given are for foundation piecing the whole block  but you can try the nine patch and strip piecing method above for some parts of the sections.
  • Blue squares: cut (4) 2 ¼" squares
  • Green square (these will be trimmed to the pointed shape during the piecing process) : cut (4) 2 ¼" squares
  • Centre square: cut (1) 2 ¼" square.  To fussy cut, trim to exact square size plus ¼" seam allowances
  • Half-square triangles : cut (4) 1 ¾" squares; subcut each square in half along the diagonal to yield 8 HSTs in total
  • Green triangles: cut (4) 2 ¼" x 3" rectangles (these will be trimmed to the pointed shape during the piecing process)
Top Tips for Foundation Piecing this Block
  • Pre cut all pieces
  • Use a water based glue stick e.g. Sewline, to stick the first piece of fabric on each section
  • Chain piece where possible
  • Use an index card or a Dritz seam guide to fold the paper back when trimming excess
  • Nest Seams where possible
  • Press section seams to the side
Block 94, Susannah, (p.253, letter p110) is a delight to piece.  It can be foundation pieced or rotary cut- I chose the latter technique for this one.

Violet scattered floral- unknown repro
Blue Grid- gift from a friend

{For both blocks, I link to sponsor shops for fabric bought from them and elsewhere for other fabrics}
This block is so dynamic on point, I really like it!  Fiona from Poppy Makes is guest posting with thoughts on this block and the quilt along, click here to visit. 
I have a further new nine-patch blocks for  my collection.





Charise returns for her final time as a guest blogger next Monday.  See you Monday x 
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

August at Village Haberdashery

As usual, Village Haberdashery has had a tonne of new arrivals this month so I've picked nine of the new fabrics and patterns and I've included some stacks to get the most into my August sponsor selection.

  1. Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed linen with metallic.    This is a lovely fabric which has a little structure and body.  I've got some sample squares from this range and it glimmers!   I thought this might be a little scratch with 10% lurex but no it just feels like linen/cotton blend See all the available colours here.
  2. Mona Luna Wanderlust-  the luxury of an organic cotton lawn collection.  Lawn would be a  good fabric for the Megan Nielsen Sudley pattern.
  3. Megan Nielsen Harper Shorts and Sudley top.  Two of Megan's newer patterns, both come with extra options, a skort with the shorts which are fully lined by the way- nice touch- and would be great with the Essex dyed linen metallic, and the Sudley is also a dress with collar variation.
  4. Bari J for Art Gallery, Joie de Vivre Collection.  A painterly modern floral collection including quilting cotton, canvas and voile- a knit jersey is on the way too
  5. Great British Sewing Bee book 'From Stitch to Style,' by Wendy Gardiner, signed by the very worthy winner, Charlotte Newline!
  6. Magic by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller.  Mermaids, Unicorns and metallics.  Mix of patterns including a stunning border print.
  7. Deer and Doe patterns.  French stylish dressmaking patterns for women- all translated into English- are now available to buy online.   I rather like the Lupin jacket which would be another suitable pattern for the Essex metallic linen and I would line it too.
  8. Mona Luna Wanderlust Lawn- Sky.  Gorgeous abstract water colour style print on cotton lawn.
  9. Chloe's Closet for Moda, Sew and Sew. Beautiful nostalgic florals on quilting cotton. Doopsey Daisy in Orange Fizz and Garden in Orange Fizz with Whip Cream, great names.



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Monday, 8 August 2016

Farmer's Wife 1930s Quilt Along Blocks 91 and 92 Sarah and Sonnie

Time for blocks 92 and 93, Sarah and Sonnie in the Farmer's Wife 1930s QAL.  I've had sore hands this week so I've been looking for shortcuts and for Sarah (p.250, letter p.78) I rotary pieced the whole block rather than foundation paper piecing.  If you want any help calculating flying geese or with different half-square triangle methods, you can refer to my Making a Quilt series for Sewing Directory.   Justine returns for her last guest post and you can read her thoughts on this block, and the quilt along here.



Fabric Credits
Kona Citrus
Riley Blake Fancy and Fabulous, Breath in mint
Heather Ross for Windham, Tiger Lily Roses in Blush


I managed to rotary piece part of the next block, Sonnie, (p.251, letter p139) whilst foundation piecing the rest, details below.   There is a brief letter for this block but a sweet one none these, the expression "her sands have run" about the woman's mother  having died is so evocative.

Fabric Credits
Riley Blake Ardently Austen (the white/black colour way is sold out)
Lori Holt for Riley Blake Flower Patch, Flower Berries in Orange 
Green daisy dotty- gift from a friend

{For both blocks, I link to sponsor shops for fabric bought from them and elsewhere for other fabrics}

Strip piecing
It is possible to  make the centre square of this block as a mini nine-patch.  I measured the squares from the foundation pattern piecing; they are not a regular measurement I had to cut scant but it worked.  I did the same for the rectangle blocks, you do need to be quite precise but it worked well for me.

Rotary Cutting 
These are for foundation piecing so are cut larger than needed.  Quantities given are for foundation piecing the whole block  but you can try the nine patch and strip piecing method above for some parts of the sections.
  • Mint Small half-square triangles (block corners) : cut (2) 2 ⅛" squares, subcut each square in half diagonally to yield 4 HSTs
  • Mint large quarter-square triangles (block corners) : cut (3) 3 ½" squares, subcut each square along both diagonals to yield 12 QSTs in total
  • Mint small squares: cut (4) 1 ⅛" squares
  • Mint rectangles: cut (4) 1 ⅛"  x 2 ⅛" rectangles
  • Orange large quarter-square triangles (block corners) : cut (1) 3 ½" squares, subcut each square along both diagonals to yield 4 QSTs in total
  • Orange large squares: cut (4) 2 ⅛" squares
  • Orange small squares: cut (1) 1 ⅛" squares
  • White small squares: cut (4) 1 ⅛" squares
  • White rectangles: cut (8) 1 ⅛"  x 2 ⅛" rectangles
Top Tips for Foundation Piecing this Block
  • Pre cut all pieces
  • Use a water based glue stick e.g. Sewline, to stick the first piece of fabric on each section
  • Chain piece where possible
  • Use an index card or a Dritz seam guide to fold the paper back when trimming excess
Here are two new nine-patch blocks for  my collection,  I'm making an equal number of each gingham colour  so I was balancing out the jade/turquoise this week.  There are 24  in total and I'll start working out how many I need for the quilt I have planned in my head.


  • You can share your farmer's wife quilt blocks with the hashtags #fw1930sqal and for these blocks either #Sarahblock or #Sonnieblock as well as #fw91Sarah, #fw92Sonnie
  • If you want me to take a look at your blocks, tag me on Instagram, I'm @verykerryberry or comment here and paste in a link to your blog
  • There's a Flickr group you can add to here.  All my Farmer's Wife 1930s blocks can be seen in this album and my 9-patch blocks in this album. 
Fiona is back for the final time as a guest blogger next Monday.  See you again next Monday x 
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