TAST Week 5 & Scaredy Cats!

Here is my week 5 sampler for the TAST challenge – Herringbone Stitch:

The first sample on the third row (left) is threaded double herringbone stitch, this proved a real challenge! Even with the instructions in front of me I had to rip it out and do it again 4 times!! I just kept getting the the order of which threads were on top and which underneath wrong so when I came to thread with the contrasting thread they wouldn’t lie correctly – I ran out of my purple thread but I was so frustrated by then I just left it.

My guidelines had disappeared before I completed the bottom line and you can really see the difference when attempting to stitch a regular pattern – the regular repeating / flipped / mirrored stitches look much better when accurately spaced.

The tufted stitch at the bottom is created by working 3 layers of closed herringbone stitch in 6 strands of embroidery cotton, one on top of the other. The stitches are then cut through and trimmed – this is known as Victorian Tufting.

I have also added some more stitching to my Zentangle inspired sampler.

Scaredy Cats!

Earlier in the year my daughter found this wonderful Timeless Treasures fabric called Scaredy Cats which she decided she would like made up into a blazer style jacket…………… she has a very unique fashion sense!

From a distance this just looks like a nicely patterned jacket but when up close and you see the wonderful expressions on the faces of the cats it really makes you smile.

I used a covered button and picked out my favourite face: 

I wasn’t sure about this but my daughter liked that it is one cat’s face on another when the jacket is buttoned up!!!

I think she likes it………….


A busy and productive May

F906-12 Butterfly fabric

This beautiful fabric is by Bright Spirit from Lady  Sew and Sew (F906-12), http://www.ladysewandsew.co.uk.

My daughter chose this for me to make a dress for her friend’s birthday.

Isn’t it joyous?



We chose Simplicity 1873_DS_EN_H5_R5.indd1873 view B at a length midway between the long and short version.








Cotton summer dress

The 100% cotton fabric is lovely to work with and the butterfly design makes for a lovely fresh, young summer dress. There is a lot of fabric in the skirt which is very heavily pleated so I decided only to line the bodice. I used a lovely bright fuschia muslin for the lining in order to keep the dress light to wear, I also pre shrunk both fabrics before using.

Unfortunately I couldn’t photograph this on my dress form as it is too small!






In complete contrastBlack Day of the Dead Fabric

This black ‘Day of the Dead’ fabric is from the Ditto fabrics website.


My daughter has a very quirky, individual style that means we can indulge in unusual fabrics like these!



This is a beautiful, fine cotton with a silky feel that I used to make this shirt from Simplicity 2189. 2189_SW_EN_AA_BB.indd

Day of the dead shirt – front

Day of the dead shirt – back












More embroidered pouches

In between these dressmaking projects I’ve been trying out some more embroidered pouches. I like the way that the shape can be varied simply by squaring off the bottom.

Embroidered Butterfly

Embroidered Flower

Embroidered Dragonfly




















Although the nice weather didn’t last long here in Edinburgh it certainly gave my sewing a boost this month. What projects are you working on this season?