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DIY Corduroy Skirt

Sunday, 19 April 2015

I wanted to share a little post with you all about my sewing journey! I've been wanting to learn how to sew (properly) pretty much my whole life, but in classic Kendall style only ever got around to learning the basics by teaching myself. So when my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year, I thought I would ask for something that I would really benefit from. They were generous enough to have me enrolled on a 6 week sewing course at 'The Bowery', which is a gallery and creative space around the corner from my house in Leeds. The classes are small (we have around 8 people in ours) and you work on certain projects depending on what your skill level is. Because I had sewing machine experience and knew some simple techniques, they suggested that I started on a skirt. And what you see in my photos is what it turned out like! I went for a mustard yellow cord a-line mini skirt, which I am really happy with.

By making the skirt I learnt how to cut a pattern and alter it to fit me perfectly, sew in a zip, and add in a facing. I am now moving on to a denim smock dress project. I got some amazing paisley material for my lining, so I can't wait to get started. If any of you are considering starting a sewing course, I would highly recommend it. If you live in Leeds definitely check out The Bowery and see what they have on offer, they do loads of different things from illustration to upholstery.

Has anyone else done a sewing course before? What project would you recommend I do next?

How To Knit Socks

Monday, 13 April 2015

Today I wanted to share with you all a little project I've been working on over the past few months. I have always loved to knit, but I have always been very ambitious with my projects (considering that I taught myself, and actually know nothing about knitting!). However, I really wanted to knit my boyfriend a pair of socks for Christmas, so I set about buying the gear and brushing up on my needle skills. I started knitting 3 weeks before Christmas (I mean, come on! How long can knitting two tiny socks take?). It turns out, a long time. He finally got a completed pair in February! My first sock was a bit shabby, but I was really happy with the second one. So I am currently in the throws of knitting a third one for the collection, to compensate for the tatty first sock. Below I've listed some tips if you are thinking of knitting yourself a pair. 

Things to consider when knitting your first pair of socks:

First, you need to decide if you want to knit on circular needles or on double pointed. These are your main two techniques when knitting in the round. I chose knitting on circular needles (also known as magic loop). I've knitted a hat on circulars before, so I thought it might be easier for me.

When you've decided, you need to find a pattern. I got my pattern from my local knitting shop, it was the 'Simple Sock' pattern by Viridian Yarn.

Now the fun bit! Picking your wool! Sock wool is very thin and different to your normal knitting wool, so make sure to ask if you're unsure. 

Give yourself a lot of time! They are fiddly little buggers and they take a lot of concentration, so make sure you have plenty of time to work through the pattern. 

They are actually not too difficult to knit, so don't be put off. I consider myself an amateur knitter, so if I can do it, so can you! Turning the heel is the tricky bit, but I just watched loads of youtube videos about how to do it and they turned out just fine.

I really enjoyed knitting my socks and I think they are a great little gift. Because they are so small they are really handy to transport too. They are a perfect little project for the train. 
What do you think? Have any of you knitted socks before? 

Let me know!
Kendall x

p.s. have you noticed our fancy new photography? We've got a new guy behind the lens :)  

Fabric Shopping And A Little Hello (again!)

Friday, 10 April 2015

Guys! It has been so long. Too long really! 

Some of you may have noticed our absence from the blogging world over the past 6 months, this is due to life and work getting in the way (you know how it goes!). However, we are back and it's great to see you again :)  I'm hoping to be posting some more sewing posts up soon, I recently started a sewing course and wanted to share some things that I have been working on with you. I have also recently been trying to make a house a home (it is very beige) since moving back up north so expect to see lots of home interior DIYs up soon too!

Since starting my sewing course I seem to be spending more and more time in my local markets and haberdasheries on my days off. If any of you ever visit Leeds, Kirkgate Market is an absolute must. It is full of loads of fabric stalls and sewing shops, manned by people who know what they are talking about and who are always happy to help. One of my absolute favourite stalls is B&M Fabrics. They have so much choice, from oil cloth to faux fur, they've got it all.  I'm currently working on two projects, which I hope to share with you soon. The first is a mustard corduroy mini skirt (a la Urban Outfitters) which is my first project using a proper altered sewing pattern and the second project is a denim smock dress with paisley lining. I have seen SO many denim dresses around at the minute and I thought it would be great if I could make my own. I'll let you know how it goes.

Anyway, it is great to be back and you will hopefully be hearing a lot more from me very soon!
Kendall x