Monday, 27 February 2012

50s style skirt workshop with "Make me a dress"

Sunday 19th February was Millie Moon's first workshop with local Dress designer of 'Make me a dress' Alexandra King. This dress by Alexandra is an example of her beautiful work in one of the fabulous fabrics by Martha Negley, that we stock at Millie Moon.

50's style skirts was the make of the day. 

After deliberating with the fabric choices, all the ladies finally chose fabulous Michael Miller prints. Alexandra set about the demonstration and made it all look so simple.
Alexandra at the machine
Adding the contrasting bias binding

Then it was the turn of the ladies to have a go. Using 2 metres of 44" fabric and no pattern, the ladies cut out their skirt and quickly began sewing.  They all actually found out it was as simple as Alexandra had made it. The no pattern skirt had pockets, bias binding and a zip. So many skills learnt and applied in such a short space of time.
Emma and Amanda concentrate on the binding  
    Pleating the waistband

The 3 hours flew by and there were 4 beautiful 50's style skirts perfect for dancing the night away!

putting in the zip    
  Lucy in her cherry print skirt

Alexandra has put the DIY Tutorial for the skirt making workshop onto her blog for you all to have a go

More workshops with Alexandra "makemeadress' coming soon to  Millie Moon

Friday, 24 February 2012

Just take a look at our fab new patterns in store by 'Charlie's Aunt'; vintage inspired bag patterns created by Emma Brennan. All packs include to-scale patterns and instructions with easy to follow diagrams.

Poacher's Bag - inspired by British Country life in the 1940's.
Gershwin and Ellington Clutch Bag - inspired by 1930's style clutch.
Home Guard Clutch Bag - inspired by 1940's wartime envelop clutch bags with added miltary styling.
Melford Messager Bag - inspired by the 1940's ARP warden bag.

I have my eye on the Poarcher's Bag.........with all my projects maybe I will treat myself and save this sewing project for a raining day.

If you would like to get your hands on these gorgeous patterns do pop into store or call us on (01373 464650) and we can hold one by for you.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Freemotion Embroidery............

Another day at Millie Moon Sewing School and sharing the work produced at a Beginners Freemotion Embroidery class. I must say Im ever so impressed with the talent of all you creative folk out there, just look at what was made by Kelly Lewis, Carol Paniccia, Patricia Mettica and Jess Hyde.

Friday, 17 February 2012

New Riley Blake in store.....

Just look at the gorgeous Riley Blake fabrics 'Fly a Kite' that have just arrived in store. I was so excited I just had to share. Perfect to cheer up a nursery or a patchwork quilt, I can also see them as funky stool covers....aaah the possiblities are endless.

Lets take a closer look......

New Michael Miller fabrics have also popped into both shops. You ought to see them, they are quirky and fun, and they would add character to any project. Perfect for the 50's Skirt workshop with Alexandra 'Make me a dress" in the Wells shop on Sunday 19th February. I have already decided on the cherries for mine. The bar-b-que print will be perfect for those fathers day aprons.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Knicker making workshop with Flo Jo Fancy Pants

Sunday 5th February and the snow fell in Somerset, however nothing stopped 3 of our lovely ladies from making their way to the first Knicker making workshop at the Wells shop. Erica from  "Flo Jo Fancy Pants" travelled from Bristol to teach our group how to make their own beautiful knickers.

They all picked their fabric from Millie Moon, to match with the beautiful trims that Erica had brought with her. Elasticated lace trims in every colour were pulled from her bag. Girlie Tanya Whelan Rosie dot Pink, Retro blue stripes and Colourful Kaffe Fassett, all very different fabrics to match the ladies different personalities. Ruth, Sue and Patricia worked very hard only stopping to drink tea and eat Homemade carrot cake muffins. 

All ladies were very happy with their finished knickers, beautiful cottons, lace, ribbons and bows. A very girlie morning.  The next Knicker workshop is in the Frome shop on Saturday 24th March. The kits are available to buy in both shops.

A big thank you to Erica and Flo Jo Fancy Pants for a lovely morning. 

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Yummy projects by Angie Somerville

Hello its Angela here,

Well this week I bumped into Angie Sommerville (a familiar face to the Millie Moon team) and whilst having a good natter Angie showed me some pictures of the projects she had been up to. I was so impressed I had to share with all.

The cushion is a dresden plate design that Angie has taken from a Cath Kidston book. She has made it into a cushion rather than a bag which is featured in the book. Its so lovely, I want one. The quilt Angie has produced ( so so beautiful ) will most definitely keep her toasty over this February freeze; has been made using stash fabrics from Angie's ever increasing selection of Millie Moon fabrics and left overs from the quilting course that she did with Caroline. Don't know about you but definitely makes me want to make a quilt, very inspiring, thank you Angie.

Come visit us in store to show off your projects, the Millie Moon team love to nosey over whats keeping you creative and smiling.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Sewing Club reminder

Just a short post to remind you all that it will be Sewing Club at the Frome branch of Millie Moon on Tuesday (7th February) evening from 6 to 8. Bring something to work on, or pick up supplies on the night!
Hope to see you there.