• Happy New Year!

  • So here we are, with 2016 almost upon us! Crazy times.

    In all honesty, I am happy to see the back of 2015.  Not for bad reasons – mainly because I feel totally out of steam with all of the madness of work, having a big birthday (inc party, obvs), Christmastime and managing to move house! Pheeeeeewwwwey.

    Now I feel as though I can get back to normality a little bit… piece by piece.

    I am very lucky to have my very own sewing room in my new home, which still needs sorting out. But it does mean that I should be up and running with my Janome in no time at all.  Can’t wait!

    This is also the 1 year anniversary of starting The Gingerthread Girl blog.  I’ve absolutely loved blogging my makes this year – and raring to get going on projects for 2016 – many ideas! And I have some very exciting changes coming to the blog very soon too.  I really cannot wait to show everyone! So watch this space.

    Anyway, here are a few snaps to roundup my 2015 which I thought you might like to have a nosey at.

    About me

    The Gingerthread Girl was born at the start of 2015

    Such a highlight for me - meeting winner of the last GBSB, Matt Chapple

    Bettine

    One of my favourite makes this year - a Tilly & The Buttons Bettine

    Halloween face paint

    Halloween face

    I had a little 30th birthday - celebrated at The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

    Birthday gift - my new Janome

    Birthday gift - my new Janome

    And finally... the new house was finished!

    And finally... the new house was finished!

    Here’s to a very fun and special 2016 everyone!

    Jen x

     

  • COMPETITION TIME! Win tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate

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    Those readers who follow my posts will most definitely know what an absolute blast I had at The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in October. If you didn’t see, then check out my post-show rundown here. It involved meeting several very wonderful people in the sewing world, and some gorgeous fabric buys (obvs)!

    Now I am absolutely buzzing with excitement to be able to run this competition.  I am giving away 3 pairs of tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate!

    The show takes place 26th-29th November* at Harrogate International Centre.  See the show’s website for more info.

    To be in with a chance of winning, enter here!  

    The competition ends at midnight on Wednesday 18th November. Winners to be announced on Thursday 19th November. Good luck!!

    *Winning tickets allow entry on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Sunday 29th November only. They are not valid for entry on Saturday 28th November.

  • My very first jersey garment - A tie-dye Agnes top

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    Evening lovelies! So I have been facing a bit of a struggle over the past week or so – it’s been a real struggle to find any sewing time. This is all to be blamed on celebrations for my 30th birthday!

    I had the most amazing time though – and have crammed so much in. Much shopping, eating and drinking… I know, such a chore!

    Anyway, as of next week I am back on the sewing – and healthy eating for that matter…

    So I’ve had this top to blog for a while now. This was a really exciting piece to stitch up. Why you ask? Well, because this was my first ever venture into using jersey! And I think it all went pretty well 🙂

    This is a Tilly & the Buttons Agnes top made with a gorgeous viscose jersey from Backstitch.

    The pattern itself was another PDF, which I’m quite getting into using… perhaps even more so than paper patterns. I love Tilly’s patterns – they are always very clear and straightforward to use. And the fit of this was perfect!  I opted for the simple plain version.

    The fabric was a bit of a tricky one to sew – even just based on the randomness of the pattern. It has a tie-dye effect to the pattern, which runs in lines up and down the fabric, but not straight or even. I spent ages umming and erring over where to cut the top out. In the end I tried to find the most uniform secion that I could and kind of thought, oh well, it will be cool if it looks random!

    My first experience with sewing jersey was surprisingly pain and swear-word free. I already had a walking foot for my sewing machine, so I made use of that. And I am also lucky to have shared use of my mother-in-law’s overlocker too. I prepped myself before starting to sew the jersey by watching a couple of YouTube videos as well as reading lots of top tips. One thing that really helped was just making sure that the fabric wasn’t draped off of the sewing machine while sewing. I kept it all together and tried to keep any pulling around to an absolute minimum. And I think that using the walking foot really helped too, rather than a normal zigzag foot.

    I’m really pleased with the finished piece. I think it looks a little bit grungey, but with a lovely feminine fit. And I felt so proud for using jersey for the first time! High five to that.

    Have a lovely week ahead everyone.

    xxx

    Pattern: Agnes top by Tilly & the Buttons

    Fabric: Backstitch

    Size made: 2

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