I work with Copyright by day and Craft by night ....

Marguerite Designs is now a registered trademark for fashion and homewares.

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I love photography, drawing, painting, working with fabrics/yarn and anything vintage ...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Sew Weekly - It's back!

I've finished my aviation dress (see previous post) but before I can blog about it, I need to spread the news about Sew Weekly.  I would never have considered starting a blog without it - it's where it all began.

In 2011, there was an online weekly challenge to sew around a theme - all started by Mena Trott, who had managed the challenge herself in the previous year.  Alongside her were Debi Fry, Sarah Gabbart, Veronica Darling and Adey Lim who were all sewing along with her around the world on a weekly basis.  You can still see the blog up at http://www.sewweekly.com/  where Loran Watkins is featured on the front page - I found out from her about the re-launch.  Sew Weekly was also open to anyone else to join in and I gave it a go.  I'm glad I did as I made loads of web based friends all over the world and we became a little family of sewists!

In 2012 I sewed along monthly, as I needed to slow the pace a bit ...  but I was so disappointed when it didn't continue into 2013.  Loads of others were missing the fun too - that's exactly what it had become - fun!  Seeing who could come up with something every week was - as my friends over the pond put it, 'Such a blast!'

Anyway, what should pop up this week over on Instagram but ...  Sew Weekly!  You can find it at @sewweekly @sewweeklyyoucandoit @makethislook @shopmakethislook  Mena is at the helm once again and has even filled in the gap about where it disappeared to ... Lots of the original members have re-found each other there.  As well as a weekly (and a monthly) challenge there are prizes and also a shop of antique fabric, patterns and notions.

Looking forward to dipping my toe in here and there this time round.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Skirt's on ...

Well I've got the skirt on now ... that was very straightforward, just a matter of matching up the side seams and the bodice and skirt pleats.  I just made a minor grading alteration to cope with my apple shape and there looks to be plenty of room to fit me in!  It's a short bodice but that is flattering on a shape like mine.

I neatened the join with some matching bias binding which should also give it some extra strength.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sewing Progress ....

I am so enjoying working with this Liberty fabric.  It is beautifully soft and runs through my machine like a dream.  There have been no snags or hold ups.

This description is from the Liberty website: 

Taking its name from Lake Tana in East Africa where the original cotton grew, Tana Lawn cotton is unique. Made from specially selected ultra-fine long staple cotton and finished without the use of crease-resisting chemicals or irritating allergens, the result is a famous masterpiece of fabric technology: fine, cool, comfortable and durable, with brilliant reproduction of colours and prints. 

I've finished the bodice section which was simple enough to construct, with some gathers at the shoulders and sewn down pleats around the waist - no darts.  The shoulder seam extends over from the back piece.  

The skirt is going on next.....

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

On My Sewing Table

Yes, (loud fanfare!)  There is something afoot ....  I am off to an airshow in a couple of weeks time and badly want a dress made out of this fabric which I bought in the Liberty Sale at Christmas.  It's perfect!  I want a shirtdress and although I already have patterns I want to try out the SewOverIt version so that's what I'm going for.

Will be doing updates on progress.  I've already cut out all the pieces (with help from Oscar of course ....).  More posts to come ....

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Some decisions ...

From now on, I've decided that this blog, margueritedesigns, will be dedicated purely to my crafting and sewing activities only. This will include my sewing, knitting and dressmaking.

My surface pattern designs and illustrations will be seen in my professional capacity over at my companion site, www.hudson-sharpe.com

This should then distinguish the two activities clearly and not disappoint any of my sewing, knitting and crafting audience still hanging in after all this time!  Thank you for still being here  😊

And on a more serious note ... this is a photo I took last time I was in my home town of Manchester, the busy bee symbol.  A city still close to my heart and even more so in these troubled times.  It will always stay with me and I don't have words to describe my feelings .... stay safe and strong everyone.


Monday, 22 May 2017

Make It In Design


Another reason for being quiet on the blogging front is that I've been following Make It In Design, Module 2, 'Creating Your Professional Identity'.  I've loved doing this course and am still creating my logo and business stationery for it.  It's made me do a bit of soul searching about where I want to go with my designing ...  It's a fabulous course for helping you get to the nitty gritty of who you really are as an individual.  I've been able to take up where I left off at art school years ago ... it was all about drawing and creating then, which is ok but not so hot for preparing you for the business world! This course and the preceding one 'Designing Your Way' which I took last year are great for this.  I am planning to do the next instalment, Module 3, 'Monetising Your Designs' next year.  In the meantime, I have lots of time to practice, get proficient with Photoshop and organise my portfolios. I'm glad that I've kept all the art I've every done over the years ...  This photobook was created using some of it as well as more recent work. I've learned how to mock up my ideas on to products which really brings the work to life and shows how it can be used commercially.  The company that made the book is Saal Digital. I took advantage of an Instagram offer to create the book and thought it would be a good way of having a go at making a 'Look Book'.  I'm really pleased with the quality of it and wouldn't hesitate to use them again.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Keeping Busy ...

I have been quietly crafting away in the background ... I've ventured into bag making and have entered a competition with one - I'll show it you once the winners are announced - I'm keeping my fingers crossed!  There's also another one underway as my second venture into Product Testing for Minerva, which should be finished after the weekend and you'll be able to see it on their blog soon. I've also made a brave stab at gardening - I take the Botanical Gardens near where I work as my inspiration and have just seen these lovelies on a lunchtime walk ...

I do love having a garden of my own, even though I don't have as much time as I like to tend to it.  It's perfect gardening weather at the moment - sunshine with regular showers - just got the plants in in time!