Things to do in 'airplane mode'

Things to do in ‘airplane mode’

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With the start of summer basically here, it’s time to start getting excited and orgnaised for your trip away. Whether it’s a plane journey away to somewhere abroad or maybe it’s a 5 hour long train journey to visit family elsewhere in the UK, either way you are going to have plenty of time to kill when travelling (unless you pulled the short straw and need to drive of course)!

Here is a quick blog post on various ideas to keep you busy and productive. These will come in handy not only while on route to your holiday destination, but if you are anything like me and can’t sit still to sun bathe or at the beach, these ideas will certainly keep you occupied… and off your mobile phone!


FAKE NEWS!

Before we start, let me clear up some myths when it comes to being crafty on flights and what is allowed in your hand luggage! Having been on a 13 hour flight to Thailand in February this year, I can confirm the following is totally fine to be on board a flight - (Hey, don’t just take it from me! You can find out more on the GOV website too)

OK TO FLY LIST:

  • Small scissors (with blades no longer than 6cm)

  • Nail clippers - If you don’t have small enough scissors, nail clippers do the job in desperate times when it comes to cutting embroidery threads!

  • Knitting needles

  • Crochet Hooks

  • Sewing needle


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I have only recently started learning how to crochet and knit thanks to our amazing tutor Beth! So for me personally before now, I found hand embroidery the best thing to keep me occupied outdoors and while travelling, also because hand embroidery isn’t as bulky as carrying around various balls of wool!

Although with that being said, I felt that doing hand embroidery on a 13 hour flight did start to make my eyes go a bit crossed eyes so it was nice to then be able to sit and continuously knit rows and rows of what I am now claiming to be a very long scarf!

I also found being crafty on holiday helped my tan - yes you heard correctly! As I mentioned, I am useless when it comes to sunbathing or relaxing on the beach, I get bored so easily and need to be kept busy, so between reading a book and finishing off the hand embroidery kit I started at the airport I would I was a slightly darker shade of white!

So whether it’s one of our embroidery kits, knitting, crochet, weaving or more - make sure you are staying crafty this summer.

Ok maybe this one isn’t exactly something you can do while in ‘airplane mode’. but it is still a handy thing to mention for any of you luck lot that maybe have holiday homes or going away for a couple of weeks but don’t want to leave your sewing machine behind! This 100% fits in hand luggage as our very own Jenny took one to Glasgow airport to test it out for herself.

https://www.sewconfident.co.uk/sewing-machines/elna-sewingmachine-carrycase-red

An Introduction to Our Theme for May

I’m sure you are sick of everyone saying it already but…

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT IS MAY ALREADY?

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We hope you enjoyed last months Capsule wardrobe theme and the blog posts that came with it but with a new month comes a new Sew Confident theme. This month it is all about HOLIDAYS! Whether you are jetting off abroad, enjoying the beauty of Scotland or just catching some sun-rays in your back garden, we will all be looking forward to the summer months.

Just because the sun is shining and the factor 50 is out, doesn’t mean it’s time to put the sewing, knitting or crafts away. If anything, now is the perfect time to get started on your Autumn wardrobe, get knitting that scarf or learn a new skill such as crochet.

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Why is now the best time? I know soon as the temperature is above 10* and the whole of Scotland is in ‘taps aff’ mode the last thing people think about doing is sitting in and sewing… but If like me you don’t have the patience for sunbathing and need something to keep you busy, a hobby such as hand embroidery or crochet not only keeps you occupied but it makes you feel like you are also being productive - all while still outside enjoying the summer weather. They are also great to help pass the time when travelling, whether it’s long flights or car journeys.

For those of us from ‘Sunny’ Scotland, now isn’t the time to put your sewing machines away. A 3 day summer means there is still plenty of time for us to get sewing and adding key summer pieces to our ‘me-made’ #scCapsuleWardrobe . Whether is is a bikini, pair of shorts or the perfect summer dress, what better compliment than to have strangers ask on holiday, while you are chilling with a Pina Colada, “Where did you get that dress from!?”

Keep your eyes peeled for our next blog post where we will introduce you to this months hashtag, story behind this theme and of course, our competition!


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SUMMER IS COMING...slowly. - PS, FREE PATTERNS

There may still be some slushy snow on the ground but my head is already thinking ahead to Summer and booking as many holidays as my small bank balance can afford!

When it comes to holiday there is nothing more annoying than turning up at ocean beach in Ibiza (or even your hotel pool in Benidorm) wearing the same swimwear as everyone else. Maybe it is just me, but I would much rather be tanning myself up in a unique fun bikini than comparing myself to 4 different girls all in the same Primark 2-piece as me.

Sure there is a lot of online independent designers making more unique swimwear but at AT LEAST £40 a pop, it is money I would much rather be putting towards on a first class flight out of here (ok maybe a £9.99 Ryanair flight...)

Lucky for those who are still with me on this fashion faux pas, I have found 4 FREE, YES FREE!, swimwear patterns to make your own .

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When it comes to making swimwear it is important to consider the following: 

  • How do you make a swimsuit?
  • What fabric do you need to buy to make swimwear?
  • Where can you buy swimwear fabric?
  • Where to source hardware?
  • Sanitary requirements for swimsuits?
  • Where to buy hygienic liners?
  • Standard swimsuit sizing?

Modern swimwear is sewn with knit fabrics. Most readily available fabric that’s labeled as “swimsuit fabric” is a combination of nylon and spandex: The nylon is lightweight, easy to care for and dries quickly. The spandex gives it stretch and allows for a figure-hugging fit. Most swimwear fabrics are 80 to 90 percent nylon and 10 to 20 percent spandex.

This type of knit fabric is woven to create a four-way stretch, which means the fabric will stretch about 60 to 70 percent in either direction. Be sure to check for adequate stretch in your fabric. Plus, if your fabric has a print or pattern, see what happens to the pattern when stretched, so that the print looks good all over your finished swimsuit.

When shopping for swimsuit fabrics, check the section labeled “dance wear” or “exercise wear.” This is usually where you’ll find nylon-spandex blends along with various linings. Whichever fabric you choose for your, swimsuit make sure you carefully choose the other components like elastics, thread and lining. Swimsuit elastics are available and have resistance to the degradation of pool chemicals and sunshine. If lining your swimwear, choose one which has similar properties of stretch and fiber content as your main fabric. 

OK! ENOUGH OF THE BORING (but important) INFORMATION, HERE ARE THE FREE PATTERNS:

1. Free Bikini Triangle Top Pattern - How to make it in 8 easy steps -
http://www.sirenapatterns.com/blog/2016/7/11/diy-bikini-triangle-top

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2. Ruched 2 piece Bikini from Sew Mama Sew- http://www.sewmamasew.com/2011/05/summer-sewing-free-swimsuit-pattern-tutorial/

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3.  Free pattern and tutorial: triangle bikini from Pattydoo

 https://www.pattydoo.de/en/blog/2015/07/free-pattern-and-tutorial-triangle-bikini

4. Small collection of basic swimsuit blocks from ralphpink.

https://www.ralphpink.com/free-swimwear-sewing-patterns/

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Lots of love, Colette x