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Top 5 Goals for 2017

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This one overlaps with my 2017 nine makes post but that does allow me to add five more things to my wish list.

1. A fitted jacket
I’ve added the Jackie o jacket to my list but I quite fancy the grainline Morris jacket.

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2. Underwear
I have bought very little RTW items this week but underwear escaped this rule. I have found a few bra designs I like the idea of and have the advantage of not being very busty.

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3. Jeans
I have been watching more and more of the blogging community whipping up jeans and I’ve yet to be brave enough to take he plunge. I like the idea of ginger jeans but also the jeans that come in the sew over it e book.

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4. Selfless shirt
This is double edged; firstly considering a project that won’t be quick and needs to be executed week for the recipient to consider wearing it; and secondly the recipient not being me…..I can do this!!

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5. Trendier kids clothes
Our 10 year old daughter went to a disco the other day and really struggled to find something to wear. She likes to be different and didn’t want to wear black like all her friends but then everything else was leggings and t shirts! I need to search for more Indi girl’s patterns that keeps her my little girl but trendy for her mates. Plus find some nicer boys patterns.

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2017 Make nine

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Rochelle on instagram has set a challenge again this year to pick nine patterns that you want to make in 2017.

These are my nine:
1. Sew over it Ultimate trousers
2. Simple sew ‘Jackie o’ jacket
3. Butterick B6164 view a

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These are all to make me focus on the fit of my makes;

I have made one pair of ultimate trousers but want to improve my fit and play around with waist band ideas etc. I can see a few more of these in my wardrobe next year.

I have fabric en route from an online fabric shop in pink houndstooth to make the Jackie o jacket up, this could be my January entry to the monthly stitch!

The butterick pattern has been in my stash for a long time but not got round to it. I think because it looks like it needs and thought and effort to achieve a good fit and won’t be fine in a few hours. I like the green polka dot from the packet so might cost this idea.

4. Named Saunio cardigan and sew house seven toaster jumper.
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I have included these together as they are part of the sew my style challenge during 2017. I have already made the toaster sweater #1 and love it, and have fabric for the cardigan.

5. New look 6769 coat
6. Great British sewing bee palazzo trousers
7. Butterick b6057 swimsuit
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I know it has taken me a year to finish my duffle coat but I already have this new look vintage pattern for a spring/autumn coat in my sights. I love both the colours shown in the package and have seen since lovely Melton wool fabric on the sew over it website.

The palazzo trousers caught my eye after watching a vlog from sew over it when she reviewed the book and made this up in a bright but deep blue crepe. I have found a similar fabric in my local fabric shop and think these would be practical for work.

The swimsuit pattern has been in my stash for too long as well. I keep buying all in one costumes and struggle to find one that fits properly so finally conceded that I need to make myself one, just need to source all the fabric and notions.

8. Colette negroni shirt
9. GBSB t shirt
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I have added these two as I need to get past my selfish sewing (and if I make hubby a few outfits it buys me some brownie points for more fabric shopping).
I have seen a few of the GBSB t shirt made up and its seems to offer a good fit so hopefully he will actually wear it if I make it up. Plus this would be an evening work so really rewarding.

The negroni shirt is yet to be in my possession but we both like the design and I just need to find somewhere in the UK I can buy it from. I am thinking of making it up in brushed cotton like in the photo.

What are your 2017 make nine?

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Top 5 Reflections

Happy Christmas everyone, I hope you have a great and blessed time with family and friends. We certainly have after spending four days at my parents home…..think they are currently enjoying the peace and quiet without the kids and five dogs running around!

I thought I should finish my top five for 2016; reflections on the last year.

1. I am a selfish sewer and do not like sewing for other people.
I have made a few things for other people this year and I have to put my hand up and admit I never enjoy the process for these as much as the ones for me!! Sewing is my stress relief; after a busy day at work and getting the kids feed and into bed, sitting down to sew something for me is my reward. If the recipient doesn’t like the finished item or doesn’t wear it as often as I’d like I get a little frustrated.

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2. I prefer quicker sewing projects (think an evening work rather than a week’s effort)
This is purely a time issue I think. I only have one or two hours to myself in an evening after work, dinner, kids bedtime, driving kids to this club and that club……it’s normally 8.30-9pm before I can do something I want to do. Therefore I always want to find something that I can run up in that time, cue t shirts on my overlocker.

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3. I need to focus more on the fit of clothing and be more prepared to make adjustments.
I know that in 2017 I need to challenge myself to make more fitted outfits and make more effort to adjust the sewn item rather than thinking it will do once it reaches wearable status.
I have adjusted a few items this year to get a better fit, including my cascade duffle coat and ultimate trousers but need to do this more and not avoid outfits that I know will need this level of detail.
I think I might actually have to make a few toiles in 2017!!

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4. I have developed a real love for jersey and stretch fabrics.
This links to number 2 and 3 = quick makes without the need to worry about fit. Plus they made really comfortable daily wear items.

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5. I need to be more prepared and stop rushing projects.
This has become more paramount at this festive period when I had plans to make outfits back in the summer for Christmas party season but ended up finding sewing on the evening I was going out (twice!).
This gold sparkly top was being hemmed on the way to the hotel and due to the the last minute planning I had to buy a RTW skirt that evening as I didn’t like the lace one I had made in the photo.

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Sew House Seven Toaster jumper #1

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I have signed up to the Sew My Style challenge and purchased two of the first three patterns; sew house seven toaster jumper and named saunio cardigan.

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The toaster jumper is the January challenge so I thought I would make a practice version in December to check fit and I love the finished article.

I made this one up in fabric land scuba in navy blue with bright coloured stars on. It feels soft on the outside and fleece lined inside so really warm.
It was a quick make with only 8 pieces: front, back, two sleeves, two cuffs, a neck piece and a hem piece. I made the whole jumper on my overlocker so really neat inside as well.

The pattern tells you to use twin needles to stitch either side of each seam. I did this on the raglan shoulder seams in contrasting red thread but I think my needle was not sharp enough and it kept skipping stitches. This was a pig to unpick on this fabric and I had to finish the job using a single needle trying to keep my lines equally apart, hence why I quit at the shoulders.

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Sewing hygge

Quick post to share this article, I love the ideas in this blog article …. lots of inspiration for 2017 sewing.

https://thefoldline.com/2016/12/10/sewing-hygge-style/

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Top 5 Non-Sewing Highlights

The next instalment on the top five list from crafting the rainbow is titled
“Top 5 Non-Sewing Highlights (What did you do this year besides sew? These could be big or small accomplishments – anything from “run a marathon” to “get new glasses”!)”.

This has challenged me a bit as apart from family and work,  I don’t do much else apart from sew!!

I found five things which are not in any particular order (although some are clearly bigger than others):

Dyed my hair pink!!
Finally took some better photos of my hair. I’m a little obsessed with the colour pink and it mystified me why I didn’t have pink hair when I was much younger.  Now is finally the time and I love it!
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Bought and wrapped all the presents for christmas by the 1st December.
This is a bit of a timely one being a week from Christmas but I am feeling rather smug that I don’t have to go anywhere near the shops this weekend!

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Bought less then 10 RTW items
I set myself a challenge in January not to buy any shop bought clothing to push myself to sew more for day to day wear. I have only bought a couple of cardigans,  some jeans, a last minute Christmas party skirt, a swimsuit, a fleecy top and some pj’s.
This clearly gives me a list of items to make in the coming year.  The fleece jumper and cardigans are covered in the sew my Style challenge and I already have a swimsuit pattern in my stash.

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Given up sugar
This is a pretty big one…. Last January we took the plunge and the whole family gave up refined cane sugar.  The decision was based on trying to calm our overactive 8 year old son down and the impact has been significant.
His teacher reports that September 2015 he was unable to physically sit still at school but this year he was like a different child. He is now a competent reader and doing so much better in school, there is still a long way to go but his behaviour is far more manageable.  Our daughter is also calmer and less volatile and my husband is far more tolerant so overall I have a much happier household.
I don’t think I notice a lot of difference but have lost 14lb through not eating cakes and sweets!!

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Got a second dog
Not sure if this counts as we got him a week before Christmas last year but only fostered from waggytails rescue then and decided to keep him this year! So we now have two large lurchers fighting for space on the sofa.

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Thanks for reading x

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Top 5 Misses of 2016

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Number five
Tilly and the buttons coco top

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This has been included due to poor size judgement!! I finished this top to a good standard with matching stripes and the softest fabric ever……and then it didn’t fit! I have since worked out that the marker I was following on my overlocker was more than 1.5 cm!!

Number four
Simple sew pussy bow blouse

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This was a terrible fit on me, I had to insert pleats at the shoulders to raise the darts up but the bust was still in the wrong place. The neckline then still wouldn’t sit right. I have worn it a few times out of principle but it has gone to the charity shop now.

Number three
Sew over it silk cami top

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I have since cracked this pattern and made a successful one which is yet to be blogged. I made a satin version which was far too tight so having cut out the original paper piece (doh) I had to draw out the pattern again in a larger size.
In doing this inadvertently cut out two fronts and produced the above top!!!

Number two
Kwik sew K3045

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This was one of the few makes for my husband but it had more been relegated to sleepwear! I was able to run this up in just over an hour on my overlocker but the cut and design looks terrible. It’s too short in the body and wide on the chest but it does look like the packet. The key to this lesson was to avoid the big five and stick to indie pattern designers.

Number one
Simple sew skater dress

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This is so bad I have no photos!! I decided to make this in cappuccino satin with lace overlay for a wedding in the summer, sounds lovely but the cut made me feel like a nine year old back in the 80/90’s!! The bodice joins at the rib cage above the waist so really unflattering on me and the lace and satin just looked flouncy!
So I decided as Christmas approached that I would tackle it again and turn it into a skirt…..
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The plan was to wear it with my sparkly crop Sophia top but it still looked terrible and frumpy so I resorted in buying a RTW pleated skirt instead.

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Top five makes 2016

So here goes, my top five makes of this year and looking back I have a lot to choose from!!

Number five
Simple sew kate dress

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I just love this dress. The fabric print, the cut, the comfort!!

Number four
McCalls M6983

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I made this for my daughter’s 10th birthday. Pattern and fabric chosen by her and love the fact that she had confidence to wear prints like this and so happy with the quality of finish I achieved.

Number three
Tilly and the buttons marigold jumpsuit

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This outfit makes me realise how far my sewing has come on with fitting, design and zip insertion (there is a zip on the side you can see!!).

Number two
Self drafted dungaree dress

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My first self drafted outfit making me realise that I have stated to understand pattern design. Plus I love the little features of the lining in the pockets and back.

Number one
Grainline Cascade duffle coat

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This had to be my number one for the shear number of hours I put into over the last year. It has also highlighted how much my sewing improved over the year. When I picked it back up after a nine month break I was surprised at how many little things I would do differently now to then.

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Top five 2016

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Inspired by others who have completed this challenge from crafting the rainbow I have decided to go for it.

I’ll spread the challenge over a few posts so you don’t get bored,  below is the full challenge :

-Top 5 Hits (favourite or most worn makes)
-Top 5 Misses (projects that didn’t work out or rarely got worn)
-Top 5 Non-Sewing Highights (What did you do this year besides sew? These could be big or small accomplishments – anything from “run a marathon” to “get new glasses”!)
-Top 5 Reflections (Looking back, what can you learn about yourself as a sewist?)
-Top 5 Goals (What would you like to sew in 2017, or what skills/attitudes would you like to learn?)

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Sparkly marigold

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Back in the summer I bought a large quantity of fabric and lined up a few sewing projects for me to complete. I went up my local fabricland and got drawn in by this black sparkly fabric and knew then, even in the hot summer, that it would be perfect for Christmas party season.

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So typically for me I finally started to make this the week before I needed it and ended up sewing the lining to the zip on the evening I was going out. Luckily, the fit was good and I got away with it.

I made the black lining first and ensured that it fitted brute cutting out the sparkly fabric and adding zips. I always think I should make a toile but I’m too impatient and want the finished item so go with the concept of a wearable toile to justify not making one as fabric land is so cheap.

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(Sorry my photos seem to be on their side and can’t turn them around!!)
I even managed to paint my nails to match with my own led gel nail kit I bought in the black Friday sales.

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