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January Sewing

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I have decided to try and be more dedicated to this blog as a means to track and share my making and not just use Instagram. The plan is to write one blog piece at the end of each month highlighting things I have made that month and plans for the following month.

This month I have made six items which is pretty good going as the whole family lost 10 days to the flu (one after the other like dominoes) and I managed to write and submit a 9000 word assignment to uni.

First up is my second Helen’s closet York Pinafore made in heavy cotton from Ikea – I made this version in the longer length and higher neckline so I can wear it without tights in the summer. I think i prefer the lower neckline and maybe a length somewhere between the two – I have a denim one in mind for the summer when it starts to warm up.

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Next up on my list is the Darcey Bra and Frankie pants from Evie La Luve – this was a Christmas present from my husband (sort of, i may have purchased and wrapped it for myself!!).

I have been wanting to try underwear for a while and decided to brave it after making swimwear which is a similar process. I got a kit with all the findings and fabrics as it was this part that put me off when this was the discounted pattern for #sewmystyle2018. I am so pleased with the finished item and fit and will be making more this year.

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Number three on my list of makes is the Cable knit jumper from Lauren Aston designs down in Exeter. My Parents bought me this kit for Christmas and the wool was truly gorgeous to use – it’s merino wool in hanks you need to roll into balls. I made the small version and although it is no where as roomy as Lauren’s in the photos it is a good fit on me and really warm. I would like to make another one in medium but searching for equally beautiful wool without wanting to spend a fortune!!

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Beautiful wool

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Back of Jumper

There is a little bit of piling from wearing it but hoping this will settle down and dreading the first time it needs washing for fear of shrinking it!

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I had enough wool left over to knit a snood which is so needed in this recent freezing weather:

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My 5th make of the month was for my daughter – a friend sent me a link to the Little legs website, who sells stunning kids jersey, to highlight some llama fabric (daughter’s current obsession).

We went through my patterns, as at almost 13 she is just about fitting the smallest sizes on most patterns with a few tweaks, and agreed on the Jarrah pattern from Megan Nielsen patterns.

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I had to remove 8cm across the width of the front and back pieces – add in 4 cm to the length as she didn’t want a waistband and i would’t have managed to cut one out of the 1m of fabric i had.

i had to shorten the shoulders and narrow the arms, basing the changes on an existing sweatshirt she has. The fit came out perfect and this was such good quality fabric to work with.

I have this pattern ready for me to make one in some Guthrie and Ghani jersey i have had stashed for almost a year!

Next up are my juicy watermelon leggings!! Sew my style 2019 set a theme for January of active wear so i went to my local fabricland and invested in this great fabric to make a pair of high rise Avery leggings from Helen’s closet.

I am yet to wear them for anything but lounging around and not sure I am brave enough to wear out to a gym class but i do love them!

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I had enough fabric left over to cut out a Nautilus swimsuit from Tuesday Stitches which i was aiming to enter to the Monthly Stitch ‘seasonally inappropriate’ – i might need to enter on the 28.2.19 for the Amnesty posts.

February plans

My plans for February have already started with this New Look 6104 pattern which I am making for a friend at work’s birthday. She gifted me this pattern, fabric and notions at Christmas as she bought them a few years ago when she went to a sewing class but could not get on with it and gave up. I love the pattern but this fabric is not my taste so I thought i would complete the project for her.

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I set myself these nine patterns for the Make nine contest on Instagram; i have already made the York Pinafore and Evie La Luve set.

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I have taken to cutting out my fabric ready to sew in batches this year so I have the following items in my basket ready to sew:

Monthly stats

Number of Makes: 6

Number of New fabric purchases: 4

Number of Stash Fabric used: 2

Number of New Pattern purchases: 2

Number of Stash patterns used: 3 (4th scarf pattern was made up)

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2018 Sewing plans

A year ago I set myself some sewing challenges and looking back I found them really helpful to direct my sewing plans and encourage me to try new Patterns.

I made a lot of clothes last year (32 items that I have photos of, plus a quilt, toys and dog coats!!) but I still don’t feel I have a complete wardrobe 🤦🏼‍♀️

This was my #makenine line up last year; a lovely collection of clothes but not coordinated or thought through. I failed on clothes for my husband….I now have two Patterns ready to make for him that I am confident the cut will work.

I made a swimsuit but not this one ☝️ and I didn’t make the coat or dress but lots if other dresses.

I did complete the sweatshirt as that was part of #sewmystyle of which I made most of the patterns.

I signed up to the Sew over it pdf club and bought some Patterns through that when in reality I didn’t have time to make them.

This year I have joined up to #sewmystyle and #2018rtwfast. I tried to give up shop bought clothes last year and did pretty well but failed at jeans, trousers and underwear so determined to master those this year.

My #makenine looks like this;

I just finished the Carolyn pyjamas today and the Nettie bodysuit last week so going well so far! I have a couple of these patterns already made so should be quick practical TNT makes plus a couple of new ones but crucially I own all the patterns already.

I also bought some folders to control how much I sew each month and plan out what supplies I need to get everything to coordinate and not just impulse Sew!!

I go back to university next month to start working towards my Masters so not sure how my sewing will fare against working full time, studying and family life….. then again I might need that time to keep sane!!

What are your plans for 2018?

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Make Nine Update

I thought I should review how my make nine sewing is going now we are in April (already!!).
I have completed a few of my makes, with a change to some of the final patterns, but not got round to taking photos!

You can read my original blog post here

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I have managed to make both of these sweatshirts here and here .

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I have made the palazzo trousers but from the burda magazine instead of the GBSB book. These are being worn as I type but are yet to be photographed.
I have almost finished a swimsuit but not this version. I was asked to pattern test one from seamstress Erin which I can’t blog about until after its release.
I haven’t made the coat yet and debating about making the Kelly anorak for the summer instead, just building up the motivation to take on another coat.

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I have now made three pairs of these trousers, which is a lot for me as I rarely find a TNT pattern as I get too excited to go onto the next project. I made a black velvet pair which I love; a pale pink stretch fabric which I’m not keen on as they don’t fit well with the level of stretch; and I finally finished my black jeans version which are my favourite. I altered the pattern to have a higher waistline and tapered the leg for a more fitted skinny jeans look. I also amended the rise to get a good fit, blog post coming soon once the sun comes out so I can get decent photos.

I haven’t made any of the selfless patterns yet (shame on me!) but vow to do these in the summer.
I also haven’t started on my Jackie o jacket or dress pattern and think they might be completed later in the year as I have too many other sewing plans first…..

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Selfless Sunday – jeans hem

Not a very exciting one this Sunday but it is Sunday and a selfless sew so worthy of a short post.

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My husband struggles to find jeans with the correct leg length and ends up turning up the hems and wearing them like that. That looks great for the first few months but after a while the bottom edge starts to wear out from contact with the floor.  I guess normal jeans have the hemmed edge to give a bit of strength,  but not so when just folded up.

His favourite pair ended up worn almost completely through and he asked me to save them.

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My only option was to cut the turn up off and reattach close to the original hem. I straight stitched with my sewing machine and then trimmed and edged it with the overlocker.
I saw a blog post the other day with this technique and although I don’t think I would choose to do this to take a pair of jeans up (I’d rather hem them myself and topstitch etc) I think they look acceptable after a good press.

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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

imageRochelle 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

imageThese 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.
imageI 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
imageI 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
imageI 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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