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Bowline Sweatshirt

This is the second papercut patterns Bowline Sweatshirt I have made and I love it đź’—

My first one (link here to my post) was made in similar french terry jersey from fabricland but is no where near as soft and lovely as this second one.

I bought this green and grey striped fabric at the Great British sewing bee live last week from girl charlee uk, originally with plans to make a coco top.

I decided to make another bowline instead after seeing the stripy version on the instructions and loving how it emphasises the twist.

I used my janome dks100 for all the seams and then overlocked the seams with gold/cream thread. I decided to use the walking foot to try and keep my stripes matching.

I’m pretty pleased with how the pattern matching worked out, especially on the raglan sleeves. I actually quite enjoy the brain ache of figuring out how to match patterns making allowance for seams etc.

This sweatshirt also worked out more spacious than my first one. I did add 3cm to the length but only remembered to do that on the front panel not the back so had to shorten it again!!! I also added 1cm either side of the sleeves to make them looser which is much better when wearing long sleeves underneath.

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Indie pattern month shortlist


I have been shortlisted (sort of as all entries were added to the finalist list!!) over on indie pattern month on The monthly stitch. Check out all the entries and cast your votes 😊

https://themonthlystitch.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/ipm-2017-indie-royalty-let-the-voting-begin-again/

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Summer sewing plans 

I had a bit of a sort out of my fabric stash this morning; removing small pieces of fabric remnants from previous projects and deciding what patterns to pair with fabric. 


I think I need to accept I am a fabric hoarder. If I have a piece left over I think I could use to make a top or shorts for my kids then it goes back in my stash pile, but then I end up buying new fabric for a project!

I have now sorted out 11 sewing plans (all from my stash!!).

Here goes:

1.


I picked up a free copy of the elisalex pattern from By Hand London from my love sewing magazine a few months ago. I bought this stretch cotton from fabricland a very long time ago for a pair of trousers but when I made a toile I didn’t like the design so it has sat in my stash. You can read about this dress here.

2.


My daughter agreed I could make her an outfit and selected this tween pattern from new look and wants view b. The fabric is black with mint green spots and is a viscose polyester so should be okay if the sun comes back again!

3.


This is part of the sew my style line up and due to be sewn for July. I have tried a few Megan Nielsen patterns now so confident that this will fit well. I didn’t want another chambray dress so I am going to see if I can fit the pattern on to this Tula pink fabric (originally destined to be a Collette ginger skirt). Again, I’ll omit the sleeves as prefer sleeveless in the summer.

4.

This was another free pattern from itch to stitch released on Mother’s Day in the US. I’m going to try it out on my stash jersey and might make a few of these for the summer if it works out.

5.


I made one pair of these flint trousers on chambray but keen to make a button up pair on black crepe for a smarter look.

6.


This was from last summers list!! I won this pattern in last years indie pattern month on the monthly stitch but never got round to making it. I think this might be more of an autumn make…..

7.


This is jersey from the girl charlee sale at Easter time. I’ve made a couple of briar tops now but fancy another brighter shirt in my wardrobe.

8.


This will be my third attempt at this pattern. My first was in black rib which came out okay but a bit too much stretch. My second one was in pink jersey but not enough stretch so I had to alter into a tshirt!

9.


This is another pattern that has sat in my stash for a year. I have made a couple of jackets recently and they are not as difficult as I think so need to get on with this.

10.


This is the August pattern for sew my style and I failed to use my imagination and found fabric like the photo!!

I also have a few other patterns waiting such as the paper cut bowline sweater, French navy orla dress and chalk and notch farah top!! 

I think they should see me through to autumn!!!

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