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Bowline Sweatshirt

This is the second papercut patterns Bowline Sweatshirt I have made and I love it 💗

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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Final 10 days of May

And it’s done!! A whole month of me Made outfits, some days I actually managed to wear totally handmade which was really surprising.

What this month has shown me is that I have lots of work clothes and basics like tshirts (which is why the challenge was not as hard as I thought) but really need to focus on more difficult makes such as jeans and dedicate more time to the process!

I also realised I have no where enough summer makes!! The sun came out in Britain last week for a few days, reaching 30 degrees and I was starting to struggle to find me Made outfits. I have a few Cami tops, a play suit (but no good for work!!) and one maxi dress. I need to get on with some shorts for the next bit of sunshine…. you never know when it’s coming or for how long in this country!!


Jacket – simple sew notch collar jacket- fabricland 

Top- designer stitch Kat top – fabricland 

Trousers- burda palazzo trousers- fabricland 


Dress – Mccalls m7351 – fabricland 


Jacket- grainline studio Morris blazer – Minerva crafts

Top- closet case file Nettie bodysuit (as a tshirt) – fabricland 

Skirt – sew over it Erin skirt – Ikea fabric 


Top -Kwik sew 3844-  fabricland 

Trousers- new look 6900- Amy butler fabric


Top – sew over it cami top – fabricland (spare from my kimono)

Skirt -RTW from Boden 

Shoes – prym espadrilles kit- fabric from fancy moon ( that doesn’t seem to exist any more 😩)


Sweatshirt- sew house seven toaster sweater- fabricland 

Top – Megan Nielsen briar shirt – fabricland 

Jeans – RTW from next


Repeat outfit alert!! But the first in a month!!

Moss skirt with Agnes top, plus RTW next cardigan 


Top- soi silk Cami top – fabric peachskin from soi

Trousers – began Nielsen flint trousers- fabric chambray from fabricland 


Top – soi Anderson blouse – fabricland 

Trousers – soi ultimate trousers- fabricland 

I now have about a dozen makes I realise I have never blogged about…..


Me Made May week 3

Another week completed and no repeat outfits yet…. I need to figure out if I can find 11 more outfits!

I have a half completed Nettie bodysuit (that doesn’t fit so needs to be hacked ☹️) and fabric ready for a pair of flint trousers to make this week. I also picked up the new free tank top pattern from itch to stitch to fit in this month.


Top – Megan Nielsen briar top – fabricland 

Dress- vogue v8667- fabric from an independent shop in a little village 


Top- sew over it Ella blouse – fabric land

Skirt – sew house seven alberta street skirt – fabric land


Dress – simple sew Kate dress – girl charlee 


Top – sew over it Molly top – fabricland 

Skirt – simple sew 2in1 skirt – fabricland


Top – Tilly and the button Agnes top – fabricland 


Top – Tilly and the buttons Agnes top – girl charlee

Dress – self drafted – fabricland


Dress- pattern from love sewing magazine- fabricland

Leggings -RTW 

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Toaster #2


I managed to finish my toaster #2 today just in time to share the photos on instagram tomorrow (if I can figure out how to do that…. I’m such a technophobe you would think I’m a lot older than I am!!).
I finished the first toaster #1 before Christmas which you can see here.


I bought this fabulous chevron knit fabric from girl charlee in the Christmas sale and kept it out of my stash for monthly stitch January challenge ‘not stashed ‘. I actually thought it was sweatshirt fabric with a loopy backing but it’s a knit. It feels super soft and slippery to work with so not sure if it was the best fabric for this make but I do love the finished article.



I’m really happy with my stripe matching,  especially as chevrons are a bit of a nightmare.


I overlocked the armholes and sides but had to use my sewing machine for the neckline to open the seams and secure the facing on the neck.


The split hem is really neat and I used a twin needle to finish the hem and sleeves.  I think this fabric was a bit thin to cope with my twin needle so made a little raised channel but I think I got away with it.
The length is better than I thought,  it’s described as being cropped but it fits me well at 5’5″ without any adjustments.


The only change I made was to the sleeves…. They looked like they were designed for a giant with extremely long arms.  I ended up cutting off 5cm + original 1.5cm seam allowance and they are still a good length!!!

I will definitely make another one of these, probably in scuba like my toaster #1. The pdf from sew house seven was really easy to follow and stick together and very clear instructions.


Sew House Seven Toaster jumper #1


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.


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.