Crafty sew and sew in Dorset

Welcome to my world of craft!

Top 5 Goals for 2017

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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!!

image

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.

image

8 Comments »

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.

image

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.

image

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!!

image

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.

image

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.

image

5 Comments »

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!
image

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!

image

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.

image

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!!

image

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.

image

Thanks for reading x

2 Comments »

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

image

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

Number four
McCalls M6983

image

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

image

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

image

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

image

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.

9 Comments »

Top five 2016

image

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?)

Leave a comment »