Crafty sew and sew in Dorset

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Flint trousers 

I made these trousers a few months ago (I can’t keep my blogging up to speed with my sewing) and love them. They are so comfortable and cool in this hot weather.


They are slightly cropped culottes from Megan Nielsen bought during a sale. I have a few Megan Nielsen patterns now thanks to sew my style and I am really happy with the finish of them all.

I made these in chambray from fabricland and made the view with side tie.


The closing is one of the things I like most about these trousers. The ‘entrance’ is through the side pocket yet it still retains both pockets. I used floral quilting fabric to make my pockets.

I have bought some black crepe waiting to make a button up version of these.

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Dorset sewers meet up 

A quick shout out to all Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire based sewers……we are planning a meet up on Saturday the 22nd July at Hanson craft shop in sturminster newton at 11am.

#dorsetmeetup is on!! 🤗

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They have a 20% off sale throughout July, so the plan is to shop for fabric, haberdashery and wool then wonder into town for lunch etc. 

Search for #dorsetmeetup on instagram or my link @craftysewandsewindorset to keep up to date with plans and car shares etc .

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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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My monthly stitch contribution to put a bird on it!


https://themonthlystitch.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/a-birdy-for-good-luck/

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My sewing space 

I have been meaning to post about my little sewing space for a while now but getting my new machine has inspired me to tidy up.

I basically have an alcove space in our lounge with an orange Ikea desk and some shelving above for my paper patterns.


The cd boxes on the shelves are labelled by pattern type such as dresses or tops with envelopes in. All my cotton is on a reel holder from hobby craft with a matching bobbin underneath.

I have a radiator behind my desk so limited to wall space (no peg board for me sadly☹️).


I have a pin board full of my kids drawings and cute sewing related cards and photos above.

All my PDF patterns are printed and stored in a4 wallets in the wicker magazine basket by my feet. My husband bought me the cute pink metal bin for all my threads and overlocker offcuts.


My cupboard has a large bag of overlocker threads in various colours, my sleeve press and tailors ham plus homemade cutting weights.


The small drawer has all my scissors, rotary cutters, rulers and reinforcing elastic etc. The larger drawer has haberdashery such as poppers and bias binding makers. I also store spare cotton and my tin of buttons.


The jars were a gift from a friend and store my zips and spare change!!

The little hanging heart and signs were also gifts. The embroidery hoops I made a few years ago, there are three; the third one out of sight has my name on it.


This final photo is my stash of fabric, kept in an Ikea storage box in the dining room. We use it as a bench for extra seating space around the table. Our home is open plan so the dining room is easily accessible and houses the ironing board and my cutting mat on the table when I’m sewing.

That’s it. My tiny sewing space crammed with everything I need. Where do you all sew? Are you lucky enough to have a room to yourself?

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Roman day

A very quick post to show how valuable having sewing skills can be as a parent!

So last week my son came home from school and told me he needed a roman costume for Thursday….this was Tuesday and we had parents evening that night after work! The school letter said “just dress them in white leggings, t shirt and homemade headpiece “! Like we all have white leggings in our son’s wardrobe.

Off I went to fabricland to recreate this: 


I managed to find a white polyester off cut for 80p, some red satin and faux leather to make this:


All in half an hour as we were booked to watch The Shack at the cinema at 7.30; I got home at 6pm and made this while cooking meatballs for the family dinner!

I basically overlocked the red and white fabric, cut head holes in the white and faux leather and created slits for the red satin to attach to the tabard. I then drew a template and used the rotary cutter to create the flaps. Ta da!!

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Florence dress

Firstly I wanted to apologise for the lack of posts on my blog….. I found instagram and got a bit hooked on there. Plus felt that I was sharing with less effort / words but I will try harder to do both ( @craftysewandsewindorset )


Anyway, onto my blog post. This is the Florence dress from sew over it, released early via simply sewing magazine. I bought this fabric from Ikea ages ago for £12 for 3 meters pre cut and thought it would be perfect for this maxi dress even if the pattern requires fabric with drape!


The magazine planned this to be a slow sewing challenge as the patterns were in two issues but I just don’t sew like that. Therefore I waited until 2 days before the second issue before I started sewing!


I decided to omit the sleeves, mainly due to the 30 degree heat wave Britain had (note had sadly!!) been experiencing. I made my own bias binding to edge the sleeves using my little bias binding tools.

I originally decided to add poppers as I had bought a new prym tool for this very job, however tiredness and cider made this harder than it sounded!

I eventually gave up after several back to front connections and punching a hole in my dress and added buttons!

This cotton worked so well in the heat so will definitely become a holiday favourite. 

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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!!

Monday


Jacket – simple sew notch collar jacket- fabricland 

Top- designer stitch Kat top – fabricland 

Trousers- burda palazzo trousers- fabricland 

Tuesday 

Dress – Mccalls m7351 – fabricland 

Wednesday 


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 

Thursday 


Top -Kwik sew 3844-  fabricland 

Trousers- new look 6900- Amy butler fabric

Friday 



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 😩)

Saturday 


Sweatshirt- sew house seven toaster sweater- fabricland 

Top – Megan Nielsen briar shirt – fabricland 

Jeans – RTW from next

Sunday 


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

Moss skirt with Agnes top, plus RTW next cardigan 

Monday 


Top- soi silk Cami top – fabric peachskin from soi

Trousers – began Nielsen flint trousers- fabric chambray from fabricland 

Tuesday 


Top – soi Anderson blouse – fabricland 

Trousers – soi ultimate trousers- fabricland 

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

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Notch collar jacket

This is my notch collar jacket pattern from simple sew, free with love sewing magazine a while ago .

I bought this fab cream scuba with peach lace overlay in fabricland a few months ago with notion to sew a  named saunio cardigan with it. However, once i made one saunio top I figured this would be too thick so it relinquished in my fabric stash.

Then I came across this pattern and thought it might work:



It should have pockets on the front but it felt too busy so I left them off. I still need to bind the seams inside with bias tape as for some reason they itch me like crazy.

The scuba is warm and comfortable but where the seams have been cut and overlocked, either the lace or scuba has become itchy. 

I really like this jacket and regularly get compliments on it at work (and a request for a commission!!)


Close up of the amazing fabric, fabricland can be such a treasure trove and still only £5 a metre!!

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Ultimate black skinny jeans and a Mimi blouse


I actually made jeans!! I blogged about these Trousers here when they were on my disaster list, but I persevered and now I love them. 


The zip got replaced and although the lapped part of the zip doesn’t sit as flat as I would like, it doesn’t bother me as I am not likely to wear cropped tops any more!


Obligatory bum shot to evidence the fit I managed to achieve. I think I would put the pockets on a little lower next time but they are still deep enough to put my mobile in when necessary.

The fabric is a black stretch denim from fabricland. It seems pretty good and the knees don’t bag out even after a few wears but there are signs of tiny elastic threads showing against the black which is frustrating. I also failed to note any of my adjustments as I was pinning and sewing as I went so not sure how I can replicate these 🙁


This shirt is the mimi blouse from Tilly and the buttons book. I really like the look of this top with the little collar and riches back detail. However, I think I picked the wrong fabric.

This red polka dot cotton is a bit to stiff and doesn’t drape well so I feel the collar sits off my chest too much. I might make another in a more viscose fabric as I keep seeing lots of lovely versions and a bit disappointed with this one. 

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