August sewing plans

Hi guys!

It’s been a while since I did a plans post. My sewing has been a little hit and miss in terms of planning over the last couple of months, so I thought I’d lay my plans out here to force myself make myself accountable and have something to aim for. Lets have a look at what I’ve got planned…

(1) Navy Matryoshka Quilting Cotton McCalls M6896 Version C

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I got this quilting cotton at the Goldhawk Road, possibly the first time I made the pilgrimage there a few years ago. This was back when I had no idea how much fabric to buy, and thought 2 metres would be plenty to make anything, before I realised that that was unrealistic, especially when quilting cotton is narrow. And when I thought quilting cotton was fine for garment making! But… then I spotted this top on the #greatbigpatternswap on instagram, and really fancied it, and it’s perfect for quilting cotton. I had already been wondering whether a peplum top would be a good addition to the workwear wardrobe, or good with jeans for a night out, so thought I’d give it a go and snapped the pattern up! And with the pattern swap if you get a garment made from the pattern you received by 14th August you get entered into the competition to win prizes. YEAY! I think I’ll make version C with the little short sleeves. If I like it, you can guarantee I’ll be using up all my 1.5-2m pieces of quilting cotton on variations of this top.

(2) Pink & Purple Ikat Cotton Rayon Jersey Kielo Dress

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I loved my first kielo dress (on my instagram, but not blogged yet). I made it in a ponte, which in retrospect is perhaps a little heavy to allow for the drapey midsection to be as drapey as possible. But I want A MILLION MORE, and plan to start with a super drapey knee length version with the long sleeves, to make it more trans-seasonal. This viscose jersey is from girl charlee, I picked it up last year at the Edinburgh Knitting and Stitching Show, and have been waiting for the right project. I hope this will be a great workwear dress.

(3) Seasalt Floral Seaglass Cotton Voile Colette Myrna Dress

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I fell in love with the pattern lines on the colette myrna as soon as I saw it. I’ve recently been struggling to get the colette/seamwork patterns to fit, to be honest, as often there’s not really enough bust shaping, but I reckon with the lovely drapey gathering around the bust and the ’40s style lines this one may be easier. I would really only need to get the waist to fit correctly and I should be onto a winner. This lovely fabric is from Seasalt Cornwall. They had a sale on fabric recently, and I got two pieces – the first I’ve already made into a By Hand London Anna dress, which I think its my favourite make to date. I’ve got high hopes for this one too – if it cuts the mustard I’m going to wear it to the #sewscottish Frocktails meet up – if you haven’t got your ticket check out Lesley (@sew_sleep_deprived on instagram) for details!

(4) Chambray Sew Over It Alex Shirt Dress

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I bough this chambray specifically to make this (although now I can’t remember where I got it…). I’m trying to do this more with fabrics – buy them with a project in mind. Not that I’m completely copying the sample (I’m completely copying the sample!)… but you know, everyone needs a chambray shirt dress. I’ve made this once before, before I really knew what I was doing, and the viscose was too drapey, so the collar doesn’t sit right, and the seams are fraying, so I need a replacement! I may go down a size from my previous as its pretty shapeless (by design) but the size I chose was also a little big on the shoulders. Hopefully the chambray will give it a little more structure. I also have plans to make the shirt length, but maybe next month.

(5) Peach Cotton Lawn Leschi Blouse

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One of the things I noticed in ‘Me Made May’ was I didn’t really have any nice semi-smart but loose and comfy lightweight tops to wear with jeans. You know, the type you thrown on for sunday brunch with a bit of lippy and a necklace and magically look pulled together. I need lots, so I must fix this pronto! The first I fancy trying is the Leschi Blouse from Straight Stitch Patterns. I love the neckline. The sleeves may be too roomy for my style, but that’ll be an easy fix as long as the sleeve head is ok. This cotton lawn is from Goldhawk road too, though more recently. I’m hoping this is going to be floaty flattering cool and comfy loveliness!

 

And thats it for the month. It’s my birthday on Thursday, and we’re going out on Weds evening at work to celebrate me finishing my training and getting a big girl job, so I’d like to have the peplum top done for then (i.e. I need to make it tomorrow, lol!) to wear with jeans. Lets see if that happens!

Till next time

S x

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Jennifer Lauren Handmade Pippi Pinafore Review

Hi and welcome back to the blog. Today I have the pleasure of bringing you a review. The lovely Jennifer Lauren of Jennifer Lauren Handmade put a call out for reviewers for the Pippi Pinafore and I was lucky enough to be selected! In return for my review I got the pattern for free as a PDF, but all opinions are my own.

http://jenniferlaurenhandmade.store/product/the-pippi-pinafore/

The Pippi Pinafore is exactly what I was looking for in a Pinafore – still relaxed but more fitted that your standard denim ‘straight-up-and-down’ number that is more typical. I’ve tried the Tilly and The Buttons Cleo, and whilst I love it, it doesn’t love me. The beauty of the Pippi is the fitted bib with different cup sizes (saves the need for bust adjustments) and the fitted waist band to give me the silhouette that I need so I don’t look like I’m wearing a sack!

Sewcialitea Jennifer Lauren Pippi Pinafore

Jennifer asked us to consider a few things while we sew it up and when we write up our review, so I’ll cover these, and chat round it as I go.

Sewcialitea Jennifer Lauren Pippi Pinafore

Summer is over, back to tights and boots!

(1) Fit.

I chose to make the 12D which fitted my measurements pretty much perfectly, and I made no adjustments to the paper pattern. For reference my measurements are:

Full bust – 38in

Upper bust – 35in

Waist – 30in

Hips – 40in

Height – Just shy of 5ft8

I’m pleased with the fit, it fits perfectly straight ‘out the packet’ as it were. I usually need to do about an inch FBA on most things given the 1inch difference between my upper and full bust, but that is all taken care off with the cup sizes, and it is such a pleasure to not need to adjust the paper pattern before I started. Takes a fair bit of time off the make!

Length wise I did a double 1cm hem so 2cm off the total length and the length is perfectly on my knee.

Sewcialitea Jennifer Lauren Pippi Pinafore

(2) Construction.

This sewed up really nicely in a couple of evenings, sitting listening to the rain battering off our roof, how lovely! The perfect pastime. It has a darted bib which is lined, and I chose to use self fabric throughout. The straps cross over at the back and you can chose to use buckles or, as I have done, a button hole on both the bib and strap. I think this just looks a bit less ‘jeans-y’, I much prefer it.

You essentially create all the bits – straps (always the fiddliest bit, but no reflection on the pattern, straps are just a pain!), button closure and waist band, then put it all together, and it comes together pretty quickly once that ground work is laid. You could construct all the bits then press them all in one go to save a bit of time.

It’s important to make sure you mark all your notches correctly as they are excellent, and really help speed up construction.

Sewcialitea Jennifer Lauren Pippi Pinafore

(3) Instructions and pattern printing.

Speaking of notches, my favourite bit of the instructions is the wee diagram showing you exactly which notches to line up where when attaching the bib and braces to the waist band. That made it a breeze. As always Jennifer’s instructions are detailed and precise. This starts from the pattern pieces, which instruct which way up to cut the pieces including interfacing, to make sure you always have the right side of the fabric showing, especially important when it comes to forming the button band.

The only mistake I made (completely my fault) was to make the pleats facing the wrong way so they’re opening away from the pockets instead of towards them. I’m calling it a feature as I was too lazy to go back and unpick it.

And talking of pockets, they’re fab! Perfect size for my phone, or a bar of chocolate (small bottle of wine? I should try…).

There is optional topstitching which I decided not to do this time, but would look fab if you made it in denim. Instead I hand stitched the waist and facing down.

From the point of viewed printing the PDF, frankly I’m lazy, so I sent if off for A0 printing. Quick and easy, then I just cut and go!

Sewcialitea Jennifer Lauren Pippi Pinafore

It really is a cracking wee pattern, I can’t fault it. I used a viscose linen mix from stoff and still which sewed up beautifully. And I couldn’t help but make a Gable Tee to go with it. Jennifer Lauren from head to toe!

So have any of you made the Pippi Pinafore? What did you think? I’d love to see your makes.

Till next time

x S x

My first Adam Ross Blogger Network Post – Eco Cupro in ‘Tame Teal’ New Look 6723

Welcome to my first blogger network post, this one for Adam Ross Fabrics [edit: since taking on their blogger network and writing this post they’re now functioning under the name of pound fabrics] – in return for this post I got the fabric for free to allow me to review it for you guys! Yeay free fabric.

**although I got the fabric In return for this review, all views are my own **

I chose their ‘eco’ cupro, in the colour tame teal. I was drawn to its potential eco credentials, and I’d never come across cupro, so I was intrigued!

Cupro is made from the cotton linter that attaches the white fluffy part of the plant used to make traditional cotton to the rest of the plant. It is generally regarded as a waste product, and as such it’s use reduces waste from the cotton industry. It is semi-man made in the same way as rayon is, requiring a chemical process to create fibres from the plant material, in this case copper and ammonia, but can be made as a closed loop, where the chemicals are retained for the next production cycle.

When it came it was heavier than I expected, definitely a mid weight fabric, but with plenty drape. It has a lovely texture as you can see from the photo above. The colour in that photo is pretty true to the fabric.

There was a slight defect in the fabric as you can see above, but it was on the wrong side of the fabric, so really wasn’t an issue, you definitely can’t see it on the right side of the fabric.

So onto the make! I plumbed for New Look 6723, a fit and flare dress with multiple bodice options. I originally planned to make view D, with the sweetheart neckline. More on that later…

I’d never made it before, and I struggle with big 4 sizing, so for once I actually made a toile (I didn’t want to ruin the donated fabric!)

I just toiled the bodice, and as you can see above I needed to take a huge chunk out of the upper centre back, it was super baggy, as necklines often are on me. I think this may be the way I’m choosing pattern sizes. Often my measurement fit into a single size, but the difference between my upper and full bust is about 3inches, so realistically I should size down the bodice and do an FBA. I tend to find, though, that the armscye of the bigger size often fits me better, so generally I make the size up and adjust the neckline instead. I’m sure there’s a better way to do it, but it works for me!

Once I was happy with the toile, I moved onto cutting out the fashion fabric – as you can see here it’s wide, so I managed to fit all the bodice pieces across the width, which I wasn’t expecting. Means I’ve got some left for another project, which is great!

Beware, it frays a lot.

This fabric didn’t mark very well with the markers I have (mostly chalk) so I made the effort to use tailors tacks.

Yup it frays. A lot! I overlocked all my pattern pieces before constructing the garment, really glad I did, it made a big difference.

So below is the first iteration – view D, with the sweetheart neckline and the gathered skirt. I should know by now that gathered skirts just aren’t my jam, the add extra width and volume just where I don’t need it. The bodice gaped in a way that I really didn’t like at the bust, revealing the lining (which is lovely, but not a design feature!)

I was pretty deflated. I’d put all that effort into making a toile, etc etc. but didn’t like the final outcome. So I popped it on my tailors dummy and left it to stew over night. In the morning I took to it with my pins, like below…

Taking out the extra and rounding out the neckline made it sit much better. To fix it, I needed to remove the skirt, turn it back inside out, and just adjust the stitch line to take out the extra. When putting the skirt back on I put the bodice back on the dummy and pinned the skirt on with pleats instead of gathers.

And I like it much better! Sorry the photos are a bit blurry, I tried to use my tripod, but next doors cat kept knocking it over or photobombing the photos, and I was being eaten alive by midges (summer in Scotland!) so I resorted to mirror selfies.

Have any of you made New Look 6723? Any thoughts on fit? And what do you think of cupro and closed loop fabrics? I’m definitely keen to sew with more environmentally fabrics going into the future.

Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear what you think.

Till next time

S x

April and May Makes – Sewing a Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

Yup. I didn’t even manage to get my April makes up on the blog at the beginning of May! May is nearly done, and I got virtually nothing done in May itself as work got really busy, so I’m going to lump the two of them together in the hope that no-one notices 😂

I was well aware my plans were overly ambitious. I got a chunk of them made, but not all of them. The ones I didn’t get made were really bonus extras, and given I was essentially sewing a holiday wardrobe for the beginning of May, I prioritised those things I really needed.

My little holiday capsule worked a treat – we managed to fly with only hand luggage and I didn’t feel like I was short of anything. It needs perfecting – I’ve realised I’d rather wear drapey trousers than shorts, so in the future I would swap the pair of shorts I brought for another pair of viscose or linen trousers. Otherwise I was really pleased!

Here’s what I took on the plane :

And the me-made clothes I fit into the carry on hold-all :

From left to right – Virginia Leggings (made previously), marigold trousers, M5430 wrap skirt (made previously), 2x adelaide dresses (one made previously), gable top, and 2x gretta tops.

I also brought a pair of shorts, and a yoga outfit to sleep in and with the intention of actually doing yoga… I didn’t. And I wore a ready to wear cardigan and white t-shirt on the plane. I realised I forgot to pack my kimono, which I’ll bring next time. I also obviously had undies, a swimming costume (not handmade, though I definitely need to make one) and my toiletries.

So let’s get to the finished makes!

(1) Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/31/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SIZE 12
FABRIC – RASPBERRY PINK JERSEY FROM GOLDHAWK ROAD
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – NONE

I knew I was going to love this pattern as soon as I saw it, I’m a sucker for a slash neckline, so classy, but also … no neckband! Even though my bust is a bit bigger than the measurements for the size 12, I chose it anyway as it was the closest to my other measurements and the fit is great, given it’s a jersey pattern. The instructions are easy to follow, the construction simple and the styling so classic. I love that there is plenty length in the body and sleeves. I’m really keen to make this again, short sleeved in a slightly lighter jersey as a go to t-shirt.

(2) & (3) Seamwork Gretta Tops

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/31/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEAMWORK SIZE 6
FABRIC – (1) NAVY VISCOSE CHALLIS FROM MINERVA CRAFT (2) PATTERNED ?POLYESTER FROM JOHN LEWIS 3 YEARS AGO
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – WENT BY THE FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTS NOT THE SUGGESTED PATERN SIZE, THEN STILL CHOPPED A GOOD 2IN OUT OF EITHER SIDE TO GIVE THE WAIST SOME SHAPE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – RAISE ARM SCYE A LITTLE, REMOVE 2IN BOTH SIDES OF WAIST, ADD 1IN LENGTH, SHORTEN BODICE PORTION OF STRAPS

I also love this top, though the sizing / pattern drafting is mental. By my measurements I should have cut the size 2-3 sizes bigger than the one I did, and despite choosing to use the finished garment measurements instead it was still plenty roomy. I’d strongly advise using the finished garment measurements if you plan to make this, particularly focussing on the bust measurement, as the fit is loose and forgiving, and you can just adjust the waistline during construction to get it to sit the way you prefer. I really think it’s worth the effort though as the construction is great, and I really like the ties. I will say that for me when the ties are knotted, the knot sits on the seam to attach the ties to the bodice are, and could even be tied tighter to incorporate that seam, which sometimes messes with the arm scye, so I could shorten the bodice piece at the shoulder seam a little, especially if I make the tie-less version. I definitely want loads more of these in different colours, it could be a wardrobe staple once I perfect the fit.

(4) Seamwork Adelaide Dress

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/31/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEAMWORK SIZE 8 WITH A QUICK AND DIRTY FBA (I JUST GRADED UP TO THE 10 AT THE BUST)
FABRIC – COTTON POPLIN FROM GOD KNOWS WHERE
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – AS ABOVE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – STICK WITH THE 8 BUT FBA 1in

This is my second adelaide, and given my last one was too big I sized down this time. I really liked the fit over the bust on my previous one (once I’d moved the button) so I had hoped just grading out to the 10 at the bust would suffice. It definitely worked to some degree, but I could do with a little more front space so when I make this again I’ll do a proper FBA. Meh, needs must.

(5) Tilly and The Buttons Marigold Trousers

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/31/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SIZE 5
FABRIC – FLORAL VISCOSE CHALLIS FROM MINERVA CRAFT
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – AN EXTRA PLEAT ON EITHER SIDE AT THE FRONT, AN EXTRA DART AT EITHER SIDE AT THE BACK, TAKING OUT ROUGHLY 8CM IN ALL; ADDED 1IN TO THE LENGTH OF THE LEGS
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – GRADE FROM 4 AT WAIST TO 5 AT HIPS AS I LIKE THE FIT OF THE LEGS

These are the absolute shizzle. I love them. They were a bit big at the waist, so I added another pleat beside each pleat at the front, and another dart beside each dart at the back, approximately 2cm each, reducing the waistline by 8cm I reckon. I didn’t really take into account that this would have to go over my hips, which is a squeeze, but once on they’re super comfy and fit brilliantly. The viscose is light and drapey, fabulous for holidays. I’m a little miffed that the dye isn’t terribly colour fast, and, being viscose, despite pre-washing they’ve shrunk a tiny wee bit in length, but I’ve already worn them to death and will definitely make another pair.

That’s it for another month of makes, I’ll be back soon I hope with June’s plans, including an exiting collaboration with Adam Ross Fabrics!

Till next time

S x

April Sewing Plans

As ever I’m late because I’m lazy. Eh, whatcha gonna do?

So my April plans are dominated by holiday plans as we’re heading to Marrakech the first full week of May. And as is standard, I’m determined to sew an entirely new holiday wardrobe – it’s not like I need anymore pressure, but there it is!

(1) Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top

I’ve wanted to make this for awhile, and now is the perfect opportunity. I’m going to make the long sleeve version, which may sound like madness, but I need something to wear on the way out that’s layer-able with jeans for a travel outfit. We get in late at night and leave early morning so it shouldn’t be too hot for the Moroccan end of the travelling.

I got this lovely raspberry coloured jersey in the Goldhawk Road, composition unknown, viscose maybe? It’s beautifully drapey, with great stretch and recovery. I’m hoping for good things!

(2) Seamwork Gretta Top (s)

I’m a little nervous about how this will turn out as I’ve read a lot of reviews saying it comes out huge, and certainly by the finished measurements it looks like it’s drafted with far too much ease. So I’m going to have a play about with the fit with a stash fabric first, this navy crepe with abstract white flowers. It’s been in my stash so long I can’t even remember where I got it.

if I can work out the fit in reasonable time then I plan to make a second one in a navy viscose to match my next plan…

(3) Megan Nielsen Flint Shorts

So I’ve got enough of a lovely navy viscose to do both a Gretta top and the Flint shorts. It’s weighty but drapey and I’m hoping I’m going to end up with a faux jumpsuit effect. I’ve made a pair of them before, and really liked them. I imagine in a drapier fabric I’ll be able to dress them up and down which will making them super functional.

(4) Seamwork Adelaide Dress (es)

I’ve made one Adelaide already, and I love it, but I can improve the fit, as it has some gaping around the neckline. I’m going to cheat an FBA by cutting everything a size down except over the bust which fitted nicely. Hoping it works!

I’m using this cotton poplin, again it’s been in my stash for a while so I can’t remember where I got it. I made the last one in a cotton poplin and I really like it. If I can get the fit perfect this could be an amazing summer staple.

If I get the time I’ll make a second out of this poplin I got on the Goldhawk Road.

(5) Tilly and the Buttons Marigold jumpsuit as separates

I’ve got one Marigold already, but I’m keen to try it as separates, and then I’ll have the option to wear it as a jumpsuit or not. But I’ll be able to pee. Bonus.

This is a viscose challis, I think I got it from Minerva crafts about 6 months ago-ish. It will be lovely and cool for wandering around the souks.

(6) Helens Closet Blackwood Cardigan

I’m hoping in this light hacci knit from Girl Charlee (last year, at the Edinburgh Knitting and Stitching Show) will make a light cover up and excellent layering piece, and the creamy colour with pink flecks will really match a lot of the stuff in my wardrobe

All in all a busy wee month planned I’m unlikely to get it all done, but even if I make a dent I’ll be pleased. I’ll keep you posted!

Till next time

S x

My March Makes

I’ll be honest, March started off pretty ‘off piste’ for me sewing-wise as I didn’t get the chance to sit down and plan and pre- cut-out my makes at the beginning of the month, hence no post about my plans. In the end though it has proven to be another super productive month, thanks mostly to the long bank holiday Easter weekend which I spent down in London sewing with my friend. Note to self, travelling with a sewing machine isn’t easy (read *heavy*), but pre- planning / cutting / overlocking my pattern pieces made for really efficient sewing! I knocked out 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of leggings and 2 dresses in 2 days of sewing. Whoop!!

(1) Seamwork Akita Blouse

Seamwork Akita Blouse

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEAMWORK SIZE 10
FABRIC – PEACOCK COTTON LAWN SCRAP
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – FBA 1in, TAKE IN WAIST 1in, TAKE OUT HIPS 1in

At the beginning of the month I sort of lost my planning mojo, and just wanted a quick sew to feel I had achieved something. On raking through my scraps I found a narrow but fairly long piece of this beautiful cotton lawn (I got it on eBay ages ago, sorry) which was perfect for an Akita. It’s one pattern piece cut cleverly on the fold, ideal for a quick fix, and you can get the size 10 out of 1.4m length x 0.7m width – a fab scrap buster! It sews together really quickly, given the minimal seams, and I chose to overlock the edges then turn and hem, rather than bias bind them, to make it even quicker.

The fit isn’t perfect, I need more room in the bust and hips, but have fabric pooling around the waist. It’s still wearable but this is one of those patterns that I would like to perfect so I can knock out quick work blouses out of scraps. Winner!

(2) Sew Over It Molly Dress

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEW OVER IT SZE 12
FABRIC – RED / CREAM STRIPE JERSEY FROM FABWORKS
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – TOOK WAIST IN BY 1-1.5IN EACH SIDE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – ADJUST PATTERN BY 1IN IN AT WAIST

I love this dress – I kind of feel like ‘ Where’s Wally?’ But that’s no bad thing I think! I’ve been looking for a comfy loose jersey dress, and you can never go wrong with a stripe. This jersey is lovely and soft, and sews up really well despite being drapey. It has great stretch, and is the perfect weight etc for the Molly. Knowing that now I don’t think I would Sew the Molly again in anything less drapey or stretchy, as I much prefer the look and feel of this compared to others I’ve made. I may *ahem* have sewn the neck band seams outward, but I just tacked it down, no-one has time to unpick overlocking! It’s turned out ok too. All in all a win, and I’m unlikely to go missing in head to toe stripes. Just need to find a matching hat and some black rimmed glasses…

(3) McCalls M5430 Wrap Skirt

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – McCalls 14
FABRIC – ANDY WARHOL ICE-CREAM POLYESTER (FROM MY STASH)
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – NONE

Wrap skirts are advantageous in that they need little fitting, and as such this sewed up so quickly. I love the wider waistband, and I’m glad I chose the 14. The measurements have me a 16, but like many people I find ‘big-4’ patterns have far too much ease in them. Thus far everything I’ve made per my measurement has been too big. No big deal as I can take things in, but still. This sits nicely at my waist with just the right amount of flounce from the front waterfall ruffle effect. Next time the only difference I’d make is adding the pockets ( I put them on the wrong way and couldn’t be bothered to re-do them once I’d taken them off) and make sure I use a fabric with a less obvious wrong side, or avoid the ruffle effect if the fabric has an obvious wrong side. Speaking of the fabric isn’t it cute? I’m tempted to quilt one of the ice-creams to emulate a dress I saw at the #sewscottish meetup in New Lanark, but knowing me I’ll never get around to it. It behaves like a typical polyester, so I have to wear a slip as it’s Scotland and therefore tights are required!

(4) Sew Over It Mia Jeans

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEW OVER IT SIZE 12
FABRIC – DARK INDIGO STRETCH DENIM FROM SEW ME SUNSHINE
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – 1.5CM SEAM ALLOWANCE THROUGHOUT (DRAFTED 2.5CM) AND EVEN LESS AT THE CALVES, INCREASED WAISTBAND SIZE TO FIT GARMENT AFTER ADJUSTMENTS
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE UP TO 14, ADD 1CM TO CALF

PEOPLE!! I MADE JEANS!! I consider myself somewhere around the adventurous beginner / intermediate level of sewing skill, so I was pushing myself here. I’ve never sewn a fly zip before, but I’ll be honest it was a lot easier than I expected. The fabric was a dream (though my hands were blue after, lol) if a little lighter weight than I anticipated, and the Sew Over It instructions were great. I had these pre-cut to take them for my sewing weekend in London, and I got these sewn in about a day. They’re tight around the calf, I had no more seam allowance to take out, but I horse-ride, so these calves are SOLID lol. I always have fit problems there. Otherwise I think that these are a cracking first effort at jeans, I’m super chuffed. Now for more!

(5) Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – MEGAN NIELSEN LARGE
FABRIC – DENIM EFFECT JERSEY FROM FABRIC GODMOTHER
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – TOOK THE WAIST IN BY AT LEAST 5-6IN, SHORTENED FROM THE HEM 3IN
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN ABOVE THE CALVES

This fabric is genius – these leggings are essentially jeggings now, and they are super comfy. I made the large because I’ve made these once before and they came up tight, but clearly it was the wrong fabric, which I should really have realised. That said the legs fit without adjustment, but the waist was huge, so I just, pinned, adjusted and chopped a chunk off the waistband. They fit great now.

(6) Seamwork Adelaide

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – SEAMWORK 10
FABRIC – QUILTING COTTON FROM MAUDS FABRIC FINDS
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – CROSSED THE UPPER PLACKET OVER AN EXTRA INCH TO STOP NECKLINE GAPING
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN WITH AN FBA

Once I get the fit right on this I know it’s going to be my go to summer dress pattern, I love it. It was also the first time I used prym snaps rather than buttonholes and Buttons, and lord it’s so much quicker. It was gaping at the neckline, a problem I get a lot, and realistically what I need to do is size down and do a full bust adjustment. Even though Colette patterns are drafted for a C cup and my upper to full bust difference is 3in I still find their patterns gape on me, I’m hoping this will cure it. I have 3 more lined up for our holiday to Morocco in a month, so I’m hoping I can get the fit perfect next time. For ease this time I just added an extra popper-back 1 inch further in on the neckline to allow the upper placket to fold over the under placket a little more. A quick and dirty fix!

(7) Jennifer Lauren Handmade Afternoon Shift Dress

MY MEASUREMENTS (INCHES) – 38/30/40, 5FT8IN
PATTERN SIZE CHOSEN – JENNIFER LAUREN HANDMADE SIZE 12
FABRIC – QUILTING COTTON BOUGHT FOR ME, PRESENT FROM MY MUM 🙂
ADJUSTMENTS MADE – NONE
ADJUSTMENTS REQUIRED – SIZE DOWN AND FBA

Same problem here, I’ve been basing my measurement on my full bust, as my full bust / waist / hip measurement are fairly standard measurements, but my upper bust is 35inches and as such I should really have chosen the 10 and done a 1 inch FBA. In the photo I may be cheating and pulling the excess in that the back to make it sit better lol. It’s a lovely pattern though, and once I get the fit right will be a great work staple.

Also can we take a second to appreciate JUST HOW PALE MY LEGS ARE?! Jeeeez.

So that’s it for this month, I’m pretty pleased – some new challenges and some potential wardrobe staples. Let me know what you think. Have you made any of these patterns? Have you made jeans or are you putting them off? Drop me a comment!

Till next time

S x

How I Use Trello To Organise My Sewing – 1

Hi everyone I’m back today to start a short series of posts on an app I’ve been using for organising my sewing that I really like and thought you might like to hear about. It’s called Trello and it’s revolutionised how I categorise, organise and plan my sewing.

Over the next couple of blog posts I’ll tell you all about what Trello is, how I choose to use it, and give you some ideas for you to get started

What is Trello?

Trello is described as a web-based project management system, which just sounds like jargon to me. I don’t think it’s possible from such a dry description to understand how easily you can individualise it without trying it first.

You create an account online, but then you can access your account through the apps for both iPhone and iPad (I don’t own any android stuff so don’t know if there is an interface for them). This give is great portability and accessibility as all of your data is stored in your account not on your device, meaning you only have to enter it one to access it on all the interfaces.

I like to think of it as a mash up between Pinterest and Evernote. Cards are organised into lists within boards, but the cards are populated with your own information rather than just pinning pictures from other users.

How did I hear about it

It first popped up as an Instagram post which piqued my interest, so I went for a bit of an internet rummage to find out more. I’d had my eye out for the perfect organisation tool, as up to that point 8 had my fabric in one app and my patterns in another, and no way for them to interact. As well as this they were single platform use – if I entered the information in my phone I could access it through the same app on my iPad. So I found that Mamie Camille has a great series over on her blog about how she uses it, and it was exactly what I was looking for – I was sold!

What do I use it for

This is the beauty, you can use it for anything! I currently use multiple boards to arrange different aspects of sewing – fabric, patterns etc about which I will go into more detail in my next post.

What do you use for your sewing organisation, have you found a method that works best for you or are you still hunting that elusive dream?

Tell me your thoughts 🙂

Until next time

S x