Next on the agenda….. Stellan Tee, Grainline studios Thayer Jacket, Avid Seamstress The Blouse, Pattern Union Molly tee, wardrobe by me Ziggy and a few others.
Well that’s how I ended my last blog so let’s pick it up and see what I’ve done shall we?
Well I have made a few things. I also did the stellan tee which is another free tee pattern by French Navy. It’s a short sleeved, boxy cropped little number which I like but not weather appropriate right now so haven’t got a picture of me wearing it for the sake of two people (one being me 😏) seeing it on the blog. There are enough pictures already out there already if you haven’t seen it yet.
Bit of a disaster with the Ziggy hoodie. Made it a bit too short for the hubs. Disaster averted though when I saw it’s potential as my garden jacket! I had one that was on its last legs with it being one of the first garments I made although I have got another one as well. It really doesn’t matter as they are used at different times seasonally. Ideally they have pockets to house all the bits of stuff I like to carry around as I move around outside. There’s always something that needs tying in or clipped and Phones have to be with us 24/7 or the world will sop spinning. Heaven knows what we would do if we couldn’t take a picture of our garden delights as soon as we see them.
I love all my other makes. The union tee is lovely. I really like the thumbhole cuffs and can see me adding them to other tops! I have to remember to free my hands up from the cuffs near water though….strangely I keep forgetting when washing a random cup or glass.
I really like the avid seamstress blouse fabric but there were some difficulties with the size I chose and the lack of play in the 1cm seam allowance. The instructions have you finish the fabric raw edges ahead of construction so the claiming back of a few mms was tricky. It says it’s a looser fit but that wasn’t my experience.
The Jalie polo and rebel sweatpants are worn by hubs….a lot…. He likes the polo shirts for their neckline and the rebels for their custom length….result.
The Thayer jacket is really nice and snuggly and I’ve really enjoyed wearing it on the few occasions I’ve ventured out. I’m glad I tackled it although I initially put the sleeve linings in the wrong arms so that left was in right and vice versa. Luckily I didn’t power ahead and finish seams etc so it was correctable. The fleece lining and quilted sleeve linings were a new challenge for me. Instructions were good on the whole. I usually manage to struggle at some points but it came together. There’s also a blog sew a long that I used alongside the instruction booklet. Nice pockets on this one…..phone, keys and hand gel nicely housed.
I think the tee shirts and footstool are self explanatory and they are used loads. I’m a tee shirt and jogger/ jeans person even when there isn’t a pandemic. The footstool just eats fabric scraps and the grandchildren will love using the new one. The first one I made was a really useful hit at Christmas when we had the one day get together with windows open, no hugging and seated as far apart as the the table would let us. I thoroughly recommend making one.
The wardrobe by me Whisper blouse is a top/tunic designed for double gauze and I love it. I tend not to wear longer tops as I’m short but I accidentally cut out the longer length when I was distracted. I used some double gauze I’d had for a while and I love the feel of it. The next one I make will be a top. There are design options for neckline and sleeves as well. I find the sleeves a bit bulky when rolled up but I haven’t tried very hard to try out a better fold/roll up technique. The sleeve tabs look great. already got some dg in the stash and eyes on more if the pennies allow. Adore not having to iron the tunic…..my kind of style.
Plans for the Cheyenne tunic/shirt by handmade by June and 5oo4 Mandy fitted tank/vest top. I have loads of other patterns and meters of fabric so as long as I’m still breathing you can find me sewing 💕🧵.
Enjoy your sewing and share with us all. Can’t wait to see what you make