Well I don’t know…. shall I continue blogging or not? It seems there aren’t too many other people interested in my meanderings but strangely I quite like the fact that no one’s very bothered about my sewing journey. It sort of reflects my life really and I feel I can be quite honest as I’m not upsetting anyone. I hate upsetting people and don’t like being upset myself. I often (not that often) open my gob after I have bottled stuff up for ages and then a load of mismanaged, poorly formed ranting and abuse pours out which I instantly regret but obviously it’s been released, heard and hurt, causing no end of upset and consequence. Anyway so what, that’s not what I’m blogging about….honesty re sewing is more what I want to write about as it sort of documents things somewhere where I can find them. I do document my makes with notes but not in a consistent place so I often can’t revisit my notes quickly for reference. Di of Daffodiledger vlog showed a lovely sketch pad journal that she had received as a prize from Sewstainability@wordpress.com which is actually what prompted me to think about doing a blog update. If you read this sewstainability I couldn’t see all the pictures on your July blog or comment to tell you! I don’t think you will see this so never mind! Anyway I think I might try to source the sketch pad journally thing.
I wore loads of my latest makes on a recent holiday. I have been trying to make more tops as this is where I need more practise in fit and design. I’ll insert a few pics to help highlight the problems. I was ever so pleased that I managed to wear something me made every day and even elicited a positive comment from a store assistant in Corfu Town regarding my me made (very hastily pre departure) cross body holiday bag. I was delighted but also highly embarrassed as the stitching was definitely not the best although she kindly said, “ trust me, the stitching is fine”. She had commented on the unusual design and how nice it was…..ooh I have been waiting a long time for a comment like that! My Hubbie found it funny but he was quite chuffed for me. I’m keen to show you the things I made and some will be quite old ( circa 4-5 yrs when I first dipped into the wonderful world of sewing).
The above are quite recent makes
1. Butterick culottes size 14 B6178 Black linen (myfabrics.co.uk online) with simplicity 1693 green floral lawn like cotton from Sew Fabric size 14 view c without an overlay
2. Butterick culottes 6178 blue linen my fabrics.co.uk & sew over it London Susie blouse size 16 (adjusted as it was too big to closer to 14/12 fit) using seasalt cotton voile fabric
3. B6178 and simplicity 1693 (blue and black viscose Minerva crafts)
4. B6178 black linen with Peppermint Mag in the folds Ruffle sleeve top free pattern Size 16 graded to 14 blue viscose with yellow flowers -Minerva crafts
5. Butterick 6178 blue linen – myfabrics.co.uk and sew over it Lulu top – blue cotton fabric with ? Birds -Sew fabric
6. Butterick 6178 black linen with simplicity K1467 size 16 view A – purple tana lawn not completely sure from where but it will have been heavily discounted!
Same deal left to right working across:
1. Simplicity 6210 knit fabric (very first dress shortened from maxi to just below knee) Truro fabrics and my cross nody handbag with adjustable straps and 2 added pockets and top zip. Also has a key fob. Elephant print cotton (BST ltd I think) and green faux leather(crafters companion). Strap adjuster applied using Debbie Shore’s helpful YouTube vlog.
2. Burda 7062 view b- bengaline stretch fabric from BST ltd online
3. Sew over it London Lulu dress with pockets removed when dress made smaller at side seams and a tie belt added in the same fabric to help give shape. Blue floral cotton – eBay
4. Lulu dress again.
5. New look 6500 view c cut size 16 but reduced to 14 ish top and blended to 12 ish waist and hips. Seasalt floral linen I metre used. Facings cut from blue linen
6. New look 6500
7. Tanya whelan – sew many dresses sew little time book. Excellent mix and match bodice and skirt options in this book. Blue paisley cotton from Sew Fabric
8. Butterick 5044shorts in grey polka dot cotton from Truro fabrics – elasticated waist & pockets so comfy
Left to right again
1. Sew Over it London Zoe dress blue cotton fabric not sure where from but possibly Minerva crafts or myfabric.co.uk
2. Zoe dress again – pockets elevated in side seams, sway back adjustment, narrow shoulder adjustment and added 2 inches to length
3. Orla dress by True Navy free pattern – cotton from the Sewing Studio
4. Sew over it Lulu top that needs the gathers and bias neckline adjusted and reworked ASAP. Fabric- Sew Fabric . Trousers -M&S RTW.
5. Tanya whelan book :Sew many Dresses Sew little time mix and match bodices and skirts in poppy print cotton from somewhere
6. Tanya Whelan again with a lovely soft drapey fabric from eBay and paired with a handy light weight cardie
Well I hope you enjoy this blog my lovely IBFs xx