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October and November – sew sew sew

Well here I am again IBFs and still sewing.  I’ve even had an overlocker as a pre birthday present- super dooper new one.  Seems extravagant but YOLO so going to use it when I can.  On the health front, The Marsden disagree with my local hospital on the scan results.  I can’t take much from that as its not just the current scan that counts but each appointment brings a fresh anxiety and I have to learn to get on with it and do what I can to enjoy whatever life I have.    So having bought some lovely Stenzo jersey fabric from the Sewcial Studio online I decided it should be made into a McCalls 7432 with a slightly modified neckline and pockets.  I had earmarked the fabric for a top so didn’t have quite enough to do full length sleeves in one piece so  I cut cuffs and added them on to the sleeves I could make.  I added a neckband, inserting it with the lt shoulder open rather than as a circle and dividing it into quarters etc.  I prefer it as you can just chop any excess off and you get the join at the left side of the neck rather than at the centre back (or centre front if you get it wrong…..) as you finish the left shoulder and neck together.  I’m not sure the pockets really work as they hit the hips at the flare of the skirt but I wanted them so in they went and I used form band at the seams where they are joined (under stitching the seams to keep them inside) as well as on the shoulder seams. I inserted the sleeves on the flat and completed the side seams, pocket bag seams and arm seams in one continuous sew.




I had made another M7432 as well as I used some Poppy EU ltd jersey fabric bought in a shop approx 10-14 miles away from me.  I fell in love with the feel and look of it and normally only use this shop as a reference point as they have been rude personally to me on more than one occasion and I’ve witnessed rude behaviour toward another client in the shop in front of several shoppers.  I try not to buy anything from them but every so often as I can’t help going in and schmoozing around the shop loveliness I find something  I can’t be without and have to buy it there and then.  This M7432 was made with a high neckline and no pockets and the drape of the skirt is better without the pockets.  I really like wearing it, surprising as its not really my style.  Its simple to make and quick to come together.  I really want to try a v neckline next but will have to wait to use the fabric bought at 1st for Fabrics online for my birthday (not for a few days grrr and it will have to be washed first!). The lovely package arrived but its been hidden away with my overlocker cones and grandchild friendly fabric……its going to be awesome!   Karina from lifting pins and needles has posted a YouTube tutorial on how to do V neckbands so thanks to her I’m determined to give it a go and either use this pattern or the one she uses Simplicity 8548 which I think is the same as New Look 6298.  Thanks for the inspiration Karina.




Well I did some other sewing as well:  Love Sewing magazine had a threadcount 1902 pattern not too long ago so I gave that a bash.  I’ve got a few t shirt patterns and have been fixated on the Coco recently (TATB) after hating it initially when I tried it a while ago.  Although Im not the best sewist around I think I have improved a bit over the few years I’ve been sewing and found the coco neckline less of an obstacle recently.  Time to try another pattern I thought so gave this one an outing…..well its massive.  I went by the finished garment size and found that I needed to reduce the armscye, shoulder length, side seams ……ooooh annoying.  I used Stuart Hilliard jersey bought from my new favourites….Ist for Fabrics who always package the fabric beautifully and send a lovely message with thread and just general loveliness.  I don’t know why it took me so long to find them.




I can’t leave it there, hubby needed a warm fleece quickly and we couldn’t be bothered to drive to the shops or even online shop so having a bit of techno fleece in the cupboard from several moons ago I quickly ran up a jacket for him with instructions to wear it in garden and home as it was less than brilliant.  I didn’t have a long enough separating zipper and there wasn’t really enough fleece in one colour way plus the arms were going to be too short ….oh my goodness…. no end of worries over this one but it got sewn and ‘ere tiz’as we say.




You can’t see the pictures well you complain —ah sorry, rubbish photographer.  I also made two Jalie 3137 polo shirts.  – one for a 5 year old and one for the hubby.  These went down better than expected and the bigger boy wears his a lot.  His was made from Girl Charlee fabric (online purchase) and little uns was made from free gift jersey from 1st for Fabrics also from online order.  I won’t post a picture of the little chap but his had a pocket on the front and it was an easier sew than I expected but not without some difficulties.  I found YouTube videos that were helpful and haven’t linked them but they are easily found.

So I think thats your lot lovely IBFs.  Another blog is done, not sure how many more there will be but just for now ….Keep Sewing.

Sewing and another journey



It’s been a bit of a difficult time as I was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas.  Of course I needed to keep it quiet over the Christmas and New Year to minimise the impact on other people but it was tough.  I’ve had an op and now have radiotherapy to contend with over the coming weeks.  It’s one of those that they can’t necessarily eradicate but you have to hope for the best and wonder if something else will get you first…..  The operation severed my facial nerve so you definitely won’t be seeing mug shots but I’m grateful I can eat, drink and communicate.  I can’t blink or close one eye completely so that makes life difficult for sewing, reading etc so that’s not cheering me up any.  The gel I apply makes vision difficult and I worry about damage to my eye but there are so many things to angst over they have to take their turn in coming to the fore.  A moan, a cry, various swear words and on again.

I went to The Royal Marsden for pre op assessment and had a chance to look around at fabric shops….Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush market, Sew-over-it, Williams Gee (don’t go there to browse… fantastic online to order and collect or deliver or if you know what you want but gave me a laugh getting there and realising my mistake….glad I saw it just the same).  Maculloch and Wallis ….fantastic, Liberty…all good.  Would have liked to enjoy it more but a bit of a cloud over me.  So glad I did look around though, would do a lot more if I went again but life is difficult now I can’t smile.

So anyway I’ve tried to keep sewing.  A fake fur jacket…… never again, furry stuff everywhere and what a pain getting stuck in the presser foot!  2 A Line skirts with pockets, a city back pack and sew-over-it Carrie trousers.  I’ve also made a necessary clutch wallet but quite sure I wouldn’t have managed it without Sian – kittenish behaviour sew-a-long videos.  I made it with various scraps so if I tackle it again I will be a little more stylish!

And of course, The Great British Sewing Bee…… 😁 Hooray…. something great to watch.  My winner is still there for now.


Fake Fur Simplicity 8218 unlined jacket – could have gone down a size methinks.



New Look 6106 A Line skirts with pockets.


Simply Sew City Back Pack (pas demo’d on sewing quarter several times since July 2018)


Sew over it Carrie Trousers


Emmaline bags – necessary Clutch Wallet

Well what’s next…..sew me something Kate dress with frill hack.  The last one was a disaster with my choice of fabric so…..lighter weight drapier fabric and size it down a bit.

Keep sewing IBFs and be glad of what you’ve got …you never know when it might change. Oh and don’t I take simply the best most flattering photo views😀.

Bettine Dress failure




Not sure what happens to me when I sew but I really don’t seem to get the same results as other people i.e. wearable garments!  I have a vision and a bit of a plan and then it all goes horribly wrong. Part of it I think is the dreadful pictures I take which really doesn’t do much justice to my makes but just look at the horrors above.  The Bettine dress (Tilly and the Buttons) – the toile showed such promise but the corduroy I used was way too thick and bulky.  I shall have to dismantle it and make a skirt out of the bottom bit (unless I bin it completely).  The other thing is a Lara Top, a pattern free from simply sewing magazine. I saw the wonderful Jennifer Mills make it onSewing Quarter TV.  I already had the pattern and thought – yep, I can do that.  Hmm nope, I can’t.  Anyway its made worse by my standing with my tummy out and my shoulders back like a fool and a vest top underneath which really does look silly.  I tried to lengthen the top as the front seemed way too short and I didn’t really measure it accurately enough.  The pattern is meant to be longer at the back with a contrast facing showing through the slits at the side but my version is slightly longer at the front (just enough to make it look really not deliberate and just a big mistake) while the contrast facing doesn’t really show so the contrast cuffs look weird and unbalanced… which I think probably sums up my style and sewing generally.  Not ready to give up ……yet.

Mum is doing okay.  Put a TV in her bedroom as she likes to go to bed early quite often since the stroke but can’t always get off to sleep so thought it might be easier for her to have the ability to watch TV for a bit without having to get up and go downstairs again.  Also got a new satellite dish fitted and a freesat box so she can have a reliable picture downstairs….previously it was hit and miss. She is finding it difficult to work the freesat box but it’s early days and over time I think she will gradually get used to it.  It’s frustrating for her and she feels daft for not being able to do it.  Also got her a gtech hand-held vacuum which saves her using a dustpan and brush on the stairs….. why she does this I’m not sure but Iworry that she will overbalance so the vacuum might help with this.  Also managed to speak to a GP about the medication change  (on the phone, they don’t like to see you face to face) and hopefully she starts the new medication today as we managed to pick it up on Saturday morning.  We have also set her up with an Asda online account so that if she doesn’t feel up to shopping for the big stuff she can get it delivered and get the smaller bits and pieces she wants in a more leisurely fashion.  I hope this is all helping her …..it helps me to think she is able to get a bit more done and hopefully not worrying so much about how she is going to cope.  Not sure if the husband is totally happy with seeing so much of Mum and less of enjoying retirement together but that’s the way it is at the

Well I don’t know what I am going to sew next but I think I am better at trousers than anything else so I might get a pair done.  I have got some jacket patterns that I’d like to try but my confidence is a bit dented at present so I might just try something that I think Ican actually sew and  wear first!

Thanks for listening my IBFs – I’m off to dismantle the Bettine!

New top for Hubby

Thought I would use up some techno fleece I had in the stash.  Have been fed up with husband slopping around in a too small nearly falling to bits grey top and thought he might appreciate a new one.  I don’t think he is delighted but I prefer it to his RTW one.  This one is a Burda 6602 in size 46” chest which is much bigger than him but the fleece seems to mould to shape and stays tight.

old ready to wear top

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Still coping with the aftermath of mum’s stroke and trying to get other people to understand that this isn’t her being difficult – she has had a stroke – the MRI scan confirms it! She is doing well but there are a few things that she struggles with  (communication mainly and a bit of panic through loss of confidence in herself).  Our local surgery has gone through its difficulties and they have joined up in my area with 3 other surgeries and are now operating as one big group……it truly is awful.  We are now no longer able to make appointments we have to ring (usually a 20 minute wait minimum on the phone line whilst paying for the privilege) and the receptionist takes your details and tells you the doctor will phone you back within 5 working days to let you know if you can have an appointment or whether it can be sorted some other way.  Trying to get new medication which was advised by the stroke clinic (after getting the results of the 24 hour heart monitor from 3 weeks ago) is a nightmare but 3 weeks to go before the appointment which has been made by the surgery (phone call from the receptionist with my mum who has communication difficulties post stroke) for her to see a pharmacist at the surgery – can’t even speak to a doctor about it.  Mum lives alone and can’t get to the surgery (obviously I will take her now I know about the appointment). Would like to change Doctors but all the surgeries that Mum is in the catchment area for are with this rubbish group ……Grrrr.

On a lighter note have bought a makower advent calendar panel from Truro fabrics and am currently assembling it.  Not sure what I am going to do with it but for some reason I really wanted one

Have also bought my first Tilly and the Buttons pattern – the Bettine.  Have done a toile and it seems the size 5 needs very little tweaking- fashion fabric here I come!!!


And I finished my vogue peplum top  V8815

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Thats it my IBFs – speak to yo all soon.  Stay sane and keep sewing.