Firehose

Yes, more plans! Ha! I have done very little sewing this year, but a lot of planning and reading and thinking and even fabric selling! Yes, I legitimately reduced my stash by 40 yards already by getting off my arse and selling some fabric. Woo! Anyway, Whitney from TomKat Stitchery and Carla from Stay Stitching launched a module sewalong challenge at the end of January, which runs to the end of March, so there’s plenty of time still to join! I got to know Whitney a little from leading Sew My Style together last year and she is such a nice person – and a pure machine when it comes to sewing. I am not a big YouTube person, but her vids are an exception. Check them out if you haven’t before – they’re inspiring and practical.

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The basic idea of the challenge is that you sew a topper (jacket, cardigan, etc.), three tops and two bottoms, which all... [read more]



Pattern: Paper Theory's Zadie is back already!  just slightly hacked to accomodate the freezing temperature's of late (no chilly ankles round here) I lengthened the leg pieces by around 3 inches -I think- and kept them wide

Fabric: Spotty heart print viscose. Lovely and drapey and super easy to sew with. This is a fabric hungry pattern though, I used pretty much all of the 3 meters bought. 


Notions: Totally missed cutting out the binding pieces on the bias (although wouldn't have actually had room for that anyway) so I bought some black binding for the neckline. I actually don't mind how that looks either and it was much less fiddly and no fraying! I also used binding for hemming the arms to keep a little bit of length. 



Thoughts: Another much loved Zadie for the wardrobe. Being able to sew this up without pattern alterations and knowing the fit will be great is such a treat. I'm pretty sure there will be a few more of these made over the summer. 


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hello and Happy New Year Welcome to 2020 and new decade!

February is  here and a very special month for me as an African-American as we celebrate Black History. Although I celebrate all year long there is extra emphasis in February.  This year I was chosen to partner with Cricut in celebrating Black History Month with this project using Cricut Infusible Inks!!

The image I chose of of a African-American women celebrating our crowns! This post will also introduce us converting an image to line drawings for use with Cricut Infusible Inks.

Materials Needed for this Project:

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hello and Happy New Year Welcome to 2020 and new decade!

February is  here and a very special month for me as an African-American as we celebrate Black History. Although I celebrate all year long there is extra emphasis in February.  This year I was chosen to partner with Cricut in celebrating Black History Month with this project using Cricut Infusible Inks!!

The image I chose of of a African-American women celebrating our crowns! This post will also introduce us converting an image to line drawings for use with Cricut Infusible Inks.

Materials Needed for this Project:

Hellooo!  It’s been a little quiet on this front lately, but rest assured, the sewing has continued!  The cashmere coat is finished, I just need to get photos that do it justice!  Standing in my sewing room with my phone propped up on a pile of books just isn’t doing any good.  And, there’s another coat to show you now!  I’m making good progress on shrinking the coating pile – at last!  Again though, I need some nice sunny weather and a helper to get some decent photographs.

With the coat and jacket sewing, there’s good focus, but I need little, quick projects to break it up a bit.  That’s partly why I thought signing up to Stef’s #SewYourWardrobeBasics would be a good idea.  There’s no pressure, you participate in that month’s challenge theme if it suits you, and don’t if it doesn’t.  So far, so good.  This month is stripes, and if you’ve been... [read more]

Sometimes you just want to sew something mindless. Engage your hands in something, but not something that requires too much concentration or skill. New Year’s Day was a day like that. I was tired from a night of good company, good food and many good drinks, plus my daughter had a nasty cough as well. Needless to say, I needed some sewing time, but I wasn’t up for undertaking any project with many details or where precise sewing was required.

When adding the belt loops, I didn’t realise that the front was was right in the CF. So the belt’s a bit off on the side.

Enter the Trijntje skirt! I’d been planning to sew a weekender skirt, i.e. a skirt that is comfortable to wear around the house or doing weekend errands. Simple enough. The denim was a remnant from my Denim Pinda pants so I had what I had and needed to work around that.

See, all rectangles. But... [read more]
A white woman in a yellow knitted hat is looking down at the floor wearing a denim jacket made from lots of different kinds of denim.

Hey, Sewcialists!

I’m Vicky of Sewstainability here, and I am so excited that the theme this month is denim as it is my all-time favourite fabric! It’s my favourite fabric to sew as it behaves well during cutting out and under the sewing machine, and it’s my favourite fabric to wear as it looks great with so many colours, makes durable garments, and only gets better with age!

A white woman in a yellow knitted hat is fixing her hair wearing a yellow cardigan under an open denim jacket made from lots of different kinds of denim.

Because it is my favourite, it may come as no surprise that I have made quite a few denim garments over the years. A York Pinafore, a Pippi Pinafore, an Ellis Dress and a Camden Skirt have all contributed scraps to this project. It was these scraps that really gave me the inspiration to make this. I wanted to show the beauty of the shades and textures of the different denims and how they could work together to make one beautiful garment. This jacket is basically my love... [read more]

Occasionally I find a pattern I really love and I make it over and over again.  The Sew Over It Heather is one of those patterns.  Well, I've only made three of them, but it seems I'm constantly thinking of the next one.  Make no mistake.  There will be a fourth in the future!

My first Heather was a warm, quilted long sleeve one back when the pattern had first come out.  My second one was a short sleeve one the following summer.  Which brings us to Heather Dress number three.  Which just so happens to be up on the Minerva Blog today.


Why is everything so green again you ask?  Well.  Let me tell you! There is often a lag in when we make our projects to when they get posted up on the blog, which leads to some pretty comical time travel-esque photos.  This dress has actually been in my wardrobe since last summer when I made it.   Right now... [read more]

No, seriously. Why do t I have a cookie belt?

This is like the last minute ‘Mom! I need a costume for digit day! Wake up! Why are you sleeping? The carpool is here!!’ Nightmare

Oh no! Your knee balloons aren’t inflated! Now the collection won’t make any sense!?

No. I won’t wear it. I don’t care. I’ll walk in

My own clothes. Fine. Fiona- you’re up!!

All Hail our Queen!!

Drop crotch sad Olive Oyl frock? Are those bath bombs?

Ok, so I never actually saw the new Aquaman- but I’m sure I can make you a costume if you describe it…..

Photo credits: Vogue.com

As promised i'm back trying to blog again.  This dress is years old, and by years old I actually mean YEARS old!!!  The fabric was brought at the #sewnorthwest workshop that me and my sister attended ages ago. It was a bit of a treat yo'self moment due to the fact my sister and her husband had decided to treat me to my ticket. [I actually had the money in my purse to pay for her for it

The Sewing Community sure love their sewing challenges. And of course, they all come with a hashtag… Myself, I am a bit on the fence, with my bum probably hanging slightly on the ‘against’ side. So, I wanted to explore this subject in one of those ‘conversation opener’ posts that I indulge in on the blog from time to time. I also did a quick straw poll on Instagram, and very much looking forward to discussing the pros and cons and getting your thoughts on the matter as well. Let’s dive right in. Sewing challenges – what are they? If…

The post SEWING CHALLENGES | IN OR OUT? appeared first on SEWRENDIPITY.

The Sewing Community sure love their sewing challenges. And of course, they all come with a hashtag… Myself, I am a bit on the fence, with my bum probably hanging slightly on the ‘against’ side. So, I wanted to explore this subject in one of those ‘conversation opener’ posts that I indulge in on the blog from time to time. I also did a quick straw poll on Instagram, and very much looking forward to discussing the pros and cons and getting your thoughts on the matter as well. Let’s dive right in. Sewing challenges – what are they? If…

The post SEWING CHALLENGES | IN OR OUT? appeared first on SEWRENDIPITY.

Surprise! I made this wool coat back in the fall, and never blogged it. I absolutely love it though, and wear it a lot! It’s the perfect layer for days when it’s around freezing and I’m just walking 10m between the house to the car to work! I can also wear it inside when the school is cold.

This is the same Burda Plus pattern that I used for my quilted fall jacket and boy oh boy do I wish I could link you to the pattern… but Burda has gone and “revamped” their website and now it’s useless! I know the pattern number and release date of this pattern, and I still can’t bloody find it on Burda!!?! If any of you have better Burda search skills than I do, perhaps you could link to it in the comments? It is the Collarless Jacket (Plus Size) 09/2013 #137.

For this version, I made it longer and added a box pleat in the back for ease. I went shopping... [read more]




Cover Designs is a feature in which I try to match up the outfit on a book cover with a dress pattern and sometimes even potential fabric matches as well.

Disclaimer by Renée Knight is my kind of story -- all about a woman who discovers that a mysterious book she finds at her bedside is not fiction...it's telling the story of what really happened on the day that Catherine experienced something that is a deep, dark secret...



Psychological suspense, secrets, and books: a great combo. And this cover spoke to me right away. It said "The Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated is a perfect match!" I agree -- this dress could be quickly reproduced using the Hinterland pattern, short sleeve & button placket view. Plus a book that matches your fabric of course.

Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated 

I think that this dress is an excellent choice for this book cover. You... [read more]

Howdy folks! I actually have a finished garment post! Gasp!

My lack of proper blogging over the last couple of years means that I have a massive backlog of finished projects to share.

I asked on Instagram last week if people would like me to blog about the finished garments that I haven’t done a proper blog photo shoot of but have a couple of photos of from Outfit of the Day type photos. And people mostly said yes so I’m going to start trying to get through my backlog.

Though today’s post actually has proper photos that I took ages ago but didn’t do anything with. You can tell how old the photos are from how long my hair is. I think I’ve chopped it all off twice since then!

Please excuse the fact that the dress is wrinkled to hell and back. These photos were taken after a day at work and this fabric is very wrinkle prone. You expect less... [read more]

This is maybe the 100th time I've made this pattern, but it can feel new and fun depending on the details!


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There was some sunshine today! Hallelujah! I ran out and snapped some pics of some garments I’ve finished, but have been struggling to capture. I believe this year was a record one for Seattle in terms of rainfall (it doesn’t rain half as much as people think) and I can tell you we’re all feeling the long grey days… Anyway! Enough about that. I don’t make my son clothes too often, but when I do it’s in a batch and Joe was in dire need of new pyjamas and a couple of winter layering items, so I cut some out just before Christmas and finally finished them up.

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The new garment I tried this time was the Brindille and Twig Hooded Vest No. 95, which I made out of this Albstoffe Quilted Knit Jersey in Dusty Blue (I see the light grey is still available and on sale). As with most Euro knits, the... [read more]

McCall’s 6436 shirt, black stretch cotton poplin, fancy ‘silver’ buttons.  Pretty much straight out of the packet, D cup front, no darts in back, and shortened a little.  I also reduced the cuff size as I have fairly skinny wrists!  I used the Folkwear Frontier shirt placket as usual.

Very straightforward, despite the sewing machine deciding to fight me on this one.  I cleared all the fluff out of the machine before I started sewing, and suspect I may not have bedded the bobbin case in properly, as it was stitching erratically for a while.  I took it all out again, changed the needle, cursed a bit…and it’s working again.  Good old sewing gods.

I’m playing about with some black lace and trim, as my theme here is meant to be embellishment, but I’m really loving the stark plainness of this with the fancy buttons, so may leave it alone.  Plans schmans.

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…but still no sewing

I spent a fair amount of time cutting and fusing interfacing for three shirts and a dress, then realised I also needed lining for the V8858 skirt, so found a bit of cotton lawn in a rose pink- a weird colour for me [it was a bargain when I bought it on eBay] but I’ve found it’s great for lining as it doesn’t show through ANYTHING.

I also dug out another skirt pattern I have’t used in years- Vogue 8750.  I made this up about 10 years back in a red wool as a straight skirt [view B], and the fuller version [viewF] in denim…and basically rarely wore either.  The denim one was too stiff for the style, and the waist got way too tight too quickly.  The pencil skirt just didn’t go with anything, and both ended up going to a charity shop, which was most distressing- the wool for the burgundy skirt was GORGEOUS.  Ah well.

I’m... [read more]

We had my ma and pa over for a nice meal a few weeks back, to celebrate their SIXTIETH wedding anniversary.  SIXTY!!

She arrived [as usual] with various carrier bags of stuff- a load of net curtains for me to shorten, a bag of clothes to go to the charity shop, and a large carrier bag full of ‘lace and things’ for me to forage from.  My decidedly NOT crafty mum used to make those horseshoes that we all used to carry at our weddings- remember them?

Instead of the ubiquitous plastic ones you could buy, my great aunt had worked out how to make personalised ones, using a cardboard template, covered in silver foil.  She then knitted  a lacy sleeve for it, and trimmed it with ribbon threaded through the slots, and little fake flowers and things attached.  They then used to sell them, probably for peanuts knowing... [read more]

It's taken me awhile to warm to the high-waisted silhouette. My body and mind are adjusting, as slow as ever, to the inevitable creep of fashion. 


The Persephone by Anna Allen is the most high-waisted silhouette in my pattern library. My first pair, made over a year ago in linen, languished because they would stretch out during the course of a day and end up sagging. I fixed that recently with a length of buttonhole elastic, and now that they stay up, I love wearing them. So I decided to make another pair.



This pair is made in Cone Mills 12 oz S-gene denim. Or at least, that's what I think it is... I got it as part of a kit back when Closet Case Patterns was selling Cone Mill kits, which was a long time ago! The kit came with 9 oz and a 12 oz jeans-sized pre cut pieces, and I used the 9 oz and have reordered it multiple times. But the 12 oz has... [read more]

The True Bias Roscoe blouse and dress was recently re-released in a larger size range now going up to size 30 (Bust 57.5 inches; Waist 50.5; inches Hip 59.5 inches). 

The Roscoe Blouse and Dress is a boho-inspired garment with a gathered neckline and raglan sleeves.The neckline is finished with a center slit and neckties. The sleeves are designed to hit a few inches above the wrist. View A is a blouse, view B is a mini dress or tunic and view C hits mid-calf. Views B and C have a large ruffle at the bottom.

Andie

Measurements: Bust 52; Waist 48; Hips 55-57 (fluctuates based on pain/inflammation)

Pattern size: Size 24 based on the amount of ease in the pattern I figured that size would work well. I made view C.

Alterations: None. I sewed it up without any changes.

Fabric: A lightweight satin charmeuse,

Fit: I think it fits great as is. I... [read more]

donated jeans

I was gifted a couple of pairs of old Lee jeans size 30”x30”.  The jeans were not in good enough condition to give to a charity shop, and the owner didn’t want them mended, so I felt entirely happy reimagining them as a pinafore for me. The pattern I used is one I made myself, based on a ready to wear garment, but it is very like the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo, and I think the Rickey or Callie pinafores by @thefoldline would work, or the Grace Pinafore by @thepatternpreacher, or the Penelope by @madebyjacksmum… There are so many you could try! 

taking apart denim jeans

I chose to take the jeans legs to pieces, undoing the hems, top-stitching and seams to get fabric I could use as the pinafore panels. The shape of the legs lend themselves to being used ‘upside down’ because the pinafore is wider at the hem than the bodice. I also removed the waistband and unpicked the belt... [read more]


The name for this post, on the photo file, is: It's the Pits, but I just can't make that be the headline.
Because some of this is referencing other folks' thinking, which is NOT the pits.
It's a link party, because they did it better than I can

https://historicalsewing.com/how-to-be-a-shield-maiden

I read a lot of 'let's make our own' and this one makes the most sense in terms of construction and materials.
(I found the original source, but yes, I discovered this image on Gertie's page)

I had no idea Kleinert had such a stranglehold on the market of pits.

http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/lets-talk-about-sweat.html

I like Gertie. Fight me. She gets people to sew. Her books are well considered additions to the canon. And she's funny.
"Reader, I was not Sure"*

This however takes the cake. 
https://thompsontee.com/blog/how-to-make-dress-shields-at-home/

It's an... [read more]
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