July makes and August plans

Hello there! It’s been a while!

You’ll be pleased to know that I have been sewing quite a bit recently. I’ve finally finished work for the summer holidays and have spent my time sewing up a storm!

I managed to complete 5 garments in July, which is pretty good. I only really finished one before the summer holidays and then proceeded to make 3 or 4 within a week more or less. One item was a pattern test and I made two of one pattern but I had a very busy last week in July sewing-wise. I have filmed a YouTube video for my July makes which you may have seen. If not, you can watch it here.

Ok, so what did I make in July?

Friday Pattern Company – Sagebrush top

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I completed my second version of this top in a gorgeous white double gauze with gold dots on it. I love this top! The fabric is so dreamy and the top is so cute. This pattern is quickly becoming a favourite of mine! I love the puffy sleeves and the cute frill. It’s such a great pattern!

House of Akong – Tiger sweatshirt

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This was the pattern test that I completed in July. The pattern is by none other than Nicole Akong of Great British Sewing Bee fame and is based on her tiger sweatshirts that she wore during the show. It’s called the Tiger sweatshirt as the idea if you applique a tiger face to the front of it like the ones she wore. I didn’t do that as I was just pattern testing the sweatshirt itself. In honour of Nicole’s style, I used my navy sparkly sweatshirt fleece that I got last year from Like Sew Amazing and I used a plain black ribbing for the neckband and cuffs.

Paper Theory – Kabuki Tee

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Next up, was the Kabuki tee by Paper Theory in my beloved yellow and navy leopard print viscose twill. I got the fabric from Lamazi fabrics and it is by Mind the Maker. If you follow me on Instagram or have seen my YouTube video for July makes, you will know that this wasn’t entirely successful. I made a few mistakes along the way and at first, I thought it was unwearable. On reflection and after wearing it for a day, I’ve decided it is wearable, just not my best sewing! It’s bloody comfy to wear though. I would like to make another at some point to decide if it’s me or the pattern.

Paper Theory – Miller Trousers

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Deciding to make these trousers again in a black version was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I wanted a casual pair to wear out in public so made them in a linen look viscose from Minerva. These are seriously comfy, definite secret pyjamas! They’re simple to make and go with everything!

Friday Pattern Company – Sagebrush top

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Yes I’m obsessed! My final make of the month was a gingham version of the Sagebrush top. This is my third version and have plans for a 4th and 5th! I used a blue gingham I got from Sew Me Sunshine and love this version. I’ve wanted a gingham version for a while and am very pleased to add this to my wardrobe!

What am I going to make in August?

I have some serious sewing plans for the month of August. I’m fully taking advantage of time off work! In fact, I’ve already made one and a half of these items!

Here’s some of my plans…

Friday Pattern Company – Wilder Top

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I love my Wilder Gown but it doesn’t get as much wear as it deserves and I think that’s because flowy dresses aren’t my usual style. I do, however, love the neckline on it and am in need of some smart-ish tops. So, I’ve had the wonderful idea of making the top version of the Wilder Gown and I’m going to use a lovely blue leopard print viscose from Material Girl Laura. I think that will get lots of wear.

Helen’s Closet – Gilbert Shirt

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I have liked the look of this pattern since it was recently released and am part way through making my first version. I’ve gone for the tie front version but I’m sure I will try the longer version at some point as well. I love the relaxed look of this top and that although it’s cropped, it doesn’t look too cropped. I’m using my golden leopard print viscose twill. Again, it’s a Mind the Maker fabric but I can’t remember whether I got it from Lamazi Fabrics or Sister Mintaka! I’ve had this fabric for a while and couldn’t decide what to make with it as I love it so much and I was inspired to make the Gilbert Shirt.

Megan Nielsen – Opal pants

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I have been looking for a trouser pattern with a paperbag waist for ages and then Megan Nielsen goes and releases exactly what I was wanting! I love the look of view A and am keen to make these towards the end of September, ready for going back to work. I have a grey twill fabric I got from The New Craft House to make them in. Fingers crossed they fit well!

Sew Over It – Sorrento Jacket

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Ever since they released their latest ebook – Summer Dreaming – I have been wanting to sew everything in it! I also have plans to make the Alba skirt and Ravello dress from it but am very keen to tackle the Sorrento jacket. I’ve never made a denim jacket before and think this will definitely up my skills. I’ve bought a denim from Sew Me Sunshine but I don’t like the colour of it now it’s arrived. I’m still going to use it and treat my first version as a practise, then I want to get every colour denim and make more!

These are my main plans, but as usual, I have plenty more that I may squeeze in or my plans could change. I have so many other items that I want to make… the ones above are just the ones at the top of my list!

Other tentative plans include:

  •  Alba skirt by Sew Over It
  •  Ravello dress by Sew Over It
  •  Sagebrush top (no 4)
  •  Peppermint wrap top (free pattern from Peppermint magazine)
  •  Hannah dress by By Hand London
  •  Alexa jumpsuit by Tilly & the Buttons
  •  Tabitha Tshirt & dress by Tilly & the Buttons
  •  Myosotis dress by Deer & does

Plus I’m planning on making two coats in the near future! I think I’ve got plenty to keep me going!

What are you sewing in August?

I’ve set up a YouTube channel!

Hi everyone!

Just a quick post today to let you know my exciting news… I’ve started a YouTube channel!!

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I’ve been thinking about setting up a YouTube channel for at least a year and have finally plucked up the courage to do it! So far, I only have one video up but I plan on making more in the near future. My first video is Fabric Haul and I have quite a few pieces of gorgeous fabric to share with you! Follow the link here!

Fabric haul

Please go and have a watch. Feel free to like, comment and subscribe! I’d love to chat to you all.

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on here recently. Works been mega busy and I’m so tired when I get home that there hasn’t been much sewing happening! However, it is summer holidays very soon so I hope to get lots of sewing, blogging and vlogging done!

 

My June makes and July plans

Hellllooo! It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Going back to work full time has impacted my sewing and it’s been a bit hectic so I’ve not really felt like sewing much . The beginning of June was quite productive but then the last couple of weeks I’ve done no sewing! I’m looking forward to the summer holidays in a few weeks time where I’m hoping to get lots of sewing done! As usual, I have lots of plans!

Here’s a look at what I completed in June.

Tilly & the Buttons – Tabitha Tshirt dress

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I managed to complete this! Yay! I made it in a black based floral jersey that I got from Material Girl Laura. I absolutely love this fabric and have a Tabitha T-shirt in the same fabric. I like the dress but it doesn’t fit me exactly right. I plan on making a couple of adjustments to the pattern and then having a go at making it again. Once I’ve nailed the fit, I think I will get lots of wear out of it!

Friday Pattern Co- Sagebrush Top

Sagebrush top wearing

I think this is my new favourite pattern! I love it so much! In fact, I love it so much, I’ve almost finished my second one! The one I’ve completed is in a blue cotton dobby from Felicity Fabrics. I’ve also almost finished one in a cream double gauze with gold dots. It’s so beautiful. Seriously, this is a great pattern! I’m planning a gingham one next and I also want to hack it into a dress!

Named Clothing – Saraste Blouse

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This was a project that I started around a year ago and have never completed! At the time, my sewing machine wouldn’t do button holes and I made a right mess of the armhole binding! Fast forward a year, I unpicked the binding and re-attached it properly. I also decided to put snaps on it instead of buttons because I thought the colours looked better! It’s great! I’m so pleased I took the time to finish it properly!

Paper Theory – Olya Shirt

I’d sewn most of this last month, I just needed to do buttons and button holes and I’m glad to report that they all got done! The shirt is now complete. Photos coming soon!

 

Onto my plans for July…

First of all, I plan on finishing my Sagebrush Top in double gauze and I may even make my gingham version as well!

I’ve also started a pair of Flint pants by Megan Nielsen but the waistband isn’t working out as it should for me so I’ve put them to one side. I may pick them back up soon!

Paper Theory – Kabuki Tee

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I bought the Kabuki Tee pattern during the Sewing Weekender with the discount code and I have 2m of the new Mind the Maker Urban Leo viscose twill in the yellow and navy colour way. I think that would make a fab Kabuki Tee!

Paper Theory – Miller Trousers

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It’s another month of love for Paper Theory patterns! I want a pair of Miller trousers that I can wear out in public and to work as they are super comfy! I’m going to make a pair in black linen viscose as they will go with so many different tops!

That’s all I have for firm plans but I still have lots of other options that are calling out to me and I may make. These include:

  •  The Avid Seamstress – Sheath Dress
  •  The Avid Seamstress – Sun Dress
  •  Tilly & the Buttons – Alexa Jumpsuit
  •  Sew Over It – Alba Skirt
  •  Deer & Doe – Myosotis Dress
  •  Friday Pattern Company – Wilder Top
  •  Friday Pattern Company – Sagebrush dress
  •  Tilly & the Buttons – Tabitha TShirt and Dress

As usual, these plans could completely change! I’m already so tempted by Helen’s Closet’s latest pattern!

Forget Me Not – Lola dress

I’m still slowly making my way through my 2020 makes and today is the turn of the Lola dress by Forget Me Not patterns. I was part of the tester group for this pattern so received the pattern for free. However, all thoughts are my own and I was not required to review it or post about it.

Forget Me Not patterns are run by Jo and is a relatively new pattern company. They regularly put out tester calls for new patterns and I really enjoyed testing this pattern. Since this release, they’ve released another pattern and have just put a call out for testers for their next pattern. If you’re interested in pattern testing then please look out for their next callout. It was an enjoyable and simple process.

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Line drawing from Forget Me Not’s website

The pattern is simple in shape and can be made either as a dress or a top. There are two options – one has a ruffle along the back and the other has a box pleat in the centre back. I opted for the box pleat version but I am tempted to make a top version with the ruffle as it’s super cute. I also chose to make the dress version as I loved the simplicity of the shape but with the tie for the nipped in waist. You can also choose between two neckline shapes and three different bust sizes. I sewed up the boat neck and middle bust size and the fit is good. I’m usually a D cup in high street bras. I love that there’s so many options with one pattern. You could make several versions and each be slightly different!

The pattern was very informative and really holds your hand. It includes relevant terminology and step by step guides to particularly tricky parts. The pattern includes lots of really nice details that (in my opinion) take it a step above a bog standard shift shape pattern. I really like that it has a yoke at the back and uses double fold hem to finish. The dress itself is rather simplistic as there are no fastenings or closures. It has bust darts for shaping and is slightly A-line in shape. It says it is aimed at intermediate sewists but I think an experienced beginner would be fine with this due to the simplicity of it. As a more experienced sewist, I did appreciate the details included that make this a more interesting make. Another thing I appreciated on Forget Me Not patterns is that the seam allowance for each part is included for each step as you progress through the pattern.

lola sneak peek

This pattern can be made in pretty much any woven fabric. Different fabrics will have a different effect on the end result. I chose a viscose as I wanted a drapier effect for a more floaty summer dress. I used a beautiful brightly coloured leopard print viscose fabric. The simplicity of the dress allowed the leopard print to stand out without detracting from the impact of the print. It was lovely to sew with and I think makes a great summer dress.

The construction is quite simple but has nice details to add a bit of complexity to it. You only really need to be able to sew straight lines and make darts. It’s a great summery pattern. I made a size 40 with no alterations based on the finished garment measurements and I really like the fit. It’s a flattering leg length and I love the boat neck finish.

I really enjoyed making this pattern and the instructions are some of the best I’ve seen for a while. I love the fabric I used and think it makes a great summer dress!

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lola dress back

Back detail

Me Made May 2020 round up

Another Me Made May has been and gone. It was a strange one this year due to the situation. I spent nearly the whole month indoors, barely even getting dressed a lot of the time. I went to work a grand total of 4 days and didn’t see anyone else other than my fiancé.

I pledged to wear something me-made everyday. I did this almost every day. I had a couple of days where I didn’t get dressed and then towards the end of the month it was really hot and I didn’t have anything to wear! You can read my weekly posts for week 1, week 2 and week 3!

Here’s what I wore…

Some items got worn multiple times such as the Miller Trousers by Paper Theory, Nora Tees, Bertha Cardigan, Safiya trousers and Tabitha Tee (all by Tilly) and may not have been photographed each time!

What did I learn?

I wear a LOT of Tilly and the Buttons patterns!!

I also learnt that I definitely go for comfort!

Also, I have very few me-made summer clothes that fit and I lack cohesive outfits.

I have more tops than skirts and trousers.

What am I going to do now?

I plan on making lots of summer clothes! I’ve been ordering lots of fabric during lockdown so have quite a few plans. I’ve written about my summer sewing plans here.

I also want to make a few pairs of trousers that will go with lots of my tops. These include:

  • Megan Nielsen Flint pants
  • Closet Case Patterns Pietra Pants
  • Paper Theory Miller Trousers (again)
  • Sew Over It Carrie Trousers
  • Possibly either Helen’s Closet Winslow Cullottes or Named Clothings Ninni Cullottes
  • Lenaline Patterns Viktor Trousers
  • Simplicity 8698

These are all loose plans at the moment but I’m definitely planning on adding more bottoms to my wardrobe.

I also want to try and plan capsule wardrobes or collections so I can make outfits with what I sew. I have a habit of buying pretty fabric as and when I see it but none of them really go together. I need to plan out individual items and co-ordinating fabrics. Maybe I could challenge myself to work through one of Sew Over It’s capsule wardrobe ebooks to make a cohesive collection? Or one of Tilly’s books? I need to dig out my copy of The Curated Closet and have a read as well.

curated closet

How was Me Made May for you?

May makes and June plans

I cannot believe I’m writing another monthly round up (albeit a week late!) 2020 is flying by! It’s been a strange time lately and although I’ve had more time on my hands, I’ve found it difficult to sew. I’ve got loads of ideas and fabrics but just no motivation. However, I started back at work this week and I think the normality has helped. It’s made me determined to have some sewing time at the weekend so I can crack on with my summer plans!

Having just said I struggled with sewing in May, I actually did very well. I planned to make 3 items and I managed to almost make 4.

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The first was my Paper Theory Olya Shirt. I’m very pleased to say that this is almost complete. I just need to do the buttons and button holes. My new Pfaff machine seems to handle button holes easily so that will be completed very soon.

My next plan was the Tabitha Tshirt by Tilly & the Buttons. I’m very proud of myself as I actually made two!! I made a black version and a white version. I love them! I love the fabrics! In fact, I love the black fabric so much that I bought some more and I’m currently making the dress version with it!

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My final plan was the Miller Trousers by Paper Theory. I made these! These have been on my to-sew list for a few months and I’m very pleased to have made them! Super easy to make and super comfortable!

June plans

If you saw my Spring/Summer plans post, you’ll know that I have lots that I want to make so I’ll mainly be working through those. I also plan to sew the buttons and button holes on my Olya Shirt as well!

Tilly & the Buttons – Tabitha Dress

I’ve already started this so it should be completed soon! I’ve made it in a black based floral cotton jersey from Material Girl Laura. It’s forced me to pattern draft and I’ve used buttonholes successfully with my machine!

Friday Pattern Co – Sagebrush top

sagebrush top

As soon as this pattern was released, I knew I needed it! It’s got so many gorgeous details!I’ve got two potential fabrics for it. I can’t wait to get this made!

Megan Nielsen – Flint Cullottes

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One of my take away’s from Me Made May was that I need more trousers/skirts. I also need more summer clothes! This combines the two! I want to make a pair of culottes/ shorter length trousers as I think I will wear them a lot. I’ve made the Flint shorts a while ago and really enjoyed the process so I’ve decided to make the longer length version. I’ll be using a khaki coloured linen viscose.

The Avid Seamstress – Sheath dress

I could do with more summer clothes and this is a lovely dress pattern. I have this cut out, ready to sew and it looks pretty simple to make. I’m using a lovely navy dotty print viscose I got from Felicity Fabrics.

The Avid Seamstress – Sun Dress

It seems to be an Avid Seamstress month! I’ve loved this pattern for a while and it’s quite different from my usual style, but I think it’s the perfect summer dress. I’m going to make it in a linen viscose from Like Sew Amazing.

I think that’s more than enough to keep me busy! I have lots more plans and new patterns are always being released!

What are you sewing this month?

Me Made May: Week 3

I’m still wearing me made clothes every day but I am getting even worse at photographing them! I’m having to rely on old photos sometimes as at the moment, I’m usually not in a fit state to be photographed. I’m also having to rely on Instagram to remember what I wore, even though it was only a few days ago! Is that really bad?

15th May – Tilly & the Buttons Tabitha TShirt

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What a surprise! I wore a Tilly pattern. This was a recent make and I love it! The pattern is from her Make It Simple book and is just a basic tee. The fabric is beautiful. I love the colours in it so much! In fact, I love it that much that I’ve recently bought more to make a dress version. It’s from Material Girl Laura and she has some of the best fabric.

16th May – Sew Over It Sylvia Robe

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I made this Sylvia robe last year for a holiday. The Sylvia robe is perfect for throwing on when you want to feel a bit more covered up or it’s a bit chilly but sunny as well. I love wearing this during warmer weather and it’s perfect holiday clothing! I think I got this fabric from Minerva and I love the print on it.

17th & 18th May – Tilly & the Buttons Nora top

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It’s no secret that the Nora top is one of my favourite patterns so I wore one of them for 2 days. It sounds a bit trampy but I didn’t leave the house and I don’t usually get dressed til the afternoon so I only wore it for a few hours each day. The black and white jersey was from Pin & Sew and is great quality!

19th May – Forget Me Not Patterns Lola Dress

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As it was really nice weather today, I wanted to wear a dress. The Lola dress was actually a pattern test but I really like it. I love how it has a waist belt to pull it in. The fabric is great and I think it works perfectly with this dress.

20th May – Helen’s Closet Avery Leggings

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I actually left the house today and went for a walk! Now we are allowed to travel for exercise, I drove to a walking trail about 5mins from where I live which is a great walk. It was glorious weather and the walk did me a world of good! I wore my Avery leggings which I made back in January and the fabric was from Sew Me Sunshine.

 

20th May – Paper Theory Miller Trousers

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I love these trousers! They are the comfiest trousers ever! Such a great make. I might make some in a woven fabric so I can have smarter pair to wear to work but are still super comfortable. As it was quite warm, the French terry fabric wasn’t ideal as they were really warm but they were super comfy!

 

I’m glad I wore patterns by a range of designers this week and it’s nice to wear things that I haven’t worn for a while. I wonder what I will wear for the fourth and final week of Me Made May!

My Spring/Summer sewing plans

So I know that we are already in Spring but in the UK, seasons are quite interchangeable! Yesterday was really warm (although it did rain briefly) but today looks like the middle of winter! Lately though, we have been having some warm weather and that has helped me realise that I have very few memade summer clothes. As it’s Me Made May, I’ve been struggling to find suitable clothing that I’ve made for warm weather so I’ve been looking at sewing patterns and fabric and trying to create some plans for the next few months that I can make. I’ll still have monthly sewing plans as there are far too many for me to make straight away and also, new patterns appear all the time and I want them all!

In no particular order, here are my plans for some summer sewing!

Friday Pattern Co – Sagebrush top

This is a brand new pattern that was only released last week. The Sagebrush top looks like a great top that I would wear all year round and could be made in a range of woven fabrics. It has lots of interesting details which I think elevates it from a standard woven top. It features poufy sleeves, gathers across the front, a tie back and a frill making it the top of dreams. I can imagine having several of these in different fabrics. Fingers crossed my first one is a success. I plan on using some blue cotton dobby from Felicity Fabrics for it. I’m so excited for this make!

sagebrush line drawing

Tilly & the Buttons – Tabitha Tshirt and dress

I love the Tabitha Tshirt I’ve made so much that I want another. I also really like the look of the dress version as well. I think it’s because it has a drawstring waist and I much prefer dresses that have a cinched in waist. I know I’ve made dozens of t-shirts before and I’m trying to up my sewing skills, but you have to draft the skirt piece for the dress yourself so that’s a new skill. I’ve also got some eyelets coming soon to create the hole for the drawstring and I’ve never done them before either. I’ve bought more of the fabric I made my first Tabitha Tee in for my dress version and I’ve got a similar print but in white for my Tshirt version.

 

The Avid Seamstress – Sheath dress

I bought this pattern at the Stitch Festival back at the end of February/ beginning of March. It was a bit of a spur of the moment purchase but I think it’s something I will wear a lot. The pattern looks quite easy and the instruction booklet seems quite comprehensive. The dress is quite similar to the Bettine dress by Tilly and the Buttons which I have made before but no longer fits! I liked the style though as it has a cinched in waist. The fabric I am using is a gorgeous navy dotty viscose that I got from Felicity Fabrics.

Megan Nielsen – Flint Pants

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One thing I’m seriously lacking in my memade wardrobe is trousers or shorts, especially for warm weather. I made the Flint shorts a few years ago and I absolutely loved them. I also really enjoyed sewing them and they came together well. Again, they no longer fit. This time, I want to make the longer version that are cropped trousers but still with the tie waist. I love that detail and the fact that these are high waisted. I’m using a khaki coloured stretch linen viscose from 1st for Fabrics to make these.

Papercut Patterns – Sequence blouse

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I’ve had this pattern for so long and never made it and I keep seeing so many beautiful version on Instagram. It’s a wrap style top so it’s quite loose, which I love. It also appears to have a snap where the top crosses over so there should be no boob spillage! This is good for me as wrap tops never seem to sit in the right place but a snap could remedy that. I’m going to use a gorgeous leopard print viscose twill from Sister Mintaka. It is a Mind the Maker fabric and has been incredibly popular.

Tilly and the Buttons – Alexa Jumpsuit

I’ve only ever worn one jumpsuit and that is my beloved Sirocco so this is something a bit different for me. I’m going into this make cautiously. I like that there’s lots of details you can add such as breast pockets and lapels on the sleeves and I think I may use lots of these features. Tilly made a gorgeous navy nautical-esque one which inspired me. Again, it has a drawstring waist so it should look ok on me. I think I’m going to use a blue lyocell, bamboo twill from Lamazi Fabrics for it and add gold buttons to give it a nautical vibe.

Jumpsuit tech drawing copy

 

Tilly and the Buttons – Safiya wrap playsuit

Another Tilly pattern! This is from her new Make It Simple book and to be honest, this was the pattern that sold the book to me. Tilly did an Instagram Live a while ago before the book was published where she showed everyone the patterns and the wrap playsuit was the one that stood out to me and made me want the book. I love a wrap top and it has an elasticated waist as well. I’m going to use the gorgeous bright blue floral print crepe that I got from Sew Me Sunshine at The Stitch Festival. As I love this fabric so much, I may toile this first just to be extra sure it fits and looks ok.

summer sketch

 

The Avid Seamstress – Sundress

This dress looks like the perfect summer dress! It’s so lovely and I’ve seen lots of gorgeous versions on Instagram. It has a square neckline with straps, a button down front, gathered skirt and a zip at the back. Lots of interesting techniques included. It’s different from my usual style but I couldn’t resist trying it. I’m going to make it in a linen viscose called Sage Leaves from Like Sew Amazing.

McCalls M7970

Even though I have no need for a pretty dress, I want to make one. I have the McCalls M7970 pattern and I really like view B. Again, it has a crossover top and elasticated waist. I really like the sleeves on it as well. It looks a really flattering shape and should look ok. I’m going to use a stretch crepe called floral leopard print in a blue shade from Material Girl Laura.

Peppermint – Wrap Top

Everyone loves a free pattern and this one is a beauty. The wrap top from Peppermint magazine is beautiful and I can’t believe it is free. I love a wrap top or dress so I’m looking forward to making it. I’m not entirely sure which fabric I’m going to use but I might use a white dobby viscose from Lamazi Fabrics.

Friday Pattern Co – Wilder Top

I made the Wilder Gown a short while ago and really liked it, however it doesn’t get worn as much as I’d like. This could be because of lockdown or because it’s not my usual style. I do, however, think I’d wear the top a lot. It’s a pretty top and I love the neckline. I’ve just ordered a blue leopard print viscose from Material Girl Laura and I think this would make a fab Wilder Top.

 

summer fabrics

These are my main plans for the moment but I have a few more loose plans that I would like to make including:

  • True Bias Calvin Wrap dress in a black floral viscose
  • Stitch Witch Patterns Bathurst Top
  •  Either the Winslow Cullottes by Helen’s Closet or the Ninni Cullottes by Named Clothing
  •  Paper Theory Kabuki Tee
  •  Lenaline Patterns Viktor Trousers or Closet Case Patterns Pietra pants

 

As you can see I have lots and lots of plans and ideas! I can’t wait to get started on them but as usual these could change as new patterns are released!!

What are you sewing for summer?

Papercut Patterns – Adrift Dress

Ahoy there!

A while ago I had the urge to make a pretty dress. So I made a pretty dress!

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Adrift dress from Papercut Patterns website

I decided I wanted to make the Adrift dress by Papercut Patterns. I’ve liked the look of this dress since it was released a few years ago and I’ve had it in my pattern stash for about a year. It has a loose fitting top, drawstring waist, faux wrap style skirt and frill. A perfect, cute summer dress! The pattern also gives you the option for making a skirt as well.

adrift dress fabric

The fabric I decided to use was a gorgeous blue and red mini leopard print fabric. It’s a Mind the Maker viscose twill that I bought from Lamazi Fabrics. I’m tempted to buy more because I love the print so much! I’m a sucker for anything leopard print!

I opted to make the size L. I made that size for my Palisade pants that I made last year and the fit is good. The size charts and finished measurements seemed like they would be ok. I figured it was better it be too large, especially as you can draw it in to fit you.

The pattern was really enjoyable to make. It comes together quite quickly and is one of those patterns that I think looks a lot trickier than it is! The trickiest part is probably hemming the frill as it’s a bit fiddly.

I made a slight change from the pattern. I didn’t fancy a drawstring waist so instead I elasticated it. It was a very simple change to make as you are already creating a channel for the drawstring anyway. I didn’t make any eyelets or buttonholes on my dress. When I attached the top and skirt, I sewed them together as normal with the channel but left a gap of a few inches to feed the elastic through. Once I’d decided on the length of elastic I wanted, I sewed the ends together to close the loop and then sewed the gap in the waist up.

adrift dress finished

I probably could have used less elastic as the waist sags a bit on the hanger but it looks and fits ok on me.

I enjoyed making this dress and love the faux wrap skirt and frill. I really like the fit of the top as well. In fact, I’ve been using the size chart from this pattern to help me choose which sizes to make in other patterns I’ve sewn since.

Now I need more pretty summer dresses in my life!

adrift dress wearing

Me Made May 2020 week 2

I’ve been keeping up with wearing me mades for a second week, however, I haven’t been as good at photographing it! Especially, when I’ve been working from home and wearing loungewear for most of the week!

Here’s what I wore for week 2.

8th May – Tilly & the Buttons Safiya Trousers

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I was at work today so needed to dress myself properly! It was quite warm so I didn’t want to wear jeans but didn’t fancy wearing a dress or skirt. The Safiya trousers were the perfect option. They are loose and cool, perfect for warmer weather.

9th May – Tilly & the Buttons Jessa Shorts

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It was beautiful weather today so I cracked my Jessa shorts out. Perfect for summer. I made these for my holiday last year and really enjoyed sewing them. Definitely need to make more at some point.

10th, 11th, 12th May – Paper Theory Miller Trousers

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These are hot off the sewing machine. If you read my blog, you will know that I have been talking about making these for ages and I finally have. I made them in a grey lightweight French terry. They are mainly designed for wovens but can be made in a stable knit and it makes them the comfiest loungewear trousers ever.

13th May – French Navy Stellan Tee

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Another working from home day so I was very casual. I wore one of my favourite Tshirts, the Stellan tee. This pattern is FREE and is a great boxy, oversize tshirt. I love oversize clothes so is perfect!

14th May – Deer & Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit

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In all honesty, I only got dressed for a few hours as I had a work video call happening. I wanted to look dressed but still be comfy and the Sirocco jumpsuit is perfect! As it’s made from jersey its super comfy so it feels like you’re wearing a onesie!

My take aways from this week are: I still love Tilly’s patterns but I have ventured into other makes a bit more… I need to get dressed properly more… I still need more smart clothes (especially trousers that do not have elasticated waistbands!)