What have I been up to?

It’s been a while since I last posted so I thought I’d do a quick round up of what I’ve been up to in the last month or so.

I’ve been really busy with work since the new school year started and as usual, didn’t have as much time to sew or blog. I have been sewing and I’ve actually made a few things. I’ve also bought a few new patterns and fabrics so I’ll do a quick summary here and then write much more detailed posts some time soon for my makes.

I’m finally on half term and luckily, the local authority I work for has moved to a two week October half term. I’ve just got back from a lovely holiday in Cyprus and still have another week to crack on with some sewing!

Patterns I’ve bought

I bought a few new patterns at the end of August/ beginning of September and then I took advantage of Simplicity and Vogue patterns recent discount. I don’t usually sew the big seven but I’m trying to branch out a bit and learn more skills.

One of the patterns I’ve bought is Tilly’s new one which is the Indigo top and dress. I think everyone has bought and made this. I’ve seen so many fantastic versions that I had to jump on the bandwagon and add the pattern to my collection.

I’ve also bought the Cielo top and dress pattern from Closet Case Patterns. This is from their recent Rome collection and I love the simplicity of it, yet it’s got some interesting details which make it fancier than a standard woven top or shift dress. I’ve earmarked a couple of pieces of fabric for both a top and a dress. I also love the options for the different sleeve variations as well.

I bought a couple of Sew Over It patterns recently. As you may know, I’ve made lots of Sew Over It’s patterns on my sewing journey and probably own most of them! My latest additions are the Meredith dress and the Pussybow blouse. I like a wrap dress but haven’t got a jersey pattern so I bought the Meredith pattern. I like the slimmer fit than other wrap dresses that Sew Over It have made. Pussybow blouses are on trend this season and are something that I will wear often. I’ve got a couple of pieces of fabric ready to make up.

The final PDF I bought was the Deer and Doe Sirrocco jumpsuit. I’ve had my eye on this since it was first released. I mean, I can’t think of anything more comfortable than a jersey jumpsuit. I’ve seen so many beautiful versions and I’m desperate to make one! I think I’d like to make a plain black long version as that is simple and classic. If I get this made, I will wear it to my Christmas Party!

The patterns I bought in the Simplicity & Vogue sale are: Vogue 9279, Vogue 9367, Simplicity 8698, Simplicity 8513 and Simplicity 8752. I love a bodysuit and I love a sweatshirt which is why I bought 8513 and 8572. I liked the pattern hacking options on the sweatshirt and the different options for the bodysuit. I also want a proper trenchcoat so thought a very easy Vogue pattern might be a good place to start. I’ve liked 8698 for a while and think they would be really comfy trousers and I chose the dress as it’s pretty!

Fabrics I’ve bought

I’ve just been looking through my fabrics and I’ve actually bought an obscene amount of fabric. I keep seeing all these gorgeous fabrics and have all these wonderful ideas but unfortunately, I don’t sew that fast! I even tried a fabric buying ban but that lasted about a fortnight!

I took advantage of 1st for Fabrics offer when Tamlyn from Sewn on the Tyne did her takeover and I bought some corduroy and a viscose. I’m thinking of making a Sew Over It Ava Skirt and a Pussybow blouse with them.

I then bought some gorgeous purple leopard print crepe and a blue peachskin fabric from Material Girl Laura. These are two of my favourites in my stash! I’m not sure what to make with the purple fabric but I’m thinking a Cielo top with the peachskin.

I got a lovely bird print viscose from Lamazi fabrics which is potentially going to be another Pussybow blouse!

Then I got some amazing leopard print needlecord from Sewistaction. This is the fabric that broke my fabric buying ban but I couldn’t resist! I’m thinking another Ava skirt.

Then I bought several viscoses with the Indigo dress in mind. I bought a grey leopard print and a peachy leopard print from Like Sew Amazing, a blue and orange one from Sew Me Sunshine and the gorgeous black and white dot viscose from Sister Mintaka that everyone went crazy for!

The final fabric was the cream version of the Lisa Comfort wildflower crepe. She had a 50% off sale so I had to buy some. I very nearly bought the black version as well! Not entirely sure what to make but I’m also thinking a pussybow blouse!

What have I sewn?

I’ve sewn several things over the last month or two. Some are repeat makes, some are spur of the minute things! If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen most of these already. As I mentioned earlier, I will be blogging some of these makes in more detail soon so this is just a brief summary.

I’ve made quite a few Tilly and the Buttons patterns. The first was the Jessa shorts which I made back in the summer. These will probably be my next blog post so I won’t say too much now.

I also made another Nora top. This is my third one but this time I made the Tshirt version in a lovely stripy jersey from Pin & Sew. I really like it but now wish I’d used a plain black neckband and cuff. I also want to lower the neckband slightly. Next time…

My third Tilly make was of course, the Indigo dress. I used my grey leopard print viscose for the first attempt. Again, I plan on blogging this in more detail soon.

Another make that has had a lot of wear is the Ruska knot front dress from Named Pattern’s Breaking the Pattern book. I used a lovely lilac French terry from Sister Mintaka and this has become one of my most worn outfits lately. A blog post will be coming shortly!

I completed my leopard print wrap skirt. I got the pattern in the pattern swap earlier this year and it was the duo of wrap skirts that was free with a sewing magazine a few months ago. I started this a while ago but it only got finished a week or two ago! The fabric was a leopard print crepe from New Craft House.

I fancied a cosy sweatshirt now the weather is getting colder so I whipped up Simplicity 8752 in an hour or so. I made the basic sweatshirt from my new pattern and used an amazing sweatshirt fabric that I’ve had a while from Material Girl Laura. It’s so cosy!

The latest item I’ve made is a pair of shorts using Papercut Patterns Palisade shorts pattern. This was a last minute panic make that I sewed up a day before my trip to Cyprus. I wanted some smart ish yet comfy black shorts that would go with a variety of tops. I thought this pattern would be perfect as I’ve already made it so know the fit and construction. Also, the elasticated waist makes it super comfy. Perfect holiday wear!

So that’s everything I’ve been up to recently sewing wise. It’s actually more than I thought. I’ve got lots of blog posts to crack on with and photos to take! I’ve also got lots of sewing plans and fabrics to use up! I best get started!

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