We’re now a quarter of the way through the year. Can you believe it!?
March was the month where my #sewmuchbetter plans fell apart a little bit! My prompt for March was trousers and I didn’t make any! I have started a simple pair but they are not finished. However, I did make something that is actually supposed to be April’s prompt so I may just swap them around!
So I planned to make the Miller trousers by Paper Theory and Ginger jeans by Closet Case Patterns. I made neither. I thought about the Miller trousers. They are supposed to be made in a woven but the pattern says you could make a jersey version. I was going to use a lightweight French terry but wasn’t sure if it would work. It probably would work, they’d just be very pyjama bottom like. But that’s fine! Especially for life at the moment. I still want to make these at some point.
I also still want to make the jeans as well. I’m thinking I might start these soon as I have a bit more free time and I have a new sewing machine so can easily have two machines set up to make them – 1 for seams and 1 for topstitching.
The first make I’m going to talk about is actually one I made in February but couldn’t share as it was a pattern test. It was the Lola dress by Forget Me Not Patterns. This was the first time I’d used one of their patterns but I was really impressed with it. The information and detail was good and it included a few new-to-me techniques that gave the dress some interesting features. The pattern can either be a top or a dress. I chose to make a dress with a waist ties. It also has the option of a super cute back ruffle or a yoke and box pleat option. I went with the latter, however, if I make it again I will add the ruffle. The fabric I used was a bright leopard print viscose so it’s quite a summery make. Just need some warmer weather! And to be allowed to go out in public!
My first March make was the Bertha cardigan from Tilly’s new book Make It Simple. I’m obsessed with this book at the moment and have plans in varying stages to make just about everything from it. I’ve seen loads of Bertha cardigans on Instagram so decided I wanted to make one as well. I used a sweatshirt fabric that I got from Higgs and Higgs at the Stitch Festival. It’s super soft and cosy and it was really quick to sew up. I’m a slow sewist but I made it under 2 hours. I really like this and want to try a colour blocked version.
My next make was actually the first thing I made on my new machine so that was very exciting! I kind of made it on a whim as well. I did a bit of a stock take of my fabric stash and matched fabrics to patterns. I’d had this fabric for a while with the intention of making a Pussybow blouse with it but just hadn’t gotten round to it. After going through my stash, I decided I wanted to make it so I did. The fabric is a bird print viscose from Lamazi fabrics and I used the Sew Over It pussybow blouse pattern. It was a really nice make that came together easily and quickly. I loved using my new machine! I’ve also got a tulip print viscose that I plan on making another pussybow blouse in at some point.
I then made a super quick Nora top. This is my 5th I think. Definitely my most used pattern! I used a sparkly sweatshirt fabric I got from Fabrics Galore at the Stitch Festival and made the high neck version with elbow length sleeves and side splits. It’s cosy but not as comfy as I’d hoped with the fabric not having masses of stretch, especially the neck.
The final completed make from March was one that I’ve been wanting to make ever since this pattern was released. It is the Deer & Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit. Oh. My. Goodness. Why haven’t I made this earlier? I’ve always been intrigued by this pattern as I love the look of jumpsuits but have never made one. This pattern is designed to be made in jersey and is actually really easy to make. I’ve always fancied a plain black version as I think you could wear that to work or dress it up for a night out. It was a Minerva email that inspired me to crack on with it. One of their makers had made one in plain black so I instantly bought 3m of the jersey they had used and the rest was history. The jersey was lovely quality and had a nice texture to it. I think it’s a John Kaldor fabric. It also has plenty of stretch and recovery, which is important for this pattern. If it doesn’t have enough stretch then you won’t be able to get it on and off as there are no fastenings. Anyway, I love this jumpsuit as it is the comfiest thing ever, secret pyjamas, but looks really smart!
Moving onto April plans! If you saw my last post, you’ll know that I’ve been on a bit of a fabric buying binge so I’ve got plenty of options! The #sewmuchbetter prompt for April is jumpsuits but I’ve already made one, so may try trousers again.
Safiya trousers and dungarees
I’m currently making a pair of Safiya trousers from Tilly’s new book. So far, they’re going well. I just need to hem them then they’ll be done.
I also want to make a dungaree version of them in a black and white polka dot viscose. I’m not sure if that’ll be a bit much though!
I’m keen to make a pair of Juno pyjamas (also from Tilly’s book) as they will definitely get worn lots at the moment! I’ve got a cute navy lion print jersey to make them in.
Another make that I really want to do is the Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company. This is one of two specific patterns that I named on my Make Nine for 2020. Check out my post about it to see the details. I have a beautiful navy with red and white flowers viscose to make them in.
I think that’s everything that I have in the forefront of my mind, but as usual these plans could change. I may make the Ginger jeans or Miller trousers. I may make another Pussybow blouse or Nora top. I’ve also got plans for another Hannah dress and am keen to make the Sheath dress by The Avid Seamstress. I have several fabric options for that. I’ve had a Kalle shirt tunic cut out for over a year that I’ve yet to make, plus many many other ideas!
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