August Makes and September plans

I managed to get quite a few things made in August. In total I made 6 items. Two were of the same thing as I had a practise go first. I’m pleased with this as I know my productivity will decrease dramatically in September as I’m back to work. I’ve still got a never-ending ‘to make’ list and some ambitious sewing plans.

Before I begin, if you subscribe my YouTube channel or follow me on Instagram, you will probably already know what I made in August. You can find my YouTube channel here if you’d like to subscribe. I will be posting a September sewing plans video and a fabric haul video soon.

August makes

Wilder Top by Friday Pattern Co

My first make was the Wilder Top by Friday Pattern Company. I made this top in a lovely blue leopard print viscose that I got from Material Girl Laura. I love this fabric and top. It’s such a great combination and I love having some woven tops in my wardrobe. It makes a change from Tshirts. The construction is fairly simple. I’ve already made a Wilder Gown so the construction is the same as the top of the dress. I love the neckline and detail.

Gilbert Top by Helen’s Closet

So this isn’t technically finished but it’s almost complete. I just need to do buttons and button holes. I really like the Gilbert top though. It’s fairly simple for a shirt as it doesn’t have a collar stand or a traditional button placket. It has some features of a shirt but not all the complicated ones! I love the tie front detail as well. I’m also pleased that I got to use one of my Paige Joanna labels as I sewed it to the inside yoke before attaching the yokes together. Also I LOVE the fabric! It’s a viscose twill by Mind the Maker that I got from Sister Mintaka. I’ve been too scared to sew it up for ages in case I ruined it but I’m glad it’s finally been put to good use.

Hannah Dress by By Hand London

I love how this dress turned out but it very nearly ended up in the bin whilst I was making it! Luckily it all worked out in the end! I used a super cute lilac gingham from Sew Me Sunshine and used all 3m. I made a few changes… I chopped 5 inches off the length of the skirt, the neckline is questionable and I ended up using a little bit of gathering on the sleeves. My main stress was the neckline. The bias binding I had was too wide and every time I attempted to sew it on, it distorted the neckline terribly. As I’d sewn the first edge to the dress, I didn’t want to unpick it all so I just ran the bias binding through the overlocker to make it narrower then sewed it down and this worked fine! It’s a shame I had black thread in my overlocker but after about 4 attempts at getting the bias binding to sew flat, I was past caring!

Sorrento Jacket by Sew Over It

This is one of my proudest makes EVER! I MADE A DENIM JACKET! I’m so freakin’ proud! In fact, I made two as I did a test version first! It’s such a great pattern! I bought the ebook (Summer Dreaming) from Sew Over It when it was first released and have been itching to make something. I was inspired by Liz from The Baker That Sews to have a go at the jacket. I first bought some blue reversible denim but I didn’t like the colour of it when it arrived. I didn’t want to waste it so I used it for a practise version. For the first attempt, I topstitched in my regular thread and I didn’t put any buttons or buttonholes on. I thoroughly enjoyed making it though and was keen to make a ‘real’ one. I used a khaki denim from Sew Over It and topstitched in a pale grey thread. I’m so pleased with how this turned out! It took me about 3 days to make but it’s worth taking your time and persevering with it!

Sagebrush Top by Friday Pattern Co

My final August make was another Sagebrush top. This is my fourth version and think it could be my favourite. I used a green double gauze from Sew Me Sunshine and I was going to film a sew-a-long video for this. The video didn’t work out so I apologise if you wanted to see it. The construction of this top is simple but it looks complicated and I always enjoy making it. The reason this is my favourite so far, is that it’s come out bigger than the others so it’s comfier to wear. Double gauze grows and stretches so this is roomier than my cotton versions even though I cut them the same size. I think might size up for my next cotton version!

September plans

So, onto my September plans. I don’t expect to get as much sewing done but I’ve still got lots that I want to make! It doesn’t help that we’re almost 2 weeks into September and I’ve still yet to touch my sewing machine!

Opal pants by Megan Neilsen

I’ve been talking about making the Opal pants for a couple of months now and I still desperately want to make them! I have cut them out, which is progress, so should definitely get to them soon! I want to make the paper bag waist version in a grey twill I have from The New Craft House.

Pussybow blouse by Sew Over It

I need some new work clothes but am reluctant to venture out to the shops so I’m going to sew myself a few bits. I have plenty of fabric and patterns in my stash and I’m starting with a Pussybow blouse. I’ve made one already and wear it quite regularly for work so I thought another would be a good idea. I’m using a navy based floral viscose that I think I got from Material Girl Laura.

Shelby Dress by True Bias

I’ve had a sudden urge to make a Shelby dress. This pattern’s been around for a year or two and I’ve never been especially bothered about it until now. I really really really want one! I don’t actually own the pattern so I need to buy it soon. I’ve got several fabric options for this as I keep seeing fabrics that I think would look lovely in it. I think I’m going to use the burgundy dotty about dots viscose by Lady McElroy that I’ve bought from Sister Mintaka first. I think it’s a nice autumnal colour. If that one is ok and fits etc, I’m going to make another in the Moonshine Daisy viscose that’s also by Lady McElroy and I got from Sister Mintaka.

Sapporo Coat by Papercut Patterns

I’m not expecting to finish this coat in September but I would like to make a start on it. I’m super excited to be making this coat as I’ve loved the pattern for so long! I’ll be making the longer version and have the updated version of the pattern. I’m using a French Navy Melton wool that I got for a very reasonable price from Minerva. It was reduced from £20/m to £8/m! Obviously, August is a good time to buy coat fabrics!

Alexa Jumpsuit by Tilly and the Buttons

Tilly wearing her version that I totally want to copy!

As I’m being ambitious, lets throw another plan into the mix! I really want a nautical inspired Alexa jumpsuit like Tilly’s own one that she shared recently. I’ve got a navy tencel twill that is super soft from Patterns and Plains that I got in their recent sale and some gold buttons from Felicity Fabrics. I don’t know if I’ll get round to this one in September but you never know!

What are you planning for September? I’d love to be inspired!

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