Archive: Jan 2017

It’s All in the Details

Honestly, I may never get the other three cardigans photographed. I guess I’m not that good at faking it until I can make it. Thanks Sallie for that reminder! Cause I’m doing good just getting myself together to go face the world every day! *LOL*So I t…

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Autumn is Wistful

So let’s just begin there. In autumn when that first chill creeps in and I just know we are getting ever closer to the bleakness of winter and severe loss of hope for ever being warm enough and…and… Oh yes, I meant to lead to a conversation about homesickness. It strikes this deep Southern gal […]

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DIY silky fitted Kimono sleeve crop top video

Instructions: 1.Grab some 1 to 2 yards of satin or flowy fabric, like polyester or silk which is what I’m using here. fold it in half to make a rectangle that is the length you want plus a few inches and the width to be at least as wide or wider as one of your

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A good basic set

In order to diversify my wardrobe by purchasing more separates, and to save money
and hone my skills by making more dresses myself, I’ve created a self-imposed dress-
buying ban for the year.

After a ridiculous bout of feeling like aninadequate seamstress, I sat down and worked on a skirt. A couple days after Dapper Day, I cut out a blouse. Last week, I did finishing bits on them.




I am in love with the skirt, it’s a good basic black skirt. The length is comfortable, and being a stretch cotton sateen, it’s actually very warm and cozy.




The blouse I have a love/hate relationship with, mostly due to the how sheer the fabric is. I need to strategically dress with it, so it becomes just another thing to think of when putting together an outfit. But, this is what happens when you fall in love with a color, and don’t check the fabric, haha! Lesson learned.








If you didn’t figure it out, I was having fun with a 40’s-style Hufflepuff student ensemble, haha.




I’m pretty sure I will get more wear out of the blouse in the warmer months, not a couple days after a huge rain storm.


Blouse Sewing Details

Fabric:  Yellow Cotton Fabric
Pattern: Hollywood Patterns 1573
Year: 1938
Notions: covered buttons, self made shoulder pads
How historically accurate is it? Very accurate!
Any tricky parts to the pattern? None, very straightforward
Did you change anything? Just added a monogram on the pocket
Time to complete: I don’t remember
First worn: 
Total cost:  Roughly $15 total

Notes:  I used my shoulder pad tutorial(and forgot to put them in for photos. Oops.). And I ran out of fabric, so I had to make the short sleeved version. 




Outfit
Blouse- Self made
Skirt- Self made
Hufflepuff Pin- Gift from friend in the UK
Shoes- Thrifted
‘Wand’- Knitting needle
Scarf- WIP

Skirt Sewing Details

Fabric: Black Stretch Cotton Sateen
Pattern: Simplicity 3688
Year: 1940’s reissue
Notions: Covered button, bias tape
How historically accurate is it?  Pretty accurate, if we ignore it’s a stretch fabric in the skirt, haha
Any tricky parts to the pattern? None, it’s a very straightforward pattern.
Did you change anything? Nope!
Time to complete: Couple days
First worn: 
Total cost: About $22

Notes:  None





I had very few issues with either garment, which lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I felt terribly proud to put these darling labels in them. What’s that you say? Labels? Stay tuned, dear readers.


Have you felt extra proud after making such a basic garment?
Do you have issues with purchasing separates?
What is your Hogwarts House?


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False Start

Well, it turns out that I could indeed take knitting into the courthouse, and it turns out that I was not even the only one.  I thought that I’d been so proper and good, bringing in a project on wooden … Continue reading

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Sailboat Top for Tildy

Whilst tidying the sewing room I found a wee WIP.A Sailboat top I cut for Elsa a good 6 or 7 years ago.It is a pretty Amy Butler print in a quilting cotton.I interfaced all the facings for some structure.Tilly just loves the beading…

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Drafting a dress – 4

I’ve been working on the sleeves for the dress. The original has short sleeves and I intended from the start to make 3/4 length sleeves. Whicht meant of course drafting those too. I am rather intrigued by the various ways you can draft sleeves. Because of that I took my time and drafted several versions of the sleeve, using 3 different drafting systems: the book Building Patterns  by Suzy Furrer (same as in her classes on Craftsy), Patternmaking for fashion design by  Helen Joseph-Armstrong and the one-piece sleeve from the Dutch Danckaerts system from the book dresses. It’s fascinating to see the different approaches and still coming to a more or less similar sleeve draft. That certainly is true for the methods used by Suzy Furrer and Helen Joseph-Armstrong. The cap of the sleeve drafted by those methods was very similar, the way to get there very different. The Danckaerts system gives a different shape for the back of the sleeve, which I know not to be good on me but I wanted to draft it anyhow to see how it would be compared to the others. In my next post I’ll show pictures of the different pattern pieces and describe the different approaches in more detail.

I made mock-up sleeves of the two versions. On the right is the SF draft and on the left the HJA draft.

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The HJA draft felt more comfortable. Both had a few unwanted wrinkles.

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This meant (and I had to check my fitting books for that) that the sleeve should be rotated a bit to the front and after I did that, it improved, but I wasn’t there yet. On the photo below I also made the sleeve cap higher (the height from the biceps line where the armhole starts to the top of the sleeve) by basting it with a very narrow seam allowance. This gave a pretty good result and I can move that arm properly. I’m pretty sure that if I had adapted the sleeve drafted with the SF method it would have resulted in a good fitting sleeve too.

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Though I’m this far in drafting and constructing, I’m in doubt about the dress. When I first saw the picture of it a few years ago I really loved the design and thought it really would be a “me” dress. As it is I’m not so sure. Don’t know whether it’s the fabric or the design on me but I’m not as enthousiastic as I thought I would be. I might leave it alone for a week or so and see what I think.

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Silk bow top and a Vogue knit top puzzle V9227

Looking at the calendar I just realized I haven’t done a blog post in a while, despite sewing a lot this month. It’s been a month of doing some custom sewing, as well as some experimentation which may or may not turn into Craftsy sewing blog posts. (Pr…

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A Darling Emma Knit Cardigan

Chicago is quite grey today, as it is most winter days.  It makes me long for warmer, brighter days as I look back at these images taken on a crisp September day spent in Washington D.C. Darling Emma is a fingering-weight knit cardigan pattern by Joji Locatelli.  Yes – this whole thing was knit in… Read More »

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Oui Fresh 24 Hour ACLU Charity Sale!

Hey, guys!! You might have already seen this on Instagram, but just in case you didn’t, we wanted to share it here as well! For 24 hours (until tonight at midnight, mountain time), we are donating 100% of Oui Fresh proceeds to the ACLU. If you’ve been meaning to donate, here’s an easy way to do so. Love you guys!!! Elsie + Emma

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Oui Fresh 24 Hour ACLU Charity Sale!

Hey, guys!! You might have already seen this on Instagram, but just in case you didn’t, we wanted to share it here as well! For 24 hours (until tonight at midnight, mountain time), we are donating 100% of Oui Fresh proceeds to the ACLU. If you’ve been meaning to donate, here’s an easy way to do so. Love you guys!!! Elsie + Emma

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Tips to Help Minimize Messy Fur Sewing

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Clorox Company. All opinions are 100% mine. Fur can be really rewarding to sew, but boy does it make a MESS! If I have learned anything though as a Mother of young children, its that sometimes the best memories are made when we […]

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Easy Chicken Curry

Easy Chicken Curry is a warm, spicy dish you can enjoy over a fresh bed of rice or on its own.  With cayenne, paprika, and a host of other spices, this healthy lunch option definitely comes with a kick…and some heat!  I recommend pouring the end result over jasmine or brown rice. Ingredients for Easy Chicken Curry…

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Easy Chicken Curry

Easy Chicken Curry is a warm, spicy dish you can enjoy over a fresh bed of rice or on its own.  With cayenne, paprika, and a host of other spices, this healthy lunch option definitely comes with a kick…and some heat!  I recommend pouring the end result over jasmine or brown rice. Ingredients for Easy Chicken Curry…

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Poolside + Market Underwater Bags

I had the honor to make a few samples for Quilt Market for Cloud9 Fabrics this past fall. The Poolside

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What You Have Been Waiting For!

And so it begins again. Lambing. For all of you who have followed our farm for years, yes, they are later than normal. It was planned. We put the rams in with the ewes about a month later than normal to avoid the cold. Of course now it is very col…

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Sew and Tell | Morna

Are all of us up here in the north tired of wearing long sleeves and layering up? I certainly am. This Archer Button Up that Morna made has me re-excited about winter! Which is a very good thing because we … Continue reading

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flat s pays a visit to sydney

We have word from Flat S again as she continues her travels around the globe. She’s just had a nice visit with Thao and family in Sydney where she witnessed a new world record being made.

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Free Embroidery Design – I love you Bear

Free Embroidery Design – I love you Bear

Today’s Free embroidery design from Embroidery Machine Designs Free Today Only Download Now

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Colour Complements Hand-dyed Very Velvet Thread Review

Colour Complements is one of my favorite small dyers of thread. Their Etsy shop has so many delightful threads. I have used several of them in the past (here) The newest edition to their line is hand-dyed Petite Very Velvet. I tested it against regular versions of this thread in the Mindy round above. White […]

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30 Awesome Valentine’s Day Party Ideas for Kids!

valentines day party ideasWe’ve put together 30 Awesome Valentine’s Day Party Ideas for Kids to get your Valentine’s Day party off to a great start. Are you looking forward to a Valentine’s Day party at your kid’s school? Growing up, it was one of my favorite holidays. In this Valentine’s Day roundup we’ve thought everything to get your…

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30 Awesome Valentine’s Day Party Ideas for Kids!

valentines day party ideasWe’ve put together 30 Awesome Valentine’s Day Party Ideas for Kids to get your Valentine’s Day party off to a great start. Are you looking forward to a Valentine’s Day party at your kid’s school? Growing up, it was one of my favorite holidays. In this Valentine’s Day roundup we’ve thought everything to get your…

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New Vogue Sewing Patterns! (+ a survey)

Hey everyone! I’m finally home from Egypt and nearly settled back to normal life. I will be writing a post about my trip after I finish sorting through the photos – in short, it was AMAZING and I had the best time!!! – and I also have my monthly MSN project to share! But in […]

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Tips for Organizing Your Craft Space

If you are a serious or novice crafter, you probably have some sort of craft room or corner of your house devoted to your DIY stash. My office also doubles as my craft room, and since making things is a full time job for me, you can believe I have quite a few supplies on hand. When we first moved into the house a year and a half ago, it…

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Tips for Organizing Your Craft Space

If you are a serious or novice crafter, you probably have some sort of craft room or corner of your house devoted to your DIY stash. My office also doubles as my craft room, and since making things is a full time job for me, you can believe I have quite a few supplies on hand. When we first moved into the house a year and a half ago, it…

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instant sea urchin mini collection

A week ago, on a cold but sunny day, I’ve been to the seaside for a power walk with hubby. The beach was full of seashells, but with lots of some we usually don’t see very often (let alone in one piece !). We stumbled upon a little handful of sea urchi…

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How to make faced bound buttonholes – Como fazer casas de botão avivadas com vistas

EN Summary: As promised in my last article, here’s the tutorial for the bound buttonhole technique used on the fronts of the Green 60s style coat (Marfy 2268). This technique is very easy and it makes possible to make unusual shaped buttonholes (circles, triangles, even mouse-shaped if you wish). Keep reading the full tutorial.
PT Sumário: Como prometido no artigo anterior, aqui têm o passo-a-passo das casas de botão do casaco verde estilo anos 60 (Marfy 2268). Esta técnica é muito fácil de aplicar e permite fazer casas de botão com formas invulgares (pensem em círculos, triângulos e até em forma de lábios de o desejarem). Continuem a ler o passo-a-passo completo.

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Floral

 Blue florals for last weekend’s wedding (on the Lunar New Year!). Always so good to see family and extended family. PS: If you’re on the hunt for a floral set, I love this one and it’s on super sale: here for the top and here for the skirt. *** Top – Zimmermann (here) Skirt – Zimmermann […]

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How to Replace a Zipper

How to replace a zipper - How to fix a broken zipper by replacing it - video and tutorial by Melly SewsHey y’all – it’s the last post of mending month here, and I’ve got a quicky on how to replace a zipper. Because PUPPY. Sigh. If you follow me on Instagram, you know we got a Cane Corso puppy  we named Dany. And Dany is ginormous (at current writing, she’s 8 months old and 80 Read the Rest…

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January Indie Pattern Update!

I can’t believe that its already time for the first of these posts for 2017. And boy is it a whopper for you. I hope you put the kettle on before you sat down and started on this one as its going to take a while! Not only has there been a huge amount going on within the independent pattern design community there have been some truly beautiful releases this month. Let’s hope that this is a sign of things to come for the rest of the year. Enjoy!

New Patterns

  • This month’s releases with Seamwork Magazine from Colette were the Jane Crew Neck T-Shirt (a real classic) and Margo Pencil Skirt which features on trend side slits.
  • Style Arc‘s first wave of January releases were all about tops. The patterns included the Fran Knit Top, Isabella Top, Juliet Woven Shirt and Annika Top. Later in the month they also releases the Alissa Knit Dress which features a lovely draped swag to the skirt and the Natasha Woven Pants which might be just what I need to make some cropped culottes. 
  • Boho Banjo released the A Couple of Loopholes pattern. So in keeping with the unique style of the rest of her designs this is a draped dress with two clever tubes or holes at the waistline creating a sculptural effect. I’m so intrigued by the construction of this one!
  • Itch to Stitch released the Paro Cardigan. Its a lovely thigh length flowing style which is super flattering because of the fitted waist, the flare being created by small pleats.
  • Jenny from Cashmerette launched the Harrison Shirtdress pattern which is actually a development of her popular Harrison Shirt as there were so many requests for a similar shirtdress. I can see this being a hugely popular classic for plus sized ladies.
  • New from Wear Lemonade is the Simona Blouse. I love that combination of little collar and optional pussy bow; a style I might have to try out this season.
  • Wardrobe By Me had a busy month releasing not only the Daisy Dropped Shoulder Blouse for curvy sizes and the men’s Bram Raglan T-Shirt but also the Aster Jersey Dress; I love the boat necked variation of this but it comes with two heights of turtleneck too.
  • Sarah from OhhhLulu Lingerie released the Mina Garter Belt pattern and also the Cora Elastic Strap Garter Belt which is a tutorial on how to make five styles of garter out of elastic. If you fancy giving it a try the v shaped lace style is actually free!
  • Paddleboat Studio released the Mitchell Dress and Jumpsuit. Its a wrap style, with two wide side panels which wrap to the front. I particularly like this on the jumpsuit and the wide cropped leg look.
  • The Sybil Robe is the latest pattern from Greenstyle Creations. It looks to be a very versatile pattern which can be used to make a really cute robe or actually even dresses in the wrap style. I love being able to see all the tester versions on the listing.
  • There were three new patterns from Opian Patterns in January; the Makalu Dress and Top (which looks great styled with a big necklace), Ortles Snood and Surimani Turban. They’re all suited to beginners and I love the idea of making your own accessories too!
  • Chalk and Notch released the Women’s Waterfall Raglan pattern. Its a relaxed knit top or dress with a gathered peplum.
  • Kommatia Patterns added a couple of new patterns to their growing collection of youthful and on trend styles. January’s additions included a midi length jersey dress and the Pinafore Skirt with zip pockets; I love the shape of the back bib on this.
  • Style Sew Me released the Janelle Skirt; a faux wrap, below knee style with a dramatic thigh high split! I like it sewn in a more casual fabric like the denim which looks great on the model.
  • The new release from Orange Lingerie has got me wishing I had some lingerie sewing experience under my belt already. The Esplanade Bra is a longline strapless style and I have a newfound motivation to work up to sewing something that beautiful! 
  • For those of you who might be interested in a bit of bag sewing Noodlehead have just released the Explorer Tote. It has lots of pockets (which is my favourite thing in a bag) yet still maintains a clean look with flap top, two sizes and optional long detachable strap.
  • Hot Patterns released the HP1213 Deco Vibe Gatsby Cardigan-Jacket and Gilet. Designed for stable knits its a semi fitted wrap style packed with lovely design details including a two piece sleeve and optional faux fur collar.
  • I love it when patterns have a good number of variations or ways to make them your own and the new Designer Stitch Bridget Top excels at that with seven different statement sleeves. They can be bought in sets of long or short sleeves.
  • Decades of Style have just launched a trio of stunning 1920s inspired patterns; the 2005 Baltimore Dress, 2006 Sugar Coat and 2007 Isabella Dress. I am absolutely mesmerised by the way the coat moves; described as a fabric petal ‘fringe’ all those half circles make for a stunning effect. 
  • New from Hey June Handmade is the Tallinn Sweater. It features an asymmetrical cross over front with either a cowl or turtleneck. I love the front edge trimmed with leather on the pattern sample.
  • Sew Over It released their first PDF pattern of the year. The Nancy Dress is a 1960s inspired swing dress with three quarter length sleeves and lovely single button fastening at the nape of the neck. I want to live in dresses like this and will admit to already having fabric bought and pre-washed for my first one!
  • Closet Case Files launched the Ebony T-Shirt & Dress Pattern. Its a basic knit top and dress with a swingy, fluid shape which would be ideally suited to using some gorgeous viscose and bamboo jerseys for!
  • The Slouchy Beanie is the new Blank Slate Patterns design that can work for anyone from baby to fully grown men! I made a couple of beanie hats on new years day and they are such satisfying project when you’re not in the mood to get into anything too complex or lengthy.
  • See Kate Sew released her first pattern in a while that has been designed for women. The Rachel Babydoll Top/Tunic/Dress is gathered onto a flat yoke and features ruffled bell sleeves.
  • One of the last releases of the month was the Wanted T-Shirt from Vanessa Pouzet. To be honest I would have thought there was nothing more a t-shirt pattern could offer as there are such a plethora of knit top patterns available online but this is a stunner that has absolutely earned a place on my wish list. That deep square neckline is super sexy. Currently only available in French.

Pattern Updates and Expansion Packs

Sew-Alongs

  • Over the course of the last month Jennifer Lauren posted a tutorial series for her Auden Cardigan pattern, thoroughly covering common fitting adjustments for this men’s garment.
  • Sarah from OhhhLulu has been running a fantastic sew-long over on her blog for sewing a three piece lingerie set. It’s packed with tips on handling all those unusual lingerie components like elastics and lace and is set to round up in time for Valentine’s Day.
  • Jenny from Cashmerette posted about adding sleeves to the Harrison Shirtdress. Its not quite as straightforward as using the sleeves from the shirt pattern as the dress has been drafted with a smaller sleeveless armhole but the post guides you through how to make that work.
  • To accompany their new trio of patterns Decades of Style have just started a sew-along for the Baltimore Dress. All those classic 1902s diagonal seam lines mean a lot of working on the bias so I’m sure all tips will be appreciated!  

Upcoming!

  • The first release of the year from Tilly and the Buttons is named Zadie and should be with us in the next week.
  • Tessuti also have a pattern on the way this week in the form of the Iris Dress. All I could tell from the Instagram sneak peak was that there’s a maxi length and potential colour blocking involved!
  • The next pattern from Jennifer Lauren Handmade will be the Juniper Cardigan. Its currently being tested.
  • Pearl Red Moon over at Boho Banjo patterns has the Two Pegs Dress coming soon. Its a shift dress with squared or rounded colour blocked panels down one side and a pegged hem.
  • Megan Nielsen also has a new pattern in the works called Rowan. I’ve loved her last two so can’t wait to see this one!
  • The next release from new pattern company Trend Patterns will be the first in their basics range including a pleat front trouser and top with frilled hem.
  • There’s a new underwired bra pattern coming from Cloth Habit soon. After the success of there Watson Bra I’ve got high hopes for this one and really need to get my act together and get some lingerie sewing supplies together!
  • Waffle Patterns are working on a pattern for slim tapered pants with various pocket options.
  • In The Folds is currently testing their next pattern; the Collins Top. It looks like next month is going to a be a big one for pattern releases too doesn’t it!
  • Lisa from Sew Over It gave us a fab little look at what the coming year might hold for the company on her vlog. We should be seeing their Eve Dress, Elsie Dress and 1940s Wrap Dress released as paper patterns throughout the year!
  • Jenni Smith will be releasing her very first pattern in March. The Hepworth Apron is currently being taught as a class in her studio and will be available as both a PDF and paper pattern.

Other Exciting News

  • Sally from Capital Chic Patterns launched a new feature on her website which I’m absolutely in love with! Called the Outfit Designer it offers up templates of all the Capital Chic patterns so you can play around with colour and even upload an image of the fabric print you are thinking of using. You can change hair style, colour and skin colour and even play around with colour blocking too!
  • The Moneta Party is running until February 22nd on Instagram. Celebrating sewing with knits and in particular the Colette Moneta Dress pattern, you can win prizes for making and posting your own version!
  • Sew Over It launched their PDF Club. As they are planning to release lots of PDF designs this year you can now get membership to the club which offers you early access to each new design plus 10% off. At £5 for the year including a free choice of pattern when you sign up you can’t go wrong. They also have a new ‘Intro to Coats’ online class coming next month.
  • Heather Lou from Closet Case Files launched a new online workshop called ‘Sew Your Dream Jeans‘. I adore both pairs of jeans I’ve made so far (the Ginger and Mia patterns) but I do feel like I’ve started on a whole new long winded adventure of making my perfect pair! Perhaps this course will help. The workshop officially launches on February 20th but is on pre-sale at 15% off now.
  • The Maker’s Atelier is releasing a book! Called The Essential Collection it will be released on February 9th. I’m a huge fan of their simple, well cut silhouettes so can’t wait to see what patterns are included.
  • In House Patterns is soon to launch the next in their line of courses on how to draft your own blocks. This one focuses on making your own Custom Stretch Knit Bodice.
Phew! That’s a lot to take in and I’m sure both my sewing queue and pattern wish list have doubled in length since I started writing it! As always feel free to leave any news I may have missed in the comments below and I’ll leave you with a handful of the indie sewing projects that have caught my eye in the online sewing community over the last month.
  • There were Toaster Sweaters popping up all over the place in January but I think my favourite of the lots was Sara’s. She combined elements of the two variations and used a lightweight knit resulting in a totally different look.
  • Heather Lou’s dreamy Liberty print Bolyston Bra has reignited my desire to get on with my own lingerie making. Why buy shop bought bras when you can make such beautiful ones that fit right?!
  • London has been going through a bit of a cold snap and Sonja’s Plaid Farrow Dress is what I want to be living in right now! Amazing pattern matching (you can’t even see those pockets!) and it suits her down to the ground.
  • Helen’s version of the Style Arc Blaire Shirtdress is delicious! I love the fabric that she chose and the way she used the direction of those stripes to their absolutely best advantage.
  • The combination of vivid floral print and the drama of the off the shoulder ruffle on MJ’s Mama Daphne top is stunning. She definitely made some excellent choices with this one!
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