Do you remember that time it was sunny…

I saw the Ready to Sew Jazz pattern when it came out a few weeks ago, and fell in love! It’s not really my usual style but I thought I’d give it a go, having not made a jumpsuit before….

When I started it was beautiful and I was imagining swanning about with a glass of something bubbly whilst wearing whilst in reality, I finished it today and …

I used some slinky viscose-y material I bought on EBay years ago and never used.. and I can see why! It was a slippery little number and so when I cut the pattern it seemed to go everywhere, then when I sewed it was a bit of a nightmare! I can see why I usually use cotton and knits, much easier! 

The pattern is a beaut though, lots of options and possibilities, one I will definitely do again. It’s the first time  I’ve used a Ready to Sew pattern and it was easy to follow, if a mega PDF to cut and stick!! I went for the sleeveless trouser option, but the others look lovely too. 

Now I just need a bit of sun again…..


Me May May 2017

Well, that was fun! My first me made May, and I managed to keep my pledge and wore more handmade than I had expected!! It was very revealing (oo er) as it showed what I need to be making more of- separates and things that work together as outfits. This is in contrast to seeing some yummy fabric, buying it, making something completely random and then not wearing it which is what I sometimes end up doing….Let’s see if I can keep to the resolution!! 

However, I’ve made some lovely things this month, including these Sew Over It Carrie trousers, which I am currently swooning over.  I have done something new and cut out lots of patterns ready to sew when I can. Have yet to see whether this increases output or not. 

Anyway, on to June!!! 

A cardigan for spring…

I’ve just made a Blackwood Cardigan from a pattern by Helen’s Closet. It kept popping up on my Instagram feed and I figured that at this time of year you really need something to layer up, so bought the PDF pattern.

The instructions are mega clear, the fit is fab… the problem was my fabric choice!! A strange polyester and cotton mix with little ribs on… it required serious amounts of pinning!! 

My main problem was that I couldn’t press it easily as it just didn’t respond to the iron!! However, with a little bit of swearing it all came together… plus I remember that I had some Wonderclips which were awesome! 

It fits really well and although the fabric was painful to sew, it’s made a nice drapery cardigan. The fit is really clever around the neck, as you have to stretch when sewing so it doesn’t gape. Brilliant! Quick sew, why buy a cardigan when you can whip one up in no time!!! Plus, all the love for the pockets of course!! 

After a short interlude…

Well hello there! After dipping my toe into blogging a few years ago (how did that happen?!) I thought I’d have another bash! Have had lots of successes in the last few years (Tilly and the Button, Seamwork and Made by Rae patterns) and more than a few disasters (best to gloss over them I think!!) and have managed to do a bit of sewing this week, seeing as we’re on half term. Made a pair of Luna pants for my #respectfulniece and the Gable Top above, which I am completely in love with! The neckline is great, have bought the expansion pack so I can make a dress too- new favourite knit top!

A flowery Mathilde

Feeling flowery!
Feeling flowery!

Hello again! I have been making things, honest! Just getting behind with pictures! This is another Tilly and the Buttons pattern, the Mathilde, made in flowery cotton. I was pretty scared by the button holes, but the machine I have borrowed has a 1 step buttonhole thing, so it was soooo easy! I love it! Want to make a short sleeve version in green of some kind I think… Hmmm

Coco Number 2

I made one Coco top, using the brilliant Tilly and the Buttons pattern, but somehow it ended up too baggy! I’m much more pleased with this one though! Already planning what other patterns to make more from…Coco Number 2!

I found the pattern and instructions really clear to use. I am pondering whether to try something with a zip, or whether, if it goes wrong, I’ll be put off! Tilly’s new book, Love at First Stitch has clear instructions on this, so maybe I’ll put myself in her capable hands and bite the bullet!