Simple Sew Olive Blouse

I’ve been very naughty and I’ve been putting off writing this blog post because this make has been a disaster and turned into a bit of a weight around my neck. This blouse (you can get the Olive blouse here) started off really promisingly. It had all the makings of a nicely fitted blouse/shirt. However, I really managed to make a pig’s ear of it and it had me seriously questioning my sewing skills. Continue reading

#Makenine2020

Happy new year! Unlike last year I’ve decided to come up with a ‘make nine’ list to keep me on the straight and narrow for 2020. Although I didn’t complete them all, my #makenine for 2018 was reasonably successful and I wish I’d done one for 2019 but nevermind! You can read my review of my #makenine 2018 here.

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Sewing hits and misses of 2019

I like to look back at the year and reflect on how productive I’ve been. You’d never believe it by reading my blog, but I have been reasonably productive in my sewing! I thought I’d put together a quick list on my best and worst projects of 2019. There is a vague chronological order to these although I’ve had to go by memory as I’ve barely blogged about any of these projects and I can’t remember when I completed them!

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One Week One Pattern 2019

Apparently, since 2012, there has been a yearly intstagram challenge called One Week One Pattern (or OWOP for short) where you choose one pattern and wear garments made from it for one week. You can choose to wear one garment and style it differently each day or choose a pattern you’ve made multiple times and wear many versions of them during the week. This challenge was originally hosted by Tilly and the Buttons but for the last couple of years it has been hosted by Sheona from Sewisfaction. You can read the blog post about it here.

I’ve never taken part in this challenge before and I’m not sure why. As internet challenges go, it can involve very little work! What I didn’t want was to sew up anything for this challenge, as November (the challenge took place between 23rd and 29th of November) was a very busy month for me!

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Simple Sew Shannon Shorts

Hi everyone! I think I must be the last of the Simple Sew bloggers to make anything from the Shannon collection of patterns, but I’m pleased to say that I’ve finally made the shorts as my starting point. You can get the pattern here.

I’m off on a cruise in the summer holidays so some sailor-style shorts were a must-make as far as I was concerned. Continue reading

Simple Sew Utility Dress

After a little bit of a hiatus (a blogging one, not a sewing one), I’m back with my latest Simple Sew make. This is the utility dress – a relaxed dress with kimono sleeves, a bound v-neckline, a half-elasticated and half draw-string (draw-strung?) waistline, and of course, pockets!

This dress has been on my radar for a while and I was always a little slow when it came to picking this for my Simple Sew makes, as other bloggers always got there before me! Finally I nabbed it for March’s (ahem) sew! Continue reading