Simple Sew Shannon Shorts (part 2)!

Hi everyone! It’s well and truly autumn now, so what better time to show you the shorts that I made that have almost zero chance of being worn again this year!

For July’s (I know) Simple Sew blogger make we just had a run of hot weather so I wanted more shorts. I’m going through a bit of a pink phase at the moment and I had some stretch pink denim left over from another project that I thought would make perfect Shannon Collection shorts.

I’ve used this pattern before and you can read that here. They were a success too!

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Simple Sew Hayley Ballet Top

Hello!

I hope you are keeping safe and healthy in these bizarre circumstances. Hopefully this post will provide you with some light relief, and a little distraction, if you are stuck indoors.

I’m here to show you my latest make, the Hayley Ballet Top. This has been on my list for things to make for some time and it feels good to finally get this done. The Hayley Ballet Top is a versatile pattern that can be made from a few different fabrics, including knits or wovens.

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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

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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Pippi Pinafore for IPM dresses week

Hello again! It’s Indie Pattern Month (IPM) again over on the Monthly Stitch which always gets me in the mood for some fast sewing.  The first week was ‘dresses’ week.  For this I wanted to use a fabric that a colleague of mine very kindly gifted to me as it was taking up too much space in his house and wasn’t being used. He gave me 7 bags, each containing 3+ metres of quality suiting fabric, one of which was this 100% black wool made locally in Huddersfield.

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Simple Sew Slouchy Gilet

Hello again! This month’s pattern is a bit of a blast from the past. With Autumn just around the corner I’ve chosen the Slouchy Gilet to whip up.

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This pattern came free with an old issue of Love Sewing magazine. Perhaps you have it in your pattern stash? Well, I’ve been wanting to make this for ages. When I dug it out I remembered why I had procrastinated over it for so long – I really couldn’t get my head around the instructions.

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A shirt for (me and) my husband

I started June with such high hopes (I realise we’re in August now but bear with me). Because Me Made May taught me that I have too many clothes, I decided to make June a ‘no clothes for me’ month. It started well. I turned one cushion into two by dismantling one that I made a couple of years ago for Burniston Show (here) and adding a beautiful teal velvet back. I’m pleased with these!

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July Sew My Style – Lander pants

We shall just gloss over the fact that June’s Sew My Style, the Suki Kimono, is not yet on here shall we? My fabric took over three weeks to arrive and I missed the reveal day which I was cross about. I’m intending to make two of them for Christmas presents – organised I know! However, the urgency for that make has gone. There has been some progress though. The pdf is stuck together and cut out and the fabric for one of them has been cut out. This all took an age – some of those pattern pieces are massive! I have more important makes now, including a shirt for my husband’s birthday. Continue reading