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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