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!Continue reading
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!Continue reading
Happy New Year! Hello, I’m back! I thought I’d better tend to my poor neglected blog so I can start the new year afresh!
I like to start these posts with an infographic – it helps me to work out what I’m going to talk about. 2018 was a pretty good year sewing wise, although I did tail off towards the end of it.Continue reading
Yes, yes I know. I thought I’d better get this written now before July gets here. April’s Sew My Style pattern was the Marigold Jumpsuit by Tilly and the Buttons. That really wasn’t my cup of tea so I gave it a miss. I made up for it by sewing purely Tilly and the Buttons patterns for April (except for my April Simple Sew make that is). Continue reading
That’s it for another year! My family, and probably my non-sewing followers on Instagram, are no doubt breathing a big sigh of relief! For the sake of consistency I’ll start this post by showing what I wore for the last week and a bit of May. Continue reading
Oops! I missed a week there didn’t I? Work has been a bit mad lately and has left me no time for blogging, or reading other blogs for that matter. I shall try to be as quick as possible as I have two week’s worth of garments to get in!
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th May
I started the second week wearing my Simple Sew Chelsea skirt and my Molly top made a return. On Wednesday 9th I took over the Simple Sew Instagram account so I made sure I was wearing it from head to toe! I wore my Pussy Bow blouse and the unblogged-because-it-was-a-pattern-test High-Waisted trousers! I then reverted back to my stripey Walkley top from MIY Collection, and teamed with the last thing I made in April – The Arielle Skirt from Tilly and the Buttons. I shall be blogging this soon. Friday I wore my un-blogged, but often worn, sleeveless top from the GBSB third book. On Saturday the 12th May I went on an old lady bus tour to RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate and I wore my Simple Sew Colour Block Top. Apologies for the dodgy selfie where you can barely see the top but I felt ridiculous photographing myself!
13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th May
On Sunday 13th I slobbed around in my Molly top and my newly fixed Safari skirt by Sew So Easy. On Monday I kept the Safari skirt and paired it with the Simple Sew Jersey top. Another Simple Sew make for Tuesday but this time the Stylish Shell top. On Wednesday I wore my beloved Archer by Grainline Studios. On Thursday the weather had cooled right down so I wore my Delphine Skirt from Love at First Stitch by Tilly and the Buttons. I also wore my Deer and Doe Luzerne Trench coat.
18th, 19th, 20th and 21st May
On Friday evening we went for a stomp around the beautiful Scarborough countryside. I wore my Archer again. On Saturday it was the turn of my Simple Sew Zoe dress. Sunday was spent gardening in my Arielle skirt and my Molly top. Finally, at the end of week three, I wore my Pauline Alice Cami dress.
Phew! There’s only a few days left of May but I hope to blog the last week and a bit soon. 1st June if I’m lucky!
I’m a little behind here as we’re well on our way through week two of May but this is just a mini post to show how I’m getting on with Me Made May. The weather has really taken us all by surprise as it’s so warm and I usually get my cold-weather garments out of the way in early May. Not this time though!
My pledge is to wear two garments a day and fix five handmade garments. I have yet to touch any of my mending!
Tuesday 1st May – I wore my brand new Bibi skirt from Tilly and the Buttons and paired it with one of my Walkley tops from MIY Collection. I will blog my skirt and my April makes when I get a minute!
Wednesday 2nd May – I wore my Bibi skirt again and this time I paired it with another Walkley top and a RTW cardigan.
Thursday 3rd May – I know it’s getting boring but I’m wearing my third Walkley top. They’ve just been so easy to wear in the hot weather! It was cool in the morning though so I wore my recent-ish Luzerne trench coat by Deer and Doe.
Friday 4th May – I wore the trench coat again but soon had to ditch that as it was so warm. So I’m only pictured wearing my Kalle shirt by Closet Case Patterns.
Saturday 5th May – We went to Maker Central at the NEC in Birmingham on this day. It was really hot and I wore my Molly top by Sew Over It and my Liana Stretch jeans (sorry, original blog post has strangely disappeared).
Monday 7th May – No photographic evidence as I was sat in a sweltering hot car on our way home. As we were away for the bank holiday weekend I failed to pack enough hot weather clothes so I was wearing my colour-blocked Coco by Tilly and the Buttons and I was far too hot! I also had the same handmade handbag.
It does take quite a bit of thought to wear two items each day. I thought I’d be wearing my hand made coats and long sleeved jumpers but it’s just been too hot for them. I’m not complaining mind you, I love this weather! See you next week for another update.
Is it May already? Time for Me Made May 2018. I actually love this challenge but my family hate it! All those photos I make them take! However, since last year I have been given a tripod with a phone mount, and I have a phone that takes pictures when I say ‘cheese’! No family involvement necessary (although I’ll probably still make them do it). This is my fourth year of completing this challenge and here is my pledge: Continue reading
Things are starting to get tricky now but I’m just about managing to keep up with Me Made May. On Monday I wore my Delphine skirt from Love at First Stitch (read about it here). I love this skirt but it’s definitely more suited to winter than spring. Sorry about the rubbish selfie but that’s what Me Made May is all about isn’t it? Continue reading
Last week I promised myself that I was going to incorporate more dresses into my days and I just about managed it. I don’t know why but I always feel overdressed when I wear a dress so I usually stick to separates. Sometimes it’s good to come out of your comfort zone.
I started off with my Moneta dress which I made for last year’s Little Red Dress Project. I’m not 100% convinced about it – that gathered waistline makes me feel enormous! But it is comfortable. You can read about it here. Continue reading