It's Not Rocket Science - M6044

Now my other half has seen this shirt (it was made as a suprise) I can share it with you...

Ol' faithful M6044 came out to play again, this time with long sleeves. For some reason I had put off making the long sleeve version for absolutely ages, for fear of labour intensive fitting and adjustments. After biting the bullet and just going for it blindly as a Christmas present, it turned out just fine. I pinched one of his work shirts and measured the sleeve against this pattern piece - identical!

Behold the geekiest shirt to date....


This amazing rocket science fabric was from Hawthorne Threads, although quite a while ago and has been sitting in the stash for about 2 years. Blue prints for space ships - perfect.


The fabric was lovely to work with, nice and stable to sew and super soft after washing. Luckily Mr Crafty Clyde loved it. He's in the science and tech world so that's fortunate!


I did find the cuffs to be quite slim (I tried it on myself) and so the buttonhole was done vertically to space save. It worked. Phew. The long sleeve version goes together so easily as there's no seperate cuff placket. The sleeve is 2-piece and so the opening is just formed from the seam.


And as if this couldn't get any nerdier - galaxy-esque buttons were added!


I love this pattern so much - and if menswear is on your 2018 agenda I would highly recommend this pattern!

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2018 - Fresh Perspectives

Happy New Year!

Here we are a week into 2018 - I hope it's treating everyone well so far. After last week's musings on the year gone by, this time I'm looking forward to what sewing may be in store!

Randomly Happy has been doing a 'Maker Capsule' series which I touched upon a while back, but I've really taken this into account when thinking about what I want from my makes this year. It looks at what you actually do with your time, then takes inspiration boards that you filter down to things you would actually wear and would be practical to wear in your life. Then you can look at suitable patterns and adjust accordingly.

From Pinterest I picked out these looks:


I now work at home ALL THE TIME so my need for any kind of formal wear is nil. Neither do I want to spend all day slouching in PJs despite the reputation home working has! My activities generally consist of being at home, being at the gym or yoga, tortoise welare working outdoors, or out with friends in more casual settings. Whatever I may be doing the ultimate goal is comfort and movement.

This leaves me with:
  • Smart casual -  for restaurants/pubs/social stuff
  • Activewear - for both outdoor work and fitness
  • Daytime secret pyjamas - comfortable for being at home, smart enough to open the door/nip to shops!
  • Loungewear
Here was another more casual inspiration board...



So really the things I actually like are really basic and simple. To keep things from getting too dull though I'd like to add a bit of personality - I love the patches on shirts and these pimped up tees!

To go with comfort factor obviously means staying way from buying quilting cotton for clothes! Soft viscose, ponte, jersey, silks (maybe :-/ ) is the way forward. 

Quirky chic. Let's try this. 

And so to the 2018 Make Nine intentions...

 

  • Black cullottes - I'm going to draft some myself - I can't find a pair I like so to the drawing board it is! A total staple perfect for a graphic tee
  • Blackwood Cardigan - This may get me back on the knitwear wagon, after seeing some out in the wild they look beautiful
  • Sew Sweetness Patterns - I have so much novelty print it's untrue, time to channel that into bag making!!
  • Toaster Sweater (Simplicity version) - Meg totally put this on my radar with her white version shown in the pic. Perfection. 
  • Fehrtrade Activewear - never having tried this I'm a tad nervous but here goes, I pre-ordered Melissa's book at the Sewing bee Live
  • This is the Reeta dress however I would just like one nice flowy shirt dress for summer, regardless of pattern
  • Sasha!! Of course I'm going to be making Closet Case Patterns in 2018. I would love to make these in floral print like my Trigger's Bloom trousers (that I can't fit into anymore and are long gone)
  • Union St Tee - I've heard good things about this, would be a great basic if it fits 
  • Morgan Jeans - these are a wildcard - I already feel like I may not get round to these however I like the relaxed fit and they may be good in a different fabric other than denim 

These are the intentions anyway, nothing is set is stone and as well all know things change and the sewing list is fluid...

What are you guys going for this year? x

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Best Nine Bingo 2017 - Yearly Round Up


It's that time of year where I like to have a little reflect and see which of my makes were successes and which were the learning curves... always an interesting task.

Last year I hopped aboard the #2017makenine bandwagon and set a few goals, which I'm pleased to say I achieved the majority of in one way or another....with a few blips on the way.


The Sointu Kimono Tee got made twice - this simple sew was a real practial make and I wear them frequently, highly recommended!

Technically I was going to make the Adeline dress by style Arc, but it was so similar to the Lodo Dress by True Bias that I marked it as 'made' in my mind. It was the design idea rather than the actually pattern that I wanted :) Perhaps Adeline might get a go in 2018...

The less said about the Driftless Cardigan the better - as you can see here!

I TOTALLY predicted the release of Kalle by Closet Case Patterns and by far it was as good as I was expecting! A summer day saviour. There will certainly be more of these in future in my wardrobe with all the versions available. 

M6044 got another look in with a whale print version - and you may be seeing another one soon ;) An absolute gem of a menswear pattern.

Rosie Bralette - this did get made and I ventured into lingerie sewing. Suprisingly though I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would and can't say I'll be rushing to make another anytime soon :-/

The Emerson trousers did not get made and I'm not really sure why - probably just ran out of time and warm weather! I'm still after some lovely black cullottes so you never know.

This one is a prime example of not tagging onto a popular pattern just for the sake of it. I thought I would try the Emery Dress by Christine Haynes however I quickly realised there was no way it would suit me or be something I would actually wear. The pattern was therefore donated to a lovely friend who definitely would wear it well :)

And lastly, I do have the Ultimate Trousers pattern however I managed to make a comfy version from ponte which did the job just as well, so I'm counting this one too!


I think my favourite make of the year was this Gertie B6453 dress - the pattern is incredibly versatile and seeing so many versions during the sewalong was a pleasure. Have I worn it? Of course not. ::eye roll::


Another noteworthy contender are these Carolyn PJs - never has nightwear felt so smart. Have I worn them? Comfy loungewear.....Oh yes!

Instagram played a heavy part in sewing this year - looking at everyone's marvellous makes and researching projects. Suprisngly my favs were also favoured by others out there, which is often nmot the case. Here's what Insta has as my 2017 Best Nine!

MakeNine aside, it was another good year for learning and improving, as we always do, and sewing for me played a huge part in therapeutic recovery this year so I am thankful for that and the amazing community of sewists out there that are so supportive of each other and inspirational. I'm looking at you. Yes you. Thank you x

Happy New Year all!


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Nights in Blue Velvet - M6884

In what seems like an annual occurance - I once again pulled out the ol' faithful M6884 wrap dress pattern for a Christmas party! During the usual pre-party panic about not knowing what to wear, apparently I thought making a dress the day beforehand would be a good idea... this time it was!

This fabric is a super stretchy blue velvet from Tia Knight, a total bargain and there were so many colours to choose from! I was debating a simple tee dress but felt a Christmas party and this fabric lent itself well to a bit of a vintage vibe.

M6884 is a super simple pattern to whip up, it is stretch so fitting is not such an issue and the dress is a 'faux wrap' so no wardrobe malfunctions a few glasses of fizz into the night. I've already made two versions of this so was confident it would be ok to make in a bit of a rush.



Being luck enough to attend a Christmas party at The Assembly House it was nice to feel fancy for the evening. Had to have a cheeky pic next to the tree!



The venue was so festive and pretty, we even had a little snoop around the building and discovered the kitchens and cookery school full of copper pans. Also just a short walk away from the Tunnel of Light. Highly recommded if anyone was in Norfolk at Xmas time. Look how lovely...


On that rather festive note, may your needles be sharp and your bobbins be full this winter break. Wishing everyone love and a very Happy Holidays, whatever you may be doing :)

















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Let It Snow! Kleiber Tree Decorations with Minerva Crafts


Those kind folks at Minerva Crafts have been in the festive spirit and gifted me some amazing little tree decoration kits to try!

There's still time to grab one - they make such cute gifts and stocking fillers.


Snowmen Felt Decorations
Whatever you may be doing - Happy Holidays :)


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More Sewing with a latecomer Linden

All of the opinions and crafting are my own in this post however today's project comes courtesy of More Sewing, a lovely little fabric shop and haberdashery in Worthing who very kindly sent me a little bundle of polar bear fabric through the post!


They have a huge range of really cool jersey to choose from, and how seasonally appropriate is this print - as I type it is actually snowing outside. It is gorgeously soft and stretchy so naturally lends itself well to a bit of cosy winter wear...


Considering my love of Grainline Studio (Archer, Hemlock, various Lark incarnations, Scout tee) how on earth have I not made the Linden before???? I see there is a rather wonderful Linden Swap going on again this year amoungst the sewing community - and perhaps next year I would like to join in - however this year this Linden was destined for my lovely sister. (Hey sis, are you reading this? You're getting a sweater :)

With regards to sizing - I have no idea if it fits her yet HOWEVER we are fairly similar and this looks like yet another equisitely drafted pattern as the drape and shape is just perfection in my opinion.



The pattern and fabric sewed up like a dream, a couple of hours at most? The entire thing was made on the overlocker except stitching down the neckband and cuffs. The fabric behaved very well and didn't pull, pucker or get stuck in machinery! (Even being a lazy beast and using a regular needle and sewing foot...**GASP**)


I'm pleased with how this turned out and really hope she likes it - I can't wait to make more now I've finally joined this Linden party, what a fabulous stable for a makers wardrobe!

With regard to the fabric - I thought it was excellent - the print is so cute, its just the right thickness and has great recovery, sitting nice and flat at the seams and neckline. I had a little browse of the other fabrics availabe on More Sewing website and check out these beauties! Bugs and birds...what's more to like?


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Cobra Corsage - McCalls M7629 Boxy Shirt

After having noticed this pattern at a Norwich Sewcials event being made by a friend, I was strangely drawn to this new-ish McCalls shirt. It is not my usual style put it piqued my interest and thought I'd just go with it. In need of a few separates, I thought it could be a good wardrobe builder!
 


The shirt has a few collared variations however I opted for view A which has more of a woven tee feel about it.
The shirt is boxy in style, has no dart at all and only consists of front, black, sleeve and facing pieces!


As there are no darts and froofy details, it appeared to be a great way to use and show off some beautiful fabric without distorting the print.

This is 'Cobra Corsage' in cotton lawn from Fabric Godmother - I may have also bought the viscose version aswell...oops.


 As per usual the McCalls sizing was a mystery. The chart put me at a 14 bust and 18 everywhere else. As my packet only went up to a 14 I just cut that out and hoped for the best. The boxy shape and extraordinary amount of ease in the pattern meant that it fit just fine over the waist. Potentially a little too big if anything.

Weirdly my pattern didn't come with any instructions inside, so I just took a guess how to make it. Thanks to Sew Direct who later sorted that out and sent me a stack of instructions for next time! The only thing I didn't notice was there was supposed to be side vents in this version. Oh well.

I should really have given this a better press before taking pictures however light levels are hard to come by in November and time was short.

The only changes I made were to shorten the shoulder seams by 1cm and then adjust the sleeve piece accordingly, just so it sat a little better on my shoulders and didn't droop so much. I wonder if it may benefit from being a size smaller next time. WITHOUT a cardigan/coat on, the shirt is really nice and comfortable and hangs really well...however when I put a cardy on unfortunately it started riding up and gaping at the chest leading to wardrobe malfunction. I had to pop into M&S and grab a vest top!!

Not sure why it did this - perhaps just the fabric sticking to my knitwear? Any suggestions welcome as its put me off wearing it again, which is a shame as I actually quite like it as an alternative to a t-shirt for casual wear.


I couldn't find any matching buttons but found 2 blue and 2 green in my stash, and after a quick insta-poll, decided these would do just fine. They even match the snake and beetle!

A good quickie project; not a stunner but not a dud either. Another may be on the cards one day but potentially with a few fitting fixes...

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