Sew My Style – July

Guys, let me introduce you to my lovely niece, Isabelle!  Here she is modelling her very own handmade blouse.  I’m totally biased, but she is the absolute cutest!

I knew straight off that July’s Sew My Style pattern would not suit me at all.  Let’s just say it’s not for the busty lady – a seam with gathers in all the wrong places.  As I did with February’s pattern, I set to work thinking about who I could make this for.  I was chuffed to discover that it was available in little person sizes, and my niece was even more chuffed to receive her handmade gift 🙂  She got this huge smile on her face and threw her arms around me.  ‘Thank you, Aunty Vicki!’  Oh, my life, I almost cried from the cuteness ❤  Love her to bits and pieces.

The fabric
I used the leftover Swiss dot from my Alex shirt.  It was perfect for this pattern.

The pattern
The Valley Blouse for girls, from Cali Faye.  This, although still relatively easy, turned out to be one of the hardest things I’ve made in a while.  When I cut it out it looked absolutely tiny and I thought it would take me a couple of hours.  How can something so small take all that long, right?  Wrong.  Lots of gathering and fiddly bits.  And I did get to try a couple of things I’ve never done before.

  1. A keyhole.  This didn’t seem like it should work at first, but I went with it and it all came together in the end.  It wasn’t as neat as I would have ideally liked, but it was my first ever one.
  2. Cuffs.  I’ve never made a cuff on anything before.  I stitched in the ditch to secure them, but if I were to do it again I would stitch them by hand.  My stitching in the ditching always looks okay from the outside, but it’s all wobbly on the inside.

This was also the first time, since getting my new machine in January, I’ve had to do a buttonhole, so I got to test drive my automatic buttonholer.  Thumbs up!

The cost
The only thing I had to pay for was the pattern, which was only about £6.50 with the Sew My Style discount code.  I used leftover fabric and buttons (chosen by Isabelle) from my stash.

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Sew My Style – June

Ever make something a little out of your comfort zone, only to discover you actually kind of love it?  That’s what happened here, at the halfway mark for Sew My Style.  That’s what I’m loving about Sew My Style – it’s encouraging me to try things I never thought I would – a bit of experimentation never hurt anyone!  I first wore this to Friendsfest – I bought my sister tickets for her birthday.  She had no idea, it was a complete surprise, and it was a really fun day out.

The fabric
I white and turquoise ‘scribble’ stripe jersey from the Textile Centre.  This fabric is lovely – super-soft and drapy – but my sewing machine and overlocker both hated it.  It didn’t seem to matter what I tried – they just kept either trying to eat it or skipping a load of stitches.  After much faffing about, I finally found a setting on my sewing machine that would allow me to get it done.  Very slowly.

The pattern
The Briar Tee from Megan Nielsen.  Megan’s patterns are always so easy to follow, and I think the fit is usually realistic and good – no insane amounts of ease, just the right amount.  Bonus – this was a super-speedy sew.  I think it probably took me around 90 minutes once I’d sorted out my machine issues, and that was sewing at a snail’s pace.  I left making this until far too late, so I decided to make the cropped version as a time saver – out of my comfort zone, as I mentioned, but I dare say I like it! I’m not sure how often I’ll be brave enough to wear it without a vest underneath, but I will wear it.  I really like the fit, so I’d like to make the classic tee at some point.  It’s far too long for me at the back though, so I will need to re-draft it.

The cost
The fabric was a total bargain in the sale at £2.99 per metre.  I got 2 metres, but have absolutely loads left.  The pattern was about £7.20 with the Sew My Style discount.  Around £13 in total.

Linden Sweatshirt

I never thought I was a sweater fan – I never thought they suited me.  Then I made the Toaster Sweater  back in January and it’s turned out to be one of my most worn handmade garments.  I love it.  I think it’s the cropped style.  The classic sweater shape doesn’t suit me very well – I’m quite wide at the hip, so a band that sits on one of the widest parts of my body isn’t very flattering, especially with me being a bit busty too.  When I made the Toaster Sweater, I discovered that a cropped jumper without a ribbing band shows off my shape a bit more and doesn’t make me look quite as round.  With all this in mind, I decided it was time to see whether the Linden Sweatshirt lived up to all the hype.

The verdict?  I love it!  I have worn it an awful lot since making it.  It’s so cosy and comfortable.  I have lots of fabrics in my stash that are suitable for Lindens, so I may end up with a few more.

The fabric
I actually used the leftovers from my Toaster Sweater.  I had about a metre left, but I managed to squeeze it out 🙂  I’m getting quite good at using every last morsel of fabric.

The pattern
The Linden from Grainline Studio, of course.  I picked it up from Guthrie and Ghani at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Edinburgh, along with some fabric to make it with.  That fabric was far too nice to use without making a toile, hence the stash-busting.  This is the quickest and easiest thing I’ve ever made.  It took around 90 minutes, but that was with me attempting to figure out how to sew on my overlocker.  That’s right, I did it all on my overlocker.  Go me!  I didn’t enjoy it very much and I don’t think the finish is as nice, so I am swiftly going back to using my overlocker solely for finishing seams.  But I still managed it and I’m quite proud of myself 😀  The only thing I did on my sewing machine was twin needle the hem.  I’m going to try another very soon and see if I can get it down to under an hour…

The cost
I already had the fabric and thread, so no cost there.  The pattern was £14.90.