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.

Sew My Style – May

More Sew My Style catch up today, with my May make 🙂

The jury is still out on this skirt.  I like it, I’m just not sure I like it a lot.  I’ve been wearing it, so it can’t be that bad.  I’m wondering whether my fabric choice wasn’t quite right, or whether I would prefer it to be a little longer…?  There’s something that isn’t quite right anyway.  I have some more fabric to try it again, see if I can fathom it out.  I’m quite pleased with my topstitching though, and of course, the ginormous pockets.

The fabric
A light-ish weight denim.  As I said, I’m wondering whether this is perhaps a little too heavy for this skirt.

The pattern
The Basics Pocket Skirt from Cali Faye Collection.  I must admit, I found the pattern a little over-complicated in places, so I kind of did my own thing a lot.  The instructions were very clear, I just decided not to follow them.  The really great thing about this pattern is that it uses barely any fabric – less than a metre for my size, for sure.

Modifications
I omitted the elastic step and opted to redraft my back waistband piece to be more fitted and gather the back skirt piece more fully.  I then inserted a concealed zip into my left side seam.  I just thought the way the elastic was added seemed a bit faffy and I don’t think the finish would have necessarily looked any better.  Maybe I’m wrong – maybe that’s what’s up with my skirt!

Notes
Take a look at the finished garment measurements before tracing and cutting.  I ended up cutting about two sizes smaller than recommended because there is a lot of ease.

The cost
The fabric was free!  My lovely sister gave it to me.  The pattern was about £9 with the Sew My Style discount and I had to spend a couple of quid on a zip.  Just over a tenner for a skirt isn’t half bad!