After my posts featuring fabric from Aliexpress, I’ve been asked about my experience shopping there. I’m no expert – my general rule of thumb is to not spend too much money, in case I lose it all. But I do have a few tips after buying sewing goods online for several years.
I didn’t have any particular plans to enter The Monthly Stitch’s Indie Pattern Month this year, despite my all-out efforts last time around (New To Me, Hack It, Indie Pattern Royalty). It was pleasant happenstance that one of their challenges – Around the World – perfectly aligned with my existing sewing plans.
Just recently I was writing about sewing pattern repeats, and here I am sharing my fifth, sixth and seventh versions of the Grainline Hemlock Tee!* I wasn’t completely enamoured with it upon release, but it’s proven to be an easy to sew and easy to wear wardrobe staple.
Someone once wrote, “those who can’t do, plan”. As my time at the sewing machine is now limited, I’ll be subjecting you to another seasonal sewing plan post. This post is actually a little overdue – spring hit a good month ago and we’re already experiencing warm weather in the mid 20s. So I better get a move on if I want to wear these items soon! Continue reading “Summer sewing plans”
I didn’t think I’d be one of those sewists making endless repeats of their favourite patterns, but here I am posting my third Grainline Archer Shirt (and I’m currently sewing my 5th, 6th and 7th versions of the Grainline Hemlock Tee!). When Jen gave me this beautiful red plaid shirting, I had good intentions of muslining a new popover shirt. But when the time came round to sew it, I just wanted something that I knew would work. So Archer it was!
When I made my Aliexpress fabric order for mid-weight cotton slub knits (destined to become two winter dresses), I threw in some plain cotton/spandex jersey to keep on hand. As with the cotton slub knits, I was impressed with the quality of the cotton/spandex and decided to sew it up straight away.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will know my excitement over In The Folds’ latest pattern release for Peppermint Sewing School: the Wide Leg Pants. Wide leg, high waist pants seem to be the latest trend in the online sewing community, and I think In The Folds’ version is the best executed pattern so far. Given my previous positive experiences with their pattern drafting, sewing their latest release was an easy decision.