The “What Have I Got Myself Into” Outfit – Indie Pattern Month 2017, Indie Royalty

A photograph of a woman standing in a garden arch. She wears a long check cardigan, black floral dress, burgundy velvet leggings and a yellow hand knit hat. She is smiling.

The title says it all really! After participating in and thoroughly enjoying The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month’s “New to Me” and “Hack It” challenges, I figured I could make use of the “Indie Royalty” theme, in which you create an entire outfit from indie patterns, to knock a few garments out of my queue and sew up some stash. Of course, it wasn’t until I was part way through sewing for the challenge when I realised that the fabrics I thought I had stashed deep in my wardrobe were pretty much non-existent.

Thanks to a few quick trips to Spotlight, I completed the challenge, and had a lot of fun doing so! The patterns I used were: Named Esme Maxi Cardigan, Named Helmi Tunic Dress (are you noticing a theme?), So Sew Easy Custom-Fit Leggings, and because I’m a smarmy overachiever, I even knitted my hat (Ysolda’s Solas in The Fibre Co. Arranmore – I’ll review that another time). Continue reading “The “What Have I Got Myself Into” Outfit – Indie Pattern Month 2017, Indie Royalty”

A very 70s outfit – Named Paola Turtleneck Tee and Ottobre 5/2016 #6 tweed skirt

I mentioned in my post about my Ottobre 5/2016 tee that I liked the turtleneck style so much, I quickly moved on to the Named Paola Turtleneck Tee. When I started this project, I realised this was the ideal opportunity to use up some neglected fabrics in my stash, and make the perfect (or perfectly daggy) 70s outfit.

An image of a woman in a garden, standing under an arch. She wears a brown turtleneck long sleeve tee and an orange pleated skirt. Her hand is on her left hip and she is smiling.

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They can’t all be winners – Burda 6798

I don’t often see a lot of sewing failures posted online. Perhaps we’re more inclined to share successes, or maybe others don’t create quite as many wadders as I do. I certainly make my share of sucky garments, and this post is about one of them: Burda 6798 boyfriend jeans.

An image of a woman wearing baggy, unflattering jeans and a grey t-shirt.
These photos are only shared for services to sewing.

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Late to the party take two: Ginger Jeans

Closet Case Ginger Jeans – we’ve made them, we’ve blogged them, we’ve read the reviews. Now that I’ve finally caught up to the rest of the sewing world, I can reflect on what I like and don’t like so much about jeansmaking.

An image of a woman standing in front of a fence with trees. She wears dark blue, slim jeans and a light brown shirt. She is smiling. Continue reading “Late to the party take two: Ginger Jeans”

What I talk about when I talk about shirtmaking

This week I shared my linen Archer shirt with you. I’m always curious about how others sew things – not the finished results, but the techniques they use to get there. So this is a catalogue of the techniques I use when shirt-making, as featured in my Archer shirt and others. If you hate detail, turn away now!

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Late to the party: Grainline Archer Shirt

Being typically late to catch up on trends, it’s no surprise that I sewed a Grainline Archer Shirt several years after the rest of the sewing world fell in love with it. I actually did purchase this pattern and make a muslin a year or two back, but was so stumped by fit issues that I let it sit in my wardrobe. With the confidence and experience I’ve gained since then, I was ready to revisit my muslin and make a finished garment.

An image of a woman standing in front of kitchen cabinets. She wears a cream hand-knitted beret, geometric print button up shirt, skinny blue jeans and brown ankle boots. Her hands are resting in her pockets and she is smiling.
Wearing my old faithful Brambles Beret, knitted in now discontinued Ton of Wool Cormo 10ply, undyed.

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The Dalek Outfit Reviewed – Burda Emily Shirt & Box Pleated Skirt

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Last time I shared my experience of ordering from Spoonflower with you. TL;DR: don’t do it. Today, I’ll review the patterns I made from my Spoonflower fabric, starting with the Burda Emily Shirt.

An image of a woman standing in front of kitchen cupboards. She is wearing a button up shirt with Dalek print, skinny blue jeans, and brown boots. She is smiling.

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