New makes: Simplicity, Papercut Patterns and Wendy Ward – guest blog!

We’ve moved into our new house and are right in the midst of unpacking, so no sewing for a little bit yet. Instead, here’s a rapid roundup of some garments my lovely Mum made when she came to stay in May. We both share a love of arts and crafts, although she is certainly more “artistic” than I, and it was great to share some excitement about making clothes with her. We had fun choosing some fabric and figuring out what we’d each make, and enjoyed the somewhat collaborative process as we chatted about the process as we were sewing.

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New make: Toaster Sweater #sewmystyle January

This is my first make as part of the #sewmystyle community sewalong. If you don’t know about it, then you can check out the initiative at Bluebird Fabrics or on Instagram with the hashtag, where there are a ton of Toaster Sweaters to peruse. That’s because the challenge involves sewing one collective garment a month (completely voluntary) from now until the end of the year. I plan to be sewing 9 out of the 12 (one, the Saunio cardigan simply will not suit me and two of the others I have alternative patterns for already). This is the Toaster Sweater #2 (there is a quite different #1 version too) from Sew House Seven and it’s the first pattern I’ve sewn from this company.

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A/W wardrobe plans or Trying To Be Organised

One of the goals in my sewing life is to, at some point, make some garments that actually co-ordinate. I haven’t particularly focused on this yet, as I’ve preferred to make things that appealed on a standalone basis, to acquire new skills or see how something “worked”. For this autumn/winter though, I’m going to try and make a few items that co-ordinate – both with each other – and items I already have. That will inevitably mean some solids – and Lordy, do I need some interesting solids that aren’t Old Navy t-shirts – as well as a few print pieces and even – a COAT. Duh duh duh! I signed up for a class in October, so I’m hoping that will go well! Continue reading “A/W wardrobe plans or Trying To Be Organised”