Sorry I can’t go out this week I’m too busy sewing… #selfishsewingweek

Did you know that this week is selfish sewing week? Hosted in part by Imagine Gnats who says that it’s all about celebrating ourselves so I’m just going to jump in head first and celebrate with some of my recent fabric buys – Yes, I’ve bought more, I can’t help it I’m addicted! Thanks to Watney market I bought some polka dot cotton for some PJs, a really soft, patterned viscose destined to become a top and some beautiful red velvet which I’m still deciding what to make with…

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To be fair it’s always selfish sewing week for me because I RARELY sew for anyone but myself – I find it so stressful because I want to achieve perfection if I’m making a garment for someone else, something that usually never happens.

Well I had quite a few things in the pipeline for my autumn/winter wardrobe (which I spoke about in my post here) so I started off early by spending last Thursday evening and Friday dedicated to cutting patterns and fabric. I find that when I want to make something it takes ages to get into the sewing because of tracing or printing the pattern and cutting out the fabric so I wanted to get that out of the way all at once. Then I could just sew!

On Thursday evening I cut out the fabric for a Deer and Doe Plantain tee and a Tilly Buttons Coco. I really like Quirky Peach Sally’s tunic version of the Plantain tee and might go for that hack for my next version if I like the fit of this one. And the Coco, what can I say? It’s a wardrobe staple for me now as this is my 4th one. I love the fit, the shape and that funnel collar. I bought the ponte roma fabric way back at the NYLon2014 meet up back in May, hosted by the lovely Rachel from House of Pinheiro. We went to Goldhawk road and there was so much fabric to choose from, luckily Lindsey was on hand to help me decide!

Friday was a mega cutting day with Simplicity 1317, a By Hand London Flora Skirt (totally inspired by Heather Lou from Closet Case Files’ version) an Elisalex Dress and last but not least a Colette Sorbetto top. I cut the pattern for the Simplicity pyjama shorts but I didn’t have enough fabric – aaargh!

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So how did I get on with all that sewing?

*Coco top – Love, love, love.

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*Plantain tee – I like this pattern but I think the neckline may be a little to wide for me so I’ll probably take it in a little next time. Just like the Coco this top was really easy to make, in fact the process is pretty much the same.

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*Colette Sorbetto – made with a facing instead of bias binding the neck and armholes. Also inserted a back invisible zip and French seamed the shoulder and side seams.

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*Simplicity 1317 – You win some, you lose some. This was a loss. The top was really easy to make except for attaching the neck binding. I know that the neck binding piece should be slightly smaller than the neckline but I think it’s just too small. It was really hard to get it to stretch enough to fit and as a result I have puckers all the way around the neck. Because of this I knew I wouldn’t be wearing this out and about so I didn’t even trim down the seam allowance around the neck – I’ll probably just wear this to bed and around the house! This is a size xxs but next time I make this pattern I’ll cut the neck binding in size xs and see how that fits. I also think I’ll make the 3/4 sleeve version.

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*BHL Flora skirt – made with a side zip instead of at centre back and following instructions for attaching a waistband from the BHL website. Also underlined in a black anti-static polyester lining.

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And last but not least, my absolute favourite…

*BHL Elisalex dress – made with a side zip and bias bound neckline and armsyces.

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Wow. It’s been an epic sewing week and I’ve loved every minute of it. 6 garments in 6 days and I don’t even feel like I need a break from sewing yet. Bring on selfish sewing week 2015!

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Sugar, spice and all things nice – Ideas and inspiration for my Autumn/Winter wardrobe

Sugar, spice and all things nice – Ideas and inspiration for my Autumn/Winter wardrobe

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that I want to make for this Autumn and Winter. I’m pretty impressed with Jodie’s sewing plans and attention to detail, I only wish I was as organised! I’ve tried to … Continue reading

Woop woop, I’m on the blog hop!

Ooh yeah. I’ve seen this doing the rounds and now I’ve been nominated! Big thanks to Jodie over at her adventures in sewing land, she writes fab posts so I sure recommend you pop over to her corner of the blogosphere and have a looksie.

For those not in the know just yet, the blog hop is a way of finding out a bit more about each bloggers reasons for writing. Each person has to answer 4 easy questions and then nominate someone else for the next ‘hop’. So here I go..

Why do I write?

Simply because I enjoy it. I wasn’t sure when I started my blog if it would be something that I would keep up but so far I have and I am really enjoying writing the posts. One thing that I really like is connecting with others via blogs and that’s something that I didn’t expect as I was a newbie to the blogosphere, long may it continue.

What am I working on?

A few things…I’ve got the Deer and Doe Plantain t-shirt pattern printed and cut, I just need to get sewing. I have also just washed the fabrics for my next By Hand London Flora skirt and a Simplicity K1609. Also in the pipeline are another Tilly and the Buttons Coco and a Colette Sorbetto.

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How does your blog differ from others of it’s genre?

Many other blog hoppers have given similar answers to this question and I’m inclined to agree, I think that my blog is very similar to the many other sewing blogs out there, it’s a record of my makes and my progress, like a diary really, so I can always look back over the things that I’ve made, done and thought.

Although there are a LOT of sewing blogs out there all quite similar I think that the thing that makes each of them unique is the writer and that is probably why many of us read so many blogs. We could all make the same dress pattern and all have different experiences, loves, hates, mistakes, joys and of course fabric choices.

How does my writing process work?

What usually happens is that I just sit down and write! Whatever comes to mind gets written down as a rough draft.

Then I spend a while humbugging the Mr to be my photographer before going outside for little photoshoot of me in my make. I think I like that part the best as I get to play around…

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If the weather is rubbish I’ll take a few pic of my make hanging up inside instead. Once I’ve added the photos that I like the best I’ll usually go over the text a few more times to check the grammar and make sure it all sounds okay and then nervously hit ‘Publish’!

So there we go, that’s my hop done! Now for my nomination…

I nominate Sarah who blogs over at Notches and Notions! She’s a fab sewer and I’m in love with her polka dot Moss skirt! Over to you Sarah…

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