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A Seamwork Astoria and a self-drafted midi skirt

I’m as guilty as the next person for grabbing a great pattern and then not getting around to sewing it for AGES! The same applies to fabric I guess, and whilst I don’t have a huge fabric stash, some of it has been there for a while!

 

The Seamwork Astoria Top  has been in my PDF drawer for what must be a couple of years now, and at last I can finally see what all the love is about.

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It’s a simple cropped round necked top, and is just lovely. Fabric suggestions for this top are medium weight knits and I went for this blush ponte that I bought from Sewisfaction last time I was down in Wokingham. The textured finish on the fabric gives it a scuba vibe, and the dusky blush colour is super pretty (and also matches my favourite shade of lipstick at the moment which, of course, makes me very happy).

For those remotely interested (because I always like to know these things), my fave lipstick combo is NYX soft matte lip cream in 14 (Zurich) and Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk dabbed on top. You’re welcome.

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I cut a straight size medium and this was just right for me. When I sewed in the neckband, it turned out a little too long and saggy. So out came the unpicker and I shortened it by 2″.  If I’m being picky, it could probably have done with a little more shaved off- but I was too lazy to unpick the neckband again!

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All the usual tools etc were used – a walking foot, a ball point machine needle and ball twin needle for finishing the neckband and sleeves. I also used the twin needle on the waistband – I get carried away when the twin needle comes out! The sleeves are a little long. Not sure why I cut this length when I always prefer 3/4 sleeves, but hey ho! it’s alright isn’t it?

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I totally love it. As someone who wears a lot of skirts and dresses,  I know it will fit well in my wardrobe especially at this time of the year when it can still be a little chilly. I am making more of an effort to sew using plain/solid colours and this pattern is perfect for this as it will pair nicely with my crazy printed skirts and dresses. More of these will definitely be sewn!

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Not gonna lie – I do love a good Instagram challenge, and three gorgeous sewists over on Instagram have started a fun challenge each month this year with the general tag of #sewingpatternsandprints . This months friendly theme is animals and can be searched by looking for the tag #sewinganimalapril .Do head on over and check out the lovely three organisers who are TamlynSamantha, and Kealy, for more information!

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I chose to make a self-drafted midi skirt using this gorgeous animal print stretch cotton sateen that I bought from the lovely Sarah at Like Sew Amazing when I was down in Bristol a few months ago for her shop launch.

It’s a straightforward sew – just gathered rectangles really! I didn’t want the gather to be too full as the fabric already has some structure, so instead of going for double the width, I probably went for about 1.5 times the width in terms of how much gather I wanted. I added a 2″ waistband which I measured nice and snugly – (I’ve been caught with stretch fabrics on the waistband feeling too loose before), and this one is sooo comfortable.

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It simply has to have pockets doesn’t it. No arguments there. My trusty pocket piece that I always have close to hand in case I need to add it was called upon, and add an 8 or 9″ invisible zip from my stash and presto! One quick and easy skirt!

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I went for a midi length, which is not my usual length, as I wasn’t sure if I could carry it off at only 5’2″. But I really like it and certainly intend to make more cute gathered skirts this length in the future!

So all in all, two quick and easy makes which I can mix and match with existing items in my wardrobe. Win Win!

Thanks for stopping by, take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

 

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A Colette Jasmine Top

Hi all, I’m just jumping on here to let you know that my latest make for the Sewisfaction Blog is now up and it’s my review of the Jasmine top from Colette Patterns.

As usual with blog posts that I write for others, I will include a link here so that you can read the full review, but I thought I would share a couple of pics so that you can see what I’ve been up to.

The Jasmine is a pretty little top which has a cute little neck tie. You can choose what size neck bow to make and also there are two different sleeve options.

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My fabric choice was this stunning grey and mustard Dashwood rayon, and as you would expect from a Dashwood fabric, it’s totally lovely.

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This make wasn’t entirely without errors unfortunately, but I’ll let you head on over to the Sewisfaction blog to see where my rush in cutting it out meant that I ended up with a slightly larger top than I was expecting!

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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Butterick 5926

 

Many years ago, I spotted a lady wearing a jacket like this when I was out shopping. It was a warm day and she was wearing it with skinny jeans, the sleeves pushed up and sunglasses on her head. She looked lovely. It’s funny what you remember isn’t it? So several years later, I have finally made one for myself. I have used a heavyweight double jersey from Minerva Crafts and this was very kindly gifted to me as part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.

The pattern is Butterick B5926, and I already had this in my stash – it was the free pattern from an edition of Love Sewing magazine a few months back.

My full review (all opinions are my own) can be found over at Minerva Crafts, so I’ll see you over there if you would like to find out more about this lovely little unlined blazer. We just need the temperature to rise by a few degrees now so that I can start getting some wear out of it!

Take care, and I’ll see you soon,

Kathy x

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My latest Minerva Crafts Blogger Network make – a cosy Burda 7148 sweatshirt dress.

Hi everyone and Happy New Year to you all!

I just wanted to let you know that my latest post as part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network is now up on their  website.   It’s the Burda 7148 sweatshirt dress and is perfect for this cold start to 2018. I used a gorgeous loop-back sweatshirt fabric for this one and it was perfect for this pattern.

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I needed to make several adjustments to make this dress work for me, but it all turned out great in the end. I will leave a link here to the full review over on the Minerva Blogger Network page, where I talk  through all the alterations that I made and there are lots more photos too.

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Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you over at Minerva!

Take care, and I’l be back soon,

Kathy x

 

 

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McCalls M7561 stripe knit dress pattern review

 

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It’s the beginning of the month again which means that it’s time to share with you my latest make for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network and this month it’s this gorgeous knit dress – McCalls M7561.

Do head on over to Minerva Crafts using the link above to see lots more pics and read all about this delightful pattern!

See you over there!

Kathy x

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My latest Sewisfaction Blogger Team post – The Pattydoo Chloe Dress

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Just a quick one today, as I thought you might like to see my latest make as part of the Sewisfaction Blogger Team.

It’s the Chloe dress from German pattern designers Pattydoo, made in this adorable scuba fabric, and I am seriously in love with it!

Do head on over to the Sewisfaction blog using the link above to read all about it and check out lots more photos!

See you there!

Kathy x

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A lovely day out at Sewisfaction

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Being part of the blogger team at Sewisfaction is a huge honour and great pleasure, but so much of sewing blogging is spent working and communicating online from home. So recently the lovely Sheona, who most of you will know as the owner of fabric and haberdashery shop Sewisfaction, arranged a little get-together for the Sewisfaction Blogger Team. The plan was to all meet up at Sewisfaction ‘HQ’ and spend a lovely Sunday sewing and chatting. Bliss.

As a great deal of you will know, Sheona opened her ‘bricks and mortar’ shop a couple of months ago. It is located in the idyllic Berkshire countryside on the outskirts of Wokingham, at Holme Grange Craft Village. The craft village has a great location near motorway links and is also not too far from Wokingham railway station.

As is often the case it is tricky to find a time and location that everybody can make. We were so very sorry that Lesley,  Suzie, and Maddie were unable to make it this time. Fingers crossed that we can all be together one day – how awesome would that be!

It was so exciting to actually visit the shop at last, after seeing it online so much in Sheona’s vlogs and on her Instagram account, and it did not disappoint. The shop is easy to locate in the Village (plenty of free parking by the way), and you are greeted with a welcoming selection of pretty fabrics, haberdashery items, sewing patterns, knitting wools and general sewing lovliness! New fabrics are being added to the shop all the time, and you will usually find Sheona will mention them on her social media (particularly Instagram), so if you want to be the first to know what’s going on then do give her a ‘follow’. You can also sign up on the website to receive updates and news from Sewisfaction is this is easier for you.

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Don’t forget to tag your makes #mysewisfaction and you may well find yourself on the ‘wall of fame’!

It was a huge thrill to finally meet Sheona and two of my fellow Sewisfaction Bloggers –  Amanda and Samantha . What lovely, lovely girls – truly sweet, and I felt like I had known them for years. Also I was super happy to meet Suzy who a great deal of you will have seen in Sheona’s vlogs, again what a sweetheart – and we all had the most amazing time sewing and chatting accompanied by plenty of tea and biscuits!

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The shop has an impressive sewing space where we were able to use the wonderful Janome sewing machines and overlockers that are available at Sewisfaction for the many sewing courses and classes that are held there. Check out the website for a full list of what is available – there is something for all abilities including parties and half term activities.

Lunch was the perfect opportunity to have a little break, and there is a pretty little cafe just downstairs from the shop where we grabbed a sandwich before more sewing in the afternoon.

All too soon it was time to go – not before some fabric purchases were made – well, it would be impossible to go home with nothing don’t you think? You might have seen my fabric purchases on my Instagram Stories, and I will of course be sharing the finished makes on here in due course.

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I hope it won’t be too long before we are all able to meet up again. Sewing and chatting really is the perfect way to spend the day. Thank you to Sheona for all her hospitality, and also to Amanda, Samantha and Suzy for making my day so enjoyable.

Here’s to the next one! #teamsewisfaction

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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My Colette Patterns Peony Dress for The Minerva Crafts Blogger Network #MCBN

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It’s time for another post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network, and this time I am talking about the Colette Patterns Peony Dress.

Sewing with this super cotton chambray has been really enjoyable. It’s perfect for the Peony dress, so do head on over to the Minerva Craft Blogger Network, using the link above,  if you want to read all about it and see lots more pics!

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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Sewisfaction Blogger Team Post – The Flatter Me Frock by Sew To Grow.

Today’s the day – it’s my first blog post as part of the Sewisfaction Blogger Team.  For my first post I have chosen to make The Flatter Me Frock by  Sew to Grow  using this amazing butterfly rainforest cotton linen.

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My full review can be found here so do head on over to read all about it and check out lots more photos. Look forward to seeing you over there!

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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Kommatia Patterns T003 Jersey Top Sewing Pattern Review

 

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A few weeks ago I was thrilled to be accepted by Kommatia Patterns as a pattern tester for this gorgeous simple jersey v-neck top. I thoroughly enjoyed the process, and can’t wait to share this with you today.

This pattern is a very comfy relaxed t-shirt, with a v-neck, breast pocket and turn up sleeves. It is available on PDF from Kommatia Patterns and I will link you to it here if you would like to take a look.

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One of the good things about this pattern is that it only uses 1 metre of fabric! How great is that?

This is the first time that I have sewn a Kommatia Pattern. The instructions and pattern layouts are clear and easy to follow (and available in both English and French), and the actual pattern only uses 12 sheets of A4 paper so is easy on your printing supplies too!

The pattern markings are clear and thorough, and enables you to follow all stages of the make with no problems. It is fairly quick to make – I cut the fabric in the evening and the following day made this up in approx 3 hours. I made a straight Medium size and it fitted perfectly, no need for any alterations.

Something that I did come across when I was pattern testing was the fact that with the rolled up sleeves feature, you will see the ‘wrong side’ of the fabric. I had chosen a lovely jersey with a gorgeous print but of course it was plain on the wrong side, so this of course showed in the rolled up sleeve. You could choose to make this a feature of your make of course, or in the case of today’s pictures, choose a fabric which looks the same on the right and wrong side. Head over to my Instagram account if you would like to see my patterned version.

Your jersey has to have a slight stretch to it, and I picked up this pretty grey at the local market for £2! What a bargain!

Features on this top to take care with are the pocket, the sleeves and the neckline.

The pocket is perfectly placed in my  opinion and just requires a little care with the stitching, but I like the challenge of a bit of topstitching.

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The sleeves fit like a dream, and the turn ups are secured by using bar-tacks on your machine – such fun!

The neckline is slightly more tricky, but just requires you to take your time. Follow the instructions to a tee and you will be fine.

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The hemline has a flattering curve, and I finished it using my ball point double needle. Oh yes, don’t forget that for this project you will be using ball point pins, needles and the stretch stitch on your machine.

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Overall a really good staple for your wardrobe. I love this top a great deal more than I thought I would. I didn’t think I would love the v-neck as I think a low round neck suits me better, but I have seriously changed my mind with this little item!

Big thanks to Kommatia Patterns for such a great experience and for producing such an excellent pattern.

Do let me know if you have tried this pattern or if you plan to. Do you love sewing with jersey as much as I do?

Thanks for reading, take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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