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The Stella Hoodie from Tilly and the Buttons.

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O.K, Summer might be over now,  but here’s a way to eek out those tropical vibes for the cooler months courtesy of the Tilly and the Buttons Stella Hoodie and this super cosy Jungle Flowers sweatshirt fabric which was very kindly sent to me to review from the online knit fabrics boutique Pin and Sew.

This is the third project that I have made from Tilly’s book Stretch! and after seeing so many other fantastic versions online, the Stella was always going to be high up on my list of sewing projects when the weather got cooler. It’s an easy-fitting sweatshirt with a 3 piece lined hood with drawstring.

To add a pop of colour to the sweatshirt, I decided to use this pretty pink viscose jersey which picks up some of the pink colours in the tropical flowers perfectly. I also continued that theme with the drawstring cord too.

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The hoodie is really easy to sew, and I made it up in a day. As always with Tilly and the Button patterns, clear written instructions and helpful tips are accompanied by great step by step photographs. You really can’t go wrong.

Instead of using buttonholes for the drawstring cord, I decided to pop in some eyelets from my stash. They are quick and easy to apply and I love how they look. I positioned them right in the centre of the buttonhole marking (shown below), and I hope you can also see the soft fleece on the reverse side of the fabric too.

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I swapped between pink and black thread throughout this make, and when I was stitching the hood lining to the hood to create the channel for the drawstring to run through, I used pink thread in my top spool, and black in the bobbin so that the stitching on both sides would match.

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Another addition that I made was to use some toggles from my stash to finish the ends of my drawstring tape. I ordered this tape online, and whilst the colour is a perfect match for the pink hood lining, the weight of the tape was much lighter than I was expecting. These cord ends therefore, give the tape some weight and they look pretty great too!

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The only alteration that I would make another time would be to shorten the sleeve length. I can’t believe that I just went right ahead and kept these the same as the pattern, as sleeves are always too long for me. Not to worry, I plan to wear this as a layering piece so I might be glad of the extra length after all …

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Finally I added a kangaroo pocket. Because this is an addition to the pattern, it is discussed in a separate section of the book, and I forgot to add it at the correct stage of construction – which is before the side seams have been sewn. Adding it at the end like I did is a little awkward, but not impossible, and next time I make a Stella I will definitely make life easier for myself and sew it in at the correct time!

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Thank you again to Aga for this great sweatshirting fabric. I am sure to be nice and cosy this Autumn/Winter with this in my wardrobe. Have you made a Stella yet? I plan to make the Stella joggers soon too for head-to-toe Tilly comfort!

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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Another McCalls M7313 Jersey Dress

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This blog post may be a little shorter than the usual, as I have already written a full review on this pretty dress pattern back in June, which you can take a look at here.

However I thought you may like to see another version of the dress that I made in a pink jersey.  It happens to be another tropical print – I am all about the tropical print this Summer.

I made this wearable toile as a ‘test run’ before I cut into the beautiful black jersey that I used in my June blog post. As it happens, this version turned out to be very wearable and I have worn it several times (as I have the black jersey version), it’s great!

I learned when I made this that I needed to size down next time (which I did). This version was made in a size 14, and my black dress is a size 12 which is a much better fit. Worn with a belt, though, I feel it is still a dress that I reach for often, and receive lovely comments when I wear it – actually this applies to the black dress too – maybe this is the style for me!

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As I have said before, it is such a simple quick make. I love that you can throw it over your head and you’re good to go! No darts or zips, just a yard of elastic at the waist. Nice and simple. I have made a great deal of gathered and pleated dresses lately and this ‘fit and flare’ skater style is something that I have really fallen in love with.

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The skirt has just the right amount of ‘swishyness’ don’t you think?

The fabric I used was a market stall bargain (£1 a metre from Leicester market)! and I bought so much that I have also made a jersey kimono from it which I blogged about here.

Have you made the M7313 at all? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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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