Monday, 27 February 2017

FO: Grainline Lindon Sweatshirt

It turns out I've had a very productive sewing time since the year started, along with my mint Moneta dress, blogged about on my work blog, I've finished all my planned projects!   I'm a little surprised  and very pleased with myself.

I've been intending to make this Lindon Sweatshirt since last winter- I bought the fabric from Leicester market, it's a poly-cotton brush back sweatshirt fabric, and cost me about £7/m.  I bought enough for the full length sweatshirt but, for no particular reason I can think of I kept putting off buying the pattern.  Dave bought me a selection of patterns earlier in the year, including the Lindon and so I finally set about cutting it out and sewing it together.

I cut the long sleeves and the cropped version, thinking of leaving space for bump growth.  I ended up cropping the front by another 2" because I forgot to turn down my iron and slightly melted  the hem.  All extra space for bump!

This is a fab and cosy jumper, so I'm really pleased with this make.  I think my wardrobe needs another one or two.

Monday, 20 February 2017

FO: Colette Moneta Dress

I've finished my #MonetaParty dress yesterday, after having had it cut out for about a week. Sarah and I went to Stitches at the NEC today, a trade only exhibition, to scout out new suppliers for Crafty Sew & So, and I really wanted a new dress to wear.  We had fun, but it was a busy day, meeting with friends and new suppliers, making the Moneta Dress the perfect outfit. It's just so comfortable!

I made some simple adjustments to the pattern, raising the waist band to an empire line, allowing plenty of space for my growing baby bump.  It was really simple to do, and it made it into a garment that I can see myself wearing for the duration of my pregnancy.  While my normal measurements would come out at a medium size, my preggo boobs meant that for this Moneta I needed a large size to fit them in! The only fitting adjustment I had to make to the Moneta was shortening the shoulder seams as normal, by about 1 inch!

This fabric is from my stash, purchased from eBay about a year or so ago. I think it's a cotton elastine, but it may have some viscose in it. It was lovely to work with, and I am really feeling this colour this season. And, of course I included pockets! Which made it both comfortable, and practical.

While I made this dress for the coming Instagram party, where people from all over the world are making their own versions of this pattern and sharing them on social media this coming weekend.  I have every intention of making at least one more to wear between now and bump's arrival. I've got my eye on some fabric at work already for this, but I'd better get on with it quick!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Bursting at the Seams

Pro- I finished my Archer shirt!  Con- I made the smaller size and it already is too tight for bump and prego boobs.  However, I love this shirt- I can't wait to fit in to it again.

My mum bought me this cotton from the NEC show last year.  It's gorgeous, perfect for shirting.  I sewed up the size 8, which is my usual size.  I meant to size up to a 10, but completely forgot!  I have to blame pregnancy brain- which has also been responsible for many embarrassing moments while shopping when I keep forgetting my pin numbers.

I have plenty of this fabric left, so I could make another top for myself, but I think I'll wait and make baby something cute.  I'm thinking an adorable dress would be perfect in this fabric- so I'll keep it for next spring.

Because of the sizing issue, I'm going to save the navy floral fabric for something else, maybe a sun dress once baby has come.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

FO: Super Simple Pyjama Shorts

I've been working on my list of early spring makes and have actually finished one of them!  My stripey Archer shirt, green Lindon sweatshirt and Moneta dress are all in various stages of finished, from just needing buttons, or top stitching to still in pieces (I'm looking at you Moneta).  

I have finished the easiest of all my intended projects- the tartan sleep shorts.  I used the pattern we use in our workshop at Crafty Sew & So, which has 1 pattern piece, with the waistband included.  These shorts come together so quickly, I'll probably make few more over the next couple of months ready for the summer.  There isn't much else to say about this make, I'm just enjoying sewing again and getting projects finished! Yay!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Waterfall Maternity T-shirts

When I found out we we're having a baby, back in September, I did a quick internet serch for dressmaking patterns, I found some older ones from the Big 4 (which they seem to have stopped producing), Megan Neilsons collection and very little else.  There we're a few freebies, but I'm dubious about using free patterns for adults clothes in case they're not as well drafted, and I'm hopeless as following tutorial instructions for making my own patterns from old clothes or adjusting pattern pieces.  

I've still not found many options, so anyone with suggestions please let me know! The few I found included the Make It Perfect- The Waterfall Blouse which I found and bought on the Backstitch website.  A maternity pattern which uses woven fabric to make a nice t-shirt was right up my street, so I ordered it and have since made three!

The pattern really is a lovely, simple project.  With just four pieces, it has gathering just above the bust, creating lots of space around the waist, down to the hips.  I like the grown on sleeves of this patterns- giving good shoulder coverage without needing to set in a separate pattern pieces.

When I made my first top, I wasn't showing at all and wearing this blouse really made be feel like I was wearing a Maternity Top.  But as I've grown in to it, its become less uncomfortable and more flattering. I'm currently at 24 weeks, and it's fitting lovely.  While there is plenty of room left in it, I don't know how far in to my third trimester these blouses will continue to fit.

While the Waterfall Blouse is a nice and simple pattern, I'm a little bored by it now and wont be making any more.  I have enough in my wardrobe to be doing for now, and I'll be working with other patterns to keep building my maternity wardrobe.  I'm thinking more jersey projects and see what the Washi Dress by Made by Rae can do as maternity wear.  

Monday, 16 January 2017

January Sewing Plans

I'm spending this wet and miserable day at home, in leggings and a jumper, with a cup of tea to hand at all times, sewing my way through my pile of yummy fabrics.  Bliss!

I've got six projects planned for the immediate future, two of which I have started already- YAY for quick makes.  I've been struggling with my Sew-Jo since we found out we were pregnant.  There is something about not knowing how your body is going to look by the end of the month that really put me off sewing for a while.  I kept thinking 'what is the point' of putting any effort in to a garment if it only fits for a short while, or not at all.  That, coupled with struggling to find patterns that still felt like they fit in to my personal style of largely fit and flair dresses really knocked me.

BUT... I have come out the other side of Christmas with some fresh inspiration and I am off!  The thing that has changed the most for me is the Moneta Party, being ran by The Triple Stitchers on Instagram this month.  We've been asked to sponsor as Crafty Sew & So, so I'm not entering the competition side of the party, but I have realised how easy the Colette Moneta dress will be to change in to a maternity dress! Plus, Sarah at work has offered to show me how to change the bodice up for easy nursing access too.

Especially as I get bigger, I plan on wearing Colettes Moneta a lot over the next few months, so I'm planning on making a few of them to get me through the week.  They'll be so comfortable, just like secret pyjamas- exactly what I need for my changing body.

Fabric for Monetta #1

Fabric for Moneta #2

Along side all the Monetas I'm going to sew two new Grainline Studio Archer shirts.  The one I've already started on is using up stash fabric my mum bought me at the NEC show Sewing for Pleasure last March.  Its a gorgeous cotton shirting fabric, white with fine blue stripes down it's length.  It's sewing up really nicely.   The Second is an end of roll remnant from Crafty Sew & So, sadly out of stock now.  I fancy a nice bright floral shirt for the spring.  

Fabric for Archer #1

Fabric for Archer #2

Also already in progress (and so almost finished) is my first Grainline Studio Linden sweatshirt.  I purchased the fabric, a classic kelly green sweat-shirting, from Leicester Market sometime last winter with the Linden in mind, but couldn't find the right colour ribbing to go with it.  As I also didn't have the pattern yet, the fabric has just sat at home waiting for me to get going with it.  This weekend, Dave bought me the pattern and I spent Sunday afternoon cutting it out and getting it together.  Just hemming and top stitching to go!

Fabric for my Linden Sweatshirt

Finally, I plan to make myself some tartan pyjama bottoms.  This fabric is also from work in three colours.  I have 1.25m, enough to sew some cute shortie pjs for when the weather warms up.  We run a Sleep Shorts workshop, which is such a great, quick make, and I'll be using the pattern from that.

Cosy PJ shorts Fabric

We'll that should keep me busy well in to February! What are your sewing plans?

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