I wanted to make something to go with this Style Arc Sorrento skirt and I think this Itch to Stitch Cape Cod Caplet does the job. It’s in wool mix jersey from sewessential.co.uk. The skirt is a fine woven black wool. If you’re making this cape I’d say to label the pieces because they look very similar when cut out. And be warned there is a lot of hemming. It was also a bit tricky to stitch the short underarm seam in the ditch. But overall a good pattern and I can see myself making it again.
I’m sick, it’s raining AND snowing out so I’m really trying to psych myself up to walk my dogs by putting on my #landgatejacket that I made a few years ago. Thought I’d take a photo to break up the monotony of puttering around in my pyjamas, blowing my nose and drinking tea. Yup, party’s over though, back to the couch 🤒👃☕️ #merchantandmills#memade#sewist#sewistsofinstagram
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This afternoon was all about wrapping up warm and de-stressing at @ntbaddesley ... and breathe... even on cold damp days like today, the natty trust is my favourite place to be. Now, back to the Christmas craziness 🤪... One of my fave makes this year is this brill animal print #bohobuttonbag from @thestitchsistersuk I love a cross-body bag, and I use this ALL the time 💖 (I paid for this pattern). Over the Christmas break I plan to make another using the brown corduroy leftovers from my recent Ivy Pinafore 😀
Wearing my newest make the romy top by @tillybuttons it's perfect for the festive season
I had enough of this fabric left from my zadie dress to make this top. Although I had to cut the back in 2 instead of on the fold. This top was so quick and easy to make I deff need to make some more, I love the contrasting binding detail.
Emery dress No 2 finished (photos forthcoming). In the meantime my next project is this uber cute fabric panel. It’s going to be so satisfying whipping this into a Christmas cushion cover. The image makes me smile. I mean how cute is Santa and his posse? 🎅 .
Valentine to my sewing machine: Such a simple and elegant bobbin-winding mechanism, to produce an evenly-loaded bobbin. And then, magically, perfectly, it stops itself when it is full. No planned obsolescence here, only planned longevity. This is a 60+ year-old machine that, during my stewardship, is now making its 4th quilt. #singersewingmachine#singer301#sewistsofinstagram
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Black Friday 2018 I bought myself this lovely rayon spandex from So Sew English. It was the first nice fabric I'd ever bought. I used a free pattern and honestly I wasn't that happy with it. I haven't even worn it that many times because I moved on to patterns that fit me better. But this was the start of something magical for me! After sewing clothing for years and feeling like I was obviously terrible at it, in one year I was able to turn my closet into 90% me made and know that I'm great at sewing. Turns out it was the crummy patterns I was buying from the big 4. I switching to PDF patterns and I'm obsessed! Also the amazing Facebook groups full of helpful sewists have changed everything for me. .
Fabric: So Sew English Rayon Spandex
Pattern: Made for Mermaids Mama Paige Piko
Right folks - calling on the power of #makedoandmend and #sewistsofinstagram and #memade people! I have inherited this old sewing machine. It is dusty, and rusty, and has a very brittle belt, but seems to still work! Can anyone direct me to a repair shop in London or the South East that could clean and service it, before my fab but amateur husband completely dismantles it?!
Shades of olive green linen, hand dyed in only 6 litres of water using one of my Garment Dye kits.
In contrast, over 2500 litres of water are required to process and dye one cotton shirt in industry and 16% of that is used in the dying process. Help to reduce this waste by using one of my undyed pre-cut garment sewing kits to craft and colour your own garment at home. Only basic sewing skills required.
Green colours my choices. From labels to linen, buttons to boxes, I consciously select green. My mailer bags are made from sugarcane and I have now replaced the plastic recyclable gloves in my dye kits with biodegradable ones.
I love patterns that work no matter what climate you're in. The Sally Skirt is one of those patterns. Year round use with a lovely, EASY, detail! Get the pattern while it's $5.
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My sewing production of the last two months is at an all-time low due to lack of time, so no new garments here.
In any case my #handmadewardrobe is sufficient for my needs and I happily #rewear my clothes, like these #sashatrousers , #toastersweater and #cheyennetunic .
I've always thought that the #30wears challenge as a sustainability criterion is absurd. 30 wears is a low threshold IMO. My goal is to keep my garments for years to come - all three garments in the photo are in their third year of use, with much more than 30 wears each, and I have no intention to replace them anytime soon.
Hands up if your partner hasn’t gotten you a Christmas gift yet 🙋♀️🙋♀️. Pretty sure mine is planning on an ill advised mall trip next weekend.
Send them to us!! We still have awesome giftable stock arriving almost everyday like these mega spool racks! Always need more space for thread, amiright?!!! The racks can be mounted on the wall or stand on your sewing desk. We also have smaller 30 spool racks for the more reasonable thread collectors amoung us!
I am a firm believer in tooting your own horn when you’re proud of yourself. Be your own best cheerleader!
I’m going to go ahead, and Toot! Toot! I love it! I modified the #toastersweater by lengthening the body as well as the neck and made a sweater dress with a funnel neck. I also took the time to top stitch all the seams in red, making a beautiful and subtle detail around the black and white. ❤️😍👌
Who’s ready for the Christmas party now?! 🙋
Tis the season friends! Christmas is well and truly upon us and we’re feeling #festiveaf - and even more so for having seen @the.rachel.ann.edit in her winter wonderland dress she made using our Elisalex bodice (Rachel is a graduate of our Bodice Fitting Masterclass - just check out those gorgeously fitting princess seams!) and @gertie18 pleated skirt - and it’s no wonder to us that she won best dressed at the @youre.sew.creative Christmas Frocktails party!