After giving myself a much needed physical and mental break I am ready to tackle 2017 and get back in the creative groove. I have a post about my plans for 2017 lined up so keep an eye out for that to find out more about my sewing plans and what to expect from this blog and my vlog, but for now I wanted to do a round up of the year.
So here is a look back over 2016…
Instagram: So 2016 has been quite the year for my love of Instagram and I have found it such a great creative outlet to share things with the sewing community. Here is my top 9 from the year and I am so happy to have reached over 1000 followers, which I know in the grand scheme of things is small but seeing as I started the year on about 200 I am so happy to be able to share my photos with all my wonderful new followers.
Work and things: After a rocky end to 2015 and start to 2016, one of goals for the year was to push myself further with my work so I am happy and proud to look back over some of the things I have done in 2016. Of course the biggest and most exciting has been making Suzy Magazine and seeing it going out into the world. It has been such a great way to the end the year and surpassed any expectations. I can’t wait for more Suzy fun in 2017. I have also been pushing myself to write for other websites. Earlier in the year I published writing for The Huffington Post and most recently for gal-dem magazine. Some of you might also remember the dresses I made for The Tuts’ music video, these were also on the cover of Bristol Live Magazine. I completed a Introduction to Pattern Cutting course at LCF and, of course, became part of the Sew Crafty Design team. Phew… I can’t wait to have a 2017 full of even more exciting opportunities.
Travel: I had another year of wonderful travels with a VERY cold trip to New York in February and another summer trip to the US travelling from Vancouver to Seattle and finally down to Portland (somewhere that had been on my travel list for quite a while).
Me Made Wardrobe: And, of course, my handmade wardrobe has really developed this year. Since the start of the year my small handmade collection has developed significantly and I am now actually wearing #memadeeveryday. I feel my skills have developed and while there are still many areas of improvement and ways in which my wardrobe can expand, I am proud of how much I have achieved in such a small space of time.
So that’s 2016 in a nutshell and I can’t wait for 2017 to be even more exciting!
You might remember this fabric from my July Sewing Haul, but since then I haven’t shown you what it became over here on the blog. You might have seen it over on my Instagram but I thought I’d give you a little pattern review her on the blog.
I think I mentioned in my vlog that I was playing on turning this gorgeous fabric into a Megan Neilsen Darling Ranges dress hack and extend it into a maxi dress version. After some consideration I decided against this and went for the normal length of this dress. Mainly because I don’t think Maxis ever suit me.
Let me just say I LOVE this dress. It’s just so comfy! I made the unfitted version in this soft viscose fabric from Fabric Land (similar) which has made it a dream to wear. Occasionally I nip it in at waist with a belt but I like the versatility and think it looks fine without. And hello, pockets! Love, love, love!
The pattern was easy to sew. At first I had a little bit of an issue with the binding around the neck but it was easily fixed. I had the PDF version of this pattern so found the Megan Nielsen app a great help when sewing this together. Genius idea.
I wore this when travelling to America and let me just say it is great plane wear. Comfortable because you don’t have to worry about fitted areas becoming uncomfortable when you’re wearing it for hours on end and covers you up enough when the plane gets cold, all while you carry on looking stylish.
I can’t wait to make more. I have plans for a blouse version from the lovely constellation fabric I bought while in America and would also love to try the version with the fitted waist. Overall just really love how simple pattern this pattern and how versatile the style is. It will quickly become a wardrobe staple!
Have you tried this pattern? What patterns do you love for comfort and style?
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Monday is here again. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and have a fabulous week!
Style- Pyjama Blouses
Read – In the Company of Women (I haven’t read it, but I need to read it!)
Watch – IamKarenO – Moonrise Kingdom Halloween Inspired Short
Listen- Adulthood Made Easy – Breaking Through Your Quarter Life Crisis (Podcast)
Sew – Dita – Wear Lemonade (I’ve decided I need to make this dress)
Quote – ‘You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are.’ #Worldmentalhealthday
See you next Monday!
After spending all of my hard earned pennies on all the fabric I bought on my recent holiday, not only have I crossed a bunch off of my wish list but I also have too much fabric! (If that is such a thing.) So with that in mind I have recently been hunting for new patterns to try and put all this fabric to good use. So this Pay Day wish list is pattern packed!
While I am yet to make a Named Pattern, their new pattern collection looks set to to change that. The styling, the modern styles. I love! So there are quite a few on my wish list but I think the one I am lusting after the most is the Helmi Tunic. I like the relaxed fit tunic and the neckline. But I think the shirt will be great to layer under pinafores or paired with skirts in the winter.
Since making my Butterick B5030 I can’t get enough of wrap dresses. Why has it taken me so long to wear them? They are so flattering! We all know I love the Wear Lemonade patterns but I really like the Dita and I like the fact it can be worn either way. From the promotional mages I’ve seen I think I really like the wrap at the back.
I’ve always loved Madalynne’s bra patterns so when I heard she was bringing out patterns with Simplicity I was eager to try them. So these two patterns were high on my wish list. They were quickly taken off my wish list and put into my pattern collection when I saw the Simplicity patterns at half price over on Jaycotts. If anyone has any recommendations of places to buy lace lingerie fabric do let me know in the comments below!
What are you lusting over this pay day? Has anyone tried any of these patterns? Let me know in the comments below
Exciting news guys my dresses are in a music video!
Back in May I made three dresses for the awesome band The Tuts for their video Let Go of the Past. This is the first single off of their upcoming album. The album is being released at the end of the year and you can pledge here.
Inspired by the patterns of the 70s I made three pinafore style dresses for the shoot using bold floral prints.
Here is the mood board I worked from.
I self drafted the pattern. The fabric was eBay and the lining and buttons are from Fabric Land.
At the time of making them everything was a bit hectic so I ended up pulling an all nighter to get them done but I could not be happier! The girls all looked awesome in their dresses and they look amazing in the video.
I went to the premier of their video yesterday at DIY Space London and it was so good to see other people wearing my dresses in the flesh. Don’t they all look beautiful?
I’m a big fan of the band and so glad I could support what they do in this way.
I’d love to do more projects like this so if you’re looking for something similar do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.
Here is the video! (It’s awesome!)
Buy the single here.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. What selfless sewing have you embarked on? Where’s the best place you’ve seen your makes worn?
Was everyone inspired by the GBSB?
Well I was and this time it’s inspired me to write about sewing for the Huffington Post.
Be sure to check out my article