A year of sewing (and knitting!)

Well. There’s been a lot going on in life recently, not least trying to buy our first home… so blogging my makes fell somewhat by the wayside. I found posting on Instagram much easier but even that I’ve had off-periods of.

The last couple of weeks though I have been inspired by a few new-to-me blogs and vlogs (see my updated link list over in the sidebar), so I thought I’d post a round-up of what I’ve been up to, and try to get back into blogging again…

I didn’t quite realise almost a year had passed since my last post!

So here’s a quick-fire summary of what I’ve made in the last year.

Tops – [Clockwise from TL] Threadcount 1502 wrap top, fabric from stash (Knitting & Stitching show March 2016) / Sew Over It Clara blouse, fabric from stash (KSS Oct 2017) / GBSB cami top, fabric from stash (Sew Hayley Jane April 2017) / Tilly & the Buttons Agnes, fabric from stash (KSS March 2016) / another SOI Clara, fabric from stash (KSS March 2017)

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Trousers – the only pattern I’ve been brave enough to try so far (Ginger jeans TBC!!) – Sew Over It Ultimate trousers, x 3 in houndstooth from KSS March 2017, swallow print from SHJ May 2017 and floral from SHJ August 2017.

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Dresses – [Clockwise from TL] SOI cowl-neck dress, fabric from stash (KSS Oct 2017) / SOI Phoebe dress, 2 fabrics from stash (bodice KSS Oct 2017 & skirt Minerva crafts, Dec 2016) / SOI Penny dress, fabric from stash (SHJ June 2017) / SOI Penny/1940s tea dress hack, fabric from stash (SHJ November 2017)

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What I’ve made this month – [Clockwise from TL] Bias binding, chambray fabric from stash / Grainline Scout tees x 3, bird print KSS Oct 2017, black viscose SHJ Feb 2017 with bias trim from deep stash, anchor-print cotton SHJ June 2017 / Self-drafted music tote, fabric from stash (Birmingham rag market Aug 2016) / triangle scarf, fabric from stash (KSS March 2015) / Sew Me Something “Throw it all in” bag, fabric from stash (KSS March 2016).

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And finally…knitting! – My knitting has become way more proficient in the last year and especially since finishing my Victory sweater, I’ve had the confidence to tackle a ton more projects.

[Picture 1, Clockwise from TL] Curious Handmade Talisman Shawl, yarn TravelKnitter Tanami 4ply camel silk in Midnight Fireflies / Curious Handmade Winter Rose socks, yarn The Knitting Goddess 4ply sock in Charcoal / Self-designed ‘pixellated’ cowl, yarn Wool and the Gang Feeling Good in Rocky Grey & Forest Green / Curious Handmade Magnolia socks, yarn CoopKnits Socks Yeah! in Obsidian / Curious Handmade Fireflies Rising shawlette, yarn Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend in Baltic & Danube

[Picture 2, Clockwise from TL] Wool and the Gang Lil’ Snood Dog cowl, yarn WATG Crazy Sexy Wool in Mustard Sally / original 1940s pattern Victory sweater, yarn Cascade 220 Fingering in Ginseng, In the Navy, Puget Sound & Azure / Graffiti on the Metro fingerless gloves, yarn Trailing Clouds Nimbus self-striping sock in Mind The Gap / WATG Get Up headband (actually made 2 of these), yarn WATG Feeling Good in Rocky Grey & Forest Green.

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Links:

Sew Over ItSew Hayley JaneKnitting & Stitching ShowCurious HandmadeWool and the GangTravelKnitterThe Knitting GoddessCoopKnitsTrailing CloudsSew Me Something

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Sew it’s summer…

Another four months have passed since I last blogged, so what have I been up to in that time?

  • I cast on a new knitting project, the Victory sweater, an actual vintage pattern from the 1940s. About to complete the front piece and then take a break for the Yarn in the City GLYC anniversary KAL (more on that later, I promise!)
  • I made another SOI 1940s tea dress, which turned out much looser fit than the first one, even though I cut the same size…mystery yet to be solved for version 3.
  • I have got a beautiful Sew Hayley Jane box every month and love being part of this club, I highly recommend them to any sewist. I’m going to try and do a review/round up post soon on that.
  • Got into fat quarter sewing, because of the SHJ boxes – I’ve made an origami bag, three headbands, an earbud pouch and have plans for some cushion covers.
  • Made a SOI kimono jacket and French seamed the whole thing.
  • Took the Closet Case Files “Sew your dream swimsuit” online course and made not one but TWO awesome swimsuits (Sophie and Bomshell) to take on holiday to Croatia next week.
  • Made a set of Carolyn Pyjamas (also CCF) in beautiful soft cottony viscose.

summer round up

And what’s next?

  • GLYC Anniversary KAL knitting project
  • SOI 1940s tea dress mark III
  • SOI Penny shirt dress
  • SOI Ultimate trousers – trying to refine fit issues with their online fitting workshop
  • Trying to use up remnants creatively with some mix-and-match projects or little cami tops
  • Finally do something with my “to refashion” pile that’s been sitting waiting for most of a year and keeps getting added to…

Quick February Roundup – Three more garments in the bag!

I may have been lacking in blogging since the first Toaster Sweater this year but the sewing has been keeping momentum.

Firstly I managed a second garment in January, a Sew Over It Betty dress in a blue floral cotton. I’d bought that fabric with a 50s style swing dress in mind, and I did have a couple of patterns in stock but they would all have required quite a bit of fitting work, and I know that Sew Over It patterns suit my sizing…so on a whim I bought the PDF Betty pattern. Mostly it went together smoothly, although I did not have enough fabric for the skirt pieces so did some re-drafting based on a GBSB circle skirt I made a while back – it worked just fine and the skirt is plenty big – I took a huge amount out of the Betty pattern pieces so goodness knows how big THAT skirt would have been! I do have some minor fit issues to fix for the next make of this pattern – the back gapes a bit on me, partly due to the straps being too loose and sit too wide on my shoulders. Given I finished this the night before the wedding I planned to wear it to, I hacked a fix by pleating the neckline and stitching a fold in the straps at the seams – I wore a cardi over it so it didn’t matter, but I’ll have to fix it better in the long run. Otherwise the fit was good (worn here with a petticoat!).

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Secondly, I finished my Spring shrug that was my first proper knitting project and has been WIP since March last year. Currently wrapping up a few other WIPs and then will start the next knit, which will be a Victory Sweater from the V&A archives.

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Thirdly, I knocked out another Toaster Sweater in a few hours this Sunday, from the second fabric I had bought from Minerva for the purpose. I realised this would be my first actual attempt at pattern matching, as somehow everything else I’ve made so far has been plain or in a pattern so busy or large that you don’t need to match. Mostly it’s turned out well! I tweaked the neckline for this and it sits much better than the first one – although that may be in part due to the fabric taking a press somewhat better. I also added to the length because I find the first one rides up a little.

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Finally, in other exciting sewing news, I got my first Sew Hayley Jane box this month (medium) and loved it, so excited already for the next one. The black viscose fabric I think I have earmarked for a pair of Sew Over It Ultimate trousers, a pattern I’ve been meaning to revisit since first sewing it at the workshop. The fat quarters I think are destined for new needle case/ pincushion and maybe a headscarf too.

Aaand I’ve fired off a few entries for the Make It Today Dressmaker of the Year competition, in the vintage and ready-to-wear categories. I’m really pleased with the things I submitted so fingers crossed!

It’s also Knitting and Stitching Show time again next weekend, I’ve already got a shopping list forming so stand by for the haul post next week…