#sewphotohop day 3 I'd usually say separates. I rarely wear dresses as my style is definitely casual wear. However, I've made two al in one pieces this year and love them, especially this lightweight jersey 'wrap around' one. My own design...easy to make and easy to wear, in fact I've just been to the supermarket in it. Now sitting outside with my sewing machine in #creuse#sewingover50#sewcialists#sewinginfrance
#photohop day 2 I'm on holiday in central France and I'm working on a shirt for my husband who wants it to have a detachable collar. This is the back collar band where the collar stud will be. I love working out solutions to a design problem. It's a gorgeous Oxford cloth and I'd forgotten how beautiful the buttonholes are on my 30 year old @pfaffuk #sewingcommunity#sewingover50#sewinginfrance#sewingintheuk#imakeshirts
@sewover50 is a great initiative, I just had to join in!
Hi I’m Karen 👋
Originally from the UK but now live in France. I don’t blog or vlog but I do love sewing. I think I first became interested because of my mother’s treadle Singer sewing machine which I was not allowed to touch. My mother doesn’t really sew so I learned the basic stitches at primary school. After that, I’m mainly self taught using books or by trial and error. My first project was patchwork from scraps because I was reading Millie Molly Mandy at the time and she made a patchwork tea cosy, (you probably have to be over 50 to know these books! 😊). It started my love of sewing, progressing to making Barbie clothes and then for me. I have sewn on and off ever since and I will try my hand at anything but I am a perfectionist so I’m also slow maker. Over the years I’ve made all kinds of clothes from tailored work suits to ball gowns and wedding dresses. My wedding dress was the most difficult as it had a beaded bodice but I loved making it. I joined Instagram a couple of years ago and have loved following other sewists. The sewing community is filled with such lovely people. I’m camera shy but IG has encouraged me to show my face more. I haven’t quite mastered looking natural but I’m getting there. #sewover50
Hey sewing friends, I am looking for some advice please, I am looking to purchase a sewing machine in France so I can keep up with my hobby while on my holiday. I have seen this Toyota one in a hypermarket for €150 but I don't know anything about Toyota machines. So wondering if anyone knows if this is a good machine and a good price??? Many Thanks xx
Can you keep a secret? Just about managed to squeeze these in my carry-on after a morning fabric shopping during my recent trip to the UK. I visited two great shops in Lancashire. I’m going to make a cool summer dress using the lovely turquoise batik from Empress Mills. I also bought some lightweight knit interfacing which I’ve been trying to find for ages. The rest are from Fine Fabrics at Oakmount Mill in Burnley. The soft grey and white striped rib might make a lovely drapery #blackwoodcardigan . The mustard and blue print jerseys are for t-shirts and the denim linen and navy wax are destined for skirts. Both shops were very welcoming and helpful...and both will post to France. 👏 I maybe on a ready-to-wear fast but at least I still get to buy fabric. Now where to hide them? 🤫
This academic hood has to be the most unusual item I’ve mended. A friend had been invited back to speak at Cambridge university. His hood had been stored in the attic for more than 20 years so was slightly moth eaten, very crumpled and the fur had moulted and started to disintegrate. It took a lot of TLC to get it looking presentable but I managed to darn, patch and clean it up in time for his visit.
Swipe to see the before state and when worn at Cambridge.
I love reading magazines, especially sewing ones. I avoided temptation to read @thepatternpages and @sewinglife_magazine straight away but saved them to read on my flight to the UK. Sewing Life Magazine is a pilot issue by Danish designer @mariadenmarksewing and I like what I’ve seen so far. A treat to be able to read them cover to cover with a cup of coffee uninterrupted. Bliss! ✈️📖☕️✂️
HELP!! Lovely IG sewists I need your help. I’m going to a party in the Alps next weekend. I want to make a stylish but warm top to wear during the day. I treated myself to some lovely (expensive!) fabric and thought I had the Maker’s Atelier Big Easy Top pattern but I haven’t. No problem I thought I’ll just buy the PDF from their site but, horror of horrors, they don’t sell PDF patterns. 😱. So now I’m stuck. I don’t have a similar pattern in my stash and because the fabric is expensive, don’t want to risk trying to make up my own version without a pattern. I’d much rather use a pattern or at least follow someone’s tried and tested hack of a pattern. So can you help and suggest a similar pattern?
P.S. It’s the cream version in the photo, and I’m on a RTW fast so buying a top is not an option.
Progress on my Hattie dress. The toile is done but it is very tight. Having not used a Style Arc pattern before and because they sell the sizes individually I made sure I bought the size that matched my measurements. I’ve rechecked my measurements and the pdf printing to see if I’ve made an error but all are OK. Admittedly the toile is in a cotton sheeting without much give but I’m a bit disappointed. Luckily they have sent the next size up but I have to print, cut and paste again which is a bit of a pain. I’m also going to increase the seam allowances from 1cm to 1.5cm to give myself a bit to play with. Fingers crossed it will be OK this time. At least it has pockets...
I like the newly released Hattie Woven Dress pattern from Style Arc but I’ve not used these patterns before. I don’t suppose anyone has sewn this pattern yet, but I would be interested to hear what Style Arc patterns are like to use. The 3rd photo is the fabric I intend to use, I don’t want a too fussy style. Any other pattern suggestions welcome. 😊 Stupidity, I didn’t listen to my gut and only bought 2 metres on the advice of the assistant. 🙄
Friday is fabric day! Last week @agnesb_officiel had a fabric sale in Marseille. Too far for me to go so my lovely friend @sewbettyblue popped in and we went fabric shopping via video call. It was great fun and this is the result.
1. Fine pale grey twill
2. Cream fine knit
3. Pleated blue and white striped jersey
4. Purple pique jersey
5. Forget-me-not print linen
6. Embroidered spot silk dupion
7. Printed silk satin
All for 5€/metre. 😍She also included two vintage patterns with my fabric parcel. I’m a very happy bunny. 💃🏼