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#makeupbags made in my #sewingworkshop on Tuesday last week! Six "students" came along, and everyone made two... #learntosew #sewingisfun  #sewcialize #sewinginfrance #threadworkdesign #etsythreadworkdesign
Just returned from an exhausting but rewarding trip to the UK visiting universities. I did manage to sneak a quick visit to @sewisfaction, had a lovely chat with Alice and bought these beauties. I think the navy brushed cotton herringbone will become an @orageuse_patterns #jupeberlin and the french terry jacquard a @grainlinestudio #lindensweatshirt. I liked the “flower” design but can you see what it really is? Swipe for a close up ➡️ #2018rtwfast #2018makenine #sewover50 #isewmyownclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist #seamstress #sewcialists #makeitsewcial #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
Just returned from an exhausting but rewarding trip to the UK visiting universities. I did manage to sneak a quick visit to @sewisfaction, had a lovely chat with Alice and bought these beauties. I think the navy brushed cotton herringbone will become an @orageuse_patterns #jupeberlin  and the french terry jacquard a @grainlinestudio #lindensweatshirt . I liked the “flower” design but can you see what it really is? Swipe for a close up ➡️ #2018rtwfast  #2018makenine  #sewover50  #isewmyownclothes  #isew  #ilovesewing  #sewist  #seamstress  #sewcialists  #makeitsewcial  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #diycouture  #jeportecequejecouds 
It’s been many years since I made a shirt or blouse. I eased myself back in last year with this Very Easy Vogue pattern V9204. But I never make it easy for myself as I decided to alter the sleeve by adding fullness and a fixed cuff. I love this blouse and wear it a lot. Cue to make another I think. 
P.S. This is one of my early IG posts when I’m cringing about having my photo taken, not helped by Mr P saying I look a flight attendent. 😬🙄 #so50shirts #sewover50 #isewmyownclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist #seamstress #sewcialists #makeitsewcial #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
It’s been many years since I made a shirt or blouse. I eased myself back in last year with this Very Easy Vogue pattern V9204. But I never make it easy for myself as I decided to alter the sleeve by adding fullness and a fixed cuff. I love this blouse and wear it a lot. Cue to make another I think. P.S. This is one of my early IG posts when I’m cringing about having my photo taken, not helped by Mr P saying I look a flight attendent. 😬🙄 #so50shirts  #sewover50  #isewmyownclothes  #isew  #ilovesewing  #sewist  #seamstress  #sewcialists  #makeitsewcial  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #diycouture  #jeportecequejecouds 
#sewphotohop ‘sewcial’ = a #tbt to last month when we took our patterns on tour to France and taught everyone how to hack the #komodotriangledress into tops ! All hand-sewn in 38-degree heat fuelled by beer and cheese boards ! .
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#sewingadventures #sewcialists #sewingwithfriends #holidaysewing #lovesewing #handmadewardrobe #sewersofinstagram #makersmovement #sewinginfrance #sewingwithcheese #sewingwithbeer #friendswhosew #friends #funtimes #patternhack
Found this gem at a vide grenier this weekend. Shame the summers is coming to an end, I’ll have to save it for next year. #vintagepatterns #vintagefinds #neuemode #2018rtwfast #sewover50 #isewmyownclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist #seamstress #sewcialists #makeitsewcial #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
#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
#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
#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 
I must be one of the last people to make the #kielowrapdress by @namedclothing. I made this interesting pattern from vintage fabric recently bought at a brocante market. I shortened the pattern thanks to a late night shout out to @sewing_in_spain and decided to make a facing but  it nearly defeated me! I just couldn’t work out how to sew the arm seams and turn it. Finally had a “lightbulb” moment while driving to treat it like bagging out a jacket. It worked, I’m not sure if it was the right way but it worked. I’m really pleased with it and it’s very comfortable to wear. Although not a TNT I think I might make more of these. .
#so50dresses #sewover50 #wrapdress #2018rtwfast #isewmyownclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist #seamstress #sewcialists #makeitsewcial #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
I must be one of the last people to make the #kielowrapdress  by @namedclothing. I made this interesting pattern from vintage fabric recently bought at a brocante market. I shortened the pattern thanks to a late night shout out to @sewing_in_spain and decided to make a facing but it nearly defeated me! I just couldn’t work out how to sew the arm seams and turn it. Finally had a “lightbulb” moment while driving to treat it like bagging out a jacket. It worked, I’m not sure if it was the right way but it worked. I’m really pleased with it and it’s very comfortable to wear. Although not a TNT I think I might make more of these. . #so50dresses  #sewover50  #wrapdress  #2018rtwfast  #isewmyownclothes  #isew  #ilovesewing  #sewist  #seamstress  #sewcialists  #makeitsewcial  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #diycouture  #jeportecequejecouds 
@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
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#isewmyownclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist #seamstress #sewcialists #makeitsewcial #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
@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  . #isewmyownclothes  #isew  #ilovesewing  #sewist  #seamstress  #sewcialists  #makeitsewcial  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #diycouture  #jeportecequejecouds 
I visited our local brocante market last weekend, just for a wander as it was a nice day. I didn’t have any intention of buying anything but came home with these. I’m not sure how old this vintage knit fabric is. The print looks perhaps 40’s but I’m pretty sure it’s polyester so must be later than that. Any ideas? It must be older than 2000 as that’s when the euro came in. 💶 I only paid 5€ for just over 2 metres. I’m thinking I might make a Named Clothing #kielo wrap dress. I couldn’t resist the buttons, buttons are one of my weaknesses. ☺️ I’ve no idea what l’m going to use them for but I love handling them. #brocantefinds #vintagesewing #isewmyownclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist #seamstress #sewcialists #makeitsewcial #sewover50 #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
I visited our local brocante market last weekend, just for a wander as it was a nice day. I didn’t have any intention of buying anything but came home with these. I’m not sure how old this vintage knit fabric is. The print looks perhaps 40’s but I’m pretty sure it’s polyester so must be later than that. Any ideas? It must be older than 2000 as that’s when the euro came in. 💶 I only paid 5€ for just over 2 metres. I’m thinking I might make a Named Clothing #kielo  wrap dress. I couldn’t resist the buttons, buttons are one of my weaknesses. ☺️ I’ve no idea what l’m going to use them for but I love handling them. #brocantefinds  #vintagesewing  #isewmyownclothes  #isew  #ilovesewing  #sewist  #seamstress  #sewcialists  #makeitsewcial  #sewover50  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #diycouture  #jeportecequejecouds 
#miniature #quiltedwallhanging made from #moda #minicharmsquares Hopefully, I'll run a #sewingworkshop in the #autumn - I just need to make another to show a different #colourway  I've called the design French Star. #handquilted #machinepatchwork #learntosew #sewingisfun  #sewinginfrance
Garden Maze, my new #cushiondesign ... Well, I designed it a few months ago but forgot how to make it! Made using the leftover #jellyrolls strips from my #bargello #quiltinstructions ... #learnpatchwork #learntosew #modajellyroll #patchworkcushion #modernpatchwork #sewinginfrance #sewingholiday #activityholidays #craftholiday
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
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
There are so many #sunflowers in the area right now! This photo was taken from our lane - we walk/drive past a wall of sunflowers and #maize whenever we leave the house - it's so beautiful! #learntosew #sewingisfun #sewingholiday #sewinginfrance #cometofrance
Another stunning garment made on last week's #privatetuition #dressmakingholiday . This time, a #summerjacket /#kimonocardigan ...! Beautifully made, you wouldn't think it was made by a #beginnersewer ! #sewinginfrance #learntomakeclothes #activityholidays #craftinginfrance #sewingskills
This stunning top was made by a "student" on a #onetoone #dressmaking #holiday here in #france last week! Made from one of #newlookpatterns it has lots of challenging techniques for a beginner - #darts #setinsleeve #roundcollar to name but three! #learntosew #sewinginfrance #dressmakingschool #dressmakingforbeginners #sewingisfun #makeyourownclothes
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? 🤫
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#2018rtwfast #isewmyownclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist #seamstress #sewcialists #makeitsewcial #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
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? 🤫 ... #2018rtwfast  #isewmyownclothes  #isew  #ilovesewing  #sewist  #seamstress  #sewcialists  #makeitsewcial  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #diycouture  #jeportecequejecouds 
Really pleased with my July Prima dress❤️been wearing it in France #hopewewinonwednesday #isitcominghome? #sewinginfrance #holidays #hot #primapattern #patternfreebie #strappydress #imadeit #loveprima #handmade #comeonengland
Room with a view...this is all I can see at the moment from my sick bed but at least it’s a nice sunset 🌅 Laid up with vertigo ... again (sigh) so no sewing for me but thinking about future plans. I’m so glad I have put my patterns on Trello. It’s been easy for me to lie here and look through them. Thank you @sewbettyblue and @lovetosew.podcast for convincing me to try it. #roomwithaview #nofilter #frenchsunset #sewingplans #isewmyownclothes #ilovesewing  #sewist #sewinginfrance
Room with a view...this is all I can see at the moment from my sick bed but at least it’s a nice sunset 🌅 Laid up with vertigo ... again (sigh) so no sewing for me but thinking about future plans. I’m so glad I have put my patterns on Trello. It’s been easy for me to lie here and look through them. Thank you @sewbettyblue and @lovetosew.podcast for convincing me to try it. #roomwithaview  #nofilter  #frenchsunset  #sewingplans  #isewmyownclothes  #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance 
I've had these buttons for many years and they're just the right colour for this summer top. The rouleau fastening is a  lovely finish. #sewingcommunity #cousumain #faitmain #sewinginfrance #sewcialists
Another @truebias #ogdencami, this pattern is great for using up fabric. This one was made from 60cm of viscose and faced with some lining offcuts. . #sewingleftovers #2018rtwfast #makeyourstash #stashbusting #isewmyownclothes #sewcialists #ilovesewing  #sewist #makeitsewcial #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
Pretty bags all in a row....I’ve been working for months to make every little detail extra special for the ladies joining me in 20 DAYS at the fabulous Chateau Dumas in France 🇫🇷A week filled with all things wonderful and delicious...and the cherry on the top .....Maggie Bonanomi!!!! She has been creating an exclusive project that you are gonna ❤️ Want to join us next year? Keep following @oldglorywoolenco for an exciting announcement about next year’s dates and teacher....Chateau Dumas 2019 will not disappoint!! Can’t wait to share the news!!! #creativeretreat #chateaudumas #maggiebonanomi #oldglorywoolenco #sewinginfrance #create #stitchbyhand #retreatlife #risingtidesociety #creativepreneur #southoffrance #southernfrance
Pretty bags all in a row....I’ve been working for months to make every little detail extra special for the ladies joining me in 20 DAYS at the fabulous Chateau Dumas in France 🇫🇷A week filled with all things wonderful and delicious...and the cherry on the top .....Maggie Bonanomi!!!! She has been creating an exclusive project that you are gonna ❤️ Want to join us next year? Keep following @oldglorywoolenco for an exciting announcement about next year’s dates and teacher....Chateau Dumas 2019 will not disappoint!! Can’t wait to share the news!!! #creativeretreat  #chateaudumas  #maggiebonanomi  #oldglorywoolenco  #sewinginfrance  #create  #stitchbyhand  #retreatlife  #risingtidesociety  #creativepreneur  #southoffrance  #southernfrance 
Would you believe the person who did this #freemachineembroidery had only learned the skill 20 minutes earlier?! I ran a morning free machine embroidery #workshop which was great fun! #learntosew #embroideryworkshop #embroideredbird #sewingcourse #sewinginfrance #sewcialist
J'ai toujours voulu une machine Bernina et j'adorerais gagner celle-ci. Doigts croisés! 🤞@berninafrance 
#concours_coudreparis_bernina2018 #coudreparis #bernina #berninafrance #couture #machineacoudre #sewinginfrance
#pippabag my beginners leather tote design made up in a summery #stripedcotton #fabric lined with a #roseandhubble #printedcotton More testing out of my #pdfpatterns ready to start selling them. #learntosew #sewinginfrance #lovemystudio
More #pdfpatterns almost ready! Had a busy few days making #bags with scarlet #harristweed and black #babycord ... It's fun #designingandmaking bags but converting #paperpatterns isn't quite so interesting! Available in my #etsyshop soon... #learntosew #sewinginfrance #sewingworkshops  https://www.etsy.com/shop/Threadworkdesign
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.
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#academichood #mendingforfriends 
#sewinginfrance
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. . #academichood  #mendingforfriends  #sewinginfrance 
#quiltasyougo #logcabin #lapquilt finished in Tuesday's workshop... I love the way the colours are laid out... #sewinginfrance #sewingholiday #sewingisfun
#logcabin #bedrunner made in Tuesday's #sewingworkshop ... Such lovely, light colours, perfect for spring... #learntosew #sewinginfrance #patchwork #quiltasyougo
Ran out of time to finish a project so took it with me. Staying with family at our holiday home. Lucky we can drive there so just snuck the machine in the car. Hubby was unaware I’d bought my other love with me. 😀
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#holidaysewing #ogdencami #truebias #2018rtwfast #makeyourstash #isewmyownclothes #sewcialists #isew #ilovesewing #makeitsewical #sewist #sewsewsew #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
The Vogue Sewing Book was my first sewing book, bought in the early 80’s and, at the time, was a big purchase. I remember saving up to buy it. It was a good buy though as it’s been my sewing bible ever since. I only read the preface recently and it’s so inspiring, wish I’d read it years ago.
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#thevoguesewingbook #voguesewing #sewingbooks #sewinspired #isewmyownclothes #sewcialists #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
Here’s my @stylearc Hattie dress. An interesting design and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It’s first outing was to my Dad’s 80th birthday lunch this weekend back in the UK and was perfect, especially after a long lunch. It’s so comfortable, the sort of dress you put on and forget about. It looked good all day long. It’s made from a viscose with a slight crepe. Great for travelling as it doesn’t crease or need ironing. This fabric has been in my stash for almost a year as I wanted to find the right pattern for it. I love the print but only had two metres so it was a bit of a challenge to pattern match the front seam. The only change to the pattern I made was to lengthen the ties a little and omitted the top stitching of the front seam as I didn’t want to draw attention to the seam. Does this count as a wrap dress for #sewtogetherforsummer @sewsarahsmith, @rocco.sienna and @sewing_in_spain? Anyway, I have another wrap dress planned as it’s one of my favourite dress styles.
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#hattiedress #perfectdress #wrapdress #stylearcpatterns #sewingchallenge #2018rtwfast #makeyourstash #isewmyownclothes #sewcialists #isew #ilovesewing #makeitsewical #sewist #sewsewsew #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
Here’s my @stylearc Hattie dress. An interesting design and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It’s first outing was to my Dad’s 80th birthday lunch this weekend back in the UK and was perfect, especially after a long lunch. It’s so comfortable, the sort of dress you put on and forget about. It looked good all day long. It’s made from a viscose with a slight crepe. Great for travelling as it doesn’t crease or need ironing. This fabric has been in my stash for almost a year as I wanted to find the right pattern for it. I love the print but only had two metres so it was a bit of a challenge to pattern match the front seam. The only change to the pattern I made was to lengthen the ties a little and omitted the top stitching of the front seam as I didn’t want to draw attention to the seam. Does this count as a wrap dress for #sewtogetherforsummer  @sewsarahsmith, @rocco.sienna and @sewing_in_spain? Anyway, I have another wrap dress planned as it’s one of my favourite dress styles. . #hattiedress  #perfectdress  #wrapdress  #stylearcpatterns  #sewingchallenge  #2018rtwfast  #makeyourstash  #isewmyownclothes  #sewcialists  #isew  #ilovesewing  #makeitsewical  #sewist  #sewsewsew  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #diycouture  #jeportecequejecouds 
Had a great time bargain hunting with @madeleineparr. Fashion, art books and clothes for her, sewing books, patterns, threads and a new paperweight pattern weight for me. 🛍 #bargainhunting #vintagefinds #2018rtwfast #imakemyclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict
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! ✈️📖☕️✂️
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#newsewingmagazine #inflightentertainment #iloveflying #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance
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! ✈️📖☕️✂️ . #newsewingmagazine  #inflightentertainment  #iloveflying  #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance 
Following the lovely help and suggestions, here’s my funnel neck top made for my weekend in the Alps. It was a success so thanks for all the encouragement. Made from an unusual woolly lace which is lovely and warm. I only made one change, I reduced the size of the vent opening and added a triangle bartack to strengthen. I had such a good weekend that I forgot to take a photo in the mountains so you’ve got this one with me squinting into the sun. 🤦🏼‍♀️ #simplicitypatterns #simplicity8529 #sewhouse7 #2018rtwfast #imakemyclothes #sewcialists #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #diycouture #jeportecequejecouds
Following the lovely help and suggestions, here’s my funnel neck top made for my weekend in the Alps. It was a success so thanks for all the encouragement. Made from an unusual woolly lace which is lovely and warm. I only made one change, I reduced the size of the vent opening and added a triangle bartack to strengthen. I had such a good weekend that I forgot to take a photo in the mountains so you’ve got this one with me squinting into the sun. 🤦🏼‍♀️ #simplicitypatterns  #simplicity8529  #sewhouse7  #2018rtwfast  #imakemyclothes  #sewcialists  #isew  #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #diycouture  #jeportecequejecouds 
I’m looking forward to taking part in this challenge hosted by @sewing_in_spain @sewsarahsmith and @rocco.sienna. I enjoyed making the shirtdress last year. I’ve been through my patterns and found I’ve 14 suitable patterns! I obviously like wrap dresses! Now to decide which to make. 🤔
Edit: by-the-way, the prizes this year are amazing!
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#sewtogetherforsummer #sewingchallenge #wrapdress #makeitsewcial #sewsewsew #sewinginfrance
I’m looking forward to taking part in this challenge hosted by @sewing_in_spain @sewsarahsmith and @rocco.sienna. I enjoyed making the shirtdress last year. I’ve been through my patterns and found I’ve 14 suitable patterns! I obviously like wrap dresses! Now to decide which to make. 🤔 Edit: by-the-way, the prizes this year are amazing! . #sewtogetherforsummer  #sewingchallenge  #wrapdress  #makeitsewcial  #sewsewsew  #sewinginfrance 
#handmade #leatherandfabric #shoulderbag ... I've been working on a range of bags for my #amazonhandmade #shop... So far I've made six #bags but they will each have a #removable inner #crossbodybag which I haven't finished yet! Waiting for #zips... 😊 #sewing #sewinginfrance #transformable #tanleather #webbing #chrome
#sewingformindfulness ... Such a great way to spend a few days #offwork ! Even though I love my job, it's still good to have some #creativetime to myself... Here's a #casual jacket-top I designed and made. My favourite #swing #shape and made out of #suiting ... #sewinginfrance #sewingforfun #makingclothesisfun #makingclothes
Do you use household items as sewing tools? One of my favourites is a chop stick. It’s ideal to push out the corners of long ties or small pieces that it’s difficult to use a standard pointer.
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#sewingtools #sewingtips #2018rtwfast #2018makenine #imakemyclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
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.
@themakersatelier #bigeasytop #findmypattern  #2018rtwfast #imakemyclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
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. @themakersatelier #bigeasytop  #findmypattern  #2018rtwfast  #imakemyclothes  #isew  #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #jeportecequejecouds 
I have a RTW cardigan I wear a lot and wanted to make a similar one so I’m loving my new #blackwoodcardigan. My third #2018makenine. Although I need to perfect taking action photos on my own (see photo 3). 😁
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#2018rtwfast #mysewisfaction #imakemyclothes #sewcialists #ilovesewing  #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
Finally finished my #valleyblouse in Swiss voile. I added rouleaux loops and vintage buttons to the yoke and cuffs. This is my second #2018makenine. Looking forward to warmer weather so I can start wearing this.
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#2018rtwfast #imakemyclothes #sewcialists #ilovesewing  #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
#leatherbag #madeinmystudio ... After teaching the leather bag #sewingworkshop last week, I decided to make another #handmade bag for myself, this time in #leather instead of #suede  #greyleather #petrolblue #petrolblueleather #sewinginfrance #learnaskill #sewingformindfulness
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...
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#stylearchattie #2018rtwfast #imakemyclothes #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
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... . #stylearchattie  #2018rtwfast  #imakemyclothes  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #jeportecequejecouds 
I’ve finally joined the @grainlinestudio #lindensweatshirt club. The first of my #2018MakeNine. Such a quick and easy pattern, no alterations needed. This soft quilted fabric from @sewisfaction is really soft and comfortable to wear too. I will definitely be making more...
#2018rtwfast #mysewisfaction #imakemyclothes #sewcialists #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
I made this #rosesuede #navyblue #suede and #navyleather this afternoon in readiness for the #leathertote #sewingworkshop I'm running tomorrow. I wanted to get my #pfaffambition set up ready - #teflonfoot #leatherneedle #metalzipper #handmade #makeupbag with #lobsterclasp to attach to a #shoulderbag #sewinginfrance #sewinginfrance #learntosew #sewingleather #sewingmachine
Oh how my life has changed! Now happily spending a Friday night organising my PDF patterns. ☺️
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#pdfsewingpatterns #2018rtwfast #imakemyclothes #sewcialists #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
Another lovely #breadbag made in my #workshop today... #tartan with a #cream #texturedfabric lining and fun #ribbon tie decorated with #bees... #learntosew #sewinginfrance #sewingtogether #keepwarm #breadbasket
Having said I love #neutralcushions , this one is in #teal - or #petrolblue ? - which is one of my #favouritecolours ... Again, the #decorative #tucking adds different colours because of the #shadows ... My #sewingworkshop on #monday will cover this skill... #learntosew #sewinginfrance #homemadecushions #sewingforthehome
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. 🙄
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#stylearc #findmypattern 
#2018rtwfast #imakemyclothes #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
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. 🙄 . #stylearc  #findmypattern  #2018rtwfast  #imakemyclothes  #sewinginfrance  #coutureaddict  #jeportecequejecouds 
Neue Zuschnitte für Tabaktaschen und Portemonnaies. Jetzt geht's ans Nähen! #näheninfrankreich #FlorsDesign #Tabaktaschen #Portemonnaies 
Nouvelles coupes pour coudre des blagues à tabac et des portefeuilles. Alors on coud ! #CoutureEnFrance  #DesignDeFlor #BlaguesATabac #Portefeuille

New cuttings for tobacco pouches and wallets. Let's sew! #SewingInFrance #DesignByFlor #TobaccoCase #wallets
I watched the film The Post/Pentagon Papers last night. Isn’t Meryl Streep’s caftan amazing? It looks like it’s made from a sari. The costume designer Ann Roth created some great outfits for the film.
(Photo: Niko Tavernise)  #merylstreep #annroth #costumedesign #filmcostumes #sewinginfrance
Domestic goddess liked her apron. She’s very tall so delighted to have a long apron. This is a great pattern for an apron with a little more style and detail, there is even a towel loop. Takes a bit longer to make than a standard apron but worth it. .
#domesticgoddessapron #amybutler #sewingtall #sewcialists #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
Sewing a gift for a domestic goddess friend. Love these fruity prints, hope she does too. 🤫
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#itsasurprise #domesticgoddessapron #mondialtissus #sewcialists #isew #ilovesewing  #sewist  #sewinginfrance #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds
I’m in! I’m sure I can find something in my stash to use...it’s big enough! ☺️
#makeyourstash #sewingchallenge #imakemyclothes #isew #ilovesewing  #slowfashion #sewinginfrance
Half term fun with @madeleineparr. After raiding my vintage patterns, she’s venturing into dressmaking and well on her way to completing her first garment.
#motherdaughtertime #90sfashion #imakemyclothes #sewcialists #slowfashion #sewinginfrance #débutantcouturière
The third experiment... I liked it until I realised two of the #cypresstrees were wonky! Ah well... It's 8 years since I've done this - I used to sell them - and I know I need a lot more practice! #stitching pictures of a #summerlandscape makes me think of the lovely, warm #springdays to come! #sewinginfrance #textileholidaysfrance #sewingforfun #learntosew #freemotionembroidery #freemachineembroidery #bernina
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. 💃🏼
#tissuagnesb #fabricporn #sewingfriendsarethebest #2018rtwfast #ilovesewing #sewcialists #sewinginfrance #jeportecequejecouds
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. 💃🏼 #tissuagnesb  #fabricporn  #sewingfriendsarethebest  #2018rtwfast  #ilovesewing  #sewcialists  #sewinginfrance  #jeportecequejecouds 
We’re experiencing a cold snap at the moment so I dug out my warm jumpers and came across an oversized 90’s one I haven’t worn for years. It was huge, had very voluminous sleeves and an odd collar. So I sewed up the collar and took the sides and sleeves. Now I have a very wearable and warm jumper. ✔️
(swipe to see the before and during photos)
#2018rtwfast #refashionchallenge  #ilovesewing #sewcialists #sewinginfrance #jeportecequejecouds
We’re experiencing a cold snap at the moment so I dug out my warm jumpers and came across an oversized 90’s one I haven’t worn for years. It was huge, had very voluminous sleeves and an odd collar. So I sewed up the collar and took the sides and sleeves. Now I have a very wearable and warm jumper. ✔️ (swipe to see the before and during photos) #2018rtwfast  #refashionchallenge  #ilovesewing  #sewcialists  #sewinginfrance  #jeportecequejecouds 
Another of today's experiments... Another lifetime ago, I used to sell #machineembroidered #landscapes but I'm trying to develop a more #simplistic , #contemporary style... #liveyourdreams ... #sewinginfrance #madeinmystudio #blueandwhite #cat #blueandwhitecat
@sewisfaction Sooo difficult to choose just one fabric but I think this Jungle Tropics luxury cotton lawn is gorgeous. With one metre I think this would make a great t-shirt or Ogden cami, or perhaps I’d be able to eek out a skirt. Think it would make a great summer skirt. #sewisfactionfebfave #fabricporn #ilovesewing #sewisfactionfebfave #sewinginfrance #jeportecequejecouds
Just for Sheona of @sewisfaction, my @themakersatelier pencil skirt in the lovely matt gold sequins fabric, this time with my head in the photo 😁
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#mysewisfaction  #2018rtwfast #imakemyclothes #ilovesewing #sewcialists #sewinginfrance #bergeracsews #coutureaddict #jeportecequejecouds