Look! I made a dress from the "Heart Warming Life Series" Japanese sewing book! I bought it about 9 years ago and have always been too intimidated to attempt any. This took ages (lots of unpicking and staring uncomprehendingly at Google Translate), but once I wourked it out, it's actually a super-simple pattern. So I'm making another one! PS used the overlocking thread from Lidl! Wish I'd bought more of them now. #shinykatiemakes#sewistsofinstagram#memade#isewmyownclothes#sewing
😊 What a lovely Sunday morning it is here in London! ☀️Hope you all have super fun things planned! Anyone Christmas shopping yet? Give @thehumblebumbles a peep - maker of this gorgeous banner using our Juliet Cream Canvas print 😍 love it! 💖
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I made another bolero top with the remnants of the velvet longsleeve I made some weeks ago. This @burda_nederland pattern consists of 5 smal parts which makes it perfect for sewing with scraps! I found it in the November 2008 issue.
I didn’t manage to keep up with all the #bpsewvember themes but this one matches the ‘fun’ prompt quite well, cause I think I’m having so much fun when I discover that I can squeeze an extra piece out of my scraps. Kinda like an unexpected gift!
Ahhhh Sunday, and breathe! Here’s some new #FabricFavourites for you, to spark some Sunday sewing plans. What’s next up on your list? I’ve got so many ideas I don’t know where to start! All of these and lots more in our New Arrivals section, which is going to be mighty busy over the next few weeks!
Learning From My Mistakes: This skirt was my first real #selfdrafted endeavour, and my first attempt at gathering, placket and waistband. I wore it so much over summer 17, but on unpacking it this year, I just didn’t like it. So I chopped it up, created a curved waistband, made a neater placket, replaced the gathers with carefully distributed pleats and shortened it. I think this is the best bit about learning to see, you can recreate and redesign and tweak as your skills grow and style changes. #sewistsofinstagram#sewcialists#imakemyclothes#thanksimadeit#learningtosew
#bpsewvember Sewing helps.... following a very nasty bout of work related PTSD I can honestly say sewing helped save me. This photo was taken just as I started to emerge from the most horrible and debilitating brush with my mental health- when I discovered that sewing and channeling my energies into my creativity was going to help to make me better. I’ve had an extensive course of professional help and this photo has been my grounding. It reminds me who I am and what makes me tick. It’s hard to believe how ill I was when I look at this picture. Sewing really did help to save my sanity.
I have to say these skorts beat me up..... Mostly my own fault for not following the instructions! The material, although woven, is rather stretchy and so had problems getting the waistline to fit as a result... Fixed it by taking in the side and front seams a little.
#bpsewvember Day 18: Ritual - my ritual is that whenever I start a new project I wind 2 bobbins of the thread for the project. That way when I run out in the middle of completing the garment I don’t have to wind another one. I can just insert the second bobbin and keep sewing. I started doing this years ago when I didn’t sew on a top of the line sewing machine and making bobbins meant unthreading everything. I just carried it forward because it became a habit. @bimbleandpimble
I attended @purepodfashion's "Native Pollen" range launch last night which highlighted the links between pollinators and our natural fibre clothing. I learned so much about bees - European and native - and how important they are in our ecosystems. Thanks @tortoiseandladygrey, @actforbees and Jen Hulme for sharing your insights. I also treated myself to this lovely hand-printed sachet filled with lavender and star anise, handmade by @bursariaworkshop. I wish you could smell it! #pollinatorweek2018
Catching up on some pattern cutting while my sewing machine is being serviced, prob first time in 30 years🤔 🤞 The Morning Glory top caught my eye and then I saw it’s free- bonus!! It’s quite fun because you draft it to your own measurements. #morningglorytop#sewistsofinstagram#sewnz
Simple pair of cozy pants I sewed for Oz. My first finished sewn garment since my kids were really little. Back then I had the close supervision of my mother. She died on November 11, 2007 but I think she's been present in a some way while I've tackled the details of sewing that I never had patience for as a girl and a young mother. .
Day 13: struggle
Even after 30 years of sewing, I still struggle with some things. These are the welts for the pockets of my wip #opiumcoat by @deer_and_doe_patterns
Unfortunately my sewing machine refuses to sew through this many layers of melton wool, so I don't get to sew the pockets as designed. Oddly, most of my sewing struggles seem to be either with really thick or really thin fabrics. #bpsewvember