Handmade holiday

I just realised I never blogged about our trip to Canada! I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it on my blog before but my parents live in Vancouver and my sister in Calgary. They emigrated over there over 10 years ago now and every couple of years we go on an epic trip. Last time was in 2012 and we went on a road trip to San Francisco.

This time we did a lot of sight seeing, visited museums and hung out with my niece and nephew. We had a blast and ever better I got to wear a lot of my handmades. 90% of my wardrobe was handmade although I did go on an epic shopping trip and stock up on underwear. Despite having the supplies and patterns I can’t seem to bring myself to make underwear.

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How do your handmades hold up?

I recently found a hole in my fairly new Kelly anorak, it’s under the armpit and going to require unpicking the hem to mend the armsyce.

I noticed recently on some of my clothes that there are a few things coming unravelled. The interfacing has come unstuck on my Kew dress and there’s a few bits fraying here and there on other items. It made me really sad thinking perhaps I hadn’t made them very well but actually I’m a lot harder on my me mades. Whereas a rtw item might get worn 2-3 times my me mades are the first to get picked to wear. Although maybe next time I’ll double stitch areas of high stress …

Exactly why I hate PDFs

*warning – lots of swearing ahead because that’s how PDF’s make me feel, go ahead and click “mark as read” if this ain’t your bag or if you love PDFs*

Let me take you on a journey through my current thought process of why I’m currently sat on a pile of leftover bits of paper and two empty rolls of sellotape…

It started with an image from Boden:

I put a call out on my stories asking for a similar pattern. Someone recommending hacking my own but then someone else recommended the Style Arc Tully pants.

This is the first time making a Style Arc pattern and annoying fact #1 is they are pdf only (not even an A0 in sight) and #2 they come in one size and not nested (although they do send you a size bigger and smaller they’re still on separate files).

Anyway I digress, back to the pdf itself. I hate them SO MUCH. For many reasons, such as:

And

And

And the fact that it took me an hour to stick it together and then I had to cut the fucking thing out!!

I know there are some diehard pdf fans out there but do yourself a favour and buy the effing paper pattern!

EDIT: I put the pattern pieces on the fabric to cut out and found that I don’t have enough fabric so it was all a waste of time anyway!

Autumn wardrobe planning

I feel like I’ve got my work wardrobe pretty sorted, I just need a couple of pairs of pants to add to my rotation. My summer wardrobe is still a little iffy and I’m wearing what I have rather than what I want due to limitations.

I’m still struggling with my “style” and trying to figure out what kind of outfits I like to wear. I’ve been doing some Pinterest pinning and come up with the following;

I love the slouchy/cropped top with tight/high waisted jeans look. I recently bought some cheap high waisted jeans which I adore so I’m going to remake a pair of Gingers. The Rumana coat has been on my list for ages I just need to find some decent camel wool coating. Fabric Godmother had some in but it’s all gone now. One thing I pinned a lot of was turtlenecks – I’ve added the Nikko top to my to-sew list.

The only problem is my stash doesn’t reflect what I want to wear. Anyone ever wish they could get rid of it all and just sew as they project planned!?

Make 9 review

I absolutely love sewing review posts like what the most worn garments are and which ones perhaps don’t get worn as much. It’s something I’m still trying to figure out – why one works and another doesn’t. I also love to see how much people can make in a month (my average is 3/4 items depending on difficulty and whether I’m on holiday!).

My make 9 this year was the following;

1: niizo craft bag. I absolutely love this kit but the £50 cost including shipping means I’m putting it off a bit.

2: Ginger jeans done ✅

3: Rumana coat will be made in a camel coating around September/October time ready for winter. If anyone sees any nice coating let me know!

4: Papercut Kyoto sweater done ✅

5: Harriet bra – not made yet!

6: Wallet – I’ve decide to make one of those clip purses instead as the wallet needs loads of findings and it’s affecting my motivation to make!

7: self drafted pencil skirt done ✅ and it gets worn a lot!

8: ✅ Sasha trousers were a complete fail due to fabric choice but I need some new work pants so will definitely be making these in September

9: Hadley top done ✅

5/9 items made so far, we’ll see if the others get made or if new and shiny patterns bump them off the list. How’s your make 9 going?

Lander shorts

Unlike the rest of Instagram I haven’t gone crazy for the Lander pants mostly because the cropped wide legged trend makes me feel sick (due to reminding me of my teenage years of wearing extremely wide legged trousers constantly – emoooooooo).

I think I’ve been drinking the instagram koolaid though as I’m eyeing up the Persephone pants and sloooooowly coming around to the idea. Not cropped though. Never cropped! No shade to those lovely ladies who rock this style – I have a weird hang up about my ankles and aren’t about to flash them around to every Tom Dick and Harry!

Anyway for some reason I decided to buy the pattern for the shorts. I haven’t got a clue why now – maybe it was for sew my style?

I checked the finished measurements and went for a 4 at the waist graded all the way out to a 10 at the hips. It worked a treat and they fit like a dream. I didn’t even have to adjust the side seams! I had to take a massive wedge out of my Gingers and Morgan’s to account for my swayback but these fit so well right out of the packet.

The instructions are clear and the fly front went better than any I’ve used (full disclaimer though there are less pattern pieces as it’s exposed).

I absolutely love the pocket construction, she has you fold over the top, sew inside out and then turn, it makes the whole pocket turn and makes for a nice change. I’m not keen on how large the butt pockets are as they are one size and they’re square, I think I’d swap them out for some jeans pockets.

I used some leftover denim I bought at the first Sew Up North. I got 3 metres of stretch denim from the market and no joke I’ve made a pair of dungarees, a rosari skirt and now a pair of shorts! Now that’s what I call sewing leftovers.

When I went to attach the waistband it came up way too short. Watch out for this and cut your waistband with some additional length. I asked Kelli on IG about it and she said something about the bias stretching? I think it’s a pattern drafting error honestly.

I added an inch and a half to the bottom to try and preserve some modesty. They’re really short. Which I think is needed because when I tried them on they immediately reminded me of those mom shorts you see which hit at mid thigh and are wide legged.

These babies have being getting A LOT of wear in this heatwave (summer) we’re having. I’ve noticed sometimes they give me a wedgie so the best pair I’ll scoop the curve out, use a curved waistband and idk what those smile lines from!? Any ideas?

2018 in review

So far in 2018 I have made the following:

January

Sewaholic Liberty blouse 4/5 (not 5/5 because it needs flipping ironing constantly).

Self drafted jersey pencil skirt 5/5. This would 100% get worn all the time except I keep losing it!?

No photos of this as he never wears it 😩 literally never making him anything ever again.

Gary’s Fairfield button up shirt 0/5

February

No pictures of these as they have terrible leg twist and made of horrendous fabric. They’re also 2 sizes too big 🤦🏻‍♀️

Sasha trousers 0/5

Kelly anorak 4/5

Only isn’t 5/5 as the arms are a wee bit short and it drives me batty!

Alice top 5/5

March

Hacked Hadley top 1/5

I hate this top so much. I made the elastic too tight for the cuffs and the ruffled part isn’t long enough.

Lois dress 5/5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress!!

Kielo wrap dress 3/5

I’m not keen on this style on me. I think the wings could do with being higher to hit my waist.

April

Cassiopee dress 5/5

Roscoe blouse 4/5 – needs the neckline to be higher as it slips down and can be obscene!

Ultimate wrap dress 4/5 – waist is too low and the bias drags the jersey down. It’s wearable for now and is one of my favourite work dresses.

Black ginger jeans 5/5

BHL Sabrina dress 4/5

May

Kew dress 4/5

Jessica dress 5/5 – my favourite make this year! (So far)

Ogden cami 4/5 (use the facing not bias binding as it always flips out!) and Lander shorts 4/5 (love these but they give me a wedgie sometimes!)

June

Embroidered Anna dress 3/5 purely for it being a pain in the arse to sew!

Black tutu skirt (wearing underneath)

I’ve not done much sewing lately due to being away/marking for the exam board. I’m getting a bit done here and there but I’m looking forward to a few baby free days when we break up for summer to really crack out some summer makes!

Total: 20 makes (only 3 waders 💪🏻)

Tops x6

Dresses x8

Pants x2

Skirt x2

Shorts x1

Coat x1