Sew Photo Hop 2018 – Days 8 – 14

Here is part 2 of my Sew Photo Hop 2018 and covers days 8 to 14. Loving this challenge which @houseofpinheiro is hosting

8. Specially made for

In my last post I showed my Shift dress I was working on for my night out. Had a neckline issue which I could fix in time so I quickly made this skirt – see my full blog post for more about it!

9. Lightbulb moment

Moving into our house last year and finding this sewing machine in the garage kick started me into learning to sew! I’d had a sewing machine for a very long time but back when I had it is struggled with the basics and never really go anywhere. Then my lightbulb moment! You tube! It wasn’t around when I first had a sewing machine but now with all the opportunities to learn on line there were lots of way to learn!

10. Fresh of the sewing machine

The two “freshest” things I showed you on Friday, but I also have the dress that didn’t work out for Saturday!

This is the silk woven tee shift dress hack (from fashion with fabric) ….hacked again into a double layer dress. I was rushing and the neck got all rumpled (is that even a word?). I will fix it….but I think it’s going to have to sit there for a while.

11. Creative Process

I love a note book! Everything I make is planned out in this notebook first, it has fabric swatches, measurements and if it’s an online pattern like this bunting I briefly write what I need to do in case I can’t find it online again. I also write what I would change next time I make the pattern.
In the back of the book I make a note of any patterns I see that I would like and fabrics which I need to buy.

12. Tips and Techniques

Recently my adventures into sewing chiffon lead me to find this fantastic tip of pinning the chiffon to some tissue paper before cutting it out to stop it slipping. I left it on whilst sewing everything together then ripped it off at the end.

13. Game Changer

Definitely my overlocker! Love the finish it gives my clothes and I’ve even been brave enough to change the thread!

14. Wardrobe essential

I could easily have posted another Cleo dress here! But trying to be more diverse and have discussed this lovely quick sew. The fashion with Fabric Great British Sewing Bee book – Sleeveless Shell Top. The fabric was from Pound Fabrics. Really pleased with it, will be making more, next time I will maybe lengthen it but it was fine with the high waist jeans I wore it with.


Sew Photo Hop 2018 – Days 1-7

Im taking part in this year’s Sew Photo Hop hosted by @houseofpinheiro

Here are days 1-7

1. Hello

Im Anna, I’m 37 and I love in Staffordshire with my husband, two boys, retired racing greyhound Woody and Alan the hamster. I started sewing in January this year and am loving my sewing adventure.

2. Currently Sewing

Im currently making the Silk Woven tee shift dress hack from The fashion with Fabric great British Sewing Bee book.

3. All in one or separates

I tend to go for all in one as I’m drawn to pretty dresses. However after looking through other people’s answers to today’s prompt I can see the sense in making more separates so will be making a conscious effort to do this!

4. Signature Style

Struggled with this one but Instagram seems to indicate I like my Cleo dresses or denim skirt and leggings, all with a pair of converse! Not sure how accurate this is but it’s certainly been how I’ve spent my spring/summer.

5. Sewing Corner

I don’t have an official sewing space but I am slowly taking over a corner of our conservatory. Im hoping to get an Ikea peg board for the corner and ideally a little desk as it’s not that comfortable sat here with nowhere to put my legs!

6. Seasonal Favourite

We’re coming into Autumn now and I’ve got my Cord Cleo, thick black tights and a cardigan on! I have 2 more Cleos to make for AW18 so this is going to be my seasonal outfit I think!

7. Colour/Texture

This charity shop find covers both colour and texture, this is for one of the Cleos I plan to make.

So that’s the first week completed and I’ll be doing days 8-14 next week. Loving this challenge so far.

Great Big Pattern Swap #3 -The Husband Bag (Butterick B4088)

There has been a fantastic swap/challenge happening on Instagram during July/August using the hashtag #greatbigpatternswap. The swap is hosted by Emma @thezipperfoot and Alice and the idea was to list any patterns you didn’t want so people could request them. Then when you receive you patterns you’ve got until 18th August to make them and there’s a chance to win some lovely prizes

This is my third and final entry and I am calling this The Husband Bag! This is because I made it out of a pair of my husband’s jeans and lined it with his shirt (he had put both in a bag to be got rid of, honestly, I did not raid his wardrobe).

The pattern is Butterick B4088 which I was gifted by @rosielee_cupoftea. I made view A but had to make it slightly smaller so used the lining pattern for the outer bag also.

This was a really fun pattern to make and was even quicker as I used the shirt and the pocket from the shirt as the lining

The pattern suggested a magnetic clasp to fasten but I used a zip as I prefer my bags zipped up.

It came together very quickly, my only delay was breaking 3 needles sewing the straps on so had to wait for some more to arrive in the post.

It felt a little bit plain when it was finished so I decided to try making some flowers to embellish it. For these I used my Kirsty Cuttlebug which sort of cut through but needed trimming with scissors. I cut 3 pieces of denim and one from the shirt for each flower and riveted them together.

I placed 3 together on the corner of the bag and painted the top ones with frey stop.

I love bags so am really excited to be able to make my own now, I am pleased with how this has turned out, but I would make the straps longer if I made another.

I decided to make a little purse as well to go with the bag as I know none of my purses would fit in the bag. It was very quick to make and I embellished it with a flower to match.

This is definitely my last entry to the challenge, I have one more pattern to make, which is The Ultimate trouser pattern, but I have no fabric suitable at the moment so will be looking out for some on my fabric shopping trip next week and will of course blog when completed even though it will be too late for the challenge.

Great Big Pattern Swap #2 – New Look K6023

There has been a fantastic swap/challenge happening on Instagram during July/August using the hashtag #greatbigpatternswap. The swap is hosted by Emma @thezipperfoot and Alice and the idea was to list any patterns you didn’t want so people could request them. Then when you receive you patterns you’ve got until 18th August to make them and there’s a chance to win some lovely prizes!

Here we have my second entry to The Great Big Pattern Swap, this one has tested my patience!

I have always liked this style of shift dress and have a ready to wear Long tall Sally one very similar which I have recently started wearing for work and love. I was sent this pattern by @jennylovestosew and knew straight away I’d make a work dress but in my head I had a wool type fabric in mind. However due to time ticking by for the challenge I decided to make a wearable toile from some navy patterned cotton fabric I had 5 metres of from the charity shop (which I got for a bargain £3!).

I made view D but decided to line the bodice therefore did not go for the neck facing as thought it would be too much. Everything went together like a dream and the bodice didn’t need much alteration just took it in ever so slightly at the shoulders and I added my standard two inches to the skirt length.

I was very pleased with the lining and I love the square neck. I also did French seams as I love the look they give to the finished dress.

Then I did my final try on and realised the skirt was too small around the hips!!! I could get it on but there was absolutely no chance I would be able to sit at my desk or drive my car wearing it.

I was very disappointed as I’d slowed down so much and made everything perfect. I could have easily given up, but no! The dress was not the boss, I was! Luckily I had the 5 metres of fabric as I decided (after letting out darts and trying to reduce seam allowance) that the only way was to cut the skirt in a bigger size!

I reduced the seam allowance on the waistband and graded it in to the bodice by letting out the sides slightly, which gave me enough room to add the bigger skirt. It took ages and doesn’t look as neat as it did, but I’m so pleased I persevered and feel like I learnt a lot with this one!

I still plan to make a wool version for work and hopefully will see something I like next week when I plan to go fabric shopping to Birmingham, which I’m combining with a trip to the museum so the boys can see ” Dippy the Dinosaur”.

My face reflects how long is spent messing around adjusting things!!

Thanks again to Emma and Alice, this challenge is certainly keeping me motivated,otherwise this would have got thrown in my work in progress pile and untouched for ages.

Great Big Pattern Swap #1 – Kefalonia dress (Butterick B5488)

There has been a fantastic swap/challenge happening on Instagram during July/August using the hashtag #greatbigpatternswap. The swap is hosted by Emma @thezipperfoot and Alice and the idea was to list any patterns you didn’t want so people could request them. Then when you receive you patterns you’ve got until 18th August to make them and there’s a chance to win some lovely prizes!

My first make for this challenge is the Butterick B5488 which was sent to me by @pinball_widow on Instagram.

I had in my head exactly what I would make when I requested this pattern. Unfortunately we are not going on a summer holiday this year, and as a family who go on holiday a lot this has been tough, we moved to a lovely house last year though so just a temporary hold on holidays!

I have a picture of our last holiday in Kefalonia in my sewing room, Kefalonia is a beautiful place and the colours are truly amazing. These colours inspired my fabric choice and I chose to make a dress I can wear in Kefalonia next year (yes we’ve booked next summer’s holiday already).

I’m so pleased with the results! It was a really easy make and I have added some sparkle to the neckline with some silver studs which I had in my sewing stash.

It’s quite short and maybe could have done with being extended by an inch or so, but I think I’ll get away with it on holiday.

If not I can always wear it with leggings!

I will definitely be making another one of these. I could kick myself as I popped into the local charity shop yesterday and they had some black velvet and I didn’t buy it. It would have been ideal for one of these for Christmas, with some gems around the facing. I will have to go back and see if they still have it.

I’m definitely pleased with my first make, perfect colours for Kefalonia!

I’m hoping I’ll finish my other patterns before the deadline of next Saturday, wish me luck! Thanks again to Emma and Alice as this has been a lovely way to get to know some of the sewing community on Instagram and it’s good to know patterns that were gathering dust can be used by someone else. I’m hoping there will be another soon as I’m sure I have quite a few more patterns I could offer to swap, just need to sort out my cupboard.