The Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Patterns – me and this pattern are totally Besties!

Woohoo I’m so happy to be posting about these makes. Do you sometimes feel with your sewing that all too often there is an inevitable niggle, big or small; the thing we wished we’d done differently? Or that everything’s ‘right’ but it just feels a bit ‘meh’ anyway? Well, I’m happy to report there is nothing of that ilk here, I absolutely LOVE EVERYTHING about this project! Well, ok, there is one thing but its a teeny weeny thing and really I should drop it already but … in typical fashion, I’m not going to! (So more on that in a bit!) What is it making me All Giddy? Have I made a fancy dress? A pair of tailored pants? Some other labour intensive showstopper? No I have not, I’ve made a Hoodie.

But not just any old hoodie… Read More

Sewing machine mats tutorial

Crafty Sewing Room Accessories!

Sewing machine mats tutorial

Hi All, I hope your New Year is off to a great start! I’m really excited about my sewing plans for this year but I thought I’d start with a simple but fun project for my newly created sewing space. As part of that reorginastion, I also cleaned and oiled both my machines. Undoubtedly they’re both running smoother but the racket my overlocker still produced when working at full pedal continued to jangle my nerves. I figured quilted mats were the answer!

I had one metre of this fab tape measure print cotton poplin and I wanted to see how much I could make from it. I ended up with two machine mats – one for each machine – a cushion cover and enough scraps left over to perhaps make a matching pin cushion too! The difference the mat makes to the running of the overlocker can’t be overstated… Read More

Hey June Kensington dress

The Kensington Dress by Hey June Patterns – the perfect girls dress!?

Hey June Kensington dress

Hi!

Proving that a sewing project doesn’t have to be complicated to tick all the boxes; the Kensington Dress by Hey June Patterns is as close to a perfect ‘everyday’ girls dress as you can get. Covering an age range of 18 mths to 10 years with optional neck placket or as a simple pullover and with two sleeve variations, this pattern will work year round. For years. It also comes as a tee.

Kensington Dress by Hey June patterns

You can find the pattern HERE.

I made the long sleeve version so as to carry my Pixie Princess through the winter months. The sleeve tabs are actually her favourite feature of the dress:

Hey June Kensington Dress Sewing Pattern review
The long sleeve button tab

I made it in an absolutely gorgeous hearts and stars jersey fabric from Minerva Crafts in the pink marl colourway and it’s beautifully soft and cooperative. Head over to the Minerva Craft Blogger Network to read my post all about it HERE including the links to the fabric and notions I used. It basically reads as ‘me V supermarket buying’…

Kensington Dress by Hey June sewing pattern review
How’s cute is too cute!?

This was my first make in my new ‘bijou’ sewing room setup … it was a joy from start to finish. And a big thank you to Becca of redwsews for introducing me to the Kensington dress! It was also my intro to Hey June Patterns – and I’ve just ordered the supplies to make a version of their Halifax Hoodie for myself which I’m really excited about – it’s going to be navy and … gold!

Until next time,

Sewsarahsmith

 

 

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A ‘Black Tie’ McCalls 7119

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Hello!

It feels like I’ve had this dress germinating in the back of my mind since time immemorial. I originally got my hands on a sample of this Prada satin backed crepe – in red – an age ago. Whilst I loved it, I had no immediate ideas for it. Then, back in the summer, I sewed up a floral version of M7119 (see here) which was my favourite make of the summer. I knew straight away that I wanted to put a spin on the pattern; using the contrasting textures of the fabric to turn it into a Black Tie evening dress version of the tuxedo.

I cut the dress out intending to wear it to a friends 40th birthday bash – a weekend long affair – earlier this month. But unfortunately Sod invited Law to the party too; the dress lay unsewn for quite some time whilst I succumbed to the lurgy. Gah.

McCalls 7119

Anyhoo, my friend forgave me for not attending his birthday ‘do’ and the dress eventually got sewn. I’m now counting on some Christmas party invitations in order to y’know, actually get to wear it.

The dress is this months’ make for the Minerva Craft Blogger Network; the full post including my thoughts on working with this double sided designer fabric can be found HERE.

Since sewing this dress, I’ve filled an online cart in Ikea and I’m quite ridiculously excited waiting for my order to be delivered! Apart from some pattern testing this last week, I’ve finally ‘thrown in the towel’ with sewing on the dining table. Fed up with unpacking and packing everything away at the start and end of each session, I’ve decided to set up a designated spot where I can leave my stuff permanently set up. Although it will be a relatively small area – and I’ll still need to use the dining table for cutting out – I’m hoping it will be a well thought out enough space to mean I can really sew my heart out anytime I want.  Ok, let me rephrase that…to sew half as much as I want to but twice as much as I’m currently able to! 

So here’s looking forward to Holiday party invitations and sewing in peace!

Until next time, stay well sewing friends x

Sewsarahsmith

 

 

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The Jenna Cardigan by Muse – a workhorse of a pattern!

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Hurray I’ve finally sewn up a Jenna Cardi! Although a relatively simple pattern, it wasn’t without issues; mainly around fit. Let’s just start by saying that Muse state this pattern is designed for an hourglass figure (hurray!), a height of 5.10″ (boo!) and a B cup (ah hum). I’m 5.3″ and a D cup…

I managed to resolve some of the issues – which were more than my standard adjustments –  at the paper stage, but I’m not done finessing yet. I’m considering this a wearable toile. I actually made it as part of this month’s Minerva Craft Blogger Network using their plain cotton jersey in the navy colourway – head on over to my post THERE for the full low down.

(If you’re looking for a simple tutorial on how to fit plastic snaps on your Jenna, I have one HERE).

Now, I do love this pattern, don’t get me wrong. I got the Jenna Cardigan Pattern Bundle (the basic pattern plus sleeve and neckline expansion packs) as it offers so much scope to mix ‘n’ match to create a whole array of different cardi’s. It’s because of its potential that I’m determined to nail the fit 100% – to make the pattern work for me as much as I worked for it, haha – because I see this being a pattern I reach for again and again…

…So now I’m set to research doing a ‘proper’ Full Bust Adjustment with knits (i.e without incorporating a dart) rather than the ‘cheat’ I utilised here (but, hey, whatever works, right?!) Expect to see me posting on that shortly! If you’ve any tips you want to share in the meantime, then please do!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

Sewsarahsmith

 

 

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