Hi my lovely sewing friends!

It’s been a little while since I posted here hasn’t it. (If I can bring myself to, I may write a separate blog post on the ‘whys’ of that, another time). But, anyhoo, I’m back and I hope all has been well with you? Whilst I’ve been quiet on the social front, it wasn’t for a lack of sewjo – I have been sewing (and so far *gasps* with … no fails!) so I have plenty of upcoming posts lined up ;-). I thought I’d start by sharing my most worn makes of the summer and the very first things I sewed on my brand new sewing machine (I got the Pfaff Quilt Ambition 630 for my birthday back in July). At that time, I was looking for a pattern that had the potential to become a basic wardrobe staple, whilst being relatively straightforward to fit and sew, so as to be able to concentrate on getting a feel for the machine. Having spent a few brain-meltingly humid weeks wearing my husband’s football shorts (not my best look, let me tell you!), I quickly pounced on the Emerson Crop Pants & Shorts pattern from True Bias. (It’s available in both paper and PDF formats).

I love the front pleat detail!

This pattern can be made as either a pull-on crop pant / trouser or a short – both with an elasticized back and a smarter, flat, front waistband. They can be made as a mid or high rise and all views have front pleats and side pockets. The trousers are wide legged and cropped – I lengthened mine – they are actually drafted to hit a couple of inches above the ankle. They are designed for light to medium weight wovens. To date I have made three pairs of the shorts and a full length version of the trousers! Shall we take a look?

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Hi, I hope you’re all doing well! Me? I’m caught in a weird sewing limbo at the moment – if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I received a brand new sewing machine this last week. And it’s still sat in it’s box taunting me from my sewing table! It’s a gift from my family for my upcoming birthday and they’re adamant that I’m not allowed to open it until the 26th of this month…

Which is 21 looooong days away. The comments on this post by the way, are absolutely hilarious – it really helped knowing my mental anguish was understood, haha!

However, an unexpected side effect of knowing just how fantastic the new machine is (it’s the Pfaff Quilt Ambition 630), is that I am now loathe to continue to sew on my old one in the interminable period before my birthday. I know this is absolutely ridiculous but I just can’t bring myself to do it! The upside is, whilst I fill the echoing-void-between-machines planning future sewing projects; it also gives me time to finally share some of the things I’ve made recently but not blogged. Starting with the Closet Case Patterns freebie pouf pattern!

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Hi sewing friends! Have you picked up a copy of the FibreMood bi-monthly sewing magazine yet? I’d seen good things about their designs and size range for a while but hadn’t got my hands on a copy until Issue 09. I was recently invited to preview their patterns ahead of each Edition hitting the shops and I was thrilled; I really think FibreMood might just be the pattern magazine I have been waiting for! Issue 10 is out today so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share my thoughts on the magazine overall as well as show you my first FibreMood project – I’m truly excited by this pattern magazine!

Let me preface this, however, by underlining the fact that I have only ever regularly bought two sewing magazines; right back at the beginning of my sewing journey I picked up Love Sewing. As I outgrew that I began purchasing Burda instead – in fact, I have a decent sized stash of Burda magazines. Perhaps tellingly, whilst I find them generally inspiring and love flicking through them whilst necking endless cups of tea, I’ve never actually been inspired enough to actually sew one of their patterns! I confess this is mainly because I simply cannot bring myself to trace out and add seam allowances to the seemingly impenetrable configuration of pattern lines.

Enclosed within the matt pages of FibreMood are pattern after pattern after pattern of the like you would expect to see any of the most popular Indie sewing pattern designers releasing – to my mind, FibreMoods’ target audience is clearly today’s home sewer – one who doesn’t ‘just’ sew clothes but crafts modern, fashion-forward garments.

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