Sewing Myself Comfy – the Linden Sweatshirt / Hudson Pants loungewear combo!

Hi sewing friends!

Long-term readers may well have noticed that I took something of a break from sewing / blogging over the summer (welcome to all of you that continued to sign up over summer, thank you!) There was no onerous reason for taking a break, other than I wanted to dedicate my summer wholly to my family. And it was glorious! I also learnt how to knit socks and finally found the time to write a book of family recipes for the kids. That said, whilst I wasn’t actively sewing, I was planning upcoming makes like crazy…creating a spreadsheet and a Look Book and stocking up on fabric and supplies. It also gave me a good opportunity to really consider how I want to take this blog forward since it’s grown beyond anything I imagined at the start. (I’ll talk about that more in a minute!)

So, once the kids went back to school, my sewing space got a dust off and sewing began again in earnest!  I’ve been pattern testing this last week but thought I’d come back to the blog with my first makes.

Coffee, I need coffee!

As always, my new season sewing has begun with the basics; this for me means loungewear / sleepwear. If I don’t have to leave the house, I don’t get dressed; it’s that simple! What I wanted then was sleepwear I’d be happy to lounge around the house in (and by ‘lounge around the house’ what I really mean is running after the kids and doing seemingly never ending housework!) And I don’t know about you, but I always find after taking a sewing break that I want to come back to something that I know wont be too taxing to sew but will produce something I’ll get lots of wear out of. PJs is always the answer!

I decided on the Linden Sweatshirt / Hudson Pants combo which I’ve seen so many great versions of on my Instagram feed. I’ve sewn the Linden a few times (see here) but the Hudsons, though long in my stash, were a ‘new-to-me’ pattern.

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#sewtogetherforsummer 2019 – The Winners – Prize Draw … and some Geeky Stats!

Phew, what a momentous journey this years’ #sewtogetherforsummer has been! The deadline of 21st June came and went followed by some serious data checking and number crunching! A staggering 767 garments were entered this year from all over the world – including Brazil, Tasmania, Europe, UK, Canada, America, Denmark and Australia – showing just how universally strong the Jumpsuit trend is – it’s proved to be, quite literally, global!

So on to the fun business of announcing the Winners!

Not just of the Challenge prizes but also the pattern companies and sewing patterns that came out on top – so I thought I’d present some stats for you – we all love to geek out over this stuff don’t we – not just me?! I’m always curious to see which was the most used pattern company and what were the most sewn patterns for the Challenge so let’s take a look (I’m not a statistician; these are just for fun!) :

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#sewtogetherforsummer 2019 – The Sponsored Gifts!

Thank you all, yet again, for so enthusiastically and overwhelmingly embracing this years’ Challenge! (If you’ve missed what the Challenge is all about, you can read the Launch Post – which also contains discount codes on selected patterns and fabric – HERE). In essence, it’s about supporting and encouraging your fellow sewists whilst you all #sewtogether a Jumpsuit – or a Romper, Dungarees, Overalls – even a Catsuit if you fancy it! At the end of the Challenge, our fantastic Sponsors will send out a whole host of amazing gifts to randomly selected participants worldwide! Sound good? Read on to see exactly what our Sponsors are offering!

We’ve tried to include companies big and small that represent the diversity and vibrancy of our sewing community; they’ve all been fantastically generous and it’s quite an extensive list; there’s over 30 sponsored gifts! I present them in no particular order :

(if you want to find out more about any sponsor, you can click on their graphic to visit their site) :


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A Crossback Apron – The Maria Apron by Maven Patterns

Hi! I’ve got a new ‘Sewing Uniform! Quite frankly, the amount of times I’ve rushed out of the door, after sewing to the very last available minute, only to discover too late that my clothes are covered in thread and bits of snipped fabric! It’s not a good look on the school run, when a fellow Mum stops to pick the lose threads off your clothes! And not only that, you return home to find you’ve shed them all over the house!

So whatever was left of my dignity called ‘Time’ on that and went on the hunt for a suitable Apron pattern…

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Designer Label -v- Design A Label : My garment sewing comes of age!

Hello sewing buddies!

I’m sure you’ll agree, Labels can be contentious things; from the ones we assign ourselves and the ones society places on us to the ones we’re told we should aspire to buy. I can be labelled ‘Mother’, ‘Wife’, ‘Middle-Aged’; as a ‘Sewist’ and ‘Maker’; an ‘Introvert’ and ‘Bookworm’ for example but can these labels, singularly or together, give you the whole picture of who I am? Of course not. (As far as labels go, I like ‘Human’ best ;-)) And, as someone who sews my own clothes, I’m rarely swayed by Designer clothing labels either.

That all said, admittedly, there is one Label I have been desiring for years; my own self-designed woven label to sew into my handmade garments!

And now I have them and I couldn’t be happier! Friends, I also have a 15% discount code for you too, should you want to whisper in Santa’s ear! …

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