My August Makes Vlog

I didn’t know if I promised too much in my last video but I’ve never been more resolved to stick to my sewing list and sewing deadline ever! Here are my results, it’s a mixed bag but each make came with a multiple of lessons learned.

I do like to ramble on about patterns so each make is getting it’s own blog post too. I have so much to share and for the first time have a backlog of items to blog about. So expect a flurry of posts!

Hope you enjoy this latest vlog, I tried to get fancy with it!

Happy sewing and have a good week!

Meg xx

 

 

The Burda Marthe

The emotion shame sponsors todays post. I don’t usually blog about my complete sewing failures but this blog is my only way of cataloging what I’ve made and this is the only wearable sewing failure I’ve had, which is absolutely sewing progress.

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The Fabric

The first thing I thought after finishing this project and trying it on was, should a grown woman really wear baby pink??? *tears* Such a wrong choice of colour for my complexion, I need warm tones.

This fabric was a total impulse buy from miss matatabi. I should have been convinced it wasn’t really meant for me when it was described as perfect for baby clothes but it was on sale and there are Penguins holding hands!

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Here’s a closer look at the material, I got this image from Miss Matatabi’s Etsy shop here

On the plus side, this is cotton seersucker and it was amazingly easy to sew with. I have more seersucker in my stash and I’m gonna patiently wait for the perfect project to use it with.

I love reading and looking at the blogs of fearless quilting cotton, bold print, I love it so I’m wearing it, sewing ladies but, unfortunately, I think I’m too much of a conservative dresser to wear unusual prints with any confidence.

The Pattern

This is a Burda pattern, blouse 109. I was looking longingly at all the versions of the Marthe blouse, by Republique Du Chiffon, going around the internet but really couldn’t justify buying another pattern. I was looking through my Burdastyle magazines to remind myself I literally have hundreds of sewing patterns and, luckily, one of my magazines had a Marthe doppelgänger.

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I really don’t mind tracing and adding a seam allowance but I’m useless at organising pattern pieces once I’ve finished a pattern. I’m trying to rectify this with having a pattern folder. So to use this pattern again, which I do want to, I’ll have to trace it again. I think I might start adding 2cm seam allowances on patterns so I have more fabric to alter with.

The Fit

…and to top it all of, it doesn’t fit properly. Which I thought was impossible in this style of  over-sized top but those glaringly obvious bust creases don’t lie.

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This project was a bunch of rookie errors tied in with sewing toile laziness. I’m not kicking myself too much about it but I really hope some of the fabric can be saved…and yeah a baby project is what it’s gonna be reserved for haha

Meg xx

Off the Wagon……Plus please enter my giveaway again!!!

One of my new year promises to myself, and my bank balance, was to stop buying fabric. I have enough! Plus my place is far too small even if I wanted a big stash. While I walked away from fabric calling my name most of the time, when there’s a sale….I’m not so strong. In the face of a 50% off sale at Anna Ka Bazaar errrrrr I crumbled.

So, in the face of that failure and to reduce any kind of stash building. I’ve got a sewing plan and schedule for my new purchases, using patterns I already own. I still need to try and stick to my other resolution of not buying anymore new patterns!!

Number One: Burda Easy in stripes

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I bought this burda magazine especially for this pattern. I love it! So many opportunities for colour blocking. I’ve been loving the stripy makes going on and seen all over the high street and think this pattern would be brilliant for mixing horizontal and diagonal stripes.

Number two: Burda Wrap Blouse

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I saw this made here by ThisBlogisNotForYou and a gorgeous scalloped edged version here by Tea Okereke and decided I need this top in my life too! I love boxy tops and fitted bottoms and I think this top would get a lot of wear if I made it.

Number three: Style 2697

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At first I was thinking of making Sew Over It ultimate trousers…but I’m not so sure I could rock such colourful trousers. Now I’m thinking this Style 2697 pattern, the London summer is finally heating up and I think this dress would be beautiful.

aaaand the last of my spoils.

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I have no idea what to sew with this. I’m kinda regretting buying it without a plan. Any suggestions would be lovely 🙂

Also, aaaaages ago I held a giveaway here the winner still hasn’t contacted me back with an address and I REALLY want to send this amazing package on to the next person. Anyone who wants it please message in this post and I will hold another lucky dip. I will chose the person on Monday 11th August.