Monday, 3 July 2017

2017: The sewing story so far...

How is it July already! It's been a little over 6 months since I sewed my first item of clothing so thought I'd post a round up of what I've made so far this year in the hope that it will point me in the direction I want my me made wardrobe to go.


First up in January was the tilly and the buttons Cleo. This dungaree dress really appealed to me as I'd seen them in clothes stores but couldn't find one long enough. A me made version would solve that problem as I could make it the perfect length to suit me!


I chose to make the mid length version with centre front split in purple needle cord. Upon wearing this a few times I seem to have torn the front split despite bar tacking as advised in the instructions. I obviously must take long strides everywhere!!



My monetas were next up in mid February for the moneta party. These were the first time I sewed with stretch and I'm so glad I jumped straight in because there are so many great patterns for knit fabrics

I didn't manage any makes in March but did stock up on fabrics in the fab works easter sale. 3 months into my city and guilds course I made my first full size piece; a simple elasticated waist skirt. For the skirt I used a border print and I'd love to make another but have struggled to find a print that I really like at a decent price.


In April I had a wedding evening reception to attend and loved the prospect of making my own outfit, this coincided with my first month's subscription to seamwork magazine. Upon subscription I had a free pattern in my library, Kenedy. This trapeze dress with added flutter sleeves and statement tie back seemed a perfect party dress.


Mays make was another seamwork pattern, this time adelaide, a shirt dress with belted tie. I'd seen the the adelaide on seamworks site made up in an ikat design print and when another lady from sewing class brought in a similar fabric I had to know where she'd bought it as I immediately thought adelaide! This was my first attempt at button holes and the automated button hole on my Janome DKS100 made life so simple!


At the end of May I finally got around to making a pair of trousers I'd seen in love sewing magazine months earlier!! I'd printed the PDF Pattern when I'd first bought the mag but had been putting off a trouser make.

And then it was June, my most productive month so far. Yet more seamwork patterns were made in June; an Ida and another Adelaide. Seamwork patterns are probably my go to place for patterns due to affordability and being easy to make!



In June I also finished my tilly and the buttons Arielle that I had been making as part of my sewing course. Unfortunately I made a school boy error and had made it too small for myself, confusing finished garment measurements for body measurements!!


Just as June came to a close I managed a top and skirt in one day. The skirt was another tilly and the buttons pattern, this time Miette a wrap around skirt. The top was a cami that I'd been fancying making for a while, the true bias ogden. I couldn't believe how quick these makes came together.


So, what next? My makes so far have been dominated by dresses. I think I should try to work on separates more. I also have been shying away from zip fastenings, which is really something I must rectify. As well as learning zippers I'd love to do a course/workshop on fitting.

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