March was a busy old month with lots of makes in the studio!
The first big bit of news this month is that I was in the Leicester Mercury More magazine! Journalist Gemma Peplow came to interview me at the Crafty Sew&So Studio where photos were taken of My Handmade Wardrobe so far!
To read the full article online go to: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Handmade-Wardrobe/story-26253538-detail/story.html
So what else have I been working on this past month?
Well, March was, as always, chillier than I remembered.
I always lull myself into a false hope that spring is coming and summer clothes are on my mind but in reality there's gonna be a whole lot more days to come where layering is a necessity!
One of these days when I was dreaming of warmer weather, I managed to forget to grab my coat on the way out from my boyfriends. It was a bright morning and the car had been parked in a nice sunny spot so it was only when I got out of my warm car and into my coooold studio (the heater decided to break that week!) that I realised my mistake! It was actually colder inside than it was out! At that moment I assessed what I had to do that morning- paperwork, general sorting etc and decided my priority had to be making myself a nice snuggly sweater from the fabric I had conveniently picked up 2 days before on a whim from Steve on Leicester market :)
I used the t-shirt pattern I developed last month and added a long sleeve and a wider collar band on this... and this was the result
I wish I'd been able to whip up a pair of socks too! But I'll leave that to my sister who is currently working on a pair of very fluffy and squidgy crocheted socks for me in gorgeous Debbie Bliss super chunky Roma yarn : ) It's soooo yummy!
I used a heavy weight non woven interlining to stiffen the bag but after a bit of use already it is feeling a little floppy. So after a bit of research and reading this fab blog post on Sew Serendipity, I've bought some super stiff buckram- it's a stiff but lightweight woven stabilizer that is made from cotton fibers. Kay says, "it gives a bag stability in a way that other stabilizers such as Timtex and Peltex do not. Buckram can be creased, which gives you the ability to iron the sides and bottom of a bag, leaving a crisp professional finish"
So I'll give it go in my next bag and let you know how i get on!
This is from the Jackie O jacket pattern from Love Sewing magazine issue 11.
This was a really simple little pattern with a full neck and opening facing which I finished off with a contrasting binding. I did have to make a few amendments to the pattern including adding a back seam to add a bit of shaping- it is very boxy.
The pattern does not call for fastenings but I felt the fit and versatility was better with some hooks and hand worked embroidery thread loops. This finishes it off nicely. I really like the contrast of the easy wear more casual knitted fabric and the couture finishes.
I'm going to look at adapting this pattern to have a waterfall front, a little bit more length and side seam pockets like the picture above. Wish me luck!
You may also have spotted a little sneaky peak of a sewing themed cotton top underneath the jacket- I've entered the Simplicity Star Sewist competition so i'll be popping up a post about that little project very soon.
Until then, Happy sewing!
Oh, p.s. We're offering 10% off all classes until 12 noon on Friday 10th April! Grab yourself a bargain and learn something new too!