Over the weekend I treated myself to this quick sew project – which I’ve been meaning to make for about a month!
The pattern is a Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt. I made one of these last autumn, and I’ve worn it so much it’s kind of turned all bobbly. So it was high time for me to make another. I love this pattern – it’s perfect for a quick project. This one took me a couple of hours to make.
This sweatshirt fabric is absolutely stunning, and I loved working with it. The mustard yellow colour is incredible, and I love the tiny flecks of other colours too! I bought this fabric from Guthrie & Ghani using a discount voucher I had in my goody bag from the Sewing Weekender. And the inside of this fabric is so comfy – so so soft!
I stitched it up entirely on my overlocker, which worked fantastically well. And a first for me was having a go cutting out pattern pieces with pattern weights and a rotary cutter. I honestly didn’t think I’d like this method, but turns out it gave such a perfect cut… and I’m a convert!
The neckline is the trickiest part of this pattern. It kind of feels wrong stretching it out as you sew it in. And I guess the neckline is a bit on the large side, but I’m ok with that.
I made this jumper 2 sizes larger than the last one I made, so that I can fit my baby bump in for a while longer, going into the Winter… here’s hoping.
I have some more fabric in the wings waiting to be made into another sweatshirt, which I think I’ll do soon, while I’m in ‘Linden mode’! So watch this space 🙂
Pattern: Grainline Studio, Linden Sweatshirt
Fabric: Mustard yellow sweatshirt, Guthrie & Ghani
Size made: 8
So those who have seen my latest vlog will have already seen this, my latest make – as well a my exciting news… that I’m pregnant! Over the moon, and little mini person is due February 2017. Eeeek!
Anyway, back to the dress….! I started this project way back in September at the Sewing Weekender. It was intended to be a quick sew project which I could finish in 1 day of sewing. That was ambitious! Ha. I was too busy having fun with new sewing friends and ended up only just cutting out my pieces. Ok, I did manage a tiny bit of the bodice, but that was it.
When I got round to finishing this (ok it did take me a while…) I decided that the fabric was a little too sheer to not line at least the skirt. So that’s exactly what I did. I had some spare white lining fabric in my stash, so I just used that – which felt good to not have to buy any more fabric.
The pattern is the gorgeous Bettine by Tilly and the Buttons. I have made a Bettine before, so I knew I’d love it! It’s such a great dress – and one which would be perfect for any beginner dressmaker too.
I absolutely adore the Ikat navy blue on this fabric. It’s so pretty! This fabric was kindly given to me by online shop Stoff & Stil. They have some incredible, fashionable fabrics on their site and I’d highly recommend checking them out.
So with my growing baby belly, I knew I wanted to wear the elasticated waistline fairly high, so that it sits above my bump. This means that the bodice kind of drapes over the waistline, which I actually really like!
Anyway, this dress might not last me too long before the bump is too big to fit in, but it’s such a lovely ‘small bump’ dress after I added extra ease to the skirt.
So my love affair with Bettine continues, and long may it last!
-Added ease to the skirt (can’t remember how much!).
-On fitting, needed to remove some of said ease towards the top of the skirt.
-Added a couple of inches length to the skirt.
Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Bettine
Fabric: Ikat Woven Viscose, Stoff & Stil
Hi lovelies! Writing this feeling a little bit nervous… but here goes! My first ever vlog. Hopefully not my last! 😉
This features my review of The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, as well as showing you all what I bought on my shopping spree.
Eeeek! Hope you all like! Much love x