• SewCam: All The Info & Wonderful Sponsors!

  • ***SOLD OUT EVENT***

    On Sunday 9th December, a bunch of 30 dressmakers will be descending upon Storey’s Field Centre in Eddington, Cambridge for a festive day of doing what we love most – sewing! 

    The venue (Storey’s Field Centre) is a brand new building on the newly developed area on the outskirts of Cambridge called Eddington. It is an incredible building, and has recently won and been shortlisted for a number of architecture awards (including the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2018). So it will be the perfect backdrop for much sewing magic to happen (and of course, those all important Instagram snaps!). 

    Attendees will be bringing along their own machines and projects to work on, while nattering with sewing neighbours and munching a mince pie or two! 

    *Please note that this event has now SOLD OUT*

    If you are interested in being added to the waitlist then please email hello@gingerthreadgirl.co.uk

    I am absolutely thrilled to announce that these incredible brands have all gotten on board with sponsoring various elements of this very first SewCam event. A huge thank you to each and every one of you! 

    If you represent a brand interested in sponsoring SewCam, then please email me at hello@gingerthreadgirl.co.uk for further information. 

    Overlocker Station

    The wonderful team at Brother Sewing UK have agreed to loan us 2 overlockers for use on the day, as well as some tote bags and other goodies!

    Charity Raffle

    I am over the moon to have selected breast cancer charity Coppafeel to receive proceeds from our charity raffle. Such a great cause which is close to my heart – with an important message to spread (check those boobs ladies!). And I can’t help but let slip that prize donations have been absolutely AMAZING! I am blown away by the generosity of these wonderful brands – so a huge thank you to all of you for all of the contributions!

     

    Goody Bags

    And I am thrilled that all of the following brands have offered to contribute to goody bags for the very lucky attendees - again, a huge thank you!

     

    If you represent a brand and have interest in sponsoring part of SewCam, then please email hello@gingerthreadgirl.co.uk for more information.

  • A Birthday Nora Top Treat!

  • Super excited to have teamed up with my lovely ‘sewing wife’, Sarah from Like Sew Amazing on this latest make. If you have followed me for a while, you might already know that the deep love of sewing is not the only thing Sarah and I have in common – we also share the same birthday! Birthday twins, yay!

    So to celebrate this year, we decided to do the same as we did last year. We each bought each other some fabric to make something with – then, in a way, it’s like our makes are a gift to each other. I know, we’re sweet right?! LOLs.

    Last year we made Ogden cami tops (see HERE for last year’s blog post). This year we have opted for the Nora top from everyone’s fav, Tilly and the Buttons. The fabric we used was this is from Sarah’s shop, both of us using this light knit jersey. I added a little bit of ribbing to the neckline and made up some ribbed cuffs too, from this gorgeous mint green ribbing.

    The Nora pattern is lovely – and as a pattern from Tilly, it’s as solid and reliable as they come. It’s one of those wardrobe staple makes which is a lovely quick-sew, but also one which you will wear time and time again. The style is loose and boxy, and I absolutely love styling with a ‘French tuck’ at the front!

    So there we have it – a little birthday treat for us. Hope you all likey! Now I’m off to eat my body weight in cake. Because in case you didn’t already know… it’s mah birthday!

    Lots of love,

    Jen x

    A bit of twin needle activity at the hem

    Minty cuffs (and an obligatory birthday balloon shot!)

  • The Cosiest I Am Zebre Sweater

  • It’s official guys – sweater weather is well and truly upon us. And I couldn’t be happier. Why? Because Autumn is my fav. The colours, the crispy coldness (only it has to be sunny too for me to be ok with this part!), the crunchy leaves under foot, fireworks, pumpkins, hot chocolates and oh – November happens to be my birthday 🙂 And the best part of A/W – keeping fashionably warm!

    This part is where the humble sweatshirt comes in to its own. For this make, the pattern is one I’ve had for well over a year, and if I’m really honest with you guys, it’s taken me over a year to actually make it too. Sounds bad right? Ah well… I started it, then my overlocker was playing up, then the weather warmed up and the half made jumper entered the dreaded UFO pile – I’m pretty sure y’all know the story. Anyway, back to what I was saying… the pattern is from one of my fav pattern designers, I Am Patterns, called I Am Zebre. It has the most gorgeous puff sleeves which balloon out above the cuff – which I think is a really nice design statement to jazz up a simple sweater. It also has snap fastenings to the left shoulder.

    This was one of the makes I took away on holiday in September and finished making it then. And I’m so pleased I did. I have basically lived in this jumper since the day I finished it. Even my dad is jealous of this make. He ordered a jumper for himself from the same fabric because he liked it so much. Only problem is… I can’t source any more. So hit me up in the comments or drop me an email if you happen to know where I can find something similar. I’m all ears!

    This fabric was a purchase I made from my local, Backstitch a really long time ago. It’s navy blue (obvs!) and has a knitted effect on the right side, and a little fleeciness on the inside. Honestly guys, this is the sweatshirt fabric of dreams. So so warm and super comfy! Navy blue ribbing was added (also from Backstitch) as well as some metal snap fastenings from Prym.

    The pattern instructions were easy to follow, well laid out. The sleeves are attached to the cuffs with a heck of a lot of gathering – so that bit was fun. Can you tell I’m not the hugest fan of gathering…? But the end result is, well, many many heart eyes.

    So if you’re after a sweatshirt pattern with a little bit of a difference… I urge you to try this! It will serve you well in the winter months, I promise.

    Lots of love, warmth and cosy vibes

    Jen x

    Pattern: I Am Patterns, I Am Zebre

    Fabric: Backstitch

    Size made: 38

    Adjustments made: None