• My Christmas Gift Guide for Sewists

  • I cannot believe we are here, but I *think* it’s officially the countdown to Christmas! So I’ve put together a little list of my favourite items for gifting to any sewist out there. A few of the items I already own, and they have been such lovely gifts to receive in the past that I really wanted to share with you all. And maybe these ideas will help with any Christmas lists you’re writing to Santa…? Enjoy guys!

    1.   ‘Maker’ Necklace, Closet Case Patterns

    Can we all just take a second to swoon over this STUNNING piece of jewellery up for grabs from Closet Case Patterns? I am putting this on the list for myself – I love the silver version so much it hurts!

     

    2.  Dress With Pockets Print, Oh Squirrel

    I think the sentiment of this print would make the perfect addition to any sewing space. Amirite?!

     

    3. Hardwood Point Presser & Clapper, Sew Essential

    I've had my eye on this beautifully crafted clapper for so long. It would be such a useful tool for any dressmaker! And it also wins points for being handmade by a local craftsman in the UK.

     

    4. Seamstress Patch, Pink Coat Club

    I don't think it's even possible to put together a sewist Christmas gift guide without mentioning Pink Coat Club. Literally everything in Joy's shop is gorgeous, so I struggled to choose just one item to add to my list! 

     

    5. Breaking The Pattern Book, Named

    This book has been all over Instagram lately, as it has just been released. Perfect timing for adding to the Christmas list... I know it's on mine!

     

    6. 'Sewing is my Superpower' Pouch, Em Makes & Bakes

    Em Makes and Bakes has some gorgeous products in her Etsy shop. Please go check her out - I have so much love for her Mama products too. This pouch would be perfect for any sewist needing a little tidy up of all those little bits and bobs we have strewn across our sewing spaces!

     

    7. PatternTrace (Swedish Tracing Paper), Creative Industry

    I think PatternTrace paper is probably my favourite sewing product in the world ever. I always recommend this stuff! It comes on a huge wide roll AND you can sew straight it. Magic! Perfect for making a quick toile, or just using as really posh tracing paper!

     

    8. Magnetic Beech Wood Notions Block, Beyond Measure

    I was given one of these last year, and it has been one of my favourite sewing room products. It has a super strong magnet inside (I still can't see/work out how they got it in there!), and you can either use it as a pot - or what I do is turn it upside down as more of a block. It looks so cool - and is insanely useful and practical. Plus - someone made this!

     

    9. 'I'd Rather Be Sewing' Tote Bag, The Crafty Pinup

    Absolutely love this illustration on Crafty Pinup, Abi's, gorgeous tote bags. She also has pins of the same image in her shop too. Plus she's an all-round sewing mega babe!

     

    10. Pegboard, Block Design

    The question I get asked most is 'where did you get your pegboard?'. So I felt like it would be a good idea to share this in my gift guide... and because I'm such a big fan of this company in general. Block Design sell different sizes and colours of their pegboards. They also have various accessories like a mini shelf and letters you can peg in! I got a little bit crafty with some of the organisation on my sewing room pegboard - I figured you can use 2 pegs close to each other as a tiny little shelf 🙂

     

    Hope you've liked seeing my picks guys. Happy Christmas shopping!

    Jen x

  • Teal Linen-Viscose Jenny Overalls

  • I loved the Jenny Overalls so much the first time round, I just had to make some more!

    After I made my first pair (here), I swiftly sourced more fabric from Like Sew Amazing to make a second pair. As soon as I laid eyes on the colour of this one I was sold. It’s a beautiful shade of teal which I can’t stop staring at!

    I started this make while on holiday in Cornwall earlier this year. So it’s taken me a while to finish and take photos. But they were 80% finished in our Cornish cottage. I don’t know why they took me so long… life I suppose!

    Again, I decided to crop the legs on these. Mostly out of my deep obsession with wearing a cropped trouser with an ankle boot. I feel like this style is taking it from being a summery make to something more appropriate for Autumn. Also I splashed out on some Boden ankle boots at the start of this year. Honestly guys, I spent a fortune on them… as I bought the same pair in all 3 colours…! The heart wants what the hearts wants ok! So I’m trying to get as much wear as possible out of them. There – totally justified that didn’t I?!

    Since I’ve been back from holiday I’ve managed to lose a few pounds, so I now feel a bit like these are on the big side. Which is a shame – and a definite downside to slow sewing. So next time I make these overalls, I think I’ll size down.

    So there we have it, another pair of my fav overalls in the world ever.

    Pattern – Closet Case, Jenny Overalls

    Fabric – Teal Linen/Viscose Blend from Like Sew Amazing 

    Size made – 10

    Adjustments to pattern – Cropped trouser leg

  • The All New Jarrah Jumper by Megan Nielsen

  • Well I’ve been up to my old quick-sew tricks again… and here I have a very exciting new pattern from Megan Nielsen which I had the pleasure of making a little ahead of release. The pattern name is Jarrah, and I was head-over-heels in love with version C from the moment I first laid eyes on it. I just thought the tie front looks so cute and girly!

    I mixed up a sweater knit fabric with some contrast navy blue ribbing. I love this look. I mean, blue is my fav after all! The sweatshirt fabric was from Guthrie & Ghani quite a while back – but I do seem to remember it having ‘blueberry’ somewhere in its name, which had me sold immediately.

    This pattern is super straightforward, and such a rewarding quick-sew. The trickiest part of the whole make was hemming around the front ties. It just took a little bit more concentration was all – and turned out great. And I loved a bit of twin-needling to finish the hem.

    I even had a little fabric leftover from this top, so I’ve since made Otis a little jumper too! Can’t wait to share photos with you all!

    Pattern – Megan Nielsen Jarrah

    Fabric – Sweater knit from Guthrie & Ghani,

    Ribbing from Backstitch

    Size made – 6

    Alterations made – None