• A Leopard Print Nikko Top

  • Disclaimer – Fabric gifted from Like Sew Amazing,

    as part of the Like Sew Amazing blogger team. 

    Hi guys! I haven’t posted on the blog in so long. So here I am, showing my face… and this cheeky little top I whipped up last weekend. I keeping seeing leopard print absolutely everywhere on the high street. I’m not sure it’s exactly ‘my thing’, but when I saw this teal jersey pop up on Like Sew Amazing’s instagram stories, I was all of the heart eyes!

    And after making the dress version of Nikko in December, I’ve been excited to make the top version too. I guess the reason being that the fit is just perfect. It’s quite tight fitting, but I quite like that! Tight in the right places, you know?!

    And just a word of warning – if you plan to make a Nikko top or dress at any point – do make sure you follow the guidance on the amount of stretch your fabric needs. Otherwise you won’t get this over your head! 

    This was such a quick make – I surprised even myself! Just what I needed when I hadn’t sewn anything much for a while. It took 1 hr 45 mins total… all completed within nap time – how incredible is that?!

    I just used the sewing machine too. My laziness prevented me from being bothered to change the thread colour on the overlocker…. so I just stuck to using the stretch stitch on my sewing machine. And I have to say – it worked out absolutely fine. 

    This top is a perfect wardrobe staple – and my plan was that this could be worn tucked into high waisted jeans or worn underneath some dungarees. 

    Super happy with this make! Hope you guys like it too.

    Pattern: True Bias, Nikko Top

    Fabric: Leopard print jersey from Like Sew Amazing

    Size made: 4 graded to 6 towards the hip

    Adjustments made: Shortened sleeves

  • Lucida Dress Loveliness!

  • Hi guys! It seems like way too long since I last blogged a new make… so here is my latest project! I haven’t sewn much lately due to a combo of sickness bugs (plural!) and Harvey travelling for work. Plus, you know, normal hectic life… so by the time I managed to get myself back into the sewing room it felt SO GOOD!

    I picked up this pattern, a Friday Pattern Company Lucida Dress, at a recent sewing day at my local haberdashery, Backstitch. I had my eye on this for a while, so finally caved and bought it. So pleased that I did! Not only is this a gorgeous dress – it is deceptively simple and quick to sew. So fast rewards on your sewing! Which was perfect for me, feeling the blues of having not sewn for too long. In the blink of an eye (well, almost), I had a whole dress… all for me!! 

    The pattern and instructions are really clear and very easy to follow. I love the ruched front to the bodice. It’s such a nice detail – flattering too. But so straightforward to make. The only alteration I had to make was to the back neckline. It may have been my own fault as it could have been that I stretched it out during the sewing process. But either way, I just altered by adding some darts, which did the trick. 

    The fabric I used is this utterly dreamy peachskin modal jersey from one of my new fav fabric websites, Sister Mintaka. At the time of writing this, there are still 2 colours in stock (a red ‘Bordeaux’ colour and slate grey). This stuff was a joy to sew, and is super soft to the touch with a beautiful drape to it. And the ‘peachskin’ look to it just makes it look and feel super luxe. 

    So feeling super happy with myself for finding a perfect marriage of pattern and fabric! 

    Anyway, hope you like this guys. Off I go to twirl around in my new dress 🙂

    Pattern: Friday Pattern Company, Lucida Dress

    Fabric: Peachskin modal jersey in forest green from Sister Mintaka

    Size made: Small

    Adjustments made: Gaping neckline at the back

  • A Named Sloane Sweatshirt with Atelier Brunette Gorgeousness!

  • Hello lovelies

    I’ve been on a mission to make myself a range of different sweatshirt patterns lately (as you will have probably seen!). I guess this is just out of curiosity to test the fit and style of a bunch of them. This particular pattern has been in the pile for so long, and I was excited to finally get round to making it!

    It is a Named Sloane Sweatshirt, which features a couple of darts on the front. I was drawn to this pattern because I had been after a narrower neckband than some other patterns have. I like to wear a t-shirt underneath my jumpers (for warmth, you know!), and too often you can see too much of the t-shirt showing inside the sweatshirt neckline – which I hate! And I’m *very* happy to say that this neckline situation has been avoided with this amazing pattern.

    The only possibly negative I would mention about this pattern is that seam allowances are not included – so you must remember to add these when cutting out. I can’t remember if this is the same for all patterns by Named. But just wanted to get in here early and give you fair warning about this (as someone kindly messaged me on Instagram to alert me to this too).

    And the fabric I’ve used here has been in the stash for way too long… it is another incredible French terry from Atelier Brunette (bought from Backstitch many moons ago!). If you follow my blog you will know that I recently made a Zebre sweatshirt from an Atelier Brunette French terry (blog post HERE) – so I feel like I mustered up the courage to cut into that fabric…. and it kind of got me into the spirit of just using the fancy fabric. I think there’s a moral to this story somewhere… maybe there’s no point in keeping these posh fabrics to sit in a stash… and best to just brave it and make something…? Something like that anyway!

    I would definitely recommend this pattern to others – I love wearing it! The only things I would change on a future one (and these are just personal preference things) are to have a wider waistband (as in taller – does that make sense?!), and longer cuffs. Then I think I will have my absolute dream jumper in all of the world! 

    Anyway, I’m going to be working on a dress as my next project… if you’re interested in seeing sneak peeks of what I’m getting up to then head over to my Instagram (@gingerthreadgrl) and you will be able to check out my stories for all of the fun in my sewing room (and the rest of my world!). 

    Pattern: Named Sloane Sweatshirt

    Fabric: Atelier Brunette French Terry, bought from Backstitch

    Size made: 38

    Adjustments made: None