• A Festive Red True Bias Nikko Dress

  • Happy holidays guys!

    Somehow I managed to pull out all of the stops and make this dress in super quick time. Which is good, because my ‘vision’ was to make this to wear on Christmas day. 

    I haven’t made a Nikko before, so it was a bit of a gamble as to whether or not I would like it… if it would suit me… because it’s a bit of a daring one! I was feeling brave enough to give it a go though. I guess I now feel as though I have a body that I’m happy with. Maybe this is a combination of losing a bit of weight, and also just caring a little bit less about this than my pre-baby self! I’m not sure if this is a make that I will get an awful lot of wear out of. But I am super excited to have whipped this up for Christmas! 

    The fabric is a bright red ‘tomato’ ponte roma from my local haberdashery, Backstitch. It was so lovely to work with – such amazing quality. I will definitely be going back for some more ponte soon!

    The Nikko asks for fabric which has a minimum of 75% stretch, which is quite a bit. I checked the ponte before cutting it up, and it did just about have that much stretch. However, I would definitely highlight that this is an important point for being able to stretch the neckband of the dress over your head! Luckily I have a little pea head so it just about stretched over (phew!). 

    And I’m going to be honest with you here – I haven’t finished the seam on the cuffs… because, well, I don’t have to! Lazy sewing… but hey, it’s Christmas!

    Sizing-wise, I cut a 4 at the top, and graded to a 6 from the waist down to hip. Seems to have done the trick on my pear-shapedness! 

    Anyway, I’m pretty pleased with how this has turned out, and I can’t wait to wear it tomorrow for the big day. A bit worried about the bloating after Christmas dinner… but oh well! 

    Merry Christmas to each and every one of you – thank you so much for reading and visiting the blog this year. Here’s to more sewing coming this way in 2019!

    Lots of love, Jen x

    Pattern: True Bias Nikko Dress

    Fabric: Red Ponte Roma from Backstitch

    Size made: 4, graded to 6 at the hip

    Adjustments made: Shortened sleeve, graded sizing

  • Another I Am Patterns Zebre Sweater - My SewCam Make Finished!

  • Morning lovelies!

    So, we’re nearly at Christmas… how did this even happen?! Life feels pretty darn hectic… and I know I’m not the only one to be feeling the pressure right now. So to keep myself sane, and fight the anxiety of those endless Christmas lists I have been mentally writing in my head, I decided to get myself into the sewing room. And like magic, it really helped lift my spirits and take my mind out of that anxious place. Go sewing! 

    I had a half-made sweatshirt which I started making at SewCam earlier in December. So it was a really simple and quick make to get stuck into and feel that oh-so rewarding feeling of completing a make, without the time commitment. It did me wonders! 

    So, on to the make itself! I decided on an I Am Patterns Zebre sweater. This is one I have made before (click here to see the blog post for this), and I need to tell you that I have absolutely lived in my first version. It’s kind of funny because I wasn’t 100% sure I would get the wear out of it before… not sure why – maybe because it is a little bit different…? But it has done me proud! I wear it for work and at home. It’s comfy, flattering – and I’ve had so many lovely complements on that pattern! So when I was frantically organising bits for SewCam, I thought a sweatshirt would be a nice quick, easy and simple make to take along. As predicted though, I did way too much chatting and didn’t actually get an awful lot of sewing done. So I finished the cuffs, neck band and waistband at home. 

    And one of the really exciting things about this make is I finally cracked open the Atelier Brunette French Terry fabric I have been treasuring in my stash for so long! It’s called ‘Dazzle Night’. I’ve been too scared to cut it up for well over a year – I bought this from my local haberdashery, Backstitch

    And because the fabric is really the star of the show with this make, I decided against putting buttons onto the shoulder. I couldn’t visualise any buttons looking particularly great with this – like they would be fighting the beautiful fabric pattern for attention, and I didn’t like that. So I went simple 🙂

    The fabric was just utterly scrumptious to work with – and the inside is soft as butter. I used my overlocker to stitch it up, which worked perfectly. 

    I did worry around the point of inserting the neckband that I’d overstretched it. Which to be fair, I think I had – but a good pressing seems to have fixed that. Thank goodness! Can you imagine if I stuffed up with this posh fabric?! 

    And after this, I am happy to report that I have just worn this jumper for nearly an entire week when we went away to Center Parcs with Otis. I can’t rate this pattern highly enough. It has comfiness, style, it flatters the figure, is easy to wear… and I need to tell you that I love it!!

    I’m hoping to blog just one more make before Christmas… so we’ll see how I get on with that… hopefully a bit of a festive one! 

    I hope you’ve liked seeing this make though. In a way, I feel like it is kind of a chic Christmas jumper!

    Pattern: I Am Patterns, I Am Zebre

    Fabric: Atelier Brunette French Terry from Backstitch

    Size made: 38

    Adjustments made: Removed buttoned-up shoulder

  • 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