Common Sewing Mistakes

 

Some say there are no mistakes when it comes to sewing and that everyone has their own unique way of doing things, and while that is partly true there are a few errors that many – including myself – sometimes make when starting out that can really affect the outcome of a project. I’ve compiled a few key ones here, partly in the hope that a beginner will be saved a few hours of unpicking, and partly to remind myself not to make them. Continue reading “Common Sewing Mistakes”

Roses Are Red…

…and so is this top. Which has roses on it, funnily enough. Anyway, I bought this embossed scuba fabric (which you might recognise from my last post) from Fabricland a few weeks ago on a whim, with no idea what to make with it (typically completely contradicting my own advice). I toyed with the idea of making a skirt, before doing a quick scout of my wardrobe and realising I was instead in need of a loose-fit, comfy tee (my favourite has a hole in it, boo) that is smart enough to wear to the office and casual enough to wear with slouchy jeans on days off. Continue reading “Roses Are Red…”

DIY Fabric Heart Brooch

 

Fabric scraps are the sewing equivalent of last night’s leftover casserole (but far less easy to use up). I hate throwing these pesky little bits of material away, believing I might one day find some amazing use for them. You never know when you might need that tiny bit of lace, right? Well, folks, my fabric scraps’ day in the sun has come, at least for these pieces of rather lovely red-hued embossed scuba (currently using to make a top – blog post to follow soon) and leopard print chiffon. It doesn’t really make too much of a dent in my huge stash, but it’s a start. Continue reading “DIY Fabric Heart Brooch”

A Guide to Finding Sewing Inspiration

Despite the creativity that sewing my own clothes affords, I still find myself stuck in a sewing rut sometimes, making similar things over and over again – or, on the other end of the scale, making things I wouldn’t usually wear and ending up, surprisingly enough, never wearing the finished garment I’ve spent so long putting together.

I like to think I’ve got better at this (I still wear and like everything I made last year, which I consider a win), partly because I’ve developed more of a sense of my preferences (by doing the things I’ve listed below) and partly because I’m more particular about the fabrics and patterns I use now than when I first started sewing. Here are a few of the ways I ensure that I sew what suits me whilst still keeping things varied. I’d love to hear your tips on this too. Continue reading “A Guide to Finding Sewing Inspiration”

2014: A Year in Sewing

All in all, I’d say 2014 wasn’t a bad year in terms of projects completed, although I didn’t quite manage to make everything I wanted to (who does?). I’ve learned new skills and made plenty of mistakes along the way – sewing can be annoying as hell, but for some reason I just can’t stop.

These are a few of my favourite creations from this year – I aim to make clothes that I’ll enjoy wearing and want to keep for a long time to come, and all of these are still hanging in my wardrobe, so I must’ve done something right. Here’s to another year of lovely things made and errors learned from.

The Men’s Shirt Refashion

Men's Shirt Refashion Skirt

When my boyfriend was clearing out his collection of shirts, I swooped in a grabbed a few in the hope I might do something with them. I’d never tried refashioning anything before, so I kept it simple, and the resulting skirt has become one of my wardrobe staples. Continue reading “2014: A Year in Sewing”