Bea-utiful

Are you a plan-way-in-advance kind of stitcher, or do you prefer to dive straight into projects as soon as they spring to mind?

I’ve managed to finish two of my #makesix2018 list so far (I know it’s supposed to be #makenine, but six is way more achievable with the amount of sewing time I have – or don’t – at the moment) and this spotty blouse is one of them. I’m not really loving feeling like my year of sewing is all mapped out, though. I’ve realised I’m definitely a short-burst kind of sewer, but this way of sewing does mean you can end up working on the same project for quite a while – which in turn sometimes means getting bored of the sight of it, and that’s especially true of projects that have been sat on my to-make pile for a long time.

All I want to wear right now, when it’s not floaty-dress weather, is a classic jeans-and-a-nice-top combo, so tops, tops and more tops are filling my sewing list at the moment and I might have to abandon my other #makesixers. I just don’t think this way of planning projects is for me – but at least I can say I tried, right?

Anyway, this is the Bea Blouse pattern from Simply Sewing, sewn up in a spotty cotton blend. I didn’t need to make too many pattern alterations – I just raised the bust dart, graded between a size 6 at the bust and a 10 at the waist because I like a looser fit, and omitted the bow detail for a more casual look.

This may not be the most exciting project to share, but I love how simple, versatile and easy-to-wear my Bea is – if I’m having one of those I-hate-all-my-clothes days, I reach for this top (to be honest, I’m not really sure what the hell I wore before I made it).

Also, shout out to my Instagram boyfriend who took these shots while suffering from the worst hayfever (and only complained a little).

Pattern: The Bea Blouse, Simply Sewing issue 38.

Fabric: Polka dot cotton from Sew Over It (similar).

Wearing with: Kick-flare jeans from Cheap Monday; vintage basket bag; Topshop sandals (old); Rayban Erika sunglasses.

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Spotted

Well, this project was a long time in the making. I kind of lost my sew-jo over the last few months, but I think it’s finally back!

The kind people at the-stitchery sent me two metres of this gorgeous red spot peachskin last year, and I’ve been itching to get it finally sewn up into a simple summer top. And, at long last, here it is! (Sorry it took so long!)

I’ve actually had it finished for about a month now, but every time I’ve had a spare day to photograph it, the British weather did its usual thing (i.e. rained non-stop). So, when the sun finally came out to play I grabbed my camera before it could change its mind. Continue reading “Spotted”

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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.

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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”