I needed a bit of a sewing break after speeding through all my sewing for the Gingham-a-long so I closed the door on my little sewing space and waited for the creative urge to grab me again. Everyone who took part in Did You Make That’s sew-a-long really did a fantastic job and there were some brilliant creations, most definitely a world away from the school uniform that gingham is always so closely associated with.
On Thursday Karen posted a little video of her drawing the winner from all the names in a hat and through some crazy streak of luck it was little old me! Having already won the fabulous fabric in the giveaway at the start this was a real surprise. Now to put any curious minds at rest Karen and I do not know each other and this was in no way a fix but I knew I wanted to share the winning goodies with the other entrants and quickly jotted down the list of prizes, splitting them up and Karen hastily drew another winner.
I’m not someone who finds a lot of luck comes her way. I work hard as a single mum of two but the sewing community is an inclusive and friendly one and to share such brilliant prizes was the best thing to do.
So what next? Well Autumn is definitely here so warmer, snuggly clothing is high on the agenda. I’m thinking of soft jersey, warm pyjamas and cosy scarves. I still have a second Scout tee on my table to finish and then will be making up a little denim pinafore for my girl. After those I’m thinking of long tunics and tights so will be hunting out a pattern for something for casual and everyday wear. Perhaps the Esme tunic from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style?
And now my boy is in full time school I should find myself with a little more time on my hands and have been thinking about how best to use it. There are billions of planners and day books out there for helping to organise your time and be more productive but most cost a pretty penny too so with a little research perhaps I can come up with something that will work for me and my two. I already have a printed monthly calendar pinned to my fridge (free printable from landeelu.com) but that doesn’t cover the day to day. I want to make sure J gets some one on one time to look at his school reading books or practice his writing and I’m thinking about maybe a swimming class for me and B. So maybe I need a plan to factor in all the things that need doing each week, cleaning, laundry, food shopping etc and finding the time to sew or connect with anyone out there reading this. What would be on your weekly list? Do you use a planner?
Finally, September has been the month of #SewPhotoHop, a creative daily picture challenge over on Instagram. Hosted by House of Pinheiro, there is a theme each day and you can get involved as much or as little as you want. At first glance I picked out 5 themes to join in with but have found myself joining in more and more as the month has gone on. There is so much to see and learn from this fantastically inspiring community so I really would recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.
According to reports this is the hottest September on record for quite some time and here in the South East we are certainly feeling it. With the temperature hovering around 31 degrees here when collecting my son from school today we headed to the closest McDonalds and all had a McFlurry to cool down! I certainly can’t remember it being this warm in mid September for a few years and while we generally love to be outdoors it is all a bit much!
So, if I’m going to be indoors I might as well be sewing right? I had the Oliver and S Ice Cream dress cut out last week but had yet to get started so having picked up some matching thread I got cracking! It’s a beautiful pattern with lined yoke, a little cut out neckline and front patch pockets. Having sewn so much gingham lately I did want to get it made up before my eyes went square so I omitted the notch in the neckline and skipped the pockets but I’m really happy with it.
I love that almost all the seams are enclosed which leaves you with a dress almost as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. Trying it for the first time it took a while to sew and being honest I had to grab the stitch ripper a couple of times but would be much faster a second time around! I love the Cotton and Steel Checkers fabric in this and it is beautifully matched with some Kona Sage.
So that’s my third entry into the Ginghamalong. I’m really pleased that I pushed myself a bit to try out new patterns with the fabric I won and it’s added to both mine and my little lady’s handmade wardrobe! I still have a little of this Story Blue check left but I think I’ll just hold on to it until I find another pattern to inspire me.
Despite the hot weather my inbox has been pinging away with emails from here and there beginning to show off Christmas fabrics and the collections this year are lovely. I already have my eye on these two! Maybe I’ll make up some matching Christmas jim jams for the kids and with my girl being a Christmas baby (December 23rd!!!) she will no doubt need a birthday outfit as well as something for Christmas day. Have you started your Christmas sewing yet? Any favourite patterns to share?
Riley Blake Pixie Noel
Dashwood Studios Festive Friends
Anyway, enough about Christmas – anyone for iced tea?
I am now about half way into my planned makes for the #Ginghamalong started by Karen over at Did you Make That.
My first was a Scout Tee (pattern from Grainline Studios). After a few less than perfect first tries with other patterns I did make a muslin first and it fit perfectly so I rushed right in and cut it out of the Cotton and Steele Gingham. This fabric is divine, almost has the feel of a flannel and you just know it will get softer and softer with each wear. I’m so happy with this shirt and have no doubt it will be one of my staple pieces going into Autumn. I have another two planned so once I’m finished gingham-ing I’ll be getting straight to them.
With a bit of thinking and careful cutting I managed to get a second top from my two metres of the blue gingham. I made up another Gemma Tank (from Made by Rae). This is another straightforward pattern but again I made a muslin first and was glad that I had. After switching to a bigger size and moving the bust dart a little I am much happier with the fit. I can certainly see this as another staple but the best weather is likely behind us now so I’ll save it until next year. It’s very similar to the Willow tank pattern but with thinner straps and an option of necklines along with a shirttail hem. I’m really pleased with the bottom hem on this one. I’ve struggled with curved hems so I sewed a quarter inch guideline and used that to turn the hem. It is given me a much neater and even hem so I’ll definitely try that again in future.
On the sewing desk now is another dress for my girl. I am using the Story Blue gingham to make her a dress. It’s all cut out and ready to go and with my boy now in school each morning I should be able to start sewing it up in the next few days. The Ice Cream Dress pattern is a lovely one from Oliver and S. The pattern is a little more on the pricey side but with sizes up to age 4 I think i’ll get my use from it. Hope it turns out as nice as it looks in my head.
You’d think with all these gingham pieces I’d be seeing squares by now, but being lucky enough to win the fabric I feel I should make best use of it so I have one or two accessories planned to finish things off. Fingers crossed I can get them all sewn up before the #ginghamalong ends on 13th September.