Just updating my personal sewing diary.
Another thing about having a blog is actually having a photo of myself wearing the clothes which sometimes even includes a back view. There are very few photos of me except on this blog. That doesn't matter to me at all but it has been interesting to me to see what clothes , colours and styles might suit or not. Because that is another thing I am relatively clueless on -style etc. And until this blog I didn't actually know what my back view looked like ( and perhaps that is information that was better that way ) .
Last month I finished sewing another burda style henley T.
This was a sewing project that I needed , not just wanted. A basic cream T .
The fabric is a fine ribbed knit bought on a lovely fabric buying day in November 2013 with the lovely girls from the monthly sewing group ( sadly this year it has been an annual sewing group for me ) . The month before had been a stashbusting sewing month - pure genius ! The fabric was from Rathdowne Remnants and the first piece I have made up from that day ! I thought it would be difficult fabric to handle because it is so fine but it sewed up quite easily and I was delighted there was just enough to make another kwik sew singlet as well - hence the two for one blog title .
Saturday, 8 August 2015
Thursday, 11 December 2014
|Kwik Sew 2848|
|Kwik Sew 2875|
|Kwik Sew 2875|
Both patterns are Kwik Sew . I sew a lot with these although I don`t actually own a great number because I just keep on reusing them . I was reading Paolo`s blog post about her disappointment in sewing a McCalls Jacket and I was nodding along because I had the same experience in sewing a McCalls twinset using some really lovely ( read expensive ) boucle knit and it ended up being so boxy and large and shapeless . I was so disappointed but wore it anyway because I adored the fabric. And then I discovered Pattern Review and the site highly recommended a few Kwik Sew patterns so I bought a couple on the strength of that and what a discovery. I was so happy with the fit and the shaping and hence I am always keeping a lookout for patterns I like.
The striped hoodie uses Kwik Sew 2848 on the left above and some sturdy rugby type knit( love the colours ) . I modified the pattern by adding welt pockets and a contrast trim along the front of the hoodie extending down the front bodice slit. This is only the second time I have made welt pockets so I practiced a few times with scraps and they looked very nice thank you very much . So I proceeded with my real fabric and managed to insert them upside down ! Luckily the pocket bag fabric is very soft and flexible so it doesn`t really matter but I it means I have to continue on my journey on making that mythical perfect garment .
The navy blue and `sea foam ` cardy hoodies use Kwik Sew 2875 and both are sweater ( jumper ) type knits . I added some bias binding along the front edges but otherwise sewed them up as is. Very simple pattern and very easy. I don`t really knit so I love sewing `knitted` garments. I used to be a bit scared of using sweater type knits but I have practiced several times using opshop and in the case of the sea foam cardy very cheap ( read nasty ) spotlight stuff . Kwik Sew 2875 came with a bonus camisole/singlet pattern which is excellent +++. I wear these all the time so am glad to have a great pattern which will be useful in using up scraps.
|Kwik Sew 2875|
I`m not normally a hoodie type person but you know they are great for covering up bad hair days ( basically everyday for me ) and adding a little extra warmth or even sun protection when needed so really are very useful garments.
Ok now I only have four more completed garments to catch up on.
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Recently I attended a Girls Night Out and included were talks from a McGrath breast care nurse and a lifeline counsellor. The take home message from the counsellor was the importance of self care.
I absolutely agree . Some women equate self care with being selfish. Self care is important at all stages of our lives whether we are students , new mothers , working women etc.
My husband and children sometimes encourage me to buy new clothes. Like other sewers my interest in shopping has waned although I appreciate the eye candy and potential inspiration. For me though self care involves not buying new clothes but not feeling guilty in getting rid of old ones. I often keep clothes way past their best. So with this sage self -care advice fresh in my mind I did some stash busting and sewed up a pair of new pajama pants and a singlet and promptly got rid of the old ones before I could change my mind.
I think as sewers we have a fair idea about self care ( unless we are constantly sewing for others) and it is just another one of the multitude of reasons why sewing is such a lovely hobby .
So here`s to daily self -care . Cheers Janine.