Asymmetrical navy fun with Vogue V9186

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I’m the first to admit that I have been pretty ropey on the blogging version of sew & tell lately. That’s because I haven’t actually had loads to share. But boy, have I got a great one for you today (even if I do say so myself)! I absolutely love this funky little number, which is a very unusual twist on a nautical theme.
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Things I’ve learnt in July

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Would you believe it? It’s only the 8th of August and I’m ready to publish the month round-up post! I’m getting the hang of this, folks!

After a really long travel to Chester to meet some of the Season 3 sewing bees for our annual reunion, I’m up and early to publish this at long last. We had the most amazing day mooching through Abakhan in Mostyn (Paul is a regular tutor and demonstrator there). I might have came back with a ginormous bag of fabric that I may or may not have where to store in my sewing room *blushes*. It’s always so great seeing my fellow sewing room veterans and we always have such a blast reminiscing and sharing sewing war stories.

I digress! Back to the round-up… July has been a very frustrating month! Loads of sewing, very little to show for and still haven’t finished my pink culottes or the second iteration of Gingers I started ages ago… I did finally finish the silk jacket for my mother in law, which pretty much took all my sewing time this month. And I made a really cool and funky dress for a collaboration which will be unveiled soon. But yeah, my head is still bursting with unsewn ideas and the summer is almost over, not that we got much of that as it was… *pulls hair*.

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My first fully lined jacket

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July has been heavy on the sewing but unfortunately, a tad light on the finished garments front. That is because I was working on a more complicated unselfish sewing project, which was full of firsts for me, so I had quite a big learning curve to deal with, plus a very active social life, which didn’t help very much either. But all ended well, so I can go back to selfish sewing and some show & tell for you soon!

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Things I’ve learnt in June

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Hello, darlings, how is summer treating you? As I hope you might have noticed, I’ve taken a bit of break from blogging, partially because I was on holidays for a few weeks, and partially because I came back so relaxed that I just could not gather the willpower to get back into my regular posting. But this one is long overdue, so I thought I’d better sort it out before it’s time for the July one.

Although you wouldn’t think it from my silence, June has been quite busy on the sewing front. I didn’t have much success of actually completing stuff, other than the jersey & lace top I posted about here, but I have learned some of the best tricks & techniques I ever came across. It is all thanks to the fabulous Sara Alm and her Craftsy classes, one of which I have reviewed here and the other one soon to come.

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[Review] Mastering Construction – Zippers & Waistbands (Craftsy class)

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After a fairly productive week of sewing, I had a beautiful pair of pink culottes to show you. Unfortunately, I wore them to work on Friday and managed to spill something down the front and they were no longer blog pictures worthy. So I am changing the tactic and bringing you the review of the class that gave me some very useful tips to make said culottes.

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View from the top

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My life is full of trousers in various stages of completion at the moment. I have taken a break from jeans making with a bit of culottes making, and a break from that with a top, which I thought will be a quick make. But since we’re talking Burda Style here, of course it was anything but. However, still a nice little top to show for it, plus a really cool photo shoot on top of the Shard to delight you with.

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Things I’ve learnt in May

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So I’m a bit late again with these post, but I’m not giving up… By the end of the year, I’ll get back on track, somehow…

I still haven’t gotten over how quickly May has gone by. It’s like I blinked and I missed it… And unfortunately, not a lot of sewing got done either, so I will keep this one short and sweet, with only one point this month.

I have been making my second pair of Ginger Jeans in May (still not finished, let’s not talk about it). The first time around I had a lot of issues with the  topstitching thread and ended up using two strands of normal thread through the eye of the needle at the same time. Details here.

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Pretty Bees with cherries on top

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Hi guys, what glorious weather we’ve been having! And to make everything even better, the Great British Sewing Bee is coming back on the 16th of May! That is why I have interrupted the regular scheduling (a post on my wool pin striped culotte) with a Sewing Bee related summer dress that I got to go to the park and take pics of without accessorising it with purple lips and gooseflesh.

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Why I’m not taking part in MMM’16

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I’ve been umming and errring about Me Made May 2016 quite a lot. I saw a lot of people make their pledges in the sewosphere and kept thinking I should do it too. I enjoyed taking part last year, but I also found it quite pressurising, especially the instagramming daily outfits part. I know this is not the point, but I felt that I should or otherwise it would not count.

So it’s May 1st today, I am visiting my family in Denmark and I have not worn a single me-made item, though I do have something in my suitcase. I think it was a bit out of protest, or being contrary.

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An Inari Tee with pin stripes & pleather

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Hi guys, hoping all is well in your sewing and non sewing worlds… I’m stupidly busy at work at the moment, so not a lot of sewing time, but I did manage to squeeze a few more projects to sew & show you before the end of April.

As I anticipated in the previous post, I did end up making more Inaris, this time the top version, with a few alterations. It was meant to be a quick project, but it took me a bit longer than I thought. On the plus side, I do love the outcome and already wore it 4 times since I finished it last Saturday. So here she is, my baby Inari top!

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Tiger Inari T-shirt dress

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Hi there, sewing boys and girls, hope you’re enjoying yourselves wherever you are! I am certainly having a good time writing this post on a train to Leeds, on my way to a fantastic sewing for charity event that’s happening tomorrow and Tuesday. Read more on Making for Charity’s Facebook page if you’re curious and if you’re local, come and say hello!!

In the meantime, please allow me to entertain you with a new completed sewing project, and ooh boy, there haven’t been that many of those lately…  I did get to do a bit more sewing in April, so a few new things for me to wear for Me Made May, which I will photograph and blog about shortly (here’s hoping!). (more…)

Best steam generator irons for sewing – Please advise

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I’ve been a really good girl and managed to make some savings in the past few months, must be all those clothes I’m not buying – oh wait, I spent that on fabric already *blushes in embarrassment*. Anyway, last month I was pressing a silk blouse and my otherwise fairly ok iron, a Tefal, spat out hot water like the devil and left a fab imprint of watermarks in the shape of iron holes. So this made me think I should maybe look for a new iron, or, even better, a steam generator iron, otherwise know as a pressure (or boiler) iron.

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Things I’ve learnt in March

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Hi everyone, how’ve you been?

As my little title picture might suggest, there is some sort of spring feeling, at least from an astronomical perspective, if not meteorologically just yet… Here’s hoping, though, especially now that we’ve changed to British summer time!

On the other hand, March has passed so quickly, and sadly, very little sewing has taken place in my atelier… So this post might end up being a bit more of a travel log than a sewing related round-up, but hope you’ll still find something to enjoy…

So here are some of the the highlights of this month.

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A perfect spot – Raglan Tunic Dress

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Hello sewosphere, guess who is back? Back from holidays, that is, and with a horrendous case of the blues… Lisbon was lovely, with blue skies and sangria in the sun, and coming back into the middle of Storm Katie did nothing to ease me back into everyday life…

In any case, on the sewing front, I can report some great bargain fabric purchases in Lisbon, and slowly, very slowly getting my sewjo back. I have sewn nothing in March, which is actually a bit worrying for me. In part, it was due to a lot of travelling for work and our holidays in Portugal, but I also acquired two UFOs, which is very unusual for me. I really need a quick and dirty project to get me out of the slump…

But in the meantime, I do have something to show you, a dress I absolutely love and have already worn a dozen times, but somehow didn’t get a chance to photograph yet. It was like a curse, every time I wanted to do it, something came up: bad weather, hangovers and just not being home in the daylight. I even took it with me to Portugal, but it rained on the day I had planned for pics. GRRR! So I just took some boring pics in my living room today, taking advantage of a break in the clouds and rain for some reasonable daylight.

So here goes, my perfect spotted raglan tunic dress…

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The joys of free motion sewing

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I was telling you in my last post that during the last week-end in February, I was invited to attend a free motion sewing course at Joy to Create in Hampshire. Well, I finally got a chance to tell you more about this really great experience and the amazing people at Joy to Create.

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Things I’ve learnt in February

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Hello sewosphere! Another month of 2016 has elapsed, albeit a shorter one this time. On the plus side, it’s maybe taking us a bit closer to spring, on the downside, I’m not feeling very optimistic with all the negative temperatures we’ve been experiencing since the beginning of March.

Hope you will forgive me for being a bit late with the monthly ‘learnings’ post for February, because of loads on travelling for sewing, family occasions and work. I’m actually writing this from Copenhagen, where I’m visiting my family to celebrate my mum’s birthday (a bit more on that below).

So, without further ado, here are the things I’ve learned in February…

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