McCalls 7193

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It has been another of those weeks where I feel like I’ve been running around like a mad woman but I don’t seem to have achieved a lot.  Where does the time go?  With it being Easter I’ve had the week off from work and yet the more spare time I have to myself the more things randomly appear to fill it up.  Does anyone else find the same thing happens to them?

On the plus side I did eventually manage to complete a top from another new pattern, McCalls 7193 (new for me, not necessarily newly released).

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Greenstyle Laurel tunic in Liberty jersey

On Friday the sun put in a rare appearance, indeed I would go so far as to say it was almost warm.  Now most ‘normal’ people would think things like ‘lovely, I’ll go for a walk’ or ‘a perfect day for gardening.’ But not me, my first thought was ‘who can I drag outside to take photos of my new top?’  I eventually persuaded (ok bribed is more accurate) son no. 2 to take a few for me.  But darn, the sun was so bright that most of them were over exposed and I had to resort to getting the rest taken inside.  But no matter, needs must.

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My new top – a bit meh!

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I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working really hard on a new pattern, two muslins, lots of fitting adjustments, beautiful Liberty tana lawn and the final garment is meh.  Although it is perfectly wearable I’m just not happy with the finished result and it has really knocked my sewing mojo.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels disappointed when something that you’ve poured my heart and soul into just doesn’t turn out as well as you expected.  I am struggling to get the confidence back to try another new pattern as it takes so much work to get a good fit and yes, I have a number of T&T patterns now in my array but there is something about wanting to keep learning, improving my skills and of course playing with new shinies (patterns).  Can I ask how you deal with the disappointment when a garment you have worked so hard on doesn’t turn out how you envisaged?


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The Sarah Shirt

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As soon as I saw the new pattern release from By Hand London, the Sarah Shirt, I knew that it was destined for my shopping basket, nothing was going to stop me from buying it.   Sometimes I will have an internal debate with myself where that sensible part of my brain will shout ‘you don’t need another pattern’ but it never really makes enough of an impact to stop my fingers hovering very long over the ‘buy now’ button.


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My first garments as a returnee sewer

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I wasn’t really sure whether to blog about the following two blouses and the longer I’ve left it the more I’ve debated shelving the post and moving onto more recent makes.  The reason for my dilemma is that I made these blouses all the way back last summer so it feels like a bit of a cheat writing about them now, almost 7 months later.   Not only that, but the lilac blouse was the very first garment I made when I returned to sewing last year after a 30 year break.  Even though I had sewn a lot in the past, such a long break meant that I was pretty much a newbie, I could remember almost nothing about sewing or how to put a garment together.  Having said that, now I look at the photos (and the blouse) I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.


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A parade of Washington dresses

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When the Washington dress pattern was first released I wasn’t 100% sure if I could see myself wearing it but as a loyal Cashmerette fan I had to buy it on the day of its release.  I hung onto the pattern for a couple of weeks until a few blog posts started to appear and I could start to visualise how the dress might work for me.

My first version of the Washington was made in 100% ponte, I skipped the woven skirt (blog post here)  As soon as I put the dress on for the first time I knew it was going to become a wardrobe staple.

My teal ponte version did come out a little on the large side, a combination of me picking the wrong size and also changing the woven skirt out for a knitted ponte.  So for my second version (blog post here) I went down a size, added in a full bottom adjustment and shortened the bodice by 1 inch.  I was really pleased with the fit and there began my love affair with the Washington.

During the last two weeks I have made up four new versions and I already have another two cut out waiting to be sewn ……….

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Lady Skater dress in purple

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With less than three weeks to go until The Big Cruise (Southampton UK to San Francisco) I’m starting to panic that I haven’t made enough dresses.  Not only will I need day wear but also evening wear – even if I don’t go to the posh black tie evenings I know I will still want to dress up a little for dinner.

And to make it even more complicated, we will be leaving the UK slap bang in the middle of winter with temperatures around freezing, then sailing into warmer climates until we hit Barbados which apparently has an average temperature of 29 degrees that time of year.  We then carry on to Mexico (average 23 degrees) ending up in SF which should be about 13 degrees.  After short stops at Los Angeles and Las Vegas we round off the holiday in Washington DC – which I am led to believe will be very cold in February.  So not only do I need day and evening wear, I need a Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter wardrobe – eek!

Anyway, with that in mind, my latest make is my first Lady Skater dress from Kitschy Coo.   I’ve seen so many gorgeous Lady Skater dresses around the blogosphere that I just wanted to make one myself.   I really love my Moneta dress but the gathers make me feel that it is more suited to wearing in the daytime.  Whereas I can imagine myself wearing the Lady Skater not only during the day but also dressing it up with a nice jacket for the evening– in fact, I wore this dress last week with my purple Morris jacket and I felt very smart.


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Washington Dress in Teal

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When the new Washington Dress pattern and photos were released on Monday I thought how gorgeous the three models (including Jenny) looked in their versions of the dress.  However, I’m in my early 50s and I just couldn’t picture me wearing anything like the designs being shown.  But I am a true Cashmerette fan and I adore the Appleton dress so I had to order a copy of the pattern even if, at the time, I wasn’t sure I would actually make it myself.

Luckily Elaine quickly posted a review and photos of some of her Washington Dress makes – a gorgeous lacy top version and a two pattern hacked tunics.

Elaine is in a similar age demographic to myself and once I had seen her versions I realised that I could make this dress work for me.  Hooray to all of the other bloggers out there who take the time and effort to show what they have made.  I find it really helps me to see the endless possibilities of any particular pattern


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Appleton with cherries

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I have a busy week ahead of me, supper out tonight with friends, a WI committee meeting tomorrow night, on Friday I have more friends over and then I’m out again for supper on Saturday.  This isn’t normal I assure you – much as I love eating and spending time with friends, I’d soon put on even more weight if I kept up this pace every week.

Even though I have a growing wardrobe of me-made clothes, whenever I’m due to meet up with friends I get this over riding urge to make something new to wear.  Now, that in itself isn’t so bad but for some reason, as sod’s law would predict, it doesn’t matter how many times you have made something, the Sewing Gods of Doom will know you are time limited and decide to play tricks on you.  I really should learn from experience, plan ahead and not leave things until the last minute!  Am I the only one who does this?


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