Well #mmmay17 has certainly kicked off with a bang this week for all taking part! As this is my first time, I was keen to ensure I kept to my pledge and also to follow up each week with a ’roundup’ to evaluate what I’ve achieved or learnt from the process. Here is my first weeks instalment.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that not only did I wear ‘me made’ clothes for my pledged three days of the first week, but also managed to post a bonus day:
Although I have been sewing regularly for a few years now and am fairly confident in making tops, skirts and dresses, along with becoming braver with pattern drafting, the one item of clothing that I have not attempted are trousers. There are a few reasons for this. One, I am very bottom heavy, a pear shape if you will, resulting in my avoidance of making anything fitted out of fear it would become far to complicated. Two, not only am I ‘a pear’, I’m also very short – 5 ft 2 inches to be exact. This causes more fitting anxiety for me, to ensure I can scale down the trouser pattern without losing the shape. Of course all these concerns have been floating in my head for a while, making it even harder to take the trouser making plunge. Resistance however, was futile for someone who likes and wears jeans and trousers regularly.
This is my final part of my stash busting essential garment series. I can’t promise there won’t be more in the future – in fact you could lay money on the fact there will be, after all this is predominately a sewing blog!
I suppose my blog posts are currently like buses – you don’t see one for a while then three come in a week! Ha ha! Oh well, consistency hasn’t been my strong suit recently, but I’m feeling more in the sewing zone these past couple of weeks – even with the children being off school for their Easter break. Whilst I’ve loved having them home with me and will definitely miss them when they go back to school, I’m looking forward to more guilt free time in ‘bedroom 5’ – aka my sewing room.
To set the scene of this post, I am writing this from a small corner of a café in the local swimming pool, casually observing my youngest daughter and her friend having fun. I do laugh at myself sometimes at my choice of locations for impulsive blog post writing, but when you have the urge to write you have a duty to yourself to respond accordingly!
Now for part two of my bid to make handmade clothes for myself that can be incorporated in to my everyday wardrobe. I wanted to make a couple of camisole tops. As the warmer weather is starting to arrive and with a little taste of the lovely British summer at its best at the weekend, the need for lighter tops is becoming more of a necessity. I own a few RTW camisoles but wanted to add my own in to the mix. Continue reading “Stash Busting – Essentials Part 2”→
At last spring is here for good it seems! Last week was the first week of the Easter holidays for my children and I’m pleased to say the weather has been gorgeous. We have spent the week mostly on family days out, which has been so lovely as it seems such a long time since we’ve done that. I think Christmas was the last time. Now that the weather is more favourable and the early evenings lighter, we will do more together as it helps us to connect and feel more grounded in our busy lives.
In a bid to gain more vitamin D, we are tackling our overgrown garden this weekend as it’s going to be very warm indeed. Hoping to get it ship shape for the coming spring/summer months so we can enjoy our outdoor space together too. However, before I don my garden gloves and attire, I thought it was about time I did a blog post – sorry for the delay!
What a lovely spring day it is today. I decided this morning to get some fresh air and walk with my youngest daughter as she begins her day testing out a new school. Whilst there is a little nip in the air, it is sunny and warming on the face and a great vitamin D day! Sitting here in my sewing room, typing this post, the sun is coming through the window and I’ve even opened it ajar to feel the lovely spring air. Not sure if this picture shows that enough, but it’s the best I’ve got! Hope you feel in good spirits today too.
This post was meant to be posted yesterday, but my wifi was playing up and after a three hour slog involving unplugging and plugging wires, running up and down the stairs pressing buttons to try and connect, I got fed up and realised it was not meant to be. This morning has a positive feel to it and within 15 mins I got it working. Hurrah!
My post today is, hopeful, a helpful comparison of two craft fairs that I have attended since starting sewing three years ago. The first was the Handmade Fair last September, hosted at Hampton Court in Greater London and the second was last weeks Knitting & Stitching Show, held at the Olympia, West Kensington, London. Continue reading “The Handmade Fair v’s The Knitting & Stitching Show”→
Currently sitting in a hospital room with my poorly eldest daughter, in limbo, awaiting the hospitals next move, I thought I would do an impromptu blog post whilst all is calm and A is resting. It’s strange how we find ourselves in unusual situations, doing unexpected things isn’t it?
Obviously my mind is focused on A, but whilst she rests and to distract me from my worry, I’ve caught up on my blog post reading (limited however, as some blogs I access via Instagram and the hospital wifi seems to not like this particular social media platform!!)
One blog I read was from my newly found sewing friend Emma, from Emmaandhermachine. I do enjoy her posts as they are lighthearted but also very insightful in to her very new sewing journey. I am amazed at the amount of sewing she has done and her many amazing outfit achievements. It’s truely inspiring and she definitely inspires me. Continue reading “Partying hard at the #monetaparty! “→
Well hello there! How are you all today and what have you all been up to these past few weeks? I know, I know, I’ve neglected my blog recently and not done my weekly post’s for a while, but I’m back! Yay or maybe nay I hear you say?!?! Very poetic, but hopefully `yay’ is the general consensus on my return.
After a run of health related issues in my lovely little clan of five, some still continuing for two of us, we are slowly getting back on our feet. With that comes the energy and enthusiasm to finally start completing some of my WIP’s (‘work in progress’ for all you newbie’s to the crafty lingo and certainly not what you may have originally been thinking!). One WIP in particular has come together very nicely whilst having a very housebound February half term. For those of you who follow me on social media, you will know that I announced on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, that I had completed my free style knitting project last week. Continue reading “Preparation for Spring – Poncho Style!”→
I thought I would start February and this weeks post reflecting on how January turned out. As is the case for many, it started with resolutions made. For me that included starting a personal sewing blog, sewing more and making more use of my time. For the most part, resolutions achieved. I started my blog mid-way through January and as a result I am more focused on my sewing. However the ‘more use of time’ resolution has had its’ up moments and slight down moments. My plan was to feel more in control of my time, not just for sewing, but encompassing all things important in my life; my lovely husband and wonderful children, my wider family, close friends and other things I enjoy; like cooking, reading, dancing, walks and so much more, whether alone or sharing with others dear to me. Continue reading “Reflections, Pure & Simple”→
How cold was last week? I am definitely not cut out for the UK winters’. Damp, cold and miserable. Very envious of anyone who lives in warmer climates or those lucky enough to be on holiday in the warm. Any chance you could send some sun and an increase in temperature over here please?! The weather has certainly affected my sewing mo-jo, as my sewing room, positioned at the back of the house, has more external walls than internal. Even with a radiator and electric heater, it is very cold indeed! Cold hands – less sewing. Perhaps I need to invest in some finger-less gloves for times such as these, or knit myself a pair for next year? Cold weather calls for a lovely hand-kitted jumper and handmade fluffy wool coat and I have just the garments!
Hello again, here I am with another sewing make after what seems like a busy and very fast week. Already 2017 is speeding up and looks to be faster than ever for most of us, with little time to draw breath! A interesting, dramatic and saddening week Worldwide too with lots of discussion and views appearing in force on social media and beyond. Whilst I have my own thoughts and views on these events, I do feel that we should live very much in the present, balancing our minds and sharing what we feel positive about in our own lives. For me, I have been overwhelmed with the response from family, friends and new contacts in the sewing community, following the start of my blog nearly two weeks ago.
It’s quite a scary experience putting yourself out there and I was very nervous and self conscious about the whole thing, so far you’ve all made me feel very welcome. Thank you.
My first project of Jan 2017 is made and I have to say what a joy to make. I used the Sew Over It 1940’s Tea Dress PDF pattern, which is recommended for a intermediate sewer. I made the dress out of this beautiful teal patterned Liberty sandwashed silk, from Ray Stitch in London. I have had this in my stash since last summer and was waiting for the moment that I was brave enough to make something with it, without making a hash of it! This would have been criminal, not to mention an expensive mistake! So I waited patiently for a little bit of experience with similar floaty fabrics and silk. I will share some of those makes with you soon, which include a silk lined faux fur coat and my eldest daughter’s prom dress! Continue reading “First up – 1940’s Tea Dress”→
So, let’s kick the New Year and my new blog off with a projects board and plans for my January 2017 makes!
The project board in the picture, I made myself – please excuse the photography, I’m still learning! The board sits on my wall in my sewing room as a big reminder of what I’ve pledged to create. I used the projects calendar kindly issued by Sew DIY . I’ve found this useful as a focal point to draw my planned projects in to one list, with an order of which to start first etc. etc. Really useful tool, I recommend anyone planning their makes on a monthly basis to use this. Continue reading “New Year – New Projects”→
Hi, I’m Sarah and I’d like to welcome you to my sewing blog – Your Sew In Style!
Why start a sewing blog you may ask, well I have always been creative since being very small and was first taught how to sew and knit by my lovely Mum from a very young age. However, life took over and many years later (I wouldn’t like to say how many!), I started sewing again in my spare time, fitting it around working part-time and my three beautiful children. Continue reading “Introduction”→