March Makes

March was a busy month, starting with a visit to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia on a very snowy Thursday. Amazingly my travels went smoothly and I had a lovely afternoon catching up with creative friends. I bought just one piece of fabric  from Lisa Comfort’s new collection, which you’ll see shortly.

You may have already seen my Areli blouse by Republique du Chiffon and the Maven Patterns French Dart Shift for which I bought the pattern on  my second adventure, this time to Birmingham for the Sewing For Pleasure show at the NEC. I’d done some background work for a friend who had booked a stand and it was lovely to see my work in action. This time I bought rather a lot, including a metre of beautiful Lady McElroy cotton lawn from Doughtys, from which I’ve made a Simplicity 1364 blouse.


The Ultimate Culottes were released as the new Sew Over It PDF Club pattern for the month and I’ve sewed two pairs, one in wool (seen above) and one in Lisa Comfort’s new cotton lawn (Busy Blossoms) with a matching Silk Cami. 20180403_172637

We also had a family trio to Disney Dancing on Ice, thanks to Mr T.’s cousin! The Smaller Small asked for a green dress so that she could go as Merida from ‘Brave’. I bought some forest green ponte di Roma at B&M and sewed a lengthened and narrowed MadeIt Groove Dress with gold coloured fold over elastic at the neckline, and she loves it!


The Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top has become a wardrobe staple. It is quick ck to make and fits well, so I sewed another two to help me keep warm and replace some older, worn out tops. One is in a dark teal cotton/elastane jersey and one in an Avoca viscose jersey with a tiny shoe print from Fabworks.


Finally, my most complex make of the month was my Closet Case Patterns Kalle Shirt Dress. I chose a plain chambray from Fabworks so I could focus on the construction rather than worrying about pattern matching. I tried out the ‘burrito method’ of your construction and found great joy in a nestly sewn placket! One of the loveliest things about sewing challenges like #sewmystyle2018 is the sense of community and the opportunity to find and offer support and encouragement with each project.


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