Summer sewing

Well, I did it again… a burst of writing enthusiasm and a long gap. Not to worry, that just seems to be how my mind works.

I’ve been sewing a lot after a break of a couple of weeks as the school year ended and with a week camping (for the 8th year in a row) in Keswick.

I started with shorts and t-shirts for the Smalls. They’ve both grown a lot and I’d had some fabrics stashed away so it was a good opportunity for some speedy sewing. I still need to sew in the elastic and waistbands! All these are hacks of a couple of patterns that I come back to time and time again.


My #2018makenine progress has been slow but I have managed this top, which I love.  The pattern is ‘Back is Back‘ by Vanessa Pouzet and is a bargain at just €4. The fabrics were both from John Lewis.  I particularly like the contrasting textures of turnout circles and dobby/ Swiss dot.


Can you have too many Breton stripes in your wardrobe? These organic cotton single jerseys from Fabworks proved irresistible and I’ve used the Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top and CocoWawa Crafts Mini Chestnut top patterns, with a few variations. It has been so warm that we haven’t worn them yet!


Summer trousers and shorts were next, plus a pretty McCall’s M7543 top from Love Sewing Magazine issue 54 in embroidered Kokka cotton (a clearance bargain at our local John Lewis department store). The linen fabrics are from Rainbow Fabrics Kilburn and The Shuttle. The Sunset shorts are from issue 5 of La Maison Victor and the Forsythe trousers from Blank Slate Patterns were my (late) #sewmystyle2018 make for July.

Last for now, but certainly not least, is my first swimsuit. I’ll write more about that in another post but here’s a first look at it. The pattern is Jamanota by Opian, a Swiss pattern company, and it comes with both French and English instructions.


Would you like some posts on efficient sewing and time saving tips? Having sewn for so long, I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way, and I’d welcome contributions from other stitchers too. ‘Bye for now!

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