My Shopping List: Sewing Patterns

So I’m guessing you know what this is all about then!  The last month I’ve been adding up a range of patterns that I quite like to own.  And instead of having loads of tabs open on my laptop, I thought it would be quite cool to pop them into a blog post and share them with you (also I can close some tabs since I have a record of them, ha ha!). Who knows when I’ll get round to them, but they would be nice to have.

 

First up, is the newest pattern company that I’ve come across and that’s Sew Different. I’ve already mentioned the Everyday Chic Dress pattern in the blog post that I purchased at the #knitnstitchshow via Emma Garry but had my eyes on the cocoon jacket too.  I like the fact the go up past an UK size 18 to fit my oh so roomy hips in!

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Then we have another coat and that’s from Sew Over It –  The Chloe Coat.  Looking at my Instagram feed, there’s been a few good ones and I’m really inspired to do one. Also, the big plus is that if you buy the pattern you get an online class to keep you right (honestly I’m not on commission) so it’s ticking all the right boxes.  I really would like to make a coat, this might be the right one to start with!

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Another SOI pattern is the “Silk Cami“.  I love the simplicity of the top – and it looks like a winner in my book for summer tops or a little black number for a night out. It’s in PDF form to purchase but that won’t stop me now that I’ve figured out a low-cost printing place, which you can read all about here!

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Closet Case Patterns has been getting my attention of recent, with two of their patterns. One is the Ebony Dress which looks delightful in Scuba (one of these fabrics that I haven’t quite got round to playing with, yet!).  The high-waisted Ginger jeans are ticking my “oooh” box!  I’m tempted to but another coat? I really shouldn’t (The Clare Coat is amazeballs), but I think you know what’s going to happen, don’t you?!

 

 

Next, we have The Avid Seamstress with their Day Dress pattern.  Again I’ve been Instagram inspired … It’s getting as bad as Pinterest!!

 

Another pattern which I’ve been going back to is the Paola Top from Named Clothing.  I really like this staple wardrobe top.  And it looks like a quick make.

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Coco from TATB is another one I keep looking at.  One reason, in particular, is the Cowl neck – I’m in love with it and it looks splendid in the dress form.

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So I think (I’m sure I’ve left something out!!) that’s the list.  I won’t be getting them all at once because that would be silly and the bank manager would be taking my card off me!

Let me know if you have tried any of these patterns (I’m sure you have!) and tell me how you found them – it would be really nice to hear from you.

Happy pattern stashing!

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no I’m not on commission (ie I’m not being sponsored)!

Sew Local: Sew Yarn Crafty, Dunfermline

For those who know me, I like to venture out into the unknown, especially when it comes to fabric shops.

It’s also been awhile since I did a shop too.  I like this series because It helps other find fabric shops they may not know about too.

How did I find out about Sew Yarn Crafty?  Well, it was actually a customer at my now old work.   He basically told me to go and check it out!  I’m glad he did.

Based, in the town centre (on the pedestrianised part, don’t let google take you on a wild goose chase!) Sew Yarn Crafty was Dunfermline Sewing Machines and is now the new owner.  They re-opened late last year after gutting and refurbishing the premises.

It’s a nice wee shop.  Stop there.  Appearances can be deceiving!  Yes, it looks small from the outside but not only a ground floor but this shop has a basement too!

It certainly is, very contagious!
Sew Yarn Crafty stocks Tilly And The Buttons patterns – which is a tick in my book.  They have a small selection of fabric for both dressmaking and craft.  I’m going to say small because it was.  The haberdashery is very well laid out and the button selection is enormous.

Step inside to sewing Narnia!
Tilly and the Buttons pattern galore!
They also sell sewing machines, Janome, Singer and Brother were the ones on display.

Did I buy anything?  Eh, that’s a silly question.  It would be rude not too!

TATB Agnes pattern, trimming, dungaree buckles & some rather cute otter fabric!
Cute as a button: Otters!
It’s a cute wee shop. Maybe out of the way for me but a lovely addition to the high street. There’s plenty of parking in the car parks surrounding the shop.  If you need a cuppa and cake after spending some dosh, there are the usual chains and some niche indie cafes.

Sew Yarn Crafty is also on Facebook.

Emma

 Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and pretty please ask for permission before using any of my photos – ta! 

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Edinburgh 

Flipping heck! What a wave of fresh air in fabric gooeyness.

I’m feeling very happy with all my purchases and date I say it I could have bought so much more but resistance was in control. (Thank heavens as I would have bought double the amount of fabric!).

It’s the second year for the show in Edinburgh and I think it was better even though I noticed a couple of stalls not being there from last year (yes, I did miss them!) but hey, you can’t have it all.

My TATB Cleo is getting her grand day out!

Ready, Set, GOOOO!
 

Lots and lots of stalls!

I bought three fabrics from fabrics galore!
The grey textured fabric is for a Saunio Cardigan.  The flamingoes and the black & white fabrics are for M7094.
I chatted to Lauren of Guthrie & Ghani and watched her demonstrate top tips at the creative living theatre on sewing with stretch and jersey fabrics.  I also bought a lovely viscose.

 

Lovely soft viscose, destined for the McCalls 7094!

The lovely Lauren, demonstrating with stretch and knit fabrics!
Ben (@Sewcialogist) gave me some helpful hints regarding the collar in M7094 using the Viscose and how to use the Prym “Wash off Tape” instead of using pins or basting/tacking, which is a winner in my book (I hate tacking).  He was wearing his newly made shirt, which was perfect on G&G’s stall.   The viscose is a long term staple of G&G too, so it’s good to know that lots of people have bought this!

I wasn’t alone for long as I met Shirley (@Beatgirl9091) and Lesley (@sew_sleep_deprived) – because I arrived at 10 am ready for the doors opening and did two circuits of all the stalls.  looking back I should have looked at the needlework exhibition in that time, but hey ho.  Whilst I did two circuits of the stalls I totally missed Girl Charlee stand.  Luckily Lesley and Shirley informed me – I am a numpty! And, yeah that would be rude not to check it out.

And yes I bought lovely some lovely cotton jersey from Girl Charlee!  In fact the same as Shirley – as I ❤️ teal too!

But it’s not all fabric, as I picked up the very cute pattern from the Emma Garry stall – it wasn’t a hard sell as Emma was wearing it herself and it was a beautiful version with some classy hacks! I’ve never heard of Sew Different Patterns before, have you? Let me know if you’ve tried any of the patterns! Emma Garry is based in Yorkshire and runs classes as well as designs and sells patterns.

It’s definitely a better show than last year. Maybe TATB and Sew Over It could make the journey as we’d love to see you up here!

This year was definitely busy than last year but there wasn’t any pushing or elbowing to get to any stalls from anyone. Plus there was plenty of lovely fabrics left from all the stalls. I think I will be getting one or two more from Fabrics Galore that I fell in love with!

 

A new Cleo in Arrows?

Amy – Collette’s’ sorbetto?
And if you think that was all the fabric I added to my next shopping list, think again because I spotted more whilst I was at the M stall … cue fabrics from Montreux Fabrics that will also somehow magically appear into my stash soon!

 

My TATB Cleo had her grand day out and I got so many lovely 😊 comments on her! We all know we are our own worst critic but I’m truly humbled to receive so many nice comments on my first Cleo.


But in the evening at home, I must have pulled the dress at the buckle bit and it’s torn!! I’m distressed 😩- s7&*!!! 

Should I patch it and reinforce it with interfacing and then add a bit of material to both sides to avoid this happening to the other side?  I will have to get another stud as the current one has ripped through the fabric 😩.  Any help on this matter will be gratefully received. B&££#%!!!

Moving on quickly to avoid me get all angry on (I am 😤) that matter would be a good idea.

So did I enjoy the show?

You betcha! I sure did! Meeting Lauren and Ben at the Guthrie & Ghani Stall was total amazeballs, as was spending the afternoon with Shirley and Lesley – they made me have a good chuckle! I wish I had a bigger budget for all the material that I walked away from but I now have regrets about not buying it but then again, if I did I would regret being skint for the rest of the frigging month!

I can’t wait until next years show! Eeeek, what will it bring?

Emma

Disclaimer: All views are my own! Please ask if you want to use my photos – Cheers!

Anything in Pink is Instagram names!

Aprils’ Feast || Patterns || Great for us girls that have curves!

So whilst doing a very quick scroll on the Fold line site’s Pattern reviews, I came across a review for designer stitch’s Tunic.  Not having heard of Designer Stitch, I quickly gave it a google expecting the worst (the sizes only go up to a 16, meaning some serious grading up) but I was pleasantly surprised.  And if you haven’t heard of them yet – great something new to you too!

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Designer Stitch is definitely ticking boxes with the size range – from UK size 6-26 and wait for it, A0 options for printing at the copy shop.

I’m liking the look of the “Gypsy Tunic dress” as it’s somewhat very similar to the Sew house Seven’s “Bridgetown Dress”.  It fact the back detail is the only difference at first glance.

Then I spot the “Alyse Slim Leg Pant” whilst skimming through the other (many patterns ladies!), could these be an alternative to sizing for the SOI “Ultimate Trousers”? OMG!!

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They definitely look like they can be made in cotton span and stretch denim and if I make them into a cropped length, then they would be perfect for summer.

This could be dangerous. VERY dangerous!  I think I may have cracked out a maaahhhhhovsive can of worms on this one!

I think next month I’m going to be doing one or two PDF purchases from Designer Stitches shop, the problem is narrowing it down – ARGGGHHHH.

My pattern collection is getting huge …

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own – mwah! xx

PDF’s| To Stick or Print?

When it comes to sticking PDF’s together, this is what my mind feels like do to it as I feel it cuts into my sewing time!

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Don’t worry no food processor has been harmed. So far!

For all you lovely sewist like me who love the instantness of hitting a (or few!) button and having a beautiful PDF pattern all ready to go but have the fear or dread of sticking the recchit thing together, look no further as I have found a low-cost answer!

Recently I posted on Instagram, looking for recommendations to print my ever growing PDF’s (one of them is a Colette Moneta and another is the SOI Nancy Dress) and I got a lot of interest (THANKYOU!), some of you lovelies followed hoping to get some PDF Print love too.

One reply, in particular, was from @sio_sews:

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Yeap, curiosity got the better of me and before I knew it I had carefully selected 10 files to print and hit ‘ORDER’ on www.netprinter.co.uk.

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I selected A0 Plan printing unless the pattern instructions said otherwise.  It’s 75p per A0 sheet.  Because the PDF’s are in black in white it’s very much like an architect’s technical drawing and should never be priced as a poster print – if you are then it’s quite frankly daylight robbery!  I did study interior design so I know what a technical drawing is like and a PDF pattern is just like this apart from it’s the blueprint for dressmaking.

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Remember and allow for VAT and standard delivery!  They add on at the end.  You can get them rolled but only if you select Next Day delivery and specify in the “special instructions” box as you order if you want them rolled.

For standard delivery, it’s £3.00 and it takes 2-3 days to arrive.

I am very happy with the packaging that it came in and the excitement of trying to get into the sellotape was heightened with squeals of joy!

 

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Very well packaged!
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Lots of patterns, ready to cut!
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Fan em’ out!

Would I recommend www.netprinter.co.uk?

 

Eh, Hell yeah! I had a couple of questions so queried them via email and got a very prompt and helpful reply.  From start to finish the service and the product are tip top!

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So there you go … There’s my pattern PDF adventure and long may it continue!

Happy no-sticking A4 pages together anymore!

Emma

DISCLAIMER:    This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own!  Photos’s are copyright so please do ask permission if you would like to use them – Cheers!

Sewn | Cleo | #makenine

Well, I’ve finally gone and finished (finally!) Cleo!

Yay!

Ok I know, I’m slow but I kinda just take my time and I’m at class so I have a teacher keeping me right!

So I’m hoping that this finished result will give me a good confidence boost  (like a vitamin boost) which will push me into starting another of my #makenine’s.

So I’m thinking you want to see me in my Cleo, yeah?


 

However, there were some adjustments …

1.0 I graded the pattern up so it could fit my roomy hips.

1.1 Whilst grading up, I failed at grading up the facing so there was a slight hiccup there and I amended that, with thanks to Abby, my sewing teacher!

1.2 Although I triple checked measurements for hips it was quite loose in that area once all sewn up, so we decided to insert some elastic to get a better fit.

1.3 I noticed the buckles are slightly too small for the straps on this one, so I’ll either make the straps narrower or just get wider buckles for the next one.

So there you go, that’s the first of my #makenine done, only another 8 to go.

Still to finish off Simplicity 4789 but hopefully, that will take 2 classes with Abby and then I can show you that once finished.

Whilst I’m finishing off Simplicity 4789, I’ll be cutting out Vogue’s 1353 and a couple of Seamwork’s numbers.  Mesa and Sorbetto are hot on my list.  The Granville Skirt and McCall’s Top are both on the cutting block too.  I think April is going to be that month when things happen!

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Here’s to a busy April/May!  Must go and get sewing!


Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own!

Made it: 1920’s style!

So I was invited to a 1920’s murder mystery that took place last weekend.

I scoured the internet for some sort of 1920’s dress but then remembered I had a lovely lace dress that I bought from Monsoon so that was that sorted.

Then the necklace and feather boa came from WM Armstrong store which hosts a selection of great vintage wear. The pearl necklace,  I found at the Grassmarket Armstrongs and the Black Boa in the Clerk Street store.

Tempted to buy a fake cigarette and holder and long black gloves but I held off. The thought of more fancy dress never to be worn or used again was too much!

For the head-dress, I decided to make it. YES, you read right!

I found this tutorial, which kept me right for the basics – Head Dress Tutorial

From Remnant Kings, I bought some stretch sequin trim. Abby, my sewing teacher kindly gave me three peacock feathers to complete the look.

It was a pretty quick process and one I’m quite happy with. I stitched the feathers in with thread and a small piece of stretch sequin to stop the bottom of the feathers from scratching my forehead. I think it took my roughly half an hour to complete it and finish it, which a huge jump from any of my current makes!

*Disclaimer:

  • Please don’t use any photos without consent from myself- ta!
  • All opinions are my own!

Favourite Blogs: March

Blimey, March has come up all rosy with these crackers!

 

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I’m pretty sure I found all of these whilst on The Fold Line website.  The Fold Line itself is a great encyclopaedia for us sewists, I keep finding loads on the forum.  It’s something I’d recommend to anyone who sews as most questions have been asked and answered!

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http://beebeeshandmadedress.blogspot.co.uk/  – I can’t remember why I clicked but I’m sure happy I did as a Seamwork “Mesa” was reviewed and shown off by the lovely Stevie.  It’s been one of the Seamwork patterns that have been on my radar and really must get down as I’m sure Little Miss Lorraine has done one as well and it looks so good!

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https://sewinprogress.com/2017/02/25/the-saunio-cardigan/ – As you can see the title just cries out with the saunio cardigan!  Ha Ha and I’m not quite sure if you know that I wasn’t particularly blown away at first.  Well that changed, thanks to this version and a whole lot of other versions of Saunio.  I love her layout of her blog as well.

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https://stitchingupparisblog.wordpress.com/tours/ – Who wouldn’t run around in sheer hyper happiness shouting “yes, Yes YES” to Fabric tours in Paris?  Personally, I love a macaron, but combining a tour with fabric and Paris is sheer amazing in my books … I wonder who many pennies I would have at the end of one of these tours?  Probably zilch! I better started saving if I want to go!

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Keep stitching!

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own.

Stitching & Sewing Show, Glasgow SEC

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Today alongside @Mrs.f_72, @Beatgirl9091 & @louswlinwood (all on Instagram), I visited the Stitching & Sewing Show at the SEC, Glasgow.

 

Just one of the many stalls!

The advanced technology for tickets after showing the Groupon voucher!!
Mmmmm, for sewists there was not a lot of garment fabric stalls.  In fact, 3 at the most (if you are darn lucky) would be thumbs up for us dressmakers.

Grrrr.  There are just too many card-making stalls considering the title of the show – EH STITCHING & SEWING??? To top it off there weren’t very many quilting stalls either.  Ok maybe I’m being brutal here but seriously I wasn’t impressed.

First off, we sat down and watched the demo for the Lutterloh System, which I’m keen to learn more about after being nominated for being part of the demo using only my hip and bust measurements (thanks for that @beatgirl9091 😉 ).

Using my Bust and Hips measurements for the Lutterloh System

Ohhhh patterns, lots of patterns!
I would love to speak to a real person, not just a product demonstrator about the system and if they think it’s value for money.  If you have it and use it, please drop me an email or PM me on Instagram – I’d like to ask you a few questions!

Thanks to Shirley for the photo!

Then we wondered for up and down the stalls having a wee look.

We all then stopped for lunch feeling rather peckish.  I didn’t even notice the time, me thinking it’s like 11 but no it was 1 pm!  I had a drink of juice and ate the cake I devoured and saved from yesterday’s retirement lunch.  I should in fact of ate my sandwiches that I made up – oh well! Don’t worry, they didn’t go to waste as I ate them when I got home!

After a nibble, we then did the rest of the stalls which was half exhibition space and stalls. Here we found another two stalls that did dressmaking fabrics and not just cotton for quilters.  One (dots n stripes) did a good range of jerseys and other fabric. Check out the sparkling flamingo jersey and the cute ribbons!

Yes, this was all Jersey! And it was all rather gorgeous quality! I’m quite astonished I did go mad!

Quirky trims at Dots & Stripes’ Stand

Fla fla flapping fabulous flamingos!
Allison’s Craft Emporium had a good chunk of cotton & baby cord. This where I bought the cotton lawn at £3 per metre (see the last picture in the post)!

The Cool Crafting stand had an excellent spread of Merchant & Mills patterns as well as Chambray and Essex Yarn Dye. I’m glad they are attending Edinburgh’s Knitting & stitching Show this year as I’ll be making a list of goodies to buy from them specifically!!

The stunning Merchant & Mills Dress Shirt in Essex Dyed Yarn at the Cool Crafting Stand.

@beatgirl9091 doing a rather splendid job modelling the Betsy Dress at the Cool Crafting Stand.
So I hate to say it was a “Meh, it was ok” and dare I say it “there is room for improvement”. If it wasn’t for the lovely company of these three ladies, I’m sure I would have left earlier!

 

My rather small haul!
So there you have it.

I’m pleased with what I’ve bought.  Yes, there is a but coming.  My haul could have been so much bigger had there been a tad more stands geared towards dressmakers!

But fear not, the haul may be huge at the KnItting & Stitching Show in April at the RHC, Edinburgh!  Yes, I’ll be going (probably on the Sunday) to hunt for some sewing tools and fabrics, look out for that post too!

Until next time Stitchers!

Emma