Circa 2020 Me-Mades!

Hello there!

I did a poll back over on Instagram whether or not you would like to see all my makes that I did in 2020 over here, in a blog post.

Well, the answer was a huge “yes, Please!”, so here goes.

Also if you don’t know I’ve recently started doing my YouTube channel again (yay!) and I’ve uploaded a video with some of my favourite makes from this year! So if you can, please check it out and let me know what your favourite make is (either here in the comments or in the youtube video comments).

I’ve listed the makes in no particular order.

Myosotis Dress – Deer & Doe
A lady McElroy cotton lawn
Made size 22 as standard pattern
Matilda Wrap Dress {Tester) – Untitled Thoughts
Viscose Jersey Fabric from The Croft Mill
Graded from 22 bodice to 28 skirts
Jarrah by Megan Neilson
Sweater Knit from Fabric Godmother
Graded from 22 to 28 (for hips)
The Sunday Tee {Tester} – Friday Pattern Co
Cotton Jersey from Sew Studio Fife
Graded out towards hips
Sudley Dress #3 – Megan Neilson
Linen Viscose from Sister Mintaka
No adjustments
Nora Sweater – Tilly and the Buttons
Fabric from unknown
Graded out towards hips
Sagebrush Top {Tester} – Friday Pattern Company
Fabric from Frugal Fabrics
Graded out for hips
Opal Trousers {Tester} – Megan Neilson Patterns
Cut straight size 28, no other adjustments.
Viscose Fabric from Lamazi Fabrics
Blackwood Cardigan #1 – Helen’s Closet
Cut size Straight 18, no more Adjustments
Cotton Jersey Fabric from Material Girl Laura
Moneta Dress – Colette/ Seamwork
Cut Bodice – XL, Skirt – 3XL
Cotton Jersey from Material Girl Laura
Plum Dress {Tester} – Cocowawa Crafts
Cut Size 8 & 9
Fabric gifted from Pigeon Wishes
Alice Top – Seamwork
Graded from 20 to 28 to allow from for hips
Viscose Jersey from Fabric Focus
Sagebrush #2 – Friday Pattern Company
Linen-Viscose Fabric received in return for a blog post for Sewcial Studio, Tamsworth
Opal Trousers #2 – Megan Neilson Patterns
Viscose received from Material Girl Laura in return for a blog post.

West Cliff Dress – Friday Pattern Company Bodice XL, Skirt graded from XL at waist to 3XL at hips. Viscose Jersey from Lamazi Fabrics

Nora – Tilly and the Buttons
TATB Cotton Jersey from Sew Studio Fife
Heidi Dress {Tester} – AK Patterns
Viscose Twill from Sew Studio Fife
Bodice cut 22, Skirt cut 28
Toaster Sweater – Sew House Seven
Graded XL outwards to fit hips.
Fabric from Sew Studio Fife
Wildergown – Friday Pattern Company
Valentine Viscose received from The Rag Shop in return for a blog post.
Cut XL for bodice, 2XL for Skirt
Moneta Dress – Colette / Seamwork
Ponte Roma grey stripes received in return for a blog post from Minerva.
No Sleeves. Used a piece of grey jersey from stash to line it. Lengthened Skirt to maxi length.
Jarrah Sweater – Megan Neilson Patterns
Graded from 22-28
Sweater Fabric
Oliver – Seamwork
Graded out at Hips
Fabric from Pin & Sew
Hinterland Dress – Sew Liberated
Cut Bodice 22 – Skirt 24
Fabric from Material Girl Laura.
Cotton/Polyester Shirting
Sagebrush Top #3 – Friday Pattern Company
Atelier Brunette Viscose from Lamazi Fabrics
Alice Top – Seamwork
Cotton Jersey from Fabric Focus
Blackwood Cardigan – Helen’s Closet
Ribbed Knit from 1st for Fabrics
Adrienne Blouse #2 – Friday Pattern Company
Viscose Jersey (Lady McElroy)
Hughes Dress {Tester} ~ Friday Pattern Company
Fabric bought in Toulouse, France. Cupro Viscose blend.
Jarrah #3 – Megan Neilson Patterns
View C, Graded from 22 to 28
See You At Six Sweater Knit and Matching Cuffing from Lamazi Fabrics
Moneta Dress – Colette/ Seamwork pattern
Ponte Roma
Arlo Track Jacket {Tester} – Friday Pattern Company Fleece Jersey from Harvey Jacobs
Bo Top – Seamwork
Peachskin (Polyester)
Elodie Wrap Dress – Closet Core Patterns Made with Viscose received from Minerva in return for a blog post.
Kew Dress {Tester} – Nina Lee London Made with Dashwood Ravishing Rayon from Lamazi Fabrics
Nita Wrap Skirt {Tester} – Sew DIY Patterns
Fabric is a non-stretch denim from a Fabric Swap!
Little Me Made Tree Baubles with Kylie and the Machine Labels.
New Year, New Dress, Just made it in time!
It’s a West Cliff Dress by Friday Pattern Company. Viscose Jersey from Lamazi Fabrics.
Bodice CUT at XXL. Skirt is XXL at waist but then graded out at hips to 4X.

Well, there we have it … over 30 me-mades this year. A lot of Testers and I’m starting to dabble a bit more in separates. I’m super chuffed at what I’ve sewn up. Some were WIPs and some spontaneous but nevertheless I love them all.

In 2021, I hope to make more Trousers, skirts and other separates. I’m going back to planning my make nine this year, which I fine tuned with plans that will hopefully help push me and expand my me made wardrobe.

Talking of which, I will be posting something on here and on YouTube regarding my make nine plans … watch this space!

Going big screen!

In case you haven’t seen my stories on Instagram, I’ve got some really exciting news.

It’s all in the title you see.

Yes, I’m going to be filming for my YouTube channel again after a long period of no videos. It’s been far too long and truth be told I’ve been stuck on the idea for a while.

It’s all going to start with a wee introduction from myself. I’ll talk a little about me and my sewing background and what I’m working on just now.

I’m aiming to get two videos out a month. I’ve got a few ideas lined up.

My plans and what I’ve seen will be the main topics. As I’m not working just now (thanks, Pandemic!) there won’t be massive or any hauls unless it’s an ad/gifted (which I’ll be quite humbled to do with the right circumstances), instead I’ll be “shopping my stash”. I’ve got a really good collection of fabrics, so it’s high time I made a massive dent in that and get sewing more clothes.

I’m also hoping that my blog will see more content with the YouTube channel being reignited, here’s hoping. I think it might be good if there’s some written posts on what plans I’ve got and what I’ve made, don’t you?

Whilst I’m restarting my YouTube channel again, I’d like to thank anyone who is going to subscribe and already has subscribed, it’s very much appreciated.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCohccPQbD6QrdrFz16VIqQA

As I’m building the channel, I would like to make sure that I’m giving you good quality videos with content that has good sound and picture. Firstly, I’ll be starting on my iPhone, I know not the best but I do have a DSLR camera that can take videos, I just need to get a microphone and a couple of SIM cards … for that I’ve set up a Kofi Account. Any amount is greatly appreciated as I’m not working but please don’t feel you have to donate if you haven’t got the funds. Details of the Kofi account will be in the first video.

Ok, I’ll guess I’ll go and do a bit of practicing talking to the camera and I’ll see you soon if you want to watch ☺️

Thanks again for reading!

Myosotis Dress by Deer & Doe

Although I’ve published my photos on Instagram, I thought it would be good just to have my thoughts on the pattern and fit here for my first myosotis dress.

So before I started I check my back measurements according to the pattern piece and shortened the bodice. I think it’s a tad too short in this version but hey ho I’ll still wear it. For my next version I’ll definitely used the for bodice piece and original length. I cut the largest size and instead of 1.5cm/5/8” seam allowance I went for 1cm. The bodice fits really well.

The skirt has no real issues and was fairly straight forward although I only cut one of the lower ruffle and had to do a last minute panic of “ok where’s the remaining pieces of fabric” – which was fine. I pattern match this piece because there’s an extra seam at the back of the dress now because of this rookie mistake!

I think my favourite part of the dress is the sleeves. I’m just loving the ruffles and to me that’s something that’s surprising to me!

The fabric is a Lady McElroy Cotton “Marlie” lawn. The print is digitally printed onto the fabric. The print itself is called “Shades of Autumn – Midnight”. I bought this from The Cloth Shop by Remnant Kings, Edinburgh a good year ago for a myosotis dress and who knew it would turn out so well! I’m pleased it didn’t have too much time in the stash.

I found the collar to be a bit of a nightmare though. The instructions aren’t clear to be frank and if you follow them it leads you into a fiddle. So conferring with my sewing buddies, I’m advised to go and have a look at Professor pincushion on youtube and hey presto, the dress lives!

So there you go – my first and not last Myosotis Dress by Deer & Doe patterns. Thanks for reading and see you back here soon!

Making Kalle

Hey all!

It’s been an age since I wrote anything on here but now that we are in lockdown for this Convid-19 I have a bit more time to make and blog!

I’m currently making a few things, one of which is the Kalle Shirt by Closet Case.

I’m doing version A, the cropped shirt in a liberty cotton lawn. This is the first time I’ve tackled a shirt!

I’ll add more pictures and information as I go but in the meantime I’ll get going and hopefully soon I can model it!

The many faces of Moneta

So you might gather I’m quite a sucker for the “Moneta” by Colette Patterns and the fact that it’s been a few months since I’ve last wrote a blog post, would be too good an opportunity to miss to give the wee blog a bit of a boost!

So in no order here’s my “Moneta Collection”

🧵Fabric from Pin & Sew

🧵Hacked neckline and sleeves from Seamwork Alice and added a polo neck!

🧵Fabric from the Edinburgh Dress Fabric Company

🧵Hack – scoop back

🧵The Moneta that started it all!

🧵Fabric from John Lewis

🧵Fabric from Fabric Focus

🧵First scoop back hack

🧵The Scoop back with petal sleeves dress

🧵Fabric bought from Fabricate Mirfield

🧵Made it for my 39th Birthday

🧵Fabric from Sewisfaction

🧵Scoop back – ooo er.

🧵Made this for going out to dinner for our 10th Wedding Anniversary

🧵Fabric from Fabric Focus

🧵Scoop back hack

🧵Fabric from Holm Sown

🧵My Christmas Day 2018 dress

🧵Fabric from Fabric Focus

🧵Scoop back & 3/4 length sleeves (must be my favourite combo)!

Would it surprise you if there a few others that are works in progress? Once they are completed, I’ll share them on Instagram @sewdoitemma.

Ok, well hopefully it won’t be as long as last time until I write a blog, but until then … see you soon!

Seamwork’s Skipper Sweater

This Liberty fabric has been sitting in my stash for a wee while now. I knew it was going to be a sweater but was unsure which pattern I was going to go for.  I think originally it was going to be a SH7’s Toaster but changed it for the Seamwork’s Skipper purely because it was going to be in my size range for hips.

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Seamwork’s Skipper

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Sew House Seven’s Toaster

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“Heketh” (Snowdrop) Liberty Sweatshirt Fabric

The fabric was bought online from @FabricsGalore a while ago and now is no longer stocked (sorry!) although you might be lucky and see if eBay has it.  I bought 1.5m of it, it was £11.00 per half a meter, so not cheap.  Although the pattern asked for 1.7 for my sizing, I managed to get all the pattern pieces out of the piece of fabric – PHEW!

The humble snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis is my birth month flower (January) and I always look out it at this time of year, so this jumper will always fill me with joy.  When I was born, the snowdrops in my Gran’s garden came up and my gran always referred to me as “Granny’s little snowdrop” even when I was thirty!

“Already now the snowdrop dares appear,
The first pale blossom of th’unripen’d year”

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, “The Snowdrop” (1835)

My Gran & Grandad lived up in the Cairngorms, so any school holiday we (Mum, my Brother and I) were up walking, orienteering, ski-ing (both cross-country and down-hill!) and get our bit of fresh mountain air, not forgetting engulfing ourselves with Gran’s fudge and gingerbread cake and listening to Grandad’s tales of Billy Gruffs and Trolls!

Right, better skip back to Skipper.

Cutting the pattern out was really straight forward. I graded it from a 20-22 bust & waist to a 24-26 hips as i didn’t want the top bit to be too big.  I left the pocket out as I thought that the busiest of the fabric pattern would be spoilt.

Constructing the pieces was a dream and this was my first sweater pattern, so was super surprised how well I coped. I found Cheryl from Stitchy Bee’s tutorial a real help doing the neckline.  It’s also a really good vlog on how different materials look different in the same sweater pattern (Cheryl used Grainline’s Linden).

So hear it is …

 

 

 

Simplicity 8262 Coat AKA “ONE OF A KIND”

It’s taken a little over a year and half for this make. It’s made up of a heck of raw emotion plus skill since my Mum started making it for me but never got the chance to finish it because cancer decided to take hold on her (f£&* cancer in every form).

The coat itself is made of Harris Tweed bought from Fabric Focus alongside the silver paisley lining.

Kevin, the owner of fabric focus has been eager for me to finish the coat but understood how emotional the make was. He always asked when I was going to finish it, very gently pushing me to do it!

Sometimes I felt like working on the coat and sometimes not. When it got close to her Birthdays, Anniversary of her passing or Mother’s Day, I just had to put the coat down and only started working on it when I felt I could. It’s a bit like counselling (not that I’ve managed to go, nor feel quite ready for) but I know I’m working with mum on this on each step.

It’s quite nice finishing it now just before this year’s “Mother’s Day”.

Mum did most of the tacking (thank *%&@!) I hate tacking, I know it does wonders but I still actually hate doing it.

Bagging the outer and the lining literally to played tricks on my mind but wanted a neat finish. Making sure that the outer and the lining were all level was time consuming but boy does it pay off!

I don’t think finishing this coat would’ve been possible with the helpful tips and excellent guidance that I received from Abi, sewing teacher to both my mum and I, so thank you Abi for helping me on this journey.

By adding little details such as the Kylie and the Machine “one of a kind” and Harris Tweed labels it really finishes it off.  Also “One of a Kind” kinda puts a nice touch on the memory of my mum.

Not to forget to mention the beautiful frogs that make that statement piece, also sourced from Fabric Focus.

So here it is, in all its glory!

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But it’s not Moneta, it’s …

Myrtle Dress by Colette Patterns!

Yes I finally cracked my Moneta obsession, don’t worry there’s plenty more of them coming with hacks but for the moment I’m trying out different patterns and I have a few exciting things that are happening but I can’t tell quite yet!

Ok, lets talk Myrtle:

Do I like and will I use the pattern again, if so will I make any changes?

I love it, especially the cowl neck feature.  I’d definitely use the pattern again but I would shorten the shoulders to avoid the embarrassment of showing of my assets too much!

Where did I get the fabric from?

I bought the lovely viscose jersey from fabric focus this winter, unfortunately for you I took the last 3.5 meters (sorry but not sorry) in fact, originally i bought 2,5 meters realised I didn’t have enough and the luckily there was 1 metre left when i went back to the shop – phew!

Myrtle needs quite a drapey jersey and lightweight I’d say and for me it was a good skill builder. This was the first time I did a cowl neck and used the main fabric for a lining on the front and encased elastic in the skirt.

For a quick make, once you’ve done it once it makes sense.

Ok here’s the fun part – PHOTOS … Hooray!

Now, where I’m I going to fit in time to do a woven version in this pattern? I love how this pattern is versatile like this!

 

 

More Change!

Yeap you saw it!

It’s official, this blog is now http://www.sewdoitemma.com

I’ve been thinking about going for it for a while and have finally taken the crunch!

Also it’s my first day of my fabric buying hiatus! It gone well so far. I’ve put my time into doing this domain, house stuff and walking the dog.

In my head I’ve got hundreds of ideas with what fabric from my collection should go with what project/pattern. Sure, they’ll be limits because of meterage/yardage or what type of fabric but I’m going to start to try and categorically organise them.

This has been on the cards for ages but it’s not going to be easy with the amount of fabric I do have.

First of all, I think I’m going to set fabrics and patterns that are in my make nine.

Next I’m going to take all the fabrics out of the small Billy’s then (or maybe do a shelf at a time) measure, photograph and record each piece. Either spreadsheet it first and then add it on the Cora App, which I’ve had for yonks and not really made use of it.

Once I’ve done the fabrics, I think I’m going to go through my big four patterns as I bet there’s patterns I’ve forgot about and have either doubled with a newer style or no longer “has that sparkle”. This could be another fabric destash as well but we’ll come to that bridge when it happens!

This is going to be a long process for me as I am planning to sew a few things, some with deadlines and also I’ve got things that I need to do around the house (boo, hiss).

Ok this is quite a ramble but it’s kinda good to put it out there and then you can see the difference when it’s done.

Speak soon with hopefully some new makes!

Happy sewing 🧵

The Moneta Obsession

Currently I’m sewing up a line of Colette’s Moneta Dress … you could say I’m obsessed (the title gives that one away!).

It all started with seeing the Moneta Party on IG way back when I first got the itch to stitch. It’s only take me a couple of years to summon up the courage to thread up the overlocker and have a go of this Jersey malarkey.

Here’s a Summery of my dresses so far!

Moneta 1

Fabric: John Lewis – dark green and black

Sleeves – short length

First trip out was at Tantallon Castle!

Moneta 2

Fabric: Fabric Focus, Mustard and grey knots

Sleeves – 3/4 length

Shortened bodice length and slightly shorter skirt

Made it up for #OWOP18

My mustard snag tights match up perfectly with this version!

Moneta 3

Fabric: Fabric Focus

Hack – scoop back

Sleeves: 3/4 length

Wore to a friends exhibit opening night!

Moneta 4

Fabric: Fabric Focus, Sage green with floral design.

Hack – scoop back

Have to re do front bodice due to overlocker punching a hole in it 🤬

Sleeves– 3/4 sleeves

Date night with the bestie for this one!

Well that’s four so far and there’s at least another four to be sewn including a Christmas one, so watch this space and IG for more to come with other hacks (I love the scoop back hack!).

Also I am going to put a couple of other stretch/Jersey pieces in between now and the rest of the Moneta’s so you don’t think I’m a one-trick Moneta! I’ll be talking about my next few projects in my make nine 2019 post soon!