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2018 – My Year in Review

I genuinely don’t think I have ever had a year as eventful as 2018. So many things have happened, and fortunately most for the positive!

January

I started the year by becoming part of the Sew My Style leadership team. I was delighted to be picked for this and really enjoyed working behind the scenes to decide on patterns and liaise with the indie pattern designers and sponsors for each month. It was lovely to see how many people embraced the challenge and I ended up with a gorgeous little capsule wardrobe too!

I was also asked to be an ambassador for the SMYLY (sewing makes you love yourself) challenge, organised by Athina, Lisa and Hattie. This involved making a garment that made me feel good about myself and sharing my story about how sewing helps me with body positivity and mental health. I was really proud to be an advocate for this challenge as I truly believe sewing has so many more benefits than just making pretty new clothes.

February

I was asked to be part of the blogger tour to celebrate the launch of Melissa Fehr’s Sew Your Own Activewear book. I made the yoga leggings from the book and wore them to Melissa’s book launch party in central London!

During a sewing meet up in London, I got myself a sewing wife! The gorgeous Jen from Gingerthread Girl and I decided to get Stitched (!) whilst at Liberty!

March

I joined the Simple Sew Blogger team as I thought it would be fun to give some of their patterns a try and it was also lovely to work with such a great group of sewing bloggers. Unfortunately, I only managed to make a couple of garments for them as the rest of my year got very busy!

I took part in the MIYMarch18 photo challenge, which involved daily prompts related to sewing. I do love a good photo challenge as it helps me think creatively about my instagram feed and is also a great way to discover new sewists.

I took a week long pattern cutting course at Bath College to help me get a better understanding of pattern drafting and how to create and alter patterns. I really enjoyed it and would definitely like to continue to study this in the future.

April

April was a huge month for me. After months of planning and deliberating, I left my corporate job that was making me pretty miserable and launched my own business! I had been contemplating making a career switch for a while and decided to make the leap and start my own online fabric shop.

The shop launched on 7th April and I was absolutely thrilled with the response. The sewing community is so supportive and I couldn’t have dreamed how well it was received.

Along with the Stitch Sisters and Jen from Gingerella, we began planning a Bristol sewing event that would become the Sewcialite Soiree. We really wanted to put Bristol on the sewing map and organise an event for the sewing community of the South West. The tickets sold in in just a couple of days too so we were really pleased with the response!

I put a call out for what would become the LSABlogSquad – a team of sewing bloggers to help me review fabrics and patterns for my shop. I was overwhelmed with the response and had such a difficult decision choosing the team but I am so pleased with the final line up. They have all helped me to create wonderful content for my blog, so a massive thank you to all the Jennys, Emily, Susie, Stef and Bianca!

May

It wouldn’t be May without Me Made May – a photo challenge, run by the lovely Zoe from So Zoe… I love how you can make the challenge your own and pledge to take part in a way that suits you. I decided to use this challenge to help me identify gaps in my new non-corporate working wardrobe.

June

I was thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador for this year’s Big Stitch Campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation. Along with a few of my gorgeous fellow sewing bloggers, Gabby, Alex and Rosa, we had a lovely photoshoot for the campaign which involved getting our hair and make up professionally done, by none other than Love Island’s Alexandra Cane! It was quite a surreal experience seeing my face pop up on Facebook as promotion for the campaign and I had so many messages from friends asking if it was me!

I attended the blogging conference Blogtacular with a group of sewing blogger friends. It was quite an interesting event, as it wasn’t sewing related. I definitely learnt a lot from it and made some great new contacts.

I was approached by a patch making company about working with them to create some “how to” videos for the products. We had a great time filming and I also worked with Aspinline to create my own range of patches, which I was really pleased with.

I was super excited to be invited to be interviewed on the Stitchers Brew podcast. My episode was all about the world of pattern testing.

I was asked by the lovely Ana from Cocowawa Crafts to take part in a sewing day as part of the launch of her Honeycomb pattern. A group of us headed down to the Village Haberdashery for the day and all made our version of Ana’s pattern.

Later that same day, I went along to the New Craft House Summer Party with some other sewing friends. It was great fun and a chance to meet up with some familiar faces! The theme of the evening was Tropical, so I gave my flamingo dungarees a good outing!

July

July was a busy month as I was prepping for a pop up shop in Bristol. I had had a lot of feedback that people wanted to be able to come and see the fabric in real life so we tested the waters with our first pop up shop. It went so well and we were absolutely rushed off our feet all day!

After mentioning how much I would love to be a pattern tester for Tilly and Buttons on the Stitchers Brew podcast, I was delighted to receive an email from them asking me to test their next two patterns. It was hard keeping them secret for the weeks between testing and release but I think we can all agree, the Ness and Nora patterns are gorgeous!

August

With August, came the much anticipated Sewing Weekender event in Cambridge. I was lucky enough to get a ticket again this year and just had the best time hanging out with all my sewing friends. It was lovely that we managed to get nearly all of the blog squad in the same place at the same time! I can’t wait for next year!

September

Following the success of the event in July, we held another pop up shop in September. We had more space and managed to get our processes much smoother this time around so it was a far calmer affair for Jenny and I to run. It was around this time that we had started to look for properties to start a bricks and mortar incarnation of Like Sew Amazing. We found the perfect space but then had several months of waiting ahead of us while the solicitors etc did their thing!

Once we had found the right space, we knew we would need help to get it up together, so I launched a crowdfunding initiative on kickstarter. I was so overwhelmed with the response and how supportive everyone was. I used my marketing background to get as much publicity as possible and managed to get us in the local paper, and on the local radio and retweeted by our local MP! We hit the target and secured funding so then it was just a waiting game until we could get the keys. 

October

What’s been lovely about launching a sewing business is being able to support the various events within the sewing community. I sponsored lots of great challenges towards the end of this year, including the Little Red Dress Project, the Cosi Cardy Challenge and the Refashioners.

I wasn’t sure whether I was going to attend Sew Brum this year, as I was very busy at the time, but I’m so glad I did. We had a lovely day of fabric browsing/buying, a big old trip to pizza express and a lot of talking about sewing!

November

In November, I partnered with Husqvarna Viking as a brand ambassador. I am delighted to be working with them and they are going to be providing lots of amazing machines for the shop. We will also be a reseller for Husqvarna, once we are up and running.

We held the Sewcialite Soiree in November. It took months of organising but I was so pleased with how the event turned out. We held an afternoon tea beforehand so that people could get to know each other in a quieter setting and then we held the party at a lovely hotel in the city centre. We had good food, good music and lots of dancing! I made a Carrie Bradshaw/ballerina inspired outfit for the event, which was a real labour of love and kept me busy for a couple of weeks!

I hit the magic 10,000 followers on Instagram in November, which was so lovely. I am extremely grateful for the amazing, supportive community that we have and am so pleased that my business is resonating with people.

December

So despite being plagued with a never ending cold, December was perhaps the most exciting month of all, as I finally signed contracts and got the keys to the shop! Such a fab Christmas present! We’ve already been in and had a big clean up in there with some wonderful friends who gave up their time to help. We’ve started decorating and getting it all up together and the current plan is to be open by the end of January!

I’m so excited for the shop to open. There will of course be a launch party, which I hope lots of you can make. We will also publish our workshop schedule very soon so we can start taking bookings.

I am so eternally grateful for the support I have received from my partner, family and lovely friends in the sewing community. Particular shout out goes to Jenny, who I am so excited to be working with.

It has been a year of real surprises and I would never have thought I would be where I am now, if you had asked me a year ago! It has definitely been a year of being brave and jumping in and long may that continue!

There is a lot of hard work ahead to get ready for opening but I am so excited at the prospect of whats to come in 2019.

I really hope you can all come and visit!

Wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy New Year.

Love Sarah x

Jenny’s Lucida Dress

Jenny from Wardrobe Architect has shared her latest LSA Blog Squad make and it is the perfect Christmas dress!

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I decided to take part in The Little Red Dress project this year, and found this beautiful deep red stretch velvet that I thought would be really festive. I have recently purchased the Friday Pattern Company Lucida dress and thought it would be the perfect match for this fabric.

The velvet has quite a short pile, which makes it easier to work with. It has a good amount of stretch and a really decent recovery. The colour is beautiful, really rich and jewel toned.

I didn’t really do anything differently when working with this fabric, I just treated it like a normal jersey. It is a little bit more slinky, but when the right sides are together they stick to each other, meaning it doesn’t shift around.

I cut the pieces out with the fabric folded, right sides together. I bought 2 metres of fabric but managed to get the dress out of 1.5 metres. I lengthened the bodice and the skirt by an inch each and the sleeves by 3 inches. The pieces need to be cut out all facing the same way as the velvet has a nap, I chose to have the nap running down so that the dress feels smooth when you run your hand from top to bottom.

This was my first time sewing up a pattern by Friday Pattern company and I was really impressed. It’s such a simple dress, but the instructions are clear and thorough, it’s definitely beginner friendly. The ruching on the front bodice is created by threading ties through channels and it can be adjusted to suit your figure / style. I think it is so flattering and very effective for such a simple approach.

I lengthened the sleeves as I’m self-conscious about my upper arms (I don’t think I’m alone in this!) and I just cut a line 3 inches lower than the pattern piece when I was cutting out the fabric.

My overlocker is currently being fixed so I sewed this up completely on my sewing machine. One thing that is worth mentioning is that the bodice is self lined, so in places the seam allowances get quite bulky (with 6 layers of velvet) so it is worth grading them so that they sit well.

Overall I’m really pleased with this and can’t wait to wear it out! It’s ridiculously soft and comfy to wear but I still feel dressed up! I think that’s the perfect combination for Christmas party wear!

My Sewcialite Soiree Outfit

I know it’s been a couple of weeks since the Sewcialite Soiree, but I finally managed to get some better pictures of my outfit and some close ups to show you the details!

The inspiration behind my outfit was the gorgeous sea green tulle skirt that Carrie wears on her trip to Paris in the final episode of Sex and the City!

I also had some fabulous shoe boots that I wanted to wear so kind of built my dress around that!

My outfit comprised of three parts: a top, a skirt and a sash. I’ll take each one in turn.

The top

I used the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top as the basis for my bodice. I’ve done a previous post showing how I hacked the pattern into my go to vest top. I knew that the ruching on the neckline would give a hint of ballerina to go with the tulle skirt! I used some of our Glass Velour Mink as I love the colour and the glorious sheen that it has. I used my coverstitch machine to finish off the neckline, armholes and hem so it was a really quick make.

The skirt

I had wanted to make a tulle skirt for a while and this party seemed like as good a reason as any! I decided to use the By Hand London Charlotte pencil skirt as a base to add the layers of tulle to. I modified it by shortening it to mid thigh and adding button plackets down the back so I could get in an out more easily than having to deal with tulle and zips!

I used a beautiful pink micro satin for the skirt base and then two colours of tulle for the over layers – a baby pink and a hot pink.

Along with fellow tulle wrangler Jenny from Give Us A Toile, we spent a day measuring out, cutting, gathering and attaching about 40 layers of tulle to the skirt. It definitely helps to have another pair of hands to keep things straight.

I decided to sew most of the layers closed at the back (leaving a couple of buttons free so I could get in and out) but I left the top layers free, apart from a couple of catch stitches so that the skirt would have more movement.

In hindsight, I should have added the waistband last so that I could cover up that last line of tulle more neatly.

Jenny patiently hemmed the finished skirt for me, as I think it would be a really difficult task on your own. We trimmed it to a midi length and I think it works really well. I love it with the shoe boots and definitely felt like I was channeling my inner SJP!

The sash

To bring the whole outfit together, I decided to make a really long sash that would cover the join between the top and skirt and also hide any bit of tulle at the back that were still open.

I just made a really long narrow belt with angled ends from the same pink micro satin. I left a small gap to turn it through and then hand stitched that closed with a ladder stitch.

Overall outfit

I was so pleased with how the outfit came together. Yes, I was still sewing it on the day of the party, but that all adds to the fun! I would definitely wear it again to another party. The skirt was incredibly heavy, so I may remove a few layers of tulle as I don’t think they are all necessary. I will also be able to wear the top more casually on nights out.

But I think we can all agree that this outfit qualifies as part of the #SewFrosting challenge, given that I essentially look like a cupcake!

 

 

Harriet’s Freya Top

Hello! Today, we have a guest blog post from none other than Harriet from The Little Dressmaker!

Harriet used one of our gorgeous Albstoffe organic jerseys to make herself a Tilly and the Buttons Freya top and she looks cute as a button in it!

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Today I’m writing about a lovely little Freya top I’ve made from the Mono Flower Jersey fabric in peach, from the German manufacturer Albstoffe. As I’m sure everyone will understand, all I want to do when the weather gets a little bit nippier is wear jersey from head to toe – and this organic cotton-spandex mix is the perfect fabric! 

I’m a big fan of using sustainable fabrics for as many of my makes as possible (my life goal is to live a life that means David Attenborough would be proud of me), and this jersey is GOTS-certified, which is a real badge of honour in the way of sustainability. Not only that, the quality of the jersey is incredible! It’s a t-shirt weight, and just feels expensive, you know what I mean? 

Originally, my plan had been to make the Tilly and the Buttons Stella Joggers – I’d bought the ‘Cuff me College’ (also Albstoffe and GOTS certified) in a light grey with coral and red pink bands, which I was going to use for the waistband and ankle cuffs of the joggers. In the end, I decided to use the peach floral jersey to make the Tilly and the Buttons Freya top instead, because I, like most sewists, am a very impatient maker and always want to wear my newest make right away  – and I feel like I might’ve had to wait until spring to wear the joggers! 

I’m really pleased that I changed my mind and went for the Freya top instead; it’s so versatile! I didn’t include the ruffle this time because I knew that I’d want to use it as a layering piece, so the ruffle wouldn’t have been seen most of the time anyway and would just end up adding unnecessary bulk. I’ve been wearing it underneath my dungarees, Kew dresses and Francoise dresses so far as an extra layer of warmth, but I’ll definitely be wearing it with the grey Stella joggers with the Albstoffe cuffs I mentioned earlier, because the peachy/coral colour matches perfectly. 

The Sewcialite Soiree 2018

It may have taken me a couple of days to recover, but the Sewcialite Soiree was well worth it!

We had such a wonderful time and I thought I’d share a little run down and some pictures here.

After a lovely afternoon tea at The Bristol Hotel, where attendees could get to know each other before the main event, everyone headed off to get glammed up for the evening.

We held the Soiree at the Mecure Bristol Grand Hotel. The room was stunning and had a lovely art deco feel to it. We decorated it using Helium Balloons from a local company and it just made the venue look magical.

We hired a photobooth from Booth Nineteen to help people capture the night and I don’t think it was left empty all night! It was lovely to see everyone’s snaps on Instagram the next day.

The music was provided by Mr Like Sew Amazing himself, Alex Taylor! He did such a fab job of keeping everyone dancing, with a mix of live music and DJing. I even got up and sang a couple of songs with him, which was hugely nerve-wracking as I had never sung in front of my sewing friends before!

We really wanted to give people a good experience where they felt welcomed and not excluded at all, so we made sure no-one was on their own. We also wanted to provide great goody bags and prizes.

We had the most generous sponsors so were able to give away a grand prize of a Husqvarna Viking 100Q sewing machine, as well as lots of vouchers.

We must give a massive thank you to our sponsors:

  • Prym
  • Minerva Crafts
  • Husqvarna
  • Tilly and the Buttons
  • Girl Charlie
  • Sew Essential
  • Pink Coat Club
  • Sew Me Sunshine
  • Like Sew Amazing
  • Sodbury Sewing School

and a big thank you to The Crafty Sue for providing some much coveted sewing tote bags from Joanns!

We had lovely canapes and welcome drinks to begin with and then the dancing got started! We also had a mid evening refuel by way of some bacon rolls!

I was so impressed with the effort that everyone had gone to with their handmade outfits – everyone was so glam!

I must give a big shout out to my fellow organisers, Rachel, Nikki and Jen! It was hard work, but so worth it! We are already in talks for next year’s event!

I will be writing a blog post about my outfit when I get a chance to get some more detailed photos, so stay tuned for that!

Thanks again to everyone who made the event a roaring success!!

Sarah x

 

Emily’s Simplicity 1325 Jacket

This week on the blog, Emily has shared her stunning Simplicity 1325 blazer that she made from our Rose Gold Metallic Jacquard. I love how chic it looks!

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Today’s post is on a little blazer I’ve made using the Simplicity 1325 pattern. This project is a little out of season as it’s getting colder and colder here but sometimes it’s nice to just make something a little bit different!

I was sent some gorgeous striped jacquard from Like Sew Amazing – it has a pure white background with pink and blue stripe running across it and even has some rose gold metallic threads running through it. It’s a beautiful fabric!

I really liked the idea of turning it into a simple blazer. I was feeling a bit Chanel inspired at the time!

I chose to use the Simplicity 1325 pattern mostly because I already had it. I’d used it to make this and this a couple of years ago but hadn’t used any of the pattern’s other views. I liked the simple fitted shape of the collarless blazer. It looked classic!

Sewing up the blazer was nice and simple. I chose to underline the front, back and sleeve of the jacket rather than try to make a full lining. It’s the first time I’ve tried doing it this way and I think it was quite successful!

To do this, I cut out the front and back in both the main fabric and lining fabric. In this case I used a lovely smooth cotton lawn that I got from Sea Salt. After sewing in the bodice darts I laid them over each other wrong sides together and essentially treated each piece as one.

The sleeve was a little trickier as I wanted to get a nicer finish on the hem. Here, I trimmed 1.5cm from the edge of the sleeve of the lawn lining pieces only. I then sewed the sleeve seam on each of the fabric and lining pieces. Right sides together I stitched the sleeve hem then turned the lining to the inside. After that I matched up the seam and sleeve head to treat this as one! Simple, no? 🤣

(It does need to be pressed a little. I hadn’t realised how wrinkled it looked from the back!!)

If I made it again, I’d do a narrow shoulder adjustment. I don’t feel like it’s sitting as snugly there as it should. Apart from that, I like it! I’m a fan of the cropped length which is flattering on my shape.

All in all, it’s a cute little jacket. A little light for the weather but it’s summer somewhere right? 😆

Sorrel dress – pattern review

This week, Jennifer Lauren Handmade has launched a kickstarter campaign to create printed patterns! I was one of the testers for JLH’s latest offering, the Sorrel dress.

If you haven’t seen it yet, go and check out the campaign and the pattern, while you are at it!

Jennifer describes Sorrel as a fresh take on the classic shirt-waist dress, seamlessly pairing vintage elements with modern design.

A few months ago, the testers were sent the initial pattern and asked to test it so that Jennifer could iron out any kinks in the pattern. Once that was done, we then retested the final version.

I made my initial version from a viscose as I thought it would look nice in a more drapey fabric. What I hadn’t taken into account was difficulty in marking darts on a dark floral fabric, especially one that moves around as much as viscose can! And there are 16 darts in total, so I was sick of the sight of the darts by the end of that first version!! I am really pleased with the finished dress though and think it will be a year round staple, as you can wear it bare legged in the summer or over tights in the winter.

I used pink snaps for my first test version and really love the look they give and the contrast against the fabric.

For my second version, I decided to use a more stable fabric. I was toying with using a plain black linen as I thought I would get more wear out of it, however, my eye kept being drawn to a combination of two fabrics and, as I couldn’t get them out of my head, I decided to go for it! I love that the mustard is picked up in the floral fabric so it feels like a bold but cohesive choice.

The darts were so much easier to mark and sew in cotton sateen!

I decided to try my hand at covered buttons for the first time and I’m so pleased I did. I wasn’t sure whether to match yellow with yellow and floral with floral or do all floral or all yellow. In the end I went with all yellow with yellow buttonholes and I love the finished look. I posted a sneaky close of pic of the buttons on Instagram and it was really popular!

I also chose to make my pockets from the yellow for an extra bit of contrast and I added one of my new Kylie and the Machine Labels for a finishing touch!

 

I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern. The fact that there are four different cup sizes for the bodice, makes it really easy to fit. I may lengthen the bodice darts just a fraction though to see how that looks.

I am really pleased with the finished dress. I do feel that it is more of a summery choice, so I can’t wait for warmer weather to be able to wear it properly!

 

 

 

Ness Skirt Inspiration

The latest skirt pattern release from Tilly and the Buttons is the perfect addition to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.

The Ness skirt is a classic fly front skirt in either a mini or below the knee length.

It is aimed at Improvers – ie, anyone who wants to up their sewing game a little. You will practice top stitching, a fly front and mock felled seams.

The Ness really needs a structured fabric to work well, so I have put together a list of my fabric suggestions for you.

Corduroy

I was very honoured to pattern test the Ness skirt and my first thought was that it would be perfect in a chunky corduroy. I made my test version out of our rich burgundy corduroy and I absolutely love it!

Purple fans will love this beautifully soft corduroy.

Perfect for Autumn, our bottle green chunky cord would make a fab skirt.

Denim

What better than a classic denim skirt for your handmade wardrobe? We have some beautiful deep indigo denim that would be perfect for the Ness.

Or why not try our reversible grey/charcoal denim?

Stretch cotton

The Ness would also work well in a structured stretch cotton – the ones below are the perfect weight for this skirt.

Jessie stretch cotton drill has a lovely slub texture and would make a really interesting skirt for those not a fan of plain denims!

Samantha stretch cotton has bold vibrant blooms.

Mustard fans will love this Ochre stretch cotton sateen.

I love this stretch cotton cheetah print and think it would make a super chic Ness skirt – especially when worn with black tights and a black Freya top!

You can get 10% off all of the fabrics featured here until Midnight GMT on Sunday 21st October. Just use the code NESS10

Sew My Style – How to line the Portsmith Tote

We chose a selection of the Klum House bags for October’s Sew My Style patterns. There are a few different options to chose from with varying skill levels/materials required for each.

The bag I was most drawn to of the three was the Portsmith Tote – nice and simple and perfect for the second bag that we all seem to use to cart all of our stuff around nowadays!

I didn’t particularly like the way it was finished though and was worried that you would see the tops of the side seams from the outside of the bag. I tried to get my head around how to line it with the current construction method but just couldn’t make it work that way. 

Instead, I decided that if you sewed the side seams first before the fold over top, not only would it look neater, but you could attach a lining and make it all neat.

These are the changes I made:

Step 1:

Cut out the main body and base as usual. I used this black wax canvas from Fabric UK for the base and some indigo denim from my store for the main body.

Step 2:

Mark a line 1/2 an inch up from the second Fold To marks on the pattern piece for the main body. Draw a line across both marks to join them up and fold the pattern piece to that line.

Step 3:

Cut out the lining fabric on the fold using the new pattern piece. I used this lovely Cotton and Steel fabric for my lining.

Step 4: 

Attach the base to the main body as per the instructions. I would also baste the base and main body together at the sides using a 1/4 inch seam allowance to make sure they don’t shift about during the rest of the construction.

Step 5:

This is where we deviate from the pattern. Ignore the section about folding the top of the bag down and topstitching it down for now. Instead, move on to sewing the side seams. Simply match up the side seams and pin them. Use the instructions for advice on how to do the envelope fold at the bottom. Sew down each side. 

Step 6:

Construct the bag lining in the same way as Step 5. You will need to measure up 6 inches from the bottom of the fold and use that as your marker point for the envelope fold. Leave a three inch gap in the middle of one of the side seams to enable you to turn the bag through later on.

Step 7:

Turn over 1/2 an inch from the top of the main bag and press wrong sides together. Press another 2.5 inches down again – this will match with the fold lines from the pattern and enable you to fold the bag correctly once the lining is attached.

Step 8:

Turn the main bag right sides out and turn the lining wrong sides out. Slip the main bag inside the lining and pin the top edges together, matching the side seams. Sew these together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Step 9:

Pull the main bag and lining through the gap in the lining of the side seam. This may be a bit tricky if your fabric is bulky but persevere gently!

Step 10:

Find the fold that you pressed in 2.5 inches down and pin the main fabric in place. Sew a line of topstitching around the top of your bag at 2.25 inches down.

Step 11:

Either hand slip stitch or machine topstitch the gap in the lining fabric closed.

Step 12:

Attach the handles as per the instructions.

Ta da!! You’ve made your own lined tote bag!

You can, of course, add a zipped section to the lining but you would need to do this before adding it to the main bag. 

I have ordered the leather strap kit from Klum House and as soon as that is delivered, I will be able to show you the finished result!

 

 

Suzie’s Toaster Sweater

This week, Suzie from Threadquarters has shared her latest LSABlogSquad make – the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater, that she made from this lovely Double Faced Dobby fabric. She has really shown off the fabric by using the reverse of it to show the cuff details.

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Hello everyone! I’m back on the Like Sew Amazing blog today to share the perfect instant gratification project. Maybe you are short on time, have lost your SewJo a bit or just need a quick sewing fix – the Toaster Sweater is perfect! Plus, with the weather starting to cool down a bit, it’s a great addition to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.

I’ve made up my sweater in this fantastic double sided black and white dobby fabric. I knew I had to play with this unique feature so as you can see I’ve swapped the ‘right’ sides for the body and cuffs and I just LOVE the result! I would caution that you have to have your wits about you when you are sewing it together – no watching Netflix or listening to Love To Sew while you are doing this or you might forget which side you decided was the ‘right’ side for each piece!

This fabric is really quite stretchy, even though it’s not technically a ponte, it does have a similar thickness. Do note that the stretch is parallel to the selvedge though, so, like me, you may want to line up your pattern pieces with the grainline perpendicular to the selvedges (rather than the usual parallel). This will mean you have the stretch running around the body rather than up and down the body.

As for the Toaster. I picked my trusty view 1 and made it up in my usual size L. However, I actually prefer a closer fit so I ended up taking it in quite a lot along the sleeves and body. I think what I really need to do is just retrace a size S and try making it up in that size rather than keep taking it in every time! It’s a really easy make though, if you have yet to try it, especially if you have an overlocker. But it can just as easily be made on a regular sewing machine of course. I absolutely love the oversized cuffs and hem band, both for their look and also how neat it makes the finish.

Sarah has got some gorgeous jerseys in her shop that would be perfect for a Toaster. These Burgundy or Dark Green Sweatshirtings would be super soft and snuggly. Or how about making one similar to me and swapping the colours of some of the pieces, with this Double Faced Grey/Black Ponte Roma?

P.S. Did you spot my little pop of red? Love my Pink Coat Club Seam

stress pin!! Sarah has some of those in her shop too 😉