Taking Stock #4

Here we are again, albeit after an interlude. Plenty of sewing goodness from around the interwebs to share with you today, certainly not all of it but some of my favourites. I’ve certainly been doing a lot of swooning.

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Sneak peek: I MADE A JACKET! 

I’m not going to do it, I’m not going to ablogogise!

What I am going to do is feed the sewing swoon habit I know you have with a sneak peek photo of my (finally!) completed Sewaholic Minoru jacket, coming soon to the blog. And taken with my new mirrorless Olympus camera, shown in the next photo. #heywhatsuphello

And that’s not all the good stuff, for me at least. I woke up this morning to WordPress telling me there had been an unprecedented amount of traffic to my little corner of the internet (way to go to make a girl feel inadequate WP). Why? Because the awe-inspiring Madalynne had mentioned me in her Best Sewing Blogs 2016 post! A serious bout of sewing starstruck-ness (is that even a word?!) ensued. If that weren’t enough, it wasn’t until I began voting for my own favourites that I noticed I’d been featured in a category! WOAH! Blogger You’d Most Like To Meet. OK, mind=blown. I do hope everyone else is having a Monday as awesome as mine.

Getting to know me

I’ve spoken many, many times before about how wonderful the sewing community is. Blogging, Instagram, Twitter. And I’m one of the lucky ones who knows other sewists in real life. But without the online community, it just would not be the same. I’d have nowhere near as much to swoon over for a start.

A little while ago now, the wonderful and very talented Rebecca of Red W Sews blog nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award. Thank you so much! I thoroughly enjoyed reading her answers to the set of questions her own nominator gave her. So, I wanted to answer the questions she set me, and since things have been a little quiet around here, why not now?Read More »

Taking Stock #3

A few days later than planned — mainly just due to being incredibly busy at work! — but I’m back for another mostly sewing related round-up.  There’s been so much going on around the place; the sewing-community-place, that I’ve struggled to keep up, never mind choose! I’ve certainly been swooning a lot. Also, since we had Halloween, I thought I’d add a category for that plus a new Fabric category too.

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Halloween 2015: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O’Neil and a vintage 1970s jumpsuit

How’re we all doing? Just a very quick one here to share my Halloween outfit with you all!

For those of you who follow me on social media, you may already be aware of me sewing a vintage 1970s jumpsuit pattern: Simplicity 7310 to be precise, which I picked up in a size 12 on Etsy from cornehl. All the way from America! The ten day wait for it to arrive was definitely making me sweat a little. But arrive, it finally did!

Behold the pattern instructions, pieces and minimal muslin.

I won’t go into the details too much — as there are some very detailed posts on Pigs in Pajamas who used the same pattern for the same outfit — except to say, I made the legs straight and took the sleeves in. I also redrafted the collar to be a convertible collar (this might be an American term), sewn by following Sarah Pondevie’s very good YouTube tutorial. The fabric is  yellow poly cotton drill, from Fabric Land (Bristol) for £4.99 per metre.

And I’m really happy with how it turned out! What do you think?! I even finished on time, without having to rush. Almost unheard of!

April O'Neil

Oh, and I cut all my hair off. I was going to do it a few weeks ago but thought I would combine it with the outfit.

So, did anyone else make anything for Halloween? What else is on your sewing table?

I shall back very soon with another Taking Stock post.

Taking Stock #2

Well, Taking Stock #1 went down much better than I expected! Thank you all so much for your comments. I’m in two minds whether to change up the image each time. What do you think? For now, I’ve decided to stick with the same one, especially as I don’t have a new one that’s nice.

Anyway, some great content has been cropping up over the interwebs and such over the past month so without further ado…

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