At the start of this year I committed to not buying any new clothes year if I could possibly make them myself. I wanted to use my sewing skills to be more intentional in my wardrobe, being aware that if I was spending money on fabric and pattern and then spending significant time on creating the garment, then the investment would be bigger and therefore the hope would be that what I make would last longer.
I made a holiday wardrobe in a very short space of time before my trip to Marrakesh in February ( just pre Pandemic mayhem ) and then Covid hit, and I got consumed by Cornwall Scrubs and somehow blogging about it all just wasn't on my radar.
But here we are 5 months later, and I'm starting to think about what i have achieved this year as we make our way to Autumn and a wardrobe transition once again.
By far and away my most favourite pattern of my holiday wardrobe was the Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory which I made in a heavyish weight denim which I found very cheaply on Ebay, many moons ago.
I read so many reviews about this as I didn't have time to make a muslin first and in general I decided I needed to lengthen the bodice by two inches and reduce the rise by one and on the whole I am just so thrilled with this make. I feel amazing in it, and always get compliments and the Zadie Love has spread like wildfire through the sewists in my lovely sewing community Kernow Sewcial ( come join us it's free and so much fun!! ) and I even made one in Ankara as part of the August Get Set Sew Challenge for my little girls 2nd Birthday. Which I will share in a blog post another day!
The only thing I would change for next time is the leg length... I would like this to be more wearable in the winter and I hope to make one in Corduroy for the colder months once I have got through the massive backlog of sewing I am looking at as I type! Oh and there is an odd bump on the wrap point that I think needs grading out.
I sized down by two sizes I think as it is very loose fitting in terms of ease, and I also took an extra 2 inches out of each leg to reduce the fullness as I wanted the legs to be slightly more streamlined
I would recommend this pattern for anyone - it's clearly illustrated and the instructions are great and the fit is spot on. It is such a flattering and comfy garment and totally feels like pyjamas disguised as clothes!
If you haven't caught my live in Kernow Sewcial earlier, here it is, #getsetsewaugust challenge is to make a Sweatshirt!
There's a lot of info in my live so do watch it back, but in a nutshell it doesn't have to specifically be a sweatshirt - it could be a hoody, or an oversized boxy sweater, or a jumper dress... it could be for you, your partner, your child or grandchild your neighbour, your mate, your dog! I just want you to have a go at working with a more stable stretch fabric like a french terry or a sweat-shirting, maybe add a ribbing neckline or cuff, see how it feels.
You don't have to buy anything for this, you can repurpose an old sweatshirt and chop it up if you like, have a go at your own 're-invention' challenge.
I will upload the information sheet to the files but the key thing you need to know is:
You will need a use a ball point or stretch needle....
Also this is a great opportunity to try a twin needle for some of these patterns where it might be appropriate - they're so fun!
As with last month I have put together a pinterest board with a whole array of pattern options for you to suit all tastes and skills and budgets, including some kids patterns. If you know of a good pattern and its not on there, link it below this post when I share it and I'll add it in.
I have a 2 year old who is, right now at 11 o clock at night going completely nuts and insisting I sing sleepy bunnies so she can dance, while making siren noises and demanding peppa pig, so needless to say I am somewhat behind this evening....
Get, Set, Sew!!!! August has Landed
Sewing. pattern cutting, teaching, tea and Jelly Babies!