Sewing Goals

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Ever since I started to learn to sew I’ve wanted to sew my own clothes. I’ve managed to successfully make a couple of things but I’m not confident in my clothes sewing skills despite being reasonably confident on my sewing machine.

This year I am determined to expand my me made wardrobe and to expand my dressmaking skills so here are my sewing goals for 2016.

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Archer Shirt by Grainline Studio
I love shirts but they gape. They all bloody gape at the front! The thought that I might be able to sew my own, non-gapey shirt to wear is too exciting. So far I’ve been put off by all the construction… Eek! So much sewing goes into a good shirt. Plus buttonholes – I’ve never really conquered my fear of sewing actual buttonholes so I’m just going to go for it and hope for the best! It really helps that Jen from Grainline Studio has got a brilliant sew along for the Archer Shirt on her blog. I’ve already read through it all and I’m going to try to follow it step by step instead of trying to muddle through the pattern alone.

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Lilou Dress from Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes
I had planned to make this dress last year for my brother-in-law’s wedding but I got scared by all the altering it would have needed to fit me well. I’m very short waisted, big busted and have a large tummy in front compared to the rest of me (thanks kids – you totally ruined my stomach muscles!). This year I have a couple more weddings t attend and I am determined that my Marvel print fabric will be made into a dress for me to wear to them!

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Jenna Cardi by Muse Patterns
Of course if I’m making a dress I’ll need a cardi or two to go with it and this is my perfect pattern. I’m not much copy at knitting or I’d be doing that so sewing lovely cardi with a knit fabric is a good comprise. I’ve yet to find my perfect fabric for this but I’ll get there!

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Hudson Pants by True Bias Patterns
I mostly live in cosy, easy to wear clothes so these have been on my mind for a while. They look like the perfect bottoms for mooching about in or for running about after the kiddos.

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Jasper Sweater by Paprika Patterns
This is another one that has been on my mind for a while. I have plans to make this with a cosy fleece to cuddle up in come next autumn/winter. I really would love one now, but I think I have to be realistic about when I’m actually going to make all of these clothes!

2016 is going to be my year of sewing.  I have such a ridiculous stash of fabric that is languishing waiting for the right project. Well, this year I’m just going to sew. My evenings are now all about less TV and more creativity!

Have you any sewing resolutions for the year ahead? Are you going to make any of my “must sew”  patterns in 2016?  I’d love to hear from you!

(None of those photos are mine btw, all photo credits to the creators of the patterns!)

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Sewing Softies

For most of 2015 I was a bad blogger. I had so little brain power that managing to get crafty was a trial, writing about it was impossible!

This year I’m determined to be different! I’ve realised that the biggest thing holding me back is the dreaded goggle box so this year I’m going on a bit of a TV diet. My evenings are for reading and making, with the odd film thrown in for good measure!

Already this year I’ve managed to pick up an unfinished plan and get going with it! I found this book hidden in the depths of my sewing room.
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Sewn Toy Tales by Melly & Me. I bought it when I was still very new to sewing and I was determined that I would hone my skills making beautiful soft toys for my children. Unfortunately, always reaching a bit further that I should, I decided to start with one of the more complicated patterns in the book. I discovered it was all a bit too fiddly for me and I put the book away and forgot about it.

I was having a bit of a clear out before Christmas (my sewing room had to be fit to accommodate some guests over the festive season) and discovered loads of books I forgot I even had. Sewn Toy Tales came back into my life just in time for me to sew up a present for my niece’s birthday. January birthdays are hard to remember to fit in after the craziness of Christmas so I’m really glad I found this book in time to sew her something!

I had planned since I bought the book to make Mabelle the Mouse for her so once I hoked out some suitably lovely floral fabric I got cracking. And then I promptly realised why I hadn’t made her the mouse before! Everything is on such a small scale that it was so fiddly! The tiny arms and feet were so hard to sew well. Then once they were made I realised I had over stuffed them so machine sewing them into place was incredibly difficult. There was a lot of hand sewing done at the end to make sure everything was well secured. I’ll definitely do the next one better!

I love how she turned out though and my niece was delighted. Apparently this mouse has been renamed Squeak and is very happy in her new home!

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Squeak!

I’m looking forward to making more toys this year. It was a great way to improve on my sewing skills. I’d advise any novice sewists that this book is great, there’s loads of really useful information in it and the patterns are beautiful but start with the easier patterns at the start of the book so you don’t put yourself off!!

I have another kiddo’s birthday this January(on the 7th!) so I better get cracking on another pattern!