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- Still sorting through all the samples that recently came back from the last photoshoot for my new book How to Sew Sustainably 🪡 Note to self: do more of this as a break from all the thinky work!Yay I actually got my sewing machine out this afternoon!! In total I probably sewed about 10cm 😆 every stitch counted though as I was repairing this key case of partner's that originally belonged to his grandmother. Over the decades and through lots of recent use the sides had started to come apart. The leather is really soft and it gets a lot of use so we decided good strong machine stitching would be better than a visible hand sewn mend. Hopefully it now has decades more use in it 💚What's your go-to "pick up / put down" job to keep your hands busy and give your brain a rest?Leftover fabrics from Sewing Basics For Every Body now in a sample in How to Sew Sustainably! ⭕♻️
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She recently made the Roehampton Culottes from my book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” and I instantly wanted to steal them! They’re so my style; Aimee’s chosen the kind of fabric I’d have gone for and wears them pretty much how I would choose to.
Kerry Green (aka Very Kerry Berry), writes an excellent column for Sewing World magazine called The Final Thread which is always a well-written and thoughtful read. Obviously I was very happy when Kerry got in touch to feature MIY Collection in a piece she was writing on what she terms “practical patterns” the name she’s given to the utilitarian inspired patterns out there that are designed for modern living rather than vintage tea parties.
I’m in great company alongside Merchant & Mills, Marilla Walker and Sew Me Something.
Make yourself a brew and have a read!
You will find some little extras in your next printed MIY Collection sewing pattern:
- a fabric shopping checklist to make sure you pick the right fabric for your pattern (for patterns that use knit fabrics)
- a comprehensive guide on how to take your measurements with an explanation of that mysterious thing called ease.
Just because. Every little helps doesn’t it?!
Don’t you think Kylie of Inledesigns looks cute in her version of the Brightside shrug? She’s made it look so ladylike by teaming it with her Kim dress.
Photo © Inledesigns
It’s one of the things that this pattern is great for: a non-bulky, grown-up, chic alternative to a cardi when you just need that little extra layer over the top of your frock!
Photo © Inledesigns
But even better, although Kylie made it for a special occasion it’s becoming a wardrobe staple. I just love that!
Well overdue, I finally launched 2 new MIY Collection patterns at last week’s Knitting & Stitching show and they’re now also available online from the MIY Collection Pattern Shop.
The first is the Kelham, the ultimate A-line skirt pattern.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t suit an a-line skirt shape and the Kelham includes:
- 7 sizes (based on body measurements not confusing dress sizes)
- 2 different ways to finish the waist (waistband or waist facing)
- 2 length options marked on the pattern
- 3 style variations (completely plain, with pockets or with a CF pleat).
There’s so much you can do with an a-line skirt pattern and it will look great in a range of fabrics from cotton poplin, linen, denim, corduroy or lightweight wool.
Get your copy here.
The second pattern is the Wisewood cowl neck dress and top.
I love a draped cowl neck, they’re so flattering and easy to wear and this pattern went down a storm at the Knitting & Stitching show.
Both top and dress versions are included in the pattern as well as:
- 8 sizes (based on body measurements not confusing dress sizes)
- 2 depths of cowl
- 2 different ways to finish the deeper cowl
- sleeved and sleeveless versions.
This one is a pattern for stretch knits and works in a wide variety; a viscose jersey will give you a beautifully draped lightweight version – great for tops, a good quality ponte roma (try and find one with viscose rather than polyester) will result in a dramatic sculptural effect in a gorgeous cosy dress.
Get your copy here.
MIY Collection Kits
Another exciting launch at the show was MIY Collection Kits. Including a pattern, carefully selected beautiful quality fabric appropriate for the pattern in a quantity to allow for shrinkage in pre-washing and matching colour thread. Kits are available for the following patterns:
They will be available online just as soon as I’ve photographed them!