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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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The ever-popular, ever-versatile Fulwood is back in stock and now it’s better than ever!
the t-shirt (above in woven and knit).
The instructions also now explain how to extend the sleeves of the bodice to make the batwing dress (above).
The PDF version of the pattern has also been updated with these improvements and if you had already bought the PDF you will by now have received an email telling you that an updated version is available to download.
I’ve been wearing my one piece dress in black ponte roma loads, it’s comfortable to wear and easy to dress up or down. Yes I have a grey on in the planning and yet more hacks! Watch this space.
If you’re starting to plan your autumn/winter sewing, this one is the perfect dress for layering and looks great with a long sleeved top underneath and worn over tights or leggings. What are you waiting for? Get yours now!
And if that wasn’t enough, watch out over the next few days for news of a Fulwood kit……!!
Kate Brookes is a sewing blogger based in Sydney Australia, but she’s originally from…..yes, you guessed it, Sheffield!! All good things come from Sheffield!
She’s now written a lovely review of them which includes some Sheffield nostalgia, sewing, squeezing a pint out of a half pint pot (in fabric terms) and inspiring one of her 11 year old sewing students to also make a Brightside Shrug!
It’s a great read, have a look.
Hooray, you can now buy the Wisewood pattern as a PDF download and get sewing instantly!
I have to confess I love this pattern (is it a bit weird to say that about one of your own patterns?!) That sleeveless dress version in the picture above? I wear it soooo much in the summer, it’s comfortable and flattering to wear and can easily be dressed up or down.
The pattern has 2 cowl options – a standard depth cowl that you could probably wear without the need for a vest underneath or a dramatic deeper version that falls into lots of luxurious folds and drapes. Shown above is the top with the deeper cowl and the dress with the regular cowl.
The pattern includes 2 different ways to finish the deeper cowl: simply left to drape through the whole of the dress front, or with the bottom part stitched out to give a more fitted dress below the waist which emphasises the beautiful drape of the cowl neck, like the one below:
Both dress and top versions are included in the pattern and the instructions will walk you through inserting sleeves or how to add a beautifully professional finish to the sleeveless version as well as the different ways to finish the cowl.
8 sizes are included in the pattern ranging from bust size 80cm to 111cm (31.5″ to 44″) and hip size 88cm to 119cm (34.5″ to 47″). This pattern is sized based on body measurements not dress sizes and includes full details of finished garment measurements for each size to make sure you get the right size first time.
Here is a lovely selection made by my students in sewing classes at MIY Workshop:
There’s more inspiration on this dedicated Wisewood Pinterest board.
Get your Wisewood pattern now for just £9 and start sewing tonight.
If you’re not a fan of PDF patterns, the Wisewood is also available as a paper pattern here.
I’ve known the lovely Kerry Green for a while in the virtual world and she most recently interviewed me for her column in Sewing World magazine. Kerry does a lot of patchwork and quilting, but also makes most of her own clothes and blogs about both at http://verykerryberry.blogspot.co.uk
I asked Kerry if she would be up for reviewing one of my patterns and was thrilled when she agreed (she’s a busy woman and I’m not quite sure how she fits it all in!). Kerry chose the Longley cardi and has written a really detailed review of the pattern in this blog post. She also includes a little tutorial on how to finish the back neck of the cardi with binding. Have a look, it’s such a nice detail.
If you need a bit of fabric inspiration, Ditto has a great range of excellent quality knits.
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!
There have been some great reviews of the Longley cardigan recently. I guess January is cardigan time of year for a lot of the world and what could be better than a cosy, stylish, easy to wear, quick to make cardi?!
Rae Hoekstra, the US designer behind Made by Rae sewing patterns made this gorgeous version:
….and wrote a glowing review of the pattern! Read it here.
Published on the same day was a review by Anne who blogs as Compulsive Seamstress and has so far made 2 Longley cardigans:
Photos © Compulsive Seamstress
Read Anne’s review of the pattern here.
I love that both these bloggers aren’t stopping at just one cardi, Anne is onto her 3rd and Rae has lots more planned. Surely the sign of a great pattern?!