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How Do You Get Your Sew-Jo Back?

Has your enthusiasm for sewing ever left you temporarily? I think this is a perfectly normal phenomenon, but how do you get it back? After working 60 hour weeks to write my new book whilst keeping the rest of my business going for the last 9 months, mine was on the wane.

Although I do a lot of sewing that’s not necessarily just for me, such as making samples for my books and developing new patterns, I still enjoy it. Most sewing I do is enjoyable, I stopped doing the things I don’t enjoy (making wedding outfits for other people and doing alterations) years ago.

So I decided the way out of my sew-jo doldrums was to make something purely just for me using someone else’s pattern, so that I could just wallow in the joy of making the damn thing!

And here’s what I decided to do: big comfy knickers!! (Note for readers outside the UK – I will use the terms knickers and pants interchangeably and I know a lot of you will call what I refer to as trousers, pants. I’m sure we’re still all on the same wavelength though, yes?!)


  1. I wouldn’t have to spend a lot of money on loads of fabric and could even use up some of my leftover jersey fabrics (of which I have rather a lot…)
  2. I needed some new pants and always buy them slightly begrudgingly from M&S, resenting the rubbish fabric and cheap scratchy trims.
  3. The ones I buy never fit 100% as I’d like them too.
  4. It’s a quick project which suits me as I didn’t allow myself much “playtime”.

Here is my first wearable toile:

big knickers

I know, I know, they don’t look all that, but I decided to suck it up and brave some pics of them on, as honestly, they’re the most comfortable pants I have ever donned. So, look away now if the sight of me in my pants is likely to offend…..

scrundlewear boy shorts

Let’s pretend they’re bikini bottoms right? Then it’s not so weird.

I really enjoyed making them, they took maybe an hour tops (as I was fiddling around with different ideas and techniques) and they are super easy. I reckon even a beginner could have a go at these, I made this pair without my overlocker as I was just toiling and trying things out as I went along.

The fabric is a bamboo / lycra jersey from Raystitch and it’s dreamy fabric to use for pants – cool, soft and comfortable to wear next to the skin.

The pattern is the Boy Short pattern from Stitch Upon a Time’s Scrundlewear pattern. Strange name, but don’t let that put you off!! There are 3 different styles of pant in the pattern, numerous finishing methods and 7 sizes.

I have to thank Kerry Green for bringing the pattern into my radar.  She’s made a few of them now and look what she made most recently…..


…a gorgeous PJ set using the Scrundlewear pants and my t-shirt from Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking. That looks like a match made in comfort heaven to me!

So, back to the original question:

How have you got your sew-jo back? 

I’d love to know and I’m planning to write about this in my Love Sewing column, so I might just feature your story (with permission of course)!

Practical Patterns – MIY Collection in Sewing World Magazine

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.

MIY Collection patterns in Sewing World magazine

I’m in great company alongside Merchant & Mills, Marilla Walker and Sew Me Something.

Make yourself a brew and have a read!

MIY Collection Longley Cardi Pattern Reviewed by Very Kerry Berry

MIY Longley Cardi Review by Very Kerry Berry

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’re inspired to have a go at making your own, the pattern is available in print for £15 and as a PDF download for £9.

If you need a bit of fabric inspiration, Ditto has a great range of excellent quality knits.