March Makes 2020

March Makes 2020

I am sew happy! I sewed my first classic jacket. I followed a basic Chanel Jacket pattern from Sew Style Vintage magazine. The original pattern was fully lined to the seam, I drafted my own facings and sewed them in using  a Sew custom jacket tutorial. In these initial photos you can see that I haven’t set the sleeves in properly, and you can see gathers. I am using the Blue prints for Sewing tutorial and have unpicked the seams in the lining and the sleeves and will set them properly. I found that, the around the sleeve and the arm hole had a difference of 1 inch so I also unpicked part of the side seam to lower the armscye by ½ an inch to set the sleeves second time lucky without any gathering.

For the main I used a  wool-mix fabric from Maybachufer markt,  my very own Aladins cave in Berlin. I went for a cheerful printed viscose fabric for the lining from Coalville Fabrics. For the trim I used a chained gimp from in Europe and the same company is known as  Myfabrics in the UK this slightly weighted chained gimp gave the jacket a nice structure. I love this jacket and it goes well with both casual and smart looks, a real treat to wear.


One month after completing this jacket looking at it in my dress form daily I have unpicked the sleeves and adjusted the sleeve heads and I am really happy with the final result.

Pattern testing

Pattern Union Lisa Bias Skirt

This fabulous flattering pattern has no side seams and 4 variations to sew. I sewed rouleaus for the first time for buttons with this pattern and I liked it sew much I ended up sewing 3 skirst straight one after the other. The first check scuba crepe fabric is from Coalville fabrics, the royal blue soft linen from Maybachufer markt in Berlin and finally the buckles and belts print is a viscose mix  from Ribes & Casals in Barcelona Spain. This is a fast construction and the whole process from print, cut and sew can be completed in just under 2 hours. I overlocked all my pattern pieces on the edges before sewing. Which of my three versions of the Lisa bias skirt do you like the best?




Sinclair Patterns Lulu Romper

I enjoy testing for Sinclair patterns the instructions are clear and I get to work directly with my petite size as most companies sew for an average height of 5’8 I come in at 5’3. The Lulu romper has many options. What I also like is as always Sinclair patterns have extra tips and detail to produce a high quality garment, there are instructions for adding stability to seams, and the construction comes together like a dream.

I made my first version in a pretty blue and white floral scuba crepe fabric from Coalville fabrics.  Rather than the romper I chose to go for the separates to get more wear. My second version I made a top only, again full sleeve length in navy viscose jersey. What I love about the top is compared to other faux wrap tips, this top is modest at the neckline and perfect for work wear. Also there is no visible stitch line at the at the wrap section and neither is it a double bodice which adds bulk. The trousers are quick to sew as elasticated waist and I found these had a flattering fit.

Here is my non-affiliated link for the pattern

What do you think, willing to give rompers a go? Look at what everyone else has made.

DG Sisters Saki Dress

The Saki dress has a full button down front (first time sewing a button placket!) and a tie around your natural waistline. The sleeves are amazing, three quarters long with a generous split open cuff. This is a good pattern to transition from intermediate beginner to advanced beginner. The dress can also be worn as a Duster specially in warm weather, pretty protection from the sun without overheating you. I enjoyed working through the construction process, and found you could transition from one step to the next without any complications. There is a fair bit of top stitching in this pattern, which gives it a nice crisp finish, you can see this in the placket and sleeves in the close up photo. Fabric is a nice viscose light to medium weight from Coalville Fabrics



Sweet Briar Sisters Bunny Rabbit

This is not an item to wear, it is part of a vintage toys series and is hand on heart one of the most adorable bunny rabbits I have seen and I am so happy I got to test out the pattern. As recommended I purchased a pair of haemostats for gripping and turning the pieces out and for sure they will be a useful addition to my sewing tools! This is a cute project to finish up your scraps.l and makes a great gift for all ages.

This is a free pattern so there is nothing stopping you from sewing your own version of adorability!


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