Lisa @lisa_loynes sews Posh PJs!

Hi lovely sewing peeps…

 

I am so pleased to be on the Sew Crafty Design Team along with a great bunch of talented sewists some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in real life too!

Sammy asked us to put together a wishlist of fabric and haberdashery and a plan of what we would make.  I quickly got to work browsing the online shop. It was a gorgeous sunny morning and I was sat having coffee dreaming of sitting outside on a balcony somewhere hot whilst drinking it in luxury pyjamas.  Then it hit me….I would make said pyjamas for my first project! I chose to make the Nina Lee London Piccadilly Pjs in a gorgeously soft white cotton dobby. Now….anyone who knows me will know that white and I are a definite no-no!  I’m way too clumsy for coffee in white pyjamas however it was in my head so I went with it and I’m sooo glad I did! I trimmed them with mint green bias binding which I added a fancy lace edge stitch from my machine in a slightly deeper turquoise embroidery thread and little bow-shaped mint green buttons.

I had previously made these and they were a little on the large side so decided to size down with this pair.  Other than sizing down the only other change I made was to use the pocket piece from the Closet Case Carolyn Pyjamas.

I tested a little of the bias with the lace edge to see if would work.  I gotta admit, I’m not one to make things easy for myself, I decided to go ahead with my plan.  After all, they were gonna be pure luxury right? I hadn’t anticipated how long it would take as I had to wash out the stabiliser and leave it to dry before I could do anything with it.   I set to work and cut all the pieces of bias for each pattern piece, placed the water-soluble stabiliser under it as the machine basically stitches onto the stabiliser then when it’s washed out leaves your lacy edge.  Voila!!

As I’d changed the pocket pieces I had a bit more room to play with so decided to use the embroidery machine to do some fancy motifs on the pockets to match the buttons.  I’ve never embroidered onto dobby fabric before but it worked out just perfectly.

Construction was pretty straight forward and once I got started they progressed relatively quickly.  I made sure to use plenty of pins around the sleeve head and arm. I didn’t want any mishaps at this late stage!

Now, it was time to put the buttonholes in and buttons on.  I hear lots of people saying they have issues with their machine “not liking” buttonholes but I’ve never had any issues whatsoever with any of my Pfaff machines.  I always use the buttonhole gauge to get the placement of my buttons precise. This pattern calls for 6 buttons but I only had 5 so decided to rework them to fit.  I ended up only using 4. I started by finding the buttonhole that would sit where the full bust is as I wanted to make sure that there was no gaping and put a pin in it.

Once all the buttonholes were in place I put on Fray Check.  I use this on all my makes as I feel the buttonholes look neater if this is used.  Once this had dried I used my buttonhole chisel (another invaluable item in my sewing room after a disaster using my un-picker for opening buttonholes!!)

I decided at this point that a fully elastic waistband would be adequate as so skipped the tie waist as per the pattern.  I made the waistband pieces as the pattern but attached the waistband, folded it over then stitched around leaving a gap to thread the elastic through using a safety pin.  This worked out just fine and I was glad I’d done this. All that was left was to attach the label so that I put them on the right way round! I always attach a post-it note to the front or back until I’ve attached a garment label as sometimes it can get a bit confusing which way round they go.

All that remained to do was sit in my chair with a glass of something bubbly in the sunshine to take piccies for my blogpost.  

I am super happy with how they turned out and my fabric choice.  The cotton dobby washed, ironed and sewed like an absolute dream and it is so perfectly white.   These really did turn out to be my luxury pyjamas. If you fancy making yourself some, Sew Crafty has this dobby in a few different colourways on their website.  

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading.

See you next month!

Lisa

@lisa__loynes

Kathrine @paws_prints_and_patterns shows us her Sew Different Longline jacket…

The Sew Different Long Line Jacket

 

Back on a cold Monday morning in March, I had a lovely surprise when I found out that I’d won a Sew Different pattern in the So Visible Challenge run by @Sewover50 …

I browsed the Sew Different website and chose the lovely Long Line Jacket pattern. 

This wasn’t a pattern label I was previously familiar with and so it was great to find out that Laura is a fellow Yorkshire girl. The pattern arrived a few days later, beautifully presented, and I started to make plans.

Originally I imagined the jacket in dark indigo denim with contrasting pocket linings. However, when I found some gorgeous turquoise denim in the Sew Crafty shop, I could immediately see it with contrast in mustard yellow. The Figo lucky charms wishbone print was perfect.

I had my colours analysed years ago and turquoise was one of the colours I should apparently wear next to my face – so I expect lots of compliments when wearing my jacket!

My fabrics and threads arrived a few days later all beautifully packaged. I was ready to start…

The make…

The pattern itself is great to make. It has clear instructions, it is well-drafted and it comes together very nicely.

I would say that someone fairly new to sewing could manage this pattern as long as they follow the instructions carefully.

There are some interesting shapes and details which give the jacket a lovely finish. I especially love how the mitred corners look on the inside.

One of the corners gave me an issue (isn’t there always one?) but I think that was due to the slight stretch in the denim which meant that my cutting hadn’t been quite accurate enough. Perhaps my rotary cutter would’ve been better however I’m just healing a cut on my finger from a rotary accident so the cutter has been put away in shame for a while. Ouch.

I decided to use a Hong Kong finish on my inside seams. Hidden details please me and I think its nice when you hang a jacket over a chair if the inside also looks pretty.

I struggled to get the collar neat on the inside but after several attempts and quite a lot of unpicking, I’m happy with it. I also decided to add a facing to finish the bottom of the sleeves using the mustard contrast. This is just a little flash of hidden colour and provides a nice neat edge to the cuffs.

The photos were modelled in my garden just wearing the jeans and sandals I was already in but I’ve now worn the jacket on several both smart and casual occasions.

What’s next…

I’m all ready now planning further versions of the jacket, including a longer length one for the winter.

A lining would be easy but then I wouldn’t be able to have my pretty seams!

Can’t wait to get stuck into my next project!

Kathrine

Maria @apinchofsewing makes a beautiful summer blouse

Today Maria from @apinchfsewing

talks us through her choice of garment for the Sew Crafty Design Team project

Statement sleeves are definitely trendy and I really like the way they add a lovely detail to a garment!

I’ve had the Roho blouse by Coffee and Thread since it was released, but didn’t managed to make it until now! Even though the pattern offers a short sleeve option, more adequate to the warm weather that will hopefully soon arrive! My favourite is the long sleeve. There is also an option with the elasticised front but, as I wanted to showcase the beautiful fabric I opted for the non-elastic front. I think you’ll agree it was a good decision!

I made a size 2 according to my bust measurements. As the blouse is loosely fitted at the hips, I haven’t worried about that measurement, otherwise, I would have to grade a little.

The raglan sleeves have a shoulder pleat and elastic wrist that help shape and achieve this lovely effect. I also like that the neckline has facings, which I think looks neater than with bias, especially with this kind of fabric.

I chose to use the Pink and Lemon Blossom Print Viscose from Sew Crafty Online and it’s absolutely beautiful. The print, the colours and… the drape is dreamy.

I do adore a fabric with a lovely drape, even if that means that extra pins have to be used or that I have to be more careful sewing as it was the case with this fabric but, it was worth it. On the bright side of working with this fabric, it irons really well and hemming or making the elastic case wasn’t difficult.

The fabric, matching thread and elastic used in this project were provided by Sew Crafty Online but the opinion is my own and I can tell you that I am genuinely pleased with all the supplies. But you can see for yourself how gorgeous the fabric is and how perfect it is for projects that require fabric with some drape.

Thank you Sew Crafty Online for the supplies and you for reading.

Happy sewing,

Maria x

Carol’s @chatterstitch Kalle shirt with our Sevenberry Cotton

Hi there, I’ve got a little blog post to share with you
all about this gorgeous yarn-dyed cotton!

I saw this Sevenberry cotton on the Sew Crafty website and fell in love! It’s the perfect classic denim shirt colour, and when it arrived I was so not disappointed. The fabric has a lovely weight and structure and it’s perfect for so many on-trend garments right now.

I always pre-wash my fabric before cutting into it. I once neglected this stage and my gorgeous dress shrank the first time, I laundered it. So as soon as I received this, I popped it in my washing machine at 40 °C and then line dried. I absolutely love the nature of pure cotton, the way it washes and irons. So crisp and clean.  I couldn’t wait to get started and chose to make a Kalle Shirtdress from Closet case patterns.

There are three options with this pattern, a long shirtdress which falls at the knee a cropped version which is high-low with the front is at waist height. But as I’m a bit rounder in the middle than I’d like to be, I chose to make the mid-length. This gives sufficient coverage to allow the wearer to be unselfconscious, as it disguises the midriff! There is actually an exact double of my denim Kalle on the Closet case website, so I knew the look what I was aiming for.

If you’ve never made a shirt or shirt dress, I can strongly recommend the Kalle. Or even if you don’t like the pattern, you should still check out the Kalle sew along anyway as it’s so informative! Their simple collar tutorial is brilliant.

Although I’ve made collars before their manner of achieving a super crisp point is without rival!

As you sew up one of the short sides of the collar you insert a thread just before you turn, then turn and wrap the thread around the needle at the point of the collar (so you catch one stitch) Once you have stitched right round you can then use that thread to pull the collar point out!

The sew-along also gives a step by step Burrito yolk!

This is some kind of sorcery!

I’m really in love with my new Kalle shirtdress as I’m sure you can see! And the yarn-dyed cotton was the perfect fabric to make it in! The fabric is super, just gorgeous weight and quality, and it comes in five delicious colours!

As well as crisp shirts it would also be lovely made into a summer skirt or dress, I think it would make fabulous box pleats as the cotton holds creases so beautifully! Or, even lightweight Lander pants!

But as for my Kalle, I’m certainly going to get loads of wear from this throughout the summer, and as its natural fabric, it will keep me cool and fresh. Then once the seasons start to change, I’m planning on wearing a long-sleeved tee underneath.

What will you make?? ☺

Carol

Welcome to the new Samantha Claridge Studio Design team 2019!

Once again our call for talented sewing enthusiasts has been answered and we are pleased to welcome our new Samantha Claridge Studio Design team for 2019!

This wonderful team of designers will be creating projects and tutorials with our products to inspire you to get your make on. Each week we will link up their posts here and share their projects on Instagram, so make sure you are following us @sewcraftyshop and check out the #scdesignteam to keep up with all the team’s creations.

So here they are! Why not give them a follow and check out their blogs!…

Hello, I’m Jenny, I’ve been sewing for more than 20 years in various forms. I trained as a costume maker and nowadays I sew most of my own wardrobe and enjoy any sort of hand sewing I can do on the sofa!

Follow Jenny’s Blog – https://jennystitched.wordpress.com
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Sewist, psychologist, Londoner, traveller.  Alexa loves making clothes, particularly using her vintage patterns. She’s a little obsessed by 70s patterns and is currently trying not to drown under her fabric stash.

Follow Alexa over on her blog now: almostahippy.blogspot.com

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Hi! My name is Ali and I live in Birmingham with my hubby and two gorgeous kiddy winks. Over the last couple of years, I’ve really got into sewing. And over the last 30 something years, I’ve been crafty in general! I’ll have a go at most things but it seems crochet, embroidery and paper crafts have stuck with me alongside the sewing. I like making clothes for my family as well as incorporating my crafts into my home décor.

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Hi there, I’m Carol
although most people will know me as Chatterstitch!! Although I’m a scientist by day I’m a sewist by night. I chose this Instagram and blog name as it really is what I’m all about!! Just chatting and stitching! Although I have sewn since I was a girl (3rd gen) I’ve recently found a new enthusiasm as I’m really loving the social media and indie pattern side. I’m so excited to be part of the sew crafty design team and I can’t wait to share my makes with you all!

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Clare has been running Miss Maker for 6 years and juggles her time between looking after two little people; endless crafting, dressmaking and interiors projects of her own; providing an ever-expanding range of sewing and craft courses; creating easy to use patterns for small projects; freelance craft writing and creating individual fabric commissions.

Check out Miss Maker on her website and blog now: www.missmaker.co.uk

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I’m Sally aka the Yorkshire Sewist I’m also the joint organiser of Sew Up North – a sewing meet up in Leeds. Wife to my childhood sweetheart and Mama to 2 boys and a man mog. My day job is an Activities Coordinator for a Learning Disabilities home and it’s so rewarding. I’ve been sewing for nearly 5 years now and never looked back, must admit though I am a selfish sewer!
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Hi, I’m Kathrine, self-confessed sewing addict and dog lover! I’m a mum of four children and grandma to two granddaughters. 3 years ago, I made a huge life decision to leave my job as a Primary School Head Teacher and this has allowed me to live life in my
way and to follow my passions. I have been sewing for as long as I can remember, I was taught by my gran over 50 years ago sitting by her side using her old Singer machine.

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Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m a 45-year-old married mum to 3 girls. I live out in the countryside in a little village between Sheffield and Huddersfield. I started sewing when 2 of my girls did competitive figure skating and ice dancing just so I was able to make their practice clothes. This soon progressed to me making their competition dresses too. As they got older and GCSE’s were looming they decided that they wanted to quit skating to concentrate on their education. I missed sewing and it had become a passion so I started to make clothing for myself, the girls and my mum. I found Instagram and the sewing community and have met some lovely people, some I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life too! As I write this I’m only active on Instagram and am currently trying to pluck up the courage to start a blog. I am Looking forward to getting to know more of you lovely sewists out there!

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I’m Lucy a photographer by day and crafter by night, based in Liverpool. I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember(thanks to my mum) and sew everything from cross stitch patterns, cushions & bits for the house, to clothes. I used to mainly alter ready to wear clothes but got back into dressmaking in the last year as a way to switch off from a busy work schedule. I’m loving making a me-made wardrobe for me and my husband, and love making gifts for my niece’s.
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I’m Maria and in a past lifetime, I worked at an industrial hazardous waste management company. After changing my life completely, sewing appeared in my life and slowly but surely it becomes a big part of it and more than just a hobby. I started sewing for my girls and sometime later for myself. One of the things I like the most in sewing is a neat finishing and a beautiful garment inside and out. Also, I like the fact that there is always something new to learn.
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I’m Marsha, 36 and a mum to three girls. I have been sewing on and off since I was 16. Moving to Britain from Australia when I was 19 and have only got back into sewing 7 years ago. I love sewing for myself and my kids.

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Hi! I’m Natalie and I am 33 years old. I live in Maidenhead with my husband and 2-Year-Old Daughter. I used to sew as a child; bought a sewing machine about 5 years ago to make a patchwork quilt but then only took it up again about 6 months ago and can’t stop! My little girl and making presents for people is where I usually end up with my sewing but now looking to make things for myself. I love all crafts; I have been doing Scrapbooking and card making since I was at university and I have a rather serious obsession for all things Disney which has found its way into my sewing 🙂 I cant wait to get started as part of the design team and learn from these amazing sewing experts!

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Hello! My name is Romy and I live in Coventry. I’ve been sewing for around 3 and a half years and love making clothes with cute prints you wouldn’t find in the shops.  My favourite garments to sew are fit and flare dresses and jersey tops.  I’m really looking forward to trying new fabrics and patterns for the Sew Crafty blog!

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Rudy got her sewing machine for Christmas 2014 and has taught herself to sew in the following months. She professes to still be very much a beginner but loves to sew clothes, to quilt, and to do papercrafts. She loves to experiment with new techniques and keeping herself learning.

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I’m Rachel a stitchy obsessive from Yorkshire, I live with my husband, son and mammoth fabric stash that is out of control. I’ve been sewing for 5 years now and although primarily a dressmaker has just ventured into bag making too which is a whole new world of haberdashery items to drool over. In my non-sewing time, I’m a nurse practitioner, trying to balance a busy workload, being a mum and wife and a love of running along with finding time with my sewing machine is always a challenge!

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My name is Steph, I am a busy mama, sewer, designer and all-round geek girl! I love to design and sew unique toys and dolls, cute clothing (particularly kids clothing) and I am now dipping my toe into the waters of cosplay! if I’m not at my sewing machine there’s a good chance I’m working on my digital illustration or planning my next D&D campaign.
Check out Stphs new Blog: www.stephwalker.wixsite.com/dungeonmama     ( much more content very soon!)

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Keep your eyes peeled for the project blog posts to come, they are corkers!