Monday, 4 January 2016

Hello 2016

4 days into 2016 and I have been hatching some sewing plans! I am not doing resolutions or goals this year but if I was to choose a word for the year it would probably be 'Recover' .

It is a long time since I have been able to commit to a big sewing project so I am really excited about sewing a jacket and a shirt for the Husband. He is tall and skinny so finds it hard to find clothes that fit (although M&S now do size medium (long) jumpers which are a revelation :) )

I bought these patterns ages ago then the shit hit the fan with Mum so they have been maturing nicely in my stash.The list of fabric and notions is quite extensive for the jacket so if anyone has any preferred places to buy tailoring supplies in the UK recommendations would be very welcome.

Plans for things for me will not be happening for a while. Part of my 'Recover' goal for the year is to shed the stone I have put on since August... I just hope it comes off as easily as it went on :)

After it is gone, I need to finish the dress on the left, it is almost done but the back bodice is too long so needs tweaked. Then I am going to make myself some jeans that fit. I hope it won't be too traumatic an experience since I have my trouser block and know the fitting adjustments I had to do to it, fingers crossed.

After that my winter coat needs either finished or recycled. The fabric is awful, it is a really loose weave and you can see in the picture that the interfaced front section is the correct length and the side panel is stretched by about 4 inches. Actually looking at the picture I think it is just going to recycling, life is too short to make nice things out of crap fabric. Maybe my Dad will let me raid my Mum's fabric stash to make a better version, I am sure she would approve.

Now, off to let out some trousers...


  1. Recover is a good word. If your Mum had a stash does that mean she was a seamstress too? Did she teach you? Also looking forward to seeing your makes for your husband.

    1. Mum did sew and has a small but lovely stash of mainly wool. She taught me how to sew when I was a teenager and then was there to help when I took it up for real in 2009. She was just getting back into sewing for herself when the cancer took hold. A x

  2. Those are great patterns! I just made my first pair of jeans and they were not nearly as bad as I thought they would be.

  3. Ooo... I'd love to see the clothes you create for your husband when you finish them!!!