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Dressmaker’s course- One of the best things I did in 2015

Up until last year I had a real fear of using sewing machines which I definitely think stemmed from those Home Economics classes you may remember from school if you are of a certain age! I did have one many years ago but just didn’t have the confidence to use it properly and ended up packing it away in the loft where it subsequently got damaged and then I got rid of it.

Last year I took the plunge and booked myself on a 5 week basic sewing course to learn how to use a sewing machine. The course was great and I learned how to make a cushion cover, insert zips and made an apron too. During that course ( where  used a Janome sewing machine) I managed to find a great sewing machine of my own. That way I didn’t have to panic if I broke anything as it then belonged to me. This in itself gave me more confidence when I was using it.

My gorgeous Janome baby in action

My gorgeous Janome baby in action

Having done that course and seeing my IG account full of lovely peeps who make lots of great items at home I decided to go ahead and booked myself on a proper dressmakers course, 12 weeks long where I could choose a garment of my choice to make. So in order to get the most out of the course I decided to aim high with a fitted shirt with pockets, sleeves, cuffs, collars and buttonholes- I like to aim high LOL

So week by week as everyone else’s skirts and sleeveless tops were coming together and actually looking like a garment mine was still a pile of fabric pieces for a very, very long time.

Not too bad for a first make on my starters dressmaking course

Not too bad for a first make on my starters dressmaking course

I was surprised at how well this turned out to be honest, there are mistakes in there but I suppose if you don’t know what you are looking for then you won’t see them. I tend to wear it with either black jeans or my denim skirt with tights, a black or charcoal grey vest top underneath with one of my long decorative necklaces over it. As a complete sewing novice this was a hell of a lot of work but I did learn loads which means I now have skills for lots of new patterns.

My IG feed is full of sewers and their fabulous makes and so is a great inspiration for ideas of what to make and one of the fav’s was the Dottie frock pattern which is right up my street. So I opted for a denim look chambray and a contrast  ‘London’ style fabric for the pockets. This is perfect for over tights or leggings and boots and one of my granny style cardi’s.

I wear a long sleeve top underneath, cardi on top and a big coloured scarf for a 'lots of layers' look

I wear a long sleeve top underneath, cardi on top and a big coloured scarf for a ‘lots of layers’ look

Now I am making pj’s which I need several pairs of and I have several different fabric prints for these so I will post a picture when they are done. Therefore, it is very safe to say I have been bitten by the sewing bug. I received a few patterns as Christmas presents too and have a long sewing ‘To Do’ list already.

Anyone else have the sewing bug? I would love to see what you are making.


My dressmaking journey begins.

Today I started a 12 week course in dressmaking. This is something I have been wanted to do for ages since getting hooked on the Great British Sewing Bee. I started my sewing journey earlier this year with a basic 6 week course learning to use a sewing machine, basic hems etc and even went on to make some cushion covers and a tote bag!

I thoroughly enjoyed this course after years of being almost frightened of sewing after horrible memories from secondary school ( bet I’m not alone there!). I was desperate to get a close enough proper dressmaking course as I want to get patterns and make things for myself. I daily see people’s makes on IG and am very jealous and even bought the Dottie Frock pattern as most people said it was suitable for beginners. It probably is but I excitedly opened the pattern and then had instant confusion and folded everything back into the package! Sad but true. So I am hoping this course I started today will sort out any confusion I have that puts me off trying things.

The #dottiefrock

The #dottiefrock

Today we had our introduction class, leaned how to take proper measurements and decided individually what we wanted to make. After the tutor made it clear that you will really only get the skills that your pattern requires ( although we will get to see others use other skills on their garments) I decided that I would chuck myself in at the deep end and get as many skills as possible- so I decided on a fitted style shirt, with long sleeves, cuffs, a proper collar, buttons and chest pockets!  NO LAUGHING PLEASE

I am going for the one on the right although so just have to find some suitable fabric

I am going for the one on the right although so just have to find some suitable fabric

This could be a huge gamble on my part as it may just put me off for life, but somehow I don’t think so. My reasoning is that then I have the skills for most garments right? It will include using interfacing for the collar, learning buttonholes, adjusting darts etc so hopefully then attempting my Dottie frock later on will be easy peasy…………..

So this week will mainly be fuelled by online pattern searching and in shop fabric shopping…………c’mon what’s not to like?

Knitting Project #7-9 – 2012

I have actually knitted lots but hate the sewing up part, that way I have lots of projects knitted but not finished!!

So here are a few I have managed to finish properly and photograph.

Girls sparkly hand warmers complete with bows!

Summer scarf- cotton mix so cool to wear

Beanie hat complete with sparkly flower

I still have more to post but I need to stop procrastinating and get on with the bloody sewing up!!

The projects are getting a little more involved each time so watch this space for the next few.

Knitting project #5 – 2012

Now this probably has been the most difficult stitch wise for me. I haven’t knitted in about 20 years, but now I want to get back to the level I once was!! I’m hoping to move onto cable soon too (sad I know, but play along).

Anyway, I had this pattern and wool from a knitting magazine that I had bought before Christmas. As I started to get some confidence back with my knitting, I decided to try it.

Amazingly I knitted it up in one evening!! Surprised even myself.

I left the sewing up until the next day and this was the final product…….

Not bad eh?

So good I thought I would model it ( those of a nervous disposition should look away now)

LOL I don’t have Beanie hair………………………..so anyone that does is welcome to the hat!!!

On to the next one.