Sunday, 7 September 2014


I’ve been pretty busy sewing over the past few weeks.  When it was too hot outside, I came in and sewed!  I did a little photo shoot in the back garden with Maurice as my photographer.  Here are some of the things I have made:

First off, Prefontaine Shorts from Made by Moxie.  I got the pattern in the Perfect Pattern Parcel.  This is the second make out of that PPP.  I made these in gorgeous red and yellow quilting cotton, with yellow pockets and binding.


This blouse is from a free pattern with the magazine Love Sewing.  The pattern is by Simple Sew.   I must admit I needed some help with this one! The instructions weren’t very good!  I go to a dressmaking ‘drop-in’ on a Tuesday morning at More Sewing. I love this fabric!  The photo doesn’t really show it off to it’s best.  It was a remnant from  C&H Fabrics in Brighton.  With it’s 3/4 length sleeves, I think this will get a lot of wear in the autumn.


This blouse is probably the best thing I have ever made!  The pattern is New Look 6104.  It did need a little altering across the back, which Laura at More Sewing helped me with.  The fabric is an off white broderie anglais from Fabricland.  It will go with lots of things in my wardrobe so will get a lot of wear.


Finally – a kimono!  This is a free pattern from Sew Caroline.  I do love a free pattern!  I find patterns very expensive, and if you add the cost of the fabric, it is often not a lot cheaper to make clothes these days!  This kimono was made from a remnant from C&H fabrics which cost about £7, and the trim was about £3, which makes a total of £10, not bad!  I had to make the kimono about 1” shorter in the length and the sleeves as I did not have quite enough fabric!  But I think it looks OK.


My next project is the Lilou dress from Tillie’s book, Love at First Stitch.  I have it cut our ready to begin sewing.  After that I’ll be looking for some ideas for autumn/winter sewing.


Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I love seeing all your sewing projects, Linda. Your shorts look great. I remember having a very similar style back in the 80s. The broderie blouse is lovely. I agree that the Simple Sew instructions are not the best. The Ruby dress pattern from the last issue of Love Sewing didn't even mention that you needed a zip, let alone what size! I had to do some detective work. I'm off to Salisbury shortly on the hunt for a concealed zip to match the dress I'm making. My local habdash doesn't have a very good selection, unless you want black or navy!

Chicken Licken said...

OOO get you! some gorgeous bits here Linda. Well done!

alexa said...

Love your joie de vivre in that final photo - sewing really does make you happy :). Your garments are lovely, and you are clearly getting very skilled ...