The Aisling Blouse

Pretty square neck

Flattering shape.

Add your own sparkly buttons.

Gathered cuffs

Ready to go!

This is my take on the Aisling Blouse from Jennifer Lauren .

https://jenniferlaurenhandmade.store/product/the-aisling-blouse/

This pattern company is a first for me. I have always used the big four or five pattern companies, only because they were the only ones available from shops, certainly before the internet! When the internet happened I stubbornly stuck with those names I knew!

These are the differences I found in my new sewing adventure!

First I must point out this pattern was included, along with two others, in The Simply Sewing (issue eighty) magazine. Given that I will use two of the three patterns this was a very good purchase given the cost of dressmaking patterns

https://www.gathered.how/magazines-simply-sewing/

Positives

  • Detailed photo on the package and multi sized.
  • Strong pattern paper.
  • Plenty of extra advice regarding measurements with imperial and metric used.
  • Dressmaking terms avoided, step by step guidance.

Negatives

  • Missed the extra marking points for example at the sleeve insertion stage.
  • The thicker paper meant you could not place the pattern so easily.
  • I found the sleeve notches on sleeve and body piece did not match.
  • A small point but you are advised to press the collar for example then push out the corners which makes it more awkward. Also why mark the button placement so early on in the process? It can be done when the top is complete ensuring perfect placement.

In summary I enjoyed the make and am looking forward to wearing it.

Lesson Learned

I will try very hard now to be more adventurous and try new designers and pattern makers!

Air pods and Ear buds

These sweet storage cases are great for keeping every little thing safe from ear rings to ear buds. Padded and zipped with a loop attached they make lovely little gifts.

If you would like a particular colour do contact me here, or via Etsy in the above link, and I will do my best to help. That is the beauty of handmade!

New Dog Walker bags

Been having great fun sewing these cross body bags for walking with your furry friend and they are proving popular. Loads of room for all your bits and bobs, and made from either recycled or new (run out of old jeans!) jeans denim.

Up for grabs in my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SewnUpGifts

Happy walking everyone and stay safe.

Nip and a tuck!

So chuffed with myself for actually doing some dressmaking felt inspired to show it off!  Not much but its a start back on the dressmaking trail.  Should be thinking about Christmas sewing but hey ho, there is nowhere to go just at the mo so making the most!

Hope you like my effort here, sewing therapy is a great thing!

Simplicity 8454, lovely pattern but I had to really squeeze it out, due to raiding my “to make” fabric stash.   As a result the neck binding is not on the bias, still I can live with it or grow my hair to cover up!

 

Travel Bag

This is a zippy little bag to put the travel bits in.  I know not many of us are able to plan any travel just now but get those travel docs and money ready, just in case!

Available in my Etsy Shop Sewn Up Gifts

Sewn Up Gifts Etsy

“Made sewers of us all.”

Have you noticed that since nearly all of us have been confined at home and perhaps garden, there has been an upsurge in all things crafty? Its amazing really. I used to cook, but now a definite no no to that. Perhaps a catering training was too much! I cannot draw well enough to show off my efforts and anything involving too much IT leaves me cold.

No, its gardening or sewing for me! Never done so much continuous gardening for ages and it shows thank goodness. Grass edges trimmed and seeds growing, just about, too.

But sewing is my real love. Its been mostly face coverings and scrubs lately of course, but they are needed so much. And now I can look forward to some dress making, all those lengths in a drawer which make me guilty every time I see them.

I have finished my last scrubs set I am going to clear that stash!

Luna Lapin, is it a hare or rabbit?

Shes called a rabbit but has the ears and long legs of a hare, I am confused but I am going to call her a habbit, with no connection to Hobbits!

A very kind friend gave me the book by Sarah Peel ” Making Luna Lapin” as she knows I have a liking for making rabbits! My others were made from a ’40s pattern by Edith Moody. Now I am all up to date!

Many of you will already be acquainted with this felt and cotton bunny, she has a capsule wardrobe and a comfy armchair and pouffe to lounge those long legs on. I also gave her a tote bag and necklace to complete the look.

I hope you like her as much as I enjoyed making her. x

Oh I’ve had a hard day!
Do you like my bag?
And my arm chair?

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

A long overdue visit to this amazing UNESCO World heritage site did not disappoint yesterday. I am not going to try and tell you its history do not worry. There is loads of information on line if you want to learn.

Of course it was raining but it didn’t matter, we went prepared and enjoyed the fragrances from the flowers all the more.

From now until October Dale Chilhuly is holding an exhibition of his innovative architectural glass masterpieces, which are dotted around these wonderful gardens. You suddenly see one through a space and are amazed.

The Hive is also not to be missed. Designed by Wolfgang Buttress it is a multi-sensory experience revealing the secret world of the honey bee. Fascinating!

Leather Craft Work Shop

Yesterday I went with my crafty daughter to this amazing Leather Craft Workshop and came back home tired and finger sore but very happy!

A messenger bag hand stitched and finished in a day. Wow we were so impressed with our day here at http://www.leathercraftworkshopdays.co.uk

There were just the two of us booked onto the day and so we were able to learn so much about this ancient craft from Richard who was so patient and meticulous with his instruction. I do hope he has a well deserved rest today!

We are both now planning our first creative journey into leather, I will now have to make my own version of the messenger bag as I have given mine to my long suffering husband. It is a replacement for a knitted scarf I promised him 50 years ago, and yes it still gets mentioned!