Handmade in 2019

After a downward spiral in my sewing productivity I’m hoping 2019 will be the year when I’m on it like a car bonnet and have a wardrobe full of new handmade clothes by the end of the year! Fingers crossed.

McCalls 6612
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Culottes – prima pattern from 2002! Never throw out those old pattern, everything comes back into fashion one day!

Another Prima pattern from 2002, this time a halter neck top made in the same fabric as my culottes for a faux jumpsuit.

Sew Over It Molly Top

Vogue 8903 – this originally started life as a shirt dress, but I only wore it a handful of times. So I shortened it to tunic length and now it get much more wear!

I made these shorts from fabric gifted during a fabric swap yonks ago – Jungle January! Kwik Sew 3854.

McCalls 6886 …I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve sewn this pattern up. Made in a slinky jersey remnant I picked up at Fine Fabrics of Harrogate. Colour blocked due to lack of fabric!

Vogue 9331 – this was my entry for the GBSB Sewalong Week 1 Cotton week which was over on Instagram.

I picked up this skirt in Asda for £3.50, it was a little bit big to say the least! As it had a centre back zip it was a quick and easy to take in the side seams to make it fit!

Each week when the Sewing Bee was on TV my sewing buddies would take it in turns at hosting a dinner and we’d all watch it together. Sometimes we’d have a little craftiness too. Here I made this – not sure what you’d call it! It’s strips of fabric tied around a circle metal frame. It actually looks much nicer in real life!

How cute??!! I made this for the #GBSBsewalong for Childrens week. As my 6 foot ++ child wasn’t eligible for me to make him something, I borrowed a child from one of the lads at work and up cycled some old uniform. Unfortunately he soon grew out of it, I really need to make him a new one!

McCalls 6612 – this isn another pattern that I’ve definitely had my monies worth out of!

This was a labour of love as I hand stitched the side seams and its HUGE, but so pleased with the result and made for a fraction of the price of what it would cost to buy.

Probably my most worn ‘casual’ top…. the Sew Over It Molly Top. Not sure what the blob is, maybe the camera was dazzled by the stripes!

The Sling Bag from LaCartera – made to match a golf out (see below!)

My favourite golf outfit! The Yasmin Yoke skirt from Maria Denmark is my go to pattern when making golf skirts.

Another Yasmin, made for ‘pink day’ when golfing with the girls in Portugal.

Little H’s old denim shorts which I chopped down when he grew out of them, and have worn for a couple of years, maybe more! They were starting to look a little scruffy and needed a bit of attention.

A Tilly and the Buttons Cleo. I made this ages ago, but then lost weight and shortened it. A bit too much! Then it lived with my niece for a while, but she didn’t wear it much, so I politely asked if I could have it back, and then added some contrasting fabric to give it more length. Loved wearing this in the summer, and in the winter too with tights and boots. I definitely need more Cleos in my life!

A really quick make – Newlook 6542. I think it would be really easy to hack and create a top with some really snazzy sleeves!

True Bias Lander Pants – made shorts to get the fit. For some reason this is the only pic I can find of these but I did wear them quite a lot during the summer.

The Ogden Cami from True Bias. This took 3 attempts at getting the fit something like. The first one (blue) hung like a tent! The second one (green) was slightly better and the last one was definitely a winner!

LOVE LOVE LOVE MY LANDERS! I’ve worn these so much, I didn’t realise just how much the denim had faded until a made a jacket in 2020 in the same fabric….


Lekala 4649 – a skirt for golf and “not-golf”!

Newlook 6532 in a beautiful crepe from Fine Fabrics of Harrogate

I picked up these too big golf pants in a charity shop and was able to easily take them in for a perfect fit.

Another Upcycled find from the charity shop!

Yet another golf skirt! Lekala 4649 – same pattern as the blue and orange skirt I made earlier in the year.

Golf skirt – Lekala 4649 and a self drafted tee shirt

One simple but really dramatic refashion. This dress I bought in a charity shop for £3. I fell in love with the fabric immediately but it hung like a tent. I got excited by this as it meant there was plenty of fabric to play with. All I did was shorten it, and with the fabric I chopped off flounces to sew onto the existing sleeves.

Don’t you just love a girlie frock – I do! Simplicity 8384

My first pair of True Bias Hudson pants. Well the first pair for me, I made some for H a few years ago, and have had my size traced off since. Was worth waiting for, so comfy!

My birthday suit! Well a jumpsuit made for my birthday weekend. Butterick 6462

The Adele Boatneck Top from Sinclair Patterns

A Tilly and The Buttons Coco made for my sister for her birthday.

My favourite “going out out” top over Autumn/Winter – the 1902 from Threadcount Patterns, fabric from Lucky Fashions Dewsbury.

I made a ‘big coat’. We all need a big coat up North! My was the Sapporo from Papercut Patterns, fabric from Lucky Fashion – it was only £5 a metre. This coat needed 3m which can work out expensive, so I was really chuffed to find this, so it didn’t cost the earth to make.

I made fancy pants!! This fabric is made up of stretch velvet with lace inserts. A bargain remnant from Samual Taylors, think I paid about a fiver for it a few years ago. I used the Espresso Leggings pattern from SewingCake and straighten the leg. Each leg is cut in one pattern piece which worked really well with the lace/velvet fabric – no pattern matching!

Well, that’s it for 2019! I think I ended up having a very productive year and learnt lots along the way. I’ll finish with showing you my favourite Coco. I made this quite a while ago but it’s a lovely sheen to it and is perfect to wear over the festive season, so I did at the end of the year – it certainly knows how to party does this frock!!

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