Hello everyone. A quick one here to tell you I’ve joined instagram! I’ve never been big on social media, but instagram seems like a fun way to share small snippets of my sewing without writing a fully fledged blog post, so I’m having a go 😊 I’m called summersunbear and I’ve also created a hashtag with the same name – there’s a link in the side menu of you’d like to follow me –>
It would be lovely to see you on there. Here’s a taste of some of the pictures I’ve put up this week!
Hello everyone, Happy New Year! I hope you all had lovely Christmases? I had a very nice time visiting family and relaxing. Not a lot of sewing went on, but I’ve got newfound project energy now that 2016 has started and I can’t wait to get going!
I made this top before Christmas – I’m sure you all know about Tilly’s agnes top pattern. I decided to make mine with the plain scooped neck and gathered sleeves, which I think looks very cool. I’m a bit pear-shaped, so to speak, so the puffed shoulders balance out my figure nicely.
I found this lovely Art Gallery fabric in Flo-Jo’s, which is a cute little haberdashery on the Gloucester Road in Bristol. They have a very small shop, but they manage to pack in some really nice fabric, so it’s worth a stop if you’re in the area. The fabric is a cotton jersey and has the pattern printed on one side, leaving the other side nice and soft against the skin.
This was the first time I’d made a jersey neckline like this, so I was a little nervous that it would end up all puckered or stretched out, but it actually went surprisingly well! A little press with the iron and it was lying exactly how I wanted. The rest of the techniques I was already familiar with and it was really nice being able to do them consistently and quickly. This sewing lark is paying off!
The gathered sleeve is achieved with zig-zag stitch on a stretched piece of elastic. I found some elastic that is really soft – I’m not sure if it’s meant to be for lingerie or something, but it’s great for places like this that will be against your skin. I’ll definitely be buying more of that!
I don’t have a lot more to say about this. The pattern is great, the agnes top is really versatile and it sews up really quickly. I’ve been wearing it tucked into my arielle skirt for work and it looks fab!
Have you got any sewing plans for the winter? Last week I finished some super snuggly pyjama bottoms, which I can’t wait to show you! I’ve also been musing about making a handbag since my one really needs replacing. Have you made bags before? It would be a very different challenge from dressmaking, so I’m quite excited to learn some new techniques there. I’d definitely like to improve the sturdiness of my sewing – a couple of my makes have had seams unravelling and have needed repairs, so perhaps learning some bag techniques would help with that.