Surprise Make – Dog Jumper

So I know that I said I was only going to make a few things as I get back into sewing after my wrist injury, but when I saw Annika Victoria’s tutorial on how to make a Dog Jumper I knew I had to make one. Annika is really awesome inspiring youtuber who makes videos about sewing, thrifting and other cool DIYs. She was one of my inspirations to start sewing so it was really cool to finally make one of her projects.

I made my dog jumper out of a thrifted human jumper that I got for $5. Its a blue stripy bumpy fabric (I don’t know how to explain it) but I thought it would work well as it is really stretchy. My dog lives in a different state to me so I had to go off measurements that I made last time I was home and then send it to her to see if it would fit.

 

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My puppy in her Jumper

The photos I have were taken by my Dad so they’re not the best quality but I think they show how she feels about her new jumper 🙂 The arm holes are a little bit small but the jumper still fits her well. From what I hear she likes wearing it so I will definitely be making her some more in the future 🙂

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Canberra Sewing Meetup

This weekend I went to my first Canberra Sewing Meetup. Since I started sewing in September I have not had any interaction with other people who sew. None of my friends sew, no one in my family sews, and since I have been teaching myself through patterns and youtube videos, I have not really met anyone else who sews.

When I found out about Meetups I thought it would be a great way to meet other likeminded people and maybe even make new friends. I was really nervous before the Meetup since I didn’t know what it would be like or what the people would be like, but once I got there I realised that all my fears were unnecessary. Everyone was really lovely and was really happy to offer help and support throughout the session.

While the online community of sewers is amazing it was really inspiring to be able to meet with other sewers in person. I feel even more excited about sewing and about this community than I did before and I really look forward to what the future of my sewing journey holds.

It’s Been a While…June Sewing Plans

So its been a few months since I last posted. Unfortunately I developed tendonitis in both of my wrists and elbows in late February which meant that I have basically been unable to do any crafty things since then. I have been feeling much better over the past few weeks and I am really excited to get back to it.

I have a few planned makes for June, it’s starting to get really cold in Canberra so I need to start building my winter wardrobe.

 

1) Sew Over It – Ultimate Trousers

The Ultimate Trousers by Sew-Over-It was one of the first patterns that I bought. I had heard that lots of people were afraid of sewing pants because they can be quite tricky so I new that I wanted pants to be one of the first things I would make. I thought that if I started making pants from the beginning then I would never be afraid of making them.

I chose the Ultimate Trousers because I new they were aimed at beginners and thought they would be a good first pants pattern.

I already have my fabric planned – I’m going to use the Gertie Lemons Black Sateen fabric which is designed by Gretchen Hirsch and sold at Spotlight.

Gertie Lemons fabric

As soon as I saw this fabric I knew I wanted to make a pair of pants out of it. It has a slight stretch but from what I have seen from other people’s makes, it should still work fine.

 

2) Seamwork Patterns  – Astoria Sweater

 

I really like the shape of this pattern and I think that it will make a good staple jumper for winter.

 

3) Self Drafted Headband

I made a headband a few weeks ago and really liked making it so I’ve decided to make some more. One of my friends also really liked the style of it and wants to learn how to sew a bit so we are going to make some together as a fun crafternoon activity.

 

 

Since I’m still recovering from my tendonitis I’m going to take it slow this month and not plan too many projects. Hopefully this will help me get back into the habit of sewing.

 

xx Alice

January Sewing Makes – #Sewmystyle update

So it’s been a while since I last posted and in that time I have finished a few projects!

The first was the Toaster Sweater #2 for the #sewmystyleproject. This was my first time sewing with a knit fabric and I am really happy with how it turned out. I made it in a navy fabric with ridges that form stripes which run vertically down the jumper. I wasn’t sure about the neckline when I first saw it in the pattern pictures but now that it is done I think it looks quite flattering.

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Me in my toaster sweater

The sewing itself was fine until it came to hemming the jumper. I had been able to do the rest of it without a walking foot up to this point as I was not finishing any of the raw edges. When I started doing the hem however it started to stretch the fabric. Once I was able to get a walking foot it was a quick finish and looks quite nice. I am looking forward to the weather getting a little cooler so that I can actually wear it.  It was definitely a great introduction to sewing with knits!

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The Cotton/Linen blend fabric I used when testing a pattern for In the Folds

My second make was a pattern that I was lucky enough to get to test for Emily Hundt from In the Folds. I can’t say much about it now except to say that it is a lovely pattern and from it I have made what is now my favourite item of clothing both that I have made and that I own in general.

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Burda 6834 – I’m making view A

Finally I have almost finished a skirt for work from the pattern Burda Style 6834. This was the first time I had used a pattern from a non-indie designer and I have definitely been spoilt by the instructions in most indie pattern. The skirt is really simple but involves an invisible zip, the sewing of which was one of my goals for this year in sewing. I bought an invisible zipper foot at the suggestion of a commenter on my first blog post and as she promised, it went in really well. I followed the instructions for how to sew invisible zips from Tilly and the Buttons, Love at First Stitch, and it really helped me put the zip in properly. I am now up to the point of sewing the lining to the skirt so hopefully I will have it finished in time for work tomorrow.

I have also now joined Instagram so please follow me at alicesewsstuff to see what I get up to !

xx Alice

January Sewing Plans

Since I’m currently on my summer holiday away from my sewing machine, I thought I would just do a post about the three projects I have planned for the end of January. This is just patterns with no fabric plans yet, but when I get back to Australia I will post about the fabrics I want to use for these.

 

1. Toaster Sweater #2 – Sew House Seven

 

This is the first pattern in the #Sewmystyle project and from looking over the pattern, it seems like it will be quick enough to make at the end of January. This will be my first time sewing with a knit fabric so I’m a bit nervous about doing it.

I was planning on doing some of the patterns in #sewmystyle out of order to better match the seasons in Australia, but since I really like the look of this jumper, I thought I would make it now so that if it doesn’t work out there will be lots of time to sew another one for winter.

 

2. Plantain T-shirt – Deer and Doe

This is a free pattern from Deer and Doe and it looks like a nice everyday t-shirt. I want to find a good t-shirt pattern that I can use multiple times as a basic part of my wardrobe, and this will be the first one I try. I’ll definitely start this in January but I’m not sure if I’ll finish it.

 

3. Crochet Panda Pillow

This one is not exactly a sewing project (although I am planning on hand sewing a zipper into it), but since it is crafty I thought I would include it. One of my good friends is moving to china for a year and I thought I would make her a circular cushion cover in the shape of a panda as a going away gift. Since learning to knit and crochet I have loved making gifts for people. I often struggle to think of things to buy for people so I find that making something simple like a scarf or a cushion cover that has some practical use is much easier . It also makes the gifts seem a lot more meaningful 🙂

 

I hope you liked seeing what I have planned for the end of January 🙂 Let me know if you have any advice for any of these projects.

 

xx Alice

 

 

First Post and Sewing Goals

So it feels sort of awkward to just start writing but here it goes…

For my birthday last year I asked my parents for a sewing machine because I had become interested in learning to sew my own clothes for a while. Luckily the local sewing machine store was having a sale around the same time as my birthday so my parents agreed. Since then I have fallen in love both with sewing, and the pleasure that wearing clothes that you made yourself that sewing brings, but the online community of bloggers and vloggers that are all passionate about sewing. I wanted to engage in this community to a greater degree than liking and commenting on blog posts and videos can bring so I decided to start a blog.

 

I’m still very new to sewing (I only started to sew in September last year) so I though a blog would be a great way to document my journey as I learn to sew and increase my skills. I thought it would be a good idea to start this blog with some goals so that by the end of the year I can see how far I have come 🙂

 

Goals:

1. To sew the garments in the #sewmystyle tag

I first saw this tag from Little Miss Lorraine on Youtube and thought the patterns all looked like this I would like to wear. Since they are all beginner patterns I thought this would be a good way to be exposed to different kinds of patterns, garment types, and fabrics. Since I am a full time student and also have a part time job my goal is to just sew them all, but not worry too much about making sure its within the monthly timeframe.

 

2. To be able to sew in an invisible zipper

When I first started to sew I was sewing patterns from Tilly and the Buttons Love at First Stitch While I was able to sew the Margot Pyjama pants (and have made multiple pairs) I was stumped by the invisible zips in the later patterns. So by the end of this year I don’t want to be afraid of invisible zips.

 

3. To make well fitting pants

Where I live in Australia gets too cold for dresses and skirts on a daily basis so I want to be able to make well fitting pants for winter by the end of the year.

 

 

So I hope that you enjoyed reading this and I would love to hear any sewing goals that you may have.

 

xx