I hadn’t done any sewing for a while and I needed a gift. I also had some fabric that’d been sitting in the stash for a while. It was the perfect storm for a new project! So here we are, I’m not the most experienced at sewing. I tend to pick beginner patterns, ideally anything that’s super easy or 1 hour. That doesn’t mean I actually find it easy! These 1 hour patterns don’t actually include all the time you spend prepping the fabric prior to sewing.
Before Christmas I made a couple of PJ bottoms, one pair I kept for myself and the other second (better made!) pair I gave as a gift. I’ve been subscribing to Love Sewing for a few months now and the patterns are great – they run from simple to more adventurous projects.
The pattern itself is from issue 6 and even though it’s shown on a female model the second pair I made for Ewan so they can also fit guys too. The pattern itself has quite a high waist so for a mens version instead of making the waist high I kept it low and took the bottom hem edges of the legs up to get the correct length.
I picked up this pattern a while ago as I was looking for a dress to make that would be at about my sort of level – simple, easy and not too time consuming! Although generally I’m quite pleased with how it turned out but as always it could be better. This is a kimono style dress which has a sort of large t-shirt shape with no waist shaping.
I don’t watch that much TV but recently I’ve been glued to the sewing bee, its a great show and strangely compelling! We’ve had a sewing machine in our house for a while now and it’s mostly been used to create soft furnishings – curtains and cushions.
This was my first go at following a pattern and creating a garment to wear. I tried to pick something that was going to be easy to follow, make and in a fabric that was going to be easy to work with.