Sometimes sewing and blogging trends are so obvious that they smack you in the face every time you turn on the computer, and sometimes they are a bit more subtle and creep up on you without even realising it.
I think that’s what happened to me with the idea of slowing down my sewing. And so far so good. It had been on my mind for a while that I wanted to produce fewer, but more wearable and well made items and then I realised that lots of other bloggers were saying the same thing. I think that as well as being a ‘trend’, for me at least there is something more behind this.
When I started sewing I just got caught up in the ‘oh look I can make this’ mentality and wanted to make and show off as much as I could. And now, a couple of the years down the line, I’m getting more confident with my skills and actually want to make things that I can be proud of and wear all the time.
Suddenly it seems that everyone is saying the same thing and I think this is a growing theme.
I mentioned this in my anniversary post and my first make (for myself that is as I have had a few commissions this year already) is a pattern that I mentioned. It’s a Marie skirt – free download from the BurdaStyle website. I want to make more separates and I think this is a good way to start.
I followed the pattern exactly as it came although I took in the side seams, especially around the hips. I think if I was to make it again, I’d widen the hem as I can’t take very long strides or go climbing in this as it is. Not that I intend to do that anyway!!
I couldn’t decide whether I liked the pleats the intended way round or ‘inside out’ so I did the front one way and the back another…check out the photos below. Which way do you prefer?
This weekend I also remade this old dress into a jersey version of Grainline’s Hemlock tee. I did take the top in at the sides and added the ribbon trim and bow, but other than that I made no alterations. In fact, that was on my list too, so that’s 2 down, 13 to go.
I’m still debating the sleeves on this top. I like the coverage they give, but I’m not sure whether the small floral pattern combined with this sleeve length, makes it look a bit frumpy. What do you think?