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August 2, 2020
Added Extras from The Quilt Quine

Throwing caution to the wind, I “allowed” myself time to complete the Virtual log cabin quilt at the start of the week. I decided to do it all using the quilt computer so started with some tight spirals then quilted a large Warli pattern over the top of that with bold, yellow cotton thread. I bound it and put it straight onto our scruffy, family sofa, upon which pets are welcome to perch. I have not liked a quilt quite so much for ages. Firstly, it is getting seen every day and I love all of the random fabrics surrounding ...

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July 26, 2020
UFO update from Granny Maud's Girl

I have not yet shared my May UFO because it is away being long-arm quilted. May’s UFO, a sampler quilt, was such a large project that I set myself a far more modest goal for June: finish a top that I bought the fabric for and cut out in January 2018. Since then, it has been variously draped over my dressmaker’s dummy, folded in a basket or on the desk in my sewing room. Since I finished it last month, it has been on a coathanger in my sewing room.

The top is a repeat of a Liberty ...

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July 12, 2020
Dressmaking is Like Pregnancy! from The Quilt Quine

I had one of those weeks that felt really busy and quite stressful but I can hardly remember what I actually did. There were 3 customer quilts and I ran up a few more face-masks. It rained a lot, I practised my German and I did not catch up with any paperwork. I spent far more time than was necessary researching microphones for teaching over Zoom – apparently people can put up with a dodgy camera but not poor quality sound. 

On Saturday I tackled sewing up the Collins Top. I swear that every time I attempt dressmaking I vow never ...

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June 28, 2020
Free range slack from Espritpatch

The Free Range Slack pattern was released last year by Sew House 7 and of course I bought it then! But I also even made it at that time! It was one of the 2 patterns for June for SewMyStyle so I thought it would be good to make another pair.
I found this linen mix in my stash that I bought from Les Coupons Saint Pierre a while ago which I thought would be perfect for it so I cut it out about 2 weeks ago. 
I wanted to use the lovely selvage of the fabric somehow, so I ...

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June 27, 2020
Another sewing UFO from Espritpatch

After the success of the Sew Together for Summer and discovering that actually I like wearing jumpsuits, I ordered this fabulous Italian jersey from Fabworks Millshop to make a second Sirocco jumpsuit. 

I cut it last year during the summer and just started working on the top and it was parked until now. I can't remember why but I am guessing it might have been because I had sewn on of the shoulder seam on the wrong side of the fabric so it needed unpicking. This is always the risk with fabric that look the same on the right ...

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June 18, 2020
Calvin dress from Espritpatch

When Kelly from True Bias released the Calvin Dress pattern at the end of the summer last year, I bought it straight away. It looked like the perfect sundress I was missing in my wardrobe. The sew-along started even before we were home from our holidays but I joined in as soon as we got back. I had this lovely lightweight floral fabric in my stash that was great for a summer dress.

I managed to cut the dress, to make the miles of binding (!) and to get started on the dress. And then, summer went away and I moved ...

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May 29, 2020
Rio Ringer night dress from Espritpatch

As soon as Kelly released the Rio Ringer top and dress, I bought the pattern and printed it. It was the perfect candidate for the #sewtogetherforsummer loungewear challenge and looked like a great pattern for a summer nightdress. It is also one of the 2 patterns for May for Sew My Style. I also washed my fabric promptly and then everything sat there because I was working on other projects. I didn't manage to join the sew-along but sometimes delays are a blessing. Kelly presented some hacks on her blog after the sew-along, including a scoop neck version that ...

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May 23, 2020
A little Acacia from Espritpatch

Only one pair of Acacia, that I had cut at the same time as the Comox trunk but that I hadn't assembled until now because of the quilting. Leftover fabric from my first ever piece of dressmaking... I didn't know where I was setting my foot back then!

One OPAM and one of my Q2 FAL list


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May 5, 2020
Comox trunks from Espritpatch

Why did it take me so long to finally try this pattern, I am not sure.... I bought the Comox Trunk pattern by Thread Theory a while ago. I printed it and assembled it as well but somehow I never went further. Maybe I was put off by the number of pieces required for such a small garment. I knew it would be a great scrap buster too.

Finally I cut it out on Friday night with some leftover jersey fabric from PJ I made for my daughter and hubby. 
I even made the binding from the fabric even though ...

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May 2, 2020
Scrubs from Espritpatch

Finally! 5 full sets complete, ready to be handed back and distributed to front line workers in my local hospital.

I had never before made 5 identical garments at the same time,  I almost felt like a factory worker, apart that I had to complete all the tasks myself!  I can't say I found it enjoyable to repeat the same tasks so many times but I was happy to be able to contribute to the national effort to protect medical staff. 
I was nearly done but caught a facing while overlocking... 
thankfully I received extra fabric from my coordinator ...

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April 27, 2020
PJ from Espritpatch

My kids seem to be forever growing! I make them PJ, turn my back and it seems that's it, they need new ones because the ones I just seem to have finished (a few months before... admittedly) are just too short. During the Black Friday sales, I spotted this lovely glow-in-the-dark moon and stars jersey on the Fabric Godmother website, that I knew would make perfect PJ for my eldest daughter. I duly ordered 2 meters that have sat in my stash since.

Earlier in the month, I showed it to my daughter, which was enough to get her ...

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April 26, 2020
NHS scrubs from Espritpatch

With the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been various calls to people who are able to sew to help out. I answered one to my local hospitals to make some scrubs for front-line workers. The pieces were already cut out and delivered last week. I volunteered to make 5 sets in total. The pattern was shared with us, and being an industrial patterns, instructions were rather scarce and basic.
When I received the sets last week, I started with the tunic top and went as far as nearly finishing it but I wasn't sure where to stop the side seams ...

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April 25, 2020
Ogden cami from Espritpatch

I could call this one an unfinished finish....

I cut this Ogden cami while cutting a batch of hankies earlier in the month. The cotton fabric was just too pretty to be reduced to hankies only! And the Ogden is an old favourite!

I spent quite some time last weekend to sew it up, all finished with French seams. 
Of course I used the appropriate label too! 
I was quite pleased with it... until I tried it on. It looked absolutely awful on me. It was too tight at the front on my bust. As for the back there's ...

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April 24, 2020
Meet the Happy Dressmaker from From the Strawberry Patch...

I received a recorded voice text from our youngest granddaughter, Lynnleigh, this morning as we were eating our breakfast. "Nana, I made a dress" she said; it was accompanied by this photograph. Doesn't she look proud of herself? She should be! She subsequently sent three more little videos explaining how she accomplished this dressmaking feat. It was all her own idea; she used two T-shirts,

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Meet the Happy Dressmaker from From the Strawberry Patch...

I received a recorded voice text from our youngest granddaughter, Lynnleigh, this morning as we were eating our breakfast. "Nana, I made a dress" she said; it was accompanied by this photograph. Doesn't she look proud of herself? She should be! She subsequently sent three more little videos explaining how she accomplished this dressmaking feat. It was all her own idea; she used two T-shirts,

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April 18, 2020
Night dress - oops! from Espritpatch

During Black Friday sales, I stocked up on a few fun prints from Fabrics Galore to make night dresses. After experimenting with the Lark Tee pattern by Grainline Studio, I settled on an elongated crew neck style. I traced the pattern adding 11' in length and  using size 12 for the bust,  14 for the waist and 16 for the hips.

Of course the garment comes together quickly on the overlocker, it's only 5 pieces after all.

But maybe it's not a, good idea to sew it up after having had wine.... because oops, I mixed up the ...

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April 5, 2020
New PJ from Espritpatch

I have used the pattern a dozen of times probably now, so it should have been fast and easy to make one more, surely. I cut a new pair of PJ for my son from the 11th gear pattern by New Horizons Designs, last Thursday and set about to sew it up on Saturday afternoon. 

I made the top out of a leftover from the Givre tee I made myself last year. Apart from sewing the neckline twice, this was relatively straightforward. 
It was a very different story for the joggers! Using plain black is always confusing as there is ...

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April 2, 2020
More handkerchiefs from Espritpatch

Last week I picked another one of the gorgeous cotton I ordered from Fabworks Mill Shop to make some more hankies. But then the fabric is so gorgeous that I thought I could also squeeze an Ogden cami rather than cut only a collection of squares. With that in mind, I cut out my Ogden cami first. And this time I lengthened it by 2.5'. I had meant to do that before but always forgot..

And I used all the bits left to cut as many hankies as I could. I managed to fit 10 in total, 8 squares ...

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March 16, 2020
PJ! from Espritpatch

The only person in the family not to get anything hand-made recently is my son. And he's growing so fast that he could do with new stuff. Although at his age, hand-made is restricted to things other won't see

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March 15, 2020
Another night dress from Espritpatch

After my successful first attempt with the pink animal print, I decided to make another night dress, based on exactly the same pattern with a gorgeous organic cotton I had in my stash. I had already used some to make a Blackwood cardigan before but I had plenty left. The only difficulty with this one was to match the stripes. So I took a long time to cut the pieces and I cut them flat to ensure they would all the straight! So the cutting took quite some time.

Of course the assembling was straightforward and quite fast on my ...

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