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August 9, 2020
A new pair of summer PJ from Espritpatch

I finally had some sewing time this week, and it felt so good to create again. I picked an easy project as I knew I would not have too much time, so a quick finish was a win-win. 

I had bought a lovely remnant from Jelly Fabrics a while ago, an organic cotton jersey, which I had just under 1 m off.

With such a small piece, I had to be careful cutting the pieces, some I had to cut on a single layer to be able to fit all. The leftovers are minimal, I won't fit much more ...

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July 26, 2020
A finish! from Espritpatch

I still find it very difficult to find some sewing time. Either I am spending my evenings looking for a job or, when I am not, I find myself lacking motivation, energy, brain space to do anything at all. I am lucky that I have had interviews and am progressing with a few companies for now until I get finally an offer that works for me and for all but it is rather a draining process. Anyway, over a few sessions, I have finally managed to sew the binding down on this long-time UFO. 

The string blocks came from a ...

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July 16, 2020
Q2 FAL in review from Espritpatch

Half of the year is gone and what a time it has been.... When I posted my Q2 FAL list, we had just started the lockdown, not knowing how long this was going to last. The lockdown is (slowly?) being lifted here and the new normal being established. In the meantime, I have also been told that I will lose my job in the next couple of weeks so of course I have been very busy looking for another one. All in all, although we have spent so much more time at home where I could probably have sewn a ...

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June 19, 2020
Rainbow quilt from Espritpatch

During my quilting marathon last month, I quilted this "lockdown rainbow" quilt made up from a stash of blocks that had resurfaced after over 10 or 15 years at the bottom of a draw...

I quilted clouds on the blue squares and various rainbows or other designs on the coloured squares.

For the binding, I used left over strips that I found in my scrap baskets.Finally this month I finished sewing the binding by hand at the back. 
All that was left to do, was my least favorite job, to bury the thread ends. But I am happy that ...

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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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June 2, 2020
Mini quilt from Espritpatch

The deadline to finish our Mini Series Sew Along blocks was 31st May. There was no script was to make all 8 blocks from the sew-along and finish them in a project by the deadline. specific guidance or projects shared by Alison Glass or Giucy Giuce but just general ideas. The After debating whether to make a cushion cover or a mini quilt, I decided on a mini with the blocks set on point. With the bonus block, I had 9 blocks to be squared to 4.5'. I used a 3/4' turquoise stripe to set the blocks from ...

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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 28, 2020
Andra Tutto Bene from Espritpatch

Clouds Factory released a free rainbow pattern "Andra Tutto Bene" in March during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic in Italy. I downloaded it and ordered sky blue iridescent Aida fabric and DMC threads from Cross Stitch Workshop to make it promptly. Although it is quite small and easy, it took much longer than I anticipated but it is now finished and I will keep it as a memory of this unusual time we are going through.

Another OPAM for April and one more of my Q2 FAL list.

Linking to Monday Design Wall,  Wednesday Wait LossMidweek Makers ...

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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 18, 2020
Scrub bags from Espritpatch

With the current epidemic, every little help and I was humbled to be able to make some wash bags for the hard working front line workers to wash their uniforms in.

I went into deep dive in my stash for some suitable fabric for the first batch of bags I made and managed 12 bags that will go to my local hospital shortly. Those one were threaded with some cord I bought from my local shop via phone. 
My neighbours contributed to my efforts by giving me some of their old beddings to cut off. 
I made 13 more bags ...

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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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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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March 14, 2020
It's pink and bright! from Espritpatch

I have been meaning to make night dresses for a long time and have been looking for a pattern for it but I couldn't find anything suitable. Most patterns are for PJ sets or lounge wear. What I wanted really was a long sleeves T-shirt dress. I had this crazy wild and bright Jersey in my stash for a while so I figured I could use for a wearable toile. I picked the Lark Tee pattern by Grainline studio that I had made once before. I choose the boat neck portion option and cut a size 12 for the ...

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February 24, 2020
Jeans!! from Espritpatch

The first time I made jeans was about 3 years ago when I went to a 3-day course with Charlotte at the Village Haberdashery. I duly bought denim, etc afterwards but never did anything with it. Earlier last year, I offered to my dear husband to make HIM a pair of jeans. He accepted the offer and picked the leftover from my first pair and the Quadra pattern by Thread Theory. The jeans were cut last autumn and he decided on a Star Trek designs for the pockets which I did at the time. 

After that, work was so busy ...

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