LGBT+ Pride Cross Stitch

Pattern Review: SonofaCrossStitch - Pride Tattoo PDF Pattern I am back with some instant gratification cross stitch. This simple pattern is from SonofaCrossStitch and is the PDF Pride pattern

This is a really simple pattern that I bought as a stash buster. I had some 16 count aida purchased during a clearance sale and I used up some of my leftover threads from previous projects. The pattern does have suggested fabric and thread suggestions, should you wish to follow them. It is also available as a kit, which would make nice present. 

I have tried various finishing methods for my cross stitch, and decided on trying the felt backing method for a hoop, found in my Cross Stitcher Magazine. It is a neat method and prevents anything showing through from the back of the cross stitch project. 

The was a really fun quick project and the PDF pattern is very affordable. I am planning on buying a couple more as they will be excellent travel projects as well as stash busters. 
Happy Stitching!

Floral Tank Top

Pattern Review: Kwik Sew 3844 I had a remnant from my recent make and decided to go with a bit of instant gratification. The pattern is Kwik Sew 3844.

For anyone that hasn't seen my previous versions of this pattern, I cut out size medium and made no changes. This ITY knit, picked up from a previous work trip to Boston, is a really stable knit which made this a delight to sew. 

I cut out the top one evening and then sewed it up one morning whilst watching the men's wheelchair Wimbledon finals. 

I am not  fan of Kwik Sew patterns in general. I don't have anything against them, I am just not drawn to the designs. That said, this is potentially my most sewn TNT pattern ever! 

Seeing as I have everything possible about this pattern, this is a short and sweet blog post. You can see my pattern review here
Next up is another TNT pattern. One that comes in second place in the TNT most sewn!
Happy Sewing

Tree of Life Bookmark

Pattern Review: Tree of Life by Textile Heritage I have been busy in my sewing room these past couple of weeks, but here is a simple cross stitch project. I picked up this Textile Heritage cross stitch kit for a mere £1 from a Cancer Research UK charity shop. 
I have to admit that I stitched this in December 2017...! Once the stitching was finished it sat in a drawer waiting to be backed and finished. It was a bit of a faff as the ribbon that they supplied to back the bookmark was slightly too small. Whilst clearing out my cross stitch drawer this weekend I saw that I had collected all of the items (including some scrap card) to go inside the backing and decided to finish it! 

This is a very easy pattern and was a perfect project for travel. It's not the most exciting pattern to sew and personally I find Textile Heritage designs a bit traditional for my liking...but it was super quick and I ended up donating a small amount of money to charity in the process :-)

I have recently fi…

African Wax Print Jumpsuit

Pattern Review: In the Folds Jumpsuit from Peppermint Magazine

My sewing group recently hosted a sew-a-long for the jumpsuit from Peppermint Magazine. I have never made a jumpsuit and the only one that I have in my closet is stretch playsuit that I only wear on the beach as a cover-up.  I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try this FREE pattern!

The fabric used is an African wax print that I purchased last November whilst on holiday in Uganda. It was very easy to work with and I loved the pattern. I was worried it might be a bit much in a jumpsuit, but I think that it is pretty fun!

This is a really easy sew and I would definitely recommend it for beginners. The printing and cutting took almost as long as sewing up the actual pattern! It's worth noting that I treated this as a wearable muslin (so pleased as I did encounter fit issues) and finished the armholes and neckline with pre-purchased black bias binding. 

My measurements put me between an E-G (it is pretty standard to…

1969 Jiffy Dress

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1059 I am out the other side of my huge work event that happened in May and have really been enjoying spending time with my sewing machine :-) I wanted some instant gratification and went with Simplicity 1059 which also happens to be on my 2019MakeNine list. 
I went for View B without sleeves (obviously). I cut a size 16 and made minimal changes except to take 3 inches off the hem and bring up the centre front of the bodice. The pattern indicates a very deep hem (2.5") but for instant gratification sake I overlocked the raw edge of the hem, turned it up and zig-zagged to finish.
The fabric was bought years ago in during a work trip to Boston. It is an ITY print that is super comfy to wear. The fabric hides all the small details of the dress such as the shoulder pleats, As it is a stretch fabric I omitted the the centre back zip. 

This is a really simple pattern that took not time to sew up. The only thing that made me scratch my head was attaching the …

Mustard Chiffon Dress

Pattern Review: Simplicity 1872 & Butterick 5744 I have finally got my sewjo back! It was the beginning of January when I posted my last garment. I started this dress back in 2018, but have only just finished it. 

This dress is a frankenpattern of  the bodice of Simplicity 1872 and the skirt from Butterick 5744, both are patterns that I have made previously. I wanted a simple silhouette and dress for this lovely floral printed chiffon. 

I initially decided to wear this dress with no elastic in the waist but it felt way too sack like for me, so I decided to pop in some elastic and it worked really well. A good amount of waist definition and yet the skirt is still floaty. 
The chiffon fabric was a gift from Alex during her first visit to New York around three years ago, and not long after we met! It was pretty difficult to work with as it frayed like crazy but was worth it! I overlocked all of the edges and underlined it with a mustard orange lining from Simply Fabrics in Brixton. 

Introduction to Embroidery

Pattern Review: Summer in a Jar by Polka and Bloom For my birthday this year my parents bought be an introduction to embroidery course. It was a 3 hour introductory course at the Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead. 
It was a small course of 6 people and the course was 3 hours in total. All of the materials including the pattern were included in addition to tea, coffee and biscuits :-) The pattern that we worked on was a good sampler to try a variety of stitches. 

I really enjoyed how quickly this project grew compared to cross stitch. It was a great portable project as you don't have to carry around a copy of the pattern as we drew it on the fabric with a water soluble pen. I ended up completing this on a work trip to Dubai.

The class was taught by Carina Envoldsen-Harris. She was a great teacher who explained everything clearly. I purchased her book Mandalas to embroider as there are some great stash busting patterns for left over embroidery threads, so look our for some mor…