What I’ve been sewing – January & February 2021

I’ve had a lovely start to my 2021 sewing year; and in this post I am going to share some of the highlights with you!

The Carnaby Dress: Pattern by Nina Lee London

This Nina Lee shift dress pattern came with a recent issue of Simply Sewing magazine, and I knew I was going to sew it up quickly! This pattern is a short sleeved shift dress, with a zipper at the back and fabulous large pockets! I Chose to use this lovely raccoon print cotton fabric, from my fabrics, for a casual summer feel. I think this is going to be a staple pattern for me as I already have another version planned!

The Tabitha Tee (Pattern – Tilly and the Buttons)

I made up another staple pattern this month – a Tabitha Tee. I love this simple T-shirt pattern; it consists of 5 pieces and comes together really quickly! I used my new overlocker to make this version and It was a great way to try it out. The gorgeous yellow fabric is a lightweight stretch viscose from my fabrics which has lovely drape and is super comfortable. I have a blog post talking about stretch patterns which you can read here.

The Indigo Dress (Pattern – Tilly and the Buttons)

I’ve been looking forward to sewing up a Tilly Buttons indigo dress since I got into dressmaking last year and I finally made one! This is a great pattern that is really versatile – I made the mid sleeve version in the ‘top length’ because of the amount of fabric I had to use. I made a few small changes to the pattern – firstly I added waist ties so I could add some definition to my waist. Secondly, the neckline was gaping a little so I took the bodice up at the shoulder seams which sorted that out – I’ll adjust the actual pattern pieces next. The fabric is the softest lightest viscose from rainbow fabrics Kilburn.

The norma Blouse (Pattern – fibre mood)

I’d had my eye on this pattern for a while and when I bought myself this skull print cotton, I decided it just had to be done! The norma blouse from fibre mood is a button up shirt with amazing puffy statement sleeves! The pattern was really easy to follow and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone wanting to try a blouse / shirt pattern. The blouse is quite cropped originally, which is not my style, so I lengthened it by around 2.5 inches and I also added some topstitching detail to the front where the buttons and button holes sit. Again, I think this is a pattern I am going to make again, possibly in a viscose fabric to add some drape to the sleeves. Fabric from minerva!

The Lana Bra (Pattern – Made for mermaids)

I dabbled in sewing my first piece of lingerie in January with the made for mermaids Lana bra! This is lovely first bra, non-wired but with a hook and eye clasp and adjustable straps. I’ve had so much wear out of this already. I was nervous about sewing a bra, but I shouldn’t have been – this is a great starter pattern. I’ve written a full blog post which you can read here.

What have you been sewing this year?

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