Simple Sew Juliette Tie-Back Blouse

 Simple Sew Juliette Tie-Back Blouse pattern review

I haven't done much garment sewing in a while, so have eased myself back in with what should be a quick and easy make. By and large it was, so I'm feeling pretty good about it! I managed to repurpose a previous make that has had zero wear into something that is much more versatile and is already getting more wear. As a bonus I also got to try out a pattern that has been languishing in my stash for years!
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Sewing a large quilt on a regular sewing machine as a beginner, including the Feathered Arrows quilting pattern review

Sewing a large quilt on a regular sewing machine as a beginner, including the Feathered Arrows quilting pattern review

Those of you who have followed for a while will have seen my journey of making a large quilt from my starting point of complete novice to finished quilt (a very long journey of over a year as I had to store away the project twice!). Seeing as those posts have been spread out over quite some time, this is a summary for anyone who is newer to quilting and is wondering if or how they can sew a large quilt on their machine, or anyone thinking of using the Feathered Arrows pattern and how I found it. I'm covering bases from complete beginner, so feel free to skip ahead if you are more advanced! I've put links to other posts which have more details on other projects in case they pique your interest as well.

Sewing large quilts on a regular sewing machine...Why? How large?
I bought my machine, a Janome 7025 or also known as a 525s after I had been dressmaking for about a year. It was about £250, which was about as much as I could invest in a machine at the time. I know there are lots more around that are more expensive, but to be fair, this machine has all the stitches and functions I need. Plus, even if I had gone for the slightly fancier model at £500 which is computerised, it still wouldn't have any more space for quilting. I hadn't considered quilting at the time, and though I'd like to make some, it's not enough to buy a new machine for which has lots more space for quilting! The biggest problem is getting the quilt though that small space between the needle and the rest of the machine as you're sewing it (and being able to sew straight still!) 
The quilt I was intending to make was 60" square, and after making it I now know it could have been larger.

Sewing a large quilt on a regular sewing machine as a beginner, including the Feathered Arrows quilting pattern review

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Cliff Walk Socks by Curious Handmade (shorties)

Cliff Walk Socks by Curious Handmade, Handmade Sock Society Season 2, shortie version

I love wearing handmade socks so much and decided to make a pair of shorties for the summer. Every now and again I need a pair when there's a bit of a chill and for walking (knitted socks are so good even in summer for walking!). I deliberately chose a pair with lace work, which I would normally avoid, for added 'airiness'. Years ago I happily purchased the Handmade Sock Society Season 2, enjoying each new pattern as it was released and merrily forgetting about it because there's never enough time to knit everything. I had particularly discounted the Cliff Walk socks due to the lace pattern, but looking back through this time, they actually ticked the boxes!

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Quilting in quarantine part 4 - Binding

Binding a large quilt

Finally, I have finished free motion quilting and moved to the very last stage of completing the quilt I've been working on in lockdown. I always find the final stages of a project somewhat nerve wracking, especially when it's taken a long time to put together. It doesn't take a lot to detract from weeks of work that I'm quite proud of. Mixed results on this part I feel.....
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Sew your own swimwear - easier than I thought!

Sew your own swimwear

What possessed me to try sewing my own swimwear? Partly, it's because I can never find swimwear that fits. I'm not sure why I thought I had the skills to rectify it, but I did reason with myself that fitting garments from knit fabrics tends to go quite well, and I was looking for something a bit different from my go-to summer dresses, so worth a try. There's a lot that went well with this project, there were some adaptations, and there are a few things that I would do differently next time.

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Je suis.....

Sewing and other stories


Hello again!

After a somewhat extended social media detox, I'm returning with a new name. Those of you who follow on the YouTube channel will know that I moved house (again) and in that time I've had a bit of a break from everything craft and social media based, with all my creative energies going into that instead. However, now that things are getting closer to normal I'm getting back into my crafting habits, which means that my social media is also coming back online too. However, coming back in made me think a bit about what I'm doing. After 6 years of blogging as The Petite Passions, I've realised that things have changed. What started out as a lifestyle blog, with a wider variety of posts, really has narrowed down to my main loves of sewing and knitting. I was never really happy with my previous name, though it did encompass where I started out, writing about my little loves (with a bit of synonym searching, that then became The Petite Passions, also because as a dressmaker, I fall into the 'petite' category of under 5ft 3").  Now my little loves are clearer. All of my previous recipes and posts about being out and about will still stay on the blog (just hit the labels on the right if you fancy a look back through those), and may feature again now and then, but really this blog is full of sewing and knitting! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see that I'm popping up now as Sewingandotherstories, matching the new website. I'm hoping that anyone searching for this blog can still find it!!!! 

Stay tuned for sewing updates and more stories x

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Welcome to Sewing and Other Stories; my journeys with sewing and knitting; pattern reviews, tips and guides for beginners. I'm also the designer behind West Beach Knits knitting patterns and I host a Knitting and Sewing channel on YouTube where you can see all of this in person. Come have a look!

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