The perfect Wedding Guest Dress - Sew Over It Eve

The perfect Wedding Guest Dress - Sew Over It Eve Dress

It seems like I've been making a lot of Sew Over It patterns recently. In this case it's because I needed a pattern I could rely on to be flattering and practical as well. This summer we have had a Christening already and have two weddings to go to as well. After my first Sew Over It Eve dress, I knew a smart fabric choice and couple of tweaks would give me something to depend on for these upcoming celebrations. I love the feminine look of the gathered shoulders and floaty sleeves. Being a wrap dress there's a little bit of flexibility with fit over the next few months too!
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Blank Slate Patterns Forsythe Trousers

Blank Slate Patterns Forsythe Trousers

One of the reasons I signed up to the #sewmystyle2018 project was that I wanted to push my style comfort zones. Some of the patterns on the schedule are not what I would have picked, but have ended up being my favourites and worn a lot. This month there are two patterns - the True Bias Lander Pants and the Blank Slate Patterns Forsythe Trousers. As much as I know the community love the Landers, I really don't think they are my style, and out of the two patterns, came to see the benefits of the secret pyjamas that could be achieved with the Forsythes.
That is exactly what they are...secret pyjamas!

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Tilly and The Buttons Mathilde Blouse in Liberty Silk

Tilly and The Buttons Mathilde Blouse in Liberty Silk

This is one of the first patterns I ever bought....I even took it along to the Knitting and Stitching show to get Tilly to sign it! Somehow though it's taken me three years to make it - perhaps I needed confidence in making the adjustments that would suit my style, or that I needed to find the right fabric. In the end I went all out, because this one is in a Liberty silk that I adore. Mathilde is a loose fitting blouse, with a yoke, pleated front, button up back and billowy sleeves. The dexterity required for a button up back is beyond my capabilities, so I altered mine to feature no closures.
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Sew Over It Penny Dress

Sew Over It Penny Dress

Sew Over It are releasing their Penny dress as a printed pattern, due to its popularity. I can understand why, as this is one of my most worn patterns – it’s simple, comfortable and elegant…. I keep wanting to add more to my wardrobe and have an eye out for the perfect fabrics for this.
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Reflections on #sewmystyle2018

I can’t believe that we have reached the halfway point for #sewmystyle2018! I have loved being a part of this project so far this year – seeing so many makers and their takes on each pattern has been really inspiring. As it’s the halfway point, I’ve been thinking about the past 6 months and those coming ahead….

By Hand London Rumana Coat - knee length version

February was possibly my favourite month so far. I loved getting to grips with the Rumana coat, and found our online community to be super helpful for this. This could be the one item I’m proudest of so far in my dressmaking journey. I also managed to make the Estelle jacket too (how was I so productive!) and am glad to have such a quick and easy pattern on hand that I can pair with lots of different outfits. My ivory cropped version is already getting a lot of wear, and I like knowing that if I need another one it’s easy to manage.

Style Arc Estelle Ponte Jacket pattern review

I have had a few misses too - my Sunny dress was far too short, and I’ve converted it to a top now. I had such beautiful fabric I felt quite disappointed. I also never managed a blog post about my Marigold either – my version turned out well and is perfect for holidays but I couldn’t manage any decent photos (it looks better in real life!) so left this out. I know none of you mind, but I had hoped to post about each make in the schedule as part of the journey (who knows, maybe a belated post may arrive sometime).

I was really excited about having a surprise release on the schedule and enjoyed being able to make the Mysosotis as soon as it came out. However, there are a number of features that are quite similar to other patterns in the line-up. I also knew that I needed to start making clothes that could fit into my every day wear more easily so I had to push my creativity to think of other ways to make and style this pattern...hence the 10 hack ideas! Sometimes things turn out for the best – I love my final version!

So far I’ve also enjoyed discovering new designers as well as new patterns. I think that this project has helped me to move out of a comfort zone and learn new skills that I wouldn’t otherwise have done. At times I’ve looked at patterns and thought that if they weren’t in the schedule, I would have passed on them. There aren’t any that I’ve thought were a waste of time though because I’ve made them all work for my style and learned new things.

Coming up there is still a lot of making to do! I’m most excited about the Halifax hoodie, as I know that I will wear this a lot in the winter. We still have another surprise from Evie La Luve coming up as well so I’m interested to find out about that, though haven’t made this type of pattern before so a little apprehensive. Similarly I haven’t made a bag before so the Totes will be a new experience. I know how popular the Lander Pants are so getting to these is going to be fun!

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