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New for spring…and a call-out for San Francisco local knowledge

A+ skirt with Julia cardigan // Behind the HedgerowInspired by an upcoming blogger’s weekend in Paris (more on that very soon 馃槈 ), I decided to make a spring ensemble to rival the sunniest day!

Early tomorrow morning we’re off to San Francisco (eek!!!) – and right now it’s 10.30pm – and I haven’t packed yet – so this will be a brief post filled with brightly coloured pictures and me looking a bit awkward in front of the camera (out of practice!!).

A+ skirt with Julia cardigan // Behind the Hedgerow

The Skirt…

…is the A+ skirt by Make it Perfect patterns. 聽It’s a classic a-line shape with a top yoke and different versions to include pockets, button placket, or ribbon detail. 聽Overall the pattern is well-drafted and clearly explained. 聽Just a few things to note:

  • The top yoke is unlined. 聽I thought this wouldn’t have enough structure so I added a facing using the same pattern piece as for the yoke itself. 聽I also used some fusible interfacing on the facing piece. 聽A quick fix for a more structured waist.
  • I lined the skirt. 聽I attached it to the seam line of the yoke/skirt (wrong sides together) and this worked well.
  • My measurements were in between a small and medium and I made the medium. 聽Now that I try it on I think it’s a bit too big. 聽With a skirt like this you want it to be pretty snug so it stays in place.
  • I love the pockets on the skirt but I find them a little too low.
  • I do love an a-line shape in skirts but, for me, this one is a bit too flared. 聽I’m being really picky because it’s only marginally wider than I would like.
  • The zip insertion and instructions are great. 聽I almost always do an invisible zip but聽I think I now might be a convert to the lapped zip!

A+ skirt with Julia cardigan // Behind the Hedgerow

To make this my perfect a-line skirt, next time I would use the facing and lining as described above, make the yoke piece slightly narrower which would bring the pockets up a bit higher, size down to small, and make the a-line shape a little less pronounced.

The cardigan…

A+ skirt with Julia cardigan // Behind the Hedgerow

…is the Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations. 聽This is the second time I’ve sewn this pattern. 聽This is the first version I made.

julia-cardi-title-image-21This is one of my most-warn cardigans (and that’s saying a lot considering it doesn’t even have pockets!!). 聽You can read a full pattern review here.

With such a love for this pattern,聽I didn’t change much in this version. 聽In fact, the only thing I changed was the sleeve length (long sleeves to 3/4 length sleeves). 聽The fabric itself is much thinner so it drapes a bit differently but I think I’ll love this one just as much.

Overall, I love my new cheery spring outfit. 聽I can see many sunny days sipping cocktails in the sun…

A+ skirt with Julia cardigan // Behind the Hedgerow

And now onto our holiday…

Yup, we’re off to San Francisco. 聽I’m American, I live in England, and everyone I meet here assumes I know San Francisco like the back of my hand. 聽The truth is I’ve never been to California at all! 聽We’re visiting some dear friends but that’s not to say I won’t have plenty of time for fabric and haberdashery shopping! 聽So, do any of you out there have any not-to-be-missed suggestions (fabric or otherwise)?! 聽Where to get the best Japanese food? 聽Is Alcatraz worth doing? 聽Any good day trip ideas with kids? 聽If you want to follow any of our shenanigans and discoveries make sure to follow on Instagram.

A+ skirt with Julia cardigan // Behind the Hedgerow

Thanks to you all for reading and here’s hoping that spring and sunshine will be filling your days!

Laura x


Selfish Sewing Week – a wardrobe essential

Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations // Behind the HedgerowI’ve stitched up a something fun for spring that I’m sharing over at imagine gnats for Selfish Sewing Week. 聽It’s something we all need in our wardrobes and I honestly have worn it every day since making it!

Also, there’s a GIVEAWAY! 聽A BIG GIVEAWAY!! 聽This is a good one, folks! 聽Head over to imagine gnats for your chance to win one of these amazing indie patterns. 聽Can you guess which one I’ve sewn here?

Rose Hip Tights from Seamster Patterns
The Perri Pullover from CaliFaye
Mia Tunic from Tessuti
Archer from Grainline
Lane Raglan from Hey June Handmade
Cooper from Colette Patterns
Lola from Victory Patterns
The Penny Pinafore from KitschyCoo
The Riding Peplum from April Rhodes
Julia Cardigan from Mouse House Creations
Ballet Dress from Dixie DIY
Out and About Dress from Sew Caroline
Sally Shirtdress from Serendipity Studio
Roza Blouse from Kate & Rose
Swoon from Thimble Blossoms
The Necessary Clutch from Emmaline Bags
Betty Bowler from Swoon Patterns
Olivia from Chris W Designs
The Bess Top from Imagine Gnats
Cozy Morning Mitts from Nerdy Gerdy
Bonny from Tin Can Knits
Thicket from Brooklyn Tweed
Waterfall Blouse from Make It Perfect
Thurlow Trousers from Sewaholic
Emery Dress from Christine Haynes
Belladone Dress from Deer and Doe

Also, a group of featured stitchers will be sewing up these patterns all week to give you more inspiration! 聽Make sure you check them out.

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So, what have you been making for Selfish Sewing Week? 聽Don’t forget to share on Kollabora聽(you can read more on how to do that here) and/or use the hashtag #ssw #selfishsewing or #selfishsewingweek on Instagram or Twitter.

Hope you all have a few new additions to your wardrobes by the end of the week!

Laura x

Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations // Behind the Hedgerow

Meridian Cardigan Pattern Tour and Giveaway – KCW Winter 2014 – Day Two

Meridian Cardigan (imagine gnats) // Behind the Hedgerow

Whew – that’s a long title! 聽Today is the second day of聽Kid’s Clothes Week, winter 2014聽but it’s also the day I’m participating in the imagine gnats pattern tour…and with every good pattern tour comes a GIVEAWAY!

Rachael, the one-woman whirlwind behind imagine gnats, is an independent pattern designer who makes perfectly stylish and comfortable clothes for children as well as women (and she even has an embroidery pattern). 聽I’ve made the Bess Top (which I love!) so for this tour I decided to try something for one of the little people in my life.

Here I present you with the Child’s Meridian Cardigan.

Meridian Cardigan (imagine gnats) // Behind the Hedgerow

In case you’re interested, the trousers are Zonen 09’s Jacob pattern which you can read all about here.

If you were reading yesterday you’ll know that I’m keeping these posts short and sweet so as to maximise the time in front of my sewing machine. 聽I’ve asked myself a few questions that you can quickly read through before hopping over to another fantastic blog with more inspiring kid’s clothes!

What did you make?

Imagine gnats’ Meridian Cardigan – child version. 聽This is a downloadable PDF pattern with clear instructions and useful illustrations. 聽It’s made with knit/jersey fabric and there are instructions to make it a cardigan (like I did) or a jacket with a collar. 聽Rachael gives lots of options for button/snap placement.

Meridian Cardigan (imagine gnats) // Behind the Hedgerow

Size and fabric?

Unsurprisingly, I made a size 6 for my 6-year-old. 聽Her measurements were on the small side for this pattern and I think I could have got away with a size 5. 聽There is definitely lots of growing room here and, as you can see, the cut is quite generous. 聽She loves it though – more delicious fabric to wrap herself in!

This cardigan is reversible – did I mention that?! – reversible! 聽The solid side is a lush aubergine jersey from Minerva crafts. 聽The fabulous floral knit is from de Stoffenkamer in Gent. 聽I adore the colour palette of this fabric and my only regret with this make is that my daughter gets to be covered in beautiful flowers and not me!

Meridian Cardigan (imagine gnats) // Behind the Hedgerow

Did you enjoy making them?

Yes, I did actually. 聽It’s very easy and would be a great聽project for someone new to sewing with knits. 聽The sleeves are raglan so there’s nothing to set and there are no exposed seams (once you sew the two sides together you turn it right side out through one of the sleeves). 聽I was enjoying the process so much that I even took the time to hand stitch the sleeve cuffs together!

Meridian Cardigan (imagine gnats) // Behind the Hedgerow

Favourite part of finished garment?

I love the easy style of this cardigan. 聽The double layer of fabric gives it a nice weight and it’s easy to throw on and off in these cold months of layering many garments. 聽Margot likes the swishy-ness of it.

Meridian Cardigan (imagine gnats) // Behind the Hedgerow

The part that made you swear the most?

I actually don’t think I swore once making this! 聽That’s gotta be a good sign. 聽My top-stitching all the way around went a little wonky but I’m still glad I did it because it keeps the layers together nicely.

Meridian Cardigan (imagine gnats) // Behind the Hedgerow

Music you were listening to?

Still listening to聽Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. 聽Saw them in concert last night here in Belgium and it was phenomenal! 聽Great music to sew by!

Sum them up in 10 words or less?

great beginner project for knits, perfect for layering.

Meridian Cardigan (imagine gnats) // Behind the Hedgerow

Would you make it again? 聽What would you do differently?

Yes! 聽This would make a great gift as well since you don’t need to know exact sizes and you really can knock this out in one sitting.

Next time I’ll give more thought to the button placement. 聽At the moment I haven’t added any buttons – I want to see how Margot wears it and what makes most sense in terms of closures. 聽As we all know, buttonholes are so final and I don’t want to get the placement wrong!

Meridian Cardigan (imagine gnats) // Behind the Hedgerow

Fed up of photos – wants to watch Harry Potter


Have you made any imagine gnats patterns yet? 聽Would you like to try one? 聽Leave a comment on this post and your name will be entered to win one of Rachael’s patterns. 聽You can see the whole collection here. 聽The deadline is midnight on Saturday, 1 February (Central European Time).

Meridian Cardigan (imagine gnats) // Behind the Hedgerow

Thanks for reading and good luck with all your sewing this week!

Laura x

Sol Hoodie and sewing beyond your comfort zone

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Hello, hello, hello! 聽Today you can find me at Imagine Gnats talking about Jamie Christina’s Sol Hoodie and why I think we should all be fearless in our sewing. 聽It’s not to be missed, I tell you!! 聽So, if you have a moment, go take a look…Behind the Hedgerow visits Imagine Gnats.

For those of you who may have landed here from Imagine Gnats – Welcome! 聽For all your quick navigation needs I’ve put together a mini-collage of some of the things you can find on my blog…it’s not聽all selfish afterall! 聽I hope you find some inspiration!
behind the hedgerow collage1. Chewbacca soft toy. 聽2. Banyan Shorts. 聽3. Oliver + s fairy tale dress. 聽4. Summer pjs. 聽5. Mug Rug. 聽6. Simplicity 1800. 聽7. Skater dress. 聽8. Jacob trousers. 聽9. Oliver + s popover dress remix.

Also, if you’re new, make sure to check out my Top 10 for Tuesday lists – lots of tips, hints, tutorials and inspiration to be found there as well.

Three more days of selfish sewing to go…what will you make?!

Thanks for reading,

Laura x