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A new summer outfit – it couldn’t be easier!

Liberty skirt and mustard Twisted Tank // Behind the HedgerowThese days I am still mainly existing under a pile of fabric and patterns from our blogger’s #parissewsocial trip to Paris. 聽This combination of fabrics immediately jumped out of the pile at me so I knew it had to be my first make. 聽In fact, I was able to make TWO outfits from these two fabrics – more on that later.

Liberty skirt and mustard Twisted Tank // Behind the Hedgerow

For the first ensemble I wanted something quick and simple for two reasons (and one of them is NOT just because I’m lazy! 馃槈 ).

  • First, I was so anxious to see these fabrics on Margot that I couldn’t be spending days making something elaborate.
  • Second, the fabrics are so gorgeous as they are that I didn’t think they needed too much messing around with.

…or maybe I’m just lazy!

Liberty skirt and mustard Twisted Tank // Behind the Hedgerow

OK, where shall we start. 聽Everyone loves a Liberty print…

The Skirt

This Liberty of London fabric is one of my all-time favourites. 聽It’s called Mitsi in nougat and was a generous gift from the online fabric shop Cousette. 聽It’s beautiful and understated yet still has a bit of pazazz in the form of the sparkly gold dots in the centre of the flowers. 聽This same fabric was given to all the #parissewsocial bloggers聽so keep your eyes open and I’m sure you’ll see some beautiful creations popping up.

Liberty of London // Behind the Hedgerow

Cousette not only stocks Liberty of London (new season as well as vintage) but also a large selection of Petit Pan, Atelier Brunette, Nani Iro, and聽Kokka, amongst others. 聽If you’re looking for fabric inspiration then look no further!

Liberty skirt and mustard Twisted Tank // Behind the Hedgerow

The skirt itself is as simple as can be – basically one large rectangle sewed into a circle with french seams and then gathered and attached to the neon elastic waistband (bought years ago at Purl Soho). 聽I loosely followed this tutorial on Purl Bee.

Liberty skirt and mustard Twisted Tank // Behind the Hedgerow

For the hem I finally got around to doing a rolled hem on my serger. 聽Well, that was easy – not sure why I put that off for so long.

Liberty skirt and mustard Twisted Tank // Behind the HedgerowI’m pretty sure Margot will live in this skirt this summer – so light and breezy and easy to throw on!

The (Un)Twisted Tank

This mustard jersey was also a gift – this time from the Finnish online shop, Nosh. 聽Nosh is new to me but I can’t tell you how excited I am to order some more of their amazing organic jerseys. 聽They sell ready-to-wear clothes as well – for those times when sewing something yourself just isn’t going to happen! 聽As you’d expect from anything Scandinavian, the aesthetic is minimal, oh-so chic with a splash of playfulness. 聽Seriously, who could resist these tigers?!

Liberty skirt and mustard Twisted Tank // Behind the Hedgerow

The pattern for this tank is the Twisted Tank by Laura of Titchy Threads. 聽I have always loved Laura’s patterns, both for their design and instructions. 聽I will be sharing more about the Twisted Tank (and Laura’s new Twisted Trousers pattern) next week as part of the Twisted Tuesdays Tour so will save all the details until then. 聽For now, just know that this little tank is the perfect summer garment for boys and girls! 聽It’s a quick sew but, even with something so simple, Laura manages to teach a few tricks along the way – and I just love the fit! 聽Love the fit!!

Liberty skirt and mustard Twisted Tank // Behind the Hedgerow

Like I’ve already said, I love this combination of fabrics. 聽Check back in the coming days to see another creation…

Thanks for reading – hope you’re all enjoying sunshine, sewing, and…climbing trees!

Laura x

Liberty skirt and mustard Twisted Tank // Behind the Hedgerow

 

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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Lladybird聽路聽sew Amy sew聽路聽the Brodrick Design Studio聽路聽adirondack inspired
The Crooked Banana聽路聽Sewbon聽路聽Idle Fancy聽路聽girl like the sea
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Dandelion Drift聽路聽JustMeJay聽路聽B Yazoo聽路聽Disaster In A Dress
the quirky peach聽路聽Fishsticks Designs聽路聽Seamstress Erin聽路聽a happy stitch
Casa Crafty聽路聽Sarah Jane Sews聽路聽YoSaMi聽路聽Call Ajaire聽路聽miss matatabi

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

The Little Betty Top – KCW Winter 2014 – Day eight

Little Betty Top // Behind the Hedgerow

What? 聽It’s finished?? 聽What do you mean there’s no day eight?? 聽Ok, so I slipped a little at the end. 聽I actually had this sewn up and photographed during聽Kid’s Clothes Week, winter 2014聽but life events conspired against me, meaning that it’s only being posted now.

What did you make?

This is The Little Betty Top designed by Suz of Sewpony. 聽It’s a vintage-inspired jersey top with three sleeve options.

Little Betty Top // Behind the Hedgerow

Size and fabric?

I made size 6 for my 6-year-old and I’m kicking myself a little because I should have gone up a size. 聽If you make this you might want to consider doing the same. 聽It’s totally fine for now but it’s such a sweet top (and Margot loves it sooo much) that it’s a shame it won’t last a bit longer.

Little Betty Top // Behind the Hedgerow

The fabric is a gorgeous grey/yellow striped knit generously donated by The Fabric Stash. 聽Coming all the way from the States to Belgium I was worried that it might not get here in time for KCW but delivery was super fast and Janice bundled it so nicely wrapped in ribbon – all lovely fabric should be treated with such respect! 聽This knit is medium-to-heavy weight and worked really well for this project.

Little Betty Top // Behind the Hedgerow

Did you enjoy making them?

Yes, I did enjoy the process. 聽It must be said, however, that this is not a quick sew. 聽I was approaching it like I would a flashback skinny tee – one hour of sewing and it’s done – but for this top, that’s not the case. 聽Suz has put so much work and thought into the design, from the back placket, to the frill; from the neckline finish, to the sleeve and hem cuffs, 聽that each element聽needs to be sewn with patience and consideration. 聽There is nothing about this top that is particularly difficult but you do need to take your time with each step. 聽The photos and clear written instructions are of course a huge help.

The only thing I altered from the pattern was making the bottom of the front bodice out of two pieces cut on the bias instead of one single piece in order to get the chevron look (and it’s always fun to push yourself – in this case for me it was matching the stripes).

Little Betty Top // Behind the Hedgerow

Favourite part of finished garment?

Lots of favourites here!

I hemmed and hawed about the frills for ages. 聽I’ve never made anything with frills before and I wasn’t sure if it was the look I was after. 聽I went ahead and did them – mainly because Margot caught sight of the pattern photos beforehand and immediately fixated on the frills! – and I’m sure glad I did. 聽In this fabric I think the frills somehow make the whole look a bit more edgy and modern (whereas I was expecting the exact opposite.)

Little Betty Top // Behind the Hedgerow

I love this photo – really captures a moment in time of Margot wiggling her loose tooth that she is desperate to get out!

I also love the button! 聽I bought this just recently in Antwerp at Petit Pan. 聽I thought it would sit in my stash for ages but then it just seemed perfect for this top!

Little Betty Top // Behind the Hedgerow

Finally, I love the overall finish of this top. 聽The pattern is great for talking you through all the finishes and I love that the end result is so professional-looking (and I don’t even have a serger!).

The part that made you swear the most?

The only part the baffled me a bit was doing the neck binding. 聽I really don’t know why I was confused because when I look back the instructions are perfectly clear, but I just couldn’t visualise where/how to fold that 1 cm of overlapping fabric on the ends.

Little Betty Top // Behind the Hedgerow

Music you were listening to?

Mostly Arcade Fire – with Stereolab, Johnny Cash, and Crystal Fighters mixed in.

Sum them up in 10 words or less?

Sewing with knits taken to next level. Girly fun.

Little Betty Top // Behind the Hedgerow

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

Yes, this top would be fun to try in different patterns as well as different weights of knits. 聽Next time I might reduce the width of the waistband slightly.

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I really can’t believe KCW is over. 聽That’s it, done! 聽Margot doesn’t need any new clothes for a while and now I can try to squeeze in some sewing for myself…but not before I share something made with this fabulous fabric…

I’m hoping to have it ready to share tomorrow….

Thank you to Janice for the gorgeous fabric, to Suz for such a professional and well-presented pattern and, to you, for reading.

Laura x

Pleated skirt and Flashback tee – KCW Winter 2014 – Day Three

Pleated skirt and flashback tee // Behind the Hedgerow

How’s your sewing mo-jo? 聽Are you getting everything done that you’d planned? 聽I’m continuing to sew but am being increasingly pulled away from my machine to deal with issues surrounding our move. 聽For any UK readers out there, the search area for our relocation from Brussels to the UK is extending into Kent. 聽In particular, the Faversham/Canterbury area. 聽If anyone has any thoughts, knowledge, insights, suggestions, anecdotes or warnings I would absolutely love to hear them!

But for now let’s get back to the sewing. 聽Miraculously some sewing has been done and photos have been taken.

Here are some quick details.

What did you make?

Today’s outfit for聽Kid’s Clothes Week, winter 2014聽is a self-drafted pleated skirt and a Flashback Skinny tee (using the finishing techniques from Kitschy Coo’s skater dress).

Pleated skirt and flashback tee // Behind the Hedgerow

Size and fabric?

Skirt

The skirt started out in my head – inspired by this image –

– then I headed over to this Sew, Mama, Sew tutorial (upon the suggestion of the always-knowledgable Sanae), then the whole thing got thrashed around in my head a bit more until I finally started cutting and sewing. 聽It’s聽kind of size-less –聽I cut a long rectangle of fabric, started pleating it every 2cm until it was roughly half the size of Margot’s waist. 聽I did the same for the back of the skirt but made it a bit wider since it would be gathered with an adjustable elastic waistband.

The fabric for this skirt was generously given to me by Alice of the online (and soon-to-be bricks and mortar!!) shop, Backstitch. 聽If you haven’t checked it out, please do, the customer service is fantastic and, like I’m sure we can all agree, there’s nothing better than getting a little bundle of fabric in the post! 聽The print is Up in the Air (dark red) by Heather Moore for Cloud9 Fabrics.

Pleated skirt and flashback tee // Behind the Hedgerow

Tee

The flashback tee is a straight-up size 6 for my 6-year-old. 聽I made this top in this size for Margot’s Christmas pjs and it fits fine but for some reason this one came up a bit small. 聽It’s still wearable but won’t last quite as long as I would like.

The fabric is a lovely organic聽petrol blue jersey from Kitschy Coo. 聽I’ve had this fabric for a while and I keep trying to make *just one more* item from it.

Did you enjoy making them?

I loved making the skirt. 聽Because it was essentially self-drafted I had to give it more thought and care than just following a pattern. 聽I love the whole process and watching it all come together. 聽The skirt made entirely of rectangles of fabric and then ends up all swishy and three-dimensional. 聽Mistakes were made but I am very happy with the finished result.

Pleated skirt and flashback tee // Behind the Hedgerow

The tee was quick and easy. 聽I felt like changing things up slightly – I didn’t want the contrasting cuffs and neckband so I followed the instructions from Kitschy Coo’s skater dress to attach the neckband and cuffs with the same fabric as the tee. 聽It has a more subtle and, I think, more feminine look.

Favourite part of finished garment?

For the skirt I love the knife pleats stitched in place.

For the tee I’m happy with the little fuzzy flocking on the shoulder. 聽I traced one of the birds from the skirt fabric, increased the image slightly and then traced it onto red flocking. 聽I was tempted to go wild with lots of birds but restrained myself and kept it simple. 聽Do you think more would have looked better?

Pleated skirt and flashback tee // Behind the Hedgerow

The part that made you swear the most?

Sewing the tee was a very calm affair. 聽The same cannot be said for the skirt. 聽I knew I wanted the pleats to be stitched in place but I initially stitched them down too far so when Margot tried it on after attaching the waistband, the pleats were stitched down almost to her knees and she could hardly move! 聽I had to rip out the waistband, trim off a good few cm from the top of the skirt and then reattach the waistband (luckily I had left the length purposefully long so it didn’t end up too short).

Music you were listening to?

Mostly some old Belle and Sebastian to keep me happy and singing!

Sum them up in 10 words or less?

Flippy, fun, easy to wear.

Pleated skirt and flashback tee // Behind the Hedgerow

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

There will always be more Flashback tees (although I am on the hunt for another staple tee – I love the flashback but sometimes feel like changing things up).

And, yes, I think I’ll make the skirt again – I just hope I made detailed enough notes to be able to recreate it! 聽I think it’d be lovely in corduroy or wool.

Day three – check! 聽Tomorrow I’ll share my Oliver+s Forest Path Cape (if I can manage to snap a few pics!).

Thanks for reading – now, run!, get back to you sewing machine!!

Laura x

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

GIVEAWAY

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

Relaxed Fit Sweatpants – KCW Winter 2014 – Day One

Relaxed Sweat Pants // Behind the Hedgerow

Welcome to Kid’s Clothes Week, winter 2014! 聽I feel that this KCW has been a long time in the preparation. 聽In fact, it’s been on my mind since Meg asked me to guest post on the KCW site back in November.

First, a few disclaimers. 聽Yes, I admit to sewing a few stitches before this week began – I see this challenge as one to push yourself with your sewing and, since I sew about an hour a day on a normal day, I thought it was only right to up the ante. 聽I did choose and sew everything specifically for KCW and it’s the first time any of it’s been shared.

Second, a note about how this week is going to work for me. 聽This week is crammed packed – there’s sewing to be done (oh, the lovely sewing!), photographs of kids to be taken (enter the element of severe unpredictability), photos to edit, words to write…not to mention reading all the other blogs and checking out all the cool stuff everyone else it making.

Relaxed Sweat Pants // Behind the Hedgerow

So, in the interest of time – both mine in writing and yours in reading (I’m sure you’re checking out tons of blogs and lovely sewing as well), I’m going to ask myself a few questions about what I made and answer them as briefly as possible.

Happy viewing and reading – and of course, happy sewing – please comment and let me know what you’re making as well!

Relaxed Sweat Pants // Behind the Hedgerow

What did you make?

Relaxed Fit Sweatpants from the Spring 2014 issue of Ottobre Design Magazine. 聽They have a tapered leg, pockets, faux fly and ribbing waistband and cuffs (with the option of adding knee patches).

Size and fabric?

My son is a small(ish) 4-year-old and I made size 104cm. 聽This worked well – he can wear them now but there’s still plenty of growing room. 聽The tapered shape means that they’re snug around the ankles which I love – very practical.

Relaxed Sweat Pants // Behind the Hedgerow

The fabric is a heavy jersey fabric from Minerva Crafts. 聽It worked well for these sweatpants although next time I’d like to use proper sweatpants jersey – you know, with the soft fuzzy part on the inside!

Did you enjoy making them?

To start with I hated this project – these were meant to be a quick sew and I approached the pattern with such haste that I didn’t appreciate how good it was. 聽Once I settled into the sewing I loved it – the jersey was easy to sew with and I discovered a new stitch on my machine (that *almost* gives the appearance that I used a fancy cover-stitch machine).

Relaxed Sweat Pants // Behind the Hedgerow

Favourite part of finished garment?

I love the overall shape – low in the crotch area, tapered legs. 聽These are comfy enough to use as sweatpants but still smart enough to wear out and about.

The part that made you swear the most?

There were two issues:

  • Seam allowances aren’t included. 聽That’s always the way with Ottobre patterns. 聽I knew this when I started so I guess I can’t get too worked up about it (and at least I remembered to add them!).
  • My biggest problem was that I sewed the front of the pants to the back of the pants the wrong way around…which meant that the pockets are actually on the INSIDE of the pants! 聽Agggghh! 聽I didn’t realise until I had sewn and top-stitched the side seams! 聽I wasn’t about to rip all that out so I just convinced my son that he has secret pockets in his new sweatpants!

Relaxed Sweat Pants // Behind the Hedgerow

Music you were listening to?

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Sum them up in 10 words or less?

Fun, comfortable, relatively easy to sew, wardrobe staple.

Relaxed Sweat Pants // Behind the Hedgerow

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

Yes, I’m already planning on making them again. 聽Next time, I will read everything more carefully before assuming I know what I’m doing! 聽The pocket construction is clever – I thought they were just patch pockets and originally decided to omit them until I realised that I couldn’t make the pants without them.

Relaxed Sweat Pants // Behind the Hedgerow

Can you see the pockets that aren’t really pockets!?

So, that’s Day One. 聽What is everyone else up to!? 聽I’ll be back tomorrow with a Meridian Cardigan as well as a giveaway!

Thanks for reading – now, run!, get back to you sewing machine!!

Laura x

Relaxed Sweat Pants // Behind the Hedgerow

The 12 Days of Christmas = snuggly pjs, dressing gowns and food!

12 days of christmas sewing series // Behind the Hedgerow

Why are these kids so darn happy!? 聽Come on over to Sewpony and find out. 聽Today I’m sharing some Christmas clothing for my kids as part of The 12 Days of Christmas sewing series. 聽Plus, I’ve included a fail-proof recipe for something delicious to add to your Christmas morning breakfast.

Danish Pastry Recipe // Behind the Hedgerow

I hope you’ll stop by and say hi!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a my Minerva Craft Blogger Network offering – Lisette 1666. 聽I can’t wait to chat to you all about this dress because, I must say, it’s really surprised me!

Thanks for reading,

Laura x

Jacob in the sandbox

Sandbox Trousers and flocking tee - title image

The final hours of Kids Clothes Week are upon us and I’m dragging myself across the finish line at the last possible moment.

Sandbox Trousers and flocking tee - back waist down

Here is my final contribution:

Trousers: A hybrid of Oliver+s’s Sandbox Pants and Zonen09’s Jacob trousers.

Top: Made by Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee with space rocket flocking.

Trousers

Sandbox trousers and flocking tee - trousers on wall

My plan was to simply make the Oliver+s Sandbox Pants. 聽However, when I looked at the pattern pieces I knew they would be huge on Manu and because I know and love the shape of the Jacob trousers (see here and here) I decided to use the Jacob pattern pieces for the legs but stick with the waistband, pockets and instructions from the Sandbox Pants.

This worked perfectly! 聽I got the pleasure of following a new Oliver+s pattern (each one seems to teach me something that improves my overall sewing knowledge) while all the while knowing that I would love the fit. 聽Win – win!

Sandbox Trousers and flocking tee - back view

The fabric is fantastic! 聽It’s a thin wale corduroy that I got in Denmark over two years ago and have been hoarding ever since. 聽It’s covered in very subtle tiny stars (so subtle that they’re hard to see in some of this pictures!) and I only wish I’d bought more – it would make a fantastic dress with a few splashes of colour here and there.

Sandbox Trousers and flocking tee - front pocket detail

The contrast/lining fabric was leftover from my Tova dress – it’s soft and works well for a comfy waistband.

Apart from the re-jig of the pattern, the only other change I made was sewing the back pockets on backwards (the grey is meant to be the lining) but I liked it better this way.

Sandbox Trousers and flocking tee - rear pockets

The construction was quick and straightforward – no fly, zip or even faux fly to worry about. 聽There are four buttonholes to contend with in case that is an issue for anyone – but you could easily leave them off the back pockets and use grommets for the waistband openings if you prefer.

Overall, another great聽Oliver+s聽pattern (aren’t they all?!). 聽Next time I’d like to try them in some soft, comfy jersey.

Sandbox Trousers and flocking tee - whole outfit on wall

The Top

I never intended to make a whole coordinated outfit – the trousers were the priority – but I had this bright yellow jersey staring up at me from my fabric shelf and I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try out some more flocking.

Sandbox trousers and flocking tee - leaning against wall

The whole thing took about an hour and a half earlier today (I’d say that’s a good use of the extra hour we gained by changing our clocks back). 聽It’s really not a piece of art though – I rushed through all the steps and, most annoyingly, the jersey, as it turns out, is horrible quality and the whole thing got massively stretched out around the arm cuffs and neckline. 聽I almost didn’t photograph it…but I did quite like how the rocket turned out.

I’ve talked enough about the Flashback Skinny Tee for you all to know it’s probably THE most useful stand-by pattern. 聽It’s just a shame about that damn fabric.

For the space rocket I just googled some images of rockets, printed, cut, traced onto the flocking, cut and ironed on. 聽I’m still finding my feet with this technique – it’s really hard to cut the image out perfectly (even with an xacto knife). 聽It’s fun and so effective though! 聽If you haven’t come across flocking then you can read more about it here.

Sandbox trousers and flocking tee - rocket detail

When put together I love this whole outfit. 聽Stylish and comfy – who needs anything more? 聽Ok, maybe I could have added piping….

How did your KCW turn out? 聽Get everything done? 聽I’ll tell you what – now I’m looking forward to some serious selfish sewing before delving into Christmas gifts. 聽I’ve got pattern pieces cut for a coat, yup a coat (eek!)….a wool coat…with a lining…this is unchartered territory for me so any help and suggestions are welcome!

Sandbox Trousers and flocking tee - walking away

Thanks for reading,

Laura x

Oliver+s Book Report Dress and leggings – KCW Fall 2013

Book Report Dress - title image

Guess what guys? 聽It’s my birthday today and I’ve been given a strict order from my family that I will NOT spend all evening on the computer writing this post. 聽Jeez, what kind of family is that, wanting to spend time with me and all?!?! 聽With gifts and dinner being prepared for me (cuttlefish with capers and harissa followed by a celeriac and mushroom torte, in case you’re wondering…oh, and cupcakes…big ones filled with dulce de leche….and some divine dessert wine we picked up this weekend in Germany) I couldn’t protest too much.

book report dress - back view at bug house

So, let’s got on with it. 聽This is a straight-up all-girl, ultra-useful Autumn outfit. 聽The dress is Oliver+s’s Book Report Dress and the leggings are from Go To Patterns. 聽I feel a bit lame and unhelpful by saying this but both these items sewed up without any hitches (apart from a minor sewing machine error – skipped stitches and the top thread occasionally breaking…any thoughts on a cause?!). 聽I didn’t even alter or change a single thing. 聽It was such a treat to be in Liesl’s good hands while sewing that I decided to just follow the instructions and not tax my brain too much on alterations. 聽Plus these patterns are pretty much spot-on so why mess with a good thing, right?

book report dress - action 2

Book Report Dress

book report dress - action

This dress is rated as two scissors. 聽All other dresses I’ve made from Oliver+s have been three scissors and I really could tell a difference. 聽This one just came together so easily without any hiccups but without sacrificing any of the subtle details, professional finishes and overall style that we’ve all come to expect from Oliver+s. 聽To be honest, the most annoying part of this project was step one – making and sewing the button loops. 聽I don’t know why I find this process so tedious. 聽I even tried to use a tube turner which is a long skinny thing you put through a tube after you sew it right sides together. 聽It’s meant to turn the whole tube right side out but I can never get it to work. 聽Has anyone had any success with one of these? 聽In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, it looks like this:

The black fabric is from The Village Haberdashery. 聽The mustard yellow is Kona cotton from my local fabric shop.

I sewed a size 6 for my 5.75 year old. 聽I knew it would come out big (some of her measurements put her in size 4) but I have an awful habit of making things too small so I was fine with a bit of growing room.

book report dress - neckline button detail

Overall, I do like the dress but I can’t say it’s one of my favourite pieces ever. 聽For me, the jury’s out on the shirt hem. 聽My favourite features are the hidden pockets along the front horizontal seam, the contrast yoke in the back and the button opening along the neckline.

book report dress - pocket detail

Go To Leggings

This is the second time I’ve made these leggings from Go To Patterns. 聽You can read about the first pair here. 聽 With only two pattern pieces to work with you can sew these in an evening and be done in time to catch the news with a cup of tea. 聽Again, I made no changes or alterations – aren’t I boring today?!

book report dress - back

The petrol blue jersey is from Kitschy Coo and it really is a lovely colour – I’m wondering if I have enough left to make a pair for myself. 聽I had the size 5 pattern piece cut out so used that but just made it slightly bigger when cutting out the fabric because the first pair are already getting small and I was too lazy to trace the size 6. 聽This worked ok.

I’m being called for dinner so I’ll leave you to sip my champagne and enjoy!

book report dress - cuff detail

Realistically I will get one more KCW item sewn. 聽Let’s hope I can get it up before Sunday.

And, as Margot’s expression tells us, I think we’re finished here.

book report dress - final

Thanks for reading,
Laura x