Barberry Jacket Vlog Intro
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by Charlotte
2y ago
I’m sharing a video introduction to the Barberry Jacket over on the vlog. See the jacket in motion, and hear a bit more about design ..read more
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Introducing the Barberry Jacket
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by Charlotte
2y ago
I am (nervous &) delighted to be able to release my first sewing pattern as Charlotte Emma Patterns, The Barberry Jacket. As a brand new company, and because this was my first pattern, there was lots to decide / develop to get to this point – everything from company name to the design of the pattern instructions (& I’m looking forward to creating some behind-the-scenes vlogs soon to talk a bit more about the process). As a result, this pattern feels long in the making, which always makes it even harder to let go of something and start sharing it, but it’s here and I really hope you li ..read more
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My 2020
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by Charlotte
2y ago
Happy New Year everyone! I haven’t made time for blogging very often this year, but I always really enjoy taking the time to reflect on, and sum up, the year just gone here on the blog. I feel like I’ve sewn very few completed garments this year, but – thanks to Instagram providing a record – I can see that I actually made twelve items for myself and two for Phil. Favourites amongst those include the FreeSewing Carlton Coat I made for Phil at the start of the year, and the 1983 inspired garments I made while participating in the Sewcialists Sew Your Birth Year mini-challenge. At the start o ..read more
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Festive Stitch Project Suggestions
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by Charlotte
2y ago
I have finally made it back to my blog and vlog to share some suggestions of festive stitch projects (knitting, crochet, punch needle, bargello) you might enjoy in the run up to Christmas. I’ve made a start on the bauble advent calendar mentioned. I’m really enjoying having a daily challenge and the variety of the different designs. Two baubles complete so far, and 22 left to go! Access the vlog below or on my YouTube channel: Things mentioned: Arne & Carlos, Christmas Balls Advent Calendar Whole Punching, Bauble Punch Needle Kit Tina Francis, Bargello Banner – Festive Fun Andi Satterlun ..read more
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Introducing…Charlotte Emma Patterns
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by Charlotte
2y ago
As mentioned previously, since the start of 2020, I’ve been preparing to launch an independent sewing pattern company. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with pattern testing – the response has been far beyond what I hoped for. I’m approaching the point of being able to release my first pattern (and will be in touch with testers very soon). It’s taken me much longer than I thought to get to this point (I was originally very optimistically aiming for around April!), but, despite being a project manager in my day job, I haven’t been too concerned about holding myself to deadlines. I ..read more
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Lions & Tigers Inari Tee Dress
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by Charlotte
2y ago
We’re currently in Cornwall for a few days holiday. I could have driven, but decided to get the train down so that I could use the time to knit. It was a very successful train journey as I read two magazines, finished knitting a scarf, and listened to an audiobook. During our first full day on holiday, yesterday, I wore this new-ish Inari Tee Dress to go for a long walk and to sit on the beach (where I added tassels to my scarf, and made a start on the second knitting project I packed). Wearing it reminded me that I ought to blog about it before winter is here. This fabric was one of three ..read more
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Pattern Testers Wanted
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by Charlotte
2y ago
Since the start of 2020, I’ve been preparing to launch an independent sewing pattern company. My first pattern is almost ready for release (later this year), and I would HUGELY appreciate it if you’re able to volunteer to test the pattern, to help catch any issues with the instructions or the pattern which have been missed. The first pattern is aimed at intermediate sewers and is an outerwear pattern for a shaped slim-fitting jacket (sneak peek at the design at the bottom of this post). If you are interested in helping this test this, or other upcoming patterns, please do sign-up using my pat ..read more
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SewBrum 2020 – Online
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by Charlotte
2y ago
This year would have been the seventh SewBrum sewing meet-up, a free-to-attend sewing meet-up in Birmingham, UK. I announced a date for this year’s SewBrum before we understood the full impact of coronavirus. After which, it became increasingly clear that a large meet-up wouldn’t be sensible or practically possible (the shops we visit all have social distancing measures in place), so we (me and co-host Lauren Guthrie) decided to take SewBrum online! SewBrum will take place online on Saturday 17th October, and you can register to receive all of the details below or via the event page. https ..read more
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More Paper Bag Trousers & Holiday Pics
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by Charlotte
2y ago
Another weekend, another blog post featuring past holiday photos! A combination of not being able to go on holiday this year, and not having many recent projects to share, has led me to revisit a number of projects I photographed but never blogged – including these Simplicity 8605 paper bag waist trousers. This is my second pair of these trousers (first pair blogged here). They are really easy to make (5 pattern pieces including the belt), and to fit (loose fit and an elastic waist). They’re a great option to pack for a holiday as they are comfortable and easy to wear (and in the polyester v ..read more
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Unblogged Freya Dress
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by Charlotte
2y ago
Weekend mornings are my favourite time to write blog posts, before the day begins in earnest, while the house and road still seem quiet. We are dropping our car off for an MOT in a couple of hours, probably followed by a long walk home, so I thought I’d make time before that to sit in my pyjamas and write about an old(ish) project which never made it to the blog. Earlier this week, Susan Young posted a knit top on her Instagram account which she had managed to squeeze out of a remnant picked up from the Sewing Weekender fabric swap table. I recognised the fabric as one I had added to the swa ..read more
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