The Gingerthread Girl | Dressmaking, Sewing & Crafting Blog
My name is Jen and I am a sewing addict. In May 2014, 10 months after getting married, I was still kind of suffering from post-wedding blues. The creative in me was hungry for a new challenge. I swiftly took myself to a local college and signed up to do an evening course in beginners' dressmaking. Best. Decision. EVER. I now dedicate all of my spare time around a full-time job to dressmaking.
Well this has been a long time in the making! One of those projects which I have been working on, in little bitesize pieces, for months now. For so long I had wanted to try my hand at making a proper coat, and heck, I’m bloody proud of myself for making this.
The pattern is the Sew Over It Cocoon Coat, which came with the first edition of Lisa Comfort‘s magazine. I felt like this was a style I could wear really easily for work, as I had been wearing one very similar (RTW) for so long – but it is starting to look a bit sad as I’ve worn it so much!
The pattern came as a normal printed pattern in a paper envelope. The only difference was that the instructions came printed inside the magazine. And as I wanted to add pockets (obviously!), I just had to download the welt pocket add-on from the Lisa Comfort website. The instructions throughout were super clear. I just had one issue which was to do with the numbering of the steps near the start – I think that may just be a small error. It was easy to work it out, so no real problem. There were no massive head-scratching moments – so all in all, great instructions with clear photos to help guide you through.
The fabric I chose was this absolute stunner… peach wool coating from Ray Stitch. I was so drawn to this, despite it probably not being ‘my colour’… I just attached to it (online) and just had to have it. Very much an investment piece of fabric (yikes!), but I knew that I wanted to make a quality coat using a premium fabric which I could get lots of wear out of – and really enjoy.
The lining fabric isn’t a traditional slippery lining. Instead I used a viscose, which you likely already recognise as being one of the ever popular Atelier Brunette viscose fabrics. The background colour of this is a deep green. And some of the strokes in the pattern are an exact colour match to the coat fabric. And I thought to myself about how excited I get when you see a garment, open it up and have that flash of a beautiful patterned lining – and that feeling had me all kinds of sold on putting this fancy Atelier Brunette on the inside of my new coat. And I’m delighted with the result!
And I can’t write this blog post without mentioning a tool which helped no end with this make – my beautiful clapper which was bought from Sew Essential. It helped me press those bouncy coating seams nice and flat. And I firmly believe that this bit of kit really helps to give the coat a professional finish. Cannot recommend it highly enough!
I made this coat over the course of maybe 5 months, in tiny snippets of time in the sewing room. This sounds crazy, but I really don’t get much time to myself, to sew. So having finished this feels incredibly satisfying! I didn’t cut any corners or rush any part (as tempting as that is when you’re embarking on a big make!). And for that reason the finish is just beautiful. Sorry if that sounds a bit like I’m blowing my own trumpet. Actually, I take that back… I’m not sorry. It is one gorgeous coat! And I’m super proud of that.
Hi guys! I haven’t posted on the blog in so long. So here I am, showing my face… and this cheeky little top I whipped up last weekend. I keeping seeing leopard print absolutely everywhere on the high street. I’m not sure it’s exactly ‘my thing’, but when I saw this teal jersey pop up on Like Sew Amazing’s instagram stories, I was all of the heart eyes!
And after making the dress version of Nikko in December, I’ve been excited to make the top version too. I guess the reason being that the fit is just perfect. It’s quite tight fitting, but I quite like that! Tight in the right places, you know?!
And just a word of warning – if you plan to make a Nikko top or dress at any point – do make sure you follow the guidance on the amount of stretch your fabric needs. Otherwise you won’t get this over your head!
This was such a quick make – I surprised even myself! Just what I needed when I hadn’t sewn anything much for a while. It took 1 hr 45 mins total… all completed within nap time – how incredible is that?!
I just used the sewing machine too. My laziness prevented me from being bothered to change the thread colour on the overlocker…. so I just stuck to using the stretch stitch on my sewing machine. And I have to say – it worked out absolutely fine.
This top is a perfect wardrobe staple – and my plan was that this could be worn tucked into high waisted jeans or worn underneath some dungarees.
Super happy with this make! Hope you guys like it too.
I’ve been on a mission to make myself a range of different sweatshirt patterns lately (as you will have probably seen!). I guess this is just out of curiosity to test the fit and style of a bunch of them. This particular pattern has been in the pile for so long, and I was excited to finally get round to making it!
It is a Named Sloane Sweatshirt, which features a couple of darts on the front. I was drawn to this pattern because I had been after a narrower neckband than some other patterns have. I like to wear a t-shirt underneath my jumpers (for warmth, you know!), and too often you can see too much of the t-shirt showing inside the sweatshirt neckline – which I hate! And I’m *very* happy to say that this neckline situation has been avoided with this amazing pattern.
The only possibly negative I would mention about this pattern is that seam allowances are not included – so you must remember to add these when cutting out. I can’t remember if this is the same for all patterns by Named. But just wanted to get in here early and give you fair warning about this (as someone kindly messaged me on Instagram to alert me to this too).
And the fabric I’ve used here has been in the stash for way too long… it is another incredible French terry from Atelier Brunette (bought from Backstitch many moons ago!). If you follow my blog you will know that I recently made a Zebre sweatshirt from an Atelier Brunette French terry (blog post HERE) – so I feel like I mustered up the courage to cut into that fabric…. and it kind of got me into the spirit of just using the fancy fabric. I think there’s a moral to this story somewhere… maybe there’s no point in keeping these posh fabrics to sit in a stash… and best to just brave it and make something…? Something like that anyway!
I would definitely recommend this pattern to others – I love wearing it! The only things I would change on a future one (and these are just personal preference things) are to have a wider waistband (as in taller – does that make sense?!), and longer cuffs. Then I think I will have my absolute dream jumper in all of the world!
Anyway, I’m going to be working on a dress as my next project… if you’re interested in seeing sneak peeks of what I’m getting up to then head over to my Instagram (@gingerthreadgrl) and you will be able to check out my stories for all of the fun in my sewing room (and the rest of my world!).