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Sew in the Garden by Sewinthegarden - 2w ago

Sew… it’s half way though the year so I thought I would update you on how I’m getting on with my #2018makenine. I’m actually doing quite well! Five out of the nine are made. As in previous years I start off really well and then I just go off and make all the other things that catch my eye and forget about my make nine! Here’s my original blog post I wrote about my #2018makenine if you want to see what my plans were for the year.

My #2018makenine

Right a quick round up of the five I’ve made.

First one ticked off the list was my octopus Peak t-shirt dress from Wendy Wards latest book. Read my blog post here. This is the comfiest dress and the fabric is amazing!

Yay for pink octopi!

Next up a pattern that really pushed my sewing skills, Ginger Jeans! I love them and I’m so glad I was brave and took the jean plunge. Yes they aren’t a perfect fit but I’m going to make more until I have the bestest pair of jeans. Read my blog post here. I’m going to link to all my blog posts rather than repeating myself and making this the longest post ever.

I made jeans!

Back to a simple sew and I made the Named Clothing Ninni Culottes. Unfortunately these weren’t quite for me even though they are really comfy. As my legs are my slimmest part I really need something more fitted as these just drown me.

Best fabric ever!

Yes of course I’ve made an Orla and a cactus one at that. This is my 2018 version of the cactus Orla! Everyone should have a tried and tested quick and easy make. It’s perfect for a quick sewing fix or to get you back into sewing if you temporarily lost your sew jo. What’s your TNT pattern?

This really is my perfect go to pattern.

And the fifth make from my #2018makenine are the Tilly and the Buttons Milas. Yes I know these weren’t on my list but I decided to make these rather than the Cotton and Chalk Sunday Set. As you probably all know I’m a mega Tilly fan and wanting to jump on the dungaree bandwagon I knew it would be the Milas. Although I love them and do wear them I know they aren’t the most flattering as the waist cuts at my widest point. I’m sure I will make them again and I’ll definitely be adjusting the pattern slightly to suit my shape more.

Super comfy.

As well as making these five items I’ve also made lots of other garments that I’m super proud of. Have a read through my blog or scroll through my Instagram feed to see what I’ve been up to. There has been lots of new patterns where I’ve mastered the FBA and patterns that have pushed my sewing skills which were all part of my goals and plans for 2018.

When it comes to the other four makes in my #2018makenine I still have plans to make them all. I’m still after a flattering pinafore dress so hoping the McCalls M7626 will be the perfect starting point and the Bettine/Marigold hack is high up on my to make list. The fabric options may change as I really have been working through my stash and using up lots of the cottons for toiles. I kinda want my stash to be at zero or more realistically no more than five pieces by the end of the year, eek!

How’s your #2018makenine going?

It’s going well.

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Sew… fresh-ish off the sewing machine is this super summery dress. After being picked as Star Maker by The Foldline in April for my Mila dungarees, whoop, I got to pick two McCalls patterns. My only attempt at a McCalls pattern has been a disaster and not finding the pattern styling very inspiring I was struggling to find anything I wanted to add to my wardrobe but then I remember Abi from The Crafty Pinup made the M7381 which I loved at first sight!

It is described as a loose fitting pullover dress. Features include shoulder pleats and a front snap closing. The front waist is raised with a pleated front skirt and elasticated back. I opted for version C which has short sleeves and a tie front. I definitely need to start looking at the line art on the big four patterns as you can not see any of these features from the styling on the front cover.

Images from https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7381

Prior to ordering the pattern I had a nose on Instagram #M7381 and read the reviews on The Foldline. There was quite a few mentions about the pattern coming up on the large size. This was the exact issue with my first attempt at a McCalls pattern, it was gigantic! It’s quite annoying that you can’t see the finished sizes on the pattern envelope, they are on the pattern pieces. I always like to check the finished measurements and will hold a tape measure around me to check with the fit will be like. McCalls patterns come in two size ranges and my measurement fall within the larger ones, however, I opted to go for the smaller sizes and I’m so glad I did this!

Not feeling very confident with how this was going to turn out I cut straight into the pattern, eek! I normally trace everything, except PDFs. I’m not a fan of patterns on tissue paper as they tear easily and always need ironing so I just wanted to get it cut out quickly, super lazy I know!

I still wanted a fair amount of ease to keep with the style of the dress so I went ahead and adjusted the pattern with my usual FBA. Because of the tie detail I cut the bottom section off of the pattern, adjusted the pattern, reattached the bottom section matching up to the centre seam and the extended the piece to the side seam. The bodice piece is now wider than the skirt piece so I divided the difference between four and added this between each pleat. Oh and don’t forget to lengthen the back bodice piece.

Pattern pieces ready I cut straight into my fabric, no time for a wearable toile. I used this amazing viscose linen (35% / 65%) from Sew Me Sunshine, it’s still in stock so go get some. It’s a lightweight fabric with an amazing drape. With a navy background the yellow, red and brown flower and leaf details really pop and can you spot the parrots?

The dress came together really easily, even though I’m used to hand holding indie instructions! As well as an FBA adjustment I altered the sleeves. I used Tilly’s hack from her latest book Stretch and made some lovely fluted sleeves. It’s such a simple and really effective hack that I would definitely recommend it on drapey (I wish this was an actual word) fabrics.

Love these sleeves.

The pattern is for a lined dress however I wanted a lightweight cool dress so I decided on using bias binding to finish neckline and sleeves. I only had premade bias binding which was stiff in comparison to the viscose linen and I was worried this would cause the fabric to hang awkwardly. I don’t know what came over me but I decided to make my own using the left over scraps. A quick google and Tilly’s tutorial popped up. I don’t have one of the gadget things but it was still super simple to make. You literally cut stripes of fabric on the bias and attach them at right angles, press in half and then press the edges into the centre. From just a small scrap of fabric it made enough binding for the neckline, sleeves, skirt hem and I even had about 70cm left! I definitely think this is going to be something I continue doing on future makes.

It doesn’t look a lot but it makes meters and meters of binding.

One final adjustment is that instead of a snap fastening I basted the front of the bodice closed and checked I could get it on over my head. Yay it fits, so I stitched along the line of stitches that were already visible on the neckline and closed the front of the bodice. I didn’t want to risk flashing an boob so I’m really pleased I didn’t need to use a snap fastening.

Boobs all sewn in!

Overall I’m really happy with the dress and love the style. I do think it’s possibly on the large size so on the next one I’ll size down. It’s the perfect summer dress which can be dressed up or down.

How do you find McCalls patterns?

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Sew in the Garden by Sewinthegarden - 3w ago

Sew… I made a denim jacket, whoop! I am so bloody pleased with myself. I never thought I would be able to make a jacket, an actual wearable jacket. I assumed I would be making simple dresses forever. The Love to Sew podcast has been really inspiring me that I can do it and it just goes to show that pushing yourself really works. I didn’t even think twice about ordering the Seamwork Magazine Audrey denim jacket pattern. With the pattern ordered and printing out, I hopped straight over to Sew Me Sunshine and purchased the most amazing yellow denim, be quick there’s only enough left to make one jacket!

I’m not going to waffle through the construction process as it’s all pretty straight forward but here are a few bits to watch out for.

Sizing – I would definitely recommend checking your measurements against the finished measurement sizes as it has approx 7 inch of ease. For my version I dropped two sizes as I wanted a more fitted look. I’m considering making the arms in a smaller size next time as they feel quite big but I will definitely check the fit with a jumper underneath first as I don’t want to go too small.

Pretty happy with the fit.

Making the cuffs – DON’T top stitch! It’s much easier to do this once you have attached them to the sleeves. I would also recommend making the button holes at this stage as I know my machine is a lot less temperamental during button hole-ing when there is less fabric to guide through. I have started holding the garment up to save the machine have to try and pull it along, fingers crossed that so far this has given perfect button holes every time!

I know the bar tack is quite large but my machine didn’t like smaller ones!

Sleeve construction – the instructions tell you to see up the sleeve once you have sewn together the three pieces. However, when it comes to inserting the sleeves it tells you to insert them flat. I much prefer the flat method and being in denim I thought this would be much easier so I had to unpick the seams. You then just whizz along the side and sleeve seams in one go. I didn’t measure the sleeve length prior to cutting out so before adding the cuffs I took up the sleeves by 2 inches. I didn’t do this the correct way so on the next version I will definitely be altering the pattern pieces before cutting out the fabric.

I was really surprised that I managed to make my jacket in two days! This was a huge shock as I would definitely consider myself a slow sewist. I had a RTW denim jacket on hand to compare against just to make sure I was doing it right. The instructions are brief and to the point. They tell you what to do but not how to do it, there’s no Tilly holding you hand and being there every step of the way! It’s classed as an intermediate pattern. My personal opinion on this is that it’s down to the instructions. If you can sew then go for it. At the end of the day it’s only fabric, yeh I heard that on Love to Sew! I had never made cuffs, or welt pockets or a collar before and in my eyes they worked perfect first time.

Yes to my first welt pockets being a success! Head over to my Instagram to have a peak inside them.

Very pleased with all my topstitching.

I definitely think this jacket has improved my confidence massively when it comes to sewing. I don’t think there’s any pattern that I wouldn’t at least try now. Yes there’s still going to be lots of trial and error and not everything is going to be as successful as this first time but don’t you just feel great when your hard work pays off? I know I will always have my Orla’s to fall back on when I need a quick and easy sew to perk me up when I’ve had a bad sew!

As always, after trying a new pattern and it being a success I want to make more! However, I’m just going to make one more for now as I’m trying to get out of the habit of fast sewing aka fast fashion. I’m going to make a more traditional denim jacket out of Mr C’s old work jeans. My RTW jacket is a bit too small, I’ve had it about 15 years!, so I’m going to donate it as it isn’t ready for fabric scrap bag just yet.

What sewing pattern has really pushed you? Does anyone else had a go to sewing pattern for a confidence boost?

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Sew in the Garden by Sewinthegarden - 1M ago

Sew… Me Made May is all done for another year. There’s been a lot of repeats the last 10 days but I’m totally ok with that. I don’t want to fill my wardrobe up with me mades just for the sake of it as I would never of had that many RTW clothes to wear something different everyday for a month. I’ll share a quick round up then let you know what I’ve learnt from taking part.

On Monday I went for a walk and lunch with a friend so again wore my Marigolds and a Coco tee.

Definitely one of my fav and most worn outfits this month.

After work on Tuesday I had my latest Simple Sew make to photograph so we went for a little walk around the village to find the perfect backdrop.

Yes I’m in the churchyard!

Wednesday was a work day and I got in and out on my pjs as it was cold and miserable out!

I made more of an effort on Thursday after work and wore one of my latest jersey dresses and went for the parrot Agnes dress.

My Sew Me Sunshine jersey stash dresses.

Again Friday was another day of uniform to pjs! I’m so lazy.

On Saturday we went to the seaside for the day so went for my red and white stripy jersey dress with little crabs for a nautical theme!

When in Cromer wear crabs!

Sunday was another day in my Marigolds and a different Coco tee.

Sunday afternoon in the garden with Suzy Magazine.

I can’t really remember what I wore on Monday but I think it was my jersey cactus Coco.

Tuesday and Wednesday were more uniform to pj days.

And I finished off Me Made Made with the same dress I started the month in, my Slow Sunday dinosaur pinafore, this time with a Coco tee.

Camouflaged!

So the last 10 days have all been repeats, I think, but like I said at the beginning of this post I don’t mind.

Am I lazy going straight from work uniform to pjs? Should I make some Stella jogging bottoms and some Helen’s Closet leggings for lounging round the house in the evenings after work?

So this month I have been thinking lots about my sewing. I sew because I love it and I love it even more that I can make clothes that fit. Something I feel that Instagram can be quite competitive to sew the most and the quickest and to get the most likes but for me that doesn’t make it so fun anymore. From now on I’m going to sew what I want and at my own post. For this reason I have decided to give up blogging for Simple Sew.

I am going to push myself though to improve my sewing and learn new skills. Im going to start with some summer dresses and I have three dress patterns that I have never made before so am excited to give them a go. Also on the list is a denim jacket.

Did you take part in #mmmay18 and manage to do what you pledged?

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Sew in the Garden by Sewinthegarden - 1M ago

Sew… two thirds of the way through May and it’s safe to say I wear me made all the time. Ok so this is a slight exaggeration but if I’m leaving the house I wear me made. Not because I think I have to but because I want to and because they are the only clothes that fit me. I have such an issue finding dresses that fit that it’s so nice to be able to wear something that does fits my shape. As I’ve said many times before my lounging round the house clothes are lacking in being me made but once they are worn out I’ll be making versions of them. I don’t see the point of making them now just to have them me made. I’m trying to cut down on fast sewing and want to concentrate on spending my time making what I need in my wardrobe to get the most wear out of everything I make/already own.

Right here’s what I’ve been wearing the last 10 days:

Friday 11th was a work day but we had a BBQ for in the evening and I definitely dressed for the season and not the weather and was freezing in my French Navy Orla!

All the photos at the BBQ are of me under a blanket so here’s a pic where you can actually see the dress!

My Saturday and Sunday were completely messed up with being called into work in the middle of the night so I went straight from uniform to pjs.

I finally got to wear one of my most recent makes out of some brilliant tropical parrot jersey from Sew Me Sunshine, sorry it’s sold out. I made the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top and hacked it into a dress with a pleated skirt. It’s so comfy!

A denim jacket is on my to sew list and is all cut out ready as this one really doesn’t fit!

I’m pretty sure on Tuesday I didn’t even get dressed and had a day of sewing in my pjs. Feel free to judge me I don’t care!

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were late shifts so again I went from pjs to uniform and back again but I did make a effort on Friday before work as I went to see my nan as it was her birthday. I wore another recent male from my jersey sewing day and wore a short sleeved Tilly and the Buttons Coco out of some amazing cactus print fabric Harriet named after me and it was obviously super popular as it’s sold out!

Every sewist needs a ric rac cactus!

On Saturday I had the bestest day with the bestest sewing girls, Harriet and Joy, in Cambridge and went for an amazing afternoon tea at the Tamburlaine and Jacks Gelato. I wore my first and most fav Orla dress.

Love this dress.

Best people, amazing food, sunshine and me made dresses.

And on day 20 I wore another, yes I’ve just realised I’ve worn three cactus dresses in a row, cactus print dress, the 2018 version of the cactus Orla. I had a little stall at the first ever Bedford Flea and it was a perfect sunny day.

You can buy my cards and pins over in my etsy shop.

So from the last 10 days I’ve again realised that pj bottoms definitely need to be bumped up the huge sewing to do list. Otherwise at the moment I’m happy with everything I’ve been wearing. I still have a mini mending pile and so much on my to sew list but they are new patterns to add some variety to my (cactus) dress collection.

Read my pledge here and see what I wore on days 1-10 here.

How’s your #mmmay18 going?

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Sew in the Garden by Sewinthegarden - 2M ago

Sew… It’s day 10 of #mmmay18 so let see what I’ve been wearing.

The last 10 days have been a mix of working, days off and a day volunteering at The Higgins Museum so I’ve been wearing a mix of my me made garments.

I started off the month with one of my latest makes which will be coming to the Minerva blog soon, the Slow Sunday Tilia pinafore. After wearing it again I do need to take it in a bit. Which is fine but also annoying as I used bias binding on the seams and it’s lined but it will be worth it.

Feeling camouflaged in my Dinosauria Art Gallery fabric.

Day two I was at the museum and wore my most recent French Navy Orla. The pattern is very altered with an FBA, front and back neck adjustment and a pleated skirt. I’m assuming it’s still classed as an Orla?! The pattern is free and perfect for a beginner or anyone wanting to have a go at hacking.

It wasn’t even raining!

The 3rd of May was a day off with no plans apart from some faffing around the house so I went for comfort and spent the day in my Tilly and the Buttons Milas. I’m so glad I went for a patterned stretch cotton as don’t think they would have suited me in a plain. Sew Me Sunshine has sold out of this print but has this amazing one available.

Pink shed back drop!

I was back to work on the Friday for the bank holiday weekend and the heat wave! Friday I went straight from my uniform into my pjs as I was excited about the arrival of my new Sewing Club pins which you can buy here.

Which colour is your favourite? I can’t decide!

On Saturday and Sunday we went for a walk around the village after our BBQs, yes we had them two nights in a row! I wore my Wendy Ward Peak t-shirt dress and my Tilly and the Buttons Agnes dress hack (Minerva blog post coming soon!). Both these dresses are super comfy. We did half an hour of gardening on Monday evening so I just chucked on the octopus dress again!

Jersey dresses are secret pyjamas.

Yay Tuesday was a day off work so I got to enjoy the sunshine. I decided to wear my favourite Tilly and the Buttons Bettine. I love the fabric although I have no idea what it is or where it’s from! Im pretty sure it’s a cotton and is possibly vintage.

Outtake photo!

Day 10 was basically secret pyjamas which consisted of Tilly and the Buttons Marigold trousers and a Coco tee.

Mixing patterns.

And to complete my first 10 days I went straight from pyjamas to work uniform as I was on a late shift. However they were me made, the Margot bottoms from Love at First Stitch. They are the only pjs I’ve made and at this time of year I could really do with another pair. These are made out of an old duvet cover with some ribbon from my stash as the ties. I’m going to see what’s in my fabric stash and make another pair!

Need more of these!

So from the first 10 days of Me Made May I can definitely see that I make a lot of Tilly’s patterns. I don’t see this as a bad thing. Do you? I am going to start working through the other patterns in my stash to mix things up a bit but I won’t stop making Tilly’s patterns. I also wanted some more casual jersey dresses so have made two short sleeve Coco dresses and another Agnes dress hack. This is me done for jersey dresses for the summer and the gap has been filled in my wardrobe. The left over scraps are going to be made into knickers. I’m going to have a cutting out sessions so that I can do some batch knicker sewing. For me the Orla is an everyday dress but I can dress them up if I want to. I have a few pieces of quilting cotton in my stash so I think I’m going to use it up by making a couple of Orlas as I love the fit on me.

This weeks sewing was some wardrobe staples and using up my jersey stash from Sew Me Sunshine.

I’m pleased with my first week. I’ve worn a variety out outfits and have used three pieces of fabric from my stash. You can read about my pledge here and make sure you let me know how you think I’ve done.

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Sew in the Garden by Sewinthegarden - 2M ago

Sew… My first make from Tilly’s new Stretch book is the Stella hoodie. I love lounging around lazy day clothes and my me made wardrobe is definitely lacking them. When I saw the Stella I knew I needed one. I prefer my hoodies with zip especially as that means I can wear them with my new Milas.

I’ve never hacked a pattern from scratch before. Nor have I ever sewn an open ended zip or a hooded top. No pressure right!

The construction seemed pretty straight forward so I was hopeful that I could pull it off. I’ll try and explain what I did but as always I get so into my sewing I forget to take step by step photographs. I did take a few so I’ll do my best with words instead.

The only pattern piece that needs altering is the front bodice piece. This is cut on the fold but obviously you don’t want to do this so instead add on the seam allowance and cut two. I also decided to add on the pocket which Tilly has added as a hack in the book. This pieces also need the seam allowance adding and two cutting rather than one on the fold.

Add one 1.5cm to the centre front pieces.

I then made up the hood as instructed but didn’t attach it. Next I stitched the shoulder seams, added the sleeves, stitched the side seams and added the cuffs. I finished all my seams on the overlocker. I know you don’t need to but I do like it to look neat on the insides.

My first attempt at visible mending as somehow I managed to get a hole in the hood.

When adding the hood the front bodice piece will be 1.5cm longer on each side. This is fine as you need this for when you add the zip.

Add the pockets. I used a RTW hoodie to line up where I wanted them positioned.

I finished the front bodice edges. Again this is a personal preference.

Open up the zip so you have two pieces. Now for some waffling rambling to explain the zip.

With the hoodie right sides out place the zip right side down and stitch into the seam allowance. Do this for both sides of the zip.

Fold under so that the zip is in the correct position from the right side. Top stitch along the edge.

When your nails unintentionally match.

Again because I like a neat finish I finished the inside of the zip edges with bias binding. This also encases the top end of the zipper tape. The bottom end will be encased in the hem.

Hem and ta dah you have made a zip up hooded top!

So I hope that made sense. It really is easy to do so you should definitely give it a go. Now all I need to is make the joggers and I can lounge around is pure comfort.

Fabric was from Sew Me Sunshine but unfortunately it’s sold out. If you want some fabric suggestions for the Stretch book them read my post here.

Have you made the Stella hoodie yet?

Excuse the awful photos, I was in the early stages of the worst cold I have ever had!

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Sew in the Garden by Sewinthegarden - 2M ago

Sew… I will be taking part in Me Made May and I will be wearing me made daily, unless I go straight from work uniform into my pjs or visa versa!

After seeing all of the Fashion Revolution posts recently it’s really got me thinking about my sewing. From now on I’m only sewing what my wardrobe actually needs. Yes I will still make dresses for certain occasions but I will make sure that they will also be worn again and again. I also want to make sure I make quality items out of quality fabric. I’m not going to waste anything in my stash so it will all get used up but future fabric shopping will be planned with projects in mind.

My amazing collection of Sew Me Sunshine Stretch fabrics which I have projects planned for, keep reading!

During the month I’m going to work out what I actually wear in my wardrobe, what’s in my fabric stash, what pattern I have and finally what my wardrobe needs.

I had a spare bit of time the other day so I did a quick wardrobe declutter and took out everything I know I don’t and won’t wear again. These have either gone into the eBay, car boot or charity/fabric scrap pile. What ever doesn’t sell on eBay will go to the car boot and anything left will go to the charity shop. All my fabric scraps left over from sewing projects go to the local charity shop as they can recycle it in return for money. There’s also a few garments for altering which will get done this month. At the end of May I will do another wardrobe clear out.

Current view of my wardrobe.

With a slightly emptier wardrobe I can definitely see that I need more casual everyday dresses for the summer. I live in my Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress in the colder months so have decided to make some short sleeve t-shirt versions for the summer along with some Tilly and the Buttons Agnes dress hacks. It just so happens that I have some suitable fabric in my stash to make three dresses.

With a plan of action for the month I’m excited to step away from sewing a fast fashion wardrobe. I’m not aiming for no duplicates and I won’t be going crazy and making lots of new garments for the challenge. Yes I will still be sewing as there are lots of holes in my wardrobe and I’m trying to step away from my Cleos and Cocos! I’ll share my sewing plans list with you at the end of the month.

I heart Cleos and Cocos!

Are you taking part? What have you pledged?

If you scroll back through my blog posts there are post on Cleos and Cocos and last years destash and last years #mmmay17!

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Sew in the Garden by Sewinthegarden - 2M ago

Sew… we had a mini trip to Aalborg, in Denmark, last weekend. My little suitcase was packed full of me made clothes but I hardy wore any of it! We stayed in an amazing Air Bnb apartment so we decided to cook in the evenings rather than going out. That makes me sound so old but we both needed a relaxing break so it was perfect.

Having a little rest along the water front.

There’s not many outfits to show but here they are.

For the very short flight I went for ultimate comfort and wore one of my latest makes, my Tilly and the Buttons Milas, which you can read all about here. As it was an early flight I went for a long sleeved ready to wear top underneath. Just because I sew doesn’t mean I’m against RTW. Yes I’ll be making my own long sleeves tops at some point but as I already have perfectly wearable tops I’ll wear them until they are worn out and then I’ll make some. I’m trying to get my head into the sustainable and quality mode rather than just churning out all the garments that aren’t made to last and what I don’t necessarily need.

When we arrived it was a lovely sunny day so I swapped my long sleeved top for a Tilly and the Buttons Coco t-shirt I made last summer. We had a wander into the town and popped to the tourist information to get a map ready for a proper explore the following day.

Some bullet journalling and podcast listening whilst the boy had a nap!

Friday was another glorious sunny day so I went for a dress and sandals. A proper spring outfit. This is my first attempt at the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes and I went straight in for the dress hack. The jersey is from Minerva Crafts and is so light and floaty it was so lovely to wear. We wandered all around the town hunting out street art and along by the water. I loved all the little colourful houses.

On Saturday we went to the zoo! We were excited by the polar bears, Pygmy hippos and sloths. Another new dress for today. The Slow Sunday Tilia pinafore dress out of the Art Galley dinosauria canvas. I need to work on the fit as it’s a bit big but I really like the V neck. I do love a pinafore but I think the Cleo is definitely my fav!

Feeling camouflaged!

And on Sunday we came home so I wore my Milas again. I had packed some casual dresses to wear in the evenings but we stayed in and watched films. At least it meant I didn’t have lots of washing to do!

Goodbye Denmark you were lovely.

We had such a lovely few days away and love exploring new cities. Where should we go next?

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Sew in the Garden by Sewinthegarden - 3M ago

Sew… I’ve made dungarees and yes it was the Tilly and the Buttons Mila pattern. You can never go wrong with TATB patterns so for my first ever pair of dungarees I definitely wanted these to be my starting point.

Going by the size chart measurements I was slightly bigger than the biggest size. I know it’s only a number but it’s upsetting that the largest size is said to be a UK size 20 especially when I wear a UK size 12/14. But never mind I should be used to the huge differences in clothing sizes. I was hoping for a loose fit as I knew the fitted version wouldn’t suit me but went ahead anyway and made the largest size.

I was at Sew Me Sunshine HQ having a sewing day with the lovely Harriet so decided to take these along with me. In the days before our sewing day I used what little time I had to get everything ready. I didn’t attempt pattern matching so I cut them out in a spare half an hour and whilst cooking dinner one evening I ironed on all the interfacing and pressed the straps and pockets. I have blog post here on sewing in small chunks of time if you fancy a read.

Ready to sew!

When I made my Ginger Jeans my machine didn’t really like the top stitching thread. It kinda bobbled on the inside. I decided against a contrasting top stitching for the Milas and used regular thread in black. This also saved lots of faffing about and changing threads whilst sewing.

As I say every time Tilly’s instructions are super and the Milas came together really easily. One bit I always struggle with are curves on the over locker so I decided to bind the edge of my front bib facing. I now want to wear them inside out they are so neat! Anyone else a bit OCD with the neatness on the inside?

Is it ok to want to wear them inside out?

It was hard to try them on for fit as I was going along as they didn’t stay up without the side buttons or clips for the straps. I did manage to get an idea for the fit of the trousers though by holding them up and they were definitely plenty big enough.

I’m rubbish at hammering in the buttons and they always end up bent so he boy very kindly did all 8 buttons for me! He is super! The Prym clips really hold the straps in places so I didn’t bother sewing the straps in place. Plus this means I can alter them if I need to.

Now for the first proper fit test… phew they fit! The trousers are nice and big like I wanted them to be and the front bib sit as nicely as it can over my gigantic bust!

Photoshoot fringe issues!

Pin close up! My new FBA club pins available here.

The only fit issue is that the front waist band seems to dip about 1 inch in the centre and cuts at my widest point. I can’t work out if I need to lengthen the top of the trouser pieces or curve the waist band? I could probably do with sizing down at the waist too as I have about 3 inch spare. The good point about this is you don’t need to use the buttons so they are really easy to get on and off. I don’t think I would ever omit these from another pair as it think they are a really nice dungaree feature.

Overall though I love these and have worn them sooooo much!

I like the rolled up and glitter trainers look.

The gorgeous fabric is from Sew Me Sunshine. Unfortunately Harriet has sold out of this print but has this equally as gorgeous Dominique stretch cotton. I wasn’t going to make another pair but this fabric is kinda making me want to! This stretch cotton is amazing to sew with and wear. It makes me want to live in my Milas. If only work would approve of them as my uniform!

Image from Sew Me Sunshine.

What’s your go to dungaree pattern?

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