Wow, where is 2019 going? September already?! It's definitely starting to feel autumnal here in the UK with the winds picking up, temperatures dropping and darker evenings drawing in. So for most it's time to sew all the sweaters, coats and jeans, of which I have plenty planned.
We have just received a wedding invite for a November wedding though, so instead, my sewing has been focussing on making myself an outfit warm enough for cooler weather whilst still looking dressy enough for the occasion, fingers crossed I've managed!
I am so super excited to share my latest make with you! When I first saw the tester call for this one I was at the library browsing Facebook whilst my children were immersed in some books and deciding which they would like to check out for at home. Perhaps not the best place to let out an audible gasp and "WOW" exclamation!! My joy was shared by many of the other seamstresses in the tester pool as several of us have been begging Kennis, the designer behind Itch to Stitch, to bring out a coat pattern for a couple of years now. Although not a coat, The ENVIGADO is a fantastic outer layer which will be perfect for Spring, late Summer evenings and Autumnal walks on its own and as an extra layer under a coat for the colder climates in Winter.
I'm really enjoying taking part in blog tours this year, they are pushing me to create and try sewing some things I probably wouldn't have thought about before.
Today I'm excited to be included in the Lulu & Celeste, Sprouting JubeJube Productions Back to School Tour now I hear you saying, "but don't you home educate?!" and yes, yes I do but we still have several groups which take a break over the summer and restart in Autumn time along with the need to change wardrobes for the new seasons weather.
Here in the UK, the Autumnal weather is wind, intermittent and unpredictable rain and temperatures. We spend a LOT of time outdoors so waterproofs and layers feature heavily for us.
I'm super excited by this outfit, It's just perfect for going to his forest group, walking through the countryside or even just playing out in the garden and I can't hide it from you any longer so here it is!
I'm always eagerly on the look out for the next Itch to Stitch* pattern tester call as I just KNOW it's going to be amazing. Not necessarily always in design, although everybody needs the basics too, but amazing due to how brilliantly and professionally the patterns are drafted, graded, illustrated and finished! So when the call for the La Paz* came out, I admit, I squealed a little! And what can I say but WOW?! An unlined, beautifully tailored, notch collar blazer for knit fabrics with all the bells and whistles! Seriously I'm in awe of this jacket pattern, it made a garment perceived to be impossible to make at home, easily achievable for any confident experienced sewer and I just know I'll be making more.
The newest pattern from my favourite ever PDF pattern maker Itch to Stitch* is this beautiful pleated Paro Cardigan!* I didn't need to think twice before applying to test it, it's the perfect shape to emphasise my body shape whilst being pretty and comfortable too! Absolutely perfect for work, daytime or evening wear!
This jacket is a little different to my usual style but having had a few weeks between the teaser photo and the tester call going out, I didn't have to search far to see that bomber jackets are in most of the UK high street shops this season and are quickly turning into the must have wardrobe essential! They are being dressed down for daytime wear and up for the evening and everything in between, they are everywhere! With this in mind, I thought it would be a great addition to my wardrobe and definitely wanted in!! I went slightly against tradition with my jacket, going with white base colour and ribbing as opposed to the standard white or striped, however I kept the trademark metal tooth zipper and a quick Pinterest search confirmed that actually, even going white is very on trend right now! So here is my take on it!
We are welcoming spring in here in the UK, albeit with the arrival of snow, heavy rain and hail! and it's time for me to start thinking about clothes for the oncoming wedding season, I think we currently have 3 invitations and of course I need a different outfit for each one so this pretty high-low hemmed blazer was certainly appealing when it popped up as a tester call.
Hi! I'm Sarah and I live with my 2 boys and my Husband in East Anglia, UK. I enjoy sewing for my family and it is my aim to have a completely MeMade wardrobe for us all!