November 2021 Sew Diary

Again, I am running a bit late with the monthly sewing round up but life really doesn’t go out of its way to allow me time to blog – and I really hope to remedy that soon so I can share the details of more of my makes in the incoming months.

Helen’s Closet, Hudson Sweater

As I have mentioned in previous months, I have resolved to make Simon something to build his handmade wardrobe every month and he has done well this month, starting with the Hudson Sweater. I had originally planned to make I Am Patterns Apollon for him but discovered the fit of Helen’s Closet’s unisex Hudson sweater were much better. The pattern pieces have all been lengthened and it is fitted just as he asked – with room!

The fabric is absolutely beautiful and soft and Simon is loving it.

Thread Theory, Fairfield Button Up Shirt

Another shirt for the win!

When I received this beautiful Art Gallery cotton flannel my first instinct was to make something cosy for myself but – just for a change – I decided to do some selfless sewing and made it up into a Thread Theory Fairfield Button Up  Shirt for Simon. As far as shirt patterns go, this is a really accessible one so if you haven’t made one before I would recommend this as a starting point. He has a few now and it is a firm favourite in the wardrobe.

Schultz Apparel, Gerda dresses

I could not love this pattern any more if I tried. Following testing it last month, I sewed up two more in November – sadly I didn’t have enough of the Dashwood cotton print (gifted by Minerva) to make longer sleeves as I really do love the full length sleeve version for this time of year.

Sew Over It, Marguerite Dress

This is one of those patterns I just keep making and remaking and if you are a regular on mu blog I won’t have to say much about this dress but if you want to read more about this Tencel twill version over on The Sewist Fabric Shop blog.

Seamwork Almada (previously Kit) dressing gown

When I received this fabric, I had so many ideas for what I was going to do with it; a Christmas tree skirt, a table runner, Christmas placemats or even a vintage-style apron for the festive season. But none of these seemed right; when a fabric is as pretty as this, my inclination is really just to wear it. What could I make that I would wear over and over again during the festive season? I thought about pyjamas, but I didn’t have the yardage needed for the patterns I had in mind, so I decided upon a Seamwork pattern, Almeda. It’s perfect for lazy weekend morning coffee but just as suitable for a movie night at home. There is something so luxurious about this pattern even though it is a really simple design and construction. There isn’t a great deal to say about the construction of the robe – it’s straightforward. There are only 4 pattern pieces; the back and front robe pieces, cuffs and ties. The neckline is finished with a bias binding which makes for a beautifully tidy finish and keeps it from being bulky. It can be sewn up in half an hour (on that note, it’s ideal if you want to make gifts for people this Christmas).

Seamwork Astoria sweaters

As the colder weather draws in, I’m always looking for cropped sweaters to layer over my dresses so I had the remnant left over from making Simon’s Hudson sweater from which I managed to squeeze out a 3/4 length sleeve version of the sweater. I also had some scuba left over from last year to get another. Then, while I was at it, I decided to use my cute jersey from 1st for Fabrics to make a Christmas sweater. I also made matching Christmas mouse pyjama bottoms so the sweater gets enough wear.

Sew Over It Penny Dress

I loved this bee print viscose from Stitch and Ink and it took a long time for me to choose a pattern for this one but in the end I went for a tried and tested, perfect for all occasions, dress; the Sew Over It Penny.

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