Baby on Board; Testing the TAMI

There is still no let up in the freezing temperatures and snowy forecasts in the UK and bump is getting bigger by the day which meant I was super pleased when New Horizons Designs mentioned a maternity add on for the ladies TAMI revolution Hoodie; I just had to test it out.Photo 12-02-2018, 16 42 31

The TAMI Revolution Hoodie was released in early 2017 and immediately became hugely popular. With lots of design features and options, like double hoods, thumb-hole cuffs and full front zip modification it’s certainly never been an ordinary hoodie; it truly is a revolution!  It was also revolutionary for nursing mums with the option of adding a zip accent to the arm seam(s), included in the instructions, and thus making it super easy (and super discrete) to breastfeed nursing tots whilst wearing the hoodie.   It seems natural, therefore, for it to have a maternity (and early postpartum) modification.Photo 12-02-2018, 16 43 25

The maternity modification sees extra width and length added to the bodice pattern pieces to allow for bump, there are also slight modifications to the in-seam pockets to allow the pocket to lay flat and closed whilst lying against the bump.   All other options remain the same making it a very versatile maternity pattern and perfect for cold and changeable weather.Photo 12-02-2018, 16 41 40

I made my maternity TAMI in Organic French Terry (or looped-back sweatshirting) and petrol coloured fleece-backed sweatshirting both from Dots n’ Stripes .  For my cuffs and bands I used a petrol coloured cotton lycra.  The TAMI can be made in any fabric with at least 25% stretch which gives you a huge range of fabric possibilities.  Photo 12-02-2018, 16 40 22 (1)

I choose to do a double hood and thumb-hole cuffs for extra warmth.

I also opted to try out the zipper accent – I felt this would be really complicated and thought it would be a great test of the instructions as well as a mini challenge for myself.  I’m also keen on breastfeeding my newborn and the zipper would be something I needed to perfect in order to do that.  The instructions for the zipper accent were BRILLIANT!  It wasn’t complicated at all and the written instructions and pictures were very clear and easy to understand.  It took me maybe 15 minutes at most to get the zipper in and the results were highly professional (I really loved the zipper guard addition) and very pleasing.  Experience has taught me that interfacing stretch fabric for flawless zips is essential, and this is noted in the pattern; I would definitely not recommend skipping that step.

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Photo 12-02-2018, 16 38 46I have always been a big fan of New Horizons Designs patterns and this was no different.  Living in the UK I have to print on A4 paper, an A4 trimless option is always provided by New Horizon’s and it really makes a huge difference – I’ve never had any issue printing their patterns and putting the pattern together is so fast and so easy with the trimless design.  Patterns are always well thought out and designed to fit lots of body types; the TAMI hoodie has both a standard and a longer length option and lengthening and shortening lines are included on the pieces to accommodate people of varying heights, the pattern also has an enormous size range, from xx-small (0) right the way up to 26 (US sizing).   The patterns in general also have very clearly written tutorials and clear pictures making them very straightforward sews even though they often have pretty unique and interesting design features.  I would say that the TAMI revolution would be suitable for all skill levels.

The TAMI revolution and maternity add on are both on sale now until 22nd February.

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Sewing for baby; Peekaboo Patterns Lullaby Line Baby Nest

I’m really loving my pregnancy and am reveling in getting to sew all the things for my newest little man. I’ve probably already sewn more newborn clothes than he’ll ever need right now so recently I’ve started to turn my attention to other baby accessories and nursery furnishings, which is why I was so very excited when I saw the preview posts of Peekaboo Patterns latest PDF sewing pattern; the Lullaby Line Baby Nest.cover

The nest is the perfect accessory for babies and toddlers (and preschoolers!).  It allows you to create a safe, clean and enclosed play space for your infant at home and away;  I plan on taking mine with me when we go to visit family and on our vacations to give me somewhere to place my newborn in places not necessarily ‘baby friendly’.  For older children, it provides a floor cushion for rest and relaxation.  I feel I should mention here the nest is not designed to be used unsupervised or for babies to sleep in – should the baby roll against the raised bumper whilst he or she is sleeping they could suffocate.  Below is the safety guidance offered in the pattern.safety guidance nest

Even if you are not expecting a baby, or have young children, the pattern is an excellent investment for gifts.  It would make an excellent baby shower gift or birthday gift for a toddler or preschooler as there’s no need to worry about sizing.  Alternatively, it would make an excellent gift for an older child as included in the pattern is a doll (or bear, or stuffy) sized nest.  It could also be made as a pet bed.  The pattern includes sizes doll to preschool (aged 4-5).  The fact that the nest goes to preschool size was another reason I was attracted to the pattern; I knew my own preschooler would love a nest for resting and reading  – he’s always lying on the floor- so the first nest I made was for my preschooler.

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The pattern is a straightforward sew and I completed all of it on the sewing machine.  I found a zipper foot useful for creating the cord casing in the trim.  With it’s standard seam allowance you could use a regular foot, but I find, as I do when creating piping, the zipper foot offers a better guide for your stitching.

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Another tip for dealing with the cord and trim is to use crocodile clips or wonder clips.  The preschool size used over 3 metres of cording and trim, because of this I felt it necessary to periodically clip the cord to the trim in order to stop them twisting whilst sewing.

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The pattern includes an optional padded liner which can be used in the nest.  I choose to make the liner to add additional padding but the nest could be used without.  I can see the liner being particularly useful for babies – made out of a waterproof/splashproof material like PUL it will enable the nest to be used, and work well, for nappy changes or nappy free times.  The liner piece being removable would also be easier to wash/put in the washing machine than the nest as a whole.

Photo 29-01-2018, 12 33 34My son was thrilled with his nest.   It was a good length for him (he measures 105cm) and he could lie flat if he wanted too – he actually preferred to curl up and the nest provided him with the perfect cocoon for that.

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Photo 29-01-2018, 13 28 30Photo 29-01-2018, 13 28 06.jpgI made my nest using a quilting cotton, ‘Space Explorers’  by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman, available from You, Me and Mabel.  I think the nest would be great for outdoor play or on the beach if you used PUL, ripstop or softshell.  A brushed cotton or flannel would be great for a nest that would be used indoors and provide an additional soft and warm surface, particularly good in the winter months or for children who are more sensitive to textures.   I’m also contemplating a patchwork effect for my newborn’s nest – combining a range of textures and colours to provide him with a more sensory experience.

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Photo 29-01-2018, 17 43 14I used the scraps left over from cutting out the nests ‘legs’ to create a coordinating pillow which my preschooler loved as an additional prop/bolster cushion and which would be great for babies to use as a prop or support during tummy time.

Photo 29-01-2018, 13 20 04All I did was the sew the two scrap pieces right side together leaving a 2 inch turning and stuffing gap.

Clip the corners and curves before turning out.

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Stuff and sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch.

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(As with the nest, tummy time supports or tummy time pillows should never be used unsupervised as pillows provide a risk of suffocation).

I really enjoyed sewing the nest and was very pleased with the finished product, as was my son.  The pattern is available from Peekaboo Pattern shop, it has an introductory discount of 15% automatically applied to it through to the end of Thursday 1st February.  Photo 29-01-2018, 17 43 37

 

Rebecca Page Mummy and Me Comfy Cowl

If you’re on the look out for matching adult and children sewing patterns you really need to check out Rebecca Page’s PDF sewing patterns.  So many of her patterns offer both adult (including plus sizes) and children, and even doll, sizes making it possible to create a full ‘Mummy and Me’ wardrobe.  One of my most favourite everyday ‘Mummy and Me’ patterns is the Comfy Cowl.  Photo 21-01-2018, 19 22 53

The Comfy Cowl is a semi-fitted sweater with an oversized cowl which doubles as a hood.  I always think a cowl is so much more practical than a hood – not least because it fits better with a coat or jacket for extra cold or rainy days.  It also adds an interesting design feature and an opportunity to combine interesting contrasting fabrics in one design.

The Comfy Cowl comes with an optional kangaroo pocket too.

The Comfy Cowl is designed to finish at the low hip.  For my ladies version I choose to make my Comfy Cowl more tunic length (I also made modifications to it to make it suitable for all of my pregnancy – you can read about those modifications here), which effectively meant adding 6.5 inches to the bottom of the bodice pieces.  I extended directly from the hip without any tapering or altering of the shape or width as I felt tapering would restrict movement.

I made both my mummy and me Comfy Cowls in french terry from Mibs fabrics with a coordinating plain petrol cotton lycra (also from Mibs).  The pattern calls for fabric with at least 30% stretch which allows you to use some less stretchy sweatshirt fabrics.

My daughter and I both loved our cowls and they were very quick and straightforward sews, taking less than an hour for each one.  I really enjoy Rebecca Page patterns as they are extremely well written with a very clear picture tutorial.  I would happily recommend this pattern to any level of seamstress, including those new to sewing clothes.  Photo 21-01-2018, 19 15 32

The ladies Comfy Cowl is available in sizes xxs – 5xl.  The children’s Comfy Cowl is available in sizes newborn – 12 years.  The children’s Comfy Cowl works equally well for boys as well as girls and allows the somewhat rare opportunity for Mummy and son as well as Mummy and daughter matching.  The pattern is available as separate adult and children’s patterns or a bundle of both – purchasing the bundle includes an automatic discount and offers the best value for money if you want both sets of sizes.

Baby on Board in the Winter; Modifying the Rebecca Page Comfy Cowl for a Winter Maternity Wardrobe

Pregnancy and winter go together like … well like nothing because they don’t!  You cannot get my coat to do up properly which means you’re constantly freezing and most maternity clothes are simple jersey basics and so not warm and cosy and therefore you end up having to buy sweaters 2 sizes too big and therefore terribly ill fitting and not flattering at all.  So, with the onset of snow, I’ve been on a sewing mission to create a warm and cosy garment which fits well and has plenty of growing room for my bump.IMG_4861

I’ve sewn the Rebecca Page Comfy Cowl, available in adult and children sizes, previously.  It’s a lovely semi-fitted sweater pattern with an enormous cowl hood which is both cosy and practical.  I decided to use this as a basis for my maternity sweater.  The pattern isn’t specifically designed for maternity wear and as it’s semi-fitted there is some, but limited, bump space.  Should you choose to make the sweater in a stretchy fabric (at least 50% four way stretch) you could probably get away without making much modification to the pattern (I would suggest lengthening it by 2 – 4 inches to prevent the sweater finishing too high when it has to go over your bump), however, as I wanted a cosy winter garment I decided to use sweatshirting (looped back French Terry) which had less stretch (still the 30% stretch required by the pattern) and certainly not equal stretch in both directions.  Due to the lack of stretch it was necessary to modify the pattern to accommodate my change of shape.

For excellent advice on modifying a non-maternity pattern for maternity wear, I highly recommend the guidance offered by Melly Sews; this guidance formed the fundamental method I used to modify the Comfy Cowl.  Pregnancy alters your shape in two ways, adding inches to your bust/chest measurements as well as the obvious bump.  These are the alterations that I made to my pattern piece.

The guidance offered by Melly Sews sees you severing the bodice piece into four pieces and pivoting those pieces at various points to add width and length to the piece to account for the body changes.

 

Melly Sews then discusses ruching along the side seams to gather the bodice to the original length of the pattern piece.  I choose not to ruche mine as I wanted to keep my sweater more tunic length. I simply lengthened my back bodice piece to the same length as my altered front bodice and added a band.  Since I added width to my bodice, I created a new band piece which measured 90% of the bottom of the sweater – I could of made a tighter fitting band (around 80%) for a more fitted look but I didn’t want to restrict movement so kept the band relatively loose.Photo 21-01-2018, 14 50 24

I was very pleased with my finished sweater tunic.  Fitting snuggly across my chest but skimming over my bump with a little bit more growing room it was a very comfortable but flattering garment which will take me right through to the end of the pregnancy.

 

Photo 21-01-2018, 19 22 53For more information and images of the Rebecca Page Comfy Cowl, see my Mummy and Me Comfy Cowl blog post.

A dress for all seasons; the Rushbrook Dress and Top Blog Tour

A few months ago, in the height of the English summer, I had the pleasure of testing the Rushbrook Top and Dress by Titchy Threads.  The dress was simply perfect for the balmy weather – a classic sleeveless dress with a swing style which made it loose and comfortable and my daughter feel instantly in love with it.

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The problem with the English summer is it never quite lasts that long and now October has arrived we are most definitely in autumn.  Whilst this usually means filing away my summer patterns until next year and returning to hoodies and joggers, this was not necessarily the case with the Rushbrook, and so, here I present my autumnal Rushbrook dress.

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The loose swing style – seen beautifully in this shot, which also shows the full freedom of movement this classic dress allows – makes it perfect for layering over sweaters and tights.Photo 15-10-2017, 16 10 46

I opted to make my autumnal Rushbrook in worsted wool to add extra warmth.  The dress can be made in a range of woven fabrics but you need to consider the effect the type and thickness of fabric will have on the French seams as described in the pattern.  One of the key features of Titchy Threads patterns is the highly professional finish the patterns allow you to achieve through well explained professional techniques; French seams is one such technique described in the Rushbrook pattern.   Worsted wool is actually not that much thicker than some quilting cottons so I  did not make any modifications to the pattern; which was lucky because I really love the clean look of French seams.  Should the fabric you use be an issue, and make your French seams too bulky, the pattern does describe how you could use a regular seam finish.

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Whilst we are discussing highly professional finishing techniques, I feel I have to mention the hem facing – I really love this hem finish because it adds a clean finish to the hemline in the same way the French seam adds a clean finish to the seams.  It also enables you to add a nice pop of colour or contrast or special ‘secret’ fabric you get a little glimpse of every time the breeze catches the skirt.Photo 15-10-2017, 16 18 02

The Rushbrook has a feature placket which you can leave simple, like I have in my autumnal Rushbrook, or add a ruffle piece to (as I did in my summer version).  You can similarly leave the sleeve edge simple or add a flutter ruffle to it.  I have to say, of all the plackets I have attempted, I felt this was one of the most simple and straightforward.Photo 15-10-2017, 16 23 10

The dress also has optional patch pockets.  I daren’t present my daughter with anything that doesn’t have pockets – she is forever collecting little trinkets and ‘treasures’ – and the little patch pockets on this dress are a very practical size for a young collector.  I choose to create my pockets in the same fabric I used for my dress (in contrast to my summer version where I used a contrasting fabric), because of this, I choose to cut my pockets on the bias.  I did this for two reasons, firstly it changes the direction of the directional print and makes the pocket more of an interesting feature, secondly, it’s a lazy seamstresses way of avoiding pattern matching!

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The Rushbrook dress and top is most definitely a pattern for every season.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog post.  Be sure to visit the other hosts on the Rushbrook Dress and Top Blog tour for more inspiring ideas.  Rushbrook Dress and Top Blog Tour

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Pear Berry Lane

Buzzmills

Fairies, Bubbles & Co

It’s Liesel

{Spools + Oodles} of fun

S is for Sewing

Giddy Ants

La Foile sewing booth

Many thanks to Laura, of Titchy Threads and the Craftstorming Blog, for allowing me to join all these other talented seamstresses.

Pickle Toes Patterns Back to School Blog Tour: A new way with the Adorabelle

Hi!  I’m thrilled to be the next stop on the Pickle Toes Patterns “Back to School” blog tour and today I’m sharing a new take on the Adorabelle pattern.

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The Adorabelle is a top and dress pattern designed for knit fabric.  The pattern covers an enormous size range of 12 months to 16 years and has a range of sleeve lengths and options, hood styles and skirt style options, so, in itself, represents incredible value for money.  I wanted to share with you some slight modifications to the original pattern that will give you some more options and enable you to build a mini back to school capsule wardrobe for your young lady from just this one pattern.

Essential to any capsule wardrobe, and particularly a wardrobe suitable to a changeable weather climate such as the one my daughter and I experience living here in the UK,  is a jacket or cardigan.   This was one of the garments I created from the Adorabelle pattern.  I also chose to use the pattern to create a separate skirt and top (the top option is already provided in the pattern).  As much as my daughter and I love dresses, separates are always preferred on days my daughter has P.E. (physical education) or gym classes as they are easier for her to get changed into or out of independently.  Separates obviously work particularly well for a capsule wardrobe as the separate pieces can be mixed and matched with other garments.

The Adorabelle Hooded Cardigan

The first thing to mention about my modifications, or ‘hacks’, is that they require no alterations to any pattern pieces, just an additional piece.  In order to create the cardigan front you simply do not cut the front pattern pieces required to be cut on the fold on the fold.  This will mean you have two separate front bodice pieces which are mirror images of each other.  You do this whether you choose to use the solid front option or the front and side panel option (required if you would like to do pockets).  As I was adding a band piece to the centre front of my cardigan to form the placket I did not add any seam allowance to the centre front – I was already making the front piece slightly wider in adding a band.  IMG_9901

If you are adding pockets, as I did, you also need to cut two separate pocket pieces (mirror images) as opposed to one piece on the fold (again no additional seam allowance on the centre front so that it fits perfectly on the front bodice piece).  Follow the instructions in the pattern to complete you bodice (steps 1-10).

Adding a peplum

If you wish to add a peplum to your cardigan, as I have, you will need to do this before attaching the hood and band since the peplum forms part of the bodice length measurement required for the band calculation (below).  You need to cut the front peplum in the same way as the front bodice (and pockets), as two separate pieces and not on the fold.  Attach the peplum skirt as outlined in the instructions (23-25).

You can make the cardigan longer or shorter by using more or less skirt pieces or omitting them altogether (if you omit the skirt pieces remember to hem the cardigan prior to measuring the bodice for your band piece).

 Attaching the hood and the band

You will be creating a single layer banded hood for this cardigan so you will only need to cut two hood pieces (mirror images)

  1.  Pin the hood pieces right side together and sew the centre seam.
  2.  Turn the hood right side out and pin it along the neckline right sides together matching the centre seam to the centre of the bodice back and the ends to the centre front of the bodice.  Sew the hood to the neckline.
  3.  Create your band piece.  First, measure the distance from the bottom of your cardigan to the neckline (where you attached the hood). Add this to the measurement given in the pattern for the hood band and add 3/4 of an inch seam allowance (3/8th inch seam allowance for either raw end of the band) – this gives you the total length of the band.  My band width was 2.5 inches, as advised in the pattern.  You will need to add two marks, or notches, on your band piece to indicate where you band should meet the hood on either side – this is because you want the band piece to lay flat without stretching along the bodice but stretched slightly along the hood (as required in the pattern itself and to form the shape of the hood) – the notches or marks will indicate where you need to stretch.
  4. Cut out your band.  The grainline of the fabric needs to run across the width so that you have stretch running the length of the band to enable you to stretch it around the hood.
  5. Fold the band in half across it’s width, right sides together, wrong sides facing out (picture 1).  Sew the short ends at either end using a 3/8ths of an inch seam allowance to close the ends of the band.  Turn the band right side out, folded in half across it’s width, with wrong sides together,  right sides facing out (picture 2)

     

  6. Attach the band in the same way described in the instructions:  Pin the band along the centre front around the hood and down the other side of the centre front, right sides together (matching the raw edges) – be sure to pay attention to your marks/notches and only stretch around the hood.  Sew the band to the front and hood.IMG_9913

Adding the band completes the Adorabelle hooded cardigan.

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I made my hooded cardigan in cotton lycra but you could also make this in french terry, or looped back sweatshirting, (with good stretch and good recovery)  for a slightly warmer cardigan. As there is 2 inches of ease in the Adorabelle pattern, I wouldn’t think you would need to size up if using a slightly thicker fabric like french terry, but, as always, I would recommend making a muslin using a fabric of similar qualities first.

The Adorabelle Skirt

The only additional piece required for the skirt is a waistband to which you attach the skirt pieces to as opposed to the bodice (steps 23-25).  To calculate the waistband length I took my daughter’s ‘preferred waist’ size and deducted 3 inches (the ‘preferred waist’ measurement refers to the measurement taken at the place my daughter usually wears her waistbands as opposed to her natural waist) and then adding on 3/4 inch seam allowance.  Depending on the stretch of your particular waistband fabric you may need to deduct between 2-5 inches from your preferred waist size,  I would recommend checking the fit of the waistband before attaching the skirt pieces.  The width of my waistband was 8 inches – as the waistband was folded in half, wrong sides together, in a similar way to create the hood band or neckband, this made me waistband 4 inches wide less the seam allowance) when finished.  Continue attaching the waistband to the skirt as you would a neckband – divide the skirt (all layers together if creating a layered/ruffled skirt) and the waistband into quarters and match the quarters.  I found it easier to gather the skirt (using a gathering stitch) between the quarters rather than stretching the waistband to catch multiple layers of skirt pieces/ruffles. If using multiple layers of ruffles, as I did, I would recommend adding clear elastic to the seam when attaching the waistband to the skirt as the skirt can become quite heavy and will distort the seam.

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Completing my Outfit

I used the original Adorabelle pattern to create a simple short sleeved top using the pieces and instructions provided in the pattern.

My daughter absolutely loved her out-of-this-world, twirly, ruffle-tastic outfit, and, as they are all separates, the individual garments looked equally good on their own as well as together and can be used in multiple ways across a school week.

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IMG_9665IMG_9802If you are inspired to create your own mini capsule wardrobe using the Adorabelle pattern you can purchase the pattern with 25% discount using the code SEWAMY.  The code can be used against any purchase on the Pickle Toes Patterns website with a minimum spend of $7.50 and is valid until the end of the Pickle Toes ‘Back to School’ blog tour on 31st August 2017.  Remember to share your creations in the Facebook group.

Don’t forget to visit all the other hosts of the Pickle Toes Patterns “Back to School” blog tour for more inspirational ideas to help you create the DREAM back to school wardrobe.  The associated giveaway offers you the opportunity to win Pickle Toes Patterns Store Credit.

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A Very British Summer

One of the things I love about being part of online sewing communities is getting to experience other countries, communities and cultures through the images and details fellow seamstresses share of their creations;  ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ or so the saying goes.

This notion inspired my latest sewing project; through my sews and images I hoped to convey what life is like for me and my family in the UK in the summer. I decided to tell my story though Twig and Tale patterns.  Those that have followed me know I have a particular fondness for Twig and Tale patterns and so it was only right I should use those to best convey MY Summer.

For me Summer is all about strawberries!  Strawberries and Cream, described by the Independent as ‘a minor British institution’ are very much a national dish in the UK during the summer months, one of the key statistics quoted after the Wimbledon Tennis Championship final is the amount of Strawberries consumed (166, 055 portions in 2017 in case you were wondering)!  Strawberries, Summer and the UK literally go hand in hand!  My family and I spend many summer days at one of several local Pick Your Own farms harvesting strawberries, and I have done since I was very young, so this is where I decided to take my  photos.

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So our outfits.  My daughter’s dress was also all about the strawberries!  I opted to make my daughter a Driftwood dress.  The Driftwood dress and blouse pattern is the latest Twig and Tale release and despite only being out for a very short time is definitely one garment that features very heavily in my daughter’s wardrobe.  Made in cotton lawn, as used here, it’s cool and airy and perfect for balmy weather.  There are sleeve options though I went ‘off pattern’ and simply hemmed the long sleeve – the sleeve has a bell shape to create a voluminous look when gathered into a cuff or with elastic, hemming it retained the 60’s bell shape seen here.  Photo 29-07-2017, 10 06 13

The Driftwood dress is a very simple dress but has some beautiful professional finishing techniques which give it an elegant finish.  The bias binding neckline is probably the most fiddliest part of the construction but it is very well explained and there is a full video tutorial for additional support.  For my daughter’s neckline I opted to make my own bias binding.  Although you could make construction quicker by using ready-made, shop bought bias binding, as I did with my blouse, I find ready-made shop bought binding so much stiffer and, as a result, far more fiddly and harder to work with.

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For my eldest son, I also used the Driftwood pattern.  The blouse and dress are both options in the pattern and thus help to make it unisex.  My son actually prefers to wear his Driftwood shirts instead of his jersey t-shirts as he finds them cooler in the sun.  This Driftwood was made in double gauze which is a perfect warmer weather fabric choice because of it’s breath-ability.  I used a similar fabric for my son’s Tree Climber Pantaloons creating a loose and relaxed outfit.  I opted to leave the neckline open with my son’s driftwood to complement the loose and relaxed look.

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I used the same fabric for my youngest son’s Barefoot Romper as I did for my eldest’s shirt.  The Barefoot Romper has so many options and different combinations to achieve different looks, as a pattern, it represents incredible value for money.  I choose the flat front, knee length, with broad cross over straps and kangaroo and back pocket.  In retrospect, I probably should of chosen a different fabric for my youngest son or made some alterations to my method and seam finishes in particular; he is far more rough and tumble than his older siblings and his clothes are put through so much more strain, there were signs of stitching being pulled though the loose weave of the double gauze on the seams under the most strain.  I’ve read that French seams are a good choice for double guaze to help create a stronger seam so that may of helped here.  Something to try next time.

Of course the joy of harvesting your own fruit is getting to sample the produce and, again,  I’m not sure there is anything more British than an Afternoon Tea picnic with scones, jam, cream and strawberries!

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I do look forward to seeing your countries, communities and cultures reflected in the garments and images you produce, do share them with me and the rest of the world here, on Instagram  or through online sewing communities.

Many thanks to Manor Farm Fruits in Tamworth for allowing me to take photos for this post.