“I did the only thing I could in the circumstance…I stabbed him in the shoulder!” Challenge Four – Indie Royalty

Hello again, fine people of the internet!

My Indie Royalty look is a lazy homage to my favourite lady detective, Ms Phryne Fisher. She wears a lot of fantastic oversize coats throughout the series, and that was the beginning of my outfit. Then a top, and pants to go – because how is a lady detective expected to chase down dastardly criminals wearing a dress?!

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The Herrenvolk shirt – The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month Challenge Two – New To Me

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So, IPM is a month late this year, and while it may have thrown off my form for the Tour de Fleece (I’ve spun NOTHING) I have had a great time sewing. Challenge one didn’t eventuate due to my not being careful enough with pattern sizing (we will rectify that later!), but challenge two has me rather happy!

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I sewed up the Anderson Blouse from Sew Over It UK and absolutely adore my results!

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The Monthly Stitch – June 2017 – Put a Bird on It

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The June challenge for The Monthly Stitch was exactly what I had hoped it would be – I’ve had this bird fabric sitting in my stash for AGES (and I have it in another colour too!) and I was rather hoping I would get a chance to use it! I picked it up at Spotlight, probably on clearance – of course – and is a lovely fleece backed heavy knit.

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Me-Made-May’17

So shall we start with the usual ‘I forgot to blog for a while’ post with a barrel of excuses, or shall we just head right on in to the MMMay17 fun?

MMMay17 it is!

Here is my pledge from the ‘official’ sign up thread:

I, Heather, of dancinginmypjs.wordpress.com and @dancing_in_my_pjs (IG) sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear as many me-made items as I can for the duration of May 2017. I also pledge to re-start my sewing habit (knitting and crochet has taken over my life!) and sew four garments in May 2017.

I haven’t sewn anything clothing related for an extended period of time, bar a cardigan which will remain nameless for some time as it didn’t fit well and I am mad at it, and am holding off having to try and re-work it or have to brand it a failure. Knitting and crochet has become a more favoured hobby as I can take it around the house with me, it takes so much less space when I am actually doing it, and the tools take up less storage space. I also find it is generally less-expensive, as if I am really in the mood for a new project, with non-stash supplies, I can choose a small project like a hat or cowl or mitts, and only need to spend like $10 at most, where as to sew anything substantial (I don’t like sewing accessories) I would need to spend a lot more, even on cheap fabric – which is something I am trying to move away from.
Me-Made-May’17 is hopefully going to give me the opportunity to not only sew some things up in the next couple of days (already planned as I am on holiday until Wednesday), but also to plan and sew some items during May, so that by the end of it I will hopefully have a few more items in my wardrobe that I can start to wear!

With any luck this won’t be a ‘Heather posts once and then drops of the face of the earth again’ endevours with my blog, and I full intent to make myself some stickers for marking out when I need to write posts/schedule posts and when they will go live. We will see how that goes.

x Heather

The Monthly Stitch November challenge – Capsulate!

So, it’s been an age. Let’s move on…

I haven’t done a Monthly Stitch challenge in a while. Half for lack of inspiration, and half for lack of time. But! This month, I have a) a week off of work! and b) butt-tonnes of inspiration. I’ve been meaning to make up some new work-appropriate but also awesome clothing items, and a capsule wardrobe works well for me. I don’t have a uniform at work, but I also almost always end up wearing slim cut pants with patterned tees. They’re easy, comfortable, and still look professional.

So here we go – I know it looks like a LOT, but I am still hopeful of achieving it!

Starting from my original inspiration for this whole thing, I am going to make a Colette Lady Grey summer coat. I’ve had the Lady Grey pattern since I snapped it up from Dresses & Me when they still had a paper copy left. I don’t have anything against PDF patterns, I love them, but sometimes I like having physical patterns. Having seen these two fabrics I realised I needed a summer weight jacket that will work equally well for spring and autumn.

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I love the pattern of the outer, and the gumdrop blue lining seemed like a great pop of colour.

Next up I wanted some new pants. I’ve had the same pair for the last age, and they are being worn to death. I have settled on a pattern from one of my BurdaStyle magazines, but I can’t find a picture of it online so I’ve gone with a RTW pair that looked similar.

Summer Pants

I’ve wanted polkadot pants for an AGE, and the soft olive looks like a good neutral-but-not addition to my wardrobe. The place I am buying from also lists a blush pink and a pale green of this fabric, but sadly is sold out. I may have to ask when they will be getting it back in stock!

I’ve decided two tops will be good to go with these, one more dressy and one less so. First up, the dressy one.

Summer top + fabric

I’ll be making the cross back version, and possibly altering it so that there isn’t a cut-out in the back – just not 100% sure about that at work. But otherwise I adore this pattern, and will be using a dusky rose ponte as the fabric.

The less dressy top will be yet another Kirsten Kimono Tee from Maria Denmark – I swear, I own like 10 of these now. I adore the pattern, I’ve done edits to give some banded hems and some fold over sleeve ends. This time around, I’ll be doing something new…

Summer tee + fabric

I’m going to cut the front in a floral soft feel polyester, and the back in the same dusty rose ponte as the other top. I’ve seen a whole bunch of half woven/half knit tees around that I’ve loved, but haven’t brought myself to buy one. Makes sense I try and make one myself instead!

It looks like a lot, but I do at least stand in the knowledge that a Kirsten Kimono Tee takes me one and a half hours from start to finish, so that one won’t take me long. Pants also aren’t majorly long endevours for me, now that I know how to make them. The coat could be interesting, but I am still determined to attempt it!!