I am Angela and I love to sew. I started sewing as a child and by the time I was a teenager I was wearing the very latest fashions to go out in. All me-made. I am passionate about reducing the amount of textiles sent to landfill, and encourage you to repurpose fabrics and clothes I started this blog in order to have a way in which to pass on my gained knowledge, and my professional knowledge to you, Sewing is empowering, you can save money by making items, make money by selling then, You can pass your knowledge on to others. What is there not to love? Interestingly I am a direct descendant of the Flemish weavers who came over to England in the 1300's. I find that fascinating especially as most of my family from as far back as I can trace are somehow involved in the manufacturing of fabric . . I have a degree in tailoring with a special interest in WW2 fashion.

Monday 19 October 2020

Cosying up in cuddle fleece

 Cold evenings just lend themselves to this snuggly cuddly fleece. Just picture yourself all toasty snuggled up with your book or favourite  TV programme 

Nothing could be easier to make, and with so much  fabric choice you can not go wrong .

How fabulous it will be to make these for children You could add an applique design to the front- a Christmas design maybe, or whatever you fancy. Just a simple heart or a star in sequin  fabric will be fabulous

Fleece fabric can be bought from lots of outlets and in lots of designs 
There are lots of other places to purchase it too, so take a look at your favourite fabric store 

The pattern is from Jaycott.co.uk The one I used is Simplicity S9019 but take a look at all their sleepwear patterns for the whole family Simplicity Sleepwear patterns from Jaycotts

Why do I recommend  nightwear and lounge wear so much for beginners  sewing projects?
Sewing can be daunting at first and like everything else it can only be learned by actually doing it. Pyjamas for yourself or a child are generally easy to sew and most importantly  they help to hone your measuring skills, you learn  the importance of cutting out correctly  and  you can practice  sewing straight seams. If you make a tiny mistake no-one will know as you are wearing it indoors. So they are great practice garments and that is why I recommend them for beginners. 

There is another source of fleece fabric , fleece blankets can be purchased very cheaply in various shops and although they may be a suitable size for a top you can always make the pants in another fabric as the pattern shows.

You may not like this idea but charity shops are great sources of fabric. Blankets can be purchased new very  cheaply,  duvet covers and sheets are perfect for toilles  or practice garments.
Just give your haul a good wash and add some dettol laundry cleanser or a cap full of Zoflora to the final rinse and all will be well.

I am not giving a specific  tutorial for these pyjamas, there are plenty on this link 

Sewing for Newbies  so do read a few of my posts.

One thing I will say is that fleece makes a terrible  mess when sewing and cutting out.
It is important  for your sanity to overlook or zigzag close to the edge of all your fabric pieces immediately  after cutting out.

You always must wash your fabric before cutting out as most, but not all ,fabrics  shrink by up to 10% and you don't want any nasty shocks when you wash your new garment for the first time,

The fabric will shed when you are cutting out and be prepared by having a vacuum  cleaner and clothes brush close at hand. You will definitely  need to clean  the fluff out of your machines after sewing and also you will need to wash your finished garment before wearing it to get rid of the last bits of fluff.

This is a lovely  cosy outfit for winter and you will really appreciate  wearing it.

Do choose your favourite pattern ( a sweatshirt would be good too ) and take a look at all the many designs of fleece fabric available and have fun.

I would love to see your fleece PJs or onesies so do share your photos  on my social media channels 

Happy sewing 



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