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.

Saturday 7 November 2020

Easy to sew Lounge wear

 More loungewear to sew, easy for beginners 

I have shown you how to sew loungewear before but I don't know about you but I need some more.

This is a post for beginners and those not used to sewing stretch fabrics. Use the search tool in the sidebar to find mote posts for "sewing Newbies "

I have a disability as you know, I have Parkinsons, so please never give up on doing what you love, its just a question of finding different ways to do things. 

I have been raiding my stash and finding any fabric with stretch, from Ponte Roma to a wool melange knit and this is my result.


I have had a strange sort of year,  I don't know about you but I expect many of us have struggled.
I think that it is mood boosting to have smart but comfortable clothes to wear indoors , preferably something stretchy to encourage  a little exercise - yes  I am exercising indoors. ( smug face )

I do not mind being isolated too much, of course I miss friends and family and dancing and singing but I really do not want to catch this deadly virus.
I have had a fire and I am still waiting for my home to be renovated fully, I am quite excited that very soon I shall have a new kitchen and new carpets, everything else has been finished. It wasn't fire which caused the damage by the way but the water used in putting the fire out coupled with a hole in the roof caused three floods.  Imagine that!
Thank you to everyone who helped and who sent me gifts, some anonymously,  I really do appreciate your kindness. There's a you tube video for you to watch, again the link to my YouTube channel is in the sidebar 

This is my latest outfit. It is Navy Blue Ponte Roma and there is a top and trousers in the same fabric.

I made another top using some melange knit fabric which I had and I found a length of a thicker Ponte Roma for the striped trousers. 

The trousers featured in my post Make some super smart stay at home wear so do read it for extra tips and instructions 
The pants are from pattern  NewLook K6581 and the tops are from
Simplicity 8529
These are nice patterns which will give you a whole new staying-in wardrobe. 

Before you cut your fabric out take note if it has a one way design and take care that it is the right way up!

I like to use a walking foot, available from Jaycott.co.uk and you will also need to use a stretch,  Jersey or ball point needle in your machine.
Use a narrow zigzag stitch, or if you choose to use this magical stretch thread  Mettler Seraflock stretch thread you only need to do a straight stitch. This is an amazing thread and it lasts for ages. It is meant for stretch fabrics and it doesn't break when the seam is stretched. I do hope that you will try some. And by the way if you do ring Jaycotts to place an order or to makecan enquiry do mention me.

This top is very simple to make. There is a front and back , sleeves and sleeve cuff and that is it. 
This is the cuff ready to be sewn onto the sleeve. Notice that I am using wonder clips, again from Jaycott.co.uk,  I always use these whenever I am going to be using my overlocker so that there is absolutely  no chance of forgetting to remove a pin and it damaging  my machine 

There are slits up the sides and the back is slightly longer than the front which is very flattering, 
Overlock the edges (or zigzag) and top stitch the hems.
The pattern instructions are very easy to follow

I do find that this is a lovely  outfit to wear whilst stuck indoors 
It is easy to sew, easy to wear, and doesn't  scare the postman!

I hope that you like this outfit.  This is the ideal time to learn to sew, and sewing has so many benefits - it helps cognitive  function,  it keeps you occupied it can save you money and you can even use it to make money 
I am available to offer free help and advice if you contact me through one of my social media channels 

These last two photographs are from my previous blog,  sewing stay at home wear, so between these two blog posts you can  are some very nice outfits.

If you are sewing for a man then there a lot of good sewing patterns for loose pants, sweatshirts and so on Mens sewing patterns

I do hope that my blog posts are inspiring you to learn or improve on your sewing. It really is the gift which keeps on giving.

Kindest regards 

Please stay safe 



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