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 30 September 2023

Autumn Sewing Dresses, tops and utilising unloved fabrics and haberdashery

 Autumn sewing 

I want to share with you the garments I have made recently.

Everyone needs warm tops and this is where my sewing begins . I am also keen to use fabrics and haberdashery which would otherwise be thrown away.

This top , The Cosmos sweatshirt, is made from fabrics left over from  other projects.  The   beige fabric is a sweatshirt fabric and the pink is a circular ribbing . 

By using left overs you are firstly preventing the disastrous effect caused by far too much of what we buy going to landfill

Secondly, you are getting a garment for almost nothing so it makes sense doesn't it. If you make a garment from leftovers treat the project with the same respect as if you have used the most expensive fabric ever and you will get great results 

This top is by Katherine Tilton for Vogue Patterns. 
The unusual and attractive neckline is actually sewn using an unused zipper as a trim.
The top itself is made from a charcoal wool blend and I used a long open dark green plastic teeth zipper for a trim. The neckline comprises two separate collars each made from two  contrasting fabrics with the divided zipper sewn as a trim by sandwiching it between both pieces along the top edge.

In case you are wondering the zipper does not irritate my skin at all. As you can see from the photographs it doesn't actually touch the neck.

For this version I found scraps of covered Piping and used it to edge the collars in the same way as I used the zipper on the Charcoal top 
This fabric is French Terry
I love both versions. 

My most recent make is this Grey dress and shrug. The dress is made in Ponte Roma and the shrug from a fine mohair 

I added a touch of machine embroidery to the centre front 

Do take care when fitting this dress, and pay attention to your underwear as you want to display a smooth figure.  Body suits, tights with control tops and or control slips are all suitable. They make you feel confident,  so do not hesitate to buy shapewear even if you are very slim. It really does make a difference. 

I love Simplicity s9644 this one is made in a snuggly wool mix rib 

Thank you for reading this post. All of the patterns mentioned are well worth buying.  Do purchase new fabrics as and when you need them but think about how you can use leftovers too.