New year, big challenge

Hello, I am so pleased with the challenge I have set myself for 2020. I am aiming to make all my clothes, excluding underwear. I have achieved making the Tilly and the Buttons Ness Skirt, previously shown on Begin as I mean to go on… post

The skirt taught me to be less generous on my sizing. I thought I needed to make the waist larger than my size (why believe the measurements written down), but pull the hips in to my measured size. Obviously (it is now it’s made), the waist is to big, which gives a weird shape to the hips. All the sewing magazines, books, professionals make this clear, why I didn’t follow this basic advice is beyond me (now!).

Tilly and the Buttons Ness Skirt (waist band hidden in picture)

Feeling confident to continue, I had a Simplicity New Look pattern K6471 (free with Sew Magazine) and some beautiful insect print fabric (source unknown, other than the back of the cupboard).

Simplicity Pattern K6471 and Insect Print Fabric

Using the lessons learnt from the skirt, I used my measurements and wanted to make Option D the long sleeved top. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough fabric, so changed to Option C.

This top is a quick make, however as I work full time and occasionally have to stay away, family commitments and life getting between me and my sewing room, it took me a couple of weeks.

The completed top is so very pretty and I am very proud to wear it. From the lovely people I work with, I also received lots of compliments too.

Confidence soaring, I am now planning a dress and another top. I am also tempted to enter Dressmaker of the Year 2020.

Thank you for your time, would love to receive your feedback. Please check out the website, where you can contact me or just subscribe.

I will keep you updated with the challenge and I might film a make, just not sure if I am brave enough yet!

Love Clare x


Published by Needlez 'N' Pinz

By week days I am a Quantity Surveyor and at all other times I am sewing, knitting or crocheting, even on the banks of lakes whilst fishing (a little diverse, I know) My Mum taught me to knit at a young age, in fact, I can't remember not being able to knit. I started knitting dolls clothes and they required sewing. I was keen to develop my skills and went on to learn cross stitch and embroidery, but sewing clothing, bags, home furnishings and quilting are my absolute passion.

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