Summer Sewing

My late great-grandma’s Singer 401G, with one of my current projects in position to sew.

I am taking a break this August, but part of that involves some personal sewing. I haven’t had time for it these past few months – newsletter readers will know that I’ve been well into preparing AW patterns for release – but I’ve really missed writing pattern reviews. The last one was the Arenite pants back in January, so I’m well overdue! Hopefully I’ll be able to establish a better routine in time.

Me twirling in the M6024 wrap dress. The fabric is a cotton double gauze, bought from Goldhawk Road many years ago.

The above wrap dress was the last thing I sewed, but I didn’t write a review because it has been out of print for many years. I think it’s the only pattern I have that’s too old to bother with; the others on my list are still very much available, and I’m looking forward to sitting at the machine and writing up my thoughts! All my chosen projects are driven by comfort, whether expressed through technique or fabric choice – and there are NO ZIPS IN SIGHT 😉 (some of you may have already discovered my recent thoughts on zips).

Pile of patterns contained in manilla envelopes, including: the long-discontinued M6204 Laura Ashley wrap dress; also visible are the Deer and Doe Myosotis dress and Sew Liberated Estuary skirt.

Although I haven’t had time to sew, I have managed to get tracing and alterations done in anticipation, so once I get going, it should be fairly straightforward. The only big projects in the back of my mind are coats and jackets, but they can definitely wait for cooler weather. As I write it’s over 30 degrees outside, and the prospect of having wool coating on my lap is not pleasant! I’ll be sticking to cottons and linens, thank you very much.

My traced copy of the Deer and Doe Myosotis dress, ready to cut out in fabric. I’ll be using cotton double gauze for this one too.

I will be back blogging in early September – most likely the 8th – so until then, have a lovely summer, and I look forward to writing more about knitwear design, my favourite books, and other ideas floating around in my head. See you again soon 🙂

7 Comments Add yours

  1. You make everything you sew look so beautiful. I never like the things I sew for myself. Why is that? Am I too accustomed to shelf items?

    1. That could be part of the answer, yes. I think that industrialised processes have had a major effect on how we perceive quality – not to mention how we regard the clothes we make ourselves at home. The truth is that the items we make and the items made in factories just aren’t comparable when it comes to construction techniques.
      But – and please forgive me if I’m reading too much into your comment – it sounds like you can afford to be kinder to yourself and prouder of your efforts. Matters such as getting the right fit are ongoing, but I think you deserve a big pat on the back. 🥰

  2. Susan says:

    Hello, love these posts. Saw you on TWT and so glad I did. My problem with sewing is I do not always take the time to fit properly. Looking foreward to your Sept post. It has bee 42 here and going up to 40 again for the next 2 days…UGH

    1. Thank you Susan! – and I do hope it cools off for you. We’ve had only two rain-free days so far this month; today and yesterday. Never seen hail in August before now!
      P.S. What does TWT stand for? Apologies if I’m being forgetful – it explains the break 😉

  3. Susan says:

    the Woolly Thistle. You did an interview right ? or have I completely lost it haha

  4. Susan says:

    Hello, Hello…….It is I who have lost ‘it’……..your interview was with Kate Davies!!
    She and The Woolly Thistle are my 2 favourite blogs and I got a little mixed up!
    Cheers!

    1. 😀 no worries! There have been a handful of interviews this year so I could easily have forgotten something!

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