April: What have I been sewing?

Updated: Jun 12, 2019



Did I already say April flew by? :) I know I say this every month. I guess time flies when you are having fun.

I didn't sew too much but all my courses have been very active in their sewing journey. In the Kids Sewing Bee during Spring Break, we sewed bags, aprons and skirts. The adults finished their skirts and started their dresses. Also a new beginner course started and the beginners sewed their first pillow case and will continue with a make-up bag and their first dressmaking project - a pair of PJs.

For myself, I continued adding plain coloured garments to my wardrobe. I used one of my favourite fabrics - Viscose Linen. It has all the good components of Linen and Viscose: it has the drape of Viscose and the light weight of Linen. It is the right fabric for garments to wear here in Dubai. I made 2 dresses out of the fabric: another Stevie Dress* and Charlie Caftan. Both are perfect day-to-day dresses.

*Watch this space for an update in my Dressmaking 2 course, you will soon be able to make your own.



A very quick project were my culottes - the Winslow Culottes by Helen's Closet. I wish I could wear them everyday. There are so comfortable - secret pyjamas I would call them. I omitted the zip and used elastic instead.


I used scrap fabrics and some uncooked rice to make myself some pattern weights and they have already been used multiple times during the classes. You can find a quick tutorial here to make them yourself.


I still have the two projects cut from last month. I think for the jumpsuit I intended to make it is both the fabric and the pattern I am no longer a fan of. The pattern is very loose fitted and I would have to wear a tank top underneath which might be one layer too much with the heat of the summer in front of us. And the fabric, locally bought Rayon, doesn't feel as great to work with compared to other Rayon's I have used in the past. The same goes for the Shirt Dress - same fabric.

Next month is Me Made May. That means the sewing community is embracing their skills and make the most effort to wear their handmade garment throughout the month. My pledge is to wear a me-made garment every day and document it on my social media. Last year I also added the challenge for me to refashion one old or less worn garment per week and make it into something new. I think I managed 2 out of 4 refashions. This year I want to do the same but instead of just refashion, I also add mending. There is a box of clothes that needs fixing, things like shorten sleeves which 'should' be fairly quick - haha!

What have you been sewing this month?

Thanks for hanging out with me.



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