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December & January: What have I been sewing?

I haven't shared my finished projects with you for the last two months - busy bee I was. As I had mentioned in the previous blog post, I sewed most of my Christmas gifts last year, including reusable fabric gift bags.

For all females in my family, I made Infinity Scarfs using some of the Double Gauze available online. It is really the perfect fabric to make infinity scarf. It is so soft and snuggly. If you want to make your own, you can find the sew-along on my Instagram IGTV and also check out the video to sew your gift bags.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen one of my favourite dresses: the Myosotis Dress by Deer & Doe. I have mentioned this before many many times. I used one of the ex-designer fabrics. For this version, I kept the sleeves short and added the skirt tier but made it the same length as the top skirt. So that overall the dress is a little bit longer. I really like it and will be making a longer version again soon.

You know I love the camouflage pictures, so I had a little bit of fun taking these pictures:

In the last two months, I sewed up five PJ bottoms. It is such a fun, quick and easy project to sew up for yourself or even a special someone. So I made three for myself and two for my husband - don't worry, he received another pair back in October - remember?! For him, I used the Thread Theory Eastwood Pyjamas and for myself the Carolyn Pyjamas from Closet Core Patterns. For all of the I used Brushed Cotton fabrics. The fabric in the first picture is from Minerva Crafts. The second set of PJs is from the shop online - these are our matching Christmas PJs. And the polka twill brushed cotton is from Fabric Godmother.

For Christmas Day, I wanted a new red dress! Since we stayed in Dubai this year for Christmas, I wanted everything to be extra special. I used the Zadie Jumpsuit bodice as my start and wanted it to be a faux wrap dress with a cinched in waist. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned. Because to make it faux wrap, I couldn't cinch the waist in with an elastic - at least in a casing. So I opted to sew the elastic onto the wrong side of the fabric. Quick solution only. It was ok to wear on Christmas Day, especially the elastic helped with all the yummy food.

Along with the workshop attendees for the The Hoodie, I made another hoodie for myself and love it!!! Because the fabric is a loop-back sweatshirt jersey, it isn't as warm as the brushed-back sweat-shirting and I have been wearing this hoodie a lot more than the other one. Just with a pair of leggings and a sleeveless vest top underneath, it is my go-to loungewear at home.

The Scout Tee is my go-to woven tee and I thought of hacking it into a dress. I used a Rayon Twill which worked fantastic!! I cut the tee pattern at the shortening & lengthening line and simply added a rectangle as a skirt. I used the full width of the fabric to have only one seam in the back. Added elastic to cinch in the waist and ta-da! I am actually wearing it as I write this post. Along with the dress, I finally made the Blackwood Cardigan from Helen's Closet. I had the pattern for a few years already and always run out time (during the winter) to sew me a cardigan. I absolutely love the cardigan and have worn it in the mornings every day this month.

To show the difference of Rayon Twills - having a warm and cool hand - I sewed another Scout Tee Dress Hack. While the fibre content and weave of these two fabrics is exactly the same, one feels cooler to wear than the other. It shows perfectly, that fabrics are manufactured differently and no fabric is alike.

I also had a first go at copying an existing dress in preparation for a new course but it wasn't successful, so nothing to show yet and back to the drawing board for this one.

I am very much in love with the Arden Pants by Helens Closet, and made another one using the Palm Leaves Linen. I wasn't quite sure what to wear with it and initially wore it with a black t-shirt but the white blouse goes much better with it.

In my mind and on my cutting table I have:

- another Kelly Anorak in Corduroy. I have made the anorak before but made quite a few adjustments that this version is supposed to be a wearable toile before cutting into my final fashion fabric to copy a H&M jacket I owed couple of years ago.

- another Myosotis Dress since I wore all four this month. I have a lovely Rayon Crepe in Black with white polka dots which would be perfect.

- for all my high-waisted pants and culottes, I was looking for a sleeveless shirt pattern and found something. I'll keep you posted on it.

What have you been sewing this month? What are you sewing plans? Comment below.

Thanks for hanging out with me.

Happy Sewing,


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