Sewing World Magazine REVIEW July 2013

Hello there

If your looking for The Big Solely Sewing Pattern Swap head on over here!

I recently answered a call out for reviewers for

SEWING WORLD

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I personally have never bought this mag before, on first glance I think it seems a little generic, old fashioned even….. BUT don’t let the font of the title put you off!

This magazine comes with Full sized pull out patterns, For me this is massive…. I do have a printer/photocopier BUT it’s not playing ball with me ATM, so I have to head to the library and then tape, tape, tape!

There are three main sections they include, REGULARS, TECHNIQUES & FEATURES and lastly MAKES. I Enjoyed reading the breaking news, This is where I found out about LOOKWHATIVEMADE.com A fab place to go show of your finished projects!

There is a Masterclass segment too, this is a step by step guide and the pattern for this month is a princess seam dress… This is found in the pull out and all at 100% too!! I would say the pattern is for a size 12-18 and as much as it a masterclass on altering patterns to improve fit, Being an 8 would be quite the alteration!

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The makes this month are Pippi Doll, she’s a real cutie Designed by Helen Philipps, Very Voile top Designed by Kate Youdale, Her site is full of beautiful dresses too! Rainbow Edge Quilt Designed Jenna Excell. Uptown Tote Designed by Susan Dunlop, Which I adore…. I will be making this later!! Flowers Galore Designed by Joan Herrington who runs a patchwork and quilting shop in wellington, I love these they would look fab in a wee girls room too ! Housey Housey designed by Diana Sanderson who runs a sewing workshops. Roll and Ruffle Skirt Designed by Elaine Schmidt, Sand Sea and Sunglasses Designed Helen Dickson and The Flowers Are out Designed by Gilda Baron. I have saved the best till last though

Classy cover Designed by Annie Henderson. Contact number 01432 820125

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I have started this project already…. I just have to choose some lovely fabric!

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I’ll keep you posted!!

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The Features section was really interesting, there’s a showcase of lovely summer sewing patterns, a 2 page spread with Charlotte Hintzen of BY HAND – LONDON I have to say I do love their Victoria Blazer. There is also a fab write up by our very own Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory, Men Who Sew I have to say I very much enjoyed it!

There is also a segment Readers Market, this is a page filled with lots of goodies for sale/wanted…. I think this is a really different, I’ve never seen it anywhere else!! Just to add you can list things there for free!!

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So what can I say about this magazine….. Well I found myself at the newsagents just a couple of days ago, and yes I did buy Augusts issue!! There is a lovely Camera Bag & The Sweetest Jacket too. In this issue there is something for the little guys in your life, The Cutest hat with fab peak!!

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Basically I think it’s a fab magazine, The only real downfall for me is the pattern sizes! I reckon in the future I would defo buy it for the sewing projects… I mean how many magazines give you full sized patterns!!

Traci

The Big Solely Sewing Pattern Swap & My 100th post!

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So this is my 100th post, I thought I’d make it a good one…..

I recently moved house, and gained a new sewing room.

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I was able to see my full hoard stash in all it’s glory! I have decided that I have way to many sewing patterns, as well as everything else! So instead of selling them on I have decided to host a swap! Swaps are always fun right?!?!?

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(A sneak peek at the patterns I decided to keep!!)

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So how will this work I hear you say!!

I have made a new photo album on my Solely Sewing Facebook page, (I have put the album over on Facebook as there are so many!) This is where you can see the collection and info such as sizes.

It is not necessary, but you can follow Solely Sewing here on wordpress, Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date.

What can you swap if you find a pattern you like?!?

~ A Ladies Sewing Pattern that is a UK Size 8

~ A Men’s/Boy’s Sewing Pattern

~ Haberdashery

~ Fabric

I have a vague wish list on my Pinterest, this board was not made for the swap, but it’s a good indicator of what I’m on the look out for!

This swap is open world wide

Everyone who takes part will pay there own Postage & Packaging, this will be the only charge!

When a swap has been agreed upon, I shall edit the photo = SWAPPED

I don’t really have a end date on the swap in mind, I reckon it’ll be live till all the patterns are gone!

CONTACT

You can message me in the comments section here on this post, on the photo itself  on the Facebook page, Twitter me or Email me at tracimjanderson(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

So how’s that for a 100th post huh?!?!?!

I hope you enjoy having a peek through the Sewing Patterns & please do drop me a line if you have any questions!

Traci

Blackmore Vintage Pj Pattern – DONE!!!

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I’ve been sewing away at the WIP (Work In Progress) / UFO (Un-Finished Object) pile…. And these Pj’s have been there for a shameful 6 months!!!!

They are for Mr.P, And he is a fan indeed!

I used a Vintage Pattern

Blackmore Patterns 2/1

8785 CHEST 38

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 This has to be my fave pattern for men’s Pj’s…..

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 I loved making these up….. One piece for the leg, Mr.P says they are very roomy and comfy. He loved the fabric too, it’s so difficult to get a decent fabric for me that is good quality too.

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 I also love the placket, It’s well put together…..

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 I mean look at it…. I just adore a lovely placket, especially if it looks this nice from the inside. They don’t make them like this anymore!

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 I have to show you my meeting seams too….. You know I love a good matching seam (seam line not pattern match clearly!!)

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 For the hem I added a good 5 inches extra, I wanted these to hang well, so doubled up the hem… It’s good quality 100% cotton, so wanted them to look just right!

I think the only thing I would alter in this pattern for next time would be take a 1.5 inches off the waist then add a waist band, I found sewing through the layers at the placket a little tricky…. To be honest I ripped out that section at least 3 times, but I did want it to be just right.

Basically this pattern is a total winner in my book… I loved sewing it and Mr.P is a fan for sure, I can see a couple of pairs in the stocking this Christmas!

FYI

I have not made the Pj top….. Mr.P prefers a t-shirt!

 Traci

Abakhan Fabrics Sewing Seams for £15

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Oh BOY, is this a overdue post or what!!

As some of you may know I am MEANT to do a monthly Sewing Seams For Fifteen (SSFF) I won’t embarrass myself by saying how long this post has been in the making!!

If your new to my SSFF, This (From now on)  is a monthly show and tell, on making lovely things for £15, may that be something for me, my boys, Mr.P or my home. I will have all the links if you fancy a go too… Abakhan Fabrics have a fab online shop, and deliver everywhere! If you have a shop near by I suggest you save your sewing pennies and just dive in!

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Anyways enough of all that!!!

On to the juicy sewing stuff!

I chose a pair of shorts, I NEVER sew for me so this was a fun…

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So here we are… Do you like the linen?!?! I love the shade &  the weave is fantastic..

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I have to say I am a massive fan of Kwik Sew Patterns, their pattern paper is so  durable, Have you used them before??

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 I had lots of fun picking up the facings with this project… I stopped in my tracks when I seem this, How cute is it!!!

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I done this part on holiday hence the non overlocked edge & blurry photo (my phone)

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I loved the pattern from the start, but these pockets are just lush, They are deep enough for stuff not to fall out!

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And look at the detail on this corner, isn’t it just divine!

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And a zip shot!!

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And another!!!

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And here we are all sewn up…. Do you see the facings there, it’s the same fabric as the pockets but in a differnt colour way! I am such a fan… I’ve even kept the teeny tiny scraps JUST in case I can use them for something!

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Here’s the front view. They are a great length, I have to say some of the shorts that are out at the mo are TERRIBLE….. I mean do you really have to see so much of the bottom!! I feel old!

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A close up of the darts!

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Another Close up shot…. I’m a stickler for seams matching up, I think it’s because I used to be soooo bad at them!!!

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And here is the lovely facing fabric again…. Do you love it?!?!? I like having a secret in my sewing and this totally hits the spot!

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Did I say I loved the pockets already?!?!?!? That tiny squared off edge…. Just lush!

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So that’s my SSFF #3

I have to say, I have a vague excuse for this taking so long to sew/post… I made a rookie mistake, I cut it a size too big, body dis-morphia or what!! So I lost my mojo when I was half way through.

Anyways, on to the numbers…

Kwik Sew K3614 

£8.99

Linen

There is a few options, I was in store and got a meter for

£3

6 inch zip

£0.64

Hook and eye

£1.34

Thread

£0.65

TOTAL = £14.62

Not bad for a custom pair of shorts!!

(I have to edit here, the facing fabric was in my stash. But can be purchased here. A quarter meter would do it! )

Anyways, that’s Sewing Seams For Fifteen #3 done and dusted.

I promise you, me and Will, SSFF #4 is en-route!

Traci