Heather Heather 

The summer break from school, combined with the first signs of autumn and a couple of newly acquired patterns, means I’ve recently sewn up several garments. Two have been photographed, two are finished and ready for photos and another is cut out so I can begin sewing it up. I’ll be blogging them in no particular order.

I bought the Sew Over It Heather PDF when there was a 30% off sale, and unusually for me got it printed, taped and cut out quickly. This is actually my second Heather, but the first to be blog ready.

It has huge pockets which make it a cosy make – but may mean the fit looks a little odd on some of the photos! 

I added 3 inches to the length of this one, and went for the three quarter sleeves, a length I really like, especially for when the weather is chilly but not properly cold. 

The sleeves seem to go in so easily on this pattern, though I may nip a tiny bit more out of the neckband next time ~ I feel like a little excess fabric can make it appear a little square on this version. I used a lilac/grey (heather, if you will!) jersey that I think I may have bought at Sew Up North last year. Sewing with jersey (successfully) is still a huge novelty for me, so I’m really pleased with how this turned out.

I cut out a size 12 but kept the seam allowances to 1cm. I used the overlock stitch on my sewing machine to finish all of the seams, and am really happy with how neat this made the insides. 

I’ve already worn this dress a few times – it just seems so easy to throw on, and perfect for the current climate. I already have a third Heather cut out and fabric on standby for a fourth. These photos were taken in Sheffield, during a visit to a pub for a lovely lunch with my mum and dad – thanks Mum for taking the pics! 


A Quick Christmas Make

A couple of weeks ago I bought this fabric, just because it was on special offer online, and cost me £10 including delivery. I can’t remember if that was for two or two and a half metres, but there is still loads left. It is a warm, jersey fabric that feels almost fleecy.

I wanted a fairly quick and simple pattern, as the fabric is so seasonal, so opted to make view B of this pattern.


I had previously made view A and absolutely loved how it turned out, despite/because of the fact that it was the second garment I made. This time I found the pattern tricky to mark out, and I would welcome suggestions on how to ease this part of the process. I have tailors chalk, a blue pencil, a propelling fabric pencil AND a purple fading fabric pen, yet none of these really worked on this fabric. Instead I basically just snipped around the edge of the pattern and hoped for the best. The good part of using this fabric was that it didn’t fray at all. The bad part was that it dragged a little when going through the machine, but this wasn’t a big problem.
The pattern requires the back to be made in two pieces, which is fine, but asks for the top to be fastened with a button and loop. Last time I ended to stitching the top together and adding one decorative button above the short split. This time I sewed the two back pieces together top to bottom, and then added three buttons that I knew matched the design of the fabric.

The neckline is made with a kind of bias tape, using the dress fabric. This part went ok.

Option B included some little capped sleeves. Fixing them to the dress was fine, but I became confused looking at the diagrams of how to use actual bias tape to finish the edges. I think I got my head round it, and this is the result.


My first time using bias tape properly (I think!). It looks like the tape stands a little proud, so I think I need to try to push the tape further onto the fabric to reduce this next time.
The hem is pretty wiggly; there is no pressing this fabric, and when I tried to do so I managed to sizzle a small section of the neck. I haven’t finished the inside edges in any kind of sophisticated way, and once on the sleeves stand a little high so far, but it’s finished and it’s fine. Crucially, it’s not fitted at the front so will be able to accommodate any kind of Christmas pudding induced roundness. If you are planning on wearing something you have made on Christmas Day I would love to see or hear about it.




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Yesterday I spent most of the day at this beautiful old hotel. It even had a doorman. •
#manchester #hotel #conference #christmas #christmastree #traditional Today I travelled to a conference in Manchester, and whilst exploring the local area came across an extremely festive German Christmas market. •
#manchester #manchesterchristmasmarkets #christmasinmanchester #festive #market #christmasmarket #garlands #wreaths #decoration #trimmings #santa #fatherchristmas Festive fun at today’s #PercyPud
10k road race ~ plenty of Christmas costumes, dogs wearing Christmas jumpers + even Christmas music 🎶 Lovely route & love the Christmas pud + tshirt. •
#10k #race #roadrace #christmas #christmasrace #festive #christmaspud #christmaspudding Second day of #ru2c ~ definitely motivating me to get there + start counting the miles 🎄 Today’s run was just a steady jog with dogs off their leads.
#run #running #rungry #runuptoChristmas #weekend #dogjog #runningwithdogs #runnersofinstagram Up and out early this morning, transporting players to a football match in the middle of the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside. The sun shone so brightly it was hard to see, but that’s not something to complain about this far into November. The team played well and they won 🙌🏼
#football #localfooty #matchday #footballmatch #footballboots #mud #muddy #win #victory #goretford #retfordstripes #sunday Ending a busy week with a bit of quilting ~ trying to plan my Christmas gifts as I know time will run away with me! Watching Children in Need and indulging in a @masonsyorkshiregin Yorkshire tea gin 🍸
#quilting #christmas #christmasgift #friday #fridaynight #homemade #memade #weekend

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