I don’t know about you but I’ve found it hard to come into this space recently. I’ve been on Insta a bit, but have struggled to find words to do justice to everything that is happening in, and to, the world.
Other people have been far more eloquent than I. Suffice to say that I’ve been sitting with significant discomfort and distress, and working to educate myself and my family to enable us to be actively anti-racist going forwards. We hadn’t been doing enough. We are changing that.
We’re also making plans to change our lifestyle so that we can embrace the new slower pace enforced on us by the global pandemic, to bring the best bits of our pre-Covid life into a new, slower, more aware post-pandemic way of living.
Whilst many people have found the lockdown has given them time to be more productive, I’ve found the opposite. Having the whole family at home has been time consuming, in the nicest possible way, especially trying to “homeschool” (and I use that term VERY loosely) two small peeps.
I’ve not had much time to sew, but here’s a couple of things I have made for Summer.
First up is a wee Mini Ogden Cami by True Bias. This pattern has been in my stash for forever, but I’ve never actually made it. And theoretically it shouldn’t fit now, because Summer is 12 and this is a size 10. But she’s petite so we got away with it!
She’s styled it with jeans here because the weather in Lancashire at the moment is more October than July. Poor kid was shivering whilst I snapped these photos. I’m hoping for warmer days over the summer break where she can pair this with shorts and be cool!
I love this pattern. It’s so quick and simple to sew. And a great way of using up larger scraps from another make.
This fabric was bought when I went to RayStitch, and from two metres I got this Mini Ogden, a cami for me, and the lining of the blazer that’s up next.
It’s a light soft cotton with a sateen finish and it’s delightful. I love this colour so much.
This blazer is set to become another favourite.
Firstly it’s made from the last of the Ponte De Roma from Fabric Godmother that has been in my stash for ages. I’m on such a mission to sew up stash fabric this year, so that’s a win.
It’s a deceptively simple sew. The lining should be jersey, but I didn’t have any in stash, so used the same blue as the Mini Ogden Cami. In theory it shouldn’t have worked, but it did. Although Summer has requested jersey next time as without doubt it’s her fabric of choice (hello, sensory processing disorder!).
I also added the bright blue under the collar for a flash of colour should she need it.
One other change I made, at her request, was to put in three buttons rather than the proscribed single one. She chose the mod inspired buttons from stash.
I love this blazer. So does Summer. She’s already talking about future versions, but she’s going to have to wait because my wardrobe is looking bare.
However, both of these patterns are keepers and highly recommended.
I’ve also been sewing shorts and a cami for me. It’s probably the reason the weather has been so vile in these parts recently. I’m awaiting fasteners for the shorts and then I’ll be back to share them soon.
Until then, keep safe. xx