September Sew and Tell Vlog

This week I have a little video for you all sharing my most recent makes and how they work well as we transition from Summer to Autumn. There's also a cheeky bit of simple hand embroidery embellishment, which I am loving right now.



Hi and welcome to the Sew Essential vlog I hope you are well. I'm itching to start sewing my Autumn Winter wardrobe particularly when I look at the pile of super exciting new fabrics about to go on the website. Before I get cracking with those I wanted to share my most recent makes, which also translate nicely into the new season. As always I will share links to the patterns and the fabrics throughout the vlog and below. You can find all of them on our lovely website.

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Batwing Top

The first make I want to talk about is this lovely batwing top. The pattern is Kwik Sew 4190 and the fabric is an absolutely beautiful John Kaldor cotton jersey. It comes in a great range of colours and washes and sews up beautifully.

I find long sleeved jersey tops one of the most useful and most worn items in my wardrobe. It was incredibly easy to sew this pattern and I whipped it up in no time on my overlocker. Due to the loose design of the top there was no need for fitting and it is wonderfully comfortable too.

I actually made this last year, but I knew something was missing. I tried wearing it with different necklaces, but nothing seemed to do the trick. Embellishing it with embroidery seemed like a good idea, but I couldn't decide on a design.

Then I found out Elisalex of By Hand London was doing a hand embroidery workshop at the Sewing Weekender in Cambridge and I knew she would have the answer! She is a super talented lady, co owner of By Hand London and is an absolute legend at hand embroidery.

I took my top along with me to the workshop and sheepishly asked whether it was a bit too ambitious to embroider it in the workshop. I told her I was struggling to choose an appropriate design and straight away she suggested little gold stars. So simple. but so effective and just what this top needed! Elisalex was so lovely and encouraging in her workshop, it was a total pleasure taking part.

I started off using some gold Madeira embroidery thread, but ended up switching to this DMC thread (E3821). The DMC is thicker and more noticeable against the fabric. You can check out our huge range of DMC thread colours here, there are literally hundreds!

It was tricky getting the thread tension right so the stars sit properly, but I'm pretty pleased with the end results. It was a really enjoyable little project and adds an extra special handmade detail to an otherwise plain and simple top. I'd definitely recommend having a go at hand embroidery to customise your makes to anyone. We did a handy little blog post on 7 easy hand embroidery stitches recently which you may find useful.

Scuba Dress

The next little number I want to share with you is one of my favourite makes ever. I have blogged about this one, but I think it is always nice to see it in video form too.

I used Simplicity 8330 and our beautiful white floral print scuba fabric. The pattern is for woven fabrics, but made up beautifully in scuba when cut a couple of sizes smaller. I absolutely love this pattern and although this version looks very summery, it would be perfect for party season in one of our John Kaldor prestige crepes or stunning ponte roma fabric. There is also the option to create a maxi length dress.

Once I had perfected the fit it was a very quick and easy sew. I spent most of my time working on the fit. I adjusted the princess seams and the skirt side seams and I'm thrilled with the end result. Unfortunately I was so fixated on these areas the armholes are too high! This should be a relatively easy fix if I just unpick and move the bias binding across.

The scuba was very forgiving with all the unpicking involved in the fitting stage and I wrote a little blog post about why sewing with scuba was so much fun. We have some beautiful new scubas in the new Autumn Winter range coming very soon so watch this space! I will be vlogging the Autumn Winter fabric haul as soon as it goes live to keep you all up to date.

Thanks to the fact I used scuba I omitted the zip in favour of a little V at the back underneath the collar. I love this little design feature. All in all a gem of a dress and I hope to make it up in the tropical ponte roma in time for party season.

Overlay Dress

I've also blogged about this dress very recently so you can find an in depth review on the blog.

The pattern is Vogue 1395 and the fabric is our gorgeous French viscose in a retro geometric print. You can see how beautifully this fabric drapes, which made it the perfect candidate for these fluttery sleeves. I love the sleeves, cute gathered detail at the back, the overlay itself and the fact it is just that little bit different.

I made a couple of adjustments to the pattern. Firstly I moved the armholes up 1" after reading a few reviews that said they were low. I also added 3/4" into the back bodice to accommodate my high round back. I also created a facing for the ties seeing as my fabric wasn't double sided. The ties were also cut as a separate piece to the overlay to enable me to get them out of my fabric.

I'm really pleased with the pattern matching on this dress. Although I didn't account for seam allowances on the centre front seam I think it has created a quirky little design feature. I also pattern matched the ties and overlay and the skirt and bodice at the back.

It was a very easy sew construction wise and is a lovely day dress for summer. Worn with tights and cardi it would also see you through some of the transitional weather months too. This fabric is really beautiful and would make lovely blouses and tops to team with jeans or trousers and a cardi for cooler winter days. I think the Megan Nielsen Dove blouse would look gorgeous in this.

Parrot Dress

I was hoping to have this dress finished for today, but I made a couple of silly mistakes that set me back. I'm using McCalls 7591 the short view with the racer back. The pattern is a really simple and easy sew (as long as you don't make silly mistakes!) and I'll share it with you once I've finished. I just wanted to show you how beautiful this fabric looks. I've lined it with our navy polycotton and I hope you agree it look so pretty.

That's all from me this week folks. I hope you've enjoyed my musings, please like and subscribe if you like what you see and I'll see you next time.

Have fun sewing!


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