The scatty sewer

A scatty sewers journey through the world of sewing

Getting ready for Summer blog tour

 

I have the absolute pleasure to be invited on the Ellie and Mac getting ready for Summer blog tour. Ellie and Mac have some amazing Summer patterns, you could literally create your whole Summer wardrobe just from their amazing pattern library. So Summer is just around the corner and Ive been busy with the Free spirit kimono making.

I was off to the White Island, Ibiza, at the beginning of May for my husbands birthday, so always in need of pool wraps, evening walks on the beach wraps and when your walking back from the bars at 4am and theres a chill in the air wraps, I looked for a simple but very cool Kimono pattern and the Ellie and Mac pattern is just absolutely perfect.

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You can make any length you want really and because I’m a lazy sewer I decided that using a fabric that has strips on it so I can cut it quickly without having to mark anything out, this fabric was perfect. Its a chiffon type fabric, as you know Im not brilliant on my fabric knowledge, if it looks pretty and does the job thats the fabric for me LOL. I think I got the fabric from Tilly Bee fabrics Its a lovely aztec design and is light enough for the hot Ibizan sun but thick enough to keep the chill out.

The pattern itself is easy and yet very striking in appearance. It didn’t take me long to make this at all, in fact I think cutting it out took longer, no maybe overlocking (serging) all around the edges was the thing that took the longest, trust me to make a long one. I didn’t bother hemming it apart for the overlocking, because it didn’t really need it, it looks fine with the edging it has, even though there will be some hardened sewers out there tutting at me Im sure, I don’t care I think it looks good like that.

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Right I have to make more, for a start my 23 year old daughter wants one to go on holiday and i might make one with a slightly heavier fabric so that its more of a wrap than kimono, for the UK summer, because apart for the one or two days of sun we get over the 3 months of summer the rest of the time its blooming freezing, or raining, or snowing! #britishsummertimeisashocker

Please have a look at all the other contributions to this fabulous blog tour, there have been some amazing makes by my sewing buddies and please check out this brilliant pattern but all the other Ellie and Mac patterns there is literally something for everyone, I have loads of their patterns and they are always well fitting and really fashion forward.

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Please visit all the wonderful bloggers on the Get Ready for Summer Sewing Patterns Blog Tour for some incredible inspirations.

  1. May 7th: Seams Sew Lo
  2. May 8th: Tenille’s Thread
  3. May 9th: Seams Sew Lo
  4. May 10th: The Sewing Goatherd
  5. May 11th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
  6. May 14th: Our Play Place
  7. May 15th: Sewjourns
  8. May 16th: Aurora Designs Fabric
  9. May 17th: QuiltsbyJoann
  10. May 18th: Liviality
  11. May 19th: Momma You Can Make It
  12. May 21st: Margarita on the Ross
  13. May 22nd: Sewing Blue
  14. May 23rd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  15. May 24th: Momma Newey’s Makes
  16. May 25th: Jot Designs USA
  17. May 28th: The Scatty Sewer
  18. May 29th: Granma Texas Sews
  19. May 30th: Fee Bricolo
  20. May 31st: My Sewing Roots

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The sad tale of my Beautiful Kimono

I made this fantastic Keilani kimono from Petite stitchery, Being released on 18/05/18

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isn’t it pretty!

Yeah well someone else from the resort we were staying in thought so too, because that was the one and only time I ever wore it, It got stolen not long after!

I was like a mini detective, watching all the women for the rest of my holiday incase someone was dumb enough to wear it around the pool, but no the thief was a clever gal and must of packed it away for their next holiday. or to sell for exorbitant amounts of Euros as it is a one of a kind, designer piece hahahahahahahaha

I do however have more of this fabric, but not enough and for the life of me cannot remember where I got it from (if anyone recognises it please let me know where its from)

Anyway the Pattern is Free released on Friday from Petite stitchery

And if you see some dodgy looking lady wearing my kimono this Summer tell her I want it back!

Happy scatty sewing everyone xx

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New year, New blog site

Hi

this is my first wordpress blog, for my previous blogs checkout http://thescattysewer.blogspot.co.uk

So who am I and whats this blog about?

My name is Julia Jones, i live in Bridgend, South Wales, UK. I have been sewing since May 2013 and I completely love it! Before I took up sewing I was having a pretty rubbish time of it, I struggled with anxiety, but sewing helps me to focus my mind and gives me an outlet for my creativity. I have progressed pretty quickly with my sewing skills, I try to challenge myself to do things that Im scared of, like a regency dress, which would scare most advanced dressmakers, but I just jumped in feet first, my first regency dress (not shown below) was made from a duvet cover and was always intended to be a practice, didn’t want to mess up my pretty fabric. Homemade sewing, especially clothing, is becoming a dying art, but with the introduction of the Great British Sewing Bee TV programme a new wave of homegrown sewers is emerging. Incidentally I hadn’t even heard of the Sewing Bee until after I had already joined a sewing class and missed 1/2 the first series, but am an massive fan now.

I want to spread the message that homemade clothes aren’t complicated to make, don’t look rubbish and most of all don’t cost the earth. My homemade clothes fit me perfectly, because I make them for my dimensions and not some boss in some sweat shop in India’s idea of what a British women size is, I choose the fabric and colour I want, not the fashion buyers of these fashion stores choice and most of all I choose the style I want.

There are so many great Blogs out there that give you fabulous free patterns and tutorials it really is easy and cheap to make great clothes and gifts. I will try to upload all the great tutorials and free stuff I can find, stay tuned. I am also venturing out into making my own patterns (only a little fledgling pattern maker at present) so eventually I hope to offer you a few free designed by JJ patterns.

So if your a beginner, just had a sewing machine for Christmas and hasn’t a clue, drop me a line and Ill help either myself or find some online tutorials for you to view, but in the mean time take a look at all I have achieved in 18 months and what you can achieve in the same time.

Take a look….

Dolls for Christmas 2013

Dolls for Christmas 2013

My second attempt at an oilcloth bag, not bad

My second attempt at an oilcloth bag, not bad

My first attempt of draping and using silk

My first attempt of draping and using silk

Simple summer top

Simple summer top

My hand sewn kingsized quilt!! 6 months in the making

My hand sewn kingsized quilt!! 6 months in the making

1960s dress

1960s dress

1950's dress

1950’s dress

What it looks like on

What it looks like on

A weekend bag for Megan

A weekend bag for Megan

A Dashund for Megans student digs

A Dashund for Megans student digs

A but of up cycling, 1970s blouse bought for a £5 from a vintage fair

A but of up cycling, 1970s blouse bought for a £5 from a vintage fair

1930's blitz dress

1930’s blitz dress

A simple summer dress

A simple summer dress

Shorts for Megan

Shorts for Megan

Love this dress, Ruby dress

Love this dress, Ruby dress

Regency dress

Regency dress

What it looks on, With my lovely bonnet

What it looks on, With my lovely bonnet

My Christmas 2014 dress

My Christmas 2014 dress

What it looks like on

What it looks like on

All the monkeys and parents christmas presents 2014

All the monkeys and parents christmas presents 2014

the students Christmas presents 2014

the students Christmas presents 2014

Oversized cushion presents 2014

Oversized cushion presents 2014

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