The scatty sewer

A scatty sewers journey through the world of sewing

A few free tutorials

I don’t know about you guys but during my busy day I’ll log onto my emails or my Facebook feed and checkout what other sewers are doing, what tutorials or free patterns they’ve found, then I save them on my phone to view later. So sometimes I have 10 pages open ready for me to view.

So I’ve decided to share what’s open on my phone right now…

1. Craftsy, copycat clothes

I have a lovely Monsoon dress I love, it’s floppy and girlie and I’ve worn it so much it’s literally falling a apart, so I want to make a copy of it before it’s too late.

http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/04/make-pattern-from-clothing/?ext=FB_Cftsy_PP_Blog_blog_best_Craftsy_8_2014-12-27&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social%20Engagement&utm_campaign=Craftsy-Registrations&initialPage=true

2. Wool blanket coat

I just think these look cool and it looks really easy to make as well

http://www.ehow.com/ehow-crafts/blog/wrap-up-in-style-with-this-diy-wool-blanket-coat/

3. Handy zipped case

I always leave the house to go on a school run holding my phone and keys, with no pockets to put them in, one of these would be very handy

http://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/2014/3/22/2-sided-zips-a-handy-case-tutorial-from-sewcanshe

4. Toy mouse

My cats always loosing her mice so I thought it would be cheaper and easier to make

http://www.marthastewart.com/908084/menswear-mouse-toy

5. Coffee cup cozies

I’ve actually made these as christmas presents, great pattern, easy to do.

http://seekatesew.com/diy-gift-guide-free-diy-coffee-cozy-pattern/

6. Superheroes

Again I made these for christmas and it’s an amazing pattern can’t recommend enough

http://crafts.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-your-own-superhero-soft-toy–craft-17660

7. Cool shawl cardigan

I like the style of this cardigan

http://www.mesewcrazy.com/2014/01/shawl-collar-cardigan-tutorial.html

8. Foxy

I think it’s so cute, I might make a few up for birthday

http://www.stitchedbycrystal.com/2014/01/free-stuffed-fox-pattern.html?m=1

9. Car tidy

Having a load of toddlers in my car it gets pretty messy, I think these would be a great addition

http://tinkerfrog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/ba-dunk-ba-dunk-or-where-to-put-your.html?m=1

10. Pattern weights

I’m fed up of using tins of beans, I making some of these
http://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/2013/10/1/sewing-201-it-was-a-revelation-to-me-pattern-weights-a-guessing-game

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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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