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My handmade wardrobe year – March

End of month three of not buying any clothes and only making them! Feeling really happy that I have still not been remotely tempted to buy any. Actually I’m loving the fabric shopping and conjuring up in my head thoughts of making anything I want to, instead of being restricted by what the shops are telling me I have to buy!

Time has been more limited this month because I have been so busy with work. It has made me think about properly focusing my time on items for my wardrobe that I would really like or I need. The past three months I have really been customising and making things that I had around just because they were nice.  Having said that I am really happy with everything I’ve made so far and I wear all of the items.

I did dedicate this month to completing unfinished projects before they get put in a box somewhere for a few months and then totally forgotten about.

Remember this lovely pure wool vintage jacket with big 80’s shoulders …

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I finally finished it…

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I unpicked the sleeve head and reshaped the shoulder. I also relined it with kitsch bear fabric and normal silky lining for the sleeves. I replaced the gold anchor buttons with bashed silver metal ones. Not a dramatic transformation but I will definitely wear it now. I quite like having a secret lining, I always believe that garments should look as good on the inside as the out.

 

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On the subject of kitsch remeber my charity shop curtains that cost £2.99….

 

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They have turned into….

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I love them! The curtains were actually quite short so I had to unpick the header tape to get the length I wanted.  It has left some pin marks, but I think that just adds character!

I took the pattern off my favourite Paul Smith trousers and it worked without need for even a tweak!

Then there was my unfinished tongue in cheek shirt that I started making for my launch party last year, and discovered that I had accidentally thrown away the collar and run out of fabric so I  missed the deadline and it remained unfinished…

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I finished it….

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And another one that had been cut out as part of a private sewing lesson, same pattern but a different variation….

 

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This one has the full cuff and placket, I quite enjoyed the classic shirt making but forgot how time consuming it is.

 

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I added a special little touch to make it unique, a couple of mismatched ladybird buttons.

 

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I also finished my first ever piece of knitting …just in time for Spring. Oh well at least I will be ready for the first cold snap of winter.

 

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I planned to give this vintage blouse a face lift by changing the buttons however I played around with lots of different buttons, but ended up with more white buttons,  just different ones…..

 

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And finally the pleat front vest that I made and added contrast binding to, I decided to go back to simple and turned the binding inside…

 

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Plans for the month ahead…

I have one and only single goal this month and that is to make a dress to wear to the first sew sociable evening in May.

 

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I am not normally much of a dress person but I feel inspired since making all of my clothes to make a few dresses.

A few weeks ago there were some half prices sales on Vogue dress patterns on various websites, so I took advantage and ordered a few.

 

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I also spend a lovely day with 2 friends at Sewing for pleasure at the NEC  and ended up with three new pieces of fabric with these dress patterns in mind. I haven’t worked out what to make in each fabric yet, but I think they will all become dresses.

 

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Before my trip to the NEC, two new pieces of fabric found there way to my house. Both from The Eternal maker the first for a dress…

 

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and the second I thought I would make a skirt, I would just quite like to pleat it and add waistband, just keeping it simple.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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