Time for a change …

If I’m honest, I’ve been feeling a little disappointed with my recent makes (and a little bored). It’s ok, don’t worry, I still love to sew, but I  think I need to escape from my comfort zone. Let’s face it, I have quite a few Simplicity 2444‘s, I could dress an entire office with my collection of Sorbettos and if there weren’t enough of those to go round, well I could throw in a few Laurels too. Yep, it’s time to take the leap and make something different, different for me anyway …

I have a feeling that the Simplicity 2451 will change my life (I know, I know, I’m the last to try this), dull looking maybe but there are some corkers out there and it looks so very useful (see here and here for a start)! For the fabric I have a charity shop find in mind …


Goodness, that’s bright! It’s not really that bright, honest. I found this wool for £5 along with the matching lining, in a plastic bag in a charity shop in Summertown. All washed and ready to go, it is sitting on my desk just waiting for me to have a day off.

Then like someone who’s overslept and missed the train to the pattern party, I’m the last to try Elisalex from By Hand London. I loved making my Anna and have had this on my to do list for ages. The fabric? Another charity shop find …

IMG_3440It’s in the bag and it’s a pair of crazy curtains. I’m actually at the train station here and so excited at my 1970s school curtains find (and bored while I waited for my delayed train) that I took a photo. It’s just a sneaky peak, more soon.

What else, ooh yes I have a yearning to make a blackwatch tartan dress, though I haven’t decided which pattern to use yet. Like the 2444 addict that I am, it’s calling me and I’m finding it hard to resist. But, what I’m thinking is, I could line it! That would be good, yes? A challenge, a stretch. Yes, that’s what I’ll do! Or should I do something new? Yes? No? Yes? No? Oh blooming Nora, let’s just put it back in the drawer and think about that another day!

These aren’t terribly taxing patterns I know, but they are new to me and learning to sew is a life time experience, not one to rush. I do know that I’d like to improve on my  skills and if I’m not careful, I’ll be wearing 2444s when I’m collecting my pension. Actually that would be nice! No, I need to keep pushing myself and hopefully, in time I’ll gain the confidence to push myself all the way and make something like a coat!

I’m now ready to swim without armbands, cycle without stabilisers, fly without wings! Watch this space …

Don’t tell anyone but I might just make one more Laurel first … in denim.


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11 responses to “Time for a change …

  1. That pink looks fantastic – looking forward to seeing the skirt. I have just made one of them but it is not yet blogged, I have been wearing a lot though! I have been doing quite a bit of sewing (for me) but not finding the oomph to blog about it recently.

  2. Be warned 2451 is highly addictive – I’ve made it three times! It’s the perfect work skirt… and anytime skirt!! You could really go nuts and try the Sinbad & Sailor skirt. I LOVE mine. I’m going to make it again in emerald green wool crepe… from a charity shop for the princely sum of $2.50!!!

  3. Sam

    That pink fabric is gorgeous. I have some of a similar colour for a skirt.

    Isn’t it tempting to stick with patterns you know and love? I’m trying to tear myself away from New Look 6000, but now you’ve mentioned Black Watch tartan I want one in that!

  4. Simplicity 2451 is a great pattern. I made my skirt using some Liberty tana lawn. The pink wool is a real find, lucky you.

  5. Totally off topic…Wow, I love the shoes! Where did you find those?

  6. You are not the last to try Simplicity 2451! That is one I don’t even own! And I don’t yet own the Elisalex either (but I have made THREE Anna’s!) The pink wool is GORGEOUS and is going to look fantastic made up. 🙂 I am working on challenging myself to make different things also. I am working on a red denim jacket w/ lining! And think next year I will make a tuxedo jacket. And after looking at some blackwatch tartan dresses I am now lusting after one of those too! ~Laurie

  7. S2451 is great, I’ve made two of View D. The ease on the pattern is enormous though, so I would suggest measuring the pattern pieces before cutting. You don’t want to have to take the side seams in by an inch like I did, it leads to tiny pockets! I read this post this afternoon on my phone, and I can not get the idea of a blackwatch tartan S2444 out of my head! It would be fabulous, and I may have to give it a go!

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