It feels like this poor blog has been a bit neglected of late. I have been sewing, but the poor weather hasn’t given me much motivation to get out and take pictures and my sewing has changed direction slightly over the last couple of months. I shared my make 9 plans at the start of the year, but I think it is always good to review and adapt plans if they are no longer going in the right direction. My make 9 is all things I would like to make, and I’ve actually made quite a few things from my plan already, but the next part of the year is going to have a slightly different focus.

It turns out, that we are expecting another baby, so suddenly high rise fitted jeans don’t seem like such a good plan! I’m quite sad about putting my Ginger Jeans on hold for another year, because I have some really lovely indigo denim, but it just doesn’t seem wise to make something that isn’t going to fit me for months!

Instead, it has given me a fresh motivation to sew the sorts of things I will be wearing. I know from last time that I practically lived in my Amber t-shirts and dress, and they were also my favourite things for breastfeeding afterwards too. It seems to make sense to focus my attention on things that I know I am going to be wearing for the next 18 months.

This time, baby is due in November, so I think I may need some more warmer layers which will fit over my bump. I only had one fairly thin jumper last time and some fleeces for work so I’m planning on making a jumper suitable for breastfeeding in winter when I know I hate taking layers off all the time! I’ve decided to go with the Ascent pullover from 5 out of 4 patterns, who I haven’t used before, but I like the concept of concealed zips between the jumper panels, and I’ve already sourced some suitable fleece.

I’ve also been scouting out more cute baby sewing patterns and discovered a whole load of new to me ones that I’d like to try out. I’m particularly keen to try the Wee Lap Tee from Patterns for Pirates and the Footed Pants from Vagabond Stitch. I think they will make a great cosy outfit over a vest and both are free which is a real bonus!

So here’s to the second part of the year and success with new plans! How are your sewing plans coming along?


Givre Top

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a collaboration post with Minerva Crafts, but I had the chance to use some fun floral fabric to make this Deer and Doe Givre Top recently.

This was actually sewn and photographed in February, and it a pretty simple t-shirt pattern. I could have taken my trusty Tilly and the Buttons Agnes t-shirt and hacked it to colour block myself, but it was quite nice to let someone else do the work for a change, and was a good chance to try out a new to me pattern company. The instructions from Deer and Doe looked really good and clear, thought I didn’t really use them except to check the seam allowances!

There are more photos, and some of my top tips up on the Minerva Crafts blog here. Enjoy!