Beverly: I want to thank @margieMakes for a gift she sent from Australia! Beautiful mask (I want the pattern!) and handmade earrings! Agreed – what a kind thing to get from a listener.
Sadly have to postpone trip to Puerto Rico.
Definitely qualifies for #pfMyStyle !
1/8/2022 Test Test Mood Jacket cotton sateen
1/8/2022 Parasol CrisWoodSews Hello Friend Fabrics Linen & Puffins
1/8/2022 Parasol CrisWoodSews FabricGodmother UK Swiss dot with giraffes
As I mentioned in our year end episode, I’m working on spending my sewing $ at local businesses – globally. I’ve pinned a post on my Instagram profile a post where there are dozens and dozens of suggested shops for that purpose. Go check it out. In my makes so far this year, all my fabrics come from smaller businesses, from around the world.
This hashtag is a good way to help sewists see what a garment would look like when worn seated. I’ve found a small stool I’ll use for my roadway pictures when possible in the future.
#pfStyleSwap – I have a few tops going in for a swap. All made to fit my measurements which will be listed in description. All shipped for free.
I’ve offered a Pona Jacket by Helen’s closet – the one I made for Halloween. It’s not one I reach for – love the style, but the colors don’t work well with my current wardrobe. I’ll be offering a couple more things this month as well. Mine are free shipping worldwide, but I’ll do a drawing if more than one person wants the item. For future ones I might offer only to others who are also offering – what do you think, Beverly?
I’m considering an Instagram live to review my fabrics & see if I can ID what is, and isn’t, my style. I struggle to get it right when I’m shopping. There are lots of fabrics I buy and just give to my daughter rather than sew up. I’m not sure I can see the common thread yet. I find my style changes often – as I find the latest & greatest pattern that I love – and they don’t all have things in common. My most made last year was the Tarlee, a loosely fitted t-shirt dress. I think the Chive, a fitted sweatshirt dress will likely be this year’s favorite. Other big favs are dresses like the Rosalie & the Parasol (similar loose style in woven fabrics), and the Upton, Dora, and Trillium (woven & fitted). I’m still at a loss for how to define my style. I think if I had to sum it up I’d say its best represented by the fabrics & colors, more than the specifics of the dresses. I like a custom or fairly unique fabric best of all. Loud, rich, colors & patterns. Simple styles (less than 10 pattern pieces, preferably less than 6).
Other Instagram accounts mentioned on the show:
Color expert: @naomi.joy.creates
Sources for Merino fabric:
Year in Review:
I made 98 different patterns by 47 different designers in 2021. My most often made were the Tarlee (24 versions), the Parasol (23 versions), with the Upton a distant third (16 versions). My most made designer was CrisWoodSews (35 makes), followed by Cashmerette (29 makes), and Muna & Broad (26 makes – but to be fair, I’ve only counted one Kapundah Undies – I actually made 22 pairs, so M&B would hop to the top if I counted each instance).
I purchased my fabrics from 33 different sources; about 30% came from Joann, 15% from Fabric.com, 10% from FineFabrics in Georgia. My plan is to make sure at least ⅔ of my buys are from locally owned fabrics shops (from all over the world) in 2022.
Favorite thing you made this year:
Favorite pattern of the year:
Merchant and Mills Factory Dress -straight size
Merchant and Mills Factory Dress – plus size
Most worn item of the year:
#pfMyStyle and #pfStyleSwap
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Clue for next month’s theme:
Jenny: faves from pfcozy
Beverly: pfcozy faves
@closetcorepatterns dog coat made out scraps from a coat I made a couple of years ago plus the leftovers from a hoodie I made my pal & an old red blanket to keep him warm.
_alliejo won the Deer and Doe Scirocco pattern!
Fabric Wholesale Direct ponte – Burgundy color Content: 66% Rayon, 30% Nylon, 4% Spandex Width: 60/62″
Nandita’s Instagram: divinedita
What does cozy mean to you in your sewing?
Nandita: Ellie and Mac South shore Romper
Garments that might be comfort/cozy:
- From designer: The Aspen Cardigan allows you to have the perfect cardigan no matter what you are wearing it with! Over a tank or shell this is going to be your go-to cardigan. Gathered in the back at the waist and back collar, with deep pockets and clean lines, the Aspen will fit in just perfectly with your wardrobe.
- 61” chest, 65” hips
- From designer: The Camden Cardigan is a cozy cardi pattern that’s perfect for the season! It has a comfortable ease and features a drawstring to cinch to your liking. This fully-faced cardigan has options for crop, top, tunic, and duster lengths. It has inset sleeves with options for sleeveless, short, 3/4, and long sleeves. Choose whether or not to add a hood with options to hem, face, or line it. Two different pocket options, in-seam or patch
- 81” chest, 85” hips
- This circle cardie pattern is a quick, easy sew with stunning results. The waterfall drape down the front makes it perfect for both thinner and thicker warm fabrics. You can adjust it to suit your style with two different lengths, three hem options and three sleeve options.
- 76” chest, 80” hips
- I’ve made this one – it’s quick & fun. I want to make it again out of some heavier fabrics as I think the body would really elevate this simple design.
- Style Arc Nina Cardigan
- Ellie and Mac Southshore romper – JUST ~$4 RIGHT NOW!!
- Use to make jackets, tops, bodices for dresses
- I’ve considered this one for a bodice on a Hope Dress
- Simple lap quilt from any fabric + a flannel backing, quilting at 1” – 3” repeats in a simple grid.
- The Medlow Robe is designed to fully cover you when you want to stay covered. It features a deep overlap (and deep pockets!) that ensure you only show what you want to show. It’s perfect for slow weekend mornings, and provides enough coverage to answer the door in.
- 64” chest, 71.5” hips (min 40/41.5)
- This versatile PDF Sewing pattern comes in two lengths with different trim options. The long version has pleated trim down the front edge, patch pockets, hood and comfortable sleeves. The short jacket version uses packed quilt binding to finish the edges of the front, hood, sleeve and pocket instead of the pleated trim. Jacket is unlined, and closes at the neck with a hook and eye closure.
- 58” chest, 60” hips
- Sweat pants/shirts
- It comes in two different views, View A is semi-fitted cropped sweatshirt with a band that hits at the natural waistline and has a puff sleeve. The Chive Sweatshirt’s cropped waist pairs nicely with your favorite high waisted jeans or pants. It can also be dressed up with an A line maxi skirt or pencil skirt. Because of the narrow silhouette of view A it can be worn under overalls or a loose fitting jumpsuit (like the Caladium ;). View B has a looser silhouette and falls at the hip. Because of this its a great top for low to mid-rise jeans or pants. Because of the narrow silhouette of the Chive Sweatshirt it can also make a nice tee in a lighter weight cotton knit.
- 62” chest, 54” waist
- Everyone needs something to wear when its time to relax. These joggers and shorts are perfect for that! Whether its hot or cold outside these joggers are the ones to grab for the perfect comfort time. These adult joggers match our kids Ace joggers and you can make the whole family a matching set! Sizes are unisex and come in Small to 5X.
- 60” waist, 64” hip
My favorite joggers pattern is the Arcadia Joggers by Stitch Upon a time.
I also like the True Bias Hudson Pants, available for kids, men, and recently upgraded sizing (max hip 59.5).
There are so many T-shirts out there, but my favorite comfy tee is a free one from Rebecca Page, the Toronto Tee.
Made by Rae Luna Joggers hip 59” 34.5” – made for wovens or stable knits
- Pillows (eye, bed, etc)
- This is my favorite quick gift for kids. Quilting fabrics & garbage flannel are perfect for this. Higher quality fabrics with better thread counts yield best results for comfort. Also: BURRITO METHOD is my fav for anything you want nice and pretty on the inside!
- Such a comfort item! An eye pillow is my go-to when I’m tired, stressed, and have a headache. Toss on a silky eye pillow with lavender mixed into the filling and I’m in heaven.
- Nicole Elise textiles – Liverpool
In case you didn’t see on Instagram – JENNY WON THE FABRICS-STORE.COM CONTEST!!!
The Blaise Wearable Blanket – kids (there is an adult version but sizing is limited).
Link to Jenny’s Fabrics-store.com contest entry – YOU CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY FROM NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 5!!!
Click here to view all the #pfGratitude entrants
Elbe textiles seems to be increasing sizes to 59/50/60
The free pattern a “mens” tee SAGE tee: https://elbetextiles.com.au/products/sage-tee-digital-sewing-pattern
Now goes up to 58/52/57
Here are the Elbe Textiles that have been upgraded and the max hip size for your information:
Unisex Fremantle pants 61.5” hip: https://elbetextiles.com.au/products/fremantle-pants-digital-sewing-pattern
Page dress (62” hip)
Reznor skirt (58” hip)
Staley top (62”hip)
New: Steele Pinafore (60” hip)
“Mens” Trigg shorts (56” hip)
Pretty new but not new-new:
Heldin Tasche – bag by Stokxpatterns
Black linen – Jim photo