The project #SewMyStyle invitation appeared in my Instagram feed at the beginning of December2016. It looked like a great project to get involved in and I thought it would give me an opportunity to experience patterns from small independent pattern companies.
#SewMyStyle is co-ordinated by Alex Bartholomew of BlueBird Fabrics. I didn’t realise that Alex is based in Belfast where she teaches sewing, patchwork and applique to beginners. BlueBird fabrics is her online fabric store, where she stocks some lovely fabrics.
The idea behind #SewMyStyle is to raise awareness of the slow fashion movement and to encourage young people to sew their own clothes. By “young” I hope they mean “seasoned sewers” the wrong side of fifty! We have to make twelve garments over the course of 2017 and the companies involved have offered discounts on the purchase of the patterns.
We, then post photos of our finished garments on Instagram on the last Saturday of every month. This means that, at the end of 2017, we shall each have a capsule collection of handmade clothes.
So, here it is my first garment in #SewMyStyle
It’s the Toaster sweater #2 from Sew House Seven, which is a small independent pattern company founded in 2014. The focus of the company is to produce beautiful women’s sewing patterns for beginners, but that they also appeal to more experienced sewers.
This pattern was such a quick make and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to a beginner or to someone wanting to try working with knitted or jersey fabrics. I really have to commend the step by step instructions for this pattern, as someone who writes instructions for students and knows how tricky this can be, I have to say these were brilliant.
I really like this top, it’s quite different from the tops I normally wear, usually I wear more fitted tops, so this was a nice change.
I used a lovely bright red Ponte di Roma jersey from Sew Over It London, which suited the style perfectly. Although you could use a sweatshirt jersey or a heavier textured jersey. I made the top about 10cm longer as I find shorter tops don’t suit my proportions.
I enjoyed making this new addition to my wardrobe and I’m looking forward to the next make, although be warned I’m not playing nice!