Working with denim…

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Denim is probably my all-time favourite fabric. It wears well, is easy to repair and gets more beautiful with age – surely it’s every sustainable sewist’s dream fabric?!

I am no stranger to working with Denim, I’ve made several denim garments now which can be seen on the blog – grey and blue denim Pippi Pinafores, two denim Cleos and this Camden skirt spring immediately to mind but despite lots of practise I hadn’t ever used denim thread before.

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I was sent this multi-pack of Gutermann denim threads to try out. They are really nice to touch and feel quite smooth, they are thicker than regular Gutermann sew-all thread but definitely not as thick as topstitching thread. Depending on what mood it is in, sometimes my machine has  a bit of a problem with topstitching thread but it didn’t once have a problem with this denim thread so I think I will try and use this whenever I can!

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Because it is specifically designed for denim it is strong and comes in typical jeans colours. These are basically my most used colours anyway! I wanted to do contrasting topstitching on these dungarees I am making so I went for the rust coloured thread on this indigo denim chambray – I couldn’t be happier with my choice!

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Of course, if you are using contrasting topstitching it means your stitches will be really visible so I recommend taking your time – slow your machine down if you can and try to keep your stitches as straight as you can! I went for an interesting back pocket design as I couldn’t let my husband get all the details on his shorts! This design is inspired by one of my favourite book series – anyone know the books?!

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I also recommend using Jeans needles if you are working with denim, they are quite heavy duty and are designed to punch through denim. I used these Hemline ones this time and found them to work perfectly!

I am so excited to show you my finished dungarees – they are taking a little bit longer to make because of all the details but that will be totally be worth it when I have a really well made pair of dungarees with special pockets and lots of interesting detail. I am a strong believer in the mantra ‘Loved Clothes Last’ and I believe that the more effort I put into these special details then the more attached I get to the garment and the more likely I am to love and wear and repair these for many years to come!

For more information on Gutermann’s recycled thread, you can find out more from their website: https://consumer.guetermann.com/en/products/sewing-threads-accessories or you can email: gutermann@stockistenquiries.co.uk

For more information on Hemline products, feel free to email: groves@stockistenquiries.co.uk

Disclaimer: ⭐️Thread and needles were provided free of charge in exchange for a review. All opinions are totally my own, and I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t like!

 

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My sewcial weekend

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If you follow me on social media you might have seen that I had a rather lovely sewcial weekend last weekend! I was extremely lucky to win tickets to the British Wool show in an Instagram giveaway from Botanical Yarn. So on Friday last week I spent the day walking round lots of inspiring stalls, squishing lots of lovely yarn and talking to lots of amazing small business owners. Read More

Back to school…

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It’s the middle of August so I am sure most parents out there are starting to think about getting ready for back to school. My little boy turned four a few months ago so he will be starting school in September! I almost can’t believe it! When I started thinking about all the stuff I needed to get ready it was easy to start feeling overwhelmed so I decided to start getting prepared early… Read More

Ogden/Ida Swap 2019

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I just love taking part in swaps – it feels so nice to make a gift for someone you don’t even know and put together a special parcel for them! I don’t tend to do many though, as they can be expensive and I have struggled with others spending much more than I did which left me feeling a bit inadequate. I do like the Ogden/Ida swap though – this is because you know exactly what you are sending and receiving, you can specify which pattern(s) you want to make and whether you can afford/are willing to send internationally AND of course – both patterns are great scrap busters which makes them sustainable if you actually do use scraps! Read More

Fringe Dress Fiasco!

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Oh man, this fabric and I have been through the ringer! I actually cut out pieces of another pattern before I realised it wasn’t going to fit me!! Fortunately, the Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress came to my rescue and I LOVE the finished dress!

For all the grizzly details in the disaster that eventually led to this gorgeousness please click here and read all about it!

Disclaimer: ⭐️Fabric was provided free of charge in exchange for a review. I chose the fabric and what to make with it. All opinions are totally my own, and I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t like!

We were looking for leafy…

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Anyone get the quote from the title? I can’t stop saying it whenever I wear this dress! Anyway, as I’ve mentioned before, there’s no point writing a whole blog post for my blog when I do one of these reviews as I don’t have any more to say than I have already said (and WHO is going to read two blog posts about the same thing anyway?!). If you like this dress and want to read about the fabric/pattern or how I got on with the construction then just click here to read all about it!

Hope you’ve had a great week!

Disclaimer: ⭐️Fabric was provided free of charge in exchange for a review. I chose the fabric and what to make with it. All opinions are totally my own, and I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t like!

Sourcing recycled interfacing!

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Hi folks!  I have a quick little update for you today. Vlieseline have released a press release regarding their products and sustainability and have asked me to share it with you guys!

For the sake of transparency: I am not getting anything for sharing this information with you and I haven’t tried all these products, but I know we are all trying to do our best to be sustainable crafters and I know we all need to use interfacing for our projects so I am certainly glad to know which ones are made with recycled plastics and I figured you would probably like to know too! Read More