The Wearable Studio – The Franki Top

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Hi All!

I was lucky enough to be selected by Melyssa for her 1st ever PDF Pattern to test! The Wearable Studio are a new Indie Pattern Company based in Australia and their patterns are designed to embody beauty, femininity, comfort and elegance.  Continue reading “The Wearable Studio – The Franki Top”

My #2018MakeNine picks!

Hi all!

Thought I would join in this year to make 9 garments that i actually want to make and wear! Rather than just for a specific event, I’m wanting to make more everyday clothes!

I’d rather have ‘me made’ clothes that are comfy and fit my quirky style of prints rather than boring plain one colour ready to wear from the High Street, which I’ve gotten into the habit of buying!

I’m planning to get in summer clothes into the list as we are planning an trip to USA in the Summer holidays where i would def need light and airy garments!

So here are my 9 that I’ve managed to wittle down!

1. Sunny Top by  Friday Pattern Company – Can’t go wrong with a staple jersey top.

2. Kinder Cardi by Wendy Ward from her new book – I always wear cardis for work but never at home so I’d thought I would make this one as it has awesome pockets and more a casual look.

3. Lilly Cami by Sinclair Patterns – holiday wardrobe part 1. With 2 different options and so simple to make!

4. McCalls M7536 Dress – A cute everyday dress. I’ve not had a v neck dress made in a while and love the 3 quarter sleeves.

5. Bea Blouse Simply Sewing Magazine – A nice smart top for work

6. Copenhagen Harbor Boardshorts by Stitch upon a Time – Holiday wardrobe part 2. As it’ll be an adventure with plenty of fun I’ll be able to keep my modesty better with shorts rather than skirts! 😂

7. Suki Kimono by Helen’s Closet – I’ve always wanted a nice Dressing Gown, so why not put on my list to to kick my bum into making one!

8. Tilly and The Buttons Slipper Boots – Don’t know about you guys but I am forever going through slippers!! They must be my favourite shoes since i go through them so much! So i thought well why not having a go at making my own!

9. Monsal lounge Pants by Wendy Ward – I never seem to have a pair of lounge about pants it’s always my pjs lol so it’s be nice to have a comfy sensible pair…. rather than mad print pjs in case of visitors and for them to think why is she in her pjs at 1pm in the afternoon 😂

There you go folks! My #2018MakeNine is all set and ready to go!

What’s on your on list?

Happy sewing!

Sal xx

Sew Up North Update – Beyond Measure 

Good Evening peeps!

Another day, another Sew Up North update.  I don’t know about you but I’m feeling slightly stunned at how generous people have been with raffle prizes and goody bag discounts. It’s wonderful that people can be so kind and hopefully means we can raise lots of money for the  Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

 

Today’s kind sponsor is Grace of online store Beyond Measure.  If you haven’t had a look at her site yet, I’d highly recommend a browse.  There is a wonderful range of more unusual, high end habberdashery and supplies.  My personal favourites are the leather ruler bracelet (WANT!), the japanese hand sewing needles and the wooden pin cushions, but you would be spoilt for choice.

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#Seamstress Tag….Better late then never

Better late than never eh?!I’m joining in with the #theseamstresstag that is going viral around the sewing community well a couple of months ago!?

This is the brainchild of Holly from Holly Sews and I have seen various other people take part such as Claire from Penguin and Pear and Gabby from Gaberdashery.

So….on with the show!

1. Who are you?

Well I’m Sally Kendall aka The Yorkshire Sewist! I’m 31 (or as i see it 21 + 10 hahaha!) I’m married to my childhood Sweetheart Brian and we have 2 Sons. I live in East Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. I’m an Avid Sewist, Simplicity Sewing Expert and Proudly part of The Sew Crafty Design Team!

2. When & why did you start sewing?

It was back in 2014 after i got fed up with Card Making and wanted to try something new as I’ve previously made Jewellery too but got bored….again! So I’ve been sewing for nearly 3 years now and that’s a record compared to my other hobbies!

3. What is your favorite or proudest make?

My favourite make has to be dresses, you can never have enough cute dresses but my proudest make was my 1st Bra and Knickers set that i made a Tutorial for Simplicity which turned out beautifully and has spured me on to make more!

4. What is your most disastrous make?

You have to have mistakes to learn from them and oh yes there have been a few especially in my 1st year of sewing. It was figuring out what adjustments to make for certain brands of Sewing Patterns as i am petite i tend to find that i need to make a narrow back adjustment and to alter sleeves and lengths of garments! So it’s all about learning and to make a toile!

5. Where is your favourite place to go fabric shopping?

Definitely B and M Fabrics and also the indoor markets in Leeds its that bad they know me!!

6. What is your most used pattern?

I usually to try and mix things up and don’t usually make the same thing twice but i have made the DixieDIY Ballet dress 3 times now so i’m thinking that’s my favourite!

7. Your most dreaded sewing task is…

It has to be unpicking especially if I’ve been rushing and not paying attention and sewed a sleeve the wrong way round and you have to unpick all the stitching and then pin and sew again! Argghhh!!

8. And your favourite sewing task?

As weird as it sounds i love inserting invisible zips! Yes i’m peculiar but i love the end result of a lovely placed in zip!

9. What is your favourite ‘sewing entertainment’?

I don’t really have a ‘sewing entertainment’ Maybe have the TV on but i don’t watch but then i sew in the Living Room soo there is a lot of background noise from the Family!

10. Printed or PDF?

Now i love both! If i’m that eager to get sewing it right away I’ll buy pdf as long as it about 20 pages max but if its a big pattern i.e. a dress then ill wait for the paper pattern as i’ll be there all night otherwise lol.

11. What sewing machine do you use?

Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 that my hubby bought me for my 30th. Its a super duper digital machine and love the auto thread cutting feature and speed settings. Also have the Singer 14SH754 Overlocker that I’m learning to use bu it is fantastic for finishing off seams and sewing with Jersey!

12. Do you have any other hobbies?

Does Blogging and Food shopping count? lol

I’m not going to tag anyone as the majority may have already done it!, so if any of you decide to join in on your own blog, please comment below to let me know so I can have a read! 🙂

Sal xx

I’m featured in Sew Style Essentials Magazine!

Hello and Happy Tuesday to you all!!

I can finally share with you guys that I’m featured in the New Bookazine from Sew Magazine!

It’s called Sew Style Essentials and my little feature is my little tip of getting the perfect Gathers in a Dress/Skirt using Elastic! Yes you heard me right! It’s such a quicker way and perfect for the ‘OCD types’ like myself who needs equally spaced gathers or nothing else will do!!

So here is my feature in the Magazine!

I’m wearing the Day Dress by The Avid Seamstress where i used this ever so gorgeous Swallow Print Chambray which i’d bought from Minervacrafts!

It’s such a comfy everyday dress !

So just in-case you missed what Sew Up North 2016 was all about then go and have a nosey at my post here and check out Becca’s Blog too aka RedWSews – My Sewing Partner in Crime 😉 I’m sure she will be thrilled to be in print!! There are some great tips from other bloggers that you may know!

So this Issue is now on Sale in WH Smith and Major Supermarkets but just in-case you can’t find in the Shops, it it’s on sale here.

There are 3 fabulous Kwik Sew Patterns that come with it and jammed pack with plenty of projects and inspiration to get the creative juices flowing!

Just arm yourself with a cuppa and a couple….maybe half a packet of biscuits lol!

Sal x