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Self Care Sewing

Have you ever thought how “ugh”, “blerg” or “eeek” you look and then a few years down the track you look back and think how good you actually did look, even though you couldn’t see it at the time?

Even after I started sewing and could make clothes to suit all my lumps and bumps, I used to think .  .  . . “oh I don’t want to “waste” the fabric” . . . .  “I’ll wait until I’m happy how I look to sew for me, I want to make sure I get enough wear out of it”.  

Well inspired by the recent “Beautiful Campaign” over at Pattern Revolution, I’ve decided I’m not going to do that anymore! If you’re not convinced that sewing for yourself is something you NEED to embrace, you definitely need to go check out those blog posts . . . actually even if you are onboard with self-care sewing you’ll get so much out of reading/re-reading those blog posts!

Sewing for me flyer

I decided to kick things off with the Tahlia Skirt (by Little Moo Designs from Issue 7).

I’m 152cm (5′ nothing) and store brought maxi skirts are never going to work for me, but with the Tahlia skirt you can use your own measurements to get it just right.

Tahlia long skirt

The last time I wore a maxi skirt was when I was at high school and back then it was my Mum making them for me! I’ve got to admit I was dubious whether a maxi skirt was ever going to work for me again but I think this will be perfect for cooler weather.

My usual everyday outfit is a skirt and a tee-shirt so I wanted to have a go making a short skirt using the measurements for the Tahlia Skirt.  I kept all the measurements the same except the length …. I really should’ve thought this through a bit more though as all the flare is at the sides, but despite that it’s ok for comfy sewing wear.

Tahlia Short Skirt hack

I really like the fold over waist on this, so I decided to “mash” the Tahlia Skirt and the Festival Skirt (by Make it Perfect from Issue 5).  I used the Festival skirt pattern piece (with length taken off) and used the Tahlia Skirt measurements for the waistband.  The Festival Skirt is meant for wovens but I used knit for this skirt and it worked fine.  I’m really happy with the result and will make more of these for summer.

Tahlia Festival mash skirt

The next thing I sewed is the Daisychain Dress (by Make it Perfect from issue 3 – now called the Skippy Dress).  I’ve been wanting to sew this since last year but was a bit worried about altering the pattern to fit me or rather my height and bust.

I ended up making it without alterations (well apart from leaving the pocket off the front) and amazingly it fit right first time – I joked to Mr Fox that it proves I’m not short I just have 6″ of my height in my bust!

Daisychain Dress

I’ve got a number of other patterns I’m keen to sew.  I want to sew an Amentity Top (by Addie K Designs from issue 7) and also a Julia Cardigan (by Mousehouse Creations) before I go down south next week…. though I might be cutting things a little fine!

These are the blog posts that convinced me these are patterns I need to sew : the Amenity Top (blogged about by Michelle from The Toffee Tree) and the Julia Cardigan (blogged about by Lisa from Mabey She Made it) check them out and you might decide you need to make these too.

I’d love to know what you like to sew for yourself, please leave a comment below.  I’m always keen for some more self-care sewing inspiration!




3 Comments to “Self Care Sewing”

  1. Michelle 24/06/2015 at 1:25 pm

    I usually sew tops! Sewing bottoms scares me in case it doesn’t fit or looks terrible style-wise! I’ve sewn a few Make it Perfect patterns – the Honey Top, Waterfall Blouse, Poppy Tunic and also the Wikstein tank to name a few.

  2. Cat D 24/06/2015 at 11:39 pm

    Love, love, love them all. The green dress is fantastic on you. I love making myself things but finding the time is the thing……

  3. Sharon 25/06/2015 at 12:50 am

    I have my fabric picked out and ready to cut for my Tahlia. But my big self care project is a dress from BlueGingerDoll patterns. It is currently an unfinished project…. The PR series has given me the kick to get it finished though.


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