Calling all sewers! Just in case this hasn’t come across you on your Instagram feed, or blog feed via Oh She Dabbles post yesterday, here you go again! Carrie and I have decided to do a Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt surprise swap, where we make and post each other versions of the sweatshirt. Last year, we did a Sew Bossy swap, which was so much fun, so we thought we’d do something similar again.

The #lindenswap is simple – you just pair up with someone (if you can’t find a partner, send Carrie an email), share any fabric preferences, sizing etc, and swap! If you finish by Valentines day, share your make by using the tag #lindenswap on Instagram, and Carrie will do a round-up on her blog of all our pretty makes!


So before I wrote the last post – I made a pretty dress…

In my last post, I wrote about my sewing plans going forward and how I’m planning to focus on making a more casual wardrobe. Please note that I made this dress before writing that. Now I know that I’d already designated my Dahlia dress to be my New Years outfit, but I got a last minute itch and decided to go in another direction. And here is the result.


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Looking ahead

Too much happened last year for me to sum it up in one blog post (quittingmyjobandmovingtoanothercountrytostudy sort of stuff). Instead, I’m looking ahead.

Come January, I will have gone a whole year without buying any RTW clothes. I took the seamless pledge in August in order to make it official, so I have no intention of stopping now. I’m p.r.e.t.t.y darn pleased with myself, as I never thought I’d be able to do it. But if I’m honest, my wardrobe has suffered. Despite making 35 pieces of clothing last year, there are still a lot of gaps.

I’ve realised that when you’re making all your own clothes, you need a plan (I know, I’m late to the party). My strategy has so far been ‘ooh that’s a pretty dress pattern’ or ‘ooh that’s a pretty flowery fabric’ and not thought much about wearability. Therefore, my wardrobe is suffering of a lack of nice everyday casual clothes. I now have a plan to fix this…

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