New Year New Sew

Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on Sewing By Ti's blog tour: New Sews for the New Year.

I had all sorts of plans for trying out new designers, new patterns, new fabrics. But, by the middle of the month, when I looked back on all the things I'd made so far, I noticed that they were all from patterns I already owned, and mostly items I'd made before. So that didn't work too well.

But then I had a bit of a think, and realised that here was a new type of sewing for me - making what is needed, from patterns I already own. Revolutionary or what!

With all the new patterns being released, it's easy to get caught up in the latest craze, let the clothes that we actually need fall by the wayside, and forget about all the patterns that I already own to make these clothes. But while I still like to test new patterns, and participate in blog tours and all that. I have decided that 2018 will be a year of sewing up what we need with those tried and true patterns.

So what have I made so far:


I used the Scuttle Shorts* pattern from One Thimble Issue 16 to make pyjama bottoms for the kids. They were a big hit, and my boy needed new shorts, so two pairs were quickly made. This first pair were in double ponte, with a men's t-shirt supplying the contrast stripes.

The second pair were in an athletic knit (moisture wicking) I picked up in a knit remnant pack. He's saving this pair for when he does parkrun.


With a camping trip approaching, I noticed that the kids' hats were looking a little small. So making new hats was bumped up to the top of the list of things to do before we go.  Flosstyle's Ultimate Bucket Hat has been a long favourite for hats for kids and adults. It was quick to make too, as I already had one of the sizes stuck onto cardboard ready to trace onto the fabric.

Starting late the night before we left, the kids were asleep, and didn't have the opportunity to have their say on fabric choices. However, they were both very happy with what I chose for them (phew!).

Unfortunately only one of the hats made it back home again after the trip. Just as well I have the pattern ready to go for a replacement.

Beach Cover Up

Also for our camping trip, I made myself a beach cover-up. A dress that I could throw on over cossies in between swims.  After making Designer Stitch's Frida Dress last year (blog post), I knew I wanted to make another for just this purpose. I had some embroidered cotton that I picked up supercheap at the Remnant Warehouse, but was too sheer to easily make a dress for me, so it was perfect for the task.

Unfortunately I was too busy doing fun stuff (with the phone camera stowed safely away) to get any photos of me wearing the dress. So I only have this photo of the beautiful pin tucks to share.

So that's my plan for the new year - sew what we need,  with the patterns I own.
We'll see how we go....

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour.

Monday, January 1st: Introduction- Sewing by Ti

Sunday, January 7th: Minn's Things

Sunday, January 14th: Sew Like a Sloth
19th Ma Moose

Sunday January 21st: Flaxfield Sewing
26th Kate Will Knit *** You are here. 😀

Sunday January 28th: Sew Haute Blog

31st It Sew Colorful

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