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scrap pouch

I am forever trying to think of new ways to use the scraps of fabric that come hand in hand with sewing. This little pouch was inspired by some dried rose petals I had bought from the Food Co-Op in Katoomba.

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I used some scraps from my hand-sewn Tokyo jacket, which is a 100% cotton slub in a beautiful dusky rose colour.

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I sewed it by hand because I really wanted to sit on the lounge and binge-watch a bit of YouTube. While sewing, I found that I really liked the way that the ‘inside’ looked, and decided to keep it as the outside. I frayed the side seams and hand-stitched the eyelets for the ribbon.

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Next, I filled it with the dried rose petals. These were labelled “organic”, and have such a delicate perfume and a vibrant colour.

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Finally, I tied the ribbon up and did a little stylized photoshoot. The pouch now sits on my bedside table, and I like to give it a little squeeze to help release the scent before I go to sleep.

This was a very quick project, and I think it’s super adorable!

Mitty x

 

 

wilder gown

Do you ever see a pattern that is blowing up in the Sewing Community and think, “nah, this one isn’t for me”? That was my first thought when I saw the Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company.

It looked too fussy at the neck, too covered at the chest, and so oversized and loose that I couldn’t see how anyone could make it look elegant. It also reminded me of a Victorian nightgown, which is totally a look; I just didn’t know if I could pull it off.

Then, I browsed the hashtag #wildergown, my arm was twisted and I fell in love! See some of my favourite Wilders below:

 

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Now, I’m the first to admit that the fabric I chose really does make this look like a nightgown! It absolutely needs the right accessories to liven it up.

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When making the pattern, you can decide to have the necktie functional (so tied up every time you wear it), or you can leave them open, but you do have to tack the neckline to them, otherwise it just falls open. I enjoy wearing this dress both ways, so if I want to wear the neck open, I just use some small gold safety pins to secure the ties.

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The fabric I used was some printed rayon from Spotlight, and while I love how floaty and summery it is, it does need ironing before every wear… Not a huge task, I know, but it has put me off wearing it a few times.

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I also really love the dress styled with a denim jacket, it certainly makes it look a little more modern.

GARMENT DETAILS

I made this dress back in 2019, it’s taken me a while to get some nice pictures of it, so this doesn’t tick off the Wilder Gown listed in my Make Nine for 2020. I have another printed rayon for that make, and I think I’ll do a few things differently.

Mitty x

make nine 2020

“The Make Nine Challenge is a gentle, self guided challenge for makers”

Rochelle – homerowfiberco

This challenge worked so well for me last year, I decided to give it another go this year. Again, I have tried to plan my projects so I can make them during the year, as the seasons change.

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This list is full of items that I reached for last year, but didn’t have. I’d really like to get into wearing more “day dresses”, so there are a few in my list.

I am also desperate for some comfy track pants. Somehow, I got through last winter with a single pair, a RTW pair, no less! I think I’ll be making at least 4 pairs.

I feel like each of these items will fill the gaps in my wardrobe. I am also planning to use fabrics from my stash for a few of them!

I’m really hoping to complete this list in 2020, I certainly think it is achievable, and I’ll be so happy if I do!

Mitty x

hand sewn tokyo jacket

There are a lot of “firsts” that go along with this project.

  1. It is my first post of 2020
  2. This is my first fully hand sewn item of clothing
  3. I’ve created my first sewing vlog on YouTube about this jacket

A bit about YouTube later, let’s have a look at the jacket.

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In the past, hand sewing and I had a strained relationship. I didn’t have time for it, and it always looked sloppy when I attempted it. However, over the past year, I’ve grown a real appreciation for hand sewing, so I decided to set myself a bit of a challenge.

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I wanted to make an item of clothing that was completely hand sewn, by my hands. After a bit of searching for the right pattern, I decided to make the Tokyo Jacket by Tessuti Patterns. It’s an oversized, unlined jacket, in a slouchy style that I seem to be drawn to lately.

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My fabric is from Spotlight, and it was labelled “Fancy Cotton Slub” in the colour Antique Pink. It was really lovely to work with, and I love how it looks like linen.

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Hand stitching this jacket took just over one week. Each seam was sewn with a backstitch, then the raw edges of the seam allowance were hidden away using a flat-felled seam finish. This makes sure that the inside looks just as neat as the outside.

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As well as adding my own label to the neckline, I slipped this cute one by Kylie and the Machine in at the side seam. The metallic thread used to weave the letters is such a perfect match for the antique pink colour of the fabric.

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I am so very pleased with how this jacket turned out! It feels much more… made than anything else I’ve ever sewn. You can see all of the flat-felled seams; the stitching threads peak through to the outside and I simply love it. Hand stitching this jacket has certainly given me the confidence to take on something a little more involved next time!

If you are interested in watching my process vlog, click here!

GARMENT DETAILS:

Would you try hand sewing an item of clothing? I found it really wasn’t difficult, and I came to enjoy the nights sitting on the lounge with my sewing project in hand.

Mitty x

2019 make nine in review

With the year almost over, I thought I would take a look back at my 2019 Make Nine list, and see what items I made, what worked, and what didn’t.

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Peppermint Peplum

For the month of January, I wanted to make the Peppermint Peplum Top by In The Folds for Peppermint Magazine. This is a free pattern, and I really love how it turned out. I used some scrap linen to make it, so it almost felt like this project was free! This top gets a lot of wear, so it’s a win for me!

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Kalle Shirt

During February, I made the Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Patterns. As much as I love this shirt, it doesn’t get much wear. It’s just a little too cropped in the front, even when wearing my high waisted jeans. I also find, that because I don’t wear it buttoned up to the collar, the weight of the back pulls the front even higher. So not the most successful make, but I still like it.

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Elliot Sweater

March was the month to start making items that were a little warmer. I made the Elliot Sweater by Helens Closet, in a luxe merino wool, from The Fabric Store. This pattern was a complete success, I actually made three versions, and I’m sure I will make more for Winter 2020.

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Ginger Jeans

April was the month for jeans. I have always loved wearing jeans, and I was a little intimidated to make my own. However, once I realized that all I had to do was take it one step at a time, it really wasn’t that difficult! I made the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns, and I wore them so much that I had to make a second pair.

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May is my birthday month, so I decided to make the Sapporo Coat by Papercut Patterns, as a gift to me! But… this was the first thing that I didn’t finish. Actually, I didn’t even start it. I have the pattern, but I really wanted to make it from pink wool, like my sketch. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t find any wool within my price range. So this one got shelved, maybe for next year.

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Berlin Jacket

Here’s a big win! I made the Berlin Jacket by Tessuit in May, but it was slotted for June. I absolutely LOVE this jacket! I spoilt myself and purchased Tessuti’s own boiled wool, and it turned out so nice.

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Winslow Culottes

Oh, my Winslow Culottes (Helen’s Closet)! I adore these pants-that-look-like-a-skirt! They are so comfortable and totally stylish. AND!! They have pockets! What more can I say!

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Pietra Pants

September was destined for the Tully Pants by Style Arc, but it wasn’t to be. However, I did make the Pietra Pants by Closet Case Patterns, which I think is a natural substitute. The Pietra’s are a lovely, comfortable pant, and I’d like to make some more.

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For November, I had planned to make a second pair of Lander Shorts by True Bias. My one and only green linen pair get a lot of wear, and I thought I should probably make another. But… well, I didn’t. I don’t know why, but I just didn’t get around to it.

So that’s my 2019 Make Nine in review. I feel like I did a good job, seeing as I made 7 out of the 9 things I had planned. The only let down from my list was the Kalle Shirt, but really it isn’t that bad.

Thanks for joining me in my sewing adventures over the past year, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

See you in 2020,

Mitty x

 

my new skillshare class

It’s been a little quiet on my blog for the last few weeks, and that is not only because we are very quickly approaching Christmas, but I have also been working on two big projects.

One of those projects has been a few months in the making, and I am so proud that it’s finally completed! I have created a “Learn to Sew” class on SkillShare!

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In my class, you will learn how to sew a simple. but practical tote bag. I have designed the pattern, which you can download (along with the written instructions) when you sign up to take the class. The pattern is available in three different PDF formats:

  • A1 to be printed at a copy shop
  • A4 tiled version which you can print at home
  • US Letter tiled version, also to be printed at home

The class is broken down into several lessons, where I walk you through the fabrics to use, how to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric, as well as cutting and sewing instructions.

If you would like to take my class, and also receive two months free membership to SkillShare, you can use my affiliate link below!

 

Learn to sew a Tote Bag with Made by Mitty!

 

If you take my class, I would love to see your creations! You can share pictures of your bag on the SkillShare Student Project Page, or pop them up on Instagram using the tag #mittytote

Filming and editing this class was pretty far out of my comfort zone, and I have to give a very special thanks to my husband, who patiently sat through hours of sewing footage as he helped me edit the course! Thank you, darling xox

Mitty x

 

a dress for frankie

On a bit of a whim, I decided to sew a cute little dress for little Miss Frankie, who was turning three. Her mum has remarked that the only dressed Frankie wore, were those princess dresses you can get at Target etc.

I remembered seeing a heap of second-hand sewing patterns at my local op-shop, so one morning I headed over to see what I could find.

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BEHOLD! The cutest, and most 1990’s pattern they had (illustration B just pulls at my nostalgic heartstrings!). Even though the pattern was in the wrong size range, all the pieces were there and I just had to get it.

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While I was there, I thought I may as well see if there was something I could use to make the dress from. I found this chambray, ladies dress, which was in great condition. I have no idea why it was donated!

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Now, the pattern. The size range was 1 – 3, based on measurements, I needed a size 5.

I had to grade it.

I haven’t graded kids clothing before, so I started out by noting the increase measurements between the sizes I did have. Starting at the center front, I increased the neckline up; then added a little to the length of the shoulder; then I walked out the side seam. Initially, I didn’t lengthen the bodice, but after making up a toile, I decided to add a little bit in per size. I repeated these steps for the other pattern pieces (except the skirt panels), and sizes (I did 4, 5 and 6).

The one major change I made was to decrease the amount of fabric in the sleeve head. In my toile, the sleeve was so bulky at the underarm point that I had to take out almost 3cm (from the sleeve head). This did the trick, and the sleeve now sits happily in the armscye.

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For the skirt panels, I had to piece together any larger bits of fabric that I had leftover. I love how you can see the darker patches where the original pockets were.

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The original pattern only had 3 buttons, but because I lengthened the bodice, I thought it could handle four. I used some beautiful wooden buttons from my stash.

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I also had to do a little bit of piece-work on the back. The yoke seam is from the original dress, but I had to add in a triangle of fabric to the top of the armscye. I think it blends in with the sleeve, and it isn’t too obvious.

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My favourite part of the dress has to be the lining. I had to cut the facing as a separate piece to save on chambray fabric, so I dug through my stash and found half a meter of this adorable cotton print.

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There was even enough to make some bias binding, to finish those raw edges in style!

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Frankie’s mum tells me that little Miss loves her new dress, and that makes me so unbelievably happy. It looks a little over-sized on her now, but that means that she will get lots and lots of wear out of it as she grows up.

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OMG, that face!!!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Butterick 3645
  • Style, size: B (sans pocket), graded to a size 5
  • Fabric: Thrifted chambray dress from my local op-shop, lining cotton from my stash
  • Notions: Four wooden buttons, contrasting thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Graded pattern (sizes 4, 5 and 6)
    • Added length to the bodice
    • Slightly changed the shape of the facing
    • Took out 3 cm from the sleeve head
    • Shortened the sleeves to above the elbow
    • Used four buttons instead of three
    • Finished the raw edges (neck edge, sleeve hems, waist seam and skirt hem) with bias binding

I really hope that this dress stands the test of time, I’d love to see Frankie hand it down to her daughter one day (if she has one).

Mitty x