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MCBN June: Raglan Sleeve Tees – Jalie 3669

June is quite possibly one of my favourite months of the year! All the plants in my garden and at our allotment are green, verdant and lush. If nature did a dance every month, June would be the crescendo of the dance executed with energy, aplomb and passion. This months project inspires such feeling in me – especially with the green jersey that we selected for the raglan sleeve tees I sewed up for Mr. SNS and junior.  I also learnt a few interesting things about the heritage of the raglan sleeve which you might find interesting too…..

Here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva Craft Blogger Network. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace and love,

Hila

 

Cowl Neck Top 01/2017 #119 #burdachallenge2018

This was another unplanned make for my #burdachallenge2018. The idea for this developed after meeting the fabric. SO I will start with the fabric. This is a beautiful shiny viscose jersey with the most beautiful drape – it is like a liquid gemstone. I picked it up from Fletchers Fabrics in Leeds while shopping with my friend Eleanor. I bought 1.5m without any idea of what to make with it. It was only when I was shooting my Youtube fabric haul video that I realised what this fabric could become.

The pattern is from the Jan 2017 issue of BurdaStyle. Here is the line drawing:

BurdaStyle 01/2017 #119

And here is the style picture 

The recommended fabric is silk jersey in order to achieve the exaggerated cowl neck. The instructions were easy to follow. The neck is finished in an ingenious way IMO. I handstitched the shoulder yoke facing as I didn’t want to topstitch. The sleeves are set in which is a little tedious to do on jersey fabrics but worth it in the end.

It came together quickly. The little bralet is a gem of a pattern as well. I used rainbow foldover elastic because I like it. The pattern calls for cutting out strips of fashion fabric otherwise. Technically this is the first bra I have sewn :-). I am looking forward to whipping up more of the bralets using scrap fabrics.

BurdaStyle 01/2017 #119 Cowl Top
BurdaStyle 01/2017 #119 Cowl Top
BurdaStyle 01/2017 #119 Cowl Top
BurdaStyle 01/2017 #119 Cowl Top – The bralet on its own is a great pattern with a good fit.

BurdaStyle 01/2017 #119 Cowl Top Rainbow foldover elastic
Interior view of the back.
Handstitched inner shoulder yoke facings.
BurdaStyle 01/2017 #119 Cowl Top

I cut my usual Burda 38 but I felt like I could have gone down a size on this which is unusual.

Verdict – a great stylish pattern with the deep cowl. I think I could have done a better job with styling it though. I feel this was designed to be tucked in but in my pictures, I didn’t do that. It does make a difference to how the top looks. Its a lovely top though I doubt I shall be making another one any time soon – I might try it again in size 36.

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Thanks for stopping by and until next time

Happy Sewing!

Hila

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Preparing for Race Day – Triathlon

 

My race is this Saturday. I cant believe the time is upon me now. I have done all I can and I thought I’d share my thoughts on training and preparation.

I now have everything I need for the race.

The wetsuit.

Its rented for 2 weeks through the British Triathlon Association approved dealers. It costs 49£ but ordering was easy – all you have to do is enter your height and weight and gender. And voila it arrives in the post. I will have to return it within the 2 week period. On Tuesday I got to try it out in the swimming pool. I felt more buoyant than I normally feel in the water which can only be a good thing.

The Trisuit.

I bought an Aldi trisuit on Ebay for £12 which isn’t bad considering how expensive these things can get. It has an integrated bra that is is supportive. The padding on the crotch area is a godsend. It was strange wearing this at first because you don’t wear underwear. Its commando and in fact, I ignored this advice and had major chaffing as a result. It is much more comfortable to go commando in these this things. Everything feels so tight and snug.

Post 12k bike ride. Only 6 more days till my first triathlon 💪🏾. #triathlon #goals

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The googles

I bought these google about 5 months ago when I was learning. I picked them up from the reception of the leisure center I swim at for £9.99 They will do the job.

The trainers.

At the start of my running journey, I was using trainers bought from Costco 4 years ago for £16. I went to a shop called Up and Running here in Leeds which does gait analysis to help you choose the right sort of shoes. They shortlisted several pairs which I got to try and take for a spin around the block. Of the 3 that I tried these Mizuno Wave riders were outstanding. I felt bouncy like a gazelle and I gotta say I get the thing for trainers now. I have found that I wear them a lot and look for any excuse to go on extended walks. It makes me think that sometimes it is getting adequate kit that makes you want to exercise more. They cost me £125 but its a worthwhile life investment for me.

The Race belt.

This nifty little piece of kit is for attaching your race number. I doubt I will need any gels for the race so its only role will be the race number. I have read that its best to wear the belt under the wetsuit for the swim section so when I go to transition I dont have to think about it. I bought it on Ebay for £2.75 incl. P&P. I have practiced running and cycling with it on and its felt ok. Though what it will feel like with an actual race number is another thing.

The Bike.

I have been training on my son’s mountain bike which weighs a tonne! Great for building those cycling muscles and power. My husband has a road bike which is far lighter and faster. I found that when I cycled on his road it was very minimal effort to achieve the same distance in a shorter time. So I took the decision to continue training on the harder bike as that should make it far easier to use the road bike on race day. I have practised enough on the road bike already.

My son’s mountain bike that I have been training with. Its very heavy!
My husband’s road bike that I will be whizzing around on for the race 🙂

I did have to buy a female saddle though. The first 3 training rides I did left me very very sore because I didn’t even realise you needed cycling shorts. After a bit of research, I bought some cycling shorts with a chamois (crotch padding that takes getting used to as it feels like a big sanitary towel). They made it a bit more comfortable. Then I bought the female saddle and that was the ticket to pain free biking.  It cost £30 – money well spent to save my lady bits :-).

Gel cushion female saddle has wider sit bone space and hollow so everything isn’t overly squished IYSWIM.

On a tangent, I really enjoy the cycling and would love to get into it however it seems like a really expensive hobby. I went looking at bikes and the ones I liked cost more than my first car. So yeah, I am pinning that one.

The Helmet

During the race you are automatically disqualified if you handle your bike without a helmet. I have been practising good form by following the same principle in my training. This is my son’s helmet.

 

The Medical Stuff

Once I started training, I made sure to get a physical check up from my GP. I told her what I was embarking on and sought advice regarding my asthma. On top of my Terbutaline, she advised me to add a steroid inhaler for daily use. She also advised me to use my terbutaline before I start an activity and this has made a huge difference. It is a simple thing to do which gave me greater gains in all the disciplines.

The Race Number

1401.

I have decided this is an auspicious number.

For my transition area, I will need a towel to dry my feet between swimming and cycling. And that’s about it. I paid £35 to enter the triathlon. Money well spent as far as I’m concerned.

There have been some unexpected side effects though……

Unexpected side effects of my impulsive action.

Signing up for the triathlon was an impulse act. I had never seen, viewed or watched a triathlon race before but I saw an email late on a Tuesday night when I was just feeling so high about the fact that I had learnt how to swim. That hubris led me along this thought process

Hey what this? A triathlon – Swim…. I can do that now so there is no reason why I cant consider this. I can ride a bike -well it has been decades but they say you never forget how to ride a bike and we have bikes. Running is just like walking and I can put one foot in front of the other. Why not? Do it? Yes lets do this. It will be fun!

And boom I signed up before I could overanalyse and defer for another year. Its so easy to do that you know, wait until everything is just right and I have prepped myself with the swimming and cycling and running. But the truth is, there is never a right time.

I have got so much more from this process, the journey itself rather than the actual event itself. Let me try to elaborate:

  1. Running group friends. I love these ladies so much we have become a mutual support network. We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays come rain and sunshine we love our little group.
  2. I love running and when I have to have recovery days I miss it.
  3. Mental strength – just the time away from it all focusing on the breath while swimming, or focusing on cadence while cycling. It allows me to destress.
  4. Seeing the beauty of early morning wildlife along the canal.
  5. Increased libido – need I say more.
  6. More toned body.
  7. More energy than I had before – turns out the more you work your body the more energy it gives you – a virtuous cycle.
  8. A better sense of self and what I want to be.
  9. My husband has been losing weight.
  10. He joins me on my Sunday early morning rides and our partnership is all the better for this time alone.
  11. Learning about nutrition by doing Coursera courses in order to understand how to better fuel my body.
  12. Learning the physiology and biochemistry of muscle and exercise through Coursera. Amazing what knowledge can do.
  13. Adopt lifelong habits that will help me age healthily.
  14. Our family is eating healthier than before.
  15. I have discovered wholemeal pizzas, wholemeal buns and found that its easier to avoid foods that dont give me sustained energy.
  16. I have lost dimensions on my body and this is a particularly annoying one as my clothes were sewn to fit me perfectly. (I suppose I’ll have to sew new ones:-).

I could go on but I think you get the picture. I am so grateful that I allowed myself to do this and honoured my commitment to it. I am so grateful that I didn’t wait a year to experience these things out of a desire for everything to be just right. I have developed a firm knowledge that runs deep within me that I can do anything I want to. I have learnt that I can honour my body and mind by what I feed them. Seriously, when I am doubting myself while running or swimming my body responds accordingly. When I tell myself that I CAN do this, I WILL do this, my body responds accordingly. I have had to train myself to not be self-deprecating and fall back on putting myself down. Developing a positive inner dialogue with myself has been an amazing gift of this whole process. I cant tell you how nice it is to stop being my own worst critic. To stop holding myself back.

If you have read this far, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate the time you took to click on this post and read it. I hope you somewhat enjoyed it too. And I’d like to leave you with this…If you’ve ever thought of signing up for any endevour do it! The journey is worth so much more than the destination. I’d love to know if you have dreams/ambitions of doing something that you have put off. What was it? Share down below.

Thanks for stopping by.

Namaste,

Hila

 

FabricKateD Seamless Raglan Knit Along

Kate (www.fabrickated.com) wrote about hosting a seamless raglan sweater knit along based on the Elizabeth Zimmerman technique.

This was quite serendipitous for me for 3 reasons:

Number one. I ‘ve been a fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman since I started venturing into knitting. I have bought and read 2 of her books (Knitters Workshop and Knitting Without Tears)  with a plan to make something one day. But the allure and security blanket of written instructions have kept me from following through.

Number two. I am just finishing up a Chuck sweater and was scouting around for a new project to cast on. I participated in a knitalong on Ravelry 4 years ago and knitting along with others will be fun.

Number three. I love and admire Kate’s creations. Being a long time fan of her blog since discovering it, I like the community she has created on her blog.

Here is one of the seamless raglan jumpers Kate has knitted:

The kint along starts sometime next week. Of course, the temptation was to go out and buy yarn but I sensibly opted to use what I already have. I will be using a purple variegated wool that I bought 3 years ago from loveknitting.com when it was still UK based.

Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro

 

Its called Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro. Its supposed to be machine washable which is what attracted me. I bought 2 colourways of this yarn and the jumper I am just finishing up used the red colourway. I am hoping the leftover yarn will be enough to add a stripe here and there.

Kate will be writing up posts along the way to help and she has assured that anyone can knit these lovely jumpers without a written pattern. For more details on the knitalong please click here (there is still time to join as knitting hasn’t started yet)

Seamless Raglan Knit Along – Introduction

I am looking forward to this knit along immensely! Thank for stopping by my little corner of the interwebs.

Peace and love,

Hila

What happened to my Me Made May ’18 Pledge?

I made a very bold pledge very early in April regarding Me Made May 2018 which was inspired by this article written by Simon Doonan How to Become a Fashion Eccentric

It went something like this….

I, Hila, of http://www.saturdaynightstitch.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’18. I endeavour to wear my me made clothes and be stylistically daring. I seek to wear my me made wardrobe in a way that celebrates the joys of my outrageous personal style as I try out being a fashion eccentric for the month of May. Daily OOTD on IG @saturdaynightstitch

When I look at my patchy IG feed when I posted my MMMay2018 outfits I cant say I saw any sign of being a fashion eccentric.

SO what happened? Well, I got busy with the triathlon for starters. When I made the pledge my training was not fully understood especially by me. I didn’t realise just how much energy and planning it would take to train for the triathlon.

You see, when I signed up for the triathlon I made a commitment to myself to really give it my best. I have a tendency to lose steam as I edge towards the end goal of endeavours ( a painfully realised shortcoming that I am working on).

So when my time priorities were being pulled in different directions – it was easy enough to put off training so I could take pictures and write the post and trace the pattern or cut out the fabric etc. At first, I would do this but upon closer reflection – it was an easy way to cover my ass if I didn’t manage to go through with the triathlon. I would be able to tell myself that I didn’t have enough time on top of my blog etc. Luckily my OH called me out on it and I realised that I have to MAKE the time even if it means other things get lower priority.

MeMadeMay was one of those things – I already wear my handmade clothes everyday anyway so it seemed like a fruitless mental space allocation when I could use that space for other cogitations.

One day I will start work on the #memadefashioneccentric hashtag. So, in a nutshell, I am not so sure that I will participate in another Me Made May again – one of my most used hashtags on my IG feed is #memadeeveryday and I think that’s enough for me.

Some of my IG posts during MeMadeMay2018

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

 

 

Peace and love,

Hila

 

#burdachallenge2018 April/May Round up

I cannot get over how fast time is flying by! We about to enter June marking the halfway point of this challenge and wow I am so inspired by all the lovely and beautiful creations I am seeing around me!

So first of all, my apologies for missing out last months round up – between my triathlon training and allotment season – time hasn’t been my best friend. Still, better late than never eh? Ok. Let’s do this!

Maggie’s beautiful chic shirtdress from April 2018 issue is just divine. You can read the blog post here magscreativemeanderings.blogspot.co.uk.

This jumpsuit from the May 2018!

The simplicity of this top paired with the eyelets and rope makes it stunning.

Anne (TheCompulsiveSeamstress.com) has been sewing up some lovely cool chic linen trousers  here Its The Real Thing. She also made the cutest mini James Dean denim jacket for a 5 year old – read all about it here Mini James Dean. And a pair of trousers for her daughter here – A Long Time Coming. (The mini denim jacket has been added to my kids sew list :-).

Meg has been making some fabulous mash-ups of the jumpsuit from the May 2018 issue here – Megs Magazine Mash Up. The dress she made for her April mash up is lovely with the contrast flounce. Read about it here – Meg’s Magazine Mash Up Reveal 04/2018

Also, did you know that Meg’s mashups are also sewalongs for the patterns she is making? I find this a very helpful thing.

Chris has been supplying constant inspiration and motivation by sewing up a flounce top from the April 2018 issue. I love her take on it here Desperate Measures Burdachallenge 2018. Chris also made a twofer autumn to spring outfit here – Burdastyle 11/17 and 2/18 #108: From Autumn to Spring (#burdachallenge2018).

Kamila (swarmofchickadees.wordpress.com) has made 2 fabulous tops which you can read about here – must.sew.shirts., or, how the #burdachallenge continues.

I am smitten with these crisp summer perfect shorts sewn up by Diane for her May #burdachallenge2018 make. Read about them here BurdaStyle Shorts with tie waist detail.

Ellen (EllensSewing.com) sewed up a sheath dress with contrast sleeves. I cant tell you how much I love and admire Ellen’s style and prolific sewing. Check out her post here: Tie Front Sheath Dress.  Her version of the wrap blouse from the February 2018 issue is a lovely creation: Tie Wrap Blouse.

Looking forward here is what I am planning on sewing for the coming month (time allowing :-).

Remember to check out  #burdachallenge2018 on Instagram for loads of inspiration, motivation and good old fun!

As we are entering the sixth month, I will be doing a check in with my goals. I find reflecting, and reworking goals to be an important aspect of planning. AI will be sharing my thoughts on that at the end of June.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

 

 

One Shoulder Dress with Cutout 07/2017 #111 #burdachallenge2018

 

Up next is a dress that has been “marinating” for a while. I traced this out when the magazine came out as soon as I saw it because I was smitten with the one shoulder style and the peekaboo circle at the shoulder.

On a tangent – my shoulders are my absolute favourite part of my body. Yes they have a forward roll and they are just a bit broader than what is considered normal for a feminine look but I love them. And so the point is that any pattern that shines a light on the shoulder is almost always something I’ll love 🙂

Back to the pattern – the one shoulder dress is one of those rare instances where it was the styled model picture that caught my eye rather than the line drawing. In fact the line drawing is really rather unattractive :

BurdaStyle 07/2017 #101 One shoulder dress
Burdastyle 07/2017 #111 Dress – This is what caught my eye.

BurdaStyle 07/2017 #111

The front and back pattern pieces are more or less similar – given the size of the pieces and how much greaseproof paper they took up – I might have tried to use only one traced pattern piece of each. But its an experiance thing really. In future, if pattern pieces look similar to me I will check if they are the same and not bother with tracing another one. This has happened to me more times than I care to count.

Any how – this is a relatively simple pattern to sew up. The bit that goes across the chest is hemmed and the circular detail is finished with a casing. The sleeve seam is sewn right up to the point where it joins the casing before its artfully tucked into the casing. A tie band is then threaded through to make that oh so cut bow on the shoulder.

I was very happy with the ease of the instructions and I sewed it up in less than a couple of hours.

The fabric was bought from Fletchers Fabrics in Leeds Market last year. Its a John Kaldor jersey with vibrant red and blue flowers. I have washed it and its maintained its vibrancy.

The thing is I actually cut this out a few months ago before I did a major reorganisation of my sewing cave so I overenthusiastically got rid of a lot of scraps including the scraps of this John Kaldor. When I read the instructions on the sewing pattern pieces I missed the measured out bits that Burda sometimes has you mark straight onto to the fabric. The essence of the story is that though it may look like a design feature to have used some Art Gallery Fabric for the casing – it was actually because I had no access AT ALL to this exact John Kaldor fabric 🙂 . Still, I think it worked out well and looks good.

BurdaStyle 07/2017 #111 One shoulder dress

BurdaStyle 07/2017 #111 Dress – Art Gallery Jersey for the casing.

BurdaStyle 07/2017 #111

Wearing this dress is an interesting experience. It definitely exposes a lot of skin and perhaps it felt strange at first since I was just coming out of winter wherein covering up is de riguer. Apart from the novelty of feeling the breeze against my skin – I liked wearing this dress. The one flutter sleeve is very dramatic while the fact that it is made of jersey makes it very comfortable.

Foundation garment wise – I found that I couldn’t carry it off without a bra (I’d need to make a smaller size for that – my bust measurement is based on wearing a t shirt bra, without it I am quite flat chested). I have a strapless bra which worked just fine. I also realised that this could work well as a beach coverup, it goes on and off very easily.

Here is how I wear it – with a belt just like in the magazine style picture-

There is a top version of the pattern which I will try next in a smaller size so I can go braless with it.

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

This was an unplanned make for my  April #burdachallenge2018.

 

Day & Night Dress Challenge 2018 : Simplicity S8045 & Burdastyle 02/2018 #101 Dress

I neglected to mention that I made 2 dresses for the Day and Night Dress challenge hosted by ElizabethMadeThis.com.

 

 

BurdaStyle 02/2018 #101 Dress

For my day dress, I decided to multi task by also making a dress for my #burdachallenge2018 plan for the month. The dress I chose was style number 101 from the February issue of BurdaStyle magazine.

The style was a bit outside my comfort zone given its vintage vibes. Normally the vintage I like tends to be the maxi variety. Here is the line drawing :

BurdaStyle 02/2018 #101

It was actually the line drawing that drew me to this pattern. The details were quite unique to me especially the lower skirt godet.

I used a fabric that I bought a while back on holiday abroad. It’s a peach skin that has the most glorious drape. My husband actually chose this for me – though I was sceptical of the Pollock-like abstract print – it worked really well for me. The only downside is that with the print it hard to see the design lines clearly.

With my usual Burda size 38, this fit right off the pattern sheet. The only alterations I made were to omit the cute but labourious self-faced buttons and loops on the sleeves and the lower skirt.

Sewing with peach skin was not as challenging as I thought it would be, which is a relief as I have a few other lovely peachskins that have been sitting in my fabric collection.

Its a very pretty dress and something that makes me feel quite charming :-). By the way, the instructions on this pattern were actually quite good.

BurdaStyle 02/2018 #101
BurdaStyle 02/2018 #101 Dress

 

Simplicity S8045

For the night dress, I had in mind to make something for a date night we had planned to eat out at a Cuban Tapas restaurant. So when I saw the red viscose jersey with a lovely surface sheen my idea of a little red dress was cemented.

I have sewn with this Mimi G pattern before here and had plans to make it again because I wasn’t happy with my fabric selection especially after a few washes. The sizing on this pattern was spot on and the drape of this viscose was better suited than the ponte I used previously. Its a sexy little number and I do feel like roaring when I am wearing it :-). The collar band that goes over the shoulders is quite snug and tends to roll up as seen in the pictures so its not as wide as shown on the pattern envelope. I think for the more endowed in the bust area that a toile is definitely recommended if you are thinking of making this pattern. Pictures-

Simplicity S8045
Simplicity S8045

Here is my video review of the two dresses:

The Burdastyle dress was my planned February make for #burdachallenge as well 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time – Happy Sewing!!!!

Peace and love,

Hila