The Mystery Blogger Award

I have been nominated by the zaney Demented Fairy for this award. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her post and so I have jumped in too.

“Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.” Created by: Okoto Enigma

Here are “The Rules” to the “Mystery Blogger Award”:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  1. What’s the most embarrassing thing YOU’VE done?
  2. Where did you meet the love of your life?
  3. What’s your favourite holiday destination?
  4. What song do you want played at your funeral?
  5. Can I come over for tea?

Three things about me that you may not know –

I was a bed wetter until I was 11 years old. Brightest kid in school but I wet my bed – hence my firm belief in compassion for bed wetting in children. I know they dont want it to happen but its outside their control.

I failed my practical driving test 6 times when I was 18 and gave up. Then when I was 24 I got it the first time after I had waited months to book it in order to save up money in case I had to redo the exam again.

I am an introvert. Though I can be and do enjoy being around people it does tire me out and I need a recovery period.

 

The most embarrassing thing I have ever done. Way back when, I went on a blind date with a guy whom I totally ghosted by not answering calls or texts. About six months later I bumped into him at an event and I pretended to never have met him and played off how funny it is to find someone’s doppleganger. Yeah. Cringe.

Hugh Jackman and I will meet soon on a yacht cruising the Caribbean – our eyes will meet across a room where Careless Whisper is playing softly (it’s a Christmas cruise) and the electricity is tangible as we glide towards each other. He gazes into my eyes and says -“Is that a linen Giselle maxi dress with hand sewn sashiko embroidery?” I swoon :-).

Rome. Gelatarias around every corner – need I say more?

Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye. Seriously – I don’t want a funeral- I want a celebration of life and whats more life-affirming than getting it on eh?

Absolutely! Can you handle a table of 5 rowdy kids?

 

Now my turn! Here are my questions:

  1. What song will ALWAYS get you on the dance floor?
  2. Whats your signature dish?
  3. Your proudest moment was…….
  4. Favourite colour
  5. Your best dance move is….

 

I nominate

NelnanandNora

Frivolousatlast

ElleGeeMakes

Magscreativemeanderings

Ellens sewing passion

AllisonCsewing

DreamCutSew

SewSarahSmith

RedWSews

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MCBN July: Linen Shirt Burda 7525

Blue skies, bright shining sun, birdsong. I love summer, the light grants bright vibrant colours. This July we have been out at dawn and dusk to catch the perfect light for photographs. I love how the linen shirt I made for my July Minerva make is in harmony with the current beautiful weather we are experiencing here in the North of England. Its almost as if when I ordered the fabric 3 months ago, I also ordered the perfect weather to wear it in once finished!

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

 

Girl’s Jersey Dresses 04/2018 #128 #burdachallenge2018

 

There’s something about bright highly contrasting colours that I find attractive. During the last SEWDOWNDEWSBURY I bought 1 meter of such psychedelic swirling colours at Fabworks. Its not the best quality jersey – the pattern is printed – but it is not the worst either. It washed well and kept its brightness well for the quality of jersey it is. That is to say, it lost about 20% of the colour.

The pattern was one of my #burdachallenge2018 planned makes for April 2018. Its style number 128, here is the line drawing:

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128

I think this particular issue of Burda has a lot of great kids patterns and I will be making more from it.

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 
BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 

I traced the 110cm. They are 104cm currently, so they can grow into these. The pattern is a super fast sew. For the neckline, I just turned under and sewed with zigzag stitches. The contrast yoke is a scrap fabric that I picked up at a swap.

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 

The fit is just as I have come to expect from Burda – spot on for them. Up next I’d like to make these in a better quality jersey like maybe AGF.

BurdaStyle 04/2018 #128 

They love the dresses and they have been worn  A LOT since I sewed them up:-).

Thanks for stopping by! And until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

#burdachallenge2018

Accountability Partner Wanted. GSOH essential.

I’ve been struggling with a personal goal of watching my many Craftsy classes. Given the successes I have had with engaging in goals with a group of others – I thought I might give this a go.

Because there must be someone out there with the same exact goal.

The idea is this: we have common goals and keep each other accountable for sticking with them. We report and keep each other up to date on our routines, or problems, or whatever.

We’d honestly report to each other, and each of us considers themselves answerable to the other.

Think of an accountability partner as someone in your corner, rooting for you. Someone who wants to help you succeed and who is willing to put in the time (and effort) to make it happen. But –  you have to be willing to the same for them.

I might keep an online journal and you would tune in every few days to check up and share your thoughts.

You might have a goal of self-inquiring 1hr every day for 30 days and I will ask you to report on your progress and hold you accountable. We keep each other on track and motivated, basically. This would happen through private messaging.

Is anyone interested? Please get in touch via Contact Me.

Thanks for stopping by,

Peace and love,

Hila

StitchRoom Sewcial 2018 in Loughborough

 

Last weekend I had the chance to go to a new sewing event called the Sticthroom Sewcial organised by Anne @new_vintage_sewing and Lucy @sewessential. It was a 2-day event held at the sewing room of Loughborough University’s Textile department. And oh my days! What a wonderful, awe-inspiring event it was.

This was my very first ever “away” sewing event so I was a bit nervous when I first got there. The nerves did not last long though – chatting with the sewing tribe dealt with that. I was immersed in a creative bubble for 2 days. I was enchanted. I was swept off my feet.

I am so happy to have been a part of the inaugural StitchRoom Sewcial which I feel is a new innovative event idea that will impress any sewing enthusiast and more importantly, create meaningful moments for anyone who attends. Can you tell I loved it?

Here I am talking about my experience during the 2 days with pictures and little video clips.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and love,

Hila

PS. Just mentioning that I am not being paid to do this. I bought my ticket and accommodations myself. There was no obligation to post or write. I just really loved it and wanted to share.

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and until next time

Happy Sewing!

Hila

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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

A Second pair of Butterick B5895

 

 

These trousers have a long history, of sitting in my UFO box. I cut these out almost 18 months ago and I dont know why they went into the box (you know I know why but allow me my delusion okay).

Anyhow since the uber success that was my Better Late than Never Blazer, I have been very slowly picking out a UFO a month to sew up and see what my creative genius abandoned.

Tangent – I have made the decision to work through my UFO box at a rate of one UFO per month on average. After that there WILL be no more UFO box in my cave. It has been mandated and passed into law. I WILL NO LONGER HAVE A UFO BOX.

Back to the project at hand – I first made this pattern in 2016 (sadly its out of print  now) and loved the trousers which I still wear to this day. These ones were made in a cotton sateen with 3% spandex giving a nice amount of stretch. The fabric is reversible and I did play around with that by using the reverse for the waistband and the hip yokes.

The pattern is supposed to have a center back zip which is an interesting concept on trousers (I didnt realise how accustomed I am to center front or side zips on trousers until I went to the toilet in these trousers – I still automatically reach for my CF). Given these TMI observations – I decided to move the zip to the side seam for this second pair. It worked out beautifully even if I do say so myself.

If you’d like to read further details about the size I cut etc then please <click here>. Pictures.

Butterick B5895

I used the reverse fabric on the hip yoke and the waistband

Butterick B5895 Trousers

Silk jersey Winnats tank top and Butterick capris. #memademay2018 #memadeeveryday #minervamakes

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Verdict: Yet another UFO conversion success story!!!! I love them 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

 

Hila

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