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A knitting update

October 30, 2017
Knitting And She Made

Although I spend most of my spare time sewing, it’s not my only love. I began knitting around five years ago and after a few false starts, finally picked it up at a stitch and bitch class when I lived in Cardiff. Now that I live in London (and away from my sewing machine), I’ve started to pick it up again in the evenings. It’s definitely something creative I can get on board with in front of the TV or a box set. There always seems to be one thing stopping me though. The thing I don’t enjoy about knitting is the time it takes to finish one thing and I have grand plans for things to make. If you follow me over on Pinterest you’ll see that.

Knitting And She Made

Currently, I have a nearly finished blanket, an almost-at-the-halfway-point cropped maroon jumper, have started some socks and am attempting another jumper in self-striping wool. The last two projects have only been started in the past month so it’s really not too bad, but it just takes so long!

Knitting And She Made

Knitting a jumper while watching The Killing

Knitting And She Made

The blanket in progress

Knitting And She Made

Working on the huge knitted blanket

Knitting And She Made

I’m always on the lookout for ways to pick up the pace on my knitting. Two of the projects I’m currently working on are knitted on chunky wool but I also love the look of thinner wool – it just takes so much longer. If you have any failsafe techniques for quick knitting then hit me up!

I have, however, managed to finish a few projects. I wear my favourite ever lilac snood all the time in winter and I’ve made at least two others much the same, plus a knitted striped scarf in some wool I bought from Sincerely Louise at last year’s Handmade Fair. Hopefully one day soon, I’ll be able to show you some other finished projects!

Here’s me wearing it with my siblings last Christmas:

And She Made lilac snood

And here’s one from early 2014 when I must have just finished it:

And She Made lilac snood

It gets a lot of wear and it’s still holding up pretty well!

Do you follow me over on Instagram? I post my makes and updates over there!

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Autumn sewing plans

October 22, 2017

The title of this post could alternatively be ‘A Pinterest wishlist’. I’m seriously on that site most days, coveting the many beautiful clothing and crafting ideas. I’ve got plenty of sewing ideas of what to make in the upcoming months. The only problem is whittling them down to what I’m actually going to make and wear.

Here’s a list of things I’m (hopefully) planning to make fairly soon.

Tartan dresses

Autumn sewing plans And She Made

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My love for tartan is reignited around mid September and I’m like a woman obsessed with tracking down all that the high street has to offer. I already have a plan to make a tartan smock dress like the Sudley, having seen the best fabric (that I sadly didn’t pick up) at the GBSB Live a few weeks ago. I can imagine quite a few in varying colours!

Autumnal florals

Autumn sewing plans And She Made

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Autumn sewing plans And She Made

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There’s something special about wearing warming florals in the colder weather. Never one to give up my florals whether or not it’s sunny, I’m planning on a fair few midi skirts in burgundy and navy floral fabric, next to a few dresses of course. I love wearing florals with brogues and thick black tights at this time of year. I’ve already blogged about one here.

Pretty lacy tops

Autumn sewing plans And She Made

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I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect lacy top to wear with thicker cord skirts and denim pinafores this coming season but so far, I haven’t found it. The one above is a simple yet stunning wear and I’m thinking of making something similar but still need to hunt down the perfect sewing pattern. Any ideas?

Cute collars

Autumn sewing plans And She Made

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I just love the idea of pairing a shirt with a sweet embroidered collar with the thickest of jumpers this autumn. I’ve found a number of tutorials and inspiration online so this is one I’ll probably personalise. Perhaps I’ll even make a Rosa shirt to embroider?

What are your seasonal sewing plans? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Crafting ideas, Dressmaking & sewing

A mustard colour palette

October 9, 2017

It’s always at this time of year that I particularly start craving an autumnal colour palette. For me, there’s something a bit special about mustard or yellow when the weather is a bit colder outside. I think it started with a certain Marks and Spencer advert featuring Twiggy, Erin O’Connor and a beautiful yellow coat a few years ago. The colour just stood out for me and I’ve been associating yellow, and mustard in particular, with this season ever since.

There are a number of beautiful clothes in the shops at the moment and, as ever, I’ve been pinning my faves. Here are just a few things I’ve been inspired by lately and hopefully some of these will translate into actual made by me clothing.

Autumn sewing inspiration And She Made

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Crafting ideas, Dressmaking & sewing

Skirt inspiration

May 25, 2017

It’s so wonderfully and uncomfortably hot at the moment in London and I seem to be craving all kinds of new clothes for my daily commute. Usually, in this weather, it is bare legs and midi skirts that I look to and this time it’s no different.

If you saw my recent post on May sewing plans you’ll know I had some of the below in mind. If not, go and take a look!

I ventured to Walthamstow market last weekend and of course I couldn’t leave empty handed. I bought this wonderful viscose fabric with dainty flowers on from the man outside Sainsbury’s.

And She Made skirt inspiration

I know I want a big, flowing skirt from this fabric but I’m not quite sure if it’s going to be a circle skirt or a gathered number. What do you think? I’m thinking of going back this weekend for some more so I can make my second option as well, a 90s slip dress like the below:

And She Made skirt inspiration

Secondly, I know I do want a gathered skirt in some form or other. I saw some lovely olive green viscose from the same stall and, although I didn’t buy that one, a fabric like that would lend itself well to a gathered skirt, potentially with big pockets on the front and buttons down the front, like this one. Swoon!

And She Made skirt inspiration

Lastly, I picked up some incredibly cheap pale denim fabric from Cloth House yesterday and know this one is destined to be a denim skirt. It’s not very much fabric but maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to squeeze a skirt from it.

And She Made skirt inspiration

What skirts have you got planned for this summer?

 

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May sewing plans

May 1, 2017
And She Made May sewing plans

It’s the first of May, which means that it’s nearer to the summer. And that means we can start planning what we want to make for the warmer months.

I’ve been inspired loads lately and just want to make a huge amount of summery dresses, strappy tops and lovely skirts, so here’s my rundown of what I’m planning on making soon.

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