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Sewing round-up for 2017

December 20, 2017
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I’ve had a good year sewing wise. Despite most of the time not having access to a sewing machine (it’s back home in Wales), I’ve actually managed to make quite a bit. I quite like the idea of a sewing round-up to remind myself of what I’ve made in the past year if nothing else. So here’s what I accomplished in 2017.

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A Megan Nielsen Sudley dress hack

December 9, 2017
Megan Nielsen Sudley dress hack And She Made

Just in time for Christmas, I have decided that I need a few slouchy dresses added to my wardrobe. At this time of year a smock dress hides a multitude of mince pies and mulled wine and is basically perfect for all the festive treats I’m planning to consume.

You may think that Megan Nielsen’s Sudley dress (blogged here and here) is a summer dress but I like to think it can be worn year round with just a few small additions. I decided to test this theory out and I’m pleased with the results.

This pattern offers loads of alternative ways of mixing the pattern up, including lowering the waistband and making a top version, so I didn’t feel too bad about changing it slightly.

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A Christmas gift guide: The best of Etsy

December 7, 2017
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Everyone loves a gift guide at Christmas. Whether you’re a dab hand at flicking through the Argos catalogue or simply like to peruse different websites for your gifts, there’s inspiration to be had everywhere. This year, why not consider shopping locally for your presents? While you’re likely to find a more unique present, you’ll also be helping the indie businesses out. It’s worth a shot, right?

And there are some great makers to be found on Etsy. So without further ado, here’s the And She Made round-up of the best the creative website has to offer this Christmas…

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Winter sewing plans

December 5, 2017
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This year is flying by and, as ever, I have a long list of things I’d like to sew the next time I’m reunited with my sewing machine at Christmas.

I’ve got plans for party dresses, slouchy dresses, cord pinafores and even a top or two. So here’s what I’m planning to make during the festive period. Who knows if I’ll get it all done though?

The party dress

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I’ve got a few patterns in mind for this one. The McCalls 7381 is a firm favourite since I got it free with Love Sewing magazine a while ago. Then there’s Colette Peony dress (and specifically the hack shown below):

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Plus there’s this dress I found online:

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But apart from that, there’s also the Tilly and the Buttons Martha or even a longer length BHL Anna. Read about my love for the Anna dress here.

The comfy dress

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Doesn’t everyone want a dress they can wear during the festivities? One that looks great but doesn’t compromise the sheer amount of overeating we’re all guilty of over Christmas. I’m imagining this in a dark denim like the above dress from ASOS.

The pinafore

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Ever since I saw this Pin ages ago, a red corduroy pinafore dress has been on my wishlist. I’ve had my eye on a few different shades of red online, but I’m planning a pre-festive trip to Goldhawk Road or Walthamstow to search for the perfect fabric for this one.

The peplum top

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I have a full-on obsession with peplum tops and this In the Folds top is one I’d like to add to my list next. Plus, it’s free! What’s not to love about this? It’s a great dress-up piece for wearing with jeans or trousers this festive season.

The simple top

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I find tops incredibly quick projects and the New Look 6483 is a firm favourite. I even got my friend who makes incredibly intricate quilts into garment making with this one and I made a quick version a few months ago too, which I’m yet to blog. I don’t have a set fabric in mind for this one, but am likely to use some leftover fabric for this make.

What are your winter or Christmas sewing plans? I’d love to find out more.