Is it just me or did January seem to last ages? Somehow it seemed super busy and arduously boring at the same time. Anyway, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a monthly round up blog and I’d like to get back in the habit of posting them again. It’s a fun way to chat about what I’ve been getting up to in the sewing scene.

New Makes

I’ve been loving the Pembroke pattern from Cashmerette. It’s a knit dress and tunic pattern with several variations. I made the green dress first and fell in love. I started with a straight 16 with the G/H cup, but I had to take out a few centimeters out f the hip. Next time I’ll grade down to a 14 at the hip and lower the waist a little. I used a bamboo/cotton mix jersey from Textielstad and have since bought it in two other colors! It might be the comfiest, coziest dress I’ve worn.

For the sweater, I used the sleeve from the Hey June Sheridan Sweater. I initially cut the fabric at the hip line, but when I hemmed it, the fabric rippled and awkwardly floated away from my body. To fix it, I chopped off three inches and went back to the Sheridan pattern for the waistband, to which I added an inch to each side. I love how it turned out! It’s so comfortable. The fabric is a sold out Alpen fleece from Driessenstoffen. The outside is like any sweatshirt knit, but the inside is a minky fleece that is so cozy! I’ve worn this sweater twice a week since I made it cuz I love it so much!

New Skills

I was blessed to have my dear friend stay with me for two months after her job here in Europe abruptly ended. Kayla loved the Sheridan Sweater I made her for Christmas and immediately asked me if I could teach her to make her own. Though it wasn’t her first time on a sewing machine, it was her first time sewing a garment. Together we picked out this French Terry from Driessenstoffen. I helped her get started and she was on her way! She ended up even making a second one from the rest of the the Lady Face fleece so we can match! It was so hard to see her go, but I’m so grateful for the time we spent together. And what a joy to pass on the sewing bug!

We had to get a photo together of our matching lady face sweaters! We thought it would be cute, but maybe it borders on creepy? Still, I love it!

Matchy-Matchy Goodness

New Opportunities

This month I started as a temp editor for The Sewcialists! I’m currently working on coordinating with guest authors for February’s theme about Zero Waste. I’m excited to start more planning and writing for March’s spotlight on accessibility. It feels so good to put my communications and marketing skills to use again! Speaking of marketing, this spring I’ll be starting some freelance video work to spotlight some special fabrics, so stay tuned!

Next Up

In February, I’m going to focus on sewing up some loungewear. I’m in pretty desperate need for some sleep bottoms. I bought myself the new Helen’s Closet pattern, the Jackson Tee to go with the Juno Pyjamas from Tilly and the Buttons. Eucalyptus is one of my favorite plants and I always associate it with rest and relaxation, so this eucalyptus cotton jersey seemed like the perfect choice for this sleep set.

Thanks for reading! It feels good to get back to these little monthly chats. Tune in next month for more makes, favorites and sewing news! Happy sewing!