The Knitting & Stitching Show 2018

Finally it happened!

I went to my first Knitting and Stitching show in London last weekend. I have been waiting to go since I have missed the last Show, so you can understand my excitement. Unfortunately, due to a snowy and cold weather I got poorly few days before and on a day did not feel 100% myself, but I knew this would not stop me this time 🙂

I had the honor to drag my partner with me…I must say, he was very patient and stayed beside me all the time….guess it was my payback for keeping him a company at the Comic-con last year lol

Sunday was the last day of the Show, and I did not know what to expect. I was hoping to meet few people there like Lisa Comfort and Tilly Walnes, as I knew they will have a stand there, however this not happened…(crying in hysterics)….maybe next time.

20180304_105114[1]My day in Olympia, place of the Knitting and Stitching Show, started with a 30 mins class by Lauren Guthrie, Owner & Great British Sewing Bee Finalist 2013. It was very informative as Lauren gave the audience tips on how to stripe match and sew stretchy fabrics. Later that day I went to her to say hello and she was kind to allow me to take photo with her.

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OMG, I must have been soooo awkward. I was starstruck, and could not do it earlier in front of my partner. I follow Lauren on Instagram and YouTube, so it was lovely to have a chance to speak to her. She is such a sweet lady.

On my walk around the Show I also found Sew Over It, Tilly and the Buttons, Fabrisc Galore and many more companies that I am a fun of.

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My favorite fabric stand was Higgs and Higgs. I stood there for a while touching all they beautiful fabrics. The are to die for, so I am very happy I came across it, because I have never heard of this company before. 20180304_121454[1]

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Not to go bankrupt, I had a limit on how much I can spend, and told my partner to keep an eye on me.

Guess what????

I had NOT buy a single piece of fabric on my visit!!!!!! WHAT???? I was overwhelmed with a choice, styles, colors that at the end I could not pick just one or two. Thinking back, I must have been more unwell then I thought hihihi

I went the next day to my local(ish) fabric shop and I bought four!!!! So I am a happy bunny anyway.

If you have never been to the Knitting and Stitching Show before, you MUST go next time!!!! It is amazing experience and you never know who you might meet 🙂 You can take sewing classes, spend a fortune (if you can afford it ), and have a lot of fun 🙂

Monika xxx

What was your favorite shop stand?

Estelle by Style Arc

February

The last Sunday of the month is the REVEAL DAY for Sew my style 2018 challenge. This month we had an opportunity to choose from two different patterns, which were totally different in style. The first option was the Rumana coat from By Hand London. It is a beautiful long coat with princess seams, however due to this being the shortest month in the year I opted for the other option.

Estelle Ponte  Jacket by Style Arc company seamed like an easier and faster make compared to Rumana coat.

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Estelle jacket includes a waterfall collar, which drape beautifully with the right fabric.

It also comes with a in-seam pockets, raw edges and mid leg length.

 

 

 

 

 

What drew my attention to this pattern is the front waterfall collar. It looks so effortless and I really like this style. I am not a big fan of raw edge look, so my fabric choice for this pattern was a little bit different then suggested in the instruction.

The pattern calls for a Ponte Roma knit or any stable knit to achieve drapes in the front collar, however I decided to use a fabric I had in my stash for a while. I got it from a local Fabric shop few months ago and I had in mind some sort of a cropped jacket. Not sure exactly what type of fabric it is, but my guess would be some sort of faux suede?20180226_162652[1]

It was the first time I had the chance to work with this type of fabric and I have to admit it was not so easy. I had no idea how to sew it in the first place, so had to look online for some advice.

As you can see my version of Estelle looks a little bit different then expected hihih but I absolutely love how it turned out in the end. It comes without saying that the process of making this vest took me longer then should…..seam ripper got involved….that is why.

I had a go with original version first, but as you may guess with this fabric it looked awful. See for yourself and try not to laugh…

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Did you laugh?

Ohh boy, what did I think ????

Anyway, I have learnt another lesson working on this project, which is totally fine by me. I have tried to sew this fabric in two different ways. The usual way, when you put both right sides of the fabric together and sew within your seam allowance. This is pretty straightforward, right?

This fabric cannot be pressed so I had to top-stitch all seams. I decided to trim on side of the fabric to reduce bulk.

The other way is to do sew one side on top of the other, kind of like a sandwich,  so seam lays flat.

This was more time consuming because I had to first mark the seam allowance and cut it  on one side. Next, had to place the smaller piece on top of the other piece (both right sides facing up) and top-stitch it. I found, this way to be more difficult, but I like the final look more. I could not use pins to hold two pieces together, so fabric kept sliding. I had to unpick some stitches, which left holes in my fabric. Note to myself, next time use some specialist glue.

Final thoughts

This pattern is great, and can be used and adapted for different looks. The only difficult part when sewing is attaching the collar. The instruction is limited and not very clear, so beginners may find it confusing. If you need more details, read Maddie’ blog, where she gives step-by-step tutorial. It is fantastic and it makes everything much simple.

On top of that what took me by surprise is that when you purchase a PDF pattern it ask you for a specific size and then you get size up and size down of your chosen one, so make sure you measure yourself right and do not make my mistake by assuming it will be fine, as they come a bit too big.

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~happy sewing everyone~

Monika xxx