This year in July I celebrated my 27th birthday, and I had a lovely crafty day!
My day started with the other half giving me my present, which was a huge box, I opened it and it was a new sewing machineeeeeeeeeeeeee!! I nearly died haha! I’d been mentioning it a few months before but didn’t think he’d actually get me one so I was delighted. It’s a Janome Sewist 525s, the machine used on the GBSB and I’d gotten to use one when I took a class at MIY in Brighton.
So I was ridiculously deliriously happy! On top of this my mum got me the Sewtionary book and I used an Amazon voucher to get myself Learn to Sew with Lauren. Also the day before my sewing present to myself arrived (don’t judge me!); I’d taken advantage of Tilly’s special offer on her new patterns and I got myself the Fifi and Bettine package. Oh and of course I got myself the PDF of Agnes 😉
I had the day off from work and was going out that evening so I decided to just go crazy and make myself a Bettine to wear, and I managed it! I was super chuffed and got lots of compliments from my friends.
The fit is overall pretty good although it’s quite short on me! I have gotten used to just above the knee length patterns but I felt a bit cheeky when I wore it out that night! I also ended up with two little lumps, one on each hip, they’re not obvious (except to me!) and just seem to be there to tell me I have surprisingly small hips, so I will taper that down on the pattern next time!
When I saw Tilly’s newest pattern (when it came out!) the Arielle skirt, I liked it but I couldn’t see how I’d wear it so I put it out of my mind. Then after a few weeks, I suddenly had a vision! A vision of a black Arielle with white polka dots, but with a surprise lining inside, namely bright pink.
With this vision in mind, I went on the hunt in Fabric Land in Brighton and was blessed by the sewing gods that they had exactlyyyyyyy what I wanted (that is so rare, especially in that insane shop). I got myself an almost denim weight black polka dot fabric and briiight pink lining fabric!
However when I got it home I panicked and decided I wanted to trial run the pattern with a less precious fabric first. I’d bought this atlas fabric at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, inspired by Deborah from this years GBSB, I’d planned to make a dress and position Poland over my heart because you know, gotta love being patriotic to a country you don’t live in! These plans were soon scrapped however when upon inspection I realised the map omitted not only Poland but most of Eastern Europe and other parts of the world!
So I decided to use this fabric for my Arielle and some cream coloured lining I’d bought off Minerva Crafts a few months ago.
I cut a straight size 5 which is the size I seem to be for all of Tilly’s patterns which is rather helpful!