Here it is, week fifty two! I have come to the end of my first year of sewing adventures! I still can't quite believe it has been a whole year. It has gone so quickly. This post is a little late but I feel like I have been putting it off. Maybe out of complete disbelief that it's all over or maybe because I have been super busy yet again. However do not fear for now I can share with you all my final creation. It is a real treat. I know it is my last one and of course I would be proud anyway but I really have to say that this is my most favourite piece I have every made. I love it. It's the Polly Jacket.
So a little of where the pattern came from. The design has come from the fabulous new Polly Top from By Hand London, free to download from their website. I helped put this free download together and I couldn't wait to make it. Since then I just can't get enough of it. It is perfect for creating loads of different looks and adapting to many different styles. Below I thought I would show you what I have been up to and how you can play around with some fun additions.
Here is the Polly Peter Pan. I drafted a very simple collar that only runs across the front so no fiddly bits at the back, which made it a little easier for me as I am no pro in drafting anything but I was quite pleased and love the fun contrasting fabrics (thank you Charlotte)
Here is the Polly Pocket. Firstly these awesome fabrics are from Crafty Creatives, love them and so perfect for this pattern as the front was cut from just one fat quarter so shows you don't need much fabric at all. The fun little addition here is this velvety pocket. Not really for anything, except maybe a lip balm but looks great and sooo easy to put together, you just need to add a folded piece of fabric sandwiched between the two side seams. Could not be easier and adds a little something different.
Here is the Polly Heart, I spent my day today with Elisalex from By Hand London making this top, awesome day!. Rachael Boon at the girl who makes things posted a fabulous heart shaped Polly Top. I think Rachael definitely got the heart shape spot on, I need to have another go at this one and hopefully get that point in the middle a lot better. It was pretty tricky. Check out Elisalex's on the blog.
And here we get to the final creation. My favourite project yet. It's the Polly Jacket. I had a lot of fun making this jacket and really feel like I pushed my skills. I began by taking the Polly Top pattern and drafted facing, lining and some sleeves. It was super hard and I definitely didn't get it completely right but I was so proud to have worked out what I needed to adapt and how to add all the new seam allowances etc. Very exciting stuff.
These rather adorable buttons are a combination of hand made and a free gift from Mollie Makes magazine. The two pink buttons at the top, from Mollie Makes I thought were perfect for the blue tweed. Just the right amount of cute! The other buttons I covered myself using a button kit from some lovely family friends (thanks guys).
I had to show off the inside just a little, as I am quite proud, I think it looks very profesh!! Super happy! I have worn my Polly Jacket once already and it rained so that wasn't good but it was very comfy and always a good sign when I wear something that soon. I can't wait to wear it again and show it off to the world.
A whole year of creating and experimenting and most of all learning has brought me here, with a jacket I hope everyone likes as much as I do and maybe inspires you to play around with your own patterns. You can create so much with just a little imagination. This brings me on to a chat about The Next Fifty Two!!. Yes that's right people I am planning the next adventure, with a little time off of course. I would like to challenge myself to create 4 variations from 13 different patterns. Hoping my maths are right that will give me 52 creations. I love playing around with patterns but really need to improve my drafting skills and adapting patterns to fit different shapes and really just learn as much as I can. I am not sure yet when I will begin this second adventure, however until then I will still be sewing and will share my creations with you all. I hope you keep reading and until next time Happy Stitching!