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Classic trousers: Simple Sew Patterns

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As mentioned previously, I won a sewing pattern from the lovely people at Simple Sew Patterns just after Christmas. I was able to pick a pattern of my choice and having had a good look at their sewing patterns, I chose the classic trouser pattern.

Having never made trousers before, I was slightly daunted by the prospect, but I love a good challenge and the pattern seemed easy enough. I’m usually lazy when it comes to doing practice runs, but I made sure I did one with this pattern, as I wasn’t quite sure what size to go for. In the end I sized up and this was probably the best idea as I found the ankles were slightly small and would have been smaller yet if I’d gone down a size. Plus sizing up enables me to eat more food, and that’s not a bad thing.

The trouser pattern from Simple Sew Patterns

The trouser pattern from Simple Sew Patterns

I traced the pattern first, so that I could reuse it easily

I traced the pattern first, so that I could reuse it easily

A close up of the fabric I used

A close up of the fabric I used

I drafted pockets for my trousers. I used scraps of leftover fabric for these

I drafted pockets for my trousers and used scraps of leftover fabric for these

The pattern is for a peg leg style trouser with pleats in the waist and makes a very classic look. It’s a nice, easy pattern for anyone new to sewing trousers, but it is best if you’ve had some prior sewing experience first. The fabric I found (£4 a metre from my local craft shop) complimented the style of the trousers perfectly too. The blue tartan fabric has a touch of the old lady about it, but I like it. And it’s thick enough not to line it, which is always a winner in my book.

The trouser pattern can be found here. Let me know if you decide to make it.

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Crafting competitions

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I’ve noticed lately that there’s been a few craft competitions advertised online. I’ve picked out three so you can have a chance to enter too. Having won the above trouser pattern recently, over on Simple Sew Patterns, I think I should spread the love. The pattern came in today’s post and I can’t wait to get started on it.

By Hand London are hosting a competition to win two of their lovely patterns. All you need to do is to tell them your dirtiest sewing secrets, whether that is using your fabric scissors to cut anything other than fabric, or accidentally sewing fabric to your own clothes (Not something I’ve done, surprisingly, though I did once sew an almost vertical hem – yep, I’m not sure how that happened either). The deadline for this one is tomorrow (Thursday 9th) at 5pm.

Wool and the gang is kindly offering a year’s supply of yarn. All you have to do is enter your email address.

And finally, if you’ve got issue 9 of Crafty magazine lying about, you’ve got until tomorrow to count the snowflakes in the mag to be in with a chance of winning a Janome sewing machine.

I wish you all success. Let me know how you get on!


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The Amazings: Learning from your elders

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Sometime in the last week I received an email from The Amazings, an online craft course website, which said that their website was closing. Having written about them for Prima and knowing of them for a while now, this saddened me. The courses on offer on the website are unique and one-of-a-kind. Plus, they’re all taught by older ladies, with a view to enable participants to learn from their elders. Having been featured on Dragon’s Den and Mollie Makes, The Amazings is a well-known brand and I’m genuinely sad that it won’t be continuing. I’ve enrolled onto a few of their classes (this one and this one) but I’m ashamed to say I haven’t participated yet.

I’m going to change this soon though and thought I’d tell you all about it too. So, why not take advantage of the fact that the website is still live and enrol in a class? 30% of the fee you pay goes to the tutor and the classes and content will be available for at least 12 months from the time that you purchase them. Details of all the courses can be found here. There are also free trials available if you’d like a taster.

The brand will continue in some way, but in a very different form. If you’d like to read more about the closure and new venture, click here.