The last time I posted I spoke of completing one garment and the ‘Leave Your Hat On 2012’ challenge for September.

I didn’t complete a garment, but I did complete the hat. Although it’s completion date is today..


Elijah wouldn’t pose in the hat, so here it is on Milly. I used the Oliver + S bucket hat patterns and I have to say I’m not in love with it. Before I started I pictured myself churning these out for every child I know (that may be an exaggeration) but I’ll be lucky to find the motivation to finish Elijah’s second one! The sizing is a bit strange, based on Elijah’s measurements it should have fitted well with room to grow, but it’s quite snug and I don’t think we’ll get much more than a couple of month’s out of it. It’s still a cute hat though!

I can’t see me updating this blog much in the next month as I’m working hard on The Red Wren and getting Christmas stock ready to launch. Hopefully I’ll get to squeeze in some sewing for me though!

It’s been a long winter here, colder than we are used to, and wet, very wet. Plans I’d made such as sewing my own winter wardrobe fell by the wayside and it’s been quite a while since I have sewn clothing for myself. But, that time has passed now, Spring is in the air and I’m filled with new motivation to get some things done! Something I’d really like to start focusing on more is blogging about plans and projects as they progress rather than just the end result.

I’m not going to create a huge to-do list for September, just completing one garment and the ‘Leave Your Hat On 2012’ challenge will be progress for me! Anything else is a bonus.

Back at the beginning of May, around a week after I began this blog and vowed to sew myself an Autumn/Winter wardrobe, I signed up for Cam’s Make it in May skirt sew along. I was full of enthusiasm and saw myself at the end of the month with not one but several finished skirts. Ha! An increase in orders for my hobby store saw me churning out crayon rolls, not skirts.

I did finish a skirt though. I began a few days before the deadline and hemmed it around 3pm yesterday which put me to the finish line.. just. Here is Simplicity 2154 from their 1960’s retro collection.


The skirt is made from an Alannah Hill remnant that’s been sitting the the stash for quilt a number of years. I suspect it’s wool, or has wool content as it’s quite scratchy on the skin. It was tricky to show it’s true colours, the photo of the zip is the most accurate.

An exciting addition to my sewing room just in time for this skirt is my  dressmakers dummy. I purchased a new machine a week ago and while I was in the shop I noticed the dummy on sale and couldn’t resist. I cut a size 16 for this skirt to allow for my thick waist, knowing there’d be fitting problems in the hips.

There were a few small issues while putting this together; firstly I didn’t bother to read the instructions and it wasn’t until the side seams were well and truly sewn that I realised that this skirt has a side zipper. As expected it was huge in the hip area on first fitting and I took each seam in over an inch to get the fit right, although it could have come in more to create a better pencil skirt line. When it came time to do the hem I opted to shorten the skirt as it was sitting just below the knee which looks quite dowdy on me.

On the plus side; it does fit, it’s wearable and I inserted my best invisible zip yet! I purchased a Janome invisible zip foot with my machine and it makes all the difference. Prior to now I’d been using the plastic Birch foot. So hooray for completing my skirt on time and adding to my Winter wardrobe! 

Welcome to ‘Sew, Renae’. I’m currently on maternity leave and this year there just isn’t the money for a new Autumn/Winter wardrobe. I have a rather large stash of fabric and patterns just waiting to become something and have set myself the challenge of creating a Autumn/Winter wardrobe that compliments clothing I own and requires minimal retail purchases.

I already have a craft blog that you may have seen in your travels, but I want to change my approach to garment blogging and rather than just sharing finished pieces, talk about the planning and construction phase and perhaps take part in a challenge here and there. It makes sense to me to give this venture a home of its own.

I have two other blogs you might like to visit;

The Red Wren is my craft blog for all the other things I like to make. I have a dream that one day The Red Wren will be bigger and I’ll sell some wares.

My Renvironment is a slightly neglected home themed blog; cooking, the garden, a bit of decorating.