Am I too late for the hoot trend?

When I first started sewing more than 5 years ago, my main resource was BurdaStyle website. Lots and lots of sewing tips, tutorials and free patterns. I still have manyof them saved din my account, but I think this is the first time I’m making something with one of their patterns. (I don’t count a failed Kasia that I attempted as a first project)

The JJ blouse is a simple princess seams shirt with ruffles and puffed sleeves. I skipped the ruffles as my fabric is busy enough.

I’m usually a 38-40 but after measuring the pattern I decided to cut 36 and my seam allowances were a bit more than 5/8, so this pattern runs large.
I also removed 2 cm in length, one from the bust and another one from the waist. This is standard for me as I am petite.

I had the buttonholes made at DMButtons. Save yourself a headache and use them if you are in London. You could also send them your garment by post if you are in the UK. I paid 3 pounds for 8 buttonholes, and they were done in 2 minutes. Sewn, cut and ready to use. I’m never making buttonholes again!

What you see there is water. It was raining and I wiped that street light with my bum.

I bought the fabric at Saeed’s Fabrics in my only (so far) trip to Walthamstow market last year. I had only one meter, it was an impulse purchase as I loved the print too much but had no idea what to make with it. A month or so ago I saw that a fitted blouse contest was going to run on Pattern Review. I had the pattern (still free on BurdaStyle), I had the fabric, a contest was the motivation I needed to make something.

This is the first shirt I make and I love it! It’s not often that a project ends up better than I imagined 🙂 . I was feeling so smug I even tried the Rachel pose.

I won’t do it again. I promise!

 

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Almost there

This Sunday I ran the HM distance for the first time, the longest I ran before is 16 km. Hooray for me!! 😀 I have 7 more weeks until my first HM competition, so there is still some time to improve my close to 3 hours time.

The weather was so nice this weekend. But don’t be fooled by the image below, I’ve seen daffodils in bloom throughout the winter here.

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Here is an action shot of my running belt, sorry my hand is so short and I can’t show you a more “panoramic” view 🙂 . I’ve been wearing it for all my runs lately and I love it. I don’t know how I could live without it so far. It did stretch a bit and I’m thinking of a new version with a separate smaller pocket for coins, so they don’t scratch my phone and jiggle while I run.

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I tried to run really slow, just to make sure that I can make the 21 kilometers, and good for me! Because I don’t think I would’ve made it otherwise. I stopped for a banana at 17km and it was so hard to get back to running after that. Maybe I should try gels, so I don’t have to stop?

I’ve been listening to the National a lot during this run. Their lyrics and his voice are so beautifully sad, I just want to give him a hug and tell him everything will be alright.

In other news – sewing/knitting related – I’ve made some progress with my perfect jacket pattern. I have it ready, 2 piece sleeve and all, I need to make a muslin now. I’m thinking of something similar to Dapper.

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I’ve cut my owl fabric for a JJ shirt.

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And my Tweedy Dan is ready, waiting to be blocked and sewn.

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