Paper Ball Decor: Recycling Book Paper

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Lottie Blouse #2: Hacking the Pattern

Lottie Blouse #2 by thisblogisnotforyou.comI promised there would be more Lottie blouses! This one is actually my third, but I still didn’t get around to taking pictures of the first one (which is still my favourite).

Except for the alterations I made to the pattern this time, there isn’t much new to say about the pattern (I wrote a review here). This blouse came together veeery quickly. I decided to skip the sleeves this time, so the actual sewing took no longer than 1.5 hours.

Say Hello to Average Pony DIY!

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Hello lovelies! Today I want to introduce my awesome new sponsor: Maren from Average Pony DIY!

Maren Wilcyk Average Pony

Maren and I actually met at university a few years ago. Back then she used to sell very cute jewellery and accessories on Dawanda (which is basically the German answer to Etsy). In April this year she expanded her business and created “Average Pony DIY”, now selling materials for making your own jewellery and accessories. The shop is still growing and at the moment also includes the cutest washi tape I’ve ever seen, covered buttons and hand-stamped labels for your handmade makes. All products are absolutely swoon-worthy and come at very affordable prices. You can make your own personalised (and very professional looking) jewellery for no more than 1-2€.

Make Your Own Soap!

Make your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.comAhhh, our flat smells heavenly! One of the many benefits of making your own soap. I love making soap because you can create the perfect soap bar with your favourite fragrances and ingredients. And, believe me, picking up the finished soap bar for the first time and smelling it is such a bliss!

You can make soap-making as easy or hard as you want. I decided to go the easy way, inspired by the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess and bought a goat’s milk soap base. If you want to make soap the hardcore way you can create your own base; there are some fab recipes out there. But it’s much more complicated and you will need a lot more ingredients. If you are trying to make soap for the first time, I would recommend starting with a melt-and-pour soap base. Make your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.comMake your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.comMake your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.com

The Lottie Blouse & Elephants!

The Lottie Blouse by thisblogisnotforyou.comMay I present to you – the Lottie blouse! Probably my new favourite pattern. It hasn’t been featured too much in the online sewing community, though, perhaps because the only chance to get hold of it is by buying the latest issue of Love Sewing Magazine. I didn’t like the magazine too much (it’s only their second issue) and mainly bought it because of the Lottie pattern set (skirt and blouse) and the cute tape measure that came with it.

I’m pretty sure you can still get it in stores (I’ve seen it at WHS, Sainsbury’s etc) and the pattern makes it totally worth buying.

Baby clothes! Part 1

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I am going to become an auntie this summer and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sewing baby clothes so far. The first big pile of cute mini clothes was already sent home, so it’s time to share some pictures!

I decided to make a bunch of reversible pinafores as these are super practical. First of all, they’re made from 100% cotton and can be washed at 40-60°C. Secondly, they’re reversible! If the one side gets dirty while you are out and about you can simply switch sides. What I also really love is that these pinafores sort of grow with your child. A lot of baby clothes get too small too quickly. I’ve made this pinafore for a 6-months old and also for a 18-months old. Both looked super cute in it.

BHL Polly Top – Separates here I come!

BHL Polly Top by thisblogisnotforyou.comHeeeelllo! It’s been a while (well, not too long actually) since my last garment post as I am about to start a new job which is keeping me quite busy at the moment. But nevertheless, I have been sewing like a maniac. I just simply couldn’t get around to take pics for the blog because of a) nightshifts and b) everything always being in the laundry (because I love wearing it so much).

Christine Haynes at Ray-Stitch

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Hey everyone! Just a super quick post with a couple of pics from last Friday. The lovely Christine Haynes was paying London a visit over the weekend and the awesome people over at Ray-Stitch were throwing a party! It was great to meet Christine and some other ladies in person as well seeing some familiar faces.Christine Haynes at Ray-Stitch by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Elisalex and Victoria, two-thirds of the By Hand London ladies, were there, too. These ladies are absolutely amazing and so fun to have around! Christine Haynes at Ray-Stitch by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Tilly was there, too, as well as many other familiar faces and, of course, the Spoolettes.

The Megan Dress – Stitching My Way Through Tilly’s New Book

Megan Dress by thisblogisnotforyou.comTwo weeks ago I got Tilly’s Love at First Stitch in the mail and on the same evening read it from cover to cover. Although I love Tilly’s blog, I had my doubts about buying the book. I have so many sewing books that cover all the basics and as I consider myself an advanced seamstress by now, I thought this book just wasn’t for me. However I saw all these gorgeous Megans, Lilous and Mimis popping up over the interwebs and wanted to get a hand on these patterns myself.

Make the Cape: Adding Armslits to your Cape

adding armslits to the cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comSewing along and making the cape? Cape sewn together and lining prepared? If you did all that, it’s time to add some armslits to your cape!
adding armslits to the cape by thisblogisnotforyou.com1. Take your cape and pattern piece and mark the position of the arm opening as shown above. The position of the armslits really is up to you. I put mine closer to the centre front, others prefer it to be on the lengthened shoulder seam line.

I recommend you put on your cape and, standing in front of a mirror, mark the preferred position of your armslits on one side of the cape.

My John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee Dress

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Hello my lovelies! You can’t imagine how hard it was not to show you this dress before it was finished and properly photographed! I’m just so excited about this dress! I love the fit, the colour and fabric and it was just the best thing to wear in this hot weather today. And, not to forget, I made this dress at John Lewis’ sewing bee last Saturday.

John Lewis Sewing Bee with Lisa Comfort

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Did you know that John Lewis started business in 1864 when john lewis himself opened his first haberdashery shop at 132 Oxford Street?

Well, that was 150 years ago. (Woah, just try to imagine the time. Fighting over the last two metres of silk with Charles Dickens.) And what’s the best way to mark the 150th Anniversary of a department store which started out as a haberdashery shop? Right! A sewing bee!

Make the Cape: Sewing the Cape // Cutting Out and Sewing the Lining

lining the cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comMaking the cape? Pattern assembled and cut out? Then it’s time to sew the cape and add a lining!

(But before we add a lining, you should have made up your mind about whether your cape will have a hood, a collar or none of the two.)

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Sewing the Cape

Before we start cutting out the lining fabric, we will cut out and assemble the cape first. You will find all the major steps with illustrations included in the pattern, but I’ve also taken some pictures while sewing this cape.

Behind The Scenes in Pictures #2

John Lewis Sewing Bee with Lisa Comfort

John Lewis Sewing Bee / thisblogisnotforyou.comMe and fellow sewing bloggers Roisin (Dolly Clacket), Fiona (Diary of a Chain Stitcher), Amy (Almond Rock), Clare (Sew Dixie Lou), Elena (Randomly Happy) and Emmie (My Oh Sew Vintage Life) spent Saturday at John Lewis Oxford Street, sewing up a storm together with the lovely Lisa, founder of ‘Sew Over It‘ at the John Lewis Sewing Bee (JL is celebrating their 150th anniversary!).

Project Sewn: Signature Style // Elisalex #2

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Elisalex Dress by thisblogisnotforyou,comWow, two garment posts in a row! Don’t worry, that’s not going to become a habit! I just wanted to squeeze in this dress, in time for this week’s Project Sewn sewalong. I wasn’t sure if we could take the pics on time because the weather in London was pretty crappy this week, but we managed to photograph the dress yesterday.

Vintage-Chanel inspired Shirt Dress & Bias-cut Slip

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Hi ladies (and gents)! Hope you had a great week so far! Mine was super busy and fun and I am greatly looking forward to the weekend which will be full of sewing events and crafts!

What you see here is #26 of my 27 Dresses Challenge which means there’s only one more to go … in theory! Inofficially I’ve already finished garment #28, which I won’t call #28 because I don’t have to keep track anymore, ha! And I will do more refashion projects again (not counting them towards the challenge wasn’t very motivating!). The piles of thrifted garments to be refashioned are taking over the flat.

Make the Cape: Drafting a Peter Pan Collar for Your Cape // Sewing the Collar

Peter Pan Collar Tutorial by thisblogisnotforyou.comMaking the cape? Pattern assembled and cut out? Then it’s time to draft the Peter Pan Collar!

Drafting a Peter Pan Collar for Your Cape

In order to do this, we will need to make some adjustments to the cape pattern piece. Best, you cut out your cape fabric before you draft the collar. If you want to cut out the fabric later, you will need to put the pattern piece back together after drafting your collar.

1. Take your cape pattern piece and lengthen the shoulder seamline by drawing a straight line down to the hem like so:Peter Pan Collar Tutorial by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Behind the Scenes: Blog Layout

Hellooo everyone! Just a quick update! In case you haven’t noticed yet, This Blog has a new header (and some minor layout changes on different pages). I wanted to wait and do a major blog makeover by the end of the year, but I had some spare time on my hands on this long Bank Holiday weekend and tried out a few things. The result was a new header:

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I’m writing this post mainly to keep a record of the old header which I still really like, but the blog’s name got a bit lost in the busy drawing.

Make the Cape: Printing & Assembling the Pattern // Choosing Design Variations & Fabric

Hello! This is the first part of the Fairy Tale Cape sewalong. There will be quite a few sewalong posts coming up in the next few days/weeks. If you’re not sewing along, bear with me – I’ll try my best to throw in some other posts every once in a while! I have yet to figure out the schedule. I have quite a few finished garments that need to be photographed and blogged, but the sewalong will keep me pretty busy!

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Printing & Assembling the Pattern