January Jumper Dress

With the start of the year so many sewing challenges have appeared on social media, I like the look of them all but I’ve realised I need to be realistic as to how much time I can spend sewing and be selective. To make  things I actually need to fill gaps in my wardrobe and to attempt to use the growing mountain of patterns I already own. 

When I saw Project sew it I liked the fact it just has a theme each month, January is sweaters.  I wanted a top that was cosy but could be layered so found a heavy cotton jersey in my fabric stash and thought it would be great for a long jumper that could be layered up & worn with jeans or leggings. This New Look pattern that came free with Sew mag has a great cocoon shape . 


Making view A  I shortened the pattern by 4″ and added a braid detail (instead of zips as suggested in view B)


Picking up the contrast colour for the buttons & topstitching too. 

This is a nice easy pattern to sew up, with few pattern pieces, and so comfortable to wear. I did the facings option which was a bit of mistake as it feels a little bulky with the thick fabric so I may take this off & redo with a binding edge instead. 

I made it ready for a trip to Bulgaria and was perfect to wear to dinner in the snowy mountains with a cosy matching snood made with the remnants! 

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It’s sunday

Can’t remember when I last got around to doing a Sunday seven, weeks have been passing so quickly, and I’ve just realised as I’m sitting here catching up on reading posts that it is Sunday & I have time to look back at my week😃

My week starting with babysitting the grandkiddies on Sunday so their parents could go to the cinema. Part of the day was spent making meringues. 


Grandpa then had to test the mixture which they thought was very funny. 


Unfortunately they weren’t quiet ready before they left so I had to visit them on Monday for the decorating stage and the taste test. 


There was some time for speed sewing as well before we took a trip. Haven’t managed to take pics of the items yet but will be blogging soon. My guest post for Minerva Crafts went live too. 


On Wednesday we flew off to Bulgaria to celebrate my friends 40th birthday.  We explored the snow covered streets of Sofia 

On her actual birthday we danced as it started in a bar she used to work at then after a relaxing day started again for her party in the rooftop bar of the hotel we stayed in. 


It’s been great visiting a new place with a local, she has introduced us to the regional foods & drinks.


We have now moved up into the mountains for a few days. I’m currently sat in the sun on the balcony, relaxing after walking in the snow all morning. We don’t ski ourselves but it’s so beautiful here that we may be convinced to return & have a go one day😃