Simple Sew Lottie Blouse

Hold onto your hats Theydies and Gentlethem, because I am about to tell you something shocking. What I want to tell you is that it’s normal to fail. As scandalous as that might sound, I believe that it doesn’t matter how old we get or how experienced we are, we will always make mistakes. And I don’t say that in a completely negative way either. Certainly failure is disappointing, mistakes are frustrating, and wouldn’t it be great if things worked perfectly all the time? Well, sure. But how good does it feel to come out the other side of a series of failures with one precious success? How much do we learn from when things go wrong, versus when there’s not a single bump in the road? How connected do we feel to others when they share their mistakes? Personally, I love those stories. So let me share the story of the many failures that led to the amazing success of the Lottie Blouse.

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The Ogden Cami

I think it’s safe to say that at some point in many sewer’s journeys, we can become addicted to Indie Patterns. For those who haven’t yet taken the plunge, these are patterns made by independent designers, separate to the big name sewing companies like McCall’s, Vogue, etc. Indie Patterns also tend to be the most common things I see people making on social media, which I now realise helps to drive up the desire to own and make them yourself.

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Simplicity 9014

It’s funny how habits can change. While I’ve been learning to sew wearable garments, my purchasing habits in terms of ready to wear clothing has shifted too. My weight has changed a lot over time, which often resulted in a lot of wardrobe changes. In the beginning I stuck to cheap, fast-fashion options because that was all my budget could allow. But I often hated the fabric, and was disappointed with how quick things were to stretch, wear out or break. I started visiting op-shops more often, often finding some quite wonderful pieces.

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McCall’s 7233

I honestly think this pattern was the start of my fascination with vintage sewing patterns. I managed to snag it at an op-shop near where I work, for $2 – an absolute steal, and the fabric was a lovely thick fabric I found at a different op-shop again. The buttons were also a set I had picked up for 20c at the same op-shop where I found the fabric. So it seemed to me that the stars had simply aligned, determined to make this pattern a success.

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Newlook 6808

I think it can be very tempting when you have a hobby to snatch up anything and everything related to it, and to start hoarding supplies. I often heard the line – The one who dies with the most fabric leftover wins, when it came to sewing. And as I started trawling through social media I often saw glimpses into other people’s sewing stashes which seemed like rooms of heaven to me.

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Butterick B6563

It felt like a fitting place to start blogging with Butterick B6563. These blouses weren’t the first things I sewed, I dabbled in some more costume-type projects with my Mum a few years ago first, but they represent very different places in my sewing journey.

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