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Spring zippy jacket and Wendy Ward book giveaway.

Spring zippy jacket and Wendy Ward book giveaway.

During the run up to #MeMadeMay I get out all my handmade garments and RTW items and have an evaluation about what I wear, what I don’t and what needs mending. I tend to notice that I have a surplus amount of Me Made dresses and that all my RTW’s fit into two categories. Garments that are so simple that I find them a bore to make (like Breton tops and leggings) and things I either can’t make (knitted gear) and garments that I’m too scared to commit too such as coats and jackets.

I have watched many of you making coats recently, (My sewing support bra Rach Wain for instance just made a dreamy kelly anorak) and knew I wanted to take the plunge into the world of outerwear, but seeing as it’s MEANT TO BE WARM, I decided it was time for a little spring jacket.

 

Photo of Wendy by Julian Ward ยฉ Cico Books

If you haven’t heard of Wendy Ward by now you must have been hiding under a pretty big rock. She’s one of the organizers behind the #MIY march photo challenge over on Instagram, runs a very successful sewing workshop in Brighton, has two books (soon to be three) under her handmade belt AND most of all is a dog lover. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  In anticipation of her new book ‘Sewing with Knitted Fabrics’ย  I’ve teamed up with Wendy who has supplied me with a SIGNED copy of her first book The Beginners Guide to dress making to giveaway and I couldn’t resist using my own copy to show off some of the talent hidden between the pages.

 

The zip jacket is exactly what my Me Made wardrobe needed. A throw-on garment that will keep me warm when it’s breezy, and can be folded up and thrown in a bag when it’s too warm (we can only hope). It doesn’t take more than a day or two to put together! That’s coming from a sewing snail! It can be sewn up in array of different fabrics such as woven, jersey and I also think Leatherette would work beautifully too. The patterns come on sturdy paper (doing away with any home printing) and are easy to trace thanks to the colour coding. Although they overlap, there isn’t the Burda magazine nightmare going on. Here she is ๐Ÿ™‚ A majorly grown up and ‘could have bought that in Lou and grey’ jacket.

 

 

Fabric-wise I opted for squishy jersey as it will fold down nicely in my bag without creasing (I look like I’ve rolled in a hedge 90% of the time) and who doesn’t love jersey? Both these fabrics were from my stash and I’d been saving them for a rainy day. The quilted heart fabric was purchased in America the week I got engaged thus being super special to me, but I only had about 70cms left of it so I used a slightly lighter jersey for the arms, turning the print to the inside for fun. The jacket turned out to be a perfect stash buster!

 

 

I used a mix of my regular sewing machine with a walking foot and jersey needle, and an overlocker with a tiny bit of naughty coverstitch on the sleeves (although you definitely don’t need the overlocker or coverstitch to get a result). One of the things that wendy does best is design garments that are as truly well-finished on the inside as they are on the outside.

 

 

Look at those guts! I love this unlined jackets innards! Each seam is bonded with Bias giving the garment longevity but also making it perfect to wear open or hung over the chair of the bar so everyone can see it’s awesomeness.

 

 

My zippy jacket sits lovely over a range of my current Me Made wardrobe, and being slightly cropped means that I now have a go-to jacket and Cleo combination. I’d struggled with that previously and as I live in Cleo’s it’s pretty much a life saver!

 

 

Making the garment took me about 5 hours of unrushed and enjoyable sewing. After working with so many different patterns it was amazing to have the pieces fit together without any struggle or head scratching. All the notches met up instantly, the bottom of the jacket ended up being the right length and there was no unpicking or frustration. Just slow feel good sewing!

I definitely suggest this book to beginners as Wendy holds your hand through the hard bits with a very useful and well-explained glossary of techniques for the makes at the back of the book, but I am no beginner and loved it all the same. Sometimes it’s nice to have your hand held. Makes the process less lonely and makes you try new ways of doing things.ย  Wendy also encourages self-exploration of changing each of the patterns in the book to your own style. This is something I particularly liked. I, for instance, used a mix of fabrics, contrast zip and bias to make the jacket my own. I have plans to make a more rigid boiled wool affair for autumn WITH POCKETS. Maybe welt pockets if I can pluck up the courage!

Inspired? Excited? Want to sew up your own zip jacket and plan more MIY makes? Then enter the giveaway to receive a fresh signed copy of Wendy Ward’s “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking”. Simply leave a comment below about this project or your feelings about Wendy’s upcoming book, your contact details (email or instagram name) and you will be in with a chance of winning! Don’t forget to sign up to my blog so your the first to know about more giveaways coming this month.

 

This Competition runs from now until sunday 7th Mayย  23.59h and is open to UK postal addresses only.
No PO box addresses or accounts solely used for giveaways will be considered.
Winner will be chosen by random name generator and contacted directly.
No cash alternative or modifications to the prize will be made.
Giveaway book provided by Wendy Ward but my own copy was purchased. Words and thoughts are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • I have a feeling I'm going to wear this @sewcraftyshop shift dress hack EVERYDAY once it's complete. Been to hot to even look at my machines this week BUT I'm having a very VERY exciting delivery from @janomeuk today. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. There's going to be new machine spam... I apologize in advance ๐Ÿ˜†. Hope you're all having a positive day. My thoughts are still with London + Manchester. Also don't forget to check out account #makersforgrenfell to help support those affected by the fire. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜”โค๏ธ. Big hugs guys xxx
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Fabric from @sewcraftyshop. Pin badge @bloodynorapam (who've got a awesome breast feeding positive pin giveaway going on). .
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  • The awesome @portialawrie has set up a makers page for sewists to sell their stash to support those affected in the London high rise fire. I'm currently sorting my fabrics out to help and it would be awesome if you could do the same! Head over to @makersforgrenfell to find out more. Xxx.
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Pattern by @sewcraftyshop โค๏ธ cord fabric and @dashwoodstudio confetti ๐ŸŽ‰ both from @sewcraftyshop.
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  • I have a feeling I'm going to wear this @sewcraftyshop shift dress hack EVERYDAY once it's complete. Been to hot to even look at my machines this week BUT I'm having a very VERY exciting delivery from @janomeuk today. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. There's going to be new machine spam... I apologize in advance ๐Ÿ˜†. Hope you're all having a positive day. My thoughts are still with London + Manchester. Also don't forget to check out account #makersforgrenfell to help support those affected by the fire. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜”โค๏ธ. Big hugs guys xxx
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Fabric from @sewcraftyshop. Pin badge @bloodynorapam (who've got a awesome breast feeding positive pin giveaway going on). .
@dashwoodstudio #dashwoodstudio #papermeadow #sewcialists #sewing #makersmovement #scdesignteam #makersforgrenfell
  • Here's a bit of waldo Spam. He's only allowed on the bed right before wash day, but he loves every minute of it. ๐Ÿ˜‚.
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#waldowilliams #sewcialists #sewist #pugsofinstagram bedding: @deborahpanesarillustration for @asda
  • The awesome @portialawrie has set up a makers page for sewists to sell their stash to support those affected in the London high rise fire. I'm currently sorting my fabrics out to help and it would be awesome if you could do the same! Head over to @makersforgrenfell to find out more. Xxx.
.
#makersforgrenfell #sewists #sewing #sewingforgood #memade #destash
  • The lovely @roodles_runique + @mrs.f_72 both asked me what I was doing yesterday and the answer was fabric shopping in Goldhawk road with the girls from @newcrafthouse, @elisalex, @clairesews, @thumbleninja and @sabrinakilpatrick. I bought some cotton that reminded me of @marillawalker, the striped cotton we all fell in love with, and some super strong power mesh. My trip on the tube was delayed by a 'fire' which I assumed was a small fire like the one in the tube I experienced back in April. I spent the day listening to the others talk about donating without understanding the true extent of the disaster. Only when I got home and read the news did I get the full scale of the awfulness of the situation. Hearing that the residents had pleased with officials and been ignored breaks me.  @portialawrie has expressed a wish for us to come together to help those left with the aftermath and I absolutely support her. Yet another day where I'm left feeling that this countries leaders are  failing its humans, but I know that the humans in the country won't fail to lead. I send hugs to you all this sunny Thursday and I look forward to spending some positive time with @jennibobtaylor later this evening. .
  • My weekends Birmingham fabric trip was definitely more about the social side, but I did purchase this viscose. It reminds me of us. The sewing community. All different but all together. Something that makes me happy everyday. No idea what this will be, but it will be something that makes me smile. .
#sewcialists #sewing #sewcialist #memadeeveryday
  • What could be better on World gin day, but a delivery of gin from a fellow sewist? NOTHING! Also it's chocolate gin. Basically made for my period cravings then ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ A massive thank you to Ruby of  @roodles_runique โค๏ธ Girls really can do anything!!! Super hugs ๐Ÿค— xxx.
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