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DIY dressmaking + crafts with Emily

Pom-pom ice cream anyone?

I’ve been a bit out of the loop with community challenges this year. Normally I love diving in and having fun with these things but I’ve been a bit caught up in my own head and I’ve not participated as much as I would have liked! So I’ve decided in these last few months of the year, I’m going to join in as many as I can!

The first one of which is the Stitched with a Twist challenge that’s being run by Chantelle and Louise (@i_seam_sew_happy_xx and @oh_liverpool_lou respectively on Instagram). This challenge is all about embellishing and pattern hacking – some of my favourite things to do!

I chose to jazz up a sweater for this challenge!

I wanted to create a slightly oversized jumper – think comfy and slouchy and perfect for lazy about on the couch! I had a rather special piece of loopback knit from Discovery Knitting (check it out here) which I decided to use! It’s grey with gold spots and will look very familiar if you own the Tilly and the Buttons book Stretch!

In honour of the fabric, I started off with the Stella hoodie pattern from Tilly’s book Stretch. I omitted the hoodie and opted to replace it with a ribbed neckband. I also changed the hemline to a dipped high-low hem and left out the waistband.

If that wasn’t enough changes, I also decided to change it up with a button back hack!

I added on 4.5cm to the centre back and cut two pieces instead of one. I then interfaces and folded back 3cm to create a button placket.

I opted to use some fun colours KAM snaps to close it up. (If you’ve not used these before, they’re plastic snaps which use special handheld pliers to push into place. They’re ridiculously quick and easy to do!)

After all that it was time for the real jazzing up!

With a pom-pom ice cream!

I made three pom-poms in wool (matching the colours of my snaps of course!) and sewed them onto the front of my sweater with a cone shaped piece of yellow fabric that I machine embroidered into place.

Some people might say it’s too much but I think it’s just enough… 🤣

If you’re planning your own Stitched with a Twist make, you’ve got until November 24th to enter and win a prize!

Next up on my challenge list:

The cosy cardi challenge!

Sew frosting!

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  1. Hi. That looks like a really fun make! Love the fabric. What fabric did you use and where can I get some please? 🙂

      1. Hi Emily! Thanks for the response. I did visit Discovery Knitting before asking you where you sourced your fabric. I was hoping you’d be able to point me somewhere a little bit more reasonably priced 🙂 But it is a gorgeous fabric.

        1. Sorry I don’t think it’s made anywhere else! And that’ll likely be the lowest cost as they’re the manufacturers 🙁

          1. It is such a lovely fabric so maybe I’ll treat myself 🙂 Please keep making such lovely garments as you inspire me a lot! And please mention your fabric sources if possible 🙂

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