My Handmade Wardrobe… the challenge is set!

I love making children’s clothes, obviously, but I’ve always shied away from making anything for myself. I don’t know why, but somehow it just seems more complicated. However, I have recently become very taken with the idea of having at least a partially handmade wardrobe. The more confident I’ve become with my sewing, the more I’m looking at my own clothes and thinking “I could have done a better job!” I feel like I’m past the point of caring about what’s fashionable (although I never really have, as anyone who recalls me as a black-lipsticked teenager with green hair will attest to!); I just want to wear clothes I like that are stylish and flattering.

So, here and now, I’m setting myself a challenge… I aim to make myself at least one handmade garment each month for the rest of this year. I will share my progress with you lovely blog readers along the way, and I’d love your comments on anything I make. Of course, this won’t be detracting from anything I’m doing business-wise for Little Squish, this will be the sewing I’m doing just for myself when I get a moment here and there. I’m hoping that I’ll learn a lot about making adult-sized garments, and I’m really excited to get going!

So what am I going to make?


I’ve come across some pretty awesome-looking patterns recently which has fueled my excitement to go handmade, including  By Hand London’s Anna dress, anything by Sew La Di Da Vintage, but particularly their Blitz dress and Tilly’s Coco. I was super excited to get my Coco pattern in the post today and I’m hoping to get started soon, once I’ve cleared a bit of work.  As well as my Coco pattern, I have the patterns in the Great British Sewing Bee book to work my way through too. I’ve made a start already, which will count as April’s entry for my handmade wardrobe. Want to see? (Excuse the unfinished hem, I took the photo before I’d finished it properly!)

Draped top

How gorgeous is this fabric?! I think it’ll look great with my jeans and favourite pink shoes. All I need now is some nice weather and somewhere to go!

Pattern sheet

This was a really easy pattern to ease me in, it was only three pieces and wouldn’t have taken to long had I not been practically falling asleep at the sewing machine. Note to self: stop trying to sew when exhausted, it will not end well and you will unpick everything you do at least twice. I don’t have a photo of myself in this top, but I will really try to get my confidence up a bit to do a photo shoot for next month’s update!

Let the sewing commence!

What do you think? Would you ever make any of your own clothes? Have you got any makes you’d like to share? Please get in touch!

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