Lets get TeesCreatives creative again!

In 2018 myself and my husband Leggylad lovingly created TeesCreatives. This was originated from my passion for sewing. We held some great workshops then the unpredictable happened. COVID halted the future of this space and I just didn’t know how to move on and develop it. Until now!

The “fire is in my belly” and as much for my mental health I have a passion to make this be the place for lots of creative activities. Filling it with joy is my ultimate aim.

Inviting future teachers to lead inspirational workshops and enthusiastic students to come and learn in this colourful, warm and inviting space.

It also has sleeping space albeit a little cosy so ideal for a group of Sewists who want a weekend getaway of uninterrupted sewing. It can sleep up to 6 but two beds will need to be shared. if your travelling attending a weekend workshop there is the option to stay also but not quite as closely with a stranger!

TeesCreatives is located above my hair salon on Linthorpe Road Middlesbrough. Sadly it’s on the top two floors and atm we can’t offer any disability aids to get you to the workshop space, something that saddens me but Victorian buildings didn’t take this into consideration and in these times I done have the extra cash to convert. It’s definitely something I will be looking into in the future though.

Also to be completely transparent TeesCreatives is situated on a pub route so it may be nosy especially on a Saturday night which might not be for you unless your like me and would be planning to add to the noise! The advantages of this are lots of places to eat and drink. We have a kitchen but eating out is always a treat.

Did I mention the cocktail cabinet

Option to bring your own sewing machine or use ours please let us know at time of booking.

If I haven’t put you off and you would like to either teach, learn or spend time with up to 6 of your sewing besties please inbox me for more information.

TeesCreatives is situated on the main road to Middlesbrough town Centre. Around 10mins 15 mins from the train station and bus depot and the same from the A19 if your driving. Car parking spaces near.

Location 220 Linthorpe Road Middlesbrough TS1 3QW

Simplicity Patterns SP108

Amy from Sew Direct Patterns reached out to see if I would like to try one the newly realised PDF patterns. I looked there was a jumpsuit so the answer was yes! I also got to choose some fabric from Sew Essential. How spoilt am I?

Link to pattern

I am usually an indie pattern sewing but I have recently tried a few of the simplicity group patterns and once I found my sizing I’ve loved how they have turned out.

Vogue 1719

Bust 37inches, waist 31 inches, hip 41 inches and I’m 5 ft 6.5 I very rarely struggle with having to change patterns to fit my body shape but I do usually add extra length. The size 16 I’ve found to be perfect for me.

Recently I have been using my printer and sticking my PDF patterns together and I’ve grown to enjoy it. I have to admit I prefer a layered PDF that way you can just print out your pattern size. I printed all of the 104 pages for this pattern but I actually only needed around 40. I procrastinated prior putting it together but it was honestly more straightforward than I thought. I reused the pages I didn’t need by printing out another PDF on the the reverse.

I love cutting out always checking the direction of the print on the fabric I choose. I do however seem to accidentally pattern match which happened on the top bodice. Sewing Win!

Link to fabric

The pattern is really easy to sew and comes together quickly. It’s suitable for a beginner as it has no fastening only a elasticated waist. As my sewing progresses I like to make the insides as neat as possible too. One of the methods I love to do is face the facing.

To avoid the top wrap gapping my solution is to either wear a vest top underneath or I had just recently bought a cute little brooch. Perfect !

I have recently been making matching belts for my jumpsuits ( I’ve made a few ) and I had also bought a buckle that worked with the fabric too. Using interfacing to make the fabric suitable.

I wore it to teach in my sewing studio TeesCreatives in Middlesbrough. It was lovely and cool to wear and it still looked great later when I went for a well earned refreshment.

Overall I would definitely buy another Simplicity Group pattern.

Trend Patterns 70’s Dress #TPC14

I made a Sleeveless Version

Pattern link

I had seen the pattern previously but to be honesty I thought it wasn’t for me. As soon as I seen Sharlene wearing her version for the peace and love party at New Craft house I fell in love. We shared a hotel whilst staying in London so I got the chance to try on Sharlene’s we are very similar in size.

Link for fabric

I’m 37 inches bust, 31 inches waist , and 41 inch hips, height 5ft 6.5 Trying it meant I knew what size to make Sharlene’s size 12 was perfect.

The bodice was the start I loved how this was constructed. The gathering lengths are listed on each pattern piece which is great. I did however skip the instructions and didn’t place the frill 1 cm in so I did have to re jig it’s actually only 0.5cm. I used a hook and eye to finish the closure.

Progress
Neckline invisible closed with hook and eye.
The back frill

I also knew I needed to change the length of the tiers. I had 3 metres 140cm wide viscose crepe from Rainbow Fabrics. It’s sold out but they have a great selection. I kept the original patten pieces the same for bodice and first tier. I reduced the tier by 2 inches but kept the original widths.

The bottom tier I reduced by 6 inches. Taking 8 inches off the original pattern. I used the full 140 width x 2. I don’t think you can tell notice this reduction. (Almost 75 cm) but for my next one I will buy an extra metre so Im not playing Tetris. I also think 4 metres will be enough for the full length sleeve version.

Safe to say I love this dress. It’s definitely made for swishing around. Show me the dance floor!

Swishyiness in action

Patina Blouse – Friday Pattern Company

Every now and again a pattern drops and I become obsessed. The current obsession is the Friday Pattern Company #PatinaBlouse

I really love the collar detail. It to big not to small and the depth of the V feels so comfortable, not revealing and extremely flattering.

Over the last few years I embraced making shirts. I was always scared of button holes so I avoided them, until I got my Husqvarna 690q the stitch and tear on the reverse is my secret to an even finish. I also use Leggylads chisel to create a clean button opening.

I used my special fabric, a Liberty print. This could have been risky for the first but I have all faith in Friday Pattern Company and the patterns.

The first Patina Blouse I made within 24 hours of the pattern realise. I loved making it. It’s a great pattern for beginners as the instructions are so clear and the construction is clever. I’ve never made a shirt like this previously. Also inside can be as beautiful with French seams and the sleeve isn’t inset.

I was right not to be concerned I cut a L with no modifications and I love it.

In my stash I had another special fabric. Rifle and co. I bought it with the intentions of using the darker print as contrast. I knew this would work perfectly. I had 1.5 metres of the cream background. 0.5 of the contrast. This fabric (as is the liberty) is only narrow so Tetris was needed. I found the perfect buttons too!

I added a button detail to the sleeve cuff
Looks amazing with my vintage cardigan find

This one happened by accident. The original bodice I cut out (from a different pattern maker) ended up being to small. I had a re think and cut out the bodice of the Patina Blouse. I shortened the bodice to the waist to add a skirt. I had already cut out the Anthea Blouse Sleeves. To insert these I connected the side seams to do a conventional sleeve insert. It worked perfectly

I also added a frill to the collar.

I realised the colour of the fabric worked with lots of my previous makes so I decided to make a two piece. This left me in a dilemma as my bodice was tho short. So I added a band using a rectangle that I doubled over. I tried it on with the belt and decided to add a channel of 1cm elastic.

The elastic channel added the gathering effect I wanted.
Rocking the 80’s vibes

This looks great wearing it over the skirt or with trousers and the elastic helps to keep the top in place when I wear it underneath a pinafore and dungarees.

The elastic helps it stay in place whilst wearing under garments.

My fourth was actually cut out prior the third. This is in a beautiful self embossed cream fabric. I’ve chosen the long sleeves with a placket. Watch this space…

Sewing Challenge

Myself and Sharlene  met on Instagram  a few years ago. She rescued a near disaster after noticing I had cut my lining wrong for my Rumana coat. Following this we have chatted and inspired each other ever since.  

We both love Fashion and love to recreate looks that inspire us. Here are our favourites we will be sharing more during the weeks.

@sosewdressmaking
@jenlegg_teescreatives

Our inspiration comes from many avenues:

*You lovely Sewist via your IG grids

*New patterns from our super talented Indie Company’s 

*Pinterest 

*Magazines

*Nature

*Retail Shops – my favourite Anthropologie 

*Google Adverts

*Architecture 

*Movies and TV programs

*Sharlene’s Sunday Inspirations @SoSewDressMaking 

We are going to encourage you to ReCreate your Look. It can be from any inspiration something high end or replica of someone you follow creation you, let’s face it we all inspire each other (as long as you credit them) Open to all Sewist’s from beginner to advanced.

This challenge will take place during the month of July.

Week 1 Finding and sharing our inspirational image 

Week 2 Planning the fabric and pattern combinations 

Week 3 Sneak Peaks 

Week 4 Reveal Day Saturday 31st July 

We have some amazing sponsors (details to follow) During the 4 weeks in progress we will be choosing one winner to receive one per week.

After reveal date 31st July we will be choosing 3 prize winners from those who show us the most dedication to their look. We really don’t want this to be luck of the draw, we encourage you to use this month to create something you will cherish forever. Something you have imagined since you started sewing. Something that makes your heart sing! Play to your strengths this isn’t about being the best Sewist this is your vision no matter how you approach it.

Please tag Jen and Sharlene in your posts we can share in stories. We are here every step of the way if you require any help or advice. We also encourage you to reach out to the sewing community with decision making by doing a poll or asking questions in your stories. It would be amazing to save these in your highlights to look back on your progress at the end of this month.

Due to postage for prizes it will be UK only but we would still love you to join us wherever in the world. 

Enjoy this is a fun challenge.

We cannot wait to see what you super talented Sewist’s create.

Jen and Sharlene xx

Love affair with Lyra

Thank you for reading my blog on the recent sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons #SewingLyra. I have completely been consumed since it’s released. 

My first make was a toile for my next make. I used it to join in with Yvette @Blossomsandwich and her her #FruitSaladSewing challenge. In all my vast stash I didn’t own any that included fruit. I sourced this amazing cherry fabric from Emmas De-Stash. When it arrived I knew it would be perfect for this pattern. 

I was worried that the slippery satin fabric would be a nightmare to sew but it behaved perfectly. I used a Micro-text needle to prevent any snags. The only alterations I made was to add extra length to the bottom tier.

I added a buckle to the belt.

I used the same pattern piece cutting two and added a firmer interfacing to one side. Sewn along leaving a gap to turn I the right way, into the one length (not double and halved as the pattern instructions) Adding Topstitch and sewing the belt buckle in the centre. I bought this vintage find at Selkie Patterns. I had the perfect buttons in my stash by Pigeon Wishes that Meg actually gifted when I had purchased another set from her. She must have known! More images and a reel on my IG grid



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The second was inspired by this image I seen in the Grazia magazine.

Shaukat fabrics had posted a picture of a fabric in the same design but 3 colours that I knew would work but I needed 8, I messaged my idea and they were so supportive they offered to gift me the fabrics. They sent a few pics of different fabrics but as soon as I seen the circles I knew. 

Working out how much I needed I drafted up this sketch which helped me to start. I had originally thought the #harrietblouse too the #SewingLyra hadn’t been released at this stage.

Like all great plans it had to evolve. I absolutely love the cutting out stage (yes I know I’m in the minority) I took it stage by stage starting with the bodice. I French seamed each section prior cutting out the pattern pieces. Because the fabric is cotton I ripped each section to the size I wanted.

The only alteration I need was a bicep expansion there are some great online tutorials to follow. This did result in the arm length slightly but it worked out for the matching of the horizontal fabrics.

I’m not a fan of gatherers around the waist area. I feel on me it isn’t flattering so here I used one width of the fabric. Then 1.5 in width, increasing in widths to the last tier has 5 widths. I have a reel on the progress on IG I always think it helps to see things visually.

To gather I used my overlocker by setting  stitch length to 4, differential feed 2. I gathered the full lengths then put the settings back to normal stitch. I found this so much easier.

I extended the front placket added 13 button holes and saved sewing 13 buttons I used denim studs to hammer in place. 

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Styled with a belt from a FatFace outlet and boots but it looks fab with trainers too! I cannot wait for the warmer weather to wear it. 

Hope you love them as much as me!

Gingham Rules Nerida Hansen

January fabric ban = epic fail

This broke me…. but all is forgiven Josie at Fabric Godmother

I’ve loved Australian based Nerida Hansen prints forever I’m so pleased we can now get our creative hands on them in the UK. The quality of this fabric is amazing and it was hard to narrow it down so choosing two contrasting colour ways I really wanted to do it justice. It was so hard to to decide on the right pattern.
Scrolling through IG as you do I found @Katiemakesadress truly honest blog using this fabric which helped so much, then I found this image of a hacked dress using @fridaypatterncompany #squareneckedtop I loved it but couldn’t find the blog and I knew I wanted to add a more fitted waistline, so let the hacking begin….

I purchase 1 metre Large & Small Gingham Cotton Poplin – Red & Pink for the top then 1.5 metres Gingham Cotton Poplin – Multi Colour Mix it will be luck of the draw which colour verations you will get but I had the pink beige repeated twice so I knew this had to be my bottom ruffle.

I cut out the Large in the square necked top symmetrically then squared the front length.

The bottom length was used to create the inner casing for elastic. I pressed that into place using the block of red for contrast.

Before I secured this I added the skirt. Basically the rectangle of fabric sewn on one side. I added gathers and attached to the top bodice with the seam at one side for continuity. Following this I sewed the casing adding 1 inch elastic.

The ruffle for the skirt was made from 2 widths of the fabric. I hemmed it before I attached it to the bodice.

I got carried away with the process and I can’t say it was pure skill I think Devine intervention came into play too!

After completing the skirt I went back over to finish the top. These days I like the insides to be as neat as possible so I face the interfacing on the neckline. Details are saved in highlights on IG under Husqvarna Tips

Finally for the sleeves I cut a 3 inch section of the width green colour way then cut it in half. Then pressed it over added gathering stitches and attached to the sleeves.

To complete this make I had the perfect labels from Victoria Little Rosy cheeks

Pics taken in the frosty sunshine… I cannot wait for the warmer weather!

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Homer and Howells Lennox

If you follow me you know how much I love sewing and wearing jumpsuits I even have my own hashtag #jumpsuitqueenjen in my IG highlights you can see over 60 I’ve made.

I pattern tested the #hhinnes top for Nic and Susan Homer and Howells and I got to see their recent pattern realises and I seen the #hhlennox that was due to be released soon. I discovered after drinking a few vinos so with Dutch courage I contacted them saying I would love to pattern test being a bit of an expert in the jumpsuits field.

I was thrilled when they replied thinking it was a great idea and I got to help them prior testing by being sent the toile to try over zoom we discussed the early fitting issues. I must say they had more or less nailed it before I was involved.

As soon as I received the A0 Copy I got straight into cutting out size 14. I used a cotton I bought from Material girl Laura in my signature floral print.

After trying the toile I knew I needed the sleeve for a bicep enlargement. pictures show this process.

The instructions (even before testing) where great and I so chuffed with my first stand up collar.

The full process of sewing was a joy and of course after trying the toile I knew I could jump straight in ( excuse the pun!) it was really straight forward and I love the result.

Button decisions

Loved the result and the fit was great.

Just like me as soon as I’ve made something my mind goes into over drive and I NEED to make it again. I had bought 3 metres of this beautiful velvet curtain material that I was originally going to be a trouser suit but I could imagine this as a #hhlennox

When using velvet especially this one it was important to cut out in the right way to get the colour correct from the nap.

Another issue was this fabric has a thermal white reverse so if I wore the top open you would see this so I had to add a lining. Also sewing I had to use a purple tipped needle usually used for a stretched/knit fabric.

I also checked button holes on a scrap piece of fabric and I really wasn’t happy with the result. I also thought the front placket would be lovely plain. I used Poppers for fastenings these needed adding before sewing the facing down. They worked perfectly and it’s quicker to un do if you’ve left it to ‘spend a penny’

It was also causing thickness so I used lining fabric for the under collar and hand sewn to finish the neckline. Again it was hard to sew thimble was needed.

I’m so pleased I had made it in cotton fabric first otherwise this might have been left as a UFO but I’m over the moon with the result and it was worth all the thought processes.

My lovely photographer friend Nikki invited me to have it pictured with the reindeer shoots she was taking.

My Christmas Day outfit is complete! Even though my house isn’t (another story)

Thank you Susan and Nic I feel so privileged to have been part of this journey with you both.

Selvedge and Bolts Hannah

I discovered Selvedge and Bolts in the early stages and had many DM conversations with Dibs about the fabric she was sourcing and how much I loved it. For me it’s not just that a lot of it is ex designer it’s the fact that it’s totally different. In the early days it was easier to add to the cart so I can’t say I’m happy about the popularity of this business now.

Only joking! Dibs keep going …

Like a lot of fabric shop owners I feel they get to know their customers and buy with a particular one in mind. Dibs seen this fabric and contacted me to see if I would make something up in it for a blog. Dibs gave me 2 metres Dreams come true when you wear floral and I loved it so much I purchased another metre so I had more of this delicious fabric to play with.

https://www.selvedgeandbolts.com/collections/cotton/products/dreams-come-true-when-you-wear-florals-cotton

I didn’t have a pattern in mind, also buying online, I think you really need to wait until it arrives to feel the fluidity of the fabric in real. When this arrived last week and did just that and imagined a long flowing dress, with an additional mandatory frill of course.

I’ve admired #bhlhannah from By Hand London and I did make it up in a top but it was an epic fail. The wrap didn’t quite cover my assets so when Elisalex brought out a blog with tuition to provide more coverage I knew I wanted to attempt it again. I followed and made a toile to check the fit and it was a success so I jumped straight in. It’s a really easy make.

https://byhandlondon.com/blogs/by-hand-london/how-to-fix-a-gaping-neckline-on-any-wrap-dress?_pos=6&_sid=4a9306703&_ss=r

I replaced the roulade fastenings with ribbon from my stash. Bishop sleeves are perfect with with weight of fabric. I usually avoid gathered waists but the distribution of gathers in the pattern instructions allow the flatness around the waistline.

I also need to mention my silver needle necklace from Joanna

https://www.instagram.com/p/CIk24DkFWRn/?igshid=nvs58h829s07

I’m a brand ambassador for Husqvarna along with my lovely sewing friend Laura @cottonrealstudio we both bought our Opal690q and we get provided with the accessories of our choice, in return we will post on IG. We had some online training via zoom (the way of the world at the moment). I had the ruffler foot and I was blown away with how easy it was to use. I was dying to have a go and this was the perfect opportunity to get that frill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GQQIh38hgA

I couldn’t be happier with the result. Colour and floral prints are definitely my signature style. My next wish is to get out of tier three and be able to go out for a meal with my Leggylad wearing it!

I love the gathering distribution