Best of June in sewing and making

Last month I started documenting the small pleasures, little discoveries and hopefully areas of personal growth in sewing, knitting, making in general. These were my favourite things to discover or do in June:

See also: Best of July in sewing and making 

Inspired to sew (or at least consider trying) sewing a bra.

I’ve been reading and admiring bloggers who make lingerie and especially bras, but I’ve never considered it something I could try, until I read Ingrid’s post about her Watson bra. She says this:

“I think one of the reasons I love making lingerie, is that it takes no time whatsoever, and I don’t have to break my back taping/cutting patterns and fabric on the floor. It all feels very civilised, sitting at my desk cutting out tiny little pieces with my rotary cutter”

and she made this:


So inspiring, like everything she makes. Don’t miss out her blog.

I’ve been loving Sarai’s posts about the Florence bra and I have her Nutmeg pattern in paper. It’s one of the very few patterns I brought with me when we moved and I’ve never used it.

I started a new sketchbook

I’ve started a small notebook for sewing ideas and projects. I know there’s Pinterest (love it, wrote about how to stay away from buying more that you need here) but it’s different when you draw something and in this case when you stick the actual fabric on the same paper. It becomes almost real. I’ve shared this image on Instagram, are you on instagram? Follow me or leave a comment below so I can find you!

handmade sketch blouse idea diy sewing

I’m experimenting with watercolours

And realising how little I actually know about painting. Actually almost nothing. I will still share this with you because it will be cool to see the progress over the months. I like doodling, drawing, painting so it’s something I want to do more of. I got a new set of travel watercolours so this alows me to quickly doodle something in my lunch break and makes cleaning up/putting everything back really quick.

crochet watercolour by sky turtle

I’ve used the tinyest needles ever to swatch this cotton yarn

These needles are so pretty and at the same so fragile (or at least they seem to be so) that they allowed me to be patient with my swatching. It’s amazing how gauge changes with the different patterns. I really like this cotton yarn, it’s actually a darker blue that my camera captured it here. It’s also really thin so I really need to find a strategy to channel my inner zen knitter.

swatching in blue cotton and really tiny needles

What about you? What did you learn or experiment with in June?

6 thoughts on “Best of June in sewing and making”

  1. Ooooh – I love the tiny knitting. How interesting! I have just finished my draping course and hope to start on draped skirts next term. I will be hiking in July, with a view to spotting brown bears (in Romania). Maybe I will try to take some good photographs. Your watercolour painting is really promising.

    1. Hi Kate,

      Oh, can’t wait to see what you come up with next! I love the draped dress you made.
      How exciting, the bear watching (sic!) trip! If you take a photo of a bear, I’ll promise to make a watercolor exercise out of it, haha 🙂
      Thank you for the kind words!

  2. Love the notebook. Great idea. I might need to borrow that idea 🙂 I have so many ideas and cannot keep track of them. I have mainly been knitting, but need to get into my sewing room and do a bit of organizing so I can get back to sewing. Also have a sewing machine that needs to go to the repair shop. Thanks for the inspiration. I need to get back to my drawing and painting as well.

    1. Hello Angela,
      Thank you for your lovely words. You’re saying this post inspired you but reading your comment is inspiring me to keep at it.
      I actually got the notebook idea from Wiekbe at (her blog is super inspiring) I say do it. It’s fun and creative and helps you keep track of your ideas without feeling like you have to act on them right now!

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