My Spring 2018 Favourites!

Happy 4th July, everyone! To those of your reading from the US, I hope that you’re having a fabulous holiday and are looking forward to seeing some wonderful fireworks this evening. I’m excited to spend a few days off with my husband – it’s our first wedding anniversary on Saturday so we’re celebrating with a mini staycation! We don’t have many plans, other than some trips to the book shop and a couple of museum visits. But this will be the longest amount of time we’ve had together since I moved to the US so I’m just hugely excited for that!

In other news, my eye has finally healed itself meaning that I’ll actually be able to get some pictures of my Lucia Top this week. Look out for that post on Friday. In the meantime – and now that summer has officially started – I wanted to do a roundup of my various ‘favourites’ from the past few months. Originally I had intended to do a very general ‘my favourites’ post but I’m one of those people who reliably claim that whatever I’m currently focussed on is my “favourite thing of all time.” So I thought it wise that I restrict this post to just the past few months. With that, here we go…

Favourite Pattern: Vintage Shirt Dress (Sew Over It)

I’ve been pretty productive with my sewing through Spring. In fact, there are no patterns I’ve sewn that I don’t absolutely love! But my favourite pattern to work with has to be Sew Over It’s Vintage Shirt Dress. The construction process was just so simple and the finished product looked incredible. Not to mention the fact that the fit was total perfection.

Obviously my obsession with this dress is largely assisted by the fabric because the Le Map cotton from Dear Stella is beyond a dream. But purely from an ease of construction, clarity of instructions, and just all around fun-level standpoint, the Vintage Shirt Dress is definitely my favourite pattern from the Spring!

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Favourite Fabric: Le Map (Dear Stella)

What a surprise! I really wanted to be able to mix it up a little so that all of my sewing favourites aren’t focussed on one make. But, let’s be honest, was there any way that this super sweet Parisian fabric wasn’t going to be my favourite from the past few months?! Not only is the pattern so adorable, the cotton has such a great weight to it – it made the fabric perfectly suited to the Vintage Shirt Dress, giving the garment a really crisp and tailored look.

Obviously my other Dear Stella fabric – Fox Tales – would be a contender here. However, since I’m not quite finished sewing with it, I decided that it counts as a Summer make! I feel that this is probably a spoiler for a Summer Favourites post!

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Favourite Listen: Studio Ghibli Cafe Music

I’m super obsessed with listening to music while I sew. I tend to stick to lyric-free music, mostly because I like to create a very relaxed environment whenever I’m in my sewing room. My favourite listen from the past few months has to be the Studio Ghibli Jazz playlist. I actually found out about it from one of the few YouTubers I watch and it has changed my world. The soundtrack consists of snippets from various Ghibli films but played in a jazz style. I love Ghibli so I’m all about anything that integrates my favourite films into my everyday life. This soundtrack/playlist is just amazing and, if you’re a fan of Ghibli films, I definitely recommend giving it a listen. An added bonus is that it’s available via YouTube and on a 3hr30 loop – so you can leave it be for a good long time and just get on with what you’re doing!

Favourite Watch: Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Every so often, I’m really in the mood to pop something I love on my laptop and watch while I work on sewing projects. As with the things that I listen to, I tend to go through extended periods of focussing on just one thing. Spring has been a very Agatha Christie heavy time for me – and I’m totally on board with it. I adore the various televisations of her books but I’m most in love with David Suchet’s Poirot. The series is amazing and I watch the episodes on repeat without any enjoyment diminished at all. Plus I met him and he stayed in character as Poirot the whole time, so this series will always have a special place in my heart.

Favourite Read: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

This one isn’t sewing related at all since, although I’m an epic multi-tasker, even I can’t read and sew at the same time. But I’ve done so much reading this spring (I think about 16 books, which is pretty good going!) that I felt compelled to include my favourite. Most recently, I’ve been working my way through the Pulitzer Prize winners going back from the most recent (I figured that they will always be pretty reliably amazing books) – so obviously this meant that I finally got around to reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. I can’t quite put into words how much I loved this book. At around 750 pages, it’s definitely a lengthy read. However, I ended up racing through it because I was so enthralled. Although the book is emotionally heavy, it is truly Dickensian in its scope. Definitely my favourite read from the past few months!

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Favourite Purchase: Spirited Away Mug

My favourite purchase from Spring happens to be very much unrelated to sewing – unless you count the fact that I drink tea from it habitually whilst sewing. As I mentioned above, I love Studio Ghibli films. I’ve always had a love for animation (of course, I remain totally Disney obsessed) and Studio Ghibli takes the art to a completely different level of beauty. Plus the stories are just amazing. I was so excited to find that Barnes and Noble have a pretty good collection of Studio Ghibli items – although they’re all quite pricey – and I’ve had my eye on the Spirited Away mug for ages. My husband bought it for me as a present last month and I’ve been glued to it ever since!

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So those are all of my favourites from Spring 2018! It’s been an incredibly varied and successful few months – something that I hope carries over into Summer! Do you have any favourites from this Spring? Share in the comments – I’m always excited to read your thoughts!

5 thoughts on “My Spring 2018 Favourites!

  1. Emily Kitsch says:

    I’m so glad to hear that your eye is better! *hug*
    I love your favourites! And now, thanks to you, I need to read The Goldfinch! And listen to that awesome playlist on repeat!

    My favourite sewing project from this Spring (fabric and pattern wise!) would have to be my Exploding Tardis dress that I made with the Sewcialite Studio Valerie dress pattern! Favourite watch would have to be Agatha Christie’s Poirot as well (I’ll never get tired of hearing about how you met David Suchet!), favourite listen would definitely be Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer album. It is SOOO good! If you haven’t heard anything from it, get thee to Youtube, you can hear the whole album and watch Janelle’s amazing sci fi/musical romp of an “emotion” picture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdH2Sy-BlNE Janelle made available online for free, and it is so awesome! Django Jane (which is from this album) is my favourite song to have come out this year so far. I get chills every time I listen to it – I don’t know about anyone else, but getting an actual physical chill while listening to a song (whether the music itself, the lyrics, the vocals or all three) is kind of my personal barometer for musical greatness/genius. 😉 Love it!

    My favourite purchase would be the Agatha Christie’s Poirot The Complete Cases dvd box set, and favourite read…hmmm…other than a bunch of Agatha Christie novels, probably The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware, which I actually am not completely finished yet (I forced myself to take a break because I didn’t want the book to ever end – does anyone else ever do that, or is it just me?) but am including as my spring favourite anyway, because it is one of the best new books I’ve read in a long time! Once I’ve finished it, I will definitely be writing a review for it! If you haven’t read any of Ruth Ware’s work, definitely check her out, she’s such an awesome writer and after being introduced to her through this book, I’m definitely going to be on the look out for more of her books!

    Love this post and I can’t wait for the next one! 🙂 ❤ Happy 4th AND Happy first wedding anniversary on Saturday! I'm so happy for you both! ❤

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    • sewforvictory says:

      This is such a great list! I’m especially happy to see so much Agatha Christie 🙂 And I’m glad you bought The Complete Cases on DVD! Now you can watch them whenever you want to – which is obviously very important! I’ll for sure keep an eye out for Ruth Ware too – I’m always looking for new books to read. I actually just bought The Secret History by Donna Tartt because I loved The Goldfinch so much. Hopefully it’ll be just as good!

      Thank you for the anniversary wishes! We had a great weekend. Very relaxed and understated but that’s much more our sort of thing. We went to the art museum and the book shop! ❤

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  2. Lynn says:

    Thank you so much for the recommendations to your favorite things! I’ve already subscribed to the YiuTube channel, and bought the book on-line!!!

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