Excuse the slightly crumpled appearance in these photos. They were taken on a whim during an early me made may photo opportunity!
Monday, 29 May 2017
Friday, 14 April 2017
After dipping my feet back into the sewing water with a couple of Grainline Lark tees I decided to tackle a pattern that has been lurking in my stash unappreciated for about a year, the Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse. Boy am I glad that I finally decided to make this pattern. I am head over heels in love with it!
I made the blouse in a translucent drapey fabric bought from The Knit and Stitch Show. It has flowers on which are raised giving the fabric a pretty texture. When I bought the fabric, I didn't notice that it was only 1m wide and only bought 1.5m. Because of this the long sleeve that the pattern is designed with just wasn't possible. Initially I thought that I would go sleeveless but when I tried it on without sleeves it seemed boxey and unbalanced on me. Because of this I instead decided to cut the given sleeve down into a short sleeve which I had enough fabric for.
As ever, happy stitching x
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Helmi certainly did not disappoint! It has some gorgeous details including a dropped curved hem and a fly front which made it an interesting yet quick make. I used a drapey fabric from Fabicland in Brighton. I swooned as soon as I saw the swans in the shop!
The instructions were as ever concise and simple to follow. The fit was great and I made absolutely no alterations at all!
Saturday, 4 February 2017
However it lingered in the back of my wardrobe totally abandoned and unloved. I finally made the decision to buy another metre of the fabric (not expensive and available online from Fabicland) and recut another front. Boy am I pleased that I took the time to do this! I absolutely love it now and it's pretty much in my weekly work wardrobe rotation.
I finished it off with some outlandish blue buttons which I wasn't too sure of at the start but which it's a twist I really like on it now.
Perhaps I need to revisit some of my other failures after all there are more than a few to choose from! Have you managed to rescue any items?
Happy stitching x
Friday, 13 January 2017
During Christmas shopping I noticed a few tulle dresses in the shops which I thought I'd have a go at recreating. I decided to use the Merchant and Mills Camber top for the bodice as I wanted a top without any fixtures to negotiate. The skirt was merely a rectangle which was gathered onto the bodice with the gather attached on the outside.
Of course being rather see-through meant that I needed to make a slip dress to wear underneath. After some brain wreaking I remembered that I had a pattern in the Great British Sewing Bee book. I omitted the lace (I thought this would be too fussy for the dress) and instead finished the edges with bias binding which worked out fine.
Happy stitching x
Monday, 2 January 2017
I'm ashamed to say that I actually made this a fair few months ago but I just haven't managed to get any decent photos of it. As it has been the Christmas holidays I've managed to finally get some nice photos!
The Ralph Pink Bow Shirt had been on my 'to-sew' list for a while. I had always fancied using some organza and spotted this rather lovely silk organza at Goldhawk Road. At £8 a metre it's quite a steal as well.
It's worth noting that whilst Ralph creates gorgeous designs which are cut beautifully his instructions aren't always the clearest. The instructions for the Bow Shirt were quite clear with only one part which doesn't quite fit. The pattern pieces ask you to cut two yokes for the back of the shirt but his instructions tell you to only use one. If you want to use two pieces I'd suggest looking at the instructions for a pattern such as the Merchant and Mills Camber for further guidance.
Due to the nature of the organza this was a rather slow project as the insides are completely on show! I sewed all seams (apart from the armistice) using French seams. For the armistice I sewed a tiny seam and finished it with a line of stitching to prevent fraying. For the hem I used my rolled hem foot which I'm not a huge fan of but I don't think it looks too bad.
I absolutely love this top but I'm not sure if I need another one in my wardrobe. If I was to make another, I think I would use a cotton lawn perhaps which I think would give the shirt a completely different vibe.
Happy stitching x
Sunday, 18 December 2016
I was only in Amsterdam for the weekend when the largest fabric market (Lapjesmarkt) turns into a farmers market so I visited Albert Cuyp Market instead. Lots of the fabric stalls were actually shops which had some fabric on a stall in front of them. There were some truly gorgeous fabrics for sale.
I ended up buying just a few bits. I'm calling them souvenirs!
With so many sewing plans in my head all I need is the Christmas holidays to begin so I can crack on. Happy stitching x