Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Cosy tartan brushed cotton Simplicity 2444

I started this project about a month ago and let it sit, untouched and zip-less, until yesterday when I finished the zip and hem and excitedly wore it today for a lovely outing to Home Park with BF. It was a lovely cold walk and I had to be very brave to take my coat off for the photos, which look very bleak and atmospheric, I kind of love it! Home Park, if you haven't been and happen to live in South West London, is brilliant and different in every season, but always beautiful.

I used Simplicity 2444, having had it recommended by lots of people and I did really like it. I especially like the diagonal darts on the bodice front. I think they really looked interesting with the lines of the tartan. The fit was actually really good without any alterations, which makes a change! As always o shortened it a lot which saved on fabric. I made a UK 8 and the fit it a little loose but comfy to layer over a polo neck, like I did when bracing the cold today.



I bought the cost tartan brushed cotton from Fabric Land. I used 1.5m, costing £3.99 per metre. After buying the zip and cotton this project came in at £8- win! 
 



That's it for today, hope you like my moody and grey photography and super cosy tartan frock.
Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o

On a closing note, lol at these panties I found in Topshop today! <3 Gizmo


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Self drafted grey marl swing dress

Well pleased with this one!
Actually drafted the pattern myself (can't be too pleased with myself as jersey is so forgiving as far as fit is concerned, and the pattern is pretty basic!)
I was inspired by all the cosy, comfy, baggy, swingy jumper dresses I've seen in shops such as topshop recently. I particularly like the 'tent' or 'swing' shape which is tight on the arms and bust then flares out very wide across the body. It's also suddenly so cold and I'm craving cosy, stretch jersey to cuddle up in.






So here is my handmade version!



Hope you like, it's super warm, cosy and comfy. I wore it to work today and I felt so comfortable and able to just 'get on' with my job, and it was the Christmas concert today so a crazy busy day was had by all!

Thanks for reading and happy sewing! x o x o

Tapestry skirt Simplicity 2512

I was recently inspired, whilst planning my winter wardrobe, by 'tapestry'-type skirts. I'm not sure if this is the correct word for the fabric I used, but it is a heavy weight, heavily decorated cotton in wintery, rich colours most often used for cushions or perhaps soft furnishings. 
On with the pin-able inspiration-







For my skirt I chose to used Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 2512 because I have used this pattern before in a brown polyester suiting and it turned out so nicely.


The skirt used just a meter of fabric (I made view A) and so was a very cheap project, only £5 including the shiny exposed gold zipper! I didn't adjust the pattern except for removing the waist tie and shortening the finished length because I'm short. 




That's all for today, I hope you like my pretty new skirt! Give this pattern a go if you fancy a new high waist style.
Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o