Sunday, 22 February 2015

Queen of Hearts- Simplicity 1419

Just a super quick recent sew post. I found this devine georgette in Fabric Land and just couldn't resist it at £3.33 per meter, so I bought a meter and a half and made it up in one of my all time favourite patterns, Simplicty 1419. This pattern fits me so well and is so super flattering, I am so pleased with how it's turned out. I've wanted a heart print dress for a little while and think this May be coming to New York with us at Easter. I was inspired to make a dress by this lovely frock spotted on Pinterest: 

The adaptations to the 1419 pattern were changing the skirt for my trusty Salme 142 and inserting a longer sleeve, and I cannot remember for the the life of me where said sleeve came from, it's just floating around in my sewing corner and has been for some time now.

Tadah! The final frock, so girly and delicious. 

That's all for today, thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o

Friday, 20 February 2015

William Morris Inspired Jumper Dress

I found this badass fabric on the Goldhawk Road a little while ago. This is technically a winter make but I forgot to post it during actual winter, so here is it now.
I used Burda 6848 and adapted it by drafting my own little polo neck collar. I think it looks quite cute and I've always been a fan of William Morris, and this print is heavily inspired by the Strawberry Thief. 

I adore the Strawberry Thief print and at primary school in year 2 i vividly remember winning a competition in my class for writing the best Strawberry Thief inspired story (complete with original illustrations!). The prize was to have your book made up (using a computer, oooo '96!) in three different scales, one regular a4, one dolls size and one tiny one dolls house size. We also made our own tiles inspired by Morris, which could be placed together and create a repeat pattern than fitted together. An odd but vivid memory, so to find such a print in a warm stretch jersey was so surprising and unexpected and bought back such lovely memories I really just couldn't leave it there in the shop, and the man so so lovely he even gave me some spotty jersey as a free gift! I am such a sucker for nostalgia.

That's all for today, thanks for reading and happy sewing!
X o x o

My Lilou Dress- Love at First Stitch

Another spring sew, my first Lilou dress from Tilly's beautiful book Love at First Stitich, which had its first outing weekend before last when my mum came down to London for the day. 

It's actually proving to be a really good 'transitional' sew, and is nice layered with tees, polo necks or shirts for these last lingering colder days. 

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I chose a lovely heavy weight spotty cotton from Fabric Land, which was an absolute dream to sew with and very affordable at about £4 per metre. They have a new range of heavy printed cottons in there which Inalso used to make my mum some tea towels for her birthday (she got other gifts too, promise).

Tea towels:

Anyway, I really like the shape of this pattern and the fit overall it pretty true to the measurements stated. I really like the shape of the neckline and find it to be very flattering, and good for showing off necklaces. The only weird thing is the armholes came out kind of tiny. Luckily I have weedy arms, but if you don't then bare that in kind when working with this pattern.

Here is the dress in action on a windy day in Trafalgar Square. My bad ass tyrannosaurus necklace is from Designosaur- check them out they are incredible!

And hanging out with two of my other spring makes-

My mum and I had a lovely say as we always do together, enjoying a Lebanese lunch in Kensington, fabric shopping on the Goldhawk Road, a visit to the Crypt Gallery, Seven Dials and a potters out Traffalgar Square, phew!

I made mum's hat for Christmas! 

That's all for today, as ever loving Tilly's lovely book Love at First Stitch, having also made the Mimi blouse I can say this is hopefully going to be just as useful an addition to my wardrobe. 

Thanks for reading and happy sewing! X o x o

PS. how devine is this version of the Lilou! Sigh.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

New Look 6224- Blue Bird Dress

So, New Look 6224!
I am not entirely sure why I bough this pattern as the envelope is pretty uninspiring. Perhaps it was in the bargain £2.95 sale.

However, now I've made it up in my achingly cheap brown birdie poly crepe (this dress cost me less than a fiver, win!) I am actually rather pleased with it. I especially like the lovely neckline as it's quite unusual and flattering. I chose to finish the neckline with shop bought bias binding in blue to match the little blue birds. I swapped the skirt for my Salme 142 as I didn't have enough fabric, and in any case I wouldn't want it as long as the 6224 is intended to be.
Overall this pattern was super simple to construct and although I am not entirely keen on the way the front darts sit I can look past this as I really like the overall look of the finished dress. I can't wait for some warm weather so I can actually start wearing it!

This photo I took by accident walking towards the camera, how furious do I look!?! Lol

That's all for today, thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o

Winter is nearly over! Here is what I have made...

ISo, today I rather optimistically changed around my winter clothes and created a 'spring wardrobe' by combining jumpers with nice bright skirts and dresses. Imaginative.
In the process of removing all my sparkly, woollen and black clothes from the wardrobe I realised that so many of my recent makes had not yet made it to the blog!
So here it is, a big photo dump of recent wintery stitchery...

First, some party season sparkles! Inspiration firstly:

This super simple dress was surprisingly slow to make due to the sequins periodically smashing my needle. Also, I first put sleeves on by changed my mind and instead bound the armholes with some nude stretchy sheer dancing tulle. I also decided to change the original satin neck binding for the same stretchy tulle, and even changed the hem so it too is bound in the same way! This unpicking was a slow, somewhat painful process as I had to take it easy so as to minimise sequin loss, but I am now totally satisfied with my finished product. I think I will wear this dress again soon, when I have a similarly sparkly do to attend (this frocks first outing was New Years Eve).

This next party dress has not yet had it's first outing, as I was going to wear it to my work do but then realised it was just a little too revealing (ahem). The dress is a hybrid between Simplicity 1641 for the bodice and Salme 142 for the skirt. 

I was inspired by (aka I sort of ripped off) a lovely green velvet Topshop playsuit.

Here's my version:

Thirdly the last party piece of the season- Lordy it's only another Salme 142! This time in a classy gold brocade...

This is a super quick, cheap and cheerful make and is what I actually ended up wearing to the aforementioned work do. I discovered just before the party I didn't have any party shoes, and had to wear this outfit with chunky black Topshop boots, but never mind. Super cheap party outfit which avoids any depilation at all- win win! 

Sadly I didn't look as badass as these chicks, but oh well...

Next on to some more practical and cosy winter makes. I have always loved jumper dresses in the winter and this year was the first year I ever made my own from scratch. I chose Burda 6848 as it was the only jumper dress pattern I could find that I actually liked, and the fit turned out to be really lovely and cosy.

 I made one in this zig zag print brown woolly cosy jersey, and another in black cosy jersey with little sequins dotted randomly across. I would really recommend this pattern for a simple little cosy jumper dress that's still chic and close fitting. 

From one LBD to another, this dress was inspired by my Japanese pattern book, Casual Sweet Clothes.

 I decided I didn't need to trace the pattern but simply adapted old favourite New Look 6068 to include a lace panelled sleeve. I also added in a little elastic waist to give it more shape. I look forward to wearing this with little sandals in the warm weather.

Lastly a lonely top. I always decide I should make more tops and fail to do so as tees are so cheap to buy and shirts are such a pain to make. But this top was different to any others I've seen in the shops and was inspired by this chic APC top I saw on Pinterest. 

I decided to use Burda 6850 but lengthened it as I didn't want it too cropped. This little top was not worn many times this winter but added a little tartan burst of festive spirit to otherwise simple outfits and for that I am pleased I stitched it.

To illustrate this garment to you, here I am looking like someone has just pinched my bottom.

That's all for today. I hope you like my wintery makes and are looking forward to the summer as much as I am! Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o