Sunday, 11 October 2015

How to: Make a Pinafore

I have made a pinafore using this simple hack before. Post Clueless marathon I stitched this tartan dream last year.

As much as I like this pinny and still have it in my wardrobe tbh tartan is not entirely versatile.
And so, a corduroy pinny was born! 

I mean, who doesn't love the 90s?
I hunted for a pattern for a pinny that was just right but could not find one. So instead I made my own using Salme 142 skirt pattern which you can download here.

Fancy stitching your own pretty pinny? Here's how:

1. Measure a rectangle the width and height you want the front bib of your pinny to be. I wanted mine to be 7 1/2 inches wide and 10 1/2 inches long so I cut two pieces of corduroy this size (one for the lining) plus seam allowance.
2. Measure two long strips of corduroy the length you need your straps by 3inchs wide, plus seam allowance 
3. Fold your straps in half lengthways and sew straight down the raw edges, forming two log tubes. Turn the right way round to form your straps.
4. Pin your straps to the right side of one of your pinny fronts in each corner. Place the lining piece over the top and sew around 3 edges, leaving the bottom open. Trim seam allowances and turn to right side out.
5. Sew your skirt as per instructions. Before inserting waistband sandwich the pinny front inbetween the waistband and waistband facing. Stitch and turn right sides out. Do this for the shoulder straps in same manner at the back of the skirt waistband. Attach waistband to skirt 
 6. Hem skirt and insert invisible zip in back. Ta da! A pinafore to impress.

I can't wait to layer my pinny with tight jumpers, striped tees and masculine shirts for winter. I <3 layers obvs.

What's that in the distance...?

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


Pattern Hack- Side Panelled Dress

This summer I was inspired by the very lovely Olivia Purvis to make a flattering and versatile dress with contrast side panelled. 

Lisette for Simplicity 1419 is probably one of my favourite and most used patterns so I decided to use this as my base for my pattern hack. If you have not yet tried this pattern I could not recommend it highly enough for it's lovely flattering fit and with it's simple lines it makes the perfect base for alterations and pattern hacks. However this method would probably work quite well on any basic summer dress pattern.

Keep reading to achieve this look for yourself. 

1. Start with the bodice front. Mark 1 inch below the bust dark and 1 inch next to the waist dart.
2. Connect these marks with a ruler, creating the triangle. Cut along this line.

3. Repeat this process on the bodice back. You will need to measure the height of the triangle you cut off the bodice front to ensure these match up when you sew your side seams.

4. Cut your triangular side panels from your contrast plain fabric. Cut your bodice front and back front your patterned fabric. Remember to add seam allowance to the diagonal edges you cut along previously.

5. Stitch darts as usual. Attach triangular side panels to the bodice front and back before sewing the shoulder and side seams as usual. Finish neck and armholes as usual (I like to either bag a lining or make a joint neck and armhole facing. 

6. For the skirt panel I simply cut the skirt panels from contrast fabric and then cut out a triangle the width of the skirt waist from the patterned cotton I am using. I then hemmed this triangle before appliquéing onto the main skirt panel  so they become one piece of fabric.

7. Attach the skirt to the bodice as usual. Hem and insert an invisible zip. Et voila, a simple panelled dress without buying a new sewing pattern!

I loved this dress in black so much I made another version in white for my summer break to Lisbon. I have been wearing the black version into autumn layered with black tees and polo necks, #versatile 

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

Credit to app for image editing 



Monday, 5 October 2015

New Look 6346 Faux Suede Button Down Mini

I have been coveting this garment for some time now, probably since the beginning of summer where bloggers filled the internet with pretty pictures of them donning a suede mini with and off the shoulder too and lovely subtle highlights. But I did not want to wear real suede so decided to make my own faux suade version. I learnt lots working on this project and my most favourite skill I developed was inserting metal popper studs using a hammer. I did this the professional way on the floor in my dressing gown but I do think the look is rather smart overall. Not too 'homemade'.

My inspo for this project:

I decided to use this new New Look pattern 6346 and it was lovely to work with. I am pretty fond of New Look patterns as they are simple, basic pieces which sew up professionally and are very inexpensive, particularly when on half price sale 👍
My only complaint is that it comes up massive and I had to take it in by about 3.5 inches at the centre back seam, so do size down if you are considering this pattern. 

Buy it here:
The popper studs I used were from Prym and I chose the gold colour.
And here is my finished skirt! 
I wore it on a day trip to Ealing to see my lovely cousin in her new house. Hope you like!


I styled it with my H&M lace up striped top and H&M cropped denim jacket. 

Community art in Walpole Park:

That's all for today. I hope you like my skirt as much as I do and I would recommend this pattern to anyone wishing to sew an on trend button down mini skirt, or even midi skirt as this pattern has both options. I am planning a denim version next! 
Thanks for reading and happy sewing x o x o