indie pattern month challenges and I'm so pleased with my outfit.
Friday, 28 July 2017
indie pattern month challenges and I'm so pleased with my outfit.
Sunday, 28 May 2017
I want so many versions of this top! I've been searching for a good shirt/top pattern for ages and this might be the one! Although I wish it had a sleeved version as in it's current form, it's only good for summer. However hopefully we've got months of summer left so I can enjoy this for a while.
The shirt was worn on holiday with a new pair of Megan Neilsen Flint shorts. I seem to have become a little bit obsessed by this pattern. Personally I think this is a super cute look and is also giving off more 1930s vibes. I made the shorts from a scrap of denim that I had in my stash, that I think my mum donated at one point, and some scraps of stretch cotton. I also used 2 vintage buttons also from my stash. Basically, these were a great stashbuster!
I used red topstitching on the denim and navy topstitching on the waistband and for the button holes. I have done a lot of topstitching recently and I think it adds a really nice detail but maybe it's time to give it a rest now! I'm actually wearing these shorts as I type, since the weather in the UK has decided that it's properly summer. I hope you all have a lovely weekend in the sunshine!
Saturday, 13 May 2017
liberty Mathilde blouse. While I love leather skirts, wearing this now scarce rtw item in my wardrobe reminds me why I sew! I fits so badly.
Day 12. Sew Over It Alex shirt and Mia jeans!
Day 13. A new Flint and Flora jumpsuit hack. More details will be coming soon.
Day 14. Mia jeans and plantain t-shirt.
Day 15. Sew over it ultimate wrap dress (unblogged) I like the concept of this but it needs a number of adjustments which I find frustrating when I wear it. It's starting to become apparent how I have started blogging only a fraction of the things that I make!
Day 16. I forgot to take a picture but I wore my Jade skirt and a sutton blouse
Day 17. Flint/flora jumpsuit again
Vintage shirt dress
Day 19. A Jade skirt and 1980s jumper, actually wearing these made me realise that both should go to the charity shop as the skirt is too short and I don't like the fabric of the jumper.
Day 20. Nettie dress (unblogged and unphotographed)
Day 21. I didn't manage to get a photo and I don't remember what I wore
Day 22. Super colourful ultimate trousers and a bronte top.
Day 23. New Alex shirtdress (blog post to come)
Day 24. Deer and Doe Belladone to do my doctoral viva!
Day 25. Deer and Doe hacked Belladone top and ultimate trousers
Day 26. Lady skater dress (unblogged) to celebrate passing my doctorate thesis and viva!
Flint trousers and new vintage top (blog post to come)
Day 28. Alex shirtdress
Day 29. No photo
Day 30. Flint trousers and Angelica top
Day 31. Worst photo of the month! Vintage maxi skirt and lace Belcarra top.
Right so that's May wrapped up for another year! This was definitely the year where I've struggled least to pick something to wear every day. I love all the basics that I've made and love that I've managed to fill some (but not all) of the gaps. Having a handmade wardrobe is great and the longer I sew, the more pieces that I think fit with my style and are well constructed and I find this immensely satisfying. I hope you all had good me-made-mays.
Sunday, 7 May 2017
I contemplated not blogging about Me-made-May this year as I'm doing daily photos on instagram but then I realised that even if no one else reads these posts as they are repetitive, I love having my previous years documentation of what I've worn each May and the reflections of my style, life and the weather that they represent. So without further ado, here's what I wore at the beginning of May 2017.
Vintage jersey dress, belt donated from my mum and RTW cardigan for a day at work and dinner out with friends.
I failed to get a photo but I wore my ultimate trousers for a day in uni
A Saturday spent fabric shopping makes me look this happy! I wore a Sutton blouse (unblogged) and my spotty woollen skirt. This photo was taken approximately 5 mins before I spilt food over me!
Sunday, 30 April 2017
I'd never actually made one of Megan's main patterns, although I have made the free Veronica circle skirt a couple of times; here and here. I was interested to see how the pattern came to together and how clear the instructions were on a more complex pattern. I was impressed! The whole thing was a breeze to put together, although really the only complicated bit is the opening.
I made this in some unidentified fabric that was a gift from a friend of my mums. I'm not a 100% sure it's a dress making fabric but so far it seems to be working. I cut a size x at the hips and size x at waist and it fits perfectly. I so into making trousers at the moment. For years I gave up on wearing trousers, mainly because I couldn't get ones that fitted. It's so much fun being able to include trousers in my wardrobe again.
I wore these on a trip to Eltham Palace with a friend a couple of weeks ago, it is the most incredible house done in 1930s art deco style. I completely fell in love with the lobby of the house and have decided that if I ever get married, I want it to be there (although I say this every time I find a beautiful venue).
Anyway we found some opportunities for dressing up and I tried on this gorgeous hat, which made me want to run out and buy one to wear on a daily basis. This whole visit completely reaffirmed my love for the 1930s and when I got home I had a little search for some 1930s patterns. I did not find any that I could actually afford but I realised how period appropriate my outfit for the day at Eltham Palace had been!
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Hi All. It's been a little while but I've been completing my doctoral thesis and when I needed a break, the last thing that I wanted to do was to stay at my computer writing more words. Also, trust me, none of you wanted to see pictures of me during this period! However, I was doing a fair amount of sewing in my breaks, so have a bit of a backlog of stuff to show you.
First up are the Mia jeans from the Sew Over It capsule wardrobe ebook. I bought this as soon as it was released and any of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen that I made the Alex shirt, but found it way too oversized, although I like the concept so I may make another one in a smaller size. I've just spotted that the petite passions has had the same issues with this shirt and they have been resolved by making a smaller size so I think my plan is made. However, one of the main reasons that I bought the ebook was because I wanted a fairly easy intro to making jeans.
The pattern really didn't disappoint. While most of the instructions are really clear, Lisa's video for the fly front really aids with this step, although I still didn't get it spot on. These came together really quickly and easily and I couldn't recommend the pattern enough. I'm made up with having made my own jeans. I'm particularly happy since I went shopping this weekend and when trying on trousers had my regular issues with them not even remotely fitting me. It was so nice to put my properly fitting jeans back on again afterwards.
The denim that I used was this one from Sew Crafty and it was perfect for the job. In fact since this version is perfectly wearable but far from perfect, I'm going to order some more to make a better version. They have it in jade and pink too which are tempting, maybe I need jeans in all the colours! I love the red topstitching on this version and I think I'll repeat on a future version. The topstitching was no where near as difficult as I thought it would be but it's not totally straight everywhere and I had this irritating mismatch where all the legs seams meet.
I made a size 14, grading to a 12 at the waist and essentially it fit me perfectly with very few adjustments. I had to let it out slightly at the calves (clearly my running and heel wearing has built up some hefty calf muscles) but the generous seam allowances make this really easy to do. I should have lengthened these jeans as they've come up too short, while they're fine worn with boots, I'm going to get chilly ankles if I wear them with shoes and I have very strong feelings that no part of me should ever be chilly. I'm trying to decide if they are just a smidge too high waisted and there's some excess fabric which I think would be removed if I cut out cm or 2 from the length between crotch and waist. Feel free to chip in with your thoughts. I'm going to wear them a bit more to decide before the next version.
Monday, 3 April 2017
There are loads of embroidered garments around at the moment and ok, they will have been machine embroidered but there is no way these things should be being sold at the prices that they are, EMBROIDERY TAKES FOREVER!!!! I had been stitching for weeks, with more time off than on, but still, a long time and this was the point at which I found myself:
To achieve the gorgeous peacock effect, I just used a selection of all the blues and greens and I knew that I wanted to include some gold thread to give the peacock a bit of that vibrant sparkle which makes them so attractive. I'm really pleased with the effect but man, that gold thread was a serious pain to work with! It shredded and split so easily, even when I kept the lengths that I was working with quite short.