Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Vogue Paris Original ~ Some 80's nostalgia

Never let it be said that the 1980's won't ever come back into fashion. It's already started to creep back in with skinny jeans, high waistlines and cropped tops. And what of all the "falling off one shoulder" tops? Who growing up in the 1980's doesn't remember a sweater version of this thrown in with some leg warmers?

Most of us cringe when we think of the 80's with big hair, big shoulder pads, and those huge boxy jackets that made women look like an American Footballer!
But not all fashions were bad (OK, most but not all!!) and some are even re-appearing on our high streets with a vengeance some 30 years later.

I made this skirt in 1987 (yes you read that right!) 1987!!! And to me, this is one of those few in the "not all bad" category. Somehow it has never dated and somehow it still fits. And yes, I still wear it.

Even this high/low hemline is fashionable again now.

 It's a Vogue Paris Original Pattern confirmed by the label I stitched on one of the back pockets. If memory serves me right, it was an "Individualist" pattern designed by Claude Montana. Although I am not 100% certain so if anyone can clarify this I would be over the moon!
I contacted Vogue to see if they could find the pattern number for me, but although they were kind enough to reply they were unable to help.

So much detail went into this skirt. It has a high low waist as well as hemline, a shaped back yoke, front pockets, back pockets, fly zip, fitted to the hip then a fit and flare lower skirt, the hemline is faced and everything is top-stitched. (Phew, pause for breath!) 
Why did I ever throw this pattern away?!!

I have hunted high and low for a photo of me wearing it in the 80's but to no avail boo hoo. It's quite unbelievable really that I still have the skirt yet I no longer have the pattern. It had a shirt pattern included in the same envelope and the 2 together with white boots(!) was my favourite outfit for months! Although I no longer have the shirt, ironically, I actually do have a photo of it....

You can almost see the Vogue Paris Original Label I also sewed onto the sleeve!

I was so proud of those 2 welt pockets on the front; they were my first attempt and turned out rather well! Mum was proud anyway lol! The shirt got worn over and over again and consequently wore out many many years ago but the skirt has after all these years lived to tell the tale.....

And finally, Just had to add a photo of this lovely wrap I'm wearing. I now have 3 of these in total. There are so many gorgeous ones I could buy them all! Pop over to Pennies From Heaven and see for yourself. Prices are very reasonable too :)

Thanks for stopping by

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x

Sunday, 13 July 2014

McCalls 3650 ~ Pink Flamingo!

Well who'd have thought it? After hoarding this pattern since the 1990's I have now made it twice in as many months! It's also the oldest original pattern that I own. I have had a yearning for all my old sewing patterns of late. I so wish I had kept a hold of them.
This oldie is my second version of McCalls 3650. It's OOP but McCalls have a current pattern (kind of similar!) HERE

McCalls 5050 Current 

My Oldie: McCalls 3650

You can see my first version of this (cropped with long sleeves) blogged HERE. But as much as I love long sleeves, especially the long flowing ones of this pattern, unfortunatley I have found them to be rather impractical. Sleeves in your gravy is not a cool look.

So this time around, I decided to go with the shorter sleeve from View C and the longer length top from View B (Short sleeves, long top) The complete opposite from my first one, just to keep it different!

I also used a completely different fabric this time. I made this one in a Poly cotton, available HERE from Minerva Crafts, which is nice, but it doesn't hang quite as nicely. I've washed it 2 or 3 times and it still feels and looks a bit stiff! A seersucker would be perfect for this, or for the evening look, a chiffon with a lacy top underneath

Still, cotton makes for a nice cool summer wear :)
and the shorter sleeves totally giving the summer vibe!

To Read My Sewing Pattern Review CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by

Happy Sewing Sewers!
Dawn :)x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

SImplicity 1425 ~ Peplum Parade

Quite simply, I was inspired by another blogger for this top. But it has been so long since I came across the photo and saved it, that I can't remember which blog it was, to pass on the credit :(

I chose this top for my June MAGAM challenge because
A) I have wanted to make it for so long
And B) The theme this month was to make something Feminine and Bright.
This fit the bill perfectly so it gave me a push in the right direction to finally make it.

This is the lovely top that caught my eye.  I remember this was purchased so I set out to replicate it

I chose Simplicity 1425 for the pattern

I made View C

I originally intended to make this in a black and white fabric as per the inspiration photo, but as I picked this for the MAGAM challenge, something a little more vibrant was required to keep in with the theme.

 I came across THIS from Minerva Crafts
This catalogue photo shows the colours much better

I just had to have it. Out went the black and white and in came the black, white and red! It was only later that noticed that it is very similar to View C on the pattern envelope!

I guess I am a bit slow (well, more than a bit) jumping on the peplum band wagon. Peplums were something I often wore back in the 80's.

Wooo check out me sporting a peplum back in the day....!!
I made this outfit too but I have no idea which sewing pattern it came from. One of my biggest regrets is throwing out most of all my old patterns. What do you do? Keep or save...? Since I started sewing again, I've kept every one.

McCalls 6844 was a hugely popular sewing pattern last year and I'd never considered wearing a peplum again until then. (You can see that top Blogged HERE

Anyways back to the item in question. I am totally loving this top. It's even made me don a pair of jeans (again!!) I didn't realise until I came to make it that there are pleats in the peplum giving it that extra fluting

I also didn't realise until I read the instructions through, that the back is fastened with just loops and buttons, and only 3 at that. What?!! I have no idea what Simplicity were thinking with that idea.
Another Reviewer recommended an exposed zipper instead so that's what I did. And what a genius idea it was too! FitDiva from the Sewing Pattern Review Website must take all credit for this. I started the zip a few inches down so just used one button and loop at the very top to fasten at the neck.

Look at me getting all brave using a bright contrast red instead of playing it safe with a white one!

I know that this is going to sound ridiculous but this is the first time I have swayed away from armhole and neckline facings! I was always taught to use facings on armholes and necklines but it does seem to look very "old hat" these days.

 So it was time to try a new method and I am now asking myself why I never did this sooner?! It gives a much more professional finish. Not bad either for my first attempt even if I do say so myself! Haven't quite been brave enough to make my own binding yet, (despite my Mum giving me a handy little tool to do so) but I am converted that's for sure.

And finally, I just had to add this final shot as my lovely Hubby was kind enough to trust me on his bike lol

To Read My Sewing Pattern Review CLICK HERE

Until next time

Happy Sewing :)

Sunday, 29 June 2014

McCalls 6083 ~ Sunshine and Flowers Jumpsuit

So I have been away from My Blog again for over a week. There is just so much going on with life at the moment; all new and exciting, but the main reason for my absence this time is because we took a few days away last week to spend with family.

I made 2 items in preparation for this trip. Neither of which I got to wear! The first, Simplicity 1425 was my project this month for the MAGAM Challenge (of which I currently have no photos so will have to blog next time, but at least it is completed!)
 The 2nd was this last minute quick and easy make from McCalls 6083

There are endless wonderful versions of this on the Sewing Pattern Review website (you can read mine HERE). It totally doesn't need another review as it's that highly rated, but I added mine anyway because this is such a great pattern for not just summer but by using a completely different fabric can also be made for a night on the town!

I chose the summer option...

I am discovering that one of the beauties of sewing is that it makes you step outside your comfort zone and try something new. I would never have bought an item of clothing as bright and as vibrant as this, yet the fabric leapt out at me.

I originally bought it to make a dress. Having never worked with scuba (neoprene) before I wanted to give it a go. But when the sewing pattern arrived, due to the fabric's bold print I so wanted to use it for this instead.

One thing to mention about neoprene... it does not like being pressed. At all! Therefore I'd say it is definitely more suited to body-con dresses because with the body filling out the dress, the seams would automatically look like they've been pressed ( if you get what I mean!)

Fabric I used is available HERE and is also available a variety of colours, plains and patterns. All from MINERVA CRAFTS

Notice the tie belt on this Jumper? (looks pants without it). I wanted to make a contrasting belt but didn't have any suitable fabric to hand and I was in a rush to finish. Rather pleased with the matching one though :)

Super, Wonderful, Smashing, Great, not to mention useful Pockets too! :)

Thanks for stopping by :) and hopefully soon, I will have my June MAGAM up and posted soon.

Until next time :)
Dawn x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

New Look 6121 ~ Country Chic

Since moving into our lovely new home my sewing mojo has been totally zapped and taken over by room ideas, decorating and DIY. I have been unable to get my creative juices proper flowing.

So one quiet evening that I had to myself last week, I took myself off into my new sewing room and spent a couple of hours looking at patterns, fabrics and sewing blogs. I bought a couple of different fabrics and sewing patterns, all of which arrived within days! It's always exciting to get new fabrics so it was enough for me to get the mojo going again to finish this project I started in May.

This was meant to be my project for the May Magam Challenge but due to the design changes I wanted to make, a new house and no sewing room, there wasn't time to complete :(

This is New Look 6121's pattern envelope

Believe it or not, I made the Dress on View B. But as I'm not keen on wearing skirts and tops I made it to look like a skirt and top! (were you fooled...?!!)

I cut the pattern at the waistline then added a couple of inches to the bodice length to give that blouson effect.

I also changed the neckline from a V-neck to a slightly more rounded neck.

The top part is a bright orange soft and silky crepe polyester (now OOS). But not wanting to look like a tangerine I toned it down with this gorgeous Brown/Beige Animal Print Soft Polyester for the skirt which is made up of 3 tiered gathered panels.

Both are available from Minerva Crafts. I Love, love, love the skirt fabric!! Soft, floaty and uncreasable to matter how hard you try! And the perfect partner for my Tangerine orange ;)

This is a throwover, loose fitting dress with no fastenings. This is what it actually looks like:
Not a flattering look! (not on me anyway)

So to give it some shape and to hide the waist seam join I added a wide belt to complete the look.

Add cowboy boots and hat and you even get that proper country gal look!

To read My Review for this Pattern CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Sewing
Dawn :)x

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Simplicity 2222 ~ Aztec Romper

So it's hot and it's sunny. It's my day off tomorrow and I need something cool and casual to wear about the house and to dabble at a bit of gardening. Only we haven't unpacked most of our clothes yet as we still currently have nowhere to hang anything!  
I remembered making this for our Honeymoon Cruise last year and as it's cotton jersey, thought it would be ideal for wearing tomorrow. Only can I find it? No. I cant!

Anyhow, it's also reminded me that this little number needs adding to My Blog. So whilst I pause in my hunt for the missing aforementioned, here I am writing this instead!

As you can see from the diagram, I made View B from Simplicity 2222
From the Suede Says Collection, this is such a versatile and practical pattern that can be used for all occasions as the pattern envelope illustrates.

The little romper suit is soooo cute, (described there as "edgy") but I certainly wouldn't inflict the world by putting my legs in that!

So I settled on the "classic" version. And even then, I added about 4" to the length as the skirt also is rather short! Too short for my legs anyhow!
 I did however shorten the bodice by a couple of inches as several other reviews recommended this. However for me personally, I would have preferred it had I left it as it was. It's OK though! This is a great little dress to wear (when I can find it!) because it's so practical, it's casual and it's comfy; especially as I made mine out of a cool, uncreaseable Cotton jersey.

Not sure where I got this aztec print from as it's ages since I made it. In hindsight it would have been better suited to a maxi dress but I fell in love with the fabric print and didn't need a maxi dress at the time! 

Of course, the best thing about this little romper dress is the Racer back. I Love this feature! 

You'll have to take my word for it, but it looks even better on from the back! These are the only photos I have of this dress and as I can't find it..... :/ !!

It's a good many months since I made this, so the details are a bit vague now. But for a bit more info on the pattern you can read about it on My Pattern Review HERE (posted August 2013)

I am slowly starting to get back into the swing of sewing again now, so I should have some new makes to post up soon!

Thanks for stopping by :)
Happy Sewing

Dawn x