Wednesday, 20 May 2015

McCalls 7054 ~ A bit of Boho Chic

Let's not get excited, this post isn't about the (purchased!) top, but the skirt. Yes, this (black) skirt.

I made this skirt back in February but didn't blog it as everything else I was blogging at the time was also black! We have had an influx of visitors of late so as I haven't had much time for sewing, I thought I'd fill the gap with this little number. 


I bought this pattern on a whim. Saw the fluted hem, so I bagged it. Totally not realising until afterwards that I didn't really need it. I could have just adapted previously made Simplicity 1321. But hey ho, it saved me from having to alter the flounce and also get that beautiful dipped curve right. I made View A. I was pretty ok at pattern cutting in college many moons ago, but I guess I'm too lazy to have a go these days. I just want to just jump straight on in there and get sewing!

Love this little skirt, but I didn't love so much the lack of detail in construction. It's a flat front but the waistline isn't faced, nor interfaced. It's lined, I'll give it that (that's a love btw) but there is just no structure to it at all. It doesn't even specify to stay stitch the waistline! I didn't face my waist onto the lining but I did interface it.

Pleased with the end result though. And its so practical to wear because of the flat front (no waistband) and the fabric doesn't crease.




I originally bought this crepe fabric from Minerva Crafts to make a skirt for work (hence why it's black) but the drape of the fabric is just so soft, it seemed such a shame not to make it into a pretty little skirt with a flounce. So I somewhat got distracted from work clothes and made this instead! I also had some black lace fabric kindly forwarded on to me last summer by the lovely Amanda from wearawyatt.blogspot.co.uk/ which I could just visualise for the lower flounce. So yes OK it's black but it's pretty and it goes with a multitude of tops.

The lace lower flounce

The top I am wearing here isn't made (don't shoot me!) I purchased it from Sheinside for the bargain price of £12 with free P&P. And as I'm not up for doing (or interested in) machine embroidery I feel no remorse for buying it! Plus, it's pretty cute and goes so well with the (now not so) new skirt and my super Handmade Laidback London Boots

I have to give the boots a mention of their very own because they are just super, super awesome! Imagine wearing your favourite warm, cosy comfy slippers out and about all all day? Well that's just what these beauties feel like. And they are perfect for our currently typical British Spring weather (cold!)


For My Sewing Pattern Review Click here

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn x

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Vogue 8873 ~ Blooming Blue Flowers

April MAGAM completed

I have had this dress finished for about 3 weeks. So although I missed the end of the month for taking photos and posting, I did actually finish my April MAGAM in April!

The theme for this month's MAGAM challenge was Coloured Showers, Blooming Flowers. We were in the midst of the beginning of Spring when I chose the Blooming Flowers for my project this month, but Spring came, teased us with some lovely sunshine and then Spring went again! 

But despite the down turn in weather, the flowers in our garden are still blooming, and to put me in good sewing spirits, at least I had the Spring sunshine, shining through my sewing room windows whilst making this dress.



It's been a while (too long) since I last made a dress so I was very excited to get started on this one. My pattern is Vogue 8873 and I made View D
The pattern states that this dress is close fitting. It's not. And proving this fact is the model wearing it
Hmmm what's fitted about this?!

I made my usual size 8 but had to take it in quite a bit on the centre back to get it to fit nicely but without being too clingy. And yet even with taking in the excess, I still managed to get it over my head without putting in the zip. Bonus!


The bodice is lined (yaay!) although I wasn't keen on Vogue's method of doing this. I used tricot for my lining.
I'm not sure what the dress fabric is but it's just gorgeous. And it was only £3 a metre!! It's silky soft but of a decent weight. It's also textured which is what drew me to it in the first place

And this is going to be fabulous for holidays because it doesn't crease at all.

What I like about this dress is the cowl neckline and that underneath is a lovely square neckline. I really should have taken a photo of this before adding the over bodice. But if I make this pattern again, I would make it for sure without the over bodice as it would look just as lovely without as it does with.


I made this dress with the full skirt because it was perfect for my fabric. The pattern states to cut the skirt on the bias but I didn't think my fabric needed it and cut the front skirt on the fold to avoid the seam. I happy with how this turned out so it was a good choice.


The only thing I am not happy with is the length. But I didn't have enough fabric to make it any longer. That's what happens when I buy fabric without a pattern in mind! I'll live with it for now, but I'm wondering if this would look ok by adding a navy or white band at the hemline?



Not sure how much wear I will get out of this as I don't see much of summer, so would it be worth the effort? But it will definitely be going on our next (warm!) holiday. Added hem or no added hem...!

To read my Sewing Pattern Review CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x



Sunday, 3 May 2015

Vogue 8649 ~ Flower Print for Mum

Hello everyone and welcome to my Mum wearing her new Vogue 8649 top. Yes Ok, Mum is blurd, but it's not right to broadcast my Mum to the entire world. Take my word for it, she is stunning!

This is the 2nd item I've made for Mum, this time using the lovely floral jersey bought on our fabric haul in Birmingham Rag Market.
It's got quite a slinky feel to it so I'm guessing it possibly has some viscose content.

It was really nice to sew although it did curl up on the edges.

We used Vogue 8649 and made View A (short sleeves)
There is no photograph for this pattern and the drawings are rather deceptive. I was beginning to think with patterns coming up big, that it was just me. But it's not. When I measured the actual pattern pieces, this needed to be 2 sizes smaller! Even the sleeves and body were long. The sleeves look a good couple of inches above the elbow on the envelope but Goodness me, I cut 2" off these sleeves thinking that would be enough, but as you can see, they are still down to Mum's elbow. 


Luckily this is fine as Mum's like me and loves her arms covered; but I'm wondering if I'd cut View B or C if the sleeves would actually be full length?! The body is also long. I cut 3" off the length of this and it's still loooong....


I'm thinking if you're Grace Jones with super long legs, body and arms, then this is going to fit you a treat haha ;)

It's also quite a low cut "V" (again another deceptive visual on the envelope drawing!) but fortunately I added clear elastic to the neckline to avoid gaping. I also added clear elastic at the shoulders for reinforcement. But you will have to take my word for this as I never think to take photos as I go along!



So on Mum's list, that's now 2 fabrics down, and 3 to go.... !

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Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn x

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Butterick 5928 ~ Pinky Peplum Gilet


This top came about by accident really. I stumbled across an outfit I liked whilst looking for something else on Pinterest.
There is just something about it that caught my eye and suddenly I was distracted from what I was originally looking for and decided I wanted a similar version of this. Only not in black!

This is my version

The pattern I used is Butterick 5928. Better shown here by the pattern diagram. This has the waterfall collar that I wanted and also a shaped peplum which I love, so I made View A.


The pattern states that this is both fast and easy. I wouldn't exactly say its fast; after all, it's lined, therefore you are basically making this up twice. There is also a lot of time consuming pressing. I have no complaints about either of these (I love anything lined), but I do disagree that this is fast to make. I also had a an issue with the lining being sewn to the jacket at the hemline. It just didn't hang right at the back so I ended up unpicking mine, and hemmed each of them separately.  

Here both fabrics were wanting to pull in different directions, pulling it out of shape
Before (lining stitched to jacket)


And with the lining hemmed separately
AFTER -( Lining separate)

This solved the problem!

As a pattern, it doesn't seem all that popular, nor does it get all that great reviews. I had a couple of issues with it and it does come up big (I had to take quite a bit in at the CB and side back seams). But that said, although I am a bit on the fence with the pattern itself, it was totally worth it because I really like the end result. In hindsight I should have chosen a fabric that creases a little less, but I was just so taken with the look and texture!

Fabric used is polyester viscose woven which has lovely tulle detail all over it. I chose it especially for this top as I wanted a textured random pattern. This fit the bill perfectly. It's available here from Minerva Crafts.

It's rare I do sleeveless unless it's a summer dress, but I actually love this look. I am kind of wondering if my comfort zone will however always put me wearing this with sleeves? But for now, I'm rocking a whole new look!




You can read in more detail about this pattern in my Pattern Review HERE

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy sewing!
Dawn :)x

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

McCall's 3341 ~ Denim Skirt

Unselfish Sew For My Mom :)

Yes, Yes, should have pressed this! But I folded it for posting, then realised I needed a photo or two...!

Since Mine and Mum's fabric shopping trip last month I have been more excited about sewing for someone else other than me. It was Mum who taught me to sew from such a very young age and I will cherish this gift she has given me forever more.  Mum's kind of lost her sewing mojo of late so its time to give her something back. Clothes for her, Made by me.

 Simplicity 3341 Denim Skirt is my first unselfish sew. 
Mum wearing it :)

And it's a pretty good fit too considering I only had measurements to go by with Mum being 270 miles away

And as this is for Mum, I also wanted to make it that extra bit special  by adding some nice finishing touches because I knew she would appreciate these. And she did! So I used a ribbon trim finish to the facing 

 And the hem

and to make some fancy skirt hangers 

For some reason we only bought 1 metre, so finding a pattern to give us enough length and flare that Mum wanted was a bit restricting. But this simple A-line is perfect in denim. 
And because it's a simple, plain design, on completion, I latterly decided to jazz it up a little on the outside by adding the same ribbon trim at the hemline.

It just finishes it off perfectly!

I haven't been this excited about making something in ages. Yes I love sewing, but doing this for my Mum just gave me even more pleasure than usual. And Mum is over the moon with it so I guess that's what you call a job well done :)

I can remember a time when Mum used to make clothes for me. And how proud I'd feel going to school in dresses and coats that everyone admired and no-one else had. 
Now here I am some years later making clothes for Mum.... how times have changed....

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)
Happy Sewing!

Dawn :) x

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Fabric Haul at Birmingham Rag Market

So for the first time ever I have bought a stash of fabric on a recent shopping trip with my Mum to the World Famous Birmingham Rag Market

This is my pile

And this is Mum's

Buying in bulk is something I don't usually do. I am more of a "sourcer" if there be such a word? I find what I want to make first and then source the fabric for it.
But with so many wonderful textiles to take advantage of from somewhere I rarely get to go, it was an opportunity not to be missed. 

The favourite of mine is this blue textured jersey knit. Looks a darker blue on the photo than it actually is. I am thinking perhaps Vogue 8873 for this one

No idea what to make with this yet or what type of fabric it is. Doesn't crease and drapes nicely.

Working in the tourist industry we don't see much of summer other than through the windows at work(!) so pretty sure this pink cotton jersey wont get used until our next hot weather holiday is booked!

Another jersey knit (looking a lot like aida here) Oh how I love making and wearing jersey knits. This has fitted dress written all over it

And finally this is a khaki wool blend crepe. For this I have Vogue 1265 in mind. I saw a lovely version of this made by Anelise which made me notice a pattern I'd never previously noticed. The pattern looks really interesting, so thought I'd give it a try sometime.

As for Mum's purchases, I am making her fabrics up also. For the denim, we only had 1 metre so we are using McCall's 3341 for this. 


We are to confer on everything else as we go along but if anyone has any tips on how to work with this concertina fabric, I would be very much obliged!

 This is the same fabric as the black and red that I bought.

Not sure what this one is either but Mum would like a skirt in it

And finally, a cotton jersey 


Guess I am going to be busy for some time....! :)

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read

Happy Sewing!
Dawn