Tuesday, 9 February 2016

McCalls 7095 ~ Broderias Anglaise Boho

Well I have to say, it's feeling kind of weird, posting up a summer top when Storm Imogen has just thrown wind and hail at us, and thrown rocks, bricks and stones from the sea at our normally sandy shores! 
But I am well behind on my blogging and this top is the only item I currently have photos of.

I made it back in early November for our Iberian Cruise using McCalls 7095. I used a 100% cotton broderie anglaise so it made a perfect cover up whilst still keeping it cool.

I shortened this considerably and also did my own thing with the sleeves by widening and lengthening them to show the full potential of the broderie anglaise border. As an extra feature, I inserted elastic above the elbow by using ribbon for the casing on the inside.

Look how beautiful that border is. I love it!

And because I used that beautiful border edge for the bodice and sleeve hems and for the front yoke edges, this made up really quickly.

Of course as it's mid winter here in the UK, this lovely top hasn't yet seen the light of day since it came out of the suitcase! But, apparently the Boho look is going to be really in this spring, so I'm here ready and prepared to give this another airing or two!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!

Dawn :) x

Friday, 22 January 2016

New Look 6802 ~ Pebbles at Sea

I am so far behind in my Blogging that I am still trying to catch up on my last projects from 2015. This is one that I made back in October for our holiday. We've just got back from another holiday in NYC (which was awesome btw) but more on that another time! Back to what I came here to talk about...

I've lost count how many times I have now made this dress. But don't you just love it when you find a pattern that you keep coming back to. I know I have said at least once that I "probably won't make this again" but hey... I did!

The pattern is now old and discontinued (New Look 6802) and it is meant for stretch knits. My fabric isn't. I cut a size bigger which kind of works, but it didn't hang as nice as it does in the right fabric. For this dress I used a John Kaldor Spotty Print in polyester crepe (now reduced to £3.99!)  And as lovely as it is, I should have used it for something else.

I made View C with the long sleeves of View A and I also lengthened it to make into a maxi dress. Also with the fabric not being of stretchy nature, I had to add an invisible zip in the centre back seam. Other than that, it's just as it should be.

A close up shows this lovely fabric much better. The print reminds me of pebbles!

It's a fun dress and I wore it for a 70's night on holiday. But the knotted bodice detail is wasted on this this beautifully patterned fabric and it wasn't all that comfortable to wear. But you win some, lose some and you live and learn! And it served it's purpose for a fun night at sea.

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Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x

Friday, 8 January 2016

MCcalls 7186 ~ Blue Lagoon

It's been an absolute age since I made this dress! I bought the pattern as soon as it came out and made it straight away with fabric I already had from my fabric shopping spree with Mum back in March at the Birmingham Rag Market. I hadn't forgotten that I had this dress, but I had forgotten that I never got around to blogging it!

Photos were taken on our recent holiday (I am so behind on blogging)but it's taken me so long to get the photos up on the blog, this dress is packed again waiting on our next voyage! So with photos fresh from November holidays, here it is. Finally!

This pattern is McCalls 7186 

And as you can tell, I made View B

I love the gathered shoulders, the gathers in the left bodice and the asymmetrical styling but one dislike was the double layered front.  The right front wraps over the left so it makes sense that the left hand side doesn't need to be full length. So I cut my left front off at hip length. This gives less bulk, a neater hem and also made the front hang much better.

This style dress is my weakness. I cannot resist them. Love making them, love wearing them. But the reality of it is, for my lifestyle, I really only need one dress like this. Two at a push! Sadly I just do not have the lifestyle for dresses like this. Not as many as I have anyway. So I am publicly making this Final note to self: Do not buy (or make)  any more gathered bodice fitted dress patterns!! 

But just to make that statement a little harder, this is DH's favourite dress! (And trust me, there isn't many he comments on un- prompted to this must be good!) ;)

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Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Monday, 28 December 2015

McCalls 7047 ~ Black and White Sparkle!

Greetings fellow bloggers, I hope you have all had a wonderful, fun-filled Christmas! I didn't get to do any Christmas sewing this year but I did get in a fair bit of sewing over the autumn months. And this is one of them. Here, I give you the second out of 3 evening gowns recently made

It kind of feels like I got this one on the cheap as my fabric is leftover from a previous project (HERE) which was purchased from Truro Fabrics. The black is no longer listed but it is now available in Navy Blue and a gorgeous Christmas Cranberry Red instead. I almost bought the red this season but thought better of it as I don't need it! How's that for will power?!

The pattern is McCalls 7047 which is one of those mix and match patterns.

I made the red version but added the train and also the cowl back neckline. The back is quite low cut so I added 2" to this just so I could comfortably wear a bra underneath. I'm glad I did as even with the added 2" this back is certainly low enough for me!

I absolutely love everything about this pattern. The style, the combinations, the fit, construction, everything!! So much so, I have made it again already. But it's the peplum that sold it to me in the first place

It's been a few weeks since I made this one but if memory serves I didn't change anything else other than the lining construction. The  waist seam was visible on the inside as was the skirt lining seams. So for a clean finish, I altered mine. Details of this are on My Sewing Pattern Review but you can see my enclosed waist seam here, which I hand stitched down.

As I said about the previous dress I made (HERE), the same goes for this one; I wish I hadn't added the train. They just drag behind, and with this fabric I kept catching my heel in it. Not ideal, but hindsight is a wonderful thing! 

Apologies for looking a bit windswept on the photos... the hair didn't behave itself but at least the dress did :)

For the contrast collar I just used a plain white polyester jersey which if memory serves me right, possibly has some viscose content in it. It worked well for this dress anyways, making the collar more of a feature.

As you may have noticed, I couldn't decide at first on white or black gloves. But on heading out, I finally went with the black :)

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :) 

Happy New Year to you all and
Best Wishes for 2016

Dawn :) x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Dressed for Dinner ~ Vogue 1475

Hooray! It's Christmas time! And time to break out the Christmas party dresses. This dress I didn't make for a party but for one of our holiday formal evenings last month.

 Love them or hate them, the best thing about formal evenings is being able to make a dress that you would have absolutely no other reason to wear. No posh shindigs in my life anyway!

Of course packing for such an event can be quite traumatic. I mean, who wants to see their hard work folded up into a suitcase and pulled out the other end like it was a tossed out piece of rag?! So I always try to go for gowns in glamorous jerseys because not only do I love wearing knits, they are perfect for holiday packing. They come out of the case as good as crease free.

So when I saw Vogue 1475 I didn't need to look at or ponder this pattern twice. Oh no. This had my name written all over it. The line drawings show the true beauty of this pattern. 

I couldn't have designed this for myself any better. And this pattern appeared just as I began my search. It was meant to be. I like being covered up so the long sleeves and skirt are ideal for me but 
I also have such a love of asymmetrical gathered bodices and this is probably my current favourite

Even the fabric kind of fell into my lap. I wanted a lightweight  stretch velvet and on my search  Minerva Crafts turned out this one.

Catalogue Photo

Its a Persia Floral burn out stretch velvet (available HERE) and I  Loved it straight away. Loved it all the more when the swatch arrived. This is the perfect fabric for this dress. Not cheap, but boy it is worth every penny! (Besides, how much would this dress cost RTW?) And the icing on the cake is that it was even beautiful to work with. I was expecting it to be a sewing nightmare. Not the case at all. In fact, I love this fabric so much, I have since bought the same one in red! 

As it's a Vogue pattern, it's made how it should be. Proper quality finish. I omitted the zip when making this because it just didn't need it. Other than that, I made no other alterations. Although if I were to make this again I would omit the train also. Not much point just having it dragging behind you! Not that I will ever make this again as I have no further need for another dress like this, but imagine this sleeveless. Awesome! 

We are off on our travels again next year, and this dress is definitely coming with once again

And finally, one last "Ship Shot" 

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Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Latest fabric Spree at Birmingham's Rag Market

  So before hubs and I sailed away on our holiday, my lovely Mum and I managed to pay our second visit of the year to the Birmingham Rag Market. My goodness look at all this fabric!!!

And this isn't all of it! 

We both had an eye for this red and black jersey so we bought 5 metres

This one, also a jersey, was a remnant piece as a bit had bit cut out of it, so I got this for just £2!

Plus I also have this loose knit fabric that I bought from Minerva Crafts still to make up. 

Oh! and not forgetting this small suitcase literally full of fabric, kindly donated to me from one of my Mum's generous friends

Surely this means that even though half of the Birmingham Spree is Mum's, I officially have a "stash" now?!!

Feeling very excited at the prospect of all this future sewing! Time to get busy....

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :) x