Saturday, 28 September 2013

Simplicity 2339

"Check" This Out

Ok, so the leaves are becoming an array of beautiful colour and starting to fall, the nights are slowly drawing in, the mornings and evenings are much cooler and fresher and there is definitely a feel of Autumn in the air. I adore autumn so it is time to start on a more autumnal wardrobe :) 

I am not a huge fan of wearing shirts, simply because I have to wear one every time I go to work! But I hadnt made a shirt since my late teens and a far as I can recall, I have never made a checked one. Hence the making of this one. 

I chose Simplicity 2339 because it has all the features I wanted: Collar with band, yoke, cuff, front band and patch pockets. I selected View B with the addition of the pockets featured on View A

Unfortunately this pattern is now out of print but simplicity have brought out a similar one HERE.

When Hubby first saw this fabric, his comment was "Oh, Pjyamas?!" (Great start to my insiration lol) I used a lightweight brushed cotton. I particularly liked this one because these are the colours of nature we are seeing here in Cornwall at the moment; the blue of the sea surrounded by the rustic colours of Autumn. The fabric is from my nearest fabric store Truro Fabrics but alas this fabric was from the clearance sale some months ago and therefore also no longer available. They do however have some beautiful new autumn checked fabrics in stock; see the collection available HERE

My Sewing Pattern review for this shirt can be seen HERE

Thanks for looking ~ Keep Smiling :)

The Winter~Queen

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Embellished Bodice Evening Dress

Jane Norman Evening Dress

I didn't make this dress! In fact it wasn't even new for this cruise. But it is the final dress I wore for the last of the formal evenings. I am not sure what it is made of but its just a lightweight stretchy knit, making the fit of it perfect and topped with a lovely flowing chiffon-like fabric. The bodice is gathered on the bust and embellished with the wide black trim.
 I bought this dress from Jane Norman but unfortunately it is no longer available. However there is a very similar one HERE in a gorgeous pillar box red.


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Simplicity 1875 - Lady in Red

Lady In Red

Ok, so its another formal dress but with our Winter Wonderland Wedding all over, a family wedding been and gone, it was time to look forward to our Cruise "honeymoon". And along with cruises comes formal evenings! As per my previous post, it was a perfect chance to wear Vogue 2880 again. My second formal evening dress was this:

I loved this pattern as soon as I saw it and I knew I had to make it in red black. For the dress I used a beautiful red taffeta found HERE and the black lining is a crepe back satin also found HERE. For a finishing touch, to keep in with the red and black theme, I piped the waist seam with some black satin piping (purchased, not self made!) from HERE.
This was another lovely dress to make, and my favourite of the 3 formal dresses I wore on this cruise. I will also get to wear it again for a Masked Ball next month. Only this time I have some fab red and black shoes to match!

You can read my sewing pattern review of this dress HERE

The Pattern Envelope. I made View C


Friday, 6 September 2013

Vogue 2880

Pretty in Pink

With my wedding dress and coat now complete, I  suddenly found myself totally lost without any sewing to do. Before the coat and dress I hadn't sewn in many years and I had totally forgotten just how much I enjoyed it. Suddenly I am addicted again.
I wanted to make something quite challenging again, an advanced level pattern (from start to finish  rather than something I had adapted) to see if I still could. Then suddenly out of the blue, a family wedding which was planned for 2014 was  brought forward and was then only 6 months away. Bingo! Now I had another dress to make! And a fancy one at that. Even better was that I got to wear this beautiful dress again on our Transatlantic cruise :)

I scoured the pattern books and Vogue 2880 jumped out at me! I bought some beautiful  Poly chiffon georgette and for the lining some Polyester Satin in this beautiful Cerise pink colour. I absolutely loved making this dress, the detail on it is incredible. Do not expect to make this dress in a weekend! It took about 6 hours to cut out and goodness knows how many hours to make, but worth every second. 

I mentioned on pattern review about trying to include a close up of the ruffle finish. I couldn't upload it there so I will add it here

Absolutely loved every second of making this dress. Every process was interesting and exciting with the perfect end result. Highly recommend this pattern if you have the time and ability to do it. Fabulous! Thank you Vogue :)

Read my pattern review HERE

Vogue 2880 Pattern Envelope


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

From Winter Queen to Snow Princess

So, whilst the Wedding Coat served its purpose for the Ice Chapel, underneath the Winter Queen lay a Snow Princess....

The Patterns I used for this dress were  Butterick 6630 for the bodice and Vogue 2931 for the skirt. I needed a clean simple line for under my coat See HERE yet nothing too plain due to a family wedding reception on our return to the UK.

Fabric is Bridal Brocade (Vienna) FROM HERE ~ Beaded Crystal Trim also FROM HERE ~
Bouquet (eBay)

Sleeve detail

And from the wedding reception...

Snowflake Tiara and Choker FROM HERE

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Winter Wonderland Wedding Coat

I am hoping that this blog will help me share my sewing experiences and inspire others to sew. I love to look at other peoples work as often it helps to give me vision. I have had a long time away from sewing but the proposal of marriage and the dream of a Winter Wonderland Wedding got my creative juices flowing all over again. There aren't many brides with the vision of a real "Winter Queen" in a real winter wonderland, so off the peg was not gonna cut it. Leaving only one thing for it; to create that dream myself....

So here began, The Birth of a Wedding Coat

From this:

To this:

What DO you wear for a Winter Wedding when it's -17'c outside and -4'c in the Ice Chapel?!
For me, there was no question. I love cold, I love snow and all things sparkly white, crisp and even! So getting married in Lapland was a fairy-tale dream come true. I knew the moment we had decided to get married there exactly what I wanted to wear. I had this Winter Queen vision in my head and there was no way off the peg bridal wear was gonna clinch it! I hadn't sewn for years and then I decide to take on a major task like this! But boy was it worth it.
I'm pretty ok on pattern cutting (well I was at college!) but I  managed to find B6630 which with modifications, was perfect. I changed the leg-o-mutton sleeve to a more fitted sleeve, changed to a V neckline, added a hood and a detachable cape and trimmed everything with fur that was kindly supplied by and hey presto!

This is how it looked in the early days using the adapted Butterick Pattern

Then I added the hood and fur

Followed by a detachable cape

Which ended up like this

This truly was the most magical experience ever. It was just like stepping into NArnia. It was everything we had imagined and more. 
I leave you with photos that can say far more than I can!

Wedding Boots decorated with stick on gem snowflakes and diamantes

Fabric used was velvet  FROM HERE ~ Pattern Butterick 6630 ~
Covered Buttons FROM HERE ~ Fur Muff FROM HERE ~

(Un decorated) Campri Snow boots (similar) FROM HERE
You can read my Sewing Pattern Review for my Coat HERE

Winter ~ Queen