Thursday, 3 April 2014

Finished Project: Back to School Skirt

Hello Hello!!


Another finished project today - finally got round to taking photos of this tonight! Not great light though so excuse the slight blurriness!

So I bought this fabric back in October / November when I met up with Marie, Kat, Amy and Roisin in Birmingham. I managed to haggle for good price from the guy in the Rag Market and bought 2m of the stuff. I thought it would be the perfect fabric for a skirt / dress to wear to school.


I used the Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt for the pattern and cut a straight size 10. I probably should have shaved off some of the width off the waist though as it's looser than I remember it being when I tested for fit. Never mind though, it's still fine.

The fabric is a relatively stiff cotton which works well with the wider width of the skirt. I hemmed it with horsehair braid as well to add shape to the hem.

This fabric makes me chuckle every time I wear the skirt and the kids in my class loved it, which was great.


As with all Sewaholic patterns the instructions were really clear and so easy to follow. I'll definitely use the pattern again.

I probably should have tried to match the fabric pattern, but I just wanted to sew something and actually get it finished so I didn't bother.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Charity Shop Finds

Hello again!

Just wanted to share a little piece of luck I had this weekend. I popped down to our local charity shop to get some birthday cards and thought I'd have a quick snoop around for anything interesting...

And I was in luck - a lady had dropped off a load of dress making fabric only the day before. I managed to snag myself about 3m of brown double knit, 3m of plaid wool fabric along with about 2m of matching silk lining...

and at least 2.5m of a petrol blue crepe fabric. All for the grand sum of £15. BARGAIN!!

Not bad for a quick trip to buy some greetings cards on a Saturday morning!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Birmingham Goodies

We had another mini-meetup last weekend and I didn't come home empty handed!

I bought 3 somewhat crazy print fabrics from Barry's Fabric Warehouse - My husband was most put out when he saw the fish fabric as I'be banned him from wearing hideous Hawaiian shirts and he thinks the fabric looks just like one of his shirts! Lol I think it'll make a perfect strappy little sun-dress!

The grey and white fabrics are some very lovely and soft lining fabric from the Fancy Silk Store and the blue fabric is a stable jersey also from Barry's. I want to make Gertie's portrait blouse with it.



Thursday, 13 March 2014

FO: World map dress

Hello all, long time no speak.

I have a finished object for you today. My World Map dress. It's a mix of the Pastille bodice and a circle skirt. I love the bodice of the Pastille, as the little cap sleeves are all part of the main bodice.


I finished this about 5 weeks ago and it was a relatively quick make as the pattern pieces were all ones I'd used before. Plus I couldn't be bothered to finish the seams off with anything more than a zig-zag stitch so that made it extra quick too.

I finished the hem off with horse-hair braid, which I really love on this skirt as the cotton is quite lightweight so it gives the skirt a little shape.


I also did a lapped zipper. I'm quite happy with the matching pattern across the zip - especially as it was completely unintentional!


The cotton is from Barry's Fabric Warehouse (where else - it's amazing!).


That's about all I have to tell you about this make really.

In other sewing news, I have a Hollyburn skirt waiting to be hemmed (with horse-hair braid again - I love that stuff).

I also have half an Elizalex dress made, but I had a bit of a stupid turn while cutting out the pattern and managed to cut out the skirt pieces upside down on my fabric (duh). So I've had to convert the skirt pieces to a normal pencil skirt (my trusty Gertie pencil skirt pattern). I've yet to sew the skirt to the bodice but hopefully I'll get it done at some point this month.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Finished Project: Woolen Cambie skirt

Hello strangers. It's been a while.


So, way back in April, Rochelle of Lucky Lucille posted about a skirt version of the Cambie dress she had made. I thought it was such a great idea and decided it would be a perfect idea for making a winter weight skirt with some wool fabric I'd found at one of my local charity shops. It's only taken me 6 months to get round to making it!


This is such a simple, yet useful make to put together. It can't have taken me more than an hour or so to complete. I have plans for another woolen version with some more charity shop fabric I found, as it's turned out to be such a great staple piece of clothing for work since making it!

I didn't make any changes to my pattern pieces in terms of sizing but I did add a couple of extra inches to the waistband length to allow for a decent cross over for a hook closure at the back.

I totally forgot that I usually add at least another 2" on to he length of the skirt pieces though so it's ended up shorter than I had originally planned, but not to worry it's still absolutely fine!

I used some brown stripy 70s cotton I was given by my aunt to line the pockets and waistband - I really love the peep of a pattern at the pockets.


Other than that, not much to add about the construction.

In other news, I've still not got round to making my Elizalex dress as, when I went to cut out all the pattern pieces, I realised all my skirt pieces have gone missing and I haven't been able to find them since! I think I'm going to have to buy the pattern again in order to make it and I'm gutted.

So up next is who knows what as school is manic as usual. I'm determined to take part in Tasha's knit-along for her new knitting pattern the Victory beret.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

FO: Flowery Macaron

Hello all! How are you all?


Another finished make to post today - I'm amazed I managed to finish something given how crazy work has been over the last 3 weeks, but surprisingly I got this sewn up in just 2 evenings a few weeks back. I just haven't had time to post about it until today!

I wanted a new dress to wear to Birmingham to meet up with Roisin, Kat, Amy and Sabs a few weekends back and luckily this dress came together surprisingly quickly.

I borrowed the Macaron pattern from Roisin late last year as I fancied making a version of it myself, but it wasn't until the last Birmingham blogger meet-up in the summer that I found fabric I wanted to make the dress out of. The fabric is (predictably) from Barry's Fabric Warehouse - this is fast becoming my all-time favourite place to buy fabric! Both fabrics are cotton with a slight stretch to them which adds a little bit more comfort to the dress.


I sewed up a straight size 6 as a muslin to test for fit, thinking I'd have to do a small bust adjustment on the dress but it turns out it wasn't necessary. It was slightly tighter on my than I like though so I sewed 1/2" side seams instead of the usual 5/8" seams and this made it much more comfortable to wear. I also added 1" to the length of the bodice and 2" to the length of the skirt (and sewed the scantest of hems) to keep the skirt as long as possible.

I'm in love with lapped zips now so I decided to do a lapped side zip rather than the invisible side zip the instructions recommended - I much prefer lapped zippers to invisible zips - so much less complicated and they look great too!

I didn't bother lining the dress as I'll wear a slip underneath it in the winter anyway, and serged all the raw edges for neatness' sake.

I wore this dress all day on Saturday (the photos of me in the dress are courtesy of Roisin!) and it is so comfortable, I love it!


Other than that, there's very little to add. I've got the bodice pieces for the Elisalex dress cut out ready to make a muslin of, so hopefully I'll get round to sewing that up at some point (half term is in a week). I'm determined not to let school planning get in the way of my sewing this year so I'm going to try and give myself a little time to sew every day - even if its just half an hour.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

FO: Re-purposed table cloth to pretty napkins


A few weeks ago, I found a really pretty embroidered table cloth in the local charity shop - it was so lovely and for only £2, I couldn't resist buying it, even though it was square and so of no use to us whatsoever as an actual table cloth.

I'd acquired (ahem, half-inched) another embroidered table cloth from my Mum a week earlier and decided that, because the embroidery was all in the corners, it would be really simple to cut the table cloths in quarters, re-hem them and turn them in to pretty napkins instead.

Last week, I found another square table-cloth in another charity shop so decided to buy that one as well to give myself 12 really pretty, vintage napkins - all for the grand total of £5 - not bad me thinks!