Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Half Rosie Dress

Hello, Hello!

Another finished make today. This time it's a Sew Over It Rosie bodice with a basic gathered skirt.

I bought this fabric a while ago, although I can't remember where from! But it's gorgeous. I really love it!

I knew I wanted to make a dress out of it, but kept uhm'ing and ah'ing over what pattern to use. Then Sew Over It released the Rosie pattern and I instantly fell in love with the style of dress. It's completely my aesthetic - being a lover of all things 50's inspired! I loved the fact that it was what I would call a 'proper' sun-dress, with little straps.

Anyway, I loved the idea of using this pattern with this fabric, but the fabric was narrow and I didn't have enough, so in the end I decided to make the bodice of the Rosie dress and just do a simple gathered skirt.

I made this dress towards the end of the summer, but still managed to get a bit of wear out of it. Unfortunately, since making it, I've lost more of the remaining baby weight so its now too loose on me - boo! Which means I'm going to have to do a re-fit job on it at some point before I can wear it again and feel comfortable. It just feels a bit like a sack on my now, which is a little upsetting.

Anyway, I made up the version with the wider straps and no boning, as I wanted a simple dress I could wear when the weather was warm.

I cut a size 14 at the bust, tapering to a 12 at the waist, but had to take the pattern in slightly at the upper bust as my bust is quite flat at the top. In all honesty, and in hindsight, I could probably have got away with just cutting a straight size 12, because I ended up having to taper in the back seam line towards the top of the zip as it was a little loose there as well.

I then went on to make the strappy, boned version (next post). I'll definitely make up more versions of this dress, probably without the boning, but I'm going to need to re-size my pattern pieces again before I do that to make sure they fit properly.

That's all for now. Next up - my strappy, boned version of the Rosie Dress.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Not-so-Silk Cami

Hello my lovelies,

I've finally got round to photographing all my finished makes from the last 6 months or so. So expect some regular posts for the next few weeks (makes a change).

Today, it's another Sew Over It Silk Cami top but in a lovely white embroidered cotton lawn that I bought from Croft Mill over the summer.

The pattern is quite large and wide spread, and doesn't show up well in photos, but it's very pretty.

Not much to report in terms of fit and sewing up as this is the third version of this pattern that I've now made. All I would say, is that the embroidered parts were somewhat annoying to sew over and you had to be super careful about keeping your stitching line straight as the embroidery always wanted to knock you off course.

I wore this top SOO much over the summer, along with the other silk camis I made as well. they were such an easy go-to top to wear, whether it was with skirts, trousers or shorts, so I'm sure I'll make up more of them in the future!

If you haven't made this top already, I highly recommend you do, as it has become such a staple of my wardrobe. It looks great tucked in or worn loose too, so would be great for work as well as more casual wear. And as with all Lisa Comfort's patterns, the instructions are always super clear to follow.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Ultimate Trousers #2 and #3

Hi all, long time no speak.

So I've finally got round to writing about my second and third attempt at the Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers. Both of these have been made in 100% cotton so there was no stretch to worry about, unlike my first pair. However, this also means they're not quite as comfy to wear as the other pair for that reason.

Anyway, I didn't change anything size wise as I'd made a muslin using non-stretch calico so it was just a case of sewing them up. As with all trousers, the sewing up part is super simple (it's just the fitting that can be a pain in the behind). I sewed them both up in the same weekend because they're so quick.

However, I'm still not 100% happy with the fit, so I bought the Sew Over It Ultimate guide to sewing and fitting trousers (partly to get the fit right, but also because I really like the Carrie trouser pattern). The plan is to start from scratch with the pattern again and go through all the fitting help on the course to see if I can get a better fit. Ultimately (ha, see what I did there), I'd like to make a higher waisted version using Lisa's pattern hack, but I don't want to do that till I'm totally happy with the fit of the basic pattern.

Version 2 was made from some ditsy cotton I had in my stash. I bought it for a summer dress years ago, but never got round to making it. I'm not totally convinced the colour / pattern works on these trousers as the fabric sort of makes me think pyjamas for some reason. Hey-ho, I've still worn them quite a lot this summer as they're nice and cool.

Version 3 was made from some navy floral fabric from Hobbycraft - and what a palava that was! I went in with the little one in the buggy, which is awkward since the fabric is upstairs. Anyway, I found the fabric and a lovely shop assistant said she'd cut off what I wanted whilst I made my way down in the lift again to save me waiting. Perfect I thought. I got straight home and - without really checking the fabric, which is totally my fault - I shoved it straight in the wash as I wanted to make the trousers ASAP. It wasn't until I hung it up to dry that I realised there was a massive, almost string like, sewing line through the middle of the fabric length where they'd sewn two bolts of fabric together! It was completely useless. Why the shop assistant thought that selling 2.5m of fabric, which was basically in two lengths, and not thinking to check if that was okay, was a good idea, is totally beyond me. Fortunately though, when I took it back, another lovely shop assistant totally understood and replaced the fabric without question - she even checked it was one continuous piece for me just to be sure! So it worked out okay in the end.

I much prefer the colour of these trousers. I think because they are darker, they look less like pyjamas.

So, all in all, two wearable summer trousers that I'm relatively happy with. Anyway, I've printed off the Carrie and Ultimate trousers for the course so I just need to tape them together and get going on improving the fit even more. So watch this space!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Me Made May '16: Week 3

Week 3 already? How has that happened?

Here's my round-up of outfits for the week.

Day 15: Broderie anglais Grainline top (never blogged) for a sport or gardening.
Day 16: Ultimate trousers in blue with white flowers (still to blog).
Day 17: Grainline T-shirt in mint.
Day 18: Ultimate trousers again - this time with a white top.
Day 19: Silk Cami and multicoloured spots
Day 20: Coco dress (not this actual outfit as I forgot to take a photo - this off the original blog post - but with leggings.
Day 21: Sense and Sensibility Swing Dress.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Spotty Viscose Sew Over it Silk Cami

Morning lovely people.

Another finished make today - and another Sew Over It Silk Cami. This time in a spotty Viscose I got from the Birmingham Rag Market for £1m (bargain).

Not much more to add in terms of making it up as I didn't change anything from the last grey version. Although this one was much more difficult to sew up, as it was just so slippery, so I don't think the finish is quite as good as on the grey version. But hey-ho, as I keep reminding myself,  no one else will notice the imperfections but me!

Given that most of my skirts / trousers (bar jeans) are patterned, this won't necessarily go with quite as much in my wardrobe but I love the pattern nonetheless. Plus, I'm planning to rectify that with some plain fabric makes:
A navy Sew Over It Tulip Skirt;
a black TATB Delphine skirt; and
some pink Ultimate Trousers - As I'm all about the trousers at the moment.

I have to say I am loving this simple silk cami top at the moment as they're perfect for the (hopefully) warmer weather, but they can also be layered up with a cardi in cooler weather (like today).

I've even bought some pretty white embroidered cotton lawn from Croft Mill to make another version.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Me Made May '16: Week 2

Morning all.

I'm a bit late posting a round up of my MMM '16 outfits, but better late than never right?

Day 8: An 80's dress I resized
Day 9: Sew Over It Silk Cami (yet to blog about it).
Day 10: Grainline T-shirt
Day 11: Embellished Coco top (yet to blog about it).
Day 12: Sunflowers top.
Day 13: Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers (Yet to blog about them)
Day 14: Tilly and the Buttons Delphine Skirt.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Sew Over It: Ultimate Trousers

Afternoon everyone.

Today's make - the Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers in a stretch cotton. I bought this fabric from John Lewis the other week, when I met up with friends for a fabric shopping session in Birmingham.

Like I said in my last post, I made the Ultimate trousers just over a year ago for the first time, in a lovely grey floral cotton. After making 2 or 3 muslins and adjusting the fit, I got it just right, only for me to find out I was pregnant, never get round to taking photos whilst they fit, and then be unable to fit into them after another month! Boo.

So I took my modified pattern pieces from last year and widened them out slightly to make them big enough for me. I made another muslin to check the fit and they seemed fine so I cut the main fabric out. 
Remember when I said I made these out of stretch cotton. Well, I made them up - all bar the facing, checked for fit and they were way to big at the back and front centre seams. the stretch cotton had obviously stretched out as I cut. So I ended up taking in a good 1.5" off the back, tapered round to about 0.5" at the front. That seemed fine, so I added the waistband facings. 

I tried them on again to decide on the length I wanted them and they still felt too big! Agh. 

So I'm not overly sure what to do now. They're wearable, but they just feel a little loose. Amy over at Almond Rock and Roisin of Dolly Clackett suggested spray starching the waistband to see if it stops the stretch so I might try that. If not, I may have to remove the facing, take the seams in a little bit more again and make a new facing to fit. 

However, can I just say that the invisible zip I added is probably one of the best I've done for a while so at least something worked properly! 

I have since tried on my muslin again and the fit is right so it's just because this fabric has stretch in it. I've got some hounds tooth fabric without any stretch so I'm going to make up a pair in that fabric as well - but with a waistband and higher waist using the instructions from Sew Over It on how to do that. Hopefully they'll work out all right, so stay tuned for updates!