Sunday, 19 October 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel #6 - True Bias Hudson Pants

It's that time again guys, Perfect Pattern Parcel Launch tour for parcel #6!  And this time it's a good one!  I love being a part of the inspiration tours for this wonderful idea that benefits such an amazing cause.  Although now well established, let me remind you what it's all about:
 
'Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!'
 
Parcel #6 includes: 
Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose
BONUS PATTERN: Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll


Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24! 
Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win


 With such amazing patterns to choose from I was definetly spoiled for choice!  But I finally decided upon the Hudson Pants by True Bias.

 
I missed out on the fun of these when they first went viral because I had jusst bought the Anima Pant pattern by Papercut Patterns and couldn't justify a second (similar) tracksuit bottom pattern.  It's so difficult to know what to do when two designers release something that totally appeals and you have that difficult decision on which one to buy.  So I'm glad I got to try them out for this make.

I cut the largest size based on my measurements which fit really well around the butt but I found for me that the came up a little short-waisted (I'm pretty long in the body so this is more to do with my awkward shape than pattern drafting!).  I always struggle with trousers because of this so for the next time I make these I know to add a bit of length through the waist.

These sewed up a treat and took very little time from cutting to completion.  Drafted well and easy to follow instructions definetly helped!

The fabric I used was from Remnant Kings (eventually I'll get round to referring to it as my work as casually as I can) and can be shopped here.  We also have it in white and navy and each is as amazing as the other.  This is from a realitvely new supplier we met whilst in Paris as PV (did I not mention that trip?!) who we also got a lot of other lovely new things from.  When you're over on www.remnantkings.co.uk be sure to check out the new in section for more of these gorgeous fabrics!  I think I used about 1.5m of it so have a little left over from my cut for a top or something.

What I like about the pairing of this pattern with this fabric is that it loses the casual-ness of the tracksuit bottom look and makes it totally sports luxe.  I feel I could almost get away with wearing these formally.

So there's only one last thing to say and that's head on over to Perfect Pattern Parcel and get your hands on this amazing bundle!
Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
 
The Facts
Pattern: Hudson Pants by True Bias
Size Cut: 18
Fabric: Houndstooth Scuba from Remnant Kings
Notions: elastic
Alterations: none
Notes: make rise higher next time!
Wearability: 9/10


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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Lucky (Papercut Patterns) Clover

It's very rare that I'll see something (especially online) and buy it there and then.  I always want to go away and think about it, make sure it's really what I want to spend my money on.  Sometimes there's an exception to this rule, in the case it was the Papercut Patterns Clover Dress.  I seen it on Instagram, headed straight to the Papercut site and ordered my paper copy and waited patiently for it to arrive.
 
I cut it out straight away and quickly realised that I didn't have anything suitable in my stash to make it up with.  Then this fabric arrived in at my work and I thought yeah that's the one.  Then when I went to visit Argyle Street store to pick some things up and didn't leave with that fabric, but rather the one I made it up in.
 
It's a viscose crepe in a dark brown with such a good drape, I knew it'd be perfect for my clover dress.  I paired it with some black corded lace for the yoke detailing.
 
I kind of rushed making this dress as I wanted to wear it to Paris for my trip to Premiere Vision (keep your eyes on www.remnantkings.co.uk this week for all the new fabrics that are coming!  I've got a busy week uploading them all!).  It took me about 4 hours from cutting to completion on the Saturday before my trip.  It was super easy to put together.  I treated it as two halves then sewed the fronts together, I couldn't even tell you if that's the way the instructions want you to do it as the piecing is clear enough from the pattern pieces.
 
Upon wearing it, I discovered that the lace wasn't the best for the yoke detail as every time I moved so did it and it left me flashing half my bra! Which isn't a massive deal just a but frustrating.
 
 All In though, I'm really happy with this dress.  So much so, I made a second version!
 
This time I used a light poly crepe I picked up in Mandors at the blogger meet-up last Saturday.  I had a great afternoon trying not to be Hazel from whatever fabric shop but as expected I totally failed and ended up talking about work!  And instead of lace this time, I used some leftover poly for the yoke.
 
I really like this crepe and the colours used in the print.  Almost tempted to go back and get some more for something else!

The Facts
Pattern: Papercut Patterns Clover Dress
Size Cut: XL
Fabric: Brown crepe from Remnant Kings and Floral print crepe from Mandors
Notions: Used bias tape to hem necklines on both versions.
 Alterations: None whatsoever
Notes: again nothing to note for this dress, other than better consideration on the yoke.
Wearability: 8/10

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Following on front the Success of my last Biker Jacket - Kwik Sew 3764

You'll remember back in the spring I made this jacket (aka my favourite ever make).  Well I've only gone and made a winter version!
 
For the last few years, I've practically lived in my DKNY biker jacket (that I picked up for a bargain in Winners whilst in Canada) but the amount of wear it's had is beginning to show and I needed a new black biker in my life.  And voila!

There's not much else to say about this jacket compared with my last version.  Again I top-stitched all the seams for a couture finish.  I find those little touches really change up my makes from home-dressmaker to high end fashion-y.  This time I used a heavy-weight felted type wool that I bought ages ago in Mandors on special for £5/m.  The dearest part of this make was the zip!
 

I lined the jacket in left-overs from this dress.  And clearly chose to wear them on the same day for maximum impact!  Ha!  I've always been an advocate of me-mades should be as interesting on the inside as they are on the outside.  You're not bound by anything so why not put a treat for yourself on the inside, whether that be a print or a better quality plain.

The only one real change I made on this jacket was to put the pockets in differently.  This meant making them as more of a welt pocket.  The wool was too bulky so I used my lining which I probably wouldn't do again, I'd use a more structured plain.  It did make for a much neater insertion though.

This was actually the 3rd version of this jacket I've made.  After my mint one, my mum asked me if I could make her a navy version and that became version 2.  Here are the two of us on Stonehaven beach before we got soaked by a rogue wave!  Mum's is made from a looser weave wool than mine which made it a little more awkward to work with, but I am pleased with the finished product.

   
The Facts
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3764
Size Cut: XL, taken in about 5 inches on the underarm seams
Fabric: Felted Wool from Mandors and print georgette lining from Remnant Kings
Notions: 3 zips, hammer-in studs
Alterations: Just the underarm seam take in
Notes: want to try a different fabric next time, maybe the new jersey's coming in to RK soon ;)
Wearability: 10/10


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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel #5

Sometimes I'm awful blogger.  When I say sometimes, I mean like all the time.  You see I signed up to the inspiration tour for Perfect Pattern Parcel No. 5 and didn't realise the time frame for makes.  So I don't have a make to share with you for it but I do want to tell you all about it.
 
Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Parcel #5: Girls and Tweens includes: 

Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-a-Boo Patterns
Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle
Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM
Playhouse Dress by Fishstick Designs
Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman

BONUS PATTERN: Sunki Dress by Figgy’s

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #5 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Sunki Dress by Figgy's. Fun pockets, a stylish silhouette, plus make it in knit or woven. Double bonus! The pattern includes both size runs, so you get 18 months through a 16 tween sizing. This is awesome sauce!

How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised over $11,000 for classrooms in need.

 
 To see what everyone else has made, check out the rest of the inspiration tour and don't forget to buy Parcel #5 to get your hands on some great patterns while supporting an amazing cause!
Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
Parcel #5 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, September 19 Pienkel || Cookin' and Craftin'

Saturday, September 20 Sew Busy Lizzy || The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

Sunday, September 21 Keep Calm and Carrion || Felt With Love Designs

Monday, September 22 Radiant Home Studio || Sewing Sober

Tuesday, September 23 Sew Fishsticks || La Pantigana || Amanda Rose

Wednesday,September 24 Shawnta Sews || Sprouting JubeJube || Knot Sew Normal

Thursday, September 25 Make It Perfect || Mimi's Mom || Climbing the Willow

Friday, September 26 Needle and Ted || Our Family Four

Saturday, September 27 Froo & Boo

Sunday, September 28 Stitches by Laura || Vicky Myers creations

Monday, September 29 Cookin' and Craftin' || The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, September 30 mama says sew || FABulous Home Sewn || The Inspired Wren

Wednesday, October 1 lady and the gents || That's-Sew-Kari || Sewing Sober

Thursday,October 2 Gracious Threads || Blogs Like A Mother || SewsNBows

Friday, October 3 sew chibi || Lulu & Celeste || Made by Sara

 



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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

When life gets in the way...

To say it's been a busy couple of years for me would be an understatement.  That whole finishing my degree and the beginning my job hunt.  Takes a lot out of a girl y'know!  So I had the best of intentions with draft posts, ready just to have images added and to go live but once again, life got in the way for me.
 
I've been putting off posting about this for a while and for a few different reasons.  Mostly because there are certain factors stopping me from knowing how to breach the subject.  You might have noticed over the weekend I posted on Instagram that I'd left my job in Mandors.  After almost 4 and a half years at Mandors (minus that summer at Selfridges) it was inevitable that I would move on to a graduate job, but the job I've accepted and just started was not at all the job or company I expected to work for.  You see my new employer is Remnant Kings.  For those of you outside of Glasgow, Mandors and Remnant Kings are the two main players in the local fabric shop market.  Both have co-existed in our small market for almost 40 years, each offering the same but different products and catering to the local sewing community.
 
Being a rival, I hadn't intended to apply for a job with them.  But then things changed.  And I applied for a job at Remnant Kings, which isn't the job they offered me.  I'm their new Online Sales & Marketing Assistant a role that my new bosses have developed for me.  It concerns the running of their website and some of their other online activities.  More of which I'll share later, once I'm fully in my role.
 
This isn't a role that Mandors could offer me in any shape or form.  Mandors couldn't offer me fulltime employment let alone any form of career progression.  I had to start thinking about me and making decisions that allowed me to grow and develop both professionally and personally.  I can't thank Mandors enough for all the opportunities and experience I gained during my time there.  But I really can't wait to see what this new role and new chapter in my life brings.
 
Because of all this, I have tonnes of projects I've not posted but I've also not had a lot of time and energy to sit down properly at my sewing machine.  This week I'm working a long week due to finishing at Mandors and straight in to a full week at RK.  I have my first official weekend off (since I was like 16) to do nothing in particular so I'm hoping that some of it is spent at my sewing machine getting things done!

Sorry for the image-less, wordy post but I wanted to share this new chapter with you all!

(p.s. and any comments you have on the Remnant Kings website would be greatly appreciated!)


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