Thursday, 4 December 2014
Thursday, 6 November 2014
I'm super excited about a few of those and I have grand sewing plans wizzing around my head.
No-Sew Superhero Cape: http://www.veeemotion.com/#/channel/10565/video/7128
Sunday, 19 October 2014
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Parcel #6 includes:
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
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!
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: Hudson Pants by True Bias
Size Cut: 18
Fabric: Houndstooth Scuba from Remnant Kings
Notes: make rise higher next time!
Sunday, 5 October 2014
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.
Notes: again nothing to note for this dress, other than better consideration on the yoke.
Friday, 26 September 2014
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.
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 ;)