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 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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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

There's a story behind this dress...

Way back before Easter, I spotted a dress in River Island that I really, really loved but couldn't justfy buying at the time.  How do I know it was before easter?  Because for easter my parents said they would get me the dress (I don't do easter eggs, hence the small gift instead).  However when we went to get the dress, we couldn't find it in my size anywhere.  Not one local store, not on the River Island website or ASOS.  So instead they gave me some money to find another dress that I would like.

 I never gave up hope on that dress.  But I couldn't find it anywhere.  Then some months passed and I happened to be in Remnant Kings having a nosey.  And I found this fabric.  In my head it was the same fabric.  And it was only £1.99/m, so I bought 3 metres knowing I would get something out of it.  Still doubting that it was the same fabric, I made a Roxanne tunic and wore it in to town one day.  That day we went in to River Island for a look at their sale and I found the dress I had wanted, in my size.  And it was the same fabric. Photographic evidence:
I headed straight from their to Remnant Kings and bought another few metres.  I was making the dress I couldn't buy.
I used Colette's Laurel as a base pattern, pivoting the hem slightly and taking the neck in.  For sleeve I again used the Ava sleeve pattern.  Other than that construction went as detailed in the pattern.  And I was soo happy that I finally had my dress.
Having enough left over from these two makes, I made a simple cami and used the other remaining pieces as lining for the next make I'll be sharing with ya!

The Facts
Pattern: Colette Laurel
Size Cut: 16
Fabric: Poly georgette from Remnant Kings 
 Notions: None
Alterations: pivoted hem out to add a little swing
Wearability: 8/10

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Liberty Love #2

Well it's time for the second of my Liberty Love posts.  This time, something a little more unusual for me, a blouse.  This past year or so I've been loving shirt style blouses.  You know with a proper collar that I can wear under jumpers (sweaters?) with the collar and tails showing and a statement necklace to finish it off.  Knowing that I was liking that look, I started to look at patterns that were more along these lines.  Kind of in line with my last post about making things that I would buy in the shops.
I picked up this pattern whilst I was on holiday In Joann's as they had them at like $4.99 each (truth be told I totally stocked up!).  I had initially intended to make it up in a plain like the pattern shows but I had just bought this Liberty Print in sale at work and thought that it would be good for a trial version.  And it worked out pretty well.
The Liberty print is from last years Autumn collection and named Solsteur.  I bought some of the silk of this print in the blue colourway last winter and made some simple tee's with it.  When this lawn arrived in the shop I knew I had to get some of it.  It's a very un-me colour choice but there was something about it I couldn't resist.
The pattern is Vogue V1387, which was fairly straight forward in construction.  It has a front binding placket that is used for the snap fasteners (instead of buttons, a design feature I really liked about this pattern) and pleated shoulder detailing.  When (not if) I make this top again, I'm going to use something a bit drapey-ier in order to get the full effect of the pleating.  I also like the shaped yoke detail that accommodates the pleating, it's the kind of detail that sets Vogue patterns apart from the others.  I think its a pretty good basic blouse pattern and it doesn't have the fussiness of a collar insertion or tiny buttonhole making.
All in I'm pleased with this make and know that it'll go in to good rotation in my wardrobe.  When I was looking the pics before uploading them I realised that it's a good length on me, most of the time I'm complaining that something is too short so that's a welcome thought!  I'm going to search my stash for a plain to make it up in next...

The Facts
Pattern: Vogue 1387
Size Cut: 20 with no alterations
Fabric: 1.5m Solsteur Liberty Tana Lawn
Notions: snap fasteners
Alterations: none really, changed the sleeve to my new go to cap sleeve from the Ava pattern
Notes: Probably best made in a plain rather than print and something with more fluidity to show off the pleats.
Wearability: 7/10

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