Navy crepe Marshmallow top…

Made this to wear to lunch at the Shard in London with a couple of girlfriends. Thought it was smart and stylish, yet not as smart or stylish as the waitresses/hostesses at The Shard. Wish I’d taken pics, as I felt underdressed!

Anyhoo, I’m still very happy and pleased with this make, and have worn it many times since!

Another best dress ever…

This time I used a beautiful Brodarie Anglais in navy. Blue and variations there of, it would appear is my fave colour!

 

I plan to wear it with a nude slip underneath, as it is a little see-through.

 

And here with heels…

 

I really am loving these dresses in this hot summer we are having.

Best dress ever…

I love this dress, yes its another Marshmallow, I don’t care. I love it! this time I used a gorgeous cotton block print fabric from Merchant and Mills. I was a little concerned when I first got it ( ordered online instead of going to shop) that it might be too corse/stiff for a dress, but the fabric has softened up with wear and wash and ironing. Also it was a dream to work with.

I decided also to do a proper facing this time, and not cut corners, where I usually do and simply fold the neckline over. I have learnt this doesn’t give a very neat finish. And I’ve also learnt its actually easier to just do it properly!

Pictures follow now!

Look at that neckline…

I felt really good wearing this. Husband says I look funky :0) And thats a good thing.

I’m not doing as much sewing at the moment as I have done in the past. Other things are a priority right now. Life gets in the way of the fun stuff! However when I do get a chance to sew, I grab it with both hands and enjoy. It really does help take my mind off the other stuff.

 

 

Small alteration…

I shortened this dress a little…

 

From that length to this…

Two tops, one post…

These are not very exciting and I don’t really like the cream patterned one, so I’m squishing them both into one post.

First up is the blue spotty one, I do like this.

Its a Marshmallow without the frill skirt bit.

And now for the cream one. I’ve come to realise I’m not very good with fussy patterns, or flowery ones. They make me feel frumpy!

I love the look of the pattern on this fabric, but its just not for me.

Its a bit like this one below. I love the top I love the fabric, but I just feel a bit frumpy when I wear it. I will continue to wear it though as the fabric wasn’t cheap, and I don’t want it going to waste!

So I suppose I’m learning what I do and don’t like…

Marshmallow dress…

One of my Nieces is getting married next May, and I’m trying to decide on what to wear/make. I want to wear a Marshmallow dress, but can’t decide on length. So I’ve made a wearable toile. I quite like this length but can’t decide if its too casual. But then again I’m hoping the fabric I’ll end up making it in for the wedding will make it more formal, so to speak.

And of course I won’t be wearing it with Birkenstocks or bare feet!

Cropped my head out of the pictures as had really bad bed hair!

Here’s a pic with good hair!

Oh my…

Just realised I have a couple of things at least that I’ve not photographed and as a result have not yet blogged about, but to be fair I have been on holiday!

After the almost disaster…

Came this

I do love this fabric, its so pretty. And its lovely and cool to wear too.

I bought 2.5m of this fabric. Very happy about the fact that Fabric Godmother now sells their fabric by the half metre. And I was able to get two tops out of it, happy about that too!

This was almost a disaster…

However I managed to save it. I was making another Marshmallow, using a 2cm seam allowance. And forgot that woven fabrics don’t tend to have as much give in them as the knitted fabrics. When I had completed the top half of the tunic, I tried it on. It fit okay and I was happy with it, but then I tried to take it off! And almost got stuck! after a good 5 minute struggle I eventually got it off. all seemed okay, except when I looked closer I noticed that I had put the centre back seam under considerable strain and it now looked a bit delicate. Like it could rip if I tried doing that again.

So I decided to unpick the centre back seam, and sew it again using a 1cm SA, i did this, tried it on and it was still a struggle to get it off, not quite as much as before, but more of a struggle than I wanted it to be.

So I then unpicked the sleeves and the side seams, and more or less started again. using a 1cm SA through out this time. Which made it quite tricky in places, for this was no ordinary fabric. Its a beautiful cotton poplin type fabric with embroidered flowers scattered about. And sometimes the embroidered bits would get a little stuck going through the sewing machine. And I would have to be very firm with it.

I had 2.5m of the stuff, and had already planned to make Marshmallow tunic and then a Marshmallow without the ruffle. I decided to make this first one the top without the ruffle bit.  Just in case I wasn’t happy with it.

I think it ended up quite good, I’m quite happy with it. And surprisingly you can’t really see where it was unpicked at all!

There will now be lots of pics so you can see how lovely this fabric is.

I tried to place my pattern pieces so that I wouldn’t have too much of the embroidered parts at points where the seams would join. Impossible to avoid all of them though.

I have already worn it, last week in the lovely warm weather. And it was very nice and comfortable to wear.

I’m not obsessed…

I’ve had this fabric in my stash, for a very long time. So I’m happy to have finally used it! And I’m not even going to apologise for making another Marshmallow.

This is a beautifully soft cotton from Merchant and Mills. Still available from them, also comes in other colours.

The last two I’ve made were sleeveless, and whilst I make no apologies anymore for my arms and I will wear sleeveless proudly. I still prefer a sleeve, so I’m very happy to have had enough fabric to make them.

This is going to be so lovely when the weather warms up!