Oh I know, its getting boring now…

Here comes another Trapeze!

I’ve had this fabric for a couple of years now, when I bought it I made the mistake of thinking it was horizontal stripes (its a mistake I often make for some reason), so it threw me when I realised it was vertical stripes. So it languished in my stash box for the last 2 years. And on top of the stripe mistake I also went off this type of fabric (I think its a cotton poplin) and started making with knit fabrics more often than not.

Since I discovered the Trapeze dress pattern works well as a maxi length dress, I looked at this fabric again. Pondered on it for a week or two and decided to go for it.  I bought 3 metres which is just as well as its only 107cm wide and the trapeze uses a lot of fabric at the bottom, and even more in the maxi version! I was just able to squeeze it out of the fabric, but it was really really tight!

I decided to not to do a facing which I usually leave off doing when using knit fabrics, haven’t done it with a woven fabric before though. I made sure I had enough fabric left if I ended up needing to do a facing. I only left it off as I was feeling lazy!

So without further ado here she is. Husband says its quite striking…

I like the way it looks like the stripes go in different directions due to the way it drapes.

Stripes almost match at the sides.

I have to look twice when trying it on as the centre back seam blends in so well I can barely see it. I managed to put it on Gertie (my mannequin) the wrong way round once and wondered why it didn’t look right!

 

Works well with Converse and one of my bags

And also with sandals.

Side view looks better in the flesh.

Another successful Trapeze and happy to have finally used this fabric.

Lovely soft jersey…

Well what can I say? I simply can not stop making Trapeze dresses! Here’s a maxi version in the softest of black jersey. I added 6inches to the original pattern length and I really like it.

It works well with different types of foot wear too.

Once again very happy :0)

 

3 inches can make a big difference…

I love this dress

But I couldn’t help thinking it would be better a bit longer. Unfortunately I didn’t have quite enough fabric left to add the amount I wanted to, so I had to settle for half the amount, I had wanted to make it 6 inches longer but could only make it 3″.

I’m still very happy though.

It might not look that much different, but it feels really nice to wear. I’m still going to make a version with the 6inches though.

Sew far this summer…

I’ve had a lot of wear out of these three Trapeze dresses. I have to say I’m really loving them. They are so easy to wear, just fling em on and go. And when the sun is shining and its hot hot hot, you really don’t want to have to think too hard about what you’re wearing.

I thought this one was pretty boring when I first made it, but now I really love it. And I can’t stop thinking about a longer one.

Wasn’t overly keen on this one either when I finished it, but with the right footwear and accessories its perfect and I feel really good in it!

And this baby is one of my all time favourites, made it last year and wore it lots and am wearing it lots this year too. I need some more of this fabric.

All three made from the Merchant and Mills Trapeze dress pattern, all slightly different. Its amazing how much difference the fabric can make to how a garment turns out.

 

Not sure if I like it…

I don’t know if its the fabric or the stripes, I know its not the pattern as the Imogen is one of my faves. I just can’t put my finger on it. I’m hoping it’ll be one of those makes that will eventually grow on me. I have quite a few things I’ve made that I didn’t like or not keen on when first finished, and have since ended up loving. So fingers crossed, as I do hate putting in all that effort and then not wearing it.

I am quite pleased with the stripe matching across the front and the sleeves though. Didn’t work at all at the side seams, they are way off!

So there we are, underwhelmed!

Top and a skirt…

I’m afraid there won’t be many pictures but the ones there are say it all really.

I made a skirt for the first time, following various on line tutorials for a simple jersey skirt. Didn’t quite work out as planned as came out a bit too big! However lessons learned and have since found another tutorial which I prefer and will give that a go.

After making the skirt I ended up making a top to go with it, a simple Trapeze top. Very happy with it too, took me about 3.5 hours in total to make the top and about 4 to 5 for the skirt, mostly because I’ve not made a skirt before and it was sort of self drafted!

I found this gorgeous jersey fabric in one of my local shops and as it was only £6 a metre I bought 4 metres ( why wouldn’t you?) And I managed to squeeze the top and skirt out of 2m of fabric so I still have another 2m to play with…

I have to wear a belt with the skirt otherwise it will fall down.

And here is the skirt with some other of my self made tops.

I wore skirts like this all the time when I was a teenager and in my early twenties, so its been a while!

And here’s the top worn with jeans.

One small detail can make all the difference…

I made this grey jersey Imogen dress a while back, I wasn’t entirely happy with it but did think it would probably be ok for very hot summers day.

However it kept bugging me, every time I’ve tried it on I liked it at first and then after a few minutes I don’t like it. I would find myself hitching it up at the sides (you know, like when you hitch your skirt/dress up when paddling in the sea) and I liked it much better.

I have been wondering how best to do this and have it look Okay. And then I thought about how I often have to gather sleeve heads or the collar area (Imogen) and decided this was the way to go.

I’m really happy with how its turned out and can’t wait for it to be warm enough for me to wear it.

Before:

After:

I love the shape and the drape the dress has now.

Such a simple alteration but it has made it that little bit more interesting.

A couple more pics with one of my bags. I love the combination of the grey and the red.

Multi spot Trapeze dress…

I love this, one of my more simple makes. No alterations made to the length, this is how it is. The fabric is another lovely ponte roma jersey from Fabric Godmother.

I’ve worn it a couple of times already and just know its going to be perfect when the weather gets really hot!

I think I’ve said it before, but I love working with jersey fabric as the seams don’t need finishing so it results in a  very quick and simple make. Which from time to time I really enjoy.

There won’t be as many pics as usual as like I said its a simple dress and a simple make and you’ve all seen similar from me before.

And there we have it. Happy dance from me.

I would just like to add that its Four years this weekend since I made my first cushion cover, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to take up sewing. It makes me so so HAPPY :0) Xxx

 

Not sure if I look like a wasp…

In this.

Lovely striped viscose jersey fabric in black and cream. However I fear I look a bit like a wasp in it. I still love it though.

I made another Trapeze but this time I only altered the sleeve length, and left the dress length as is, instead of doing my usual and shortening it.

I tried to be so careful with the stripe matching and it worked for the most part. Just goes slightly out of kilter here and there.

I love the drape on this fabric too.

And although its a relatively light fabric it has a lovely weight to it when worn.

Although I’m wearing heels in the pics I’m much more likely to wear it with flats. And I think it looks better in the flesh than in these pictures.

It was meant to be a dress…

it didn’t quite work out as planned. I felt it looked more like a nightshirt and when the Husband agreed it was a done deal. So I turned it into a tunic instead. And I love it and have worn it so many times already. The fabric I got for my Birthday and it came from the fabulous Fabric Godmother, seriously that website is so dangerous for me! The fabric is a gorgeous crepe and it feels wonderful to wear. I think its sold out now otherwise I’d get some more.

Here’s a couple of pics of the dress version.

When I look at the pics again I quite like it now, I’m definitely going to have another go at making a dress version.

And now for the pics of the tunic.