I have a confession…

I had a party to go to recently, and I bought a dress! And I rather enjoyed the process of buying the dress. I’d forgotten that it could be quite nice to buy something to wear for a special occasion. And the dress I bought I would not have been able to make myself, so it is justified.

I will also be wearing it boxing day, for a special lunch for my Mum and Dads 60th wedding anniversary.

And I still haven’t done any sewing. Think thats about 2 months now…

A few things…

I made/altered back in September. I haven’t been very productive lately, and haven’t made anything yet this October. I think it s nearly a month since I sat down at my sewing machine. I’m blaming work and being too tired! Although I’m also quite content with my wardrobe full of self made tops and dresses. Plus its getting tricky to fit anything else in. And thats after having a good clear out.

Anyway back to what I did manage to do in September.

I made another trapeze top, but this time I added 6cm to my original top pattern. And I think its a pretty good length. This is my 3rd garment in this fabric.

And I loved this version so much that I cut down a dress I’d made in this fabric too. So from this

 

To this

It was fairly straight forward to do, and I’ve worn it so many more times as a top than I did when it was a dress. I still have the longer one I made, and I’ll be keeping that one as a dress. I know the tops look the same but trust me they are two different tops.

Then I shortened some jeans, it always makes me happy when I do an alteration! I think shortened I them by about 3inches but it might be a bit more. They’re not the jeans worn in the above picture, but these were a similar length, but I didn’t like them longer as they weren’t as tight as the others and I didn’t think they looked quite as good. Now I’m happy with them.

I also shortened sleeves on about six shirts for my Dad. Nothing fancy. I don’t have pics of those.

So thats about it for now. I do have a couple more Imogens I want to make before the years out, so I’m hoping to get my sewjo back soon…

 

I now LOVE vertical stripes…

I saw this gorgeous fabric on Minervacrafts.com and had to have it! When it arrived though I was a bit surprised at how stiff and rough it felt. Still I wasn’t put off and I put it in the wash. It felt a little better afterwards.

I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to make it into a Trapeze top/tunic or an Imogen, so I pondered on it for a few days and one day after coming back from my power walk I’d made up my mind to cut it out in preparation for an Imogen. I bought 3m and boy am I glad I did. I needed pretty much most of it for the pattern, as the fabric wasn’t very wide. I had hoped I’d have enough to make something else, but no.

I had a bit of a love hate working with this fabric, at first it felt stable to work with but then at times I felt like it wanted to stretch. It was horrible to iron, I had to really press hard and do it repeatedly to get any semblance of crispness.

I do love the finished garment though…

I tried it on before I’d finished it properly and for some reason rolled the sleeves up and was delighted with the look, so I made the decision to not put the elastic in leave the sleeves as roll ups. Don’t think thats the technical term!

The placket and the collar were the trickiest bits to work with. I still don’t fully understand what I’m doing and it always ends up working by accident or luck, but its never perfect. I’m a bit worried about the fabric at the bottom right side of the placket, I think there’s the potential for a hole!

And as for the top stitching at the base of the collar, well that went to pot. Its perfectly wearable though and I shall still wear it with pride.

 

Now for the mod pics… Please excuse the dusty mirror!

And here I am wearing it with a red stripey bag.

Very happy with it. And am now a convert to the vertical stripes.

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.