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.

 

 

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!

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!

Amazing what you can squeeze out of a metre of fabric…

I don’t know why I only ordered a metre of this fabric, I never only order a metre, as its rarely enough for what I want to make. But for some reason I ordered a metre. This was October last year, and when I decided I wanted to make a Marshmallow tunic top I tried to order another metre but it was out of stock! I thought that might be the end of that idea.

I thought I’d have a look and see what I could get out of it, so I laid the pattern pieces on the fabric and happily I could get a sleeveless version from it. Also had to make the frill piece much smaller, think I ended up folding it in half.

No sleeves, no facing and no pockets. But I love it!

This is such a happy, colourful fabric. I love all the details in it, so much going on.

And I’m really really happy with the length of this one too.

And I remembered to make all the seams with a 2cm seam allowance.

Merchant & Mills, Jack Tar bag…

For christmas my lovely hubby gave me a voucher for Merchant & Mills, and I’d been looking at the Jack Tar bag pattern for quite a while, but hadn’t gotten round to getting it. then they started doing a  kit, which includes everything you need to make the bag. So armed with my voucher I trotted off to Merchant & Mills and bought it.

Its taken me a couple of months to get round to making this, but I’ve finally done it. I have to say it was a rather pleasant experience. I did things I’ve not done before, like snap closure, and used D rings. Also a facing on a bag, which I’ve not done before. And turning a bag right side out through a hole in the lining. That was an experience I can tell you.

This was also quite a painful make too! The outer fabric I believe is a dry oilskin and the lining is a sturdy canvas, both fabrics were quite tough to get my pins through at times, and I managed to stab myself on many occasions.

I also want to say, that whilst the pattern is supposed to be beginner level, Merchant & Mills can be quite frugal with their instructions, and If I hadn’t already known how to attach a base to the main body of a bag I would have been a bit stumped at that point.

 

Base of the bag pinned to the top. Above ^ and below

It was quite tricky getting it through the sewing machine, as the fabric was quite stiff. And this was one of the areas where I would get stabbed by my pins!

Picture of the lining, before I’d sewn the base.

All finished. Inside view of the pockets.

Another inside view, with the shoulder strap. The bag kit comes with a leather strap, but I decided not to use that, and opted for a webbing strap instead, same as I used for the handles. There is an option to make the handles yourself out of the same fabric as the bag. I like the contrast the webbing straps give though.

This is a pretty big bag, I think it will be really useful as weekend bag or carry on bag for flights, as well as being a great everyday bag for town and shopping. The 3 inside pockets are the perfect size for your purse, keys, sunglasses and phone. Plus any other small items you don’t want to lose inside the main compartment. the pockets are also ideally placed for good access whilst carrying the bag crossbody, but I reckon would be tricky for someone to try and pinch your purse.

Carrying options, are as follows.

My favourite is crossbody, so comfortable.  So there we have it. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La la la …

Here you go, another Trapeze in the lovely quilted ponte roma fabric. I do love this fabric!

Not gonna say much about it, its all been said before.

It would appear I just can’t help myself…

I’ve not been very well since Christmas, nothing serious just this cold/flu virus thing thats going around, but it has made me feel pretty grotty for long enough now, and I’m fed up with it! Its left me with a cough that just won’t go and I get pretty exhausted quite quickly. I had to make the decision a couple of a weeks ago as to whether I was going to sew or start exercising again. I decided I had to get back into my exercising regime, got to watch that waist line! However I started re watching the last series of the Great British Sewing Bee (wish they’d do another) and really wanted to do some sewing. I have a work in progress, another Cocowawa Marshmallow dress, but feel its a bit too fiddly and needs too much concentration for the way I’m feeling at present. So I decided that this gorgeous quilted jersey fabric would make a superb long sleeve Trapeze top.

what I love about making the Trapeze in a jersey is that you only need 3 pattern pieces, and its so simple to put together. I almost completed it in one day…

I added 6cm again to the bottom of the pattern and turned up the hem by about 2cm. Very happy with length.

This is not a very good picture of the back!

This quilted fabric just makes every garment look that little bit more professional I feel.

Please excuse the bed hair!!

I love this fabric in the grey, its a bit different to the navy and black fabric, as its really soft to touch and so snuggly to wear. However I do feel it will pill like a bugger!! So there we have it, satisfied my urge to sew and I now have a gorgeous new top.

NEW PATTERN! I’m so excited about this make…

I flipping love this dress. I’ve been looking for a pattern for this type of dress for the longest time. I even considered making my own version with a pattern hack of my trusty Trapeze dress pattern, after reading the blog by nobleanddaughter.com, but I couldn’t quite get my head round the idea. And then luckily this pattern popped into my radar. I believe I had seen it a while ago before, but think it was probably only in a PDF version, and so I bypassed it. Now though its available in a printed paper version too.

It is the cocowawa, Marshmallow dress ! And I bloody love it…

I’ve always loved this style of dress, and when I saw the this one by Victoria Beckham I so badly wanted one or to be able to make one like it, so the pairing of this pattern with the fabric was like a dream come true.

Okay so mine isn’t exactly the same but I think its a pretty good example of this style of dress. And dare I say I prefer mine. Not least because it only cost me about £20 instead of several hundreds of pounds!

I made it in a ponte roma quilted jersey from Fabricgodmother and at £8 a metre and 150cm wide its quite a bargain. Plus in this fabric I actually feel like I’m wearing a marshmallow!

I’ve done my usual and simplified my version. I’ve taken out the button down back, and because its in jersey I haven’t done a facing. Nor have I used any of the add ons like the collar or the bow. I also shortened the sleeves more than the recommended amount, the original short sleeve length was elbow length.

I find measurements on sewing patterns to be quite confusing sometimes and if I’d followed the guide on this pattern I’d have made a size 14 which would have been way too big. I plumped for making a 12 and its still a bit too big. The next one will be made in a size 10.

I managed to make it using about 1.75m of fabric.

There will now follow lots of pictures…

I just love the silhouette of this dress, its just so damn cute I can’t stand it!

I love it with heels, as seen above.

And I love it with flats/converse.

But the bestest thing of all about this pattern is…

POCKETS!

It has inseam pockets and they are the best!

 

 

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.