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!

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!

Blue and white stripes are the best…

So I’ve had this fabric in my stash box for a year or more now. Has taken me this long to decide what to do with it.

Once again I only had a metre, well tell a lie, I bought 1.5metres but the fabric is only 110cm wide, so I had to fold it in half horizontally instead of vertically. The stripes should run vertically, but as theres no stretch whatsoever in this crepe type fabric, it doesn’t matter which way the fabric goes, if that makes sense?

I am very happy with my umpteenth Marshmallow tunic, but can’t help feeling it looks better on Gertie than it does on me!

The white stripes are actually more of a cream than they look here, look very white in the pics.

Have to say I didn’t even pretend to try and pattern match the stripes. I can’t be doing with that kind of headache!

 

Its not a perfect make, but I’m happy.

 

I think it would have looked better with sleeves, but I really didn’t have enough fabric for that. So you do what you gotta do.

I’m off on holiday in May, so I’m hoping for the weather to be warm enough to wear it then.

Its snowing so lets make a summer dress…

On one of the snowiest days of the winter, I decided to start making a dress for the summer. As you do…

It’s a Trapeze/Marshamallow mash up! Merchant and Mills Trapeze dress with the addition of the Marshmallow ruffle skirt bit.

Gorgeous fabric form FabricGodmother. Feels wonderful to wear. Can’t wait for warmer weather.

Once again, please excuse the bed hair, had to take pics whilst the light was good.

I think its safe to say…

I’m a creature of habit. And when I like something, I really like something. And therefore when I find a pattern I love, I will make it time and time again. I will also find ways of making it simpler too. For I am a lazy sewer, very lazy. If I can skip a step or leave something out I will.

For my latest Marshmallow, I had it all cut out, pockets and all, but it sat in my to do pile which consisted of just that, for about 6 weeks. It has taken me long time to get over the cold/flu type thing I had at Christmas, New Year. And I just couldn’t face making it up. I cut it out, but just couldn’t bring myself to make it up. Why? Mainly because of the pockets. I love the pockets on this dress, just couldn’t bear the thought of sewing them. So I made a few other items in the mean time. One of those being the black sleeveless and pocketless Marshmallow (due to lack of fabric), which I love.

So I ummed and ahhd and finally decided to make another tunic version, but this time with sleeves, but still without pockets. So I cut down the length of the skirt pieces and put the pockets to one side, and cracked on with it.

And very happy I am too.

I made the seam allowance 2cm this time instead of 1.5cm, to see if it reduced the size a bit. And it does. However I had already sewn the centre back seam together before I made this decision. So next time I will make that 2cm too. I think it does fit a little better.

I’m really loving this fabric also. Its a charcoal grey quilted Ponte Roma from FabricGodmother, and its so soft, comfy and cosy. However I think it will pill like a bitch!

I am loving this…

I had just over a metre of fabric left in this black quilted ponte roma. Thought I might have enough to make a sleeveless cocowawa marshmallow dress, without pockets, but didn’t have quite enough for a dress, so I made a tunic length instead. And I’m so so very happy with it.

Can’t wait to wear it with this bag.

I think I’ve said it before, but I am so happy that I can make the sort of things I like. Stuff you can’t buy in the shops. I will definitely be making many more in this version.

I have a Marshmallow dress as a work in progress, has been waiting to be made up for at least a month now. I am now contemplating whether I should make it into this version.

A little late but…

I wanted to share one of my Christmas gifts from my Husband. He got me £100 voucher for Merchant and Mills. Which I duly spent 4 days later. I got myself the Jack Tar bag kit, with navy dry oilskin for the outside and a grey for the inside. Can’t wait to be feeling much better and get this made…

I also got a clapper, which I’ve been wanting for a while. And I still have just over £11 left.

The grosgrain strap I already had, and think I will use this instead of making the fabric handles out of the same fabric as the bag. I think it will go well.

Second Cocowawa Marshmallow …

Okay then, second cocowawa Marshmallow dress completed already. Made this one in a size 10 instead of the 12 and whilst still a little roomy (but I think its meant to be) it is perfect. I’m so pleased I’ve found this pattern, no more Trapeze makes for a while I fear!

So without further ado here come the many pictures…

I think the fabric really helps in making this an interesting dress too. More of the Ponte roma quilted jersey.

So there we have it, my new favourite dress pattern. Expect to see many many more of these!

I WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018

XXX

 

Lets have another Trapeze…

Doesn’t need much introduction, and there’s nothing special about this dress except it marks my return to sewing after 2 months or more of not doing any at all!

I made it using my tunic length pattern hack, but I added 6cm to make it just a little longer.

Quick simple make, Love it!