July 30th, 2018
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.
July 23rd, 2018
I shortened this dress a little…
From that length to this…
July 18th, 2018
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…
May 28th, 2018
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!
April 24th, 2018
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.
April 16th, 2018
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!
April 6th, 2018
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.
March 11th, 2018
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.
March 3rd, 2018
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!
February 25th, 2018
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.