January 31st, 2018
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.
December 24th, 2017
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
December 11th, 2017
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!
November 16th, 2017
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…
October 15th, 2017
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
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…
September 6th, 2017
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.
July 23rd, 2017
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.
July 16th, 2017
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.
July 9th, 2017
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!
June 27th, 2017
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.