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.
June 19th, 2017
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.
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.
June 11th, 2017
I love this, one of my more simple makes. No alterations made to the length, this is how it is. The fabric is another lovely ponte roma jersey from Fabric Godmother.
I’ve worn it a couple of times already and just know its going to be perfect when the weather gets really hot!
I think I’ve said it before, but I love working with jersey fabric as the seams don’t need finishing so it results in a very quick and simple make. Which from time to time I really enjoy.
There won’t be as many pics as usual as like I said its a simple dress and a simple make and you’ve all seen similar from me before.
And there we have it. Happy dance from me.
I would just like to add that its Four years this weekend since I made my first cushion cover, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to take up sewing. It makes me so so HAPPY :0) Xxx
June 6th, 2017
Lovely striped viscose jersey fabric in black and cream. However I fear I look a bit like a wasp in it. I still love it though.
I made another Trapeze but this time I only altered the sleeve length, and left the dress length as is, instead of doing my usual and shortening it.
I tried to be so careful with the stripe matching and it worked for the most part. Just goes slightly out of kilter here and there.
I love the drape on this fabric too.
And although its a relatively light fabric it has a lovely weight to it when worn.
Although I’m wearing heels in the pics I’m much more likely to wear it with flats. And I think it looks better in the flesh than in these pictures.
May 29th, 2017
it didn’t quite work out as planned. I felt it looked more like a nightshirt and when the Husband agreed it was a done deal. So I turned it into a tunic instead. And I love it and have worn it so many times already. The fabric I got for my Birthday and it came from the fabulous Fabric Godmother, seriously that website is so dangerous for me! The fabric is a gorgeous crepe and it feels wonderful to wear. I think its sold out now otherwise I’d get some more.
Here’s a couple of pics of the dress version.
When I look at the pics again I quite like it now, I’m definitely going to have another go at making a dress version.
And now for the pics of the tunic.
May 18th, 2017
Its been too long! I have been sewing, just haven’t got round to blogging them yet, sorry. I will soon, promise. XX
April 20th, 2017
Not too sure how else to describe this! I had been thinking about trying another jacket made from the Trapeze pattern like this one that I made last year, but making it from the tunic length pattern I’d made, and using the boiled wool fabric from Merchant & Mills that I used to my make Strand coat from.
This is the kind of thing I mull over in bed at night, I come up with an idea and then think about fabrics and so forth. As it happens I’d ordered some fabric from Fabric Godmother and had been sent the wrong fabric as part of my order. After getting in touch with them they were very apologetic and refunded me the difference as the fabric I received was cheaper than the one I ordered and had been charged for, so no problems there, and they would have refunded me if that was what I wanted to do, but I was actually quite happy with the wrong fabric. I earmarked it straight away for the Trapeze cardi/coat thing!
Its a lovely jersey Ponte Roma fabric. I bunged it in the wash and planned to get cracking the next day.
I do so love that I only need 3 pattern pieces when using the jersey fabric. I thought this was going to be a very quick make, as I wouldn’t have to finish the seams but as the way this fabric is woven/knitted I felt it would be vulnerable to fraying and therefore decided to zig zag the seams.
This little project also took a bit more thinking about and planning than I had anticipated. I wasn’t too sure it would actually work…
Quite pleased with how the side seams matched up. Not planned at all.
Once I’d put it together, I liked it but couldn’t help but feel something was not quite right!
I couldn’t get away from the feeling that the opening edges were wobbly and flimsy looking. I had a go at folding the edges under another 3cm and pinned in place. Once I was I was happy with it like that I sewed into place and felt much better about it. Above is the before and below is the after.
Its got a bit of a swing coat vibe to it!
Husband says its very me! I’m really happy with it and I love that I am able to make things that are very me.
April 13th, 2017
I wanted to make another practice run for the dress I want to make for my Nieces wedding, but as it turned out I didn’t have enough fabric for a dress, so decided to make a top instead. I was wanting to check out how easy or tricky the neckline might be in this fabric. So I decided I had nothing to lose.
The thing about crepe viscose fabric is that it frays like a bastard! So I decided to zigzag all the edges before putting it together to take the worry of that away and it really did help. I shall definitely be doing that again.
As to be expected the collar and plackets were quite tricky but taking my time and using a million pins turned out okay. Hemming it turned out to be trickier than I expected it to, so I ended up leaving it un-hemmed And it looks fine.
I feel fairly confident about making the dress version now. So watch this space…