Friday, 7 August 2015

Monumental Moments Maybe?

Hi everyone, 

This isn't a groundbreaking post, and is in fact pretty dull (wow, doesn't that inspire you to keep reading?!) but for me, it was quite revolutionary. 

I made a dress, in a pattern I've used before, I wore it, it fit, and I liked it.


Now, I know that some of you will not get this at all, but for me this was all quite revolutionary. 

I went to Paris with my mum in April, and goggled over some gorgeous chintzy fabric, with visions of gorgeous summer dresses and dirndl skirts. Until my mum pointed out that, although I love making dresses like that, I don't wear them. 

The Mortmain dress in the last post? I've worn once. The dungarees in the other one? Wear all the time. Hmmm.  
When I suddenly realised that I had a wedding coming up in about 7 days, and no idea what to wear, I dug out the old ByHand Elisalex pattern, and found some random fabric in my stash. I made two changes to the pattern, both in construction phase. I pinched a bit of the over-bust wrinkles out and sewed them up (classy) and reduced the waist seam allowance as although I toiled it (loosely...) and it looked like it was going to look ok, it came up a bit shorter than I thought. Which is supposed to be the whole point of a toile, but hey ho.

Anyway, the dress was a total success and I really enjoyed wearing it. The top fabric, a light cotton, was a length that I got out of the ends bin in one of the Shepards Bush shops, and the skirt was a thicker, almost like a jacket stiffness, of the fabric I made the HusBeast's wedding waistcoat out of. As it was thick, it held the creases beautifully, so those box pleats were really satisfying to sew! I think it may have helped that the wedding was pretty awesome too...

I started this sentence with 'I love to make clothes', but I'm not sure that's true - I love to make pretty things that I don't seem to wear. I like to use gorgeous flowery fabric, but i'm writing this wearing a plain navy tshirt and jeans. However, I got so much enjoyment out of enjoying wearing something I made, if that makes sense, that has stopped me in my tracks.

I think I need to rethink all of this...

Thoughts welcome.

PS - Here's the dress :)

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The Mortmain Dress

I hope everyone had a nice Easter filled with chocolate and fun stuff? It was lovely and sunny in London this weekend, which was perfect for a family filled long weekend. Apart from when we ran off to the spa for the day.. :)

Please excuse the terrible photos, but I actually really like this dress. I'm squinting like a weirdo and the outfit is generally a bit weird - its that difficult bit of weather where it's too warm for boots but too cold for bare legs... Really, I just wanted to wear the dress!

I haven't seen massive love for this dress on the blogs, but I thought it looked like a useful wardrobe staple which I could wear for work. My mum has tried the dressing gown pattern and thought they were fab instructions.

The pattern was quite easy to follow, apart from the bit round the zip insertion, but I think that was probably me being a dunce... I still need to really work on zips! So that bit is a bit messy. I don't think it helped that the zip was massively too long and I didn't want to wait until I could get a more appropriate one, so really, totally my fault!! I think it looks a bit weird at the bottom of the zip, and because I half followed their instructions but also half did it my self, it's a bit of a mess...

Other than the strange zip insertion that I cockled together, I also increased the length of the bodice by 1 inch, which is what I do for most patterns.

I also made a standard size 12, which I toiled and it fit, but when I fit the denim one one it was massively too big and I had to bring it in a couple of inches all the way down.

So, onto the pictures:

I will use this pattern again, I think next time it'll be in a work appropriate fabric. I do think I'll have to think about the changes that I'll need to make, mainly with the zip and the sizing... but even with all of that I still like the dress!

Have any of you tried this pattern?


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A finished blanket.

Good morning all!

I hope it's as beautiful and sunny where you all are today, it's lovely here in London today. I've got a bit of a later work start this am so am still sitting at home with the sun streaming through the windows, which is lovely, apart from it totally shows how much cleaning I should be doing in the flat instead of sitting here typing away! Ah well...

Talking about sunny days, I'm STILL waiting for a nice sunny day to take photos of the completed Colette Negroni shirt, and my other version as well (long story), so in the meantime, here's the completed baby blankets - what do you think?

I loved making this, such a quick one to run up and it was really well appreciated which is always nice. In the last post I explained I was going to baste on the ribbon taggies, which I did, but I somehow still managed to miss one and had to do a bit of doctoring at the end. But at least it was only the one taggie, which makes a change.

I'm not sure about any of you, but although I enjoyed this make, I don't find working with plush fabric or flanneling that fun, I'm sure if I was less impatient and took a bit more time over laying it out and pinning it etc then it wouldn't seem to grow in all direction but who wants to spend time doing that?! 

Not to mention the fluff that ends up everywhere!

Have you got any good tips for managing these unstable fabrics?

The main good thing about making a baby gift is you get sent lots of lovely pics of said blanket in use with cute baby :)

Right - next up - Negroni blogging and the Mortmain dress by Gather for me. I've cut out the pattern and lengthened it in the waist by an inch so watch this space!