Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Scrap Stash......

What do you do with a pile of super cute fabric scraps that arent big enough to use for clothing? Thats what I've been thinking about for a while, scraps that are way too cute to be thrown away but arent quite right to use for facings and pockets and things.
And then a lightbulb moment.....my sewing machine needs a dress right?!

And because I still had a good amount of cute to get through, my mums sewing machine couldnt be left out...




What do you do with your scraps??

Sunday, 27 April 2014

A Different Dixie....

Yep, it's another one, yep I love this pattern :)

Another Dixie Ballet dress, this time in this Liberty-esque stretch that I picked up on Goldhawk road. A perfect springtime dress. This time I kept the sleeves longer, it's still a little nippy out there...



and I adjusted the neckline and just turned under and sewed with my twin needle rather than adding neck binding. I also didn't bother hemming this one, (whhaaat??!) seeing as stretch doesn't fray I don't think it really needs it, and it's quite a thin stretch so i find it gets a bit bulky to add a hem.


This will do me well as a good staple during Me Made May, which starts THIS WEEK! wooop!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

#MMMay14....

Around this time last year I pledged....
'I, Zoë of hellozoeb.blogspot.co.uk, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear at least 1 handmade item 3 days a week for the duration of May 2013 and make 1 new piece a week.....oh and blog about it at the end of each week too!'
I think a year on means I better step this up a gear so my pledge this year is...
'I, Zoë of hellozoeb.blogspot.co.uk, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear at least 1 item of handmade clothing each day for the duration of May 2014.....and blog about it too :)'



I've got a few projects on my to do list but I don't want to squeeze them all into May so I've decided not to add a bit about how many makes I'll be doing this year but I'm moving up from wearing 3 pieces a week to something every day, there will obviously be some repeats in there....I'll save that element to add to next years pledge!
Head over to Zoe's blog for more info!


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Peony skirts....




I really love the Colette Peony dress, I think the bit I love the most is the shape of the skirt. It's just a lovely simple A-line. It's a good length, sits nicely on the waist and is a good blustery day skirt...no fear of it blowing up in a freak seaside gust (which happens way too much in the summer with many a beloved gathered skirt)
So now I'm the owner of two Peony skirts. The first was actually my 3rd Peony dress which I loved but I c*cked it up by not washing the lining fabric first (rookie mistake!) and then when I did wash the dress the lining shrank a bit and it never ironed right or sat flat. You couldn't notice too much because of the busy fabric so I managed to get a lot of wear out of it but now I'm a bit sick of the sight so I got the scissors out, got rid of the bodice, replaced the zip and added a waist band.

The other was the left overs of my railroad denim with some cute summer meadow cotton added for pockets and seams...


And I even bothered with hand stitching for an invisible hem! get me!..

Aaaaand a bloody button hole!

If I had emoticons I'd insert 'feeling smug face' right here :)

Monday, 7 April 2014

Spring Scouts...

I finally got round to dipping into my new fabric stash from goldhawk Road, first up this amazing zebra and polka dot cotton....

ZEBRAS!


I used the Grainline Scout Tee pattern and drew up my own pattern peice for the collar. As this fabric is quite busy (look at all those busy galloping zebra's) I kept the collar in a block black and exagerated the width so it's quite prominent. I first drew up this peice for the navy version below, as I also adjusted the neckline to be a bit higher I made the collar in two peices for that one as I though I might need to add a keyhole at the back to get it over my head but as it turned out I didnt need to do that at all so the black collar was cut on the fold to form one peice.


 I'm trying to make a bit more "cake" for my wardrobe and block colours is something I don't have much of at the mo so I'm making a bit more of an effort  (apart from when zebra's come along....obvs) to make some peices in plain colours



Doesnt mean I can't jazz up the insde though...


I really love the Scout Tee as a basic simple 'throw on' top, adding the collar gives it a cute twist and makes it feel a bit more dressy than a plain tshirt, it's a nice quick, satisfying make and is easy and lovely to wear. Recommended spring time wear!
(or winter again as it appears to be today :(



Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Mad Men Challenge.....Fail :(

Well my plans for the Mad Men Challenge didn't really make it to reality. I got all busy with another project and time just slipped on by, and I had proper plans and everything!

I am a huge Betty fan. Betty's dresses are the stuff of my dreams, full skirts, gorgeous colours, amazing prints....

 but then I got swayed by one of Joan's beauties in gorgeous navy with lovely 3/4 sleeves and cute waist belt...

So I thought I'd do a Betty-Joan mash up. I bought some lovely navy fabric but then I got all involved with making my wedding dress (it's amazing how much effort you have to put into that little thing you know) and then it was 29th March and I was all like 'oh sh*t' wheres my Betty-Joan?? and then I was all sewed out and really didn't have it in me to do it justice so thats me all excused out and Mad Men dress-less....sad face.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's makes on Julia's blog next week and I suppose I'll get round to my homage to MM later on in the year....or next year....