Thursday, 29 May 2014

#MMMay14 Days 22-28....

22/5
23/5 
1 hour polka dot skirt (blogged aggggeeees ago, cant find the page)

24/5

25/5

26/5

 27/5

 28/5

The last full week of May. As quickly as it came it's nearly over already!
This week was a bit tricky, mainly because of the turn in the weather which meant I didn't get to go full on with summer dresses as I've been hoping. I ended up having my first two repeats, which is no bad thing but it was fun seeing how far I could go before that needed to happen. I'm keeping fingers and toes crossed that the sun will come back for the last few days of May and I can squeeze in my lovely summer dresses. Although peeking out of my window it doesnt look likely....sad face.




Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hello Betty Bow: Open and full to the brim....

After a little spring clean and restock session Hello Betty Bow is open again, yey!

Lots of cuties in stock like these shoe clips....




Betty Bows of all sizes....






and lots of cute rings...


as well as our favourite Dolly bows....








Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Just one more....

I haven't done one of these for a while but I only had a tiny bit of this fabric and really fancied a top out of it so Colette Sorbetto it is!


Isn't this the best summer fabric?! Makes me want to be on holiday...


I love Sorbetto for speed and ease, and for this one I used up some contrasting hand made binding too.


Theres not much more to say about this pattern other then if you still haven't tried it then what are you waiting for?!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Cake....

I've mentioned Tasia's fantastic cake and frosting analogy before and it really rings true with me. I made a decision at the start of the year to sew a lot more cake. So here's a nice big slice of it...


I bought this linen/polyester mix from Minerva crafts, it's a really nice deep navy, has a really good drape and was really easy to sew with.
I used good old faithful Simplicity 2444, I know it fits well and is my favourite shape to why not?!
The only down side to this fabric was that in the light it was really see through on the skirt. I had already lined the bodice with a polycotton so I added a little under skirt too...


Seeing as I'd already constructed the whole dress I sewed the skirt lining to a length of bias binding, pinned this around the waist and then stitched in the ditch on the outside to secure it. I just added a few stitched to the zip tab to secure it down at the back.

I also hemmed the skirt with bias tape and slip stitched inside...nice and invisible :)


So this is a big ole slab of cake, I've worn it a few times already and it feels like one of my favourite makes so far, nice and simple and something about it being a plain colour makes it feel less homemade too.


I'm going to try and make an effort to add a few more block colour pieces to my wardrobe from now on, well after I've got through the stash of flower, bird, cat and numerous other pattern prints :)


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

#MMMay14 Days 15-21....

15/31
16/31

17/31

18/31

19/31
Navy Linen 2444 (Not yet blogged)

 20/31

21/31 
Still managing no repeats, thankfully the weather is now good enough to break into the summer tops and dresses
(as I say this a dark cloud is passing overhead....that was a short summer :(

Monday, 19 May 2014

Picnic dress....

Basically anything gingham reminds me of a picnic blanket....that or those infant and junior school dresses which are actaully very cute but this is for growed ups so picnic it is :)
This is a new dress for #mmmay14 and now the suns been out I actually got to wear it, and I managed to wear it for a beach bbq (and take off my leggings....it must really be warm!) (that counts as a picnic right?)
It's navy and white and the larger of the checks you can get out there, this was one of my bargain buys from Goldhawk Rd.
I went for simplicity 2444 for the bodice but wanted more of an A-line skirt so mixed it up with the skirt from the Deer and Doe Belladone, and I just LOVE the pockets on the Belladone...

I've been wanting a gingham dress for ages and clearly got so excited sewing it up that I failed miserably to actually match up any of the really obvious lines that gingham so clearly has...

PATTERN MATCH FAIL!

I'm not quite sure how I managed it but I didn't notice at all until the zip was in and then I really couldnt be bothered to try and rectify it, my hair ends up covering most of the back anyway.

 These two pattern match up ok, the front darts on the boddice end where the pleasts in the skirt are.

The Belladone skirt is a great one for breezy summers too, no chance of any knicker flashing with this nice A-line, this is a particular fear of mine having had the misfortune of wearing a circle skirt and walking over Tower Bridge on a particluarly windy day, I won't go into it but that tourist bus got much more view than they were after.

I'd better not leave you with that image so I'll leave you with this one of the cat face....

they always know when fresh bed sheets are going on don't they


Thursday, 15 May 2014

#MMMay14 Days 8-14....

Time for another round up already?!.....
8/31
9/31

10/31
11/31


12/31
Bow print Scout (not blogged)
(ooooh pouty)

 13/31
14/31
Red Dixie Ballet dress with gathered skirt
(Totes forgot to take a photo but I did eat this AMAZEBALLS choc raspberry sorbet whilst wearing it...also realised not blogged either so let your imagination run wild!
But its pretty much like all my other Dixies..... but in red)
I'm quite chuffed that I haven't had to repeat any items yet, I didn't add this to my pledge but I'm enjoying seeing how long I can go before I get to the end of my me made wardrobe!
Hows #mmmay14 going for you?

Friday, 9 May 2014

So Simple...

Last week I had an urge to get something sewn up quickly that I could wear at the weekend. I didn't want to labour over a new dress pattern or have to go and find a new zip or matching lininng fabric, I just wanted to use bits from the stash and get it done!
But what to sew? A new top would be good but not another sorbetto...I think I've reached my peak with those(theres still a couple yet to be blogged) and I didnt have enough stretch fabric for a plantain or hemlock so I decide to to a quick internet scan and see what I could find. Then I remembered this lovely top by Marie and that was it, I love a cute collar so I had to have one!

I found that Simple Sew sell patterns on their website, but they also sell PDF patterns from their Etsy shop, instant gratification! So peter pan collar blouse downloaded and fabric and trimming gathered I set to sew...


This was a  nice quick project, I think I had this top finished within a couple of hours (after some fiddly bias binding work) and I'm really happy with it.....


Button holes again! I'm starting to quite like them :) and I also got to use these super cute heart buttons...


The pattern instructions were pretty minimal but if you've done anything similar before then you can easily work it out.
I'm not sure if I did something wrong to the collar, like get the seam allowance wrong, but it doesnt meet up at the centre front like on the pattern picture or Marie's version, it's still pretty cute though so I'm not worried but something to look a bit closer at next time.
 I used the full pattern length as I hate it when tops are too short, I think I'd make the armholes a bit bigger on my next one as they sit quite far up in your arm pit. Overall I really like this though and I'll be making a couple more I'm sure.

I managed to squeeze this into my first week of me made May too.