Friday, 29 August 2014

Cat face....

I treated myself to some super cute fabric at the start of the month...


Ermahgerd!! Look at those little cat faces!!

I bought 2.5 meters, enough for a dress. I wanted something special to wear to a couple of girly occasions coming up and this is perfect. Sadly my parcel never arrived...cry cry. I'm sure it's lying on the floor in some post depot somewhere....mewing :(

But anyways, the lovely people at Plush Addict were tip top with their customer service and sent me out a new parcel, but there was only 2 meters left. This fabric was really narrow too.
I went with the simplicity 2444 (surprise!) and cut out the bodice but this fabric was way too narrow to fit the skirt pieces on. I went through a few other patterns trying to find a good skirt and even considered just a gathered rectangle but there still wasn't quite enough and I didn't want to finish it and it not be something I wanted to wear so in the end I opted for a 2444 peplum top...


Which as it turns out is going to be pretty perfect now the weathers on the turn so I can get my jeans out a again.



I used the skirt/peplum pattern from the Victory Patterns Ava dress, but its pretty much a circle skirt. I'm not sure if it's a bit too long but I think I'll give it a test wear before I hack it down.


I also tried out a new (to me) way of lining the bodice. Is it called bagging?? Where you sew up the neckline and arm holes and then pull it all through the shoulder. I'm not sure but it worked a treat, I'll be doing this on all my dresses in future. I always get a bit bored of binding armholes.

If you thought this fabric couldn't get cuter then think again, have you seen the selvedge??!!..


PAW PRINTS!

I'll leave you with those....oh the cuteness....




Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Bits and bobbins....

So I haven't had any big projects to chat about lately, after I finished my summer sewing list I'm really trying not to make anything else for summer. Fingers crossed for a few more weeks of sunshine and warmth but I don't think its really worth filling my wardrobe with much more and I have quite a few new beauties to get lots more wear out of anyway!

So while I've had some time without a proper project I've had a good stash sort out...


I got rid of any scraps which weren't really a good enough size to use for anything and have organised and bagged up stretch, cottons, fabrics for toiles, quilting and 'other' very pleasing :) Theres also a big box of fabrics to be used for making binding and for things like pockets and facings. Not much of a stash there now....time to plan a trip to Goldhawk Road.... :)

I also used up some bits from the stash on a travel pouch to hold all flight and hotel documents and bits and bobs like that, perfect for our holiday in a few months...




And I had a request for a laptop case from my Dad...


Cute little robots!...


It's also been pretty quiet at work so I've had a couple of long lunchtimes in the fashion studio..


So much space and nice quiet work buddies...


I've finally got around to altering some patterns which have been on the to do list for so long. S2444 and By Hand London Anna needed some attention to the gaping necklines...


I'm working on some new toile's for these at the mo so we'll see if it's worked!

Not having a dress on the go has been quite nice in a way, I feel like I've caught up with my brain a bit, but there are a few occasions coming up where I think I might need something a bit special to wear so I might have to squeeze something in soon :)






Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Hazel-Ava....

My final summer sew (well that was on my list anyways) This my newest wardrobe favourite, my Hazel-Ava...



I picked up this fabric as a second in Fabric Land, apparently the colours are smudged? Looks perfectly fine to me and at £3.50 a meter I'll have me some of that. I have no dea what it is though, it's weighty with a good drape, doesnt crease, drys quickly and doesnt need ironing....perfect! I'm guessing some sort of viscose?? I thought it was a bit familar and have realised since that I have an old H&M dress in the same print cotton, oh well, the more the merrier.


So for this dress I used the bodice of the Colette Hazel but switched up the straps for spaghetti's that tie in a bow on the shoulders. I've got a Whistles dress with these and love it so thought I'd have a go at copying and it worked great.


I've made this pattern up before and it's pretty easy. For this version I used the facing peices as a faux collar to give it a bit of a vintage look and lined the whole bodice with cotton. It's a difficult fabric to photograph but you can sort of see the collar peices in the pic below...


Instead of the gathered skirt in the Colette pattern I used the skirt from the Victory Patterns Ava dress. It's just shy of a circle skirt, sort of a 2/3 circle and I love it. The actual pattern calls for the skirt to have 4 peices with a side zip but I've taped it all together so this dress is one peice at the front and two at the back to fit in the back zip, and I added pockets...no dress should be without pockets!


I bound the edges of the skirt with black ribbon binding which make the edges nice and 'flippy'. Perfect skirt for twirling!...


I got the skirt length just right on this dress, not too short to show too much leg and not too long to feel a bit frumpy. This should see me through the rest of summer and it'll be great for holidays too.

So thats my summer sews all done. What on earth am I going to do know?
I've got a couple of selfless sewing projects to do and then I really must get on with some pattern alterations that have been on my to do list for ages, and I suppose I could get on with a couple of blog posts for later in September......anyone want to see a me made wedding dress?