Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Frankendress.....

Before I say anything about this dress please look at this photo...

This cute little Scottish Fold is called Loki and we had the pleasure of looking after him for the past week he is soooooo sweet it hurts to leave him so I took a few bits round to do each evening so I could stay longer and I got started cutting this dress...oh yeah the dress!

So I've been hankering after a good stripy dress for a while. Something nice and bold, to go with leggings or tights and with some longer sleeves than my usual cap sleeve dresses. 
I've been pinning a few over on my Pinterest boards, this is one of my favs...

I got hold of a great piece of stretch cotton when I was last in Liverpool and had a bit of a haul in Abakhan.

Unfortunately, on closer inspection the stretch actually went length wise on the stripes. I decided to use it anyway and just treat it like a normal woven.

So this is reason I'm calling this my frankendress. I used all 3 of these patterns....

I used the 1873 before for this bow print dress. I really like the high round neck line.
I love the Belladone skirt mainly for the pockets, but I think it works well for stripes as it's relatively flat and straight (if that makes sense?) I cut a shorter version than usual as I'm not planning on wearing this with bare legs and thought a full skirt would look a bit much with these big stripes. I also adjusted the front pleats into three mini ones so more like gathers each side so it didn't distort the stripes too much.

Finally I went for the sleeves from the Grainline scout top and used my extended pattern piece that I used on this top.
I went for a new skill on this dress too. Look! Exposed zip! (Although terrible photo)

I used this tutorial.

So yeah, the Frankendress!

This dress didn't last long on this day. It turned freakishly hot so went home and swapped it for bikini and then back to the beach, I can't risk missing these last days of summer! but I doubt it'll be too long before I can start wearing this, I'm thinking it'll be a good autumn/winter staple and go well with coloured cardi's.

Has anyone else made a start on their autmn winter wardrobe?

Monday, 22 September 2014

Blog Hop....

It's my time on the conga line (Nice analogy Amy)

I've been nominated by the lovely Zoe of Tadpegs. Zoe's blog is full of gorgeous garments she has sewn, has some really great craft and sewing tutorials, and not to mention some yummy recipes too...go check it out NOW!

So from one Zoe B to another here I go....

*** Why do I write? ***

I started this blog when I started up my first Etsy shop, Stamp and Stitch, and back then it had the same name. I documented all of my little craft projects and the starting of my little shop which kept me busy at weekends. Then in early 2013 I jumped into dress making and absolutley loved it. This blog then turned into more of a record for me as to how I was getting on with sewing, so I could look back every now and then and see how I was progressing. I never think about anyone actually reading my posts, if I did I'd probably get all self concious and stop writing. I love documenting each of my makes and writing a few little notes about how I found the process, it sort of feels like it finishes off each make, like being back at uni and giving each project a critcal write up!

*** What am I working on? ***

Like most crafty people I have a massive, never ending to do list of things I want to make and get involved in. Each new blog post I read inspires me and makes me thing of yet another pattern I want to try! But at the moment I'm having a few weeks rest from sewing so I can concentrate on all of the crafty diy's for our wedding in a weeks time (eeek!). There was no question that I would want to make as much as I could for the day and that included having a go at my own wedding dress which I was totally organised about and finished back in March! I keep having a little peek in the dress bag to check none of my handstitching has come undone or to double check that I did sew the skirt on the right way round! It was my biggest dress challenge to date and I'm so glad I gave it a go, I'll be sure to write a blog post all about it :)

*** How does your blog differ from others of its genre? ***

I'm not sure that it does, there are so many amaizng stitchers out there so inevitably theres a lot of cross over but I don't think thats a bad thing, it's inspiring to see what everyone is doing and you can gain so much information and help from other people posts about patterns you're working on.
I suppose a little differnec in posts comes when I add something about my other little Etsy shop Hello Betty Bow every so often when I'm working on new stock. And theres even the odd sighing of the catface too....

*** How does your writing process work? ***

If I'm working on projects that excite me then finishing up with a blog post is easy as I really like to sum it all up and see what new skills I've gained or how I've improved from my last make. If I've had a week or so without working on anything then I get stuck for anything to say. I won't throw a post out there for the sake of it, I'd rather have something vaguely interesting to chat about rather than scrape the bottom of the barrel. Thats no fun for anyone!

*** My nominations! ***

So next on my conga line are...

Rachael from the girl who makes things . I've followed Rachael's blog since she hacked her By Hand London Polly top with that super cute sweetheart front. She's made an amazing set of bridesmaid dresses for her sister along with loads of other gorgeous dresses. She's my inspiration to move onto making a shirt for the other half too (maybe I can fit this on the to do list by Christmas?!)

Rosabella from Fancy Frugality. I'm new to Rosabella's blog, I spied her lovely makes on twitter during this years #owop, those were some really cute skirts, and she's got a whole wardrobe full of her other lovely makes too!

To quote old Brucey.....Keep dancing ladies!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

OWOP round up.....

So owop finished yesterday and there were so many inspiring outfits out there, I loved Zoe's striped Plantains and Rosabella in her very pretty Salme skirts .
Heres how I got on with my Simplicity 2444's....

The fact that the sun stayed shining this week made this much easier and I only needed one repeat. But actually I think next time I'm going to choose a pattern I have much less versions of as I think the challenge lies in how you're styling your garments to eek out wearing them throughout the week rather than how many of this dress can I wear. I didnt really need to push myself other than to whip on a cardi. However it was really nice to give all of these versions one more wear befor the end of summer as none are particularly autumn/wintery.

I nearly forgot about my #sewdollyclackett dress too! I might have to squeeze in another wear of this at a party in a couple of weeks time, it's not had it's day to shine yet!

Thank you to Jane for hosting #owop !

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


I signed up for a little September challenge; One Pattern, One week. Theres all the info you need over on Handmade Jane's Blog

I'm going with Simplicity 2444. It's my favourite dress pattern and I have quite a few of them so I'll get through the week with just a few repeats. However, what I love about this challenge is that it's not about wearing a new version of your pattern everyday it's about finding new ways to wear your chosen item and thats what makes this challenge great :) I'm looking forward to stretching my styling skills on this one and it starts on Saturday!

Have you signed up? What's your pattern of choice?